It’s hard to believe that only a year ago my husband and I were getting hitched at a charming bed and breakfast in Highlands, North Carolina. Looking back through pictures, I can’t help but think about all of the details and DIY wedding inspiration that made our day extra special. Here’s a recap of a few of my rustic chic wedding favorites.
Since the bridesmaids’ dresses were champagne and groomsmen wore khaki suites, I used flowers to incorporate color. Baby blue hydrangeas, soft pink roses and baby’s breath were just a few choices found in the bouquet. A navy satin ribbon was a nod to the traditional “something blue”.
Rustic and intimate was our approach for setting up the ceremony. A simple archway lined with hydrangeas was all we needed, since the mountain scenery was pristine. An outdoor wedding can be a gamble in the Appalachian Mountains. I reached for the Old Farmers Almanac to find a weekend with little chance of rain. Our ceremony started a few minutes late, because it started raining 15 minutes prior. It was just enough sprinkle to cool down the warm summer day.
After the ceremony, guests made their way up to the Main House for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. We served a simple and refreshing spiked Arnold Palmer, made of sweet tea vodka and lemonade. There’s something about a signature cocktail that adds a festive flair to any event.
Hands down, mason jar arrangements and burlap runners are the easiest and most cost-effective centerpieces. We ordered 11 runners from a craft website at $11 a roll, and many of the glass jars came from my grandfather’s hardware store.
As a nod to the wedding saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” my wedding dress was custom made using my grandmother’s and mother’s wedding dress. The top is antique Chantilly lace from the ’50s.
Pictured left is my grandmother wearing the same lace on her wedding day, although her dress was pink. My grandparents have been married for over 50 years, so it’s got to be good luck, right?