I sit here in awe as I look at the culmination of Amanda and Justin’s wedding day in this collection of photographs. Everything was simply delightful and perfect; recalling it all here, and sharing it with you, makes it all the more fantastic. Brooke from Mad Dash Weddings worked tirelessly to bring so many unique and inspirational details together for a once-in-a-lifetime fairy tale for this smily, in-love pair.
The effort Brooke, Amanda and Justin, and some wonderful friends and vendors put in to create a rich and vibrant autumn day, from emotions to autumn colors to scrumptious flavors that made it all happen, certainly paid off.
As Amanda’s mother helped her prepare to meet Justin outside for their first look, Justin awaited his bride’s arrival in the crisp fall air outside the historic, southern home.
Justin’s reaction to seeing Amanda was truly priceless! He was overcome by emotion as he turned to see Amanda as a bride for the first time on their Mad Dash Wedding day.
There were so many incredible spots to capture their day, from nearby bamboo, to fall shrubs with rich purple hues, to their amazing outdoor lounge area complete with plush furniture for cozying up with a loved one! I especially loved how the fall foliage on the trees coincidentally matched the mustard color silk ribbon on Amanda’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere.
The autumn air provided a wonderful stillness that was perfect for their outdoor ceremony, in front of Leslie-Alford Mims House. Brooke, of Mad Dash Weddings and Belle’s Catering, coordinated the most perfect wedding design for this special pair. She even secured a beautiful, unique colorful batik linen backdrop for their vows and mixed seating – from benches to mis-matched iconic chairs – for guests to choose from.
After they excitedly recited their vows and we took some sweet family photos it was time to enjoy their reception!!! Mad Dash Wedding did such an incredible job (as always) styling their Boho inspired fall fete. Fam tables were flanked with wood and metal chairs. Concrete candle holders, dipped with gold paint, held white tapered candles as market lights illuminated the reception from above as the sun set. Mismatched, colored vintage glasses were available for guest use as modern geometric glass and metal holders provided homes for pops of soft floral details. A variety of rugs and throw pillows cushioned the ground around custom, low grey wooden tables specifically designed for Mad Dash Weddings.
All the small details, from throw pillows to lanterns and assorted interior decor, truly set the stage for a comfortable and inviting reception reminiscent of a beautiful living room.
Guests were able to leave their mark and well-wishes for Mr. and Mrs. Harms on a gold-framed wedding date and take home a customized homemade candle jar on their way out.
A few absolute show-stoppers of their wedding day included the charcuterie display Belle’s Catering put together and the cake on the front porch, which Mad Dash Weddings also custom designed; it was suspended from the ceiling of the porch with thick rope and rested on a polished round wood board decorated with fall flowers. The two-tier buttercream cake was on trend with it’s “concrete” inspired buttercream design, topped with a cake-topper of the couple’s dog and cat. Both of whom, might I add, have sparkling blue eyes like the bride, Amanda.
Their first dance song was a perfect choice for this Disney loving duo: Lana Del Rey’s version of “Once Upon a Dream.” I have to admit I LOVED that selection as a Disney fan myself! Its slow melody was hauntingly beautiful for their autumn wedding.
I’m a sucker for well dressed guests and they had plenty of them in attendance! One trending guest wore cowboy boots and another guest donned a bolero necktie atop a collared, button-down shirt with flies printed on it! How cool is that?
Cocktail hour was followed by their cake cutting, while some guests shared Animal Crackers on the front lawn in a bonding moment I happened to capture. 😉
Their cake cutting was complimented by an adorable hand-painted bride and groom plate and beautiful ceramic gold and white cake cutlery. Amanda was able to incorporate a very special wedding detail for dessert: a cheers with Justin using her grandmother’s colored glass wine glasses, which she used on her wedding day decades before. After the cake was cut everyone munched on delicious food from Belle’s Catering, including egg rolls served in bamboo cup and meatballs and Caprese skewers. They danced well into the evening hours to the sounds from Bunn DJ Company.
And a final thought for this truly outstanding day: the best keepsake for Leslie-Alford Mims House, which they’ll forever cherish, is a framed print the couple gifted them. It’s the same illustration on Amanda and Justin’s Save-the-Dates, which was a handmade custom linocut of the historic home created by Amanda’s best friend.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Harms! May every day of your lives be as magical as your wedding day.
As a little bonus, check out the video Little Lovely Blushes created from their day; it will certainly make you smile!
Wedding coordination + design: Mad Dash Weddings / Venue: Leslie-Alford Mims House / Catering: Belle’s Catering / Music: Bunn DJ Company / Cake: Sugar Euphoria / Florals: Caroline Ruth Design / Videography: Little Lovely Blushes / Linocut save-the-dates: Dusty Rose Block Press / Wedding invitations: One + Only Paper / Hair + makeup: RAE Makeup Artistry / Officiant: Kathie McCutcheon / Ceremony backdrop and bridal attire: BHLDN / Cake Topper: Heartmade Cottage, Etsy / Linens: CE Rental / Specialty rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters / Lighting: Vivid Lighting
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