Purple Wedding by Jessica Wright Photography

Our wedding was everything we could have ever wanted: meaningful, intimate, unique and FUN! Our goal was to have a casual gathering of our closest friends and family with a light-hearted yet elegant vibe. We chose to have our wedding at the American Village; our ceremony was in the beautifully simple colonial-style chapel and our reception in the fabulously rustic historic barn. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting!
The DIY bug hit me soon after getting engaged. I work in finance and have never considered myself a particularly crafty person, but for some reason wedding planning really got my creative juices flowing! I took on quite a few DIY projects: guest book, programs, menus, seating chart, signage, toss cones, welcome bags, table numbers, etc. The projects were difficult with my busy work schedule, but actually really fun and ultimately well worth the effort; I really felt like they gave us the ability to put our own personal touch on our special day (not to mention helping to keep the budget down). Planning long distance was challenging (Rob and I both live in New York but were married in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama), and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of my wonderful mother. She was the feet on the ground in Birmingham and helped us with the many tasks that we never could have accomplished from afar.
On the day of the wedding, everything came together exactly as we had envisioned, which we owe in large part to our awesome vendors. The food was amazing, the cakes delicious and the flowers gorgeous. Not to mention the amazing feeling of having all of our favorite people in the world together in one place to celebrate our union.
Despite all the planning that went into the details of the reception, we both agree that our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. We chose to write the entire ceremony and the vows ourselves, and we were married by one of our closest friends. Every single word was full of meaning, and it was the perfect expression of our love for each other and for our family and friends. The music was also a highlight; we had a string quartet play contemporary music (I walked down the aisle to Coldplay’s “Yellow”), which turned out beautifully. A very close friend of ours also sang a song and played acoustic guitar during the lighting of the unity candle, which was wonderful.
All in all, our wedding day ended up being more perfect than we could have ever imagined, and we have loved reliving it through all the amazing photos. Most importantly, we couldn’t be happier to finally be married!