Taylor and I have been married ONE year! Wow, that’s just crazy.
In honor of our anniversary, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and show you some of our fav pictures from our wedding– specifically, the calligraphy details (fitting, since the first anniversary gift is traditionally paper)!
Okay okay, let’s start from the beginning!
We got married at the Ritz Carlton of farms, if there ever was such a thing. The family I tutored for let us take over their family farm for the weekend, and it was literally PERFECT. I know everyone says that about their wedding, but I could not have imagined it being any more beautiful.
We literally got ready in this barn– donkeys hee-hawing in the background and all! There was a beautiful gathering space that looked like something out of Restoration Hardware. We had a time of prayer and devotion, led by my cousin. It was especially wonderful because I was surrounded by all of my favorite women: sisters, college roommates, lifelong family friends, mentors… my heart was FILLED with joy that morning.
I know, I know… my friends are gorgeous.
Then it was time to get into the dress! My sisters and mom took turns buttoning the 9,567,324,031 buttons that ran up the back of my dress (flash back to my husband Taylor trying to then *unbutton* them, alone, at the end of the night… Sorry, bud! Welcome to marriage.)
Then I walked down the pier to meet Taylor for our first look. Eek! In classic Taylor fashion, he had a journal to give me. The whole time we were dating, he was secretly filling a couple journals full of his thoughts and prayers for me– love letters, basically– that he then gave to me when he proposed. And during our engagement, he filled THIS journal the same way and then gave it to me on our wedding day! He wrote his vows in them.
Then it was time for photos with the bridal party and family!! We wanted as many photos done beforehand so when our guests arrived, we could PARTY! I think we spent like 30 minutes total on posed photos.
It was perfect.
So right as the guests were sitting down at the ceremony site and my mom was putting my veil on, I freaked out. I started breathing really heavily and tearing up. I think it was a combination of nerves to have 300 people staring at me, realizing I was getting MARRIED, and really missing my dad in that moment. It all hit me at once. (Great timing!)
But my mom was cool as a cucumber. “You can do this! Here we go!”
It was cloudy the entire ceremony, and then the sun broke through the clouds and shined down right as we said our vows. How cool is that!
Our reception was SO fun. We had animals from the education farm I used to teach at, we ate under a dreamy sailcloth tent, we had plenty of snacks scattered around the farm (donuts, s’mores, sweet potato fries, ice cream… none of which we remembered to actually taste!), and all of our favorite people danced the night away on an old barn floor that was a bit precarious.
Fun fact about our wedding cake: neither of us care much for cake so we did donuts, but my mom insisted we still cut a cake. So she ran out to D&W, bought a little cake, and it ended up being the most delicious cake anyone had ever tasted. It was amazing!!
Now for the part you’ve (possibly) been waiting for! The calligraphy details.
Going into wedding-planning season, I was advised to delegate and not take on too many tasks. Oh, we delegated! We planned ahead so that the day of the wedding, my family was not running around working or directing or coordinating. We delegated specific friends for those roles so that we could fully enjoy the day!
But as for the creative details… I wanted to do most of it! (Are we surprised?)
Here’s a breakdown of what I made paper-wise.
- A day-of timeline for our guests. Simple, fun, and helps people know what’s happening! There’s nothing worse than showing up to a wedding where there’s no real schedule and everyone is confused about where to be when.
- Our invitation suite, map and programs. I did the spot calligraphy on our wedding paper, and created an elegant duogram that tied it all together and kept the paper on brand. I also painted a large watercolor map of the farm and scaled it down to fit inside our invitation suites. Again, help your guests know the plan!
- Brush-lettered Bible verse. At the ceremony, we tied this giant knot together while my sisters sang. The verse says, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”, meaning that with God at the center of your marriage, it will be strong and lasting.
- Polaroid guestbook sign! Anyone could make this. I believe I used cardstock and a gold sharpie. We had our guests take a photo, the tape it in our guest book next to their message for us! SO sweet to look back on!
- Hashtag sign. My sister Jessie actually did this one, but it’s such a cute idea that I have to note it. It’s hanging in our guest room now! Again, just a Sharpie!
- Watercolor menu. Ah, my favorite part! Not only was this so fun to make, it was a unique touch and fun for our guests to see at their table!
- Watercolor wedding favors. At every place setting, we left a bundle of 3 note cards. I created 6 different watercolor designs and had them turned into note cards for our favors! Again, a unique touch that added some personality. Plus, free marketing to a captive audience! Just kidding 😉 These very prints are in my shop, by the way!
- Gold place cards. Lastly, at every place setting was a little gold animal holding the guest’s name card. This was a labor of love. I spray painted about 300 toy animals (Amazon!), had a friend cut slits in their backs, calligraphed every guest’s name, and then placed the cards in the animals right before the ceremony. Would also work for a 1st grade birthday party and the guests would be equally happy!
That’ a wrap! I hope you enjoyed looking back through my wedding photos with me… I sure did! They say the day flies by and it really does. But I’m so grateful for these memories!
Speaking of photos…
Professional photography by Samantha Rice— she literally made all of our photography dreams come true!