Heather & Matthew were married in an eclectic backyard wedding full of meaningful, homemade details. Photographer, Jessica Hunt shares a bit about their day...
Jessica Hunt: This wedding day is like none other I've ever photographed. Though an incredible team of vendors came together to make the wedding day happen, most of the planning and unique details of the day came straight from the couple! The ceremony entrance, arbor, bar, and dance floor were all built by the bride's father and Pawpaw. Truly a handmade-backyard affair!
Every little detail was poured over with love, each decoration and moment thought through. From the 'Wizard of OZ' quotes placed throughout the bride's parents' backyard to the handmade details, each little thing fit Heather and Matthew perfectly. Heather gifted her bridesmaids a pair of earrings, a handwritten note, and a forest green shaw to warm them up on the pretty November day. Matthew wore a velvet maroon suite jacket, and I loved his little fancy pocket square. The 'flower girls' were really 'feather girls' who threw feathers instead of petals, and the couple's friends and family showered them with paper airplanes as they walked down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs. for the first time. The paper airplanes were an important detail for Heather and Matthew because Matthew is a plane/drone hobbyist. They said their vows in front of a sea of candles and a handmade arbor made from stain glass windows.
...and the party after their vows? One for the books!
There were chandeliers hanging in the reception tent and a handmade, custom dance floor to host the party. They had a live band to rock out to all evening, and guests made s'mores right outside their reception tent around bonfires. Even the bar was built by hand for the wedding by Heather's family! Matthew, a real firework enthusiast, put on a gorgeous fireworks show to end the night. All-in-all Heather and Matthew's day was just plain flawless. Every little handmade detail complimented their backyard wedding and love perfectly, and this day is going to go down as one of my favorite wedding days yet.
Some Words of Wisdom from the Couple
Heather: You can never be too organized. If you are doing a homemade wedding, planning is crucial! You don’t want to be doing a lot of crafty things last minute. If one more person told me I have plenty of time to worry about that or you can do that later before the wedding I was going to scream! You want to enjoy the weeks before the wedding and not be stressed out! So anything you can do ahead of time...knock it out! Prioritize what is important to you and knock those things out...if you have leftover wants...OH well at least you got the most important ones off your list of To Do’s and honestly, no one will ever know if something wasn’t done!
Heather & Matthew's Rockstar Vendors
Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography
Heather's Gown: Mikaella Bridal
Invitation Designer: The Copy Shop
Caterer: Hamptons Restaurant & Bakery
Hair Stylist: The Venue Salon
Officiant: Pastor Tim Brown
Band: Virtually Unshockable
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Men's Apparel: C. Anthony's Menswear
Other Attire: J. Major's Bridal Boutique
Floral Designer: Bloomsbury Floral Designs