Y’all I just want to hug Millie Holloman for sending over such an adorable wedding! Sigrid + Bart dreamed up a pink wedding full of fun details, all of which were beautifully shot by Rachel Barker of MHP. (I think the Southern Weddings office needs one of those polka dot balloons, don’t you?) I love that S + B’s wedding was the collective effort of her family. From building the dance floor to baking the cakes, each detail was handcrafted with love and looks spectacular at the bride’s family’s home, where Sigrid + Bart exchanged vows and then partied ’til the cows came home.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had been wedding dress shopping a few times and was going to a sample sale at Priscilla of Boston in Coral Gables, hoping to find the dress for a deal. I couldn’t help but try on the regular priced dresses, and of course, the only dress I could imagine myself wearing was hanging right there on the rack. Once I put it on, I was done! We went back the next day with my dad, my aunt, my sisters and my grandmother’s belt to order my dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Describe your wedding flowers: My uncle did floral design for a long time and he ordered and created all of the flowers we used at our wedding. I wanted flowers that reminded me of my mom’s garden growing up. They were so beautiful, with big, fat pink peonies and garden roses. The peonies were flown in from Israel because they weren’t in season. I really loved Bart’s boutonnière, a simple pink garden rose with dusty miller.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our dear friend wrote and performed our ceremony, so it was very personal and sweet.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? After we were pronounced husband and wife, we kissed and “Love Train” started blaring. We led everyone over to the reception area with our big balloons. That moment was pure happiness.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was a testament to the collective talents of our family. Everything about our wedding was homespun. Every decoration was made or painted by hand by someone in my family. My dad, uncles, brothers-in-law and cousins built and painted the dance floor, did all the lighting and built the bar. My uncle did all the flowers and my mom’s cousin made the arrangement on the gazebo we were married under. Almost every single thing was cooked, baked, crafted, painted, built, and set up by a family member. My great aunt made the sausage bread we served at the cocktail hour, my mom’s cousin painted the chair hangings and the chalk boards, and my cousin painted the lids that of the mason jars we used for our signature drink. My aunt had been collecting vintage china and silverware for a year for her vision of the table, where we also used my mom’s collection of pretty vintage linens. There were touches of burlap and gingham to shout out to Bart’s country roots, combined with so many vintage details that my mom would have loved.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: My cousin, Mary has her own baking business in Rhode Island, and she came down early to bake all of our desserts. There were three cakes, each one more beautiful and delicious than the last. Our flavors were chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla with fresh strawberries and whipped icing and coconut lemon cupcakes. Goodness, they were so delicious my mouth is watering remembering them! My cousin, Missy, made the silhouette cake toppers.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Bart came into my life when I felt like nothing good could ever happen again. My mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer about six months before, and things were getting really hard. Bart came around and somehow started to make life seem more livable. He has since brightened my life in so many ways, and helped me get through some unbearable darkness. I feel pretty lucky to be married to a man who, even on his worst days, is too good to be true.
Describe the proposal. Bart came to my work to bring me lunch and casually said I should start looking at plane tickets to go home. (We were living in San Diego at the time.) I was kind of confused and turned around to ask him what the heck he was talking about and found him on one knee with a gorgeous ring. He said, “Well you are probably going to want to get home to your family to start planning our wedding.”
In what month did you get married? February.
How many guests attended your wedding? 100
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Oh my, every detail was our favorite — the giant polka dot balloons, the chandelier in the tree, Bart’s boots, the roses on the dance floor, the “bartinis,” the mismatched china, the Italian string lights, the ice cream truck!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Hands down, THE PHOTOGRAPHER.