You’re in for a real treat today! Jessica and Clint’s intimate wedding is filled with so many sweet handmade details, all handcrafted by the bride herself. Jessica created everything from the boutonnieres to the favors to the desserts to the signs, plus virtually all of the decor! Oh, and just wait until you see Jessica’s darling dress from Dolly Couture… *love.* Jessica and Clint’s wedding was held at the bride’s family home in Sebastopol, California, which was the perfect location for their intimate celebration.

Niels and Maile of Larsen’s Photography are responsible for the lovely images below… enjoy!

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

My heart feels warm after looking at these photos! What a sweet wedding with so many darling details. Jessica put so much effort in to making this day so special for everyone in attendance, and her hard work truly paid off. Many thanks to Larsen’s Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us. Be sure to check out their blog to see more of their fantastic work!

Have a great day :) xoxo, B

Photographer: Larsen's Photography / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Catering: A La Heart Catering / Bride’s Dress: Dolly Couture / Cake Baker: Michelle Marie's Patisserie

This is Asia’s final post for us! It has been such a pleasure having her share her fabulous wedding planning adventures, and  now her and her hubby Cory are enjoying married life. :) In case you missed it, you can see her gorgeous southern wedding right here which was featured earlier this week. Today Asia is sharing all about the music that she chose for her wedding. Enjoy, and make sure to leave her lots of love!

xoxo, Becky

One of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding is choosing music. There are so many places that you need a special song. There are obvious moments that we all think about like the walk down the aisle or the first dance, but what I didn’t realize while planning was that you need a song for every little moment! I had never thought about a song to play while we cut the cake or when the garter was tossed.

Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography

To make things more difficult, there are a lot of songs that sound wonderful and sweet, but when you listen to the lyrics, the song has a completely not-so-sweet meaning. Southern Girl by Amos Lee is beautiful and one of my favorite songs, but it is about a break-up. Totally inappropriate for a wedding!

So from one bride to the next, I am here with some inspiration. My husband and I are music lovers to the core. Rarely do we talk on road trips – most rides are spent with the windows down and both of us singing at the tops of our lungs. We put a lot of thought into what songs set the mood but also describe us as a couple. We wanted to use music as another way for our friends and family to know us better.

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We love music so much that our favors at the wedding were CDs. We included songs that were played during the ceremony, at special moments during the reception and some that we just love to sing along with on the road.

So, without further ado, here are the songs we used for those special moments in our day:
Prelude: Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
Processional: Divine Romance – Phil Whickham
Bride’s Entrance: Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
Communion/Prayer: Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm108) – Ellie Holcomb
Recessional: You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats
Reception Entrance: We Found Love – Rihanna
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son (we did these at the same time): Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
First Dance: Love me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
Cake Cutting: Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
Bouquet & Garter Toss: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
(That was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because right after the garter was caught, Whitney hit the chorus and everyone flocked back to the dance floor singing at the top of their lungs.)
Dollar Dance (This is a mid-west tradition that I grew up with and all our Southern guests loved. Essentially all the gents get their last chance to dance with the bride and the ladies get their last chance to dance with the groom before it’s all over. Each group forms a line and pays to dance with the bride or groom for 10-20 seconds until the next person cuts in. It’s also such a fun way to get to interact with more guests! We had a lot of guests so we used two songs for our dollar dance): A Woman like You – Lee Brice and The Way I Feel – Matt Wertz
Getaway Song: You and I – Ingrid Michaelson (This felt like a movie with the sparklers lit up all around us!)

{photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

And on our CD’s we included most of those and a few other gems. That line-up is here:
1. Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
2. Swept Away (Sentimental Version) – Avett Brothers
3. Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
5. Loving You is Easy – Ben Rector
6. Divine Romance – Phil Whikham
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Free (Extended Version) – Zac Brown Band
9. Just You and Me – Zee Avi
10. What You Thought You Need – Jack Johnson
11. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
12. For Me, It’s You – Train
13. Nothing Fancy (Acoustic Version) – Dave Barnes
14. Love Me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
15. Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
16. I Love You – Lecrae
17. When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
18. Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm 108) – Ellie Holcomb
19. You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats

CD Wedding Favor

We had a blast deciding what music reflected our lives (as you can tell, we pretty much like it all) and know that our guests loved it as well. I hope you have found some inspiration of your own!

One of the most daunting tasks for us was picking out our wedding colors. There are so many options, and everywhere we looked for ideas, there were gorgeous featured weddings with all different colors which didn’t exactly help us narrow it down!! We finally decided to stop looking at other weddings (and Pinterest!) for ideas, go to our venue and see what colors are already incorporated there naturally and go from there.

Since we are getting married at a barn, there are a lot of browns and neutral colors, so we decided to go with that theme, incorporating burlap, twine, wood accents, and other neutral colors. We also decided to add in some soft colors– pastel blue, light aqua, and blush pink. After we decided on the colors, I went back to my Pinterest board and found that a lot of the ideas that I had loved already featured those soft colors and neutral accents; I just hadn’t noticed!

You may notice that gold is also in a lot of my inspiration boards…that kind of got added in after I looked through all of my inspiration and realized that there was a lot of gold sparkles in the ideas I was in love with. But come on, I grew up showing quarter horses, and anyone who has seen us show knows us quarter horse girls take our sparkles seriously!!

Take my flower girls dresses from Chasing Fireflies for example:

Chasing Fireflies Flower Girl Dress

Or these sparkly bottles that I posted before that I want to try to make:

DIY Sparkly Bottles

I also find this table quite adorable…but is there such thing as too much sparkle?

BHLDN Inspired Tablescape

Even my dress (which I’m debating sneak peeking soon) is a gorgeous  sparkling Sarah Seven original!!

Here are some of my color inspiration boards…let me know what you guys think!

Tiffany Blue & Baby Pink Inspiration

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Mint Pink & Peach Inspiration

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Pastel Pink Blue & Yellow Inspiration

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Blue & Pink Inspiration

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Pastel Dreams

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Asia & Cory’s DIY Southern Wedding

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Oh my goodness, you guys. I am so, so excited to finally be sharing Asia and Cory’s beyond beautiful wedding! Remember all of those fabulous “Adventures in Wedding Planning” posts? The beautiful bride gracing the photos below was behind all of those posts, and it’s so amazing to see how all of her ideas and inspirations came to life! Asia’s posts are full of such much wisdom and encouragement, and if you missed any of them you can see them all here. It was such a joy having Asia as a real bride contributor, and I am so thrilled to now be able to share her gorgeous wedding, captured by the oh-so-talented Lesley Kerr Photography.

Asia and Cory’s pecan orchard wedding is overflowing with sweet DIY details and southern charm. Get ready for some serious swoonage, my friends. ;) And read on to hear about all of the details from the bride herself!

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What was your favorite moment of the day? My absolute favorite moment was attempting to take a few pre-wedding pictures without seeing each other. The groomsmen were very concerned that Cory might try to peek so before they lead him over to me, they put a pillowcase over his head. It was something that I had imagined in my head to be a sweet romantic moment between the two of us, but when the boys lead him over looking so ridiculous, I couldn’t help but laugh at him. It defined the day for me in a sense, such a wonderful, serious day that we completely took over with goofiness and laughter.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What DIY elements did you incorporate in to your wedding? Our entire wedding was pretty much a DIY death match. Working on a very small budget forced us to get creative. I did all the graphic design work for the invitations, programs, etc. We had a florist order the flowers wholesale and put everything together ourselves. My sweet bridesmaids helped line the tables with over 600 paper doilies. We went to the lumber yard a few months in advance to start weathering the boards for the tables. Cory even drilled the holes in the boards to put the candles in. He and his dad worked forever the week before the wedding to hang the lights and fix up the orchard that belonged to family friends. We were very blessed by people who were thrilled to help us.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

How would you describe the overall theme or feel of your wedding? Well, there’s this absurd buzz over the idea of a “rustic chic” wedding and I suppose that’s what I was going for at first but the more research I did and the more psychotic it all made me so I decided to scratch the theme entirely and go with what felt simple and lovely. So I guess I would call it that – simple and lovely. I just began making all my decisions with that in mind and nixed everything else.

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

Ah! I just adore the way the reception tables turned out. Asia wrote about this topic here and it’s incredible to see how all of her ideas came together! It turned out so wonderfully!

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

{Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

What advice do you have for brides currently planning their weddings? Gracious, well, have just that… grace. Be nice to everyone because they’re trying to throw you a party, remember? Even if they’re being bossy, trust that deep down they have good intentions. Make time for yourself. Your husband to be will love you for that. I was trying to graduate, move, start a teaching job, and plan a wedding at the same time. When I slowed down to breathe I remembered that there was a boy waiting patiently on the sidelines to live life with me. Along those lines, tackle projects that you’re excited about and that are feasible. I was bound and determined to sew my own bowties and at the last minute (as in a few hours before the wedding) had to enlist a few incredible ladies to finish the task for me. You can’t do it all unless you start early and work diligently. In the end, all your efforts will be worth it and you’ll be married, and that is the single most important part of the whole darn thing.

Asia’s final post for BT&B was about when things go wrong. She discussed in detail many of the crazy things that happened leading up to her wedding day. And looking at these photos, you would have no idea any of that had happened. Asia and Cory’s day was picture perfect from start to finish, and their love story is just beginning. I am so happy for you two!

To see even more photos from the day (YAY!!), click here!

Stay tuned for one last post of Asia’s coming up later this week regarding her wedding day music. :)

Photographer: Lesley Kerr Photography / Reception Venue: Private Residence
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