♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ If Music be the Food of Love, Play On ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
The Marriage of Brandon & Violet
Walters Barn _ Lula, GA
Violet’s wedding to Brandon took place on June 8th, which is the anniversary of Violet’s grandparent’s wedding that took place 57 years earlier on June 8th, 1957.
Violet and Brandon’s sentimental wedding was vintage-inspired with both traditional and non-traditional elements. The wedding was rustic, yet elegant. The color palette included various shades of violet, lavender and orchid. Violet and Brandon are both music lovers and wanted a unique wedding that reflected their personalities: fun, relaxed, sentimental, with vintage and handmade touches throughout … one that was as enjoyable for their guests as it was for them.
The wedding and reception took place at the Walters Barn on 435 picturesque acres in Lula, GA. The early evening outdoor ceremony overlooked one of the lakes on the property. The bride and groom stood under a wrought iron arch that was lovingly designed and handmade by the bride’s father. The arch included intricate heart designs and was topped with a treble clef. After the wedding, the couple will enjoy the arch for a lifetime as a lovely design element in their garden. One of Violet’s favorite quotes by William Shakespeare … ‘If Music be the Food of Love, Play On’ was inscribed on an antique window pane that hung from the arch. The seating included antique church pews with large floral pompoms balls that hung on shepherd’s hooks at the end of each isle. The weather was perfect … a beautiful, sunny day with a light summer breeze.
The wedding invitations included a note that said “hats encouraged”. The guests thoroughly embraced the whimsical, festive spirit of the wedding. Both men and women wore hats and dressed in various shades of lavender and purple. The men looked so dapper and the women so stylish in their hats of all shapes and sizes. So many of the guests commented on what fun it was to have an occasion to wear a hat.
Violet was radiant in her traditional bridal gown with a beaded bodice and full skirt. Sumi, a friend of the bride, customized the dress and veil by hand sewing on individual purple rhinestones in addition to creating a lavender tulle petticoat. The dress was adorned with a large cluster of vintage velvet millinery violets tied with an aurora borealis sequined ribbon. The bride also wore a handmade floral crown in her hair. Her ‘something old’ was a heart shaped necklace that her father made for her before she was born. It was inscribed with the sentimental message “Not a day goes by …”.
The bridesmaids wore custom dresses designed and handmade by Vintage Opulence. The dresses were made from vintage lace, fabric and trim in various shades of lavender and were adorned with vintage jewelry, beading and millinery flowers. The bridesmaids accessorized with vintage jewelry and wore handmade floral crowns in their hair.
The mother-of-the-bride was dressed to the nines in her gray, silver and beaded flapper-style dress that was inspired by her grandmother’s wedding dress from the roaring 20’s. The mother-of-the-bride wore vintage sheer organza gloves, rhinestone jewelry and pearls. Her fanciful headpiece was custom made using a beaded and wire tiara that a friend made for her at an art event. The tiara was embellished with a French feather plume and flower that the mother-of-the-bride purchased while in Paris at a shop that handmade millinery flowers one petal at a time.
The Fairy Godmothers (inspired by Magnolia Pearl) wore custom handmade dresses by Vintage Opulence in lovely shades of blush and ivory. The Fairy Godmothers also wore whimsical handmade hats that were made from vintage millinery flowers, netting, trim, feathers from a millinery shop in Paris and were topped off with a tulle nest and feather chicken.
There is a little white farmhouse on the venue’s property where the bridal party dressed. The farmhouse was decorated with vintage touches for the bridal party to enjoy while they prepared for the wedding. The dresses hung on vintage purple wooden hotel clothes hangers adorned with vintage millinery flowers and rustic name tags. Hanging on the wall was a framed collage which included Violet’s baby necklace, photos of the bride and her mother and the sentimental phrase “Mom, let’s play dress up one more time.” Over the collage hung a banner with pictures of Violet in various outfits and costumes worn throughout her childhood. Each dressing station was decorated with a chalkboard sign with the bridesmaid’s name along with a vintage bride or bridesmaid doll. The ladies in the bridal party all received a clutch made from burlap fabric with metallic threading lined in purple. The clutch included beauty products consisting of refreshing Evian mineral water spray, a lace hand fan, luxurious diamond shaped bath bombs, tissues imprinted with lip kisses and a lipstick in a shade called “Violet”.
The bride’s Fairy Godmother made the bridesmaid’s bouquets using vintage satin & organza handmade flowers in lovely shades of lavender, vintage rhinestone jewelry, beads and buttons and were topped off with a vintage bridesmaid wedding cake topper. Each bouquet included a beautiful wide satin antique French ribbon and vintage tulle. Each bouquet also included a rhinestone brooch with the bridesmaid’s initial.
The mother-of the bride’s bouquet was made up of similar elements, but also included a vintage “mother” brooch and miniature French perfume bottle. The bouquet was topped with a German bisque half doll wearing a crown.
The bride’s bouquet was made from the same type of elements, but in shades of antique white and ivory. As a sentimental surprise to the bride, family members and close friends provided hand selected vintage elements (beads, jewelry, a rhinestone sweater clips, “Viola” brooch, etc…) to incorporate into the bouquet. The bride was presented with a note from each person to let her know a little about the element that they selected. The bouquet was topped with a vintage chalkware bride half doll. The bouquet also included framed picture charms of the bride’s grandmother and great grandmother in their bridal gowns.
To continue the rustic theme, the groom Brandon, wore lightweight linen pants and a vest along with purple canvas shoes. The groomsmen also wore linen pants along with lavender bowties, suspenders, socks and shoes. The boutonnieres were made from vintage millinery violets and lavender leaves made in Germany, vintage ribbon and twine. Fun sunglasses finished off their look.
The young male bell ringers wore lavender gingham shirts, linen shorts, whites socks trimmed with lace, purple tennis shoes and adorable boutonnieres made from Lego grooms.