Grant & Deb Photographers who are right up there on our favourite photographers list, are always delighting us with beautiful weddings like this and this. Yet again, they have graced us with another stylish affair. A heavenly rustic chic wedding with a soft neutral palette, pretty DIY elements and a couple whose love for each other easily outshines their rainy wedding day.
Bride Kait shares:
I NEVER actually dreamed of my wedding, so as soon as we got engaged I had a lot of decisions to make and only 7 months to plan. To help myself, I searched a lot of blogs for inspiration and found as much DIY details as possible. We decided on an outdoor reception with a rustic chic feel. It was important we created a comfortable atmosphere without being too casual, so the idea of a tent with amber/candle glow lighting with a mix of soft romantic and rustic natural details was perfect. As I’m a pretty simple person, I chose a neutral palette with creams, pale pink and gray to go with the rustic chic feel. The ceremony was at a gorgeous old church – the Basicilla of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, VA., where we were allowed to use our own priest, a catholic Navy Chaplin. The reception was at the Hermitage Museum and Gradens in Norfolk, VA – a great outdoor location near the water with a HUGE magnolia tree.
Most of the wedding was DIY. We had a tent set up, hung mason jars with candles from the magnolia tree and lined the waters edge with shepherd hooks. We made the tables for the reception bar, cake display and guest book out of sawhorses (built by my husband) and old white-washed doors. For the table assignment we used an old glass door (again which we white-washed) and wrote the table numbers/names on the glass . Mom and I wrapped the mason jars in cloth or twine, made the chalkboard table numbers and the labels for the jam favors. Simply Perfect Events also helped a ton by finding awesome linens and plates to go with our feel, designing the chandeliers, making the cocktail seating out of bails of hay covered in cloth and the cocktail tables out of old windows and glass! For our guest book we covered a book in burlap and asked guests to put their Polaroids into it and write little notes. I LOVE how the guest book turned out and have looked at it many times since. The bridesmaids dresses were from J. Crew ( on sale for $75 – what a steal!). For dessert, we had cupcakes in chocolate peanut butter, lemon and red velvet and a one tier lemon wedding cake for ‘cutting the cake.’
What made your wedding unique?
We married on my grandparents 56th wedding anniversary and were lucky enough to have them there. The headpiece I wore was the same my grandmother wore on her wedding day 56 years before.
What was your biggest challenge?
Planning the wedding in a few short months whilst all the other stuff that was going on with college, moving, the military, etc. Honestly, I can’t thank the people who helped me enough! I didnt think I could plan a great wedding in less than a year but it’s obviously possible.
Your favorite moments?
OMG…the whole day! My husband and I had been together nearly 9 years when we got married. It was a great feeling to be marrying my best friend especially with all our friends and family there. We also felt so lucky to have people travel from all over the world to be with us on our special day.
How would you sum up your wedding day?
It was a great day! Although nice, I don’t think the details or weather, etc make your day. I think it’s really about who you marry and the love you’re surrounded by with friends and family. I never dreamed of my wedding, but Im sure if I had the actual day would have far exceeded my dreams.
Congratulations Kait on a beautiful day and proving how a little wet weather can never ‘rain on your wedding parade!’
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Photography: Grant & Deb Photographers / Event Planner: Simply Perfect Events / Event Designer: Distinctive Event Rentals / Wedding Gown: Pure English Couture Bridal / Caterer: East Beach Catering /DJ: Arch Entertainment Company / Makeup Artist: Kristal Lane Beauty on Location / Transportation: Bay Breeze Limousine / Bakery: Incredible Edibles Bakery / Reception: Hermitage Museum & Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights