The theme was a southern vintage style. We held the wedding outside at the beautiful Alexander Homestead in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is a historical site with a very old home that has been converted to a venue mainly for weddings. The grounds include a beautiful gazebo and garden. The reception took place in the on-site spectacular rustic but elegant "barn" - not a true barn but barn style building.
Here are some pics of the events leading up to the wedding.
First the Bridal Luncheon - a Mexican Fiesta style at the Mother of the Bride's home:
|Bridesmaids enjoying some of the delicious food and refreshments|
|Bridesmaids opening their gifts|
|Ashley with her mother (on left) and aunt (right)|
The Rehearsal Dinner:
|Jon and Ashley exchanging gifts|
|My family - myself, son Jon, Mike (my youngest son) and Jerry (my husband)|
|Great pics taken by Bridesmaid Heather Rickelman|
|Ashley and Angela (Matron of Honor) having some fun|
|Ashley with hair and make-up being finished|
|Ashley getting finishing touches on her hair|
|Best Man Matt Miller and my son Mike - trying to tie their bow ties|
|The Groom and his Groomsmen all dressed - a handome bunch!|
The Bride and Bridesmaids putting the finishing touches on just before the Wedding:
|Bridesmaid Sarah and Matron of Honor Angela|
|Ashley just before the Wedding|
|The Bridesmaids - all so beautiful!|
|The Groomsman getting ready to have their picture made by the real photographer|
|Mother and Son's Dance at the Reception|
|Another Picture of The Beaming and Happy Couple!|
I mentioned in my previous post I would show some pictures of the Bride's jewelry that I designed. For the necklace I used Swarovski crystal pearls in Cream and Rose Gold, then Swarovski crystals in Palace Green and antique brass bead caps. I used antique brass wire to wire wrap the beaded links and used a bit of antique brass chain for the end. The earrings have the same beads and antique brass ear wires.
|Bridal Necklace and Earrings|
For the bridesmaid jewelry I used a small antique silver heart on which I handstamped their first initial. Then I added a small dangle with Swarovski crystal pearl in Rose Gold and put both on a pretty antique silver chain. The earrings have larger matching crystal pearls with antique silver bead caps and clear Swarovski crystals.
All in all, I felt the wedding was a huge success. I will post some pictures taken by the professional photographer in a week or two - I'm sure they will likely be better than mine - but I still enjoyed capturing the moment with my amateur style pics!