WEDDING DATE: June 9, 2007
LOCATION: Roswell, Georgia
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: The Gardens at Great Oaks
PHOTOGRAPHER: Moreland Photography
INVITATION: Olivia (by betsywhite stationery boutique)
OTHER STATIONERY: Matching Wedding Programs
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS INVITATION?: Our wedding was in the garden and we wanted to have a very family-friendly event, but we also wanted to balance this with our personal style, which is a bit more classic. The invitation we chose, Olivia, struck just the right balance between these elements, and they really became an inspiration for our wedding style. The lace-like element of the design gave us that touch of whimsy that we wanted to convey to our guests but was delicate and subtle enough to keep the overall look of simple elegance we also wanted.
WEDDING STYLE: Our wedding had a little bit of an international theme as my husband and I are from two different countries, the United States and Cyprus, and met in a third, the UK! We wanted to share elements of each of these cultures with our guests. The venue was this beautiful historic home in Roswell, and guests were treated to tours that included its unique history and that of my hometown. The food at the reception was Greek inspired, and the invitations reminded me of the traditional Cyprus lace that my mother-in-law gave to me before we were married. The ceremony was held in the garden, which had a very English feel, and we drove away in a vintage English Rolls Royce that even had the steering wheel on the right side of the car! All of these different elements were held together by a consistent style, which was greatly inspired by our wedding invitations.
FAVORITE DETAILS: After we received the invitations and saw just how beautiful they were, we were inspired to repeat the theme on beautiful silk fans by stenciling them with a variety of lace-like patterns (white on white). I then used the same stencils to make pinwheels in our wedding colors for the children. Both projects were a real hit with our guest, and I never would have thought of it without the inspiration of our invitations.
We also intermixed light blue paper lanterns and white eyelet paper lanterns hanging in the trees around the garden, which were turned on at dusk, inviting guests back into the garden.