Ok, I’m officially swooning. Being from Atlanta myself, I definitely have a soft spot for Georgia’s countryside. I love how Julia and Aaron incorporated bright, fun purples and yellows into their intimate, farm wedding. They are just pulling my heart in all kinds of directions…

Our wedding was all hands on and low budget- we stretched it as far as we possibly could with the help of our amazing friends and family. I designed my wedding dress, and my mother made it based on sketches, and we actually based the top off of a dress we found at H&M in France. My parents live in France, and she bought all the fabric for the dress in Paris, so I like to say its “couture made from Paris.” The locket necklace that I wore on the wedding day was a gift that my dad gave to my mom on their first anniversary, and my mom had put a wedding photo in it from their wedding when she got it. So, I wore a locket with my parents wedding photo in it from 34 yrs ago.  Also, we did not have any groomsmen or bridesmaids. We thought it would be more intimate that way.

As far as the wedding decorations go- we made all of them! To start with, we made streamers made of cream and white tissue paper. We also made fabric streamers. We used both vintage frabrics, and bought some bed sheets at Target to make those. I had hay stacks for people to sit on during the ceremony, and my mom made the covers to go over them.  I also got yellow fans for guests, and little sachets that we filled with lavender for people to throw after we were married and walking back down the aisle together.  For table decorations we also made the table runners.  I collected vintage bottles, and was borrowed some old jelly jars and mason jars.  We made the drift wood and bark centerpieces that had soft wood (balsa wood i think), moss and votive candles on them. I ordered the lavender online and I worked with florist Judy Greg Hacker. We bought the fresh flowers by the buckets instead of having arrangements and then she made my bouquet. Then a friend made all the boutonnieres out of left over crafts we had from making decorations, and some of the flowers.


Our friend Hain Kim catered all of our food.  Since I’m from France and my husband is from the dirty south, we tried to do a fusion of the two. For example, aioli bbq on french baguette. We had a french wedding cake which is “une pièce montée” or also called a “croquembouche”.  Its made of assembled profiteroles (cream puff pastries), traditionally in the shape of a cone and held together with hardened caramel. I had Rembrandts bakery in Chattanooga make the puff pastries and my mom assembled it and made it into a cake.



Photography: Our Labor of Love by Heidi

Hair Piece: ban.do

Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Florist: Judy Greg Hacker of Chattanooga Florists.

Venue: Sunrise Farms in Trenton, GA

DJ: Nick Turner


Comments (22)

Aileen@LoveandLavender | Reply

What a fabulous wedding! Weddings done on a budget are always so personal and well thought out. Love that her mom made her dress, and everything looked gorgeous!

Tiffany | Reply

Such a beautiful wedding. Love that hat



Plum | Reply

what a romantic wedding!

Allison Williams | Reply

I love this! I was just browsing my Google reader and there was Julia! Congrats, such beautiful wedding photos! You look so pretty!

Chloe @ Caught the Light | Reply

I’m thinking, “oh what a cool, cool wedding and what beautiful photographs. Who shot this one? Oh, of course, Our Labour of Love!” What a great job Heidi, you rock.

Rachel - theWeddingVine | Reply

So cute and romantic! and the photography is stunning!

ayesha | Reply

great couple! beautiful wedding!

colleen | Reply

Gorgeous! Julia helped shoot my wedding this summer and is a sweet, sweet girl. Such a pretty couple and wedding.

Jewellers | Reply

What stunning images, love the outdoor theme, very retro. Stunning.

Tamara Barrow | Reply

I absolutely GLORY in weddings and everything about weddings. My daughter Kristie, was married last May and we and our family and friends did almost everything. They had a wonderful night with dinner for about 350-400 people. We could never have paid vendors to do a big wedding and reception like that. It was fun and memories that my entire family will have forever. Your wedding was GORGEOUS! I LOVE everything about it right down to your beautiful purple pumps. We also used mason jars for our centerpieces. You have very good taste and you made such a BEAUTIFUL bride. Best wishes. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Margaret Ivory - Ivory Pearl Bridal Mall | Reply

I love DIY. I love thrifty. I love your wedding.

Maya | Reply

Julia looks absolutely beautiful here! It would be difficult for another bride of her body type to pull this dress off, but she does it exquisitely!

Kimberley | Reply

Simply, yet gorgeous setting. Hay bales, classic country, love love love!

dani kreeft | Reply

this wedding is so rad. i don’t know what else to say..the shot of her foot walking towards him…the braid in her hair.
man, so rad. xo.

Teress @ Dream Day Invitations | Reply

This was beautifully done. Love the paper fans, the hay bales and all. Nice!

abby jenkins | Reply

Wow, this is like a flashback to our wedding. hay bales, barns, heirlooms and lots and lots of kissing! Best wishes to the happy couple

kristin kidd | Reply

loving all the stripes!

Julia | Reply

So honored to have our wedding featured on here. We gathered so much inspiration from Oncewed, and its like a dream come true to see it come full circle! Thank you!

Levi stolove | Reply

Beautiful, I love the close up casual shots of the couple, there is a real intimate warmth.

Lindsey Anne | Reply

This wedding is so beautiful!! I’ve saved the link under ‘inspiration’, as I’m planning my own for later this year. thank you!