Wedding Weekend

October 12, 2011

Hello, friends. I’m back! And it’s official, I’m married! And so very happy. :)


On Saturday, I married my best friend and partner of nearly four years. He’s my rock and I’m so glad I found him.

We spent the entire week prior at the farm getting things ready. There was lots to do in a short amount of time.

We picked local cotton and eucalyptus to use in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. It was a garden wedding, so I wanted things to be elegant and romantic, but still southern. That’s where the cotton came in.

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Later in the week, it was time for a bridesmaids luncheon. I didn’t actually have  bridesmaids so it was more of a get together for the ladies in the family- sisters, mothers, cousins, aunts. Lots of fun! And, as you can see, the cotton made an appearance.

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The food was delicious. Loved the adorable cheese straws and bubbly pink cocktail.

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Love this photo with mom and sis.


That evening we hosted a pig pickin’ on the farm for all the out of town guests, rather than a traditional rehearsal dinner. We even had a bluegrass band that played Rocky Top! My mother-in-law went above and beyond with the details, using zinnias from her garden for the table centerpieces and using our initials as accents. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the night.

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We strung up photos with clothes pins so that guests could casually stroll by the display.


We had a small fire pit for guests who got chilly, but I kept warm by dancing the night away. It was so much fun! The food, company and music couldn’t have been better.

Saturday was the big day and the weather was a dream. We were so lucky.

The wedding took place at 5:30pm at the Thomas Walton Manor, a recently restored manor home that operates as a bed and breakfast. The manor grounds are gorgeous gardens, perfect for the wedding ceremony and reception. To keep things simple, my family stayed in the manor over the weekend- a one stop shop for everything!

I primped in the bridal suite.

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Since my family stayed at the manor, it was easy for us to all get ready together. My sister, Allison Schingle ( a professional stylist in Austin, TX) did my hair and makeup. Here’s a photo of us getting ready while sipping champagne on the back porch.


We made the ceremony programs into paddle fans in case it was hot out. The weather turned out to be comfortable, but at least the programs were interesting.


The escort cards for guests.


The bouquet (and more cotton).


Me and my hubby on the dance floor.


With my dad.


The dress the day after.


I had a wonderful time at my wedding! It was one of the best weekends of my life- so much fun! Thank you to our family and friends for coming out and supporting us and making the weekend so incredibly special. xoxo

If you’d like more information about the wedding and to see a few of the professional shots, check out my photographer’s blog.

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Shana October 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Congratulations! Looks like the perfect day!

natalie (the sweets life) October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

wow, what a beautiful few days! everything looked amazing! congrats! :)

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

everything looks so beautiful! congratulations!

Lisa at Smart Food and Fit October 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Congratulations! You look so gorgeous! Stunning photos too, looks like a beautiful picture perfect wedding! :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 13, 2011 at 6:41 am

Congratulations!!! Such wonderful photos and you look gorgeous! I love how personal everything was. SO happy for you:-)

Summer October 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

So pretty! I love the cotton accents

Ranjani October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations! Everything looks lovely, and your celebrations sound like they were a whole lot of fun!

brandi October 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

everything looks so beautiful, including the weather! :) congrats!!

Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food October 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

You are gorgeous! Congratulations, Jen. The pictures are beautiful.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Everything looks so beautiful! Love that you incorporated cotton. You were a stunning bride! So glad it went off well. :)

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