This stunning coastal French Chateau “Harbour Mist” on the maritime province of Nova Scotia, Canada was the inspiration for this wedding design with pretty French details and colors that mimic’d the estate’s architecture. The home’s gray cedar shingles, the coastline’s bluish-grey stone that has been smoothed by years of the tide washing over it, and mussel and clam shells found along the shoreline, all determined the color palette for this wedding. To compliment the smoky blues and grays, the bride wore an appliquéd blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and blush Jimmy Choo heels. Her art deco diamond ring from Walton’s Antique Jewelry looked lovely placed in a vintage ring box with gold fleur de lis on the lid. Bridesmaids wore a smokey blue Watters dress with blush underlay. Long flowing strands of hand-dyed ribbon by Cocoon Silk Ribbon were tied around the bouquets to catch the ocean breezes.
Weathered wood guest tables sprinkled the plush green lawn and boasted gathered floral centerpieces by Thorne & Thistle, including native blooms, such as white lilac and Canada Mayflower, along with blush pink peonies, roses and foraged greenery. Guests were mezmerized with 180 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a view of the estate, orchard and hillside on the other. Calligraphy place cards by Gracefully Made Art were tucked into blue mussel shells at each guest’s seat. The custom wedding invitation, calligraphy and illustration of the estate were all created by Anna Lora Whitley of Silt & Pine. The Bride and Groom chose to hand write their vows in a gray velvet Vow book by Elmo Paper Stories. Maple syrup in a bottle shaped like the maple leaf, also seen on the Canadian flag, were parting gifts for guests and used the next morning at a brunch given by the groom’s family for out-of-town guests. It was the loveliest of days captured on film.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this sweet couple through their engagement and wedding day. They have the kindest hearts. Amanda was a calm and graceful bride, enjoying every single detail of her day while sharing lots of laughter with her lovely bridesmaids. And, it was so endearing to watch Jacob’s admiration of Amanda all day long…especially at their First Look. And, his tears over reading her letter to him moved all of us watching the moment unfold.
I know this couple will have many happy years and a long life together because of their strong foundation in the Lord and their careful consideration of each other.
When I got in my car at the end of a 10 hour work day, I read the kindest and most thoughtful thank you letter from them. It means the world when clients appreciate you as you pour your heart and soul into telling their wedding day story. Amanda and Jacob, the pleasure was all mine! You were a dream to work with! Many blessings to you. XO, Heather
You can also see images from this wedding in the current issue of Tuscaloosa Magazine in an article featuring the venue, The Oaks.
The Byers family made a lasting impression on me the first time I spent an entire day with them. One of the very first weddings I ever second shot was for their oldest daughter, Sarah. And last year I photographed their family all together at Rosemary Beach, which you can see here.) So, when they asked me to photograph Sarah’s younger sister Kathryn’s wedding, I was thrilled. Both girls chose to have their receptions at their home, because of all the memories it holds and the love that they have there.
When I walked in the front door of their home the first time, I immediately felt the warm hospitality and closeness of their family. There is joy and laughter and hugs. Artwork that the five Byers kids have done over the years is lining the hallway to their rooms. “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” —Joshua 24:15, hangs over the back door to remind them who they live for as they come and go. As adult children, they still play basketball in the driveway together. This is a family you want to spend time with. As a mom myself, I’ve asked Dana, the matriarch of the family, parenting advice and she’s readily given it, quickly and humbly adding that “parenting is not without mistakes and you have to learn from them as the Lord’s grace fills the gap”. This family holds a special little place in my heart. As I look ahead to my children as young adults one day, I hope that they will be close and want to come home as much as the Byers kids do.
Kathryn and Jackson were high school sweethearts, so where he picked her up for their first date is also where he left with her for their honeymoon. Sweetness. You can see their engagement session here. Their wedding day was just perfect and I’m so thankful they asked me to be a part of it. You can also see their wedding published on Borrowed & Blue. Here are some of my favorite moments…
I met Leah for the first time on her wedding day. She lives out of town, so her Mom and I discussed all the details before the big day, including the fact that Leah works for a florist and would be doing all the floral design herself. Needless to say, I was super impressed with a bride handling that big job for her own wedding. And, she did an amazing job with the farm to table style for her autumn nuptials, while remaining calm, relaxed and poised the entire day.
I hope you enjoy some of the images from this Walter’s Farm outdoor wedding and barn reception. It was simply beautiful. From the raw cotton and sunflowers in the florals, to the hand picked apples and guest favors of mason jars filled with fresh vegetables, this wedding was oh so southern.