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Handmade Southern wedding: Josh + Amelia

June 22, 2011

Turns out a determined and hero-like mother, an abundance of helpful friends, and a pure knack for simple delights, life and color make for one gorgeous wedding. The wedding of Josh and Amelia that is! When we reached out to Amelia to shed some light on what looked like a magical day we were so thrilled with her response. Aside from the lovely details flooding each photo, we can’t help but feel their wedding was just straight out fun!

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One of the DIY projects I am most proud of is the flower assembly. One of our dear friends (who is an artist but not a florist) offered to organize the flower arranging. We gathered some flowers from street-side fields and bought more from a local market. Our friend, Leann, then went to work, using some photos I had gathered online, to create the most beautiful boutonnieres and bouquets I have ever seen!

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One of my favorite moments in the wedding was taking communion with my husband. Our pastor knelt in front of us to give us a private piece of advice, and then we got to sit and pray together for the first time as a husband and wife. All the while, my brother-in-law and my dear friend from high school sang and played “Come Thou Fount”… a few of the most timeless, magical minutes of my life.

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Almost all of our supplies came from my mom’s craft closet! The ribbons and fabric had been sitting in her closet for years (originally intended for curtains, dresses, and bedding projects). The fabric scraps were what we used instead of a guest book. We had our guests sign the scraps of fabric and then tie them to a laundry line that we had hung on the front porch.

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My other favorite DIY project was the plate collection. When I was a teenager, I told my mom that I didn’t want to register for dishes or china when I got married, but instead I wanted to begin a collection of random, beautiful plates. When I got engaged, my mom started collecting plates from local antique shops and thrift stores. And when we decided to use the plates for the wedding, she got busy and collected almost 200 antique plates and platters! My mom is the rockstar who made this wedding what it was.

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You can’t get any sweeter than this! Thank you Amelia for sharing all the lovely bits + pieces that made your wedding cute as a button!

Photography: Dixie Pixel / Catering: Luxe Catering / Rentals: Event Rentals / Reception Jazz Band: Brown Sugar / Ceremony Band: a conglomerate of friends, led by Levon Walker / Wedding Designer: Ashley Addair / Flowers and Painted Portrait: Leann Cooper / Bride’s Dress: Saja / Bride’s Hair Piece: Mignonne Handmade / Groom’s pants, tie and shirt: JCrew / Groom’s vest: vintage / Cake and Pies: friends and family of the bride and groom