Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 4-6
Our wedding day was truly the most exciting, beautiful, and perfect day of my life. I wish I could go back and relive it over and over again. As I married my sweet husband Brandon, it was the wedding day I'd always dreamed of sunny, summery, personal, eclectic, and beautifully whimsical.
This perfect day happened at my grandparents' church and their old family farmhouse in a small town. When I was a girl I decided that I must get married there. My parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins sweated weekend after weekend leading up to the wedding. Hauling mulch, dusting, scrubbing, trimming, and making sure the house and yard were perfect for the special day. Now that's love :o) Their hard work definitely paid off.
We were surrounded by our closest family and friends.
It was a DIY wedding in every sense of the word. It was hard work, but it made it personal, special, affordable, and absolutely the way I wanted it.
Goodwill became my favorite hang-out spot as I collected jars, vases, candle holders and more jars, vases and candle holders to decorate the tables at the reception. All the flowers for the reception came from our yard as well as a few relatives' and Costco (my mom's clever idea). Altogether, the flowers for the reception cost a total of $30, they were beautiful. Oh, so beautiful.
The food was fabulously homemade and southern. Pimento cheese sandwiches, chicken, and deviled eggs were just a few of the treats. My mom, and I made much of the food as well as my aunts, cousin and some sweet friends.
I insisted that we have lost of sweets (cake is just never enough).
We washed it all down with lemonade and ice coffee. I spent the morning of my wedding brewing massive batches of coffee. My Starbucks barista experience finally paid off.
The special details brought everything together. Love birds, heart garland ( I spent hours making it from punched out hearts and dental floss), the boutonnieres my mom and I made the morning of the wedding, and delicious homemade cupcakes to replace a traditional wedding cake.
It was a beyond perfect day.
Photos by Jeff Scott of J. Darren Photography