Friday, September 10, 2010

The Rest of the Story

This past week I gave a presentation explaining more about my business, Events by Design. I used this Tobacco Barn Wedding as an example of how I love to pull together an event or wedding. I know I've already told you a little about this wedding, but now that I have the profess pics I wanted to tell you the rest of the story.

Once upon a time, on a hot summer day in North Carolina, there lived a couple who had a beautiful wedding...

When I first met this couple, the words I heard them repeat about how they wanted their wedding to feel were "simple... casual... country... fun." I thought to myself, "rustic beauty".

We started with the backdrop of this
beautiful tobacco barn at the lovely Yancey House.

We added this gorgeous stained glass window from the mother of
the bride's collection to make a more chapel like appearance.

Then, we tied mason jars with raffia, and filled them with the
most gorgeous country flowers you've ever seen...
...and used burlap table runners to stay close to the natural feel.

This antique Coke cooler used to be in the bride's Grandaddy's country store!
We filled it with little cokes to serve as their signature drink.
Don't ya just love it?!?

We had an activity table for the kids...planting their own seeds!

Tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, from local farms

Of course, we had to do these wildflower seed packets as favors...

And, remember when I asked you to take a guess at what this was used for?
This old wood stove became our favor table!
We even stuck the extra favors inside the stove
and pulled them out as necessary. A perfect hiding spot.

It all turned out to be an absolutely beautiful time...and so much fun!

And, yes, they are living happily ever after.

Oh, and if you look really close in that last picture, you'll see me, in my "studio". I'm the one standing in the back left corner, and smiling as big as the sun. The first dance is always one of my favorite parts of the wedding.

(Photography is thanks to the fabulous Stephanie Brown of Stephanie's Creative Photography.)

Linking up to Sneak Peek Fridays, with all those wonderful artists!


  1. Beautiful ... love the rustic wedding ... I'm hoping that one of my daughters will do something similar (and I want the other to be on the beach!)

  2. What a wonderful place for a wedding. Just my style.

  3. Aaah Melissa..this post was wonderful! You did such a fabulous job putting this wedding together. I can fully see why you'd be smiling as big as the sun..this was a celebration that will definitely be remembered! Loved the coke-cooler and the seed packet ideas!

  4. Beautiful! Great ideas :-)

  5. What a unique and fun wedding! Love all the details! You did a FANTASTIC job!

  6. Fun! I love the fact that the antique cooler had special meaning for the bride.

  7. Wow... what a neat wedding! I love that window. Great idea to use mason jars with flowers... beautiful! You did a fantastic job! Looks like you gave the couple just what they were hoping for! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us! :)

  8. Elegant and rustic all in one event...brilliant! Hanging the stained glass on the building to make it feel like a chapel was one of my faves.

    Stopping by way of Jennifer @ Studio JRU.

  9. Wow, I love it all. If I had my wedding to do over again, I'd choose rustic, country style. Beautiful! You clearly have some amazing talent and a gift that blesses so many!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your wedding creation. So natural and fun. I think people just love weddings like this...everyone can be themselves and have a good time. Nice job!

  11. WOW!!! You have a gift, girl!
    I'm "little sister" (not by blood) is getting married this March... she has all sorts of ideas but no gusto to make them happen. I feel a lot of it will be me gently nudging her to get things done. You really have a talent here!