Hey y’all! Guess what? I got married! True story! Today I’m excited to finally share photos from our big day and show you the bohemian fall wedding I designed inspired by our Atlanta location and love of the Southwest. Read on to see how bold fall colors, vintage furniture and cactus came together for our bohemian wedding.
Bohemian Wedding in Atlanta
As a designer, I love many different styles. My personal style though is eclectic, global and layered with southwestern influences. I met my husband through our mutual work in the advertising industry and he shares my love of design. He didn’t ask for much during the planning and encouraged me to explore my ideas. We even joined forces to design some elements together.
He and I began developing the theme for our wedding by designing our wedding stationary together. I knew I wanted flowers and feathers with a bohemian vibe. Here is how the bohemian wedding invitation came together. Designed by us, printed by Wedding Paper Divas. We also had calligraphy for our envelopes that was done by my very talented friend, Kimlay. You can see more of her work here.
Bohemian Wedding Color Scheme
One of the challenges with weddings is certainly their cost. Say wedding to most vendors and the prices goes up, up, up. To keep our costs down, I decided to style our entire wedding using decor or other items we already had and only purchased items that would work in our home afterwards. You can get all of the details for where I sourced new items and how I’m using them now in the follow up to this post launching next week!
Since there is no shortage of potted cacti in our home, I decided to use them as a central theme in the design. This helped us save money and gave our wedding a vibe very similar to our home. It also gave me the first color for our palette – dark green.
I also love dramatic, rich colors and wanted to incorporate some into our home so I decided to add in dark reds and Cabernets as the other colors for our fall wedding pallet. This color showed up in our alter rug, wedding party attire, accent decor and of course, the flowers.
To add more depth to the color palette, we also used gold, copper and brass. We used various lanterns, votives and cutlery in these metals and brought in the same shades in the bridesmaids dresses or shawls.
To add texture–and make use of something I have an abundance of–we added in plenty of feathers with brown, burgundy and gold in them. These were not only perfect for a fall wedding, they added a rustic vibe as accents in flower arrangements and wreaths on the venue doors.
Bohemian Wedding Flowers
I actually found the florist I wanted to use by happy accident on Instagram. I searched a hashtag for one of the fall blooming flowers in my garden and immediately found Urban Petals by Anna Stouffer. I knew she would be the perfect person to execute my wedding floral vision – and did she ever.
She brought in so many rich and elegant layers with roses in various shades, pulling from the different shades the bridesmaids were wearing. She also incorporated peonies, multiple types of eucalyptus and succulents with feathers added in mine. (Side note, I planted the succulents and they are doing well in my office!)Speaking of succulents, look how she incorporated my own potted plants. Here are shots from either side of the alter.
The crates came from Joanna Fabrics and I stained them with left-over stain we had at home and the lanterns were on clearance at Target.
Spanish Inspired Wedding Venue
We selected our venue, The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite because it:
- Is a non-profit organization and historic site less than a mile from our home
- Has a space for an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception
- Is oh. so. beautiful.
The colors of the venue, plus it’s old world Spanish vibe were a perfect fit for our southwestern infused brunch and–as often happens with design–one thing influenced another.
This lounge area was one of my favorite little moments of this design. The furniture was rented from Blue Eyed Yonder and was set up to provide a great view of the venue. It was a perfect place for visiting or taking a break from the festivities.
It also ended up being a great place for photos!
The boys even got in on the action.
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
An outdoor ceremony was really important to me (#flowerchild) so I prayed and prayed for a sunny day.
The universe delivered in a major way and even the outdoor garden area was still green and lovely, despite the cooler temps.
The outdoor garden is tucked away beside The Solarium so husband and I had a beautiful private spot to do a ‘first look’. The concept of a first look had honestly never occurred to me, but I”m glad that we ended up doing it. It helps keep the ceremony free from nerves since you’ve already said hello in your fancy life-changing outfits.Other fancy outfits included the sweetest flower girls ever, my cousin and niece. Also, let’s talk about how stylish those boots are. And the flower crowns y’all. Adorable. Love these little bohemian princesses.
I’ve had a ton of people ask me about my hair which was styled by my wonderful stylist Alex. She helped me find the perfect extensions, since she also chopped all my hair off a while ago for the cutest stacked bob 🙂 You can follow Alex here. The flowers were individually wired roses from Urban Petals.
Indoor Wedding Reception
After a beautifully bright midday wedding ceremony, the weather began to turn cool and overcast. This is pretty typical of fall in Georgia so we knew when planning our big day that we wanted to take the party indoors after the ceremony.
I kept the center piece designs really simple using a burlap runner, rustic wooden stand, cactus, candles and gorgeous bud vases from Urban Petals.
After the ceremony, chairs were moved indoors while our guests were served yummy, Southern inspired snacks and drinks.
Brunch + Bossa Nova
We decided on a brunch wedding because we wanted to get married under the sun and the time of year meant it was getting dark pretty early. Also, because…brunch!
We worked with Zest Catering for food, linens, and moral support throughout the wedding planning process. Really though, our caterer was awesome, offering advice and assistance at every turn! (Looking at you Hannah!) The menu they created for us included Southern favorites like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and a perfect Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. We also tied in cactus by using adorable faux cacti card holders.
And, because weddings need more donuts, we also brought in mini donuts from our favorite neighborhood baker and coffee spot Revolution Donuts.
I’m sure every bride has at least one thing that doesn’t go according to plan on their wedding day. This cake would have to be mine. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious. But visually, it was not even close to what I wanted. The plan was a ‘naked’ harvest cake overflowing with berries. I even gave them a picture to demonstrate.
Somehow several boxes of fresh berries resulted in this so we added the cake toppers and called it a day. In any event, the cake toppers are now a sentimental item for my husband and I and a nod to our love of soccer (Atlanta United).
We were also thrilled to have one of our favorite bands, Rua 6 on hand. My history with this band dates back to 2007, when I moved to Atlanta and discovered Bossa Nova.
Andre, above, played acoustic guitar just before our vows and then filled the venue with the lovely sounds of live Brazlian music. Such good vibes y’all.
By far, Rua 6 was one of the happiest decisions about our wedding!
My niece’s facial expression sums up our wedding vibe:
I hope you enjoyed a behind the scenes view of my world. We pretty much haven’t slowed down since this day and I can’t wait to fill you in on everything that’s been going on. Make sure to check back soon to see more posts!
Thanks for visiting 🙂