Even the threat of rain couldn’t put a damper on this charming, rustic Alabama wedding from j.woodbery photography. Utilizing the entire small town of Mt. Laurel, Alabama, the ceremony and reception sites were tented for the potential downpour and filled with wildflowers and vintage touches, including the amazing altar – built by the father of the bride. Lovely bride, Lia, is here to share her planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Pinterest and Etsy really helped with the creative process and figuring out what I wanted because when Ben and I got engaged, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go in. I wasn’t the type of girl that had dreamed of my wedding since I was a little girl, so I had to start from scratch. I really enjoy planning parties and doing crafts so I figured this would be the most important party I ever plan! I did as much myself as I could. And as far as executing the DIY details, I couldn’t have done it without my mom, MOH and Sister-in law. My dad made the shutter arbor for the ceremony and my aunts did a fabulous job arranging the flowers on the day of the wedding. And last but not least, my wedding planner, Becky Baker, was a real rockstar and really saved the day a few times.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I didn’t want to work with anyone that was too stuffy, I didn’t choose any vendors that Ben and I didn’t click with. It’s important that you can rely completely on them especially the day of, because you don’t want to have to worry about anything on your wedding day.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I wanted the day to feel really personal and fun. I liked the whole rustic chic vibe and many of my DIY projects reflected that. I tried to incorporate a lot of personal touches.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I’ll never forget walking down the aisle with my dad. I have never in my life felt emotion like that. Seeing my groom standing at the end of the aisle while surrounded by all the people I love was really a once in a lifetime memory that I will cherish.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Get a wedding planner! I was on the fence about it but I can’t imagine not having her there to help put out fires and they will really give you peace of mind so you can just enjoy your wedding day. Also, the whole wedding planning process can be very stressful and quite a daunting task. Don’t lose sight of what’s really important. The whole process is about making memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy every minute of it; it goes by in a flash!
Awesome advice, Lia. Here’s a fun fact about Lia and Ben’s wedding: Ben videographed the whole shebang himself! You can check out the video here. Although a lot of the details were DIY, I love that Lia relied on professionals to implement the overall plan for their big day. Here at ELD, we’re very much for finding vendors you love and entrusting them to create a wonderful and meaningful day for you and your beloved. Wedding professionals are the best kind of professionals! If I could change one thing about my wedding, it would have been to hire a wedding planner. A planner would have taken so much stress off of me leading up to the wedding and – had I known – I would have gladly thrown my book of magazine tear sheets and inspiration pages at her in a heartbeat (Y’all, I got married in the dark ages. There was no such thing as a wedding blog or Pinterest. The horror!).
Brides, I’d love to hear about the one vendor you can’t do without in your planning so far! Share in the comments below!