A Delicate Tuscan Inspired Wedding II

During my creative session with Joy I remember saying “I think I want the wedding to feel like this scene in my head: A group of family & friends attending a baptism at a fountain in an Italian city & then together celebrating the baptism over dinner at a family’s small garden in the village.” It sounded weird saying it out loud, but that vision embodied the refreshing, life-filled, warm, intimate celebration I imagined ourwedding to be. We were blessed with amazing family and friends who are not only incredibly talented but also so selfless & giving. All of these people made our wedding more than I could have ever imagined & filled our hearts more than I knew could be filled. My Italian grandmother and aunt made the delicious feast, while Caitlin made the perfect little panna cottas for dessert. My sister and I made the hypertufa pots for each table and Katie potted beautiful, unruly arrangements in them- which I proudly still nurture & keep today! The candles were a therapeutic project my sister and I took on; making them tall, thin, and perfectly imperfect. And my dad, who gave the most of all, built our long wooden dinner tables and hand laid century-old bricks for a patio for us to eat on- both of these tasks being completely new to him.

I’m so thankful for this celebration we have of beauty, love, and family. I’m grateful for the beautiful process of planning for a wedding & every conversation leading up to ours with Joy, Ginny, Tec, Meagan, Joanna, Katie, Emily, Caitlin and our sweet family & friends…. Our hearts are so full. We are so thankful for each of you. 

Styling and Design: Joy Thigpen | Photographer: Tec Petaja | Planner: Ginny Au | Flowers: Joy Thigpen with assistance by Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell |  Pana Cotta: Caitlin Van Horn | Hair: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup: Brittany Massey | Chairs & Flatware: Market 46 | Tables & Lines: Special Events | Brides accessories: Hair Piece & Veil: Vintage | Earrings: Wildlife Wonders | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Shoes: Cheryl Taylor | Assistants: Nina Mullins and Mandy Busby | Napkins: At Home Furnishings | Grooms Suite and Tie: J Crew | Glassware: Zara Home | Venue: Bride’s Home | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

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06.04.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

A Delicate Tuscan Inspired Outdoor Wedding

Rylee Hitchner and Andrew’s wedding was one of the most sweet and genuine events I have had the pleasure to be a part of. Their personalities set the course of the event. From day one we set out to make everything as organic, delicate, original, and personal as they are themselves. So many talented friends and family members pitched in. But no one worked as hard as her sweet dad. He spent months building the patio for the reception from reclaimed bricks, working from 4am for the final month before his regular work day began. And probably my favorite detail was the arbor he surprised Rylee with the week of the wedding. The tree that held her tree swing throughout her childhood had fallen recently in a storm. He cut some big limbs from the tree and fashioned it into an arbor for her to be married beneath. He also built two tables to be the head tables–one for them to keep for their kitchen and one for his daughter to take to her new home. So many sweet sweet details like this…

Andrew and I met when we were 14 and 17 and five years later we got engaged on the hammock in my parents backyard. 8 months after, we married in that same spot.

The prep time before the wedding felt like a dream- it started early and went by slowly. I totally embraced the process and valued those morning hours with my friends and family. I felt completely at peace but embarrassingly giddy at the same time.

I loved putting on my dress- within each hand-stiched thread held so many memories. The fall before the wedding, my mom & I found a delicate silky soft piece of lace we knew would be a great inspiration for the dress. Joy Thigpen then sat me down for a creative session & blew my mind as she gracefully & magically pulled my desires for the dress & the wedding out of my heart and put them onto paper. We then met the wonderful Cheryl Taylor who handcrafted each piece of the dress and found the most beautiful fabrics- while also including the piece my mom & I found. Cheryl was such a fun part of the process. Besides the dress, she also handmade my lace shoes & found my 100+ year old hairpiece and veil which I will cherish forever.

Andrew designed my ring using his great grandmothers diamond & a rose gold setting and paired them with two thin bands. Along with my rings, I wore small boxwood pearl earrings & a tiny bracelet I bought in Italy as my only other pieces of jewelry. “

I always dreamed of getting married in my parents backyard & I feel so blessed that everyone gave so much to make that happen. The week before the wedding, by dad surprised me with something so special to me. The ceremony structure that surrounded us as we said our vows was made by my dad with branches from a tree which used to hold our childhood tire swing before it fell the month before our wedding. Fittingly, we call this tree ‘the giving tree’ now :)

My favorite moment of the wedding day was with my dad. As we walked from the house to down the aisle, he stopped me just before walking down the aisle and whispered ‘Stop right here and take this all in for a moment…”

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Styling and Design: Joy Thigpen | Photographer: Tec Petaja | Planner: Ginny Au | Flowers: Joy Thigpen with assistance by Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell |  Pana Cotta: Caitlin Van Horn | Hair: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup: Brittany Massey | Chairs & Flatware: Market 46 | Tables & Lines: Special Events | Brides accessories: Hair Piece & Veil: Vintage | Earrings: Wildlife Wonders | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Shoes: Cheryl Taylor | Assistants: Nina Mullins and Mandy Busby | Napkins: At Home Furnishings | Grooms Suite and Tie: J Crew | Glassware: Zara Home | Venue: Bride’s Home | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

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06.03.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win a Diamond Ring from Diamond in the Rough!

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We are so excited to introduce our newest sponsor, Diamond in the Rough! We’re even more excited to announce a giveaway! Diamond in the Rough is giving away their “Grace” engagement ring, a $2000 value, to one lucky Once Wed reader. Yeah, really!  Read more about Diamond in the Rough and how to enter the engagement ring giveaway below.

Diamond in the Rough is a precious jewelry company based out of New York City that is known for crafting engagement and wedding rings with natural rough diamonds. Each one-of-a-kind piece is created with a rough diamond and displayed uniquely. Since every engagement ring is made with a natural rough diamond, no two rings will ever be alike. Your engagement ring is filled with a kind of character that can’t be replicated.

Diamond in the Rough has created multiple collections to appeal to all aesthetics from traditional to modern. The inclusions in the natural diamonds create a vast assortment of distinct shades in addition to incredible shapes. And we love the beautiful colors created by the natural forming of the diamonds like champagne, rose, cognac, colorless and much more!

Founder Daniel Eskapa pays homage to these precious stones and the history of jewelry with these modern yet historical designs. Eskapa selects each stone and every rough diamond is complemented with a distinctive setting that enhances the natural character of the stone. Every one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry is a wearable work-of-art!

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05.30.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Flower Dyed Ribbon and Napkins

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Pretty neat, right? Ginny Au dyed simple silk ribbons and muslin napkins with only flowers. No dyes or powders needed. Just gather some of your favorite colored flowers, wrap them in ribbon and/or napkins, and place in a jar of water in the sun for 2 days. Perfection!

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Supplies

-Muslin napkins
-Silk ivory ribbon
-Jar of filtered water
-Seasonal flowers in variety of colors

Directions

1. + 2. Choose your petals to dye your ribbon and muslin napkins with.

3. Soak your piece of muslin in filtered water and wring out the excess water.

4. Open the muslin and place your torn flower petals inside the muslin. Wrap around with the silk ribbon.

5. Place the wrapped muslin inside your glass of water and set outside in the sun for two days. Make sure to start your project when two consecutive days of sun is expected.

6. After two days the water can appear dirty and brown. This is normal. Remove you bundle from your water, untie the muslin and discard the flowers. Rinse the muslin and ribbon in luke warm water with a mild soap. Wring out excess water and place the ribbon and muslin in the sun to dry.

Photography: Erich McVey | Styling: Ginny Au | Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Flowers: Cloth of Gold Flowers

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05.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured