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

Here is a pretty little color palette that is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. It also has a vintage vibe to it and reminds me a bit of the 50s era. When I was originally searching for photos for today’s inspiration board, I was shooting for lavender, plum, & teal… and it ended up morphing in to this instead. I love the bright pops of pink/fuchsia against the light aqua backdrop. Yum!

Aqua, Fuschia, Lavender

{sources: aqua chair with flowers | invitation suite | bridesmaid bouquet | handpainted masons | centerpieces | wedding cake | lavender | boutonnires}

Have a lovely, Thursday, friends!



I fell for this wedding the second I saw a glimpse of those big, bright pink peonies. And then I saw the darling hand-painted wooden signs, and the chandelier handing in the tent, and the adorable candy buffet… *Sigh.*

After Katie and Joe’s sweet church ceremony, they headed over to Brutocao Cellars for the reception, which her family owns! What a perfect place to celebrate with their family and friends. The lovely images were captured by the husband and wife duo behind Larsen’s Photography.

Read on to hear all about the details of the day from the bride herself!

From the Bride: Joe & I enjoy the simple things in life, but we also appreciate the finer things – so my goal was to embrace the beauty of the rustic vineyard setting, while trying to insert classy elements. I love pink and yellow, but didn’t want the harshness of too bright of colors. After much thought (and paint swatch musical chairs), I decided to go for dusty versions of cerise pink, mustard yellow, and slate gray. Not only did this allow me to incorporate my favorite colors, but I felt the more muted, dusty colors would fit well with the rustic setting. Originally, my plan was to have more pink, but as we were selecting table clothes, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc. I liked the look of the yellow and gray together so much that I focused more on that and used the pinks as accents.

Wedding Shoes

Bouquet Wrap

Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Sign

Yellow Guestbook

I adore these fun guest book pages from the Guestbook Store.

Guestbook Store

I Do Sign

Wedding Ring Kiss

Tent Chandelier

Peony Centerpieces

Colorful Cake

Because wine is such a big part of my life and our setting, I wanted to incorporate wine corks somehow. I had the idea to use them as part of our centerpieces. We had our florist put corks at the bottom of square glass vases and they turned out very pretty!

Wine Cork Centerpiece


I also love crafts and so I wanted to incorporate DIY elements so that it felt more personal. I created a candy buffet with different size glass jars. The containers had yellow ribbons wrapped around their middles with gray name tags identifying the types of candies. To add a bit of whimsy, I stuck large pink lollypops in several of the jars.

Pink Yellow Candy Buffet

Candy Buffet Sign

Candy and Cake

Candy Buffet

Wedding Chairs

Thank You Wedding Sign

Vineyard Wedding

As far as the day itself, I don’t think that it could have been any better than it was. We were surrounded by so many people who love us as individuals and as a couple, that there was an incredible sense of happiness and love. The wedding, itself, was a blur. But Joe’s expression as I walked down the aisle was priceless. He’s a guy who prides himself on never crying, but as my eyes met his I noticed a single tear falling down his cheek.

Aww! How sweet is that? Congratulations, Katie and Joe!! Many thanks to Larsen’s Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Photographer: Larsen's Photography / Reception Venue: / Flowers & Decor: Dandelion Floral / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Dress Store: David's Bridal / Hairstylist: Studio West / DJ: Perfect Day Events / Bride’s Jewelry: Shane Co. / Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse

It turns out that I am incapable of making an inspiration board without using coral. Not sure what the deal is, but I guess I am just so smitten with this color that I can’t fathom creating a color palette without it…

So, today we have another lovely and BRIGHT color palette to add to the coral collection. Last week I shared this coral + navy palette, and this week’s features another shade of blue–turquoise!

These colors are SO cheery. I can’t see how looking at these photos wouldn’t instantly brighten your day. ;)

Enjoy, friends! I am off to Seattle for the next 3 days, wahooo!

Coral and Turquoise Wedding Inspiration

{sources: rose necklace | chevron clutch | turquoise necklace + coral dress | coral + turquoise bridesmaids | cakes | coral flowers | invitation suite}


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