I never know where to start with my posts.
Before I do, I should mention, Lena and Sallis’ wedding was featured on RUFFLED!
AND THE HUFFINGTON POST
Remember Lena and Sallis? (How could you not?)
I remember the first time I ever met this creative one of a kind couple. John and I left our meeting so hopeful. We wanted them to be our couple. We totally ‘got’ Lena’s vision for a complete DIY farmer’s market wedding. And then…. As if Lena and Sallis weren’t cool enough, Lena whisperered “my dress is blue!”
Que the inner nerd inside of us, because John and I danced for the rest of the evening. (SIDE NOTE: speaking of John, I cannot tell you how many of these gorgeous images below are compliments of him, I could not have done even half of this without him! YOU’RE THE BEST!)
Not only were Lena and Sallis slamming it down with their edgy style, the bridal party attire was some of our favorites! The bridesmaids wore lace dresses from Free People and Anthropologie, and the groomsmen all had colorful gingham with adorable suspenders. Their flowers….. wildflower bouquets and boutonnieres compliments of THE best Lynn Doyle Flowers, talk about an artist.
I wish someone could have recorded our faces when we walked into the Farmer’s Market Barn. It was completely decorated from top to bottom. I saw dozens of chalkboards with hand lettered chalk, custom hand stamped yarmulkes, thousands of twinkling lights, mix matched bunting galore, custom art, tassels of fabric, ferns lining the aisle, I could go on and on, but I really should let the images do the talking, after all, my degree is in art, not journalism. But before I do, I just HAVE to share this:
When I asked Lena and Sallis what their initial inspiration was for their wedding, my jaw dropped, I had tears in my eyes, and chills all over my body: “The Farmer’s Market offered ample opportunity for us to creatively construct a shabby chic wonderland lit by thousands of twinkling lights. We wanted our theme to be something fun and funky that harkened back to our southern roots and emphasized our love for a simpler time.” Lena and Sallis didn’t follow any common trends, they strayed away from typical traditions, and made their wedding the Lena and Sallis way. From the hand cut Ketubah that Lena did herself, to the dozen of wine/whisky bottles that were collected over the years from celebrations and date nights, and then hand painted on, to the thousands of twinkling lights that Lena and Sallis hung themselves, to the mix match pattern bunting that added the perfect amount of twang, to the linen strung chuppah stitched with the Star of David that Lena and Sallis snuck over and danced under when no one was looking, the day was made perfect because of all the time, and hard work that this couple put into their wedding. I asked Lena what her favorite memory from the day was, assuming she’d say “seeing Sallis for the first time,” or, “our first kiss.” No, not Lena, here’s the perfect answer she gave me: “The moment I walked into the barn when I was about to walk down the aisle. The orange colored glow of it all. I will never forget the lighting and the excitement of being steps away from being married.” I love that the artist inside of her most remembered the color of her day.
Lena and Sallis, we’re so thankful for you. We’re thankful you chose us to document such a special day, we’re thankful for how creative and perfect you guys are, and most of all, we’re thankful for your friendship! We love you both!
Lena circled Sallis seven times as a representation of the seven marriage blessings.
And then, we decided to become Jewish.
And then, Lena’s friend Morgan rapped for us. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been so entertained.