This afternoon we have some lovely blue and yellow wedding inspiration to share with you! Amanda and Andrew planned a picnic themed wedding with bright sunflowers and blue checkered details. These very sweet photos are from Christa Donald Photography. The bride will fill you in on all of the wedding plans and details below…
Amanda:It was important that our wedding felt like a big gathering of our family and friends, so we were looking for a theme that wasn’t high maintenance or pretentious. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable while they celebrated with us. In thinking about our favorite times with family and friends, we settled on a summer picnic theme – everyone coming together for good food, good drinks, and good company. The picnic theme was relaxed enough to fit our vision, but we could still dress it up a little and make it feel really special.
One of the very best decisions we made was to do our own flowers. We turned what could have been a very expensive, very impersonal part of our wedding into a shared experience with our close family and friends. We had a blast working together the day before the wedding with a flower trimming and arranging assembly line, and it was a great way to involve the people who really wanted to help make our day extra special. Everyone got to know each other better, too.
We both value family and Andrew grew up in a household of anthropologists, so it was really important to us that our ceremony and celebration reflect the items and traditions that are important to both of our families. It was also really important that every element of our wedding truly reflect us, so for the standard wedding traditions we opted to observe, we tried to personalize them – like joining syrup from our home states instead of a lighting a unity candle or pouring sand.
We designed our ceremony ourselves but with the guidance of our officiant, who was the pastor of the church I grew up in. She recommended asking our families to each choose a reading as an offering to us, which we did. Both of our families took that assignment very seriously, and we ended up with a mix of funny and traditional readings. They were perfect. We also borrowed from the Quaker tradition and asked all of our guests to sign a certificate with our vows on them as witnesses to our commitment, and we now have a beautiful visual reminder of the friends and family who were there with us.
What I wore and carried with me that day were perhaps the most significant symbols of our day. As soon as we got engaged, Andrew’s mother asked me if I would like to wear “The Lavalier,” an intricate necklace that the past three generations of women in Andrew’s family have worn on their wedding days. I said yes without hesitation and was so honored to wear something that has been in Andrew’s family for 100 years. I also wore a ring that belonged to my great-grandmother which some of my aunts and cousins wore on their wedding days. I tasked my cousin (who was a bridesmaid) with finding my “something blue,” and she suggested finding a way to remember the members of our family who have passed away. I carried a little slip of paper with the names of our grandparents and Andrew’s uncle handwritten in blue ink by each of our parents.
We also wanted to get ready to make our commitment to each other in places that were meaningful to us. I got ready in the house my father grew up in and Andrew got ready in the home that belonged to my grandparents in their retirement and now belongs to my parents. Both have been the site of many family gatherings and hold many great memories.
The most amazing part of our wedding day was being surrounded by people from every stage of our lives. When else in your life do you have friends, family and coworkers in the same place in the same time? It was almost trippy, but so wonderful!
Photographer: Christa Donald Photography | Heirlooms and extras: Dancing Pen & Press | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Reception Venue: Lake Lodge | Second Shooter: Mary Beth Mahaney | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Stylist:Salon 96 | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: the belle and the beau