For our Real Weddings feature, Adrienne and John have been chosen to share their beautiful spring wedding pictures and the story behind them so we can get a glimpse into their big day. I first wanted to use some of their images for a lime green themed Monday’s Montage, but quickly realized I loved too many details for a small collage!  The bright green would be perfect if you’re planning a spring, summer or even fall wedding. Read on as we hear from the bride herself on the inspiration behind their unique and intimate details.

From their photographer, Jodi Miller:

“Their wedding was so elegant and stylish, with so many great DIY details and charm.  Adrienne was the epitome of classic hollywood beauty…her hair, dress, and accessories were simply stunning!  They had so many great vendors involved in their wedding including: the gorgeous florals, by Artistic Florist; the incredible folk band, Heart Gets Monkey, that provided the reception music; Adrienne’s hair by The Studio; hair accessories + clutches from Etsy;  and cake by John’s brother, Brian.”

From the bride:

As far as my ring, it is vintage. The solitaire is my grandmother’s engagement diamond, which she later had reset with the other stones around it. I had a band made in white gold to fit around the ring since it is an unusual shape.

Don’t you love this vintage wedding set?

Beautiful ruffle-trimmed flats.

My bouquet consisted of green cymbidium orchids, ivory hydrangea, miniature calla lilies, assorted pods, hypericum berries and fiddlehead ferns (a surprise from the florist!- I had requested a fiddlehead in the groom’s boutonniere). The pomanders hanging from the chair were made from dried hypericum berries. I purchased the balls of berries already assembled and attached the ivory ribbon myself.

Love the punch of that lime green.

The bridesmaid dresses were by David’s Bridal. I gave them a choice of several knee-length dresses in the olivine color, but they all ended up choosing the same dress! I loved the color because I wanted a shade of green that would complement and enhance the natural surroundings of the Cross Keys Vineyard, where we held the wedding. This green was a kind of earthy tone and it blended perfectly.

Simple bridesmaids dresses complete the classic, timeless theme.

The clutches were from a shop on Etsy called Mollusa. I convoed her and described what I wanted based on photos of her work and within six weeks I had the clutches in hand! They were all black but each had a green fabric flower that was slightly different. I thought this would be a great gift for my bridesmaids that they could use again on special occasions.

Fabulous clutches make a great bridesmaid gift!

We wrote a wine ceremony into the ceremony since it was held at a Vineyard. The minister read a prepared section of The Prophet by Kahlil Gabran and we poured white wine from two carafes into a single carafe, then poured each other a glass from the single carafe. It was our symbolization of unity.

What a unique alternative to the unity candle!

The garden arch in the ceremony belonged to the vineyard. Our florist (The Artistic Florist in Harrisonburg, VA) decorated it with various ivory and green blossoms and greenery and did a fantastic job! We also displayed two flowering dogwood saplings which were at the front, on either side of the arch, which we planted after the wedding.

Serene backdrop and love that adorable patterned flower girl dress.

The ring bearer pillow and flower girl pomander were also made by the florist, out of live flowers (kermit mums). Beautiful!

That ring bearer pillow and flower girl ball of buds is are some of my favorite touches!

The overall theme of the event was Spring and all the symbolism it entails, with new life and blossoming all around. This is why I chose green as the central color and wanted an outdoor ceremony. I thought Spring was a perfectly fitting time to begin a new life together with my husband, and I wanted to convey that through the colors, decorations, and favors.

Captured love.

The moss-covered letters were also ordered from Etsy. These came from Happy Hound’s shop. She also sells a lot of neat stuff for dogs but these were so cool and can be stored for a lifetime because the moss is dried.

Okay, these grassy letter might be my favorite detail!

I had seen placecards displayed on grass mats in a magazine, so I purchased mats from a craft store. I wrote the names on the placecards myself with a green pen.

What a cool idea for the name cards to carry out the grassy theme!

The family tree is also an idea I had from seeing other people using manzanita branches to display things. I originally thought I would put the placecards on the branches with framed family photos underneath but decided that would be too chaotic and that hanging photos from the branches instead made perfect sense, making a “Family Tree”. I obtained wedding photos from relatives, mounted them on cardstock, and hung them with green ribbon.

What an awesome way to display your family tree!

In lieu of favors we donated money to two local animal rescue non-profit groups. We had cards at each table with photos of our cat and dog (both rescued strays) with a caption saying “Thank you” and an explanation of our favors. Our centerpieces were non-floral; living, potted hostas that guests could take home and plant.



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