our wedding: part two

today i wanted to share a few highlights about our wedding invitations, music, and decorations/rentals. our wedding was really about a million different people coming together to create something special and i’m excited to get to celebrate some of them here today. i wanted to start with an image of the porch in the garden of the harper fowlkes house- this was our bar for the reception and was decorated with gorgeous paper flowers created by erin heath. i’ll be posting more on those tomorrow. (click here for yesterday’s post on our location and the wedding party)

*all images above and below by belathee*

ps: click here to see our full wedding playlist on the ms weddings site

first of all, i wouldn’t have been able to coordinate everything without the help of our fantastic day-of planner, tricia huddas. i knew most of the people i wanted to work with in savannah, but she pulled in some great vendors that i didn’t know, and helped us coordinate all the details i would have gone crazy planning. tricia and i met with two of my favorite shop owners, liz demos of @home vintage general and paula of the paris market & brocante to find some of the beautiful vintage pieces we used for the wedding. both liz and paula went above and beyond to lend us antique furniture for the reception and i was blown away by their generosity. above, a gorgeous vintage green planter with swinging arms that we used to hold flowers and little notes written to us by guests.

paula at the paris market loaned us what felt like a sky-full of gorgeous antique chandeliers. there are more images of them below but i wanted to share a close-up here- they were so beautiful just hanging there in the sun, and even more gorgeous when the sun went down and we turned them on. stunning.

our wedding band was the best wedding band ever. hands down. i found the corduroy road online and was fortunate enough to get them to make the drive down from athens, ga for our ceremony. they played our walking music (such great heights, the iron and wine version), recessional music (when you love somebody, the fruit bats) and a wonderful set of their own bluegrass music during our cocktail hour. on guitar and harmonica was ian thomas– a friend of the band’s and a phenomenal musician as well.

i’ve been dying to share our invitations for over a year now and am so glad to finally share them! we worked with erin and nicole from bird and banner (love them!) to create invites that felt like “us”. we ended up using a series of over 75 different vintage handkerchiefs that had our invite screenprinted on the front! each one was folded around our rsvp card (which featured a black and white live oak tree silhouette) and secured with a woodgrain patterned sleeve. it was so cute to see so many of the men arrive at the wedding wearing the handkerchiefs as pocket squares.

CLICK HERE for more images of our invitations, the band, our favors, and the gorgeous vintage decorations we used at the reception.

[images above: our invitations by bird and banner. image above taken on green background by tara donne for martha stewart weddings]

[image above: antique chandeliers used as our outdoor lighting, from paris market and brocante]

[images above: wooden file cabinet we used to hold our escort cards (attached to a vintage petticoat dryer, also from @home) and photos of our parents’ weddings. both the dryer and the cabinet were borrowed from @home vintage general. (escort cards were attached to the petticoat dryer with miniature clothespin clips). image above right by tara tonne for martha stewart weddings]

[images above: we had a sweet tea table available for guests at the ceremony in the park. the napkin monograms were designed by britt browne at the paper moon project, the chalkboard was from erin heath and the calligraphy by the mint sprigs was by betsy dunlap.

[image above: our wedding favors were local grits from a neighboring farm, along with a recipe for general ogelthorphe’s shrimp and grits (he founded the colony of georgia). we attached the recipe to the paper bags using fabric buttons made by busy beaver button. julia and i picked out the fabrics from purl soho.

aaron and i both agreed that the vintage photobooth we rented was some of the best money we spent. everyone had a BLAST taking pictures and as the night went on, the photos got crazier ;)

[images above: ian thomas and the corduroy road]

  1. Michelle says:

    love your invitations grace – what a lovely package to receive!

  2. margaret fagan says:

    so beautiful, grace.

    you and aaron will have the memory of this wonderful day the rest of your lives (my husband and i feel the same way about our wedding day!)

  3. mon says:

    absolutely LOVED your invitations! i’ve never seen anything like them before!

  4. Alee says:

    Oooh! I love looking through all the pics and reliving the day. I love also that Rob and I made it into the pics!:) xoxoxo

  5. what a gorgeous wedding. this makes me want to have a wedding (we eloped). so elegant and inventive. *sigh*

  6. Uncle Beefy says:

    I know I am so late in the game here, Grace… but after perusing Parts 1 & 2 > Insert applause here!!! Stunning from beginning to end with a perfect mix of elegance and fun. I could gush forever but will spare you that and just end by providing my one last area of critique – your dress.
    S-M-O-K-I-N’! OMG! “Beautiful bride” is a serious understatement!

    Congrats all around! :)

  7. Cole says:

    Holy Moly I LOVEEEE your invites!!!
    Of course I knew I would, but seriously, I don’t know if invites can get better than that.
    I also love the chandeliers.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Wow. I’ve been waiting so long to see wedding pictures, and they’ve completely surpassed my expectations. Much like Design*Sponge, they’re both beautiful and clever, through and through. Congratulations!

  9. Chloe says:

    Beautiful! I’m in the thick of wedding planning, and totally love how creative and original your invites are!

    On a side note – the music. This may be a stupid question, but did your band play ceremony and cocktail hour and then have a DJ for later in the reception? I am totally clueless how to handle the music situation!

    1. grace says:

      hi chloe!

      our band played the reception and cocktail hour. the rest was an ipod dj- meaning that aaron made playlists (which you can see online at ms weddings – theres a link in the post above) and we loaded them on a laptop to play ;)


  10. Daisy says:

    These are great and interesting pictures that you took. I really like your post.

  11. kiki says:

    oh my goodness!! how did you keep those invites under wraps for so long! Beautiful! my favorite EVER

  12. Laura says:

    Well, you certainly went all out US style!!!!Maybe it’s because I’m English, but I personally find that there is something rather self-obsessed about this wedding….I would personally be a bit shy to put our initials on everything and go over the top with all the details. Pretty though, I must say.

  13. Tinabobina99 says:

    Are we going to get a recipe for General Oglethorpe’s Shrimp and Grits (for those of us with absolutely no Southern roots)?

    1. grace says:


      sadly i don’t have permission to reprint them on a site that’s for-profit, but we will be sharing a recipe from our caterer! :)


  14. Rae says:

    I cannot remember ever seeing a cuter invite!

  15. katie says:

    I am dying over your invitations! I am very excited to see that two extremely talented friends (Jen from Purl and Britt from Papermoon) were involved in making your day so gorgeous!!

  16. BridalTweet says:

    Absolutely breathtaking. The handkerchiefs are so personal. I can see them used as other accents like favors, parent gifts, etc. I’ll definitely share this with my wedding community. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Llubav says:

    Your wedding was so romantic and fun. I’m still thinking about.
    much love. xxxo

  18. chris says:

    AHH! I commented way back when you were discussing wedding favors on Martha Stewart Weddings & suggested Shrimp & Grits! I don’t even know if you made it through all those comments way back when, but I love seeing when great minds think alike.

    Beautiful wedding, you guys, congratulations.

  19. Now I just want to get married again. Love the photographs, and all the brilliant, fun, personal touches – chandeliers, photobooth etc.

  20. leigh ann says:

    those save-the-date postcards, hankies and flag straws add such charm to an already dreamy place/event. i’d be happy to shoot one of these let alone have one of that magnitude!

  21. Ginny Jones says:

    Everything is just to die for! I am stealing a bunch of your ideas for my Savannah wedding this fall, I’m even using your florist (LOVE Julie) and possibly Back-in-the-Day too after finding them on you blog! Question for you, where did you find the tea linens for you ‘tree alter’? We’re getting married under an oak tree and would love to use the idea. Also same goes for all your antique bottles, and if they’re sitting in a closet somewhere now I would LOVE to buy them from you! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. grace says:


      oh how exciting! i wish i could get married there all over again. you will love julie and chery at back in the day is AMAZING!

      the tea linens on the tree were a collection of vintage pieces from ebay that katie hatch from martha stewart weddings found for us.


  22. Rita says:

    Just saw the rerun of the Marth Stweart Wedding show…..OMG what a wedding to die for. Thanks for sharing your special day and all of the inspiration. I hope to help a daughter be married in grand style some day!

  23. How did I miss your wedding photos?!!! That was the most stylish, funky, fun wedding I’ve stumbled upon on the blog (tied maybe with Eartha’s Kitsch’s). The invitations are a stroke of brilliance. Just stunning. A late mazel tov to you!

  24. bigsister993 says:

    Hi Grace –

    As all the others, I LOVE the handkerchief invitations. Question: did you have trouble fitting the handkerchief and reply card in your envelope, e.g., problems with bulging? Is the solution simply to order an envelope that’s one size larger?

    1. grace says:


      nope, we didn’t. they were actually very thin, and were ironed before they went in :)


  25. Shelan says:

    Grace, i love the pictures of your wedding, we will be getting married in Savannah as well. May i contact you closer to the date to get more ideas from you?!

    1. grace says:


      i’m happy to help however i can. my time is sadly somewhat limited these days with our book work so i’ve listed all our resources and local contacts in these posts, but if you need anyone beyond that i’ll do my best to help with those.

      grace :)

  26. Great blog I love the wedding favor brown bags with the shrimp and grits.


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