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bonnie & david are married!

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we fell in love with bonnie and david during their engagement shoot. their energy and creativity blew us away and though we didn’t think it was possible, their wedding still blew us away (even further? :)). it was amazing!! every detail was meticulously planned by the unendingly creative bride and her equally fabulous mom (you just wait!) and really, i couldn’t get enough it! whew, i’ll take a breath and start at the beginning…

the lovely ladies started their day off right – with laughter and presents and a big breakfast at early girl eatery in downtown asheville, nc.

bonnie’s dad surprised everyone with his wedding gift the day before – he handed david the keys to his dream – a big diesel truck for him to convert to biodiesel. (sidenote: bonnie and david live an impressively green lifestyle, you’ll see more of this later!) when we arrived we got the short version of the story before the guys piled into the truck and headed up the blue ridge parkway for a small hike and a (freezing cold) swim.

meanwhile, the ladies walked from breakfast over to the salon for styling and took turns ooohing and aaahing over bonnie’s perfect birdcage veil, crafted by her mom (of course) and studded with a perfectly sewn satin flower and a few feathers. oh, this is just the beginning!!

while i was steeped in bobbie pins and hairspray and loving it, matt was 100% in his element with the guys. when i met matt his reputation consisted of simply ‘he’s crazy,‘ so when i saw the pictures he took of the guys, it was definitely a throwback!

i mentioned earlier that bonnie’s birdcage veil was only the beginning of her mom’s brilliance, here is a sneak peek into the rest:

bon’s mom is an unbelievable seamstress, which means bonnie’s dress shopping consisted of cutting a picture of her favorite dress out of a bridal magazine and material shopping with her mom, how awesome! there are no words for how perfect her dress was. it fit her amazingly and honestly just the slip under the dress was beautiful enough to stand alone as a wedding gown. a piece of lace from her mom’s own hand-sewn wedding dress was stitched into the slip, a perfect detail with incredible meaning. as bonnie’s mom and future mother in law helped her into her breathtaking dress i couldn’t help the lump in my throat, or the subsequent watery eyes…

switching back to the gentlemen – how fabulous are these ’bouts?! bonnie worked with the incredible janet of enchanted florist and together they traded traditional flowers for herbs, twigs, berries, feathers, and seed pods, the result was totally amazing and totally ‘her.’

onto the ceremony at the beautiful crest center! (don’t miss her adorable shoes, she and all her ladies wore leaf green heels, perfect with the theme and absolutely re-wearable!)

this next picture makes me so happy, just look at those smiles! congrats guys!!

time for celebration! i love this first dance shot, what a good lookin’ couple!

bonnie and david are great dancers, they had such a great time tearing it up together:

an irresistible shot of those green shoes ;)

one of bonnie’s bridesmaids worked it out with the band to sing a song to the newlyweds, it was such a sweet moment:

and they are off to riviera maya!

bonnie and david, you guys are so perfect together. the way you talk to each other and smile at each other is impossible to overlook, you’re love is so apparent! i hope you are having an amazing and relaxing honeymoon; thank you so much for choosing us to be part of such an incredible day!

diy goodness!

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i promised a treat for all you do-it-yourself brides out there, and here it is! we’ve been excited lately to be talking with ami and rebekah of elizabeth anne designs (ead). ami elizabeth and rebekah anne are creative professionals, offering custom stationary design, inspiration consulting, and diy project guidance and assistance. they also they write a lovely blog full of great ideas! sounds like a dream job, doesn’t it? this being said, i am delighted to be able to share with you a little bit of ead’s creative genius:

kate: can any bride be a diy bride?
ead: Yes, anyone can incorporate diy elements into their weddings. simple items such as packaging favors are easy and enjoyable projects for brides to undertake. however, those that don’t already have high quality adhesive on hand are not likely to find themselves all of a sudden acquiring advanced stationery creation skills. as a bride, be sure that before you undertake a diy project, you believe you can do it as well as (but cheaper than) a professional.


kate: in the overwhelming world of weddings, how does a bride find her style?
ead: a bride finds her style by peeling away the layers of what people expect and want for her. and finding what she truly loves. inspiration can be found in a favorite color, dress, shoes or couch. It can be found outside or inside. a wedding can be planned around something she finds in a magazine. the best advice we can give is to read, read, read, and research. the more she sees, the more cogently she can describe her vision.


kate: what are some simple ways you recommend to personalize a wedding?
ead: the first way to personalize your wedding is by choosing things to incorporate that matter to you. things that aren’t just “wedding” material. and if you truly love something, use it. don’t let people tell you that it’s not “done.” so what! it can be done by you. secondly, choose one important element of the wedding and do it *very* well. people will remember the extra flourish that was put into your first dance, or the cake, or the wine pairings.


kate: what do you advise even a diy bride to leave to professional vendors?
ead: leave set up and take down to your vendors. don’t ask family members to do this. you’ll miss out on those great moments before a wedding. photography is the only thing you take away from the day, please don’t have a friend-of-a-friend step in for this duty. choose a reputable, experienced professional who will provide you with shots you will treasure for the rest of your life.


kate: any other amazing tips you’d like to share with our readers?
*realize the limitations of your space or budget. work creatively within those to plan your perfect day. explore every alternative before making your decisions – not only will it give you peace of mind but you’ll feel as if you executed your day to the best of your ability.

*put together an inspiration board to guide the overall feel of your event. if an idea you are considering doesn’t fit in with the pictures on your board, don’t use it. this will help you to maintain a sense of cohesiveness. your invitations or save the dates are the first items that your guests see – they truly set the tone for the wedding. don’t skimp here!

*if you can at all afford it, use a piece of your budget for a day of coordinator. you won’t regret having an extra pair of hands around and it will allow you, your parents, and your bridesmaids to sit back, relax, and enjoy the day.

thanks so much elizabeth anne designs for your inspiration! brides, you can do it!!

*all images are ‘inspiration boards’ by elizabeth anne designs!

please check out their blog for an interview with us!!