This sweet vineyard wedding from Big Star Studios is absolutely full of vintage charm! I adore the bride’s birdcage veil, the bridesmaids’ floral pomanders, and the best color palette Fall has to offer: shades of vibrant red and orange with bright pops of purple. The stunning bride, Rose, is here to share her planning insight with us:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I would say our wedding planner Amanda Scott (A Swanky Affair) helped us most with planning the wedding. It was great that she would come to appointments with us and knew what questions to ask. She also set everything up on the day of the wedding, and kept us on schedule. Our wedding was atypical in that we had a small intimate ceremony followed by a larger reception, at the same venue on the same day, so her help in keeping the events separate and flow smoothly was invaluable.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
In choosing our vendors, it was important to choose what aspects of the wedding were most important to us. If you put the music, flowers, food, clothes, etc as a top priority you will drive yourself (and your family and fiancé) crazy! We decided that our top priorities were our pictures and the food. The rest we just wanted reasonably priced and reliable.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Our inspiration was vintage, seasonal, and vineyard. We had a year and a half engagement so that the ceremony would be in the fall. Fall accents like bales of hay at the ceremony and red and orange flowers were awesome. The temperature on the wedding day was in the high 70s and just perfect. The vintage accents included the birdcage veil, lace dress, and black and white pictures of our ancestors’ weddings. The vineyard theme was apparent in not just having the ceremony at a vineyard, but having corks hold the name cards and a large wine glass full of corks that the guests could guess the number of corks. The winner of the “guess the cork” game won a bottle of Hinnant wine, as did the couple who had been married the longest.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The favorite part of the day for me was the first look. Jeremy and I had a first look among the vines with just the photographers present. The look on his face when he saw me was priceless! All the emotions of the year and a half engagement just came pouring out in tears. It was such a sweet moment before the formalities of the ceremony began.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best piece of advice would be, like I said before, choosing where your priorities lie. Choose 2 or 3 aspects of the day that you want to focus on. Also, hire a wedding planner. That takes a lot of the pressure off of your family and friends in the planning process and day of the ceremony. My family and friends had small jobs like counting the “guess the cork” guesses, and helping take presents home after the event, but other than that they were just socializing and dancing. The wedding planner also keeps you focused and on track during the planning process. She was also available to answer phone calls or emails and was almost like a counselor some days (“is it normal that…?”). I could rest assured during weeks without contact with her that we were on schedule and not to worry.
I would also recommend brides have touches of their fiancé’s interests involved in the day (and not just the rehearsal dinner). I think men feel second rate when it comes to their wedding day, which isn’t fair. As Jeremy is a golf professional, we chose vintage golf clubs and golf balls as table names. It was fun for him to come up with the names and corresponding images. Unless men have a say and part in the wedding details, it’s easy for them to leave the planning 100% up to their bride.
Thanks, Rose! I love that she wanted to include her fiance’s interests and profession in the planning of the wedding. The vintage golf named tables are a great detail and conversation piece. I’m sure their guests loved that gentleman’s touch! Are you planning something creative for your dinner tables? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below!