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!
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.
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.
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!
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. :)