Wedding, part 1.


Photos by Jamie Hopper.

So I was going to post all of the wedding photos at one time, but then I realized that there are a lot of them and a lot of things to say about them.  So I’ll start small and post these ones that Jamie shot with her film camera.  We took these right after the ceremony, which I’ll write all about in another post.  Drew and I were still nervous, and even Rufus was nervous (he doesn’t like crowds too much), and we were all glad to get away for a few minutes.  We got married at Serenbe, just outside of Atlanta.  We’d been there a few times–once for another wedding and more times for blog photos–and fell in love with it a little more each time we visited.  It’s really the most peaceful place I can think of in Georgia . . . beautiful old gardens and farm buildings, quiet fields, the random stray goat . . . We lucked out by being able to get married there, and the weather was even more amazing–75 degrees and blue-skied and sunny.  Some people thought it was too hot, but I thought it was perfect, especially in the evening when we ate dinner outside on the farmhouse’s open white porch.

It’s hard to write about this stuff without being corny, but it was really the happiest day I’ve ever had.  I was a nervous wreck for the whole week beforehand, but I was always just nervous about little things like last minute plans (even though I didn’t have much planning to do in the first place) and the ceremony itself (I’m the most nervous person alive sometimes–I was so scared I’d faint or say the wrong thing, but it all went just fine).  I was never nervous about the idea of being married or of marrying Drew.  He’s a person I love, look up to, and trust all the way.  I still don’t know how I managed to luck out so much.  And even if I had a doubt in the world it would have been smashed to bits by all the wonderful things people were saying about him during the reception and afterwards.  I think that my parents were counting down the days until he’d officially be a part of the family–they couldn’t think better of him.

Jamie was also pretty amazing throughout the whole process.  She was nice enough to take photos for our wedding, and when I was trying to figure out ideas for flowers and realizing that I’m no florist she agreed to take all that on too.  I didn’t guess how much work it would be until the day of the wedding, when she was scrambling around, taking a photo here and putting together a corsage there.  She made my bouquet (perfect) and then in ten minutes flat put together a wonderful floral wreath for my hair to replace a not-nearly-as-pretty one I’d bought off of Etsy.

She and Drew came up with table decoration ideas that turned out to be simple and perfect.  I have no eye for that stuff at all–the only real aesthetic thing I was excited about choosing was what I’d be wearing.  I really did want to wear vintage–ever since last December I’d been looking on Ebay and Etsy for dresses from the 1910s through 1970s, but could never find exactly what I wanted.  The white Edwardian dresses I loved always had weird fits and way too tiny waists for me, and the ’20s beaded wedding dresses would have been all wrong on me, no matter how much I would have loved to have worn something from the silent film era.  Eventually I figured it might be best to just get something new that had a vintage feel about it.  It took me forever to find something, but after a while I narrowed down my search to the Australian/New Zealand labels I loved, and then began doing regular searches on Australian Ebay, and that’s how I came across this 6-year-old dress from Lover. It was off-white, lace, and sort of a ’20s-’70s hybrid—I fell in love with it right away.  And the shoes are old Rachel Comey. They’re not super wedding-y, but they were kind of weird and I liked them.

So here’s just a little glimpse of the day . . . I’ll post more photos from Jamie and will write more about the day and the amazing people that were there, the food and the place . . . for now here are a few of our favorites . . .

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78 Comments

  1. Posted October 31, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Oh my, oh my! So ethereal and angelic! These photos are amazing, such beautiful keepsakes – I barely have any photos for our wedding… I’m so happy for you that you have these to remember your precious moments by :)

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

  2. Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    You look radiant, I do hope there are photos of you looking up too but I guess with all the nerves I would be exactly the same. Still, so pretty and amazing. I love the shot of the whole family at the end, you all seem to glow in that sunlight.

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! Ha ha, I actually made myself look straight into the camera (or up-ish at least) but always have a hard time posting them. I’m so weird about showing my face but I’ll try to get at least one for the next set.

  3. Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    What perfection! The dress and absolutely everything is just perfect, true to your exquisite taste! Many blessings to you two <3

  4. Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    oh my gosh this looks like the most beautiful wedding ever. you and drew just look right together, some people just… fit. xx

  5. Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Your wedding looks so refreshing and lovely! I am tired of looking at all these weddings which look all the same to me and brides in massive white dresses with corsets, all in pretty bad taste. You looked very sweet and you certainly seem to be there to get married with the man you love and not for the silly display. I think the very private countryside weddings are most charming. If I ever get married I will probably go for the same thing.
    I wish you all the happiness.

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, that means a lot because that whole big white princess wedding thing was what I was trying to avoid (and what made me dread getting married too). It just seems silly to go all out on something that’s literally over in 15 minutes . . . also we just like things that are simpler anyway.

  6. Lize
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Beautiful dress! Waw, you look absolutely stunning.

  7. Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures and sentiments… I couldn’t aggree more with your view on weddings, the overcrowded-overorganised-oversweet weddings I’ve been to really put me off having one myself, but you’re making me change my mind! :) Your dress is gorgeous and if I do end up getting married, I’ll definitely choose something similarly simple and elegant.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!!! Ha ha, I think we’re in the same boat. Originally I wanted something even smaller, more low-key, but the guest list kept getting bigger, but it ended up really great. Having an outdoor wedding seemed more old-fashioned somehow, and I knew I wanted a dress that wasn’t super fancy or traditional. Pretty, but nothing princessy (gross).

  8. The spectator
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Perfection.

  9. Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Just beautiful Rhiannon, really, you look absolutely stunning. Congratulations! (And I secretly really love the corny stuff, makes me so happy!) Best wishes to you both :)

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Aww thanks, Josie! Ha ha, I’m glad you like the corny stuff. : )

  10. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, you two look so beautiful together! And the dress is really amazing, too. Many blessings to you! <3

  11. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    So beautiful! Just amazing and it sounds like you and Drew will be very happy together :)
    I love the dress, and the wreath and bouquet are just really simple and beautiful. It’s sort of weird, but I don’t like big flowers, only little tiny ones that have a sort of delicate beauty, so I like these. And I don’t like big wedding dresses either, you really picked the perfect dress.
    I can’t wait to see more photos! And Drew looks handsome of course too!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Hannah! No, it’s not weird at all–Drew and Jamie and I all felt the same way about big, traditional wedding flowers. I wanted only flowers that looked like weeds or wildflowers, so we picked up a lot of filler flowers at the grocery store, and then Jamie even picked wildflowers.

      And dresses-yeah . . . I didn’t want anything traditional. Formal just makes me nervous, and I’m not a big fan of normal wedding dresses.

  12. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! ^3^
    These photos are so beautiful, romantic and out of time…
    Your dress is so georgeous!!
    Kisses from Paris ;)
    Pandore

  13. Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Such gorgeous photos…congratulations!!

  14. Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Utterly beautiful! You both look so content together, glad you had a little time to yourselves on the day.

    Huge Congratulations to you both, hope you enjoy all the nice and special feelings of being married!

    Big hugs,

    Nadia x x x

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Hi Nadia–thank you! Yes, it’s a wonderful and strange feeling once you’re married. It still doesn’t even feel real!

      Hope you had a great anniversary : )

  15. Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    you’re so simple and beautiful! congratulations on the wedding and may you have all the best!

  16. Posted October 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    oh my gosh, your wedding seems to have been wonderful! such a lovely post, the pictures are beautiful and that dress is gorgeous! wishing you two all the best x

  17. Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. You look absolutely lovely. Weddings are such marvelous, hopeful events. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

  18. Anthe
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    The pictures are fabulous! It was such a beautiful day and the wedding was perfect! Both families were so happy
    for you both! I’m glad to have you as my Daughter In Law!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      Aww, I’m glad you liked it–thank you!! ; )

  19. Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful dress! Wow, you look absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing this nice wedding photo.

  20. Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    you look so stunning! What a perfect dress and shoes and hair piece!

  21. Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    You wedding is so sweetly beautiful Rhiannon. I’ve been rooting for you two to end up together forever since Drew was Kumar;) *I also searched for a vintage dress for a year before giving up and looking for a vintage-y new dress. I found mine in a silk puddle on the floor at a Vera Wang sample sale, a 1930′s meet 1970′s bias cut creation.*

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Wow, thank you! I always forget he was Kumar on this blog at first . . . so long ago! And your wedding dress sounds like it’s amazing–such good decades to be inspired by. Yeah . . . vintage wedding dresses can be so tricky. Even when I did find something I liked and that would fit me I just worried it would be too delicate or even damaged already. Vintage-looking new dresses are so much easier.

  22. Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    This looks so incredible, congratulations! The perfect day that you deserved. Can’t wait to hear and see more! xXx

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  23. Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh, wow! You look so beautiful! That dress is so you. Jamie did a great job on your bouquet and wreath, too.
    I would never have thought of shoes in that color for a wedding, but it totally works.
    Can’t wait to see more wedding photos!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Mallory! I had the hardest time finding shoes . .. never thought it would be so hard to find a pair of dressy pumps (with a heel thick enough for walking outside in the grass). I really wanted something tan, but found these and liked the shape of them. Also it was fun to describe them beforehand to people who asked what shoes I was wearing. “Uh, they’re green!” “Green??”

  24. Posted October 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    AH! So unbelievably happy for you! You look beautiful. I love the bouquet too. I can’t wait to see more from the day.

  25. Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    congrats x a million! these pictures so sweet and darling and you look just beautiful. that dress is a dream and drew (and rufus) looks so handsome! having friends and family help out and add those special touches really makes everything that much better, doesn’t it?

    sending happy, good vibes your way :D

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Liz! Yeah, I don’t know what we would have done without our friends and family there . . . there were so many little things I never even thought of, but they had them all covered.

  26. Crystal Lee
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    You look beautiful! What a charming wedding! I love these photos. Congrats!

  27. Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    You look like you had a very lovely wedding. That dress is so perfect on you! Nothing but the best wishes for you and Drew!

  28. Sandie
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I can’t think of any other words other than I’m so happy for you, can’t wait to see more photos :)

  29. Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I think I must have already told you about a hundred times, but what a gorgeous wedding!
    you and Drew are one handsome couple, and Rufus isn’t bad looking either ;)
    Did he play any part in the ceremony?
    Also, Jamie sounds like a dream! Is there anything she can’t do?
    Can’t wait to read more about it – I don’t think you sound corny at all – I think you sound perfectly happy!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Meaghan!!!

      Yeah, Jamie can do a ton of things well–she’s one talented person for sure. (though she’s modest and would deny it!)

      We were going to have Rufus walk down the aisle with the wedding party, but I think he was nervous and we just had Drew’s work partner hold him. Supposedly he tried to get to me when I walked down the aisle, but I was too nervous to see.

  30. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Aww, how lovely! Everything looks about as beautiful as can be. I am awestricken by your dress, it looks so perfect on you, along with the lovely and simple flowers and hair wreath. I am partial to weddings like yours, simple country weddings that are not fussy at all, and involve the help of friends and family. They’re just so special. You and Drew seem like such a sweet couple, all the best wishes to you two!

    • Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Sarah! Yeah, I love the same things–informal weddings always are more fun to go to anyway. Also I was too lazy to do much planning/decorating, so it worked out. : )

  31. Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, you look so beautiful! This sounds like the most perfect wedding in the entire world, and your dress is incredible! Congratulations! <3

  32. Anne
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’m looking forward to hearing about it more! Congratulations!! :)

  33. Rachel
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    This is really beautiful! This is the exact visualization of what I’ve always wanted my wedding to be. I love your hybrid dress, and I can’t wait to see more of the locale.
    I’m really happy for you!

  34. Posted November 1, 2011 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    wow this is so whimsical.both of you look so much in love :) congratulations on your wedding! hope your marriage will last forever <3

  35. Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    oh, you were such a beautiful bride! congratulations on this amazing new chapter of your life!

  36. Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much, everyone!! All your words mean a lot to me (and Drew!). I promise to put up the rest of the wedding stuff soon and start blogging normally. Haven’t felt a ton of inspiration, fashion-wise, but hopefully I can get back into it. And for now I can post vacation photos.

  37. Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    You look absolutely beautiful on your big day. Deepest congratulations from my heart.

  38. Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations you guys! You both look wonderful! Your Lover dress is even more beautiful than I expected it to be and I think the shoes look perfect with it. I hope you both have a full and happy life together!

  39. Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh Rhiannon, I think you are the first bride I see which I love from head to shoes :) Your dress is beautiful and it’s even more beautiful to read you, love what you wrote and even if I don’t know you personally, you are my favourite blogger (this is not a made sentence… I really admire what you do!) and I’m really happy for both of you.
    :)

    xx from Madrid!

  40. Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I wish all the greatest luck to you two! This post is wonderful, the pictures are gorgeous. You were one lucky lucky bride, I am so happy for you :)

  41. Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Rhiannon!! I’m so very happy for you and Drew!!! Congratulations!!!!!

    The photos are stunning, your dress is divine, Drew is so handsome and little Rufus is the cutest!

    xxMaria

  42. Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    You look just like I thought you would :D Congratulations

  43. Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! and thankyou for sharing your photos with us!
    oh and the dress is beautiful!

  44. Nicole
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Aw, I see the love radiating off the photos. So beautiful! I hope to find a darling dress like this for my possible wedding day haha. God bless!

  45. MissKacie
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I’m not much of a “weddings” person either, and I have absolutely no regrets about my own simple, non-fussy/non-gaudy wedding. Still, these photos make me want to do it all again just for the giggles. So romantic. It looks lovely, congrats!

  46. Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Wow! You looked beautiful on your wedding day! I love the quirky shoes and your gorgeous dress. I’m glad your day was wonderful!

  47. Tess
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Your wedding looks like it is in the pages of Lula. Just. Wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing, I bet you had a super fun party afterwards as well.

  48. Posted November 3, 2011 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    I was insanely thrilled to find your wreath and all the wild-flowers on the bouquet. It’s something that really reminds me of the silent-movies and 1920 paintings, something that uniquely rare these days (with all the splendid, luxurious wedding package people advertise). I always think that such princess-alike wedding is only pleasant to see and only perfect for media exposures… That maybe weird but all I have in mind about real wedding is all the small details you tried to tied under the ceremony itself – people you know, the one you love, self-prepared dress, friend’s help in wreath and stuff. I’m happy for you and “Kumar”! Keep inspiring Rhiannon, all blesses for you :)

  49. Liane
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Your wedding dress is so simple and beautiful and the way you accessorized it was pure perfection. I have always loved looking at the stunning pictures on your blog and these were absolutely gorgeous. Congrats on your day!

  50. Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Awww this is the loveliest wedding post! So simple and sweet, and earnest in every way. Isn’t it crazy how fast time passes by? I feel like it was just yesterday that you had just started your blog that I found via wardrobe_remix! I’m sure the moments you’ll capture in the upcoming years will be just as happy and beautiful :)

  51. Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Best wishes…The wedding was so simple but it is so elegant.

  52. Amy
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    What a perfect dress, and you could wear it again if you want! All the best to you and Drew.

  53. Posted November 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Congrats!
    I cant wait to see pictures of the reception :) I need some last minute inspiration for my own vintage inspired wedding next week! I myself am in the beginning stages of being a nervous wreck.
    -rosalynn

  54. Posted November 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    congrats!! you both look beautiful and your dress is like a dream! so you… :-)

  55. Posted November 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous. And congratulations!

  56. Andie
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now but I’m not much of a commenter… This post changed that, though. I had to drop in and say you look absolutely stunning, and the dress fits you like a glove. Congratulations!

  57. Posted November 5, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to you both, lovely photos and I’m sure you had the dreamiest wedding. :-) Hope you’re really happy!

  58. Posted November 7, 2011 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Rhiannon and Drew!
    You guys make a stunning couple. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I must say that this is by far my favorite. I am so happy for both of you! Cheers! xo

  59. Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Wow! Beautiful. You both look stunning in these shots. I just bought myself a Lover dress to wear as my wedding dress too. Am even more excited now after seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing!x

  60. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    you really look amazing. it must have been a wonderful, wonderful day…

  61. Posted November 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh Rhiannon, this is lovely! You look absolutely beautiful, and wedding seems sweet and simple and true. I remember reading your blog way back when you wouldn’t show pictures of Drew or use his real name. What was it you called him? I was so excited for you when you announced your engagement and it’s really delightful to see these pictures as well. I obviously don’t know you two but you seem really in love and I wish you all the happiness in the world.

  62. Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Aww the both of you are just so adorable and perfect! Congratulations on such a simple yet beautiful wedding Rhiannon <3

  63. Posted November 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    These are amazing and so dreamy!

  64. Mesiya
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Congratulation! every details about this wedding is dreamy! perfection!!

  65. Breeze
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. I also married in Lover….helped make the day perfect.

  66. Rachael
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I first stumbled across your blog a few years back (back when you were still calling your new husband Kumar!) and have never actually commented but i just wanted to say congratulations! Your wedding was amazing, you looked lovely, and i’m so glad that you two ended up together. Just beautiful.

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