Our ceremony was under an arbor that Scott built. My dad hung windows from the back and there were sprays of Eucalyptus, pine, handpicked greens, and roses from each corner. We had cut logs in the back with candles and rose petals. In one of the logs, scott and I planted a tree during the ceremony . We put out hay bails with burlap for our guests to sit on. There were large lanterns and roses set out for decorations.
I walked through wooden doors that my dad built. I walked down the aisle to my good friend, Emily Hearn, singing "Found a Heart." My beautiful niece was the flower girl and she was in a handmade dress, cowboy boots, and a crown of flowers. She tossed petals from Scott's fishing creel that was made from pine needles by the amazing basket maker, Mrs. Betty Dyson. She looked darling, as usual. My ring bearer was the son of a good friend, and he might be the cutest ring bearer EVER. in history. period. He wore handmade leather suspenders over a chambray shirt, linen knickers, with a gatsby hat, and I made him a bow tie. He carried our rings down the aisle in a little handmade box that Ms. Betty Dyson made out if pine needles, as well. Before I walked down, Hugh Arthur walked down the aisle with a sign that I painted, "Scott, here comes your love!"
Khari Manuel and his family flew from Oklahoma City to do our ceremony. He led my first trip to Africa and amazed me with his leadership and humility. I got to know his wife on another mission trip to Haiti, and we became instant friends. When Scott and I got engaged, I knew that I wanted Khari to marry us. Khari and his wife, Jennifer, are some of the wisest people I know, and have taught me a lot about what relationships look like. Their marriage is a beautiful testimony to who Jesus is.
Our ceremony was short and simple. However, Khari packed in a lot of truth. Scott and I exchanged our handwritten vows and planted our tree. Lewis Phillips and Emily Hearn played "I will wait" while we planted our tree. Their rendition, with Lewis killing it on the banjo, might be my most favorite. When it was through, Ruby Cullars Arthur rang a bell hung from the cherry tree when we kissed!
Another good friend, Beth Antonakos, helped design the setup and provided most of the props and decor for the wedding. Without Elizabeth and Beth, I don't believe our wedding would have been anywhere near as beautiful! They both sat with me and helped me sort through all the meticulous details and placement of things. I will forever be grateful for what they did for my special day!
I feel like I have been painted wedding signs since I moved to Lincolnton, so I was ecstatic to start painting my own. I painted signs directing guests where to go, and Scott painted signs that had lines from our vows.
We had a tent set up for guests to sit under. We had tables set up with handpicked wildflowers (thanks to the groomsmen and Elizabeth's crew!) pictures, little succulents in old coffee tins, and wooden spools. We had a dance floor and a DJ that entertained guests. Scott and I sat at a handmade table out of my Grandmother's old sewing machine, and I painted Mr. and Mrs. signs from wood from Scott's parents barn.
We had friends flying from all over, and we wanted to recognize that. Scott had the idea to paint mileage sings and post by the fence. I loved it! I missed a few cities, but we were so happy that everyone came, no matter how far.
I had lots of ideas for programs, but honestly, that got pushed to the last minute. I called my brother and asked if he could design something for me. He did, but I didn't have all of the information for him. Since my friends and family had never met Scott's friends and family, I wanted the program to tell a little about us. You know, "Scott loves to fly fish and lived in montana…"yada yada. Well, when Andy was making the programs, I didn't have that typed out, so I just told him to "fill it in" and I would go back later and fix it.
He wrote in the About Him section: "Dashingly crazy guy. Unbelievable hair. You can tell he loves her." In the About Her section: Hot mess says it all. Cant help but love her. She knew he was the one after first date." When my friends saw it, they said YOU CAN NOT CHANGE IT!!! Its perfect. So, it stuck.
He designed them to look like chalkboards, and put little bird graphics that my niece, Adah drew.
I chose not to wear a veil, but I had David Austen roses in my hair.
My girls chose their own bridesmaid dresses. They all wore a neutral color and had turquoise jewelry to wear with it. I wanted them to be neutral but full of texture. They did a great job picking out fun and fitting dresses. They wore cowboy boots too.
His guys were outfitted in chambray shirts with brown pants. I made them all bow ties from liberty of london fabric. His best man does a lot of work with leather and made his own suspenders. They are amazing! He also made my ring-bearers suspenders. Scott loves to fly fish, so the boutonnieres were made out of grizzly hackle feathers, rosemary, and nandina by my sister-in-law and mother-in-law.
Epting Events out of Athens, Ga catered. They did a fantastic job. We had an oyster bar set up, and I promised guests that they could find me there!! Our menu consisted of:
Baked Vidalia onion souffle
Mrs. Carters Cheese Ring
Hot baked crab dip with french bread rounds
Beef brisket with apple Q sauce
Roasted chicken breast served with peach salsa
Bacon wrapped pork loin
Garlic cheese grits
Assorted melons and berries
Roasted vegetables: asparagus, parsnips, brussel sprouts, tri-colored carrots
Sweet potato biscuits
The food was GOOD. I mean, to die for good. But the best, the best was our Cake Buffett. One of my best friends runs a cake shop out of Asheville, North Carolina. She was a bridesmaid and brought down the cakes. We had a Strawberry Tres Leches cake for our cake, and then an assortment of cakes for the guests. We had a coconut cake, strawberry "short street" cake, Georgia hummingbird, salted caramel, citrus poppy seed, banana split, and a triple chocolate cake. There was literally not a slice left at the end of the night!
We had an assortment of beer and wine for the guests, and we also had a his and her's cocktail. I had a G&G: Grapefuit and Gin cocktail, and he had a B&B: a Bulleit and Blenheim.