With a backyard wedding it’s easy to think of BBQ and lawn games, but today’s wedding from Traci & Troy is full of effortless elegance that will have you in love with the idea! The bride wore an heirloom wedding dress that was custom made for her grandmother and inspired by Grace Kelly’s dress. The look is nothing short of magical!
Planning a wedding was entirely outside of my realm of expertise. I don’t like spending money and I tend to want to please everyone…two things that are difficult to avoid when planning a wedding. That being said, I knew that I wanted my wedding to be a meaningful event, and for me, that meant focusing on the big picture. I envisioned marrying Avery in front of the people who mean the world to us. Of course, I wanted the event to be aesthetically beautiful, but such concerns came after the more important focus of honoring Avery, our family, and our friends.
My favorite wedding in the whole world is that of my grandmother, Carol Causey Meadors. I had grown up seeing pictures and newspaper clippings of her wedding; she was the most gorgeous bride that I had ever seen. Her magnificent smile and sparkling eyes told of her generous spirit and overflowing love for others. She has always been the champion heroine in my life. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when my mother surprised me by presenting Nana’s wedding dress for me to try on only two days after my engagement. I nervously unbuttoned all of the tiny satin buttons that marched up the front of the dress and gingerly stepped inside. It fit perfectly. I had always hoped to wear Nana’s wedding dress, but I had not expected that I would get to try it on so soon or that it would need no alterations. My grandmother’s dress is a unique piece of history. My Aunt shared that when my grandmother was preparing for her wedding, her mother (my great-grandmother) hired a French seamstress to design and construct a completely unique dress for her that was modeled loosely off of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. The seamstress, named Corrienne, purchased gorgeous lace and materials from France that she used to make my grandmother’s wedding dress. When the materials came, the seamstress measured my grandmother and started cutting right into the French lace without so much as a pattern to go off of, which made my great-grandmother nervous because she was afraid that the expensive lace would be useless if the seamstress made a mistake. However, the seamstress was so skillful that the dress turned out beautifully and fit my grandmother perfectly. It was very exciting and memorable for me to be able to wear such a unique and meaningful dress.
I also had the privilege of using a cake topper that has been used for generations on Avery’s mother’s side of the family. It fit in perfectly with our theme of tradition and heritage. Lastly, the necklace that I wore was a gift from Avery that he had had made with the engagement diamond from my grandmother on my mother’s side.
In planning our wedding, it was most important to Avery and I to honor the people who are meaningful to us. We tried not to worry about little details like numbers of attendants matching perfectly or about having a bridal party that was too big or too small. For our wedding day, we wanted to find ways to keep those we loved nearby. We knew that on the day of our wedding, we were going to want to spend those precious moments with the people that we cherish.
Our colors were light blush, off-white, shades of green and jewel-tone teal (for the bridesmaids’ dresses). My style vision was a little more defined: I wanted a soft, classic look that was simple, yet elegant. We knew that we wanted to get married in a small church near to my home. After looking at a number of churches, we visited the Fairmount Friends Church and were enamored with its wooden pews, balcony, and simplicity. We held the reception outside at my family’s home. We had built the home ourselves and it was very meaningful to me to have the wedding reception where guests could admire the home that my family had worked so hard to create. I have many memories of working on parts of the house with my family, and it was awesome to have the home be part of the celebration.
Without a doubt, the wedding ceremony was the most meaningful part of the day for both Avery and I. We chose to sing a number of congregational hymns during the ceremony, which was an incredibly beautiful time. We could hear all of our friends and families voices filling in all around us, praising the Lord for his blessings and our marriage. Another entirely different favorite moment came when my brother, Davis, played our song (“Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO) during the dancing at the reception. We both let loose, but neither of us are dancers. No one joined in and we ended up dancing hard for the full song – it was hilarious…and exhausting! Finally, at the end of our reception, my brothers had planned to set off fireworks as a surprise for Avery. It was so much fun to see Avery’s face light up as he took in the fireworks while we made our exit from the reception.
Photography | Traci & Troy | Florals | Kathy Thornburgh with Creative Dining Services | Catering | Taylor University Creative Dining Services | Rentals | H&D Superent | Invitations | Emily Theis | Dress | Vintage Heirloom | Headpiece | RosAnna Treasures | Bridesmaid Dresses | Alfred Sung | Jewelry | DeVries Jewelers | Shoes | Nordstrom | Hair & Makeup | Grace Boxell | Groomswear | Jf J. Ferrar
What’s not to love about this romantic wedding at a historic Ford plant? With modern vintage vibes and a rich fall color palette, this Detroit wedding from Style & Story Creative is perfect inspiration for autumn couples!
Our engagement was very family-forward with family involvement. When we found the Ford Piquette Plant, we knew it was perfect since we could tie in my family history at Ford (two grandfathers worked for 40 years and my great grandfather directly reported to Henry Ford). It continued the theme from the engagement! We live in NYC and have a love for new foods and trendy restaurants. We were able to carry that into our wedding with the help of Andiamo and had an incredible spread the entire night.
For our outfits we did black ties and tuxes for the guys, sleek white gown with lace detailing on Alyssa’s gown, and her bridesmaids wore faux fur wraps in a vintage touch echoing their historic venue.
Brad and I had to be convinced to do a first look and it turned out to be one of my favorite moments. We were then able to spend all afternoon together with our friends and family and I’d recommend that to anyone. I also loved seeing the reception space for the first time prior to the ceremony! Hearing the guests rave about the food and drinks was another exciting part since we put a lot of time into designing the menu.
Our florals were deep red and light pink blooms and lots of greenery in the bride’s bouquet and the table arrangements. We created a wall honoring my grandparents who worked at Ford, two of which are no longer with us. We found photos of them in their offices and presented stories of their time at Ford. Otherwise, our planner Ann Travis was the queen DIY-er! She created the moss wall and incredible menu settings.
Photography | Style & Story Creative | Venue | Ford Piquette Plant | Planning | Ann Travis Events | Catering | Andiamo Catering | Florals | Jen House Design | Stationery | Invitations by Caitlin | Cake | Sweet Heather Anne | Rentals | Event Theory | Band | Bluewater Kings Band | Linens | La Tavola Linens | Furniture Rentals | Detroit Chiavari | Rentals | Chiavari Chair Rental & Decor | Submitted via Matchology
If a bit of rustic charm is your kind of vibe, you will love this sweet Austrian barn wedding from Velvet Love! With an open back tea length wedding dress and cute mason jar centerpieces, this wedding is intimate with vintage touches. We love the dreamy hillside ceremony under a tree!
We wanted to have an intimate celebration in vintage style.
My engagement ring is actually made of the old wedding rings of my parents.
I wanted my dress to have teacup length to fit my personal desire to move freely and of course to fit our vintage style wedding. The groom wore a light Italian suit to suit the nice and warm weather in May.
We wanted to create a happy and romantic mood for us and all our guests. We never expected the day to be perfect but it actually turned out exactly that way, even with the small rain shower during our ceremony.
Our favorite parts of the day were the wedding ceremony, our photo-shooting and of course the first dance.
Photography | Velvet Love | Venue, Planning, Florals, and Rentals | Holler Hochzeitsscheune | Cake | Das Tortenattelier | Wedding Dress | Steinecker | Groom’s Attire | Knilli Modehaus | Bride’s Shoes | Lena Hoshek | Headpiece | DaWanda | Submitted via Matchology