I am so super excited to finally post my wedding! What an amazing day it was! I honestly think that I married THE most amazing man in the world. Okay, I know that we are not perfect... no one is. But Matt is perfect for me. After Matt proposed in July, I was ready to start the planning process. Let's be honest, I was already planning. What girl isn't already planning her wedding when she knows he is about to pop the question? Seriously. I had a vision for our wedding and I was ready to run with it. I wanted it to be personal, unique, fun, INEXPENSIVE, and creative. I wanted to put work into this fabulous day! I wanted it to scream "Matt and Jen!!!!!" And... it did.
We were only engaged for 4 months, so I had to "get on it". If you know me, you know that I love Etsy and Pinterest. I was on the fast train to organizing all of my thoughts and ideas. I not only found my engagement ring on Etsy (yes, I picked it out) but I also found my wedding dress on Etsy!! Crazy, I know!! Who the heck would buy a dress when they couldn't even try it on?!?! Especially a wedding dress. Well, me. My dress was custom made for me in Bangkok, Thailand. I sent her my size and in two weeks my dress was shipped to me! I couldn't believe it!! It was the most beautiful, whimsical dress I had ever seen. Love at first sight. And then came the jewelry. OH MY GOSH!!! A sweet friend of mine (one of my beautiful brides from September) has a studio in Greenville. She creates custom jewlery and all kinds of other fun pieces. She is truly unique in her artist skill. She made my necklace, my garter, my earrings, and all the bridesmaids necklaces as well. I couldn't have had anything better. She is brilliant.
For our ceremony, I wanted it to feel intimate. All the lights were turned down low and it was amazing. Matt and I both wanted this to be a time of worship to the Lord. We chose songs that were meaningful to us. I walked down the aisle to Cinematic Orchestras 'To Build a Home.' I actually found this song about a year or two before our wedding on a wedding video of a couple from Nashville. I fell in love with this song and knew I would want it played at our wedding. Matt washed my feet during our ceremony and we chose the song by the Almost 'Dirty and Left Out'. I think that song chose us. If you know my past, you will understand the lyrics:) The ceremony was so special. Oh, his dad married us. Yep, how cool is that?!?!
For the reception, I imagined a whimsical, organic vibe. I spent all 4 months creating tissue poms that would hang from the ceiling. I loved them. They were so beautiful and created such a soft feel. Along with the hanging poms, we draped white fabric along the beams in the ceiling. Amazing! We had the reception is a newly renovated art gallery right in downtown Lincolnton. It was the perfect spot. For the tables, we decorated them with tree stump tea light holders, pine cones, some greenery, and alittle bit of sparkle! It was gorgeous! We had two christmas trees placed in the front windows, thanks to our amazingly talented caterer and friend, Allen Bonds. (praise the Lord for him!!) We could not of done all of this without his help. Serious God send. Besides the importance of the ceremony, there was one other part of this day that I was very concerned about. I wanted.... needed.... dancing. Lots and lots of dancing! I had the most amazing time at the reception thanks to Jason Barron our super energetic DJ. Oh my goodness, when we met with him, we knew that he was going to be perfect for what we were looking for. Matt and I are very passionate about music. We wanted a different, fun vibe happening on our wedding day. Jason made it happen. I think I was the last one to leave the dancing floor that night. To be honest, I didn't want to ever leave it! But, I think Matt was ready to go:)We chose not to have a wedding cake, we opted for cupcakes instead. I didn't get one.... I may be a little bitter about that. Ask Matt. I think I talk about it everyday. I'm ridiculous, I know. Brysty, who now lives in Florida, made my sister-in-laws wedding cake. It was the best wedding cake I had ever tasted. So when it was my time to get hitched, I knew where to go! So sad I didn't get to taste one of her amazing cupcakes. :(
I did the hair and makeup for my wedding day. Yep, it's true. (okay, I did have some help in the hair department) I guess I am just picky and I knew exactly what I was wanting for that day. It's hard for a makeup artist to let go and trust someone else to do their makeup I suppose:) I used airbrush makeup, which is long lasting, water resistant, and makes skin look completely flawless. There is no other way to do makeup for a wedding. I use it on all of my clients, whether it is a lovely bride, photoshoot, whatever! I love using airbrush makeup. I do use traditional makeup for eyes. But as far as foundation goes, I want something that is going to last, and feel super natural. I loved how everything turned out and everyone looked absolutely beautiful!
Invitations // River St. Design (Etsy)
Photogographer // BirdinHand
Wedding Dress // Madabby (Etsy)
DJ // Jason Barron at Mad Barron Productions
Caterer // Allen Bonds
Hair + Makeup // Pastel airbrush makeup | design (ME!)
Reception Venue // Lincolnton Artisan Center
Custom Jewelry + Garter // Christina Nicole Studios
Flowers // Kimberly Wright