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Wendy Hanson and Ben Allen married in the backyard garden of Ben’s parents’ on a warm Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Athens, Georgia. A true family (and friends!) affair, everything from the flowers and decorations to the food and music were made by family or friends of the creative couple. Ben, an award winning music producer and musician, and Wendy, a clothing designer and artist, both contributed thoughtful ingredients to the day. Ben composed the music for the ceremony, while Wendy handcrafted individual ribbon wands and fabric origami butterflies for each guest, as well as ikat escort flags. Wendy’s illustrations were letterpressed onto the wedding invitations and the screenprinted table linens and gift bags. And, as if that was not enough, the bride braided and tied 100 yards of white textile remnants into a chain that was draped from tree to tree, along a path leading the guests from the wedding site to the reception area. In true Athens, Georgia-style, the weekend was a mix of classic southern hospitality and beauty with a dash of modern, handmade fun.

Photography: Zoomworks // Catering: Epting Events // Flowers: Tami // Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija Couture // Groom’s Suit: Sid Mashburn // Illustrated Map: Lena Corwin // Ring Bearer Birds: Tamar Mogendorff // Guest Book: Llubav Choy Duerr

Previously featured on Martha Stewart Weddings


Comments (21)

Sara Gray @ MarryThis! | Reply

Those burlap runners and table numbers are so quaint and simple — and I love the bride’s hair and especially her bangs! Beautiful.

Cheri (WoodsyWeddings) | Reply

Oh my gosh, the detailed pattern on her dress is exquisite! Love it paired with her simple hair. Beautiful!

Kate (Floret Cadet) | Reply

That show of all the bouts together is so sweet!

Sidney | Reply

the bride’s styling–dress and hair in particular–is FLAWLESS.

Intertwined Events | Reply

That dress! Beautiful wedding!

Jackie | Reply

such a beautiful, sweet wedding.

Erin | Reply

Would the bride mind sharing where she got the hair piece? It’s beautiful!!

janebird | Reply

I have tried for months and months to articulate the green, white and au natural wedding de beauty that my fiance and I are envisioning… here it is! Thank you for this breathtaking inspiration.


Judy | Reply

Love everything about this weding details.So fresh~Stunning wedding dress too~

Molly Legut | Reply

Such a perfectly put together wedding. So fresh and clean while still maintaining such personality.

Teresa | Reply

what a stunning wedding. Beautiful dress and gorgeous flowers.

Ann | Reply

:D :D :DOh! It’s really good! Thank you!

Maria | Reply

Wonderful ideas! Refreshing, too!
Thank you for this post, it made my day :)

Tracy Reid | Reply

Wow! What a gorgeous dress…stunning. lovely couple! I love that it’s got such individual personality and not following all the trends. Refreshing! Bravo! I love Once Wed too for carrying this! :)

Shayna | Reply

Anyone know where that hairpiece is from? Gorgeous!

Sedona Wedding Studio | Reply

adorably chic! goes to show weddings don’t have to be over the top to be stunningly beautiful.

Jackie Vintage Bridal | Reply

Adore the hair jewel and in fact the whole look