Elle & Alex’s Eclectic DIY Mountain Lodge Wedding

Elle & Alex share their eclectic, modern, mountain lodge wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. 

Laughter and happy tears overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Elle and Alex's day was nothing short of beautiful and full of love. Their wedding party wore a mix-match of yellow, greens, and blues that complimented the perfect fall day in the Georgia mountains.
When Elle first saw Alex in one of her college courses, she didn't know her crush would blossom into an incredible love story. From their vows to the speeches given by those closest to them, the bond they share is undeniable and obvious.

Tell us a little about you and your partner!

Elle: We met in a history class at Florida State University. Elle talked to Alex first, and a few months later, she asked him to be her boyfriend. When we got engaged six years later, it was just before Christmas. We were visiting Alex's family in South Florida. Alex invited all our friends and family to a party without Elle knowing. When Elle arrived and walked into the backyard, Alex got down on one knee just as all our friends and family were coming out of their hiding places to surprise her!

Tell us about your wedding!

Alex's suit was burgundy, so one of the colors we chose to compliment that in our palette was ox blood: a very dark and sultry color. This and a goldenrod yellow were the colors that made our palette pop. Ox blood, goldenrod, charcoal blue, blush pink, and sage green were all featured in the decorations, and the bridal party chose dresses or pantsuits from these colors.

We made all the decorations for the ceremony and the reception ourselves. For the center pieces and counter tops, we used assorted bottles of different shapes, sizes, and colors and made bundles of fake flowers for each vessel. We got SO many compliments on the flowers, and it was a lot more affordable to use fake ones. We borrowed shepherd hooks to line the walkway for the ceremony, and hung a mason jar from each hook filled with the fake flower bundles. Elle's dad made the triangle-shaped arch and we ordered a green garland and some (real) baby's breath to wrap it. The only other real flowers were bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, which were also placed on the table for extra center pieces after the ceremony. Because our venue was outdoors with sweeping mountain views, we didn't want to over decorate. The beauty of the scenery made it easy to do simple decorations.

The bouquets and boutonnieres featured a lot of greenery. Elle's bouquet was a "fresh picked" look with some trailing greens. These touches matched the beauty of the outdoor setting. Blue thistle was featured in the bouquets and boutonnieres, which made the flowers look unique and wild.

Instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests take pictures with an Instax mini camera and put it in a photo album where there was also space for them to write a message. Everyone loved it! We were also able to use the camera during the rehearsal dinner and the afterparty, and these are some of my favorite memories captured during our special weekend. Our photographer, Alexis, also brought an Instax camera and took a few shots with it in addition to her DSLR!

What wedding planning advice do you have for engaged couples?

If you're on a budget, decide which top 3-5 things to really throw money at. Expenses really add up, and knowing what you can cut corners on or completely do without are important decisions to talk about as you go.

Elle & Alex's Rockstar Vendors

Photographer: Alexis Schwallier Photography LLC

Second Photographer: Jessica Hunt Photography

Floral Bouquets: The Flower Garden of Blairsville

Caterer: Big Girls Events & Catering

Venue: 5 Star Lodge and Stables

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