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our wedding: part two

by Grace Bonney

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]

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  • Absolutely stunning, Grace. LOVE the sweet tea table, the hankie invites, the paper flower garlands! Great playlist, too. Glad to see Ms. Jackson on there – ha ha!

  • Love the invitations! What a wonderful idea, to have the invitations themselves as something the guests can keep (and wore to the wedding itself!)

    Also in love with the idea of hiring the photobooth. I wonder if companies in the UK offer a similar service? I hope so, as I would love such a fun attraction for our wedding guests!

  • one word. amazing!
    i absolutely LOVE your invitations. i have never seen anything so unique and original. beautiful pictures and beautiful wedding!

  • The photobooth is the best idea I have heard for a wedding in a long, long time. Looks like it was a wonderful day!

  • squeak! it looks utterly magical. i love the mix of vintage and handmade. ah, what sweet memories you’ll have of your big day!

  • I adore the invitations – what a wonderful, wonderful idea…and the vintage chandeliers hanging from the (tent-less) tent frame? Genius. AND beautiful. I love that detail. Everything looks very well thought-out and just lovely, Grace. Congratulations on your marriage, by the way. What fun to throw a big bash with your best friend and have all the people you love the most there to celebrate with you, no? It looks like it was a great time…

  • A beautiful, refreshingly natural and thoughtful day for yourselves and your lucky guests. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together Grace and Aaron.

  • All the small details really made such a difference… down to the fabric on the party favor buttons.

    The lighting over the uncovered tent seems magical. The photobooth seems down to earth.

    Simply beautiful.

  • Those hankies are so personal and gorgeous. Can’t remember the last time I saw a wedding so personalized, right down to every last detail. I’m such a big fan of the Paris Market, too; always a must-stop when I’ve been in Savannah.

  • eeeeeeeeee. I can’t believe you didn’t pass out on your wedding day from all.this.gorgeousness!! I’m so glad you’re sharing these with us — seriously, those invites are incredible — and all those chandeliers! Congrats again :)

  • It isn’t a surprise that you focused on the details for the wedding but the details are truly gorgeous.

    I especially love the monogrammed napkins and how the invitations look together with all the separate elements.

  • simply gorgeous… love how all the elements work so well together without being matchy… the use of so many different textures and fabric is great
    Thanks for sharing! and wishing you both years of happiness together!

  • SOOOO lovely! Now I will have to run out to get the MS weddings mag! (and I have no need for wedding magazines)

  • most best wedding ever. everything is gorgeous (not a surprise). i hope your guests had a wonderful time and that you had time to look around on your day. ;-)

  • Wow, this is seriously amazing. So many perfect little details! The handkerchief invites? The wooden file cabinet? Banjo music? Swoon!

  • Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congratulations on a gorgeous wedding with so many original ideas! And what exactly is an escort card?

  • your wedding was AMAZING. A-MA-ZING. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your invitations, the band, the local food favors, the photobooth, and how everything relates to either you and AC or Savannah/GA. Wonderful and Congratulations!

  • Just bought the new issue of MS Weddings.. what a beautiful spread of your spectacular event! All the greens are so vibrant and lush. The vintage touches perfection, so personal.

    What I was looking forward to most was seeing your stationery suite, which unfortunately didn’t get much space in the mag, but I’m so happy to see it here. Of course I wanted to see the postage and am THRILLED with your choice.. the .22 Georgia state stamp with the mossy trees was the first thing that popped into my head when you announced your wedding would take place there!

    Congratulations on so successfully pulling off what obviously took a lot of thought and time : )

    ps – If anyone is looking for suggestions or quantities of postage stamps.. that’s the name of my game!

  • OMG. I photograph weddings and I would absolutely die and go to heaven if I could be a part of something this amazing. Every detail is so personal and unique, and it is very refreshing to see a down to earth take on such a major life event. Bravo!

  • Grace! Stunning. I wouldn’t believe the attention paid to all the details except… it’s you! And, as a Kate, I fully support that Ben Folds song on your playlist! It will certainly be on mine! :) Congratulations on your beautiful day!

  • Did you spend the time collecting the handkerchiefs? If so where did you look? i’m a collector and always looking for more :)

    Beautiful wedding.

  • Wow. Where do I start? Okay, out of this set of photos, the bluegrass really struck me. Maybe it’s because I was listening to Megafaun… :) And then the invites?! Spot on. Very gracious invitations, but oh so beautiful.

  • How on earth did you manage not to shout all this gorgeousness from the rooftops of your blog before today !?

  • 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!)

  • 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

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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 ;)


  • 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.

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

    • tina

      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! :)


  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • ginny

      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.


  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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?!

    • shelan

      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 :)

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