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This morning I came into the office and a copy of The DIY Bride, An Affair to Remember (from the creator of the DIY Bride blog, y’all!) was on my desk! You bet I spent some time flipping through it.

It was great timing, then, to write this post! Sydney + Lucas went homemade all the way with their Front Porch Farms wedding. With family and friends surrounding and supporting them, they unleashed their creativity on the Southern details. The result is a warm gathering with the rustic details we adore. Big thanks to Cali Ashton Photography for sharing!

Can you believe that the bright flowers placed in mason jars around the wedding site were ordered from Sam’s Wholesale? They arrived fresh, pretty and ready for presentation! Though I’m always a fan of mason jars full of flowers, my favorite part of the wedding comes during the ceremony, when Sydney + Lucas made an impromptu dance floor. Read on for details!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Our familes’ relationship precedes ours. Our sweet grandparents have been best of friends for years and together they led the youth group and youth camps at our church when they were young parents. Fast forward many years later when I was youth pastor at our church. I needed some male volunteers for an event and I remembered Lucas and asked him if he would like to help. He accepted and we soon became good friends and bonded over our mutual love of the TV show “The Office.” Love shortly followed! Hooray!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Joyful, breathtaking and spirit-filled!
In what month did you get married? The beautiful autumn month of October
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our personalities were weaved in and out of everything. I loved toasting with the Mason Jar Wine Glasses I made.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Sweet tea, BBQ and a handmade quilt Lucas’ grandmother made for our special day that lay on a porch swing – how much more Southern can you get?
Describe your wedding flowers: We wanted simple yet beautiful flower arrangements. We ordered through Sam’s Wholesale website and were pleasantly surprised at how fresh and gorgeous they were. We threw them in mason jars, antique vases and milk jugs. Southern perfection!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? My husband and I are very creative people and so it was a challenge harnessing that creativity and making decisions. With the help of our loved ones, we were able to unleash our creativity and showcase who we are through all of the décor and details!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The Venue. Kathy Best at Front Porch Farms did an excellent job providing the most beautiful setting and professionalism when it came to accommodating our needs.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? During our ceremony, we had just finished the love letter portion where we put letters in a box to each other to be opened on our 25 wedding anniversary. Our acoustic musicians were playing background music during this time so instead of awkwardly waiting for them to finish, we ended up slow dancing. It was such a spontaneous moment that was so meaningful, so “us” and so special.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Unleash your creativity! Do not be afraid to be creative in how you spend your money – be thrifty and learn how to use local thrift stores for décor and details! Also, Pinterest is a wonderful place to gather your inspiration and ideas.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We LOVE creating a home and making it our sanctuary. Lucas just made me a complete bed from reclaimed barn wood – talk about how to make a Southern woman swoon! We hope to continue to grow our handmade home décor business and enjoy each other before we decide to have little ones for a few years.

Photographer: Cali Ashton Photography // Planner: Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms // Venue: Front Porch Farms // Wedding Cake Baker: Publix Bakery // Caterer: Jim N Nicks BBQ // Linens: handmade burlap table runners // Hair stylist and Makeup Artist: Amanda Morgan (615.812.7452) // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Target // Accessories: Not Too Shabby Designs

Love this wedding? You might like these, too!
Miranda + Blake’s Front Porch Farm Engagement Party here and here
Melissa + Eric’s peach, green and gray wedding here and here.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Desiree reply

    Well, first off, I wanted to comment on the super (ha) boutonnieres ~ I have so many grooms who could just care less about them. It’s nice to give a manly punch to traditional flowers. Then, I wanted to comment on how adorable the bridesmaids wheat bouquets were & how simply and lovely the table-scapes were.

    Then…my mouth dropped when I read “less than $10,000”. From now on, in my professional career as a wedding planner, I will be referring this wedding to all my brides who complain about low budgets. I always say, “anything can be done with enough creative imagination & inventiveness”. This bride proves this point…and then some. Major kudos to her & I wish the couple many years of happy marriage!!

    ugh. Im obsessed.

  2. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We love this wedding! The bridal party attire is so unique. Great job – congrats to everyone involved.

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    LOVE the dress! Anyone know the designer?

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      Katie: I’m the bride featured. My dress is Allure Bridals design # 8634 in Champagne. :)

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When New Yorker, Courtney married her beau, Chris, on a farm in Georgia, she knew she wanted their wedding to be the perfect combination of city and country. The mission was achieved with some glam outfits paired with rustic details. Courtney’s Carolina Herrera dress looked stunning next to her gingham-clad husband, and the surprising (and ingenious!) inclusion of wheat sprays in the bouquets stood out against the ruffled and purple dresses that her bridesmaids donned. The lakeside wedding earns its Southern stripes with more than just location and clever juxtaposition, though. Courtney + Chris included details like the burlap-backed invitations, monogrammed flower girl sash, and sweet ceremony wording. We have to send hugs the way of Something Pretty Fine Art Photography for sharing this wedding with us!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chris and I casually dated in college at the University of Dayton in Ohio and stayed in touch for a few years after. I remember him calling after 9/11 to check in since I lived not too far from the twin towers and again a year or so later on my birthday. At some point after that, we lost touch. Ten years after we last saw each other in person, we reconnected. I moved to Atlanta and a year later, we got engaged on New Year’s Eve. After a nearly ten-month engagement, we were married at a private barn near Reynolds Plantation, where Chris’ parents live and we frequently visit.
Describe the proposal. I have always loved New Year’s Eve and have celebrated it in a big way for as long as I could remember. That year though, Chris and I decided that we wanted to stay home – and we ended up getting engaged. Chris made the proposal all about “firsts,” symbolizing the start of our new life. He proposed in the first house we lived in together, at 1am on the 1st day of the New Year (1/1/11). We got married on the 1st day of the month too but we actually didn’t plan that on purpose.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Happy, intimate and peaceful (and stressful)!
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 140
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved having an outdoor reception with bistro lighting strewn across the dining and dancing area.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I have been in the fashion industry for years, so dress scouting was a very fun part of the planning process! When I got engaged, I checked out every spot in Atlanta and almost settled on a few dresses, but wanted to go back to NYC to shop so I could see the full collections. I checked out a few places like Vera Wang and Saks and, again, almost decided on a dress. Then, the afternoon before I was flying back to Atlanta (about to purchase said dress) I relooked at a few “tearsheets” of dresses that I had pulled out from magazines and I was reminded of a dress from Carolina Herrera that I had to try. In that instant I just knew it was the one, even before seeing it in person. I called the Carolina Herrera shop on Madison and they were completely booked. I was leaving the next day – and was so mad at myself for not booking an appointment with them sooner. About 15 minutes later, Michelle Kim from the shop called back and said they could, in fact, see me the next day. I went in, tried on the dress and that was it. Michelle turned out to be the loveliest, sweetest and most professional bridal consultant ever. I absolutely love my dress and feel completely cheated that I was only able to wear it for such a short time!
Describe your wedding flowers: My goal was to create a high-low, county-city, high fashion-rustic vibe across all aspects of my wedding. So, to strike that balance against my dress and the dresses of the bridesmaids, I went rustic with the flowers. I had something specific in mind and our florist did an amazing job creating it. We did all white, lush flowers along with wheat sprays. It was tied with a burlap wrap that had red ticking.

Photographer: Something Pretty Fine Art Photography // Videographer: Scott Felsen of Golden Weddings // Planner: No Regrets Events // Venue: Private Barn in Greensboro, GA // Florist: Le Petit Jardin // Caterer: Hallie Janes // Rentals, Linens, Lighting: Hallie Janes // Paper Products: Stationary by Tickled Ink, Burlap Invite Backers from The Blue Envelope, Personalized Items from KaydenAshley on Etsy // Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil custom made by Ruby V // Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu from Bergdorf Goodman // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Haute Hippie

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  4. avatar Bella reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the groom’s attire. I am taking a stab and guessing his shirt is a gingham shirt from Vineyard Vines. I would love to know where he got his look from for my own wedding.

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