Inspiration for your road to the altar

Meredith and Josh’s wedding was perfectly preppy – a pink and green color palette, their new married monogram on the programs, a sparkler send off to end the evening. In fact, they were so committed to their color palette, they chose the reception venue (The Bryn Du Mansion) because it had rooms that were pink and green! Be sure to check out the sparkler sleeves towards the bottom, they say “Thank you for adding sparkle to our special day.” Love that!

Photography: Ely Bros Photography (go read their “about us” page, it will make you smile)
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Pataskala, OH
Reception: The Bryn Du Mansion
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew
Flowers: Village Flower Basket
Stylist is Shannon Goode
Makeup: Melissa Roshan

Sara and Hillary were married this summer, in a beautiful handmade affair that was essentially created by family. Their wedding was so lovely – and it was also a lesson in patience (and quite the story). I work with Sara at the ‘ol day job, and only a few months before their nuptials were scheduled to take place, she sent me an email that their venue was in foreclosure. You can read the entire story on her blog, Indiana Weddings, but the shortened version is that they were left trying to find a new venue and contacting all their guests to notify them of changes with only weeks left before their wedding. Stressful? Unbelievably so. But, lesson learned? The new venue worked beautifully and at the end of the day, they were husband and wife. So remember that even though things will inevitably go awry in your planning process – if, at the end of it all, you said your vows in front of your loved ones, that is all that matters! {As a side note: huge thanks to Monica of Whitebox Weddings and Liene of Blue Orchid for all their help and advice}

There are so many details in these photos that I split the day up into two posts. Don’t you love the buttons? Sara made all of them herself – as well as the “button-ieres.” Love it! The directional signs were made by Sara’s brother, the couple’s best friends made the invitations, literally all of Sara’s Aunts were involved in the flower arranging (the bouquets were the only things the florist arranged, the rest were bought in bunches). The ceremony musicians were Sara’s cousins and very close friends of the family. The officiant was Sara’s uncle….when I said it was a family affair I wasn’t kidding! All of the photos were taken by Studio This Is and the flowers were provided by Earthly Enchantments.

I think this is the best program I’ve seen – simple, unique and funny all at the same time:

Since both of Sara’s parents walked her down the aisle, Hillary’s Mom handed him Sara’s bouquet so that he could give it to her as she reached the end of the aisle:

I know you’re all going to love Sara & Ryan’s wedding – its full of details, non-matching bridesmaids, an altar outdoors and peonies. What’s not to love? The talented Carrie Patterson was the photographer and I will share the rest of the vendors with you in the second post. Until then – enjoy!