I believe we have had our fill of school themed everything in the last two weeks here, so how about we go in a different direction today. Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the move to fall. (I am ready for some fall weather, please!) To celebrate this change of seasons (not officially by the calendar, of course) and to continue with our wedding week, I’d like us to look at a different kind of wedding today – one whose setting was early fall in a very rustic barn.
This time last year, things were in full swing for my niece’s wedding…parties, showers, construction, and landscaping. Yes, you read that right – construction and landscaping. This was a major do-it-yourself-er kind of wedding. Let’s start with the invitations since that was my little part in the big event.
I normally offer all of our nieces and nephews my hand lettering services for addressing their wedding envelopes. Well, my niece decided that she wanted her envelopes and her invitations hand lettered. So she brought me a sample with a font she liked, and I worked and reworked her invitation a dozen or so times until I got it like I wanted. Then I sent it to her for approval, and she had it letterpressed from my handwritten work. Here is how it turned out. (Now keep in mind, it was to look handcrafted – not calligraphy perfect.)
And here are the 450+ hand lettered inner and outer envelopes stuffed and ready for stamps .
The rehearsal dinner and the wedding were held at the Green Bell Barn. Even in the middle of September you can expect hot evenings in middle Georgia, but the night of the rehearsal dinner was unseasonably cool. Tables were set up in the barn for a delicious bar-b-que.
Here is a closer look at the table setting for you.
Remember I told you construction was going on for this wedding? This mantle was one of the many things built by the bride’s father to use in the barn.
Now I just have to throw this in here. September was a really busy month with all the things associated with the wedding and our daughter was drum major for the local high school band. The wedding rehearsal dinner was on a Friday night, and I know you know what a Friday night in September means…
high school football!
We enjoyed our dinner at the barn, and then rushed like crazy to get to the high school for an after-the-game-sneak-peek of the band’s show for competition under our daughter’s direction.
Okay back to our regularly scheduled wedding…..
Saturday morning was cool and cloudy, but by late afternoon it had turned sunny with a beautiful blue sky. The photo at the very top of today’s post shows you the barn that was on your right as you approached the site, and the second photo shows you the path leading up to the ceremony. All of those roses and other plants were put in by the bride’s father and his untiring crew of workers. Also on the right was a table set up with drinks for before the ceremony. (The jars are empty since I took these photos after the ceremony.)
On the left was a table with a guest book and programs.
This was the view to the ceremony site for the wedding. Those doors were one of the big construction projects. That’s my sweet husband there in the doorway. He got up early that Saturday morning to drive to the barn and help hang those doors on the custom made frame.
He stayed all day to help because there were so many last minute things to finish up. Here is another of the construction projects made for the wedding.
This crazy photo shows my husband up on the roof before the ceremony setting up his camcorder to tape the wedding.
And then it was time for the ceremony. Here were the precious flower girls.
We’re going to skip all the bridesmaids and go straight to the bride being escorted by her father, if that is okay with you all. Isn’t that dress absolutely beautiful?
This was after the ceremony with all the wedding party standing around waiting on the photographer. You can see the barn better in this shot (and the bridesmaids’ dresses since I didn’t show them to you above.)
While they were all waiting on the photographer, I ran inside the barn to take photos of everything ready for the reception. (Now aren’t you glad I am so sneaky with my photography!)
I loved the stacked oreos with the cartons of milk in the old Coca Cola cooler.
Here are some of the wonderful food displays.
I know you want to see a close up of the desserts.
Unfortunately, I only got a bite or two of all this fabulous food because I was too busy running around doing things like….
helping my niece bustle that dress so that she could walk in it,
taking photos of sweet babies,
photos of finished construction projects,
and photos of family pictures creatively displayed on shutters. I did manage to get a slice of the wedding cake after taking this shot.
And I enjoyed some of the going away treats here.
And then it was time to call it a day and go home.
It was a gorgeous and unique wedding with tons of work and help from a lot of family members and friends. These have obviously been my amateur photos from one of my first attempts at using my camera. If you would like to see the professional photographer’s photographs (which are amazing!), you can click here. And I’ve got another wedding question for you today….
What time of day was your wedding (or if you are single, what time would you like to have a wedding?) Ours was at 10:00 in the morning, & we served brunch for our reception since the wedding was so early!
I hope you have enjoyed all the weddings here the last few days. I’ll be back to “normal” with pretty houses for you next week.