Real Wedding: Jennifer & Will

Posted May 1, 2015
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It was a gorgeous, sunshiny day in June. The air was warm and filled with light, the flowers were bursting with color, and two animal loving, light-hearted lovebirds got hitched. It sounds like the perfect setup for a romantic comedy, but put away that popcorn- it was Jennifer and Will’s earthy, summery, lovely wedding day. With a fresh yet classic color theme of light, summery blues and whites, accented with soft pinks, bright pops of white, greenery, and twigs in the florals, this day couldn’t have been more natural and understated. Jennifer really hit it out of the park in selecting a color palette that reflected the couple’s love for the outdoors and nature, while at the same time harmoniously accenting the natural architectural beauty of both Westminster Presbyterian sanctuary and the reception venue, The Sawmill. The couple couldn’t have chosen a more perfect reception space. The Sawmill is seeping with rustic, natural charm in its exposed brick, hardwoods, old railroad tracks, and the vintage sawmill outside. Bonus: for another fabulous wedding hosted at the Sawmill, check out Julia & Greg’s December wedding!

Heather from I Do was on hand to assist with this sun soaked day as Dr. and Dr. (they are both veterinarians!) became Mr. and Mrs. Jennifer’s family is large and very tight knit on her mother’s side, which made for a big and happy crowd present for her big day! Indeed, family was woven throughout the details of their day in a precious way. The pastor that performed their ceremony was a dear family friend. Jennifer and her sister (and maid of honor) Elizabeth picked the knee length, floaty ‘ocean spray’ blue chiffon bridesmaids dresses. The groom wore a tux adorned with a special pocket watch of his grandfather’s. The most stunning way the couple shared the significance of their ties with loved ones were the favors. Perched beautifully in a basket were hundreds of handmade paper cranes. Jennifer made these delicate, beautiful, colorful cranes out of origami paper.  These were for guests to take as favors, but were also hung within the floral arrangements. The cranes were special, because not only was it a play on her maiden name “Crain”, but previously Jennifer had also made 1,000 paper cranes for two special friends in her life as a symbol of luck and love. One of the two had cancer and has since passed. Thus, they carry sweet significance for her and meant a lot to her to be included in the day’s decor.

The special touches continued in the dramatic “guest book tree” of tall twigs created by the florist, Embassy Flowers.  Guests left well wishes on paper leaves hanging from the tree. Embassy also created dramatic, yet earthy, centerpieces for the reception featuring soaringly tall twigs that nearly touched the ceiling along with soft blue hydrangeas and moss. Jennifer’s handmade paper cranes elegantly and understatedly tucked into centerpiece twigs was such a special, unique detail we loved catching our eye during every so often

With a mouth watering array of crab cakes, steak, fruits and cheeses provided by The Sawmill via Larkins on the River catering, a cocktail hour (featuring a pause for all to enjoy one of Jennifer’s passions: the Kentucky Derby race) and music provided by the Party Machine, this party was one for the books.  The couple’s three tier cake by Couture Cakes with an embracing wooden figure topper surrounded by tiny twigs was a sweet finish to the dinner. Marshall Graham photography documented the memories and fun, and was easy to work with from start to finish. Jennifer and Will closed down the evening by exiting amidst a glittering swirl of sparklers to their awaiting towncar, and swooped off to their tropical Caribbean honeymoon. For more beautiful details and images of their nature inspired day, check out the pictures below!