All photos by Beth York Photography.
One of the very first things we decided on after we were engaged was where we wanted to have our wedding because the availability of the venue would more or less determine our wedding date. We knew that we didn't want to get married inside a church and preferred something outdoors. We are actually crazy for wanting to get married outside in the Summer but after you've been dating for seven years it's hard to wait any longer! The Enterprise Mill in Augusta, Georgia ended up being the perfect fit for our personalities and also the size of our wedding. Our ceremony was outside underneath a covered gazebo and the reception was inside so that people could cool off and not overheat while getting down on the dance floor! I'm obsessed with the exposed brick so we played off of the rustic, unfinished look when it came to choosing our decorations.
We are a pretty untraditional couple, but I wanted to include elements that were timeless with an organic feel to them. Our color scheme was white, green, and gold. We also played off the letter B and had some bumblebee logos and honey-colored accents. We made, thrifted, or doubled up on coupons to save money on almost everything we purchased for decorations because we knew we weren't likely to use them again. It just seemed like a waste to spend tons of money on the decorations. Our logs, vases, and chalkboard actually ended up getting multiple uses because we had a few friends get married after us that borrowed them. It's awesome knowing that they had a second (third, and fourth) life and brought someone else as much joy as they did us!
To pay tribute to Alex's Scottish heritage, he and my brother-in-law wore tartan bow ties and suspenders. My nephews were our groomsmen and they wore little kilts. My mother-in-law even had a corsage with a tartan ribbon.
My uncle's 1938 Oldsmobile served as our getaway car and stole the show! I'm so grateful that he let us use it and that he was our chauffeur to our hotel room that evening.
We put together packets of wildflower seeds to send home with our guests that had our wedding date and Best Day Ever stamped on the front. Alex spent hours creating ribbon wands for our sendoff.
The groomscake was topped with a gold bear, fox, wolf, and deer figurine to symbolize Alex's longtime screenname. We used an old chalkboard to display our menu for the evening and the outdoor patio was decorated with photos we'd taken together over the years and a cornhole game area.
My mom filled the panniers of the tandem bicycle that we rode to Alex's senior prom with flowers and we hung little signs to guide guests to our ceremony and reception areas.
We didn't have the most lavish wedding ever, but it was simple and true to us. Even now three days later I can't imagine doing it any differently! My advice to any brides-to-be out there would be to start planning early and book your vendors first! The rest of the details will fall into place, but it helps to not leave it all to the last minute.