Erin and Javier’s wedding is slammed full of detail , I tried to take my time with this post and make sure that everything flows nice and smooth … A few words from the bride about her wedding day and the love story of Erin and Javier
Photographed by ” Rhannion England & Mike Troxel for K.D.Burke Photography ”
“First off, with us working in ministry, my fiancée and I decided on a strict $10,000 budget. We wanted everything to feel handmade and bring in as many vintage aspects as possible. We want to model our marriage after my Mema and Grandaddy and they were married in 1946 in the dirt road country of North Carolina, so we decided we wanted everything to look simple and refreshing. We’re also both Christian rappers so bringing in hip-hop but keeping the simple and vintage feel was an awesome challenge to work with. Whenever anyone asked what to wear we just told them it was all “cotton casual” we didn’t want anything that looked synthetic. Even my dress was cotton. Our colors were flexible but based around turquoise, orange, khaki, and grey. We didn’t want everything to match or look “perfectly put together” so nothing was an exact color match. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were told a general idea of what they needed to wear and I think they did a great job of picking out outfits that went with our wedding BUT could also be worn WHENEVER!
Location- I loved the Timberlake Tavern for the fact that it was SIMPLE! We could do anything to it to dress it up but if we wanted things bare it would still look rustically gorgeous. The hardwood floors were contrasted by the painted white brick. We got married in the corner of the porch so as to have seating on both sides and fit more people. The ceiling fans were going and the bulbs were lit, everything was in bloom, and the inside had a warm luscious glow. The place is breathtakingly and simply refreshing. Which was really all we wanted.
Bridesmaid gifts-You’ll notice in pre-wedding pictures that all my bridesmaids have tanktops with their monograms on them. I didn’t want to get the usual “bridesmaid” tanktops because I wanted something they would wear again and be able to remember our wedding and the time we all spent together rather than wearing a “bridesmaid” tank when they had to paint something or cut the grass.
Bouquets and Boutonnieres- My mom and step-mom made the bouquets and boutonnieres and corsages. Cotton reminds me of my childhood and driving past the fields and just thinking it was so beautiful, so my bouquet and the boutonnieres and corsages were all made of cotton, greenery from my dad’s yard, and baby’s breath. The first flowers my man ever brought me were spider mums and it was important to me to incorporate those somehow so the bridesmaids and flower girl held one spider mum each surrounded by wildflowers. All flower and cotton pieces were held together by ribbon I had made (by TheLonelyHeart on etsy ) that said “I love you more 5.4.13”
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue- My something old was the center diamond on my engagement ring which was my great grandmother’s diamond. Something new was my new sneakers with my new name on the back of them. Something borrowed was a pocket mirror from a bridesmaid. But I’m most proud of my something blue. We took blue shirt fabric from both of my grandfathers and my daddy and my aunt sewed them into a patchwork heart that we attached to the hip of my dress.
Ring Bearer Bible and Rings- We used my Grandaddy’s Bible rather than a pillow for the rings and I covered it in burlap and jute. Also there was a silver cross, a silver tag that said “hope”, and our silver rings that also said “I love you more 5.4.13”; all three of which represented faith, hope, and love. Our rings were made by TereReyesJoies on etsy and are really unique because you can only see their inscription when the rings are put one on top of the other.
Guestbook and Family Bible- We made our guestbook photo album on shutterfly. We didn’t want a guestbook we would never look at again. Also, KatieReynoldsLane on etsy made our family Bible. Guests were welcome to circle their favorite verse for us or write a message in the Bible for us. The hearts on the Bible are designed after the heart tattoo I have behind my ear and have our initials in them. Beside the books were seed pods shaped like hearts for people to take home and plant!
Dress, Petticoat, and Ribbons – My dress was made by Latisha Davis of Ador’e Designz in Tampa. She did an amazing job of sticking with vintage, cotton, yet still uniquely beautiful. My petticoat was made by mermaidmisskristin on etsy. I gave her the colors to work with and she made a gorgeous petticoat (that I also wore in my boudoir shoot). To match the ribbons on the flowers, I had ribbon made for the corset-style backing of my dress (also by thelonelyheart) that said simply “I love you more”.
Sneakers-Since we had a sneakers only wedding (we took it easy on the older ladies and told them sandals were acceptable) we made sure that our sneaks were up to par. Even our pastor said he went and got new kicks for our wedding. I got custom made reeboks that were turquoise, khaki, and white and then had to throw some orange circles on the bottom. They say “Cruz” on the back of the heel piece and my fiancée didn’t even know about them until the wedding.
Vows and Poetry-My man surprised me with his vows, they were a letter he wrote to his future wife on June 8, 2008. Four years before we even met!!! The surprise had me wiping tears away, but when we got done with vows and our pastor read a poem that my granddaddy had written for my mema on their 50th anniversary I lost it. I even had to look back to see my mom’s face and the reaction of her brothers and my cousins. Not a dry eye.
Communion and First Kiss- We decided to take communion as our first act of marriage. After that we were totally ready for the pastor to allow us to kiss but as soon as we went in for the kill he put our hands between our faces and our whole bridal party stopped us! They all got their camera phones out and some took pictures while others recorded our first kiss. We got LOTS of different angles of our first kiss and one priceless pic of my prego bridesmaid lunging in front of everyone else to get the best shot!
Tables and Centerpieces- I made all of the tablecloths myself and my little sister and some friends helped me make centerpieces. We spray painted about 200 bottles! Each one had an element of cloth, string, or metal on it. Some had pearls, some had words like “blessed” and “wish” on the silver tags, some had buttons. Like I said I didn’t want ANYTHING to really match so everyone that helped with bottles was just set loose to create. Rather than do classic table numbers we used a Bible verse that tells the characteristics of love, so each table was a different characteristic. (ex: love never fails, love keeps no record of wrongs, love is patient, etc) Each table “number” was held in place by a cut cork in the top of bottle and I handmade each of them from cardstock, lace, and stamps. Place cards were in horizontal corks that had been halved and cut. Escort cards were attached to mason jar drinking glasses. Kids got vintage school milk bottles with their names written on chalkboard stickers. We had CUTE paper straws with banners saying “best.day.ever.” On the mantle behind our bridal table were more signs and pom-poms that I handmade out of cupcake liners and Styrofoam balls.
Cakes and Pies- In the interest of saving money we decided on a pie buffet rather than a traditional wedding cake but we still needed something to cut! We had all the women in the family bring two pies and my mom made little flags for each one. They were GONE in a flash! My dear friend Megan Sargeant Jenkins made us three cakes and each cake had a fruit representing the flavor on top. (peach, lemon, creamsicle) and each was covered in buttercream frosting. YUM!
Biscuit Bar and Food-Since we had a dry wedding it was a challenge to come up with a fun alternative for a cocktail hour. Going with the Southern theme, we asked Friends Catering if they could do a biscuit bar. They made hundreds of biscuits in four different flavors. My family spent months making and collecting different kinds of jams from all over the country. We had everything from moonshine jam to frog jam! Friends Catering also did our buffet dinner which was classically Southern fried chicken, green beans, and macaroni and cheese! Who needs fancy food that half your guests don’t enjoy? We had something EVERYONE in Virginia eats!
Songs- I got to pick processional and recessional songs and my man got to pick our first dance. We had some friends do acoustic versions of: True Believers by Darius Rucker, Forever by Ben Harper, and Is This Love by Bob Marley as guests were seated and the bridal party took their places. I walked in to an amazing acoustic version of my song to my hubby; Weak by SWV. I told you hip-hop would meet vintage. It was beautifully indie sounding. My man loves Billy Joel (not usual for a Puerto Rican) so we left to The Longest Time. I’m a huge Frankie Vallie fan so he chose You’re Just Too Good to be True as our first dance and sang to me the whole time.
Hair, Make-up, Hair barrette, jewelry- My hair color was done by David L. Hensley of LAID brand Haircare. It was important to me that when my children look at these pictures they could see that you don’t have to be the world’s idea of beautiful to feel beautiful. I love my pink hair and to conform for wedding pictures would have made me miserable at my wedding. Ashley Totty Falls styled my hair for the big day. My cotton hair piece was a perfect addition by Nightingale (a division of Storm + Stress). And Ashley Ancheta of Makeup by Ashley finished the look with very simple makeup that didn’t cover my freckles too much and smokey eyes.
All-in-all I realized throughout the process how beautiful and challenging it is to plan and put together your own wedding. My fiancée didn’t understand all that I was doing, but my husband thought the wedding was amazing and so “us”. I got so many compliments on the details, uniqueness, and the history involved in our big day. As long as I had a vision for what I wanted and I could somewhat communicate that to everyone helping, I knew that it would be special, and it was. It really was our best. day. ever.”
Vendor List :
Venue- The Timberlake Tavern
Event Designer – Bride
Event Coordinator – Karen Amato
Makeup – Ashley Ancheta Makeup by Ashley
Hair – Ashley Falls (style) David L Hensley (color)
Cake/Dessert – Megan Sargeant Jenkins (cake) Family Women (pies)
Caterer – Friends Catering
Florist – Flowers provided by Irvington Springs Farm and Bloom but designed by Karen Yates and Vickie Litchford
Officiant – Ralph Johnson
Ceremony Musician – Kasey Barber and Ryan Fabian
DJ/Band – Aaron Stainback
Wedding Dress – LaTisha Davis
Veil/Hair accessory – Nightingale
Jewelry – from La France vintage consignment in Ybor City, Tampa
Shoes – Reebok custom
Bridesmaids’ dresses – ModCloth
Groom’s suit – Target
Groom’s shoes – Nike
Groomsmen’ suits – different places
Stationery – We designed our stationary and printed using CatPrint
Transportation – Scion
DIY resources – Pinterest