This December wedding in Southern Alabama was held at the groom’s family estate home. Huge oak trees, wide lawns, and water made for a lovely location for this outdoor wedding with tented reception. The couple’s wedding style was driven by their custom wedding monogram which we showcased on almost every detail, from the wedding invitation to the hand-painted aisle runner. It was also on the cocktail cups, koozies, napkins, pillows, signage, program, favor boxes, and table cards. The monogram was showcased on their invitation card, custom wax seal, and custom postage stamps. Their classic black and white invitation suite with touches of beige featured a hand illustration of the estate home and hand lettering that was digitized.
The couple’s custom monogram is very meaningful. The three angled lines are symbolic in that it represents each of them, the bride, the groom, and his precious daughter. This soon-to-be little family was the main inspiration for their monogram. It was driven by the symmetry of a geometric shape and hand drawn magnolia leaves, for a modern yet minimal southern look. The beauty of the monogram was modified slightly for each wedding detail to maximize design and aesthetic. One of our favorite details was creating the custom aisle runner, which was a 20 yard canvas with a gold acrylic, 4 foot x 7 foot, hand-painted monogram. This massive piece of artwork was painted in my living room on the floor. I actually had to move our dining table and my kids thought I was crazy, as they watched me paint on my hands and knees. My back and knees were so sore after this project! Another cool detail was designing the smoked, acrylic signage that was suspended throughout the tent and above the bar.
The outdoor ceremony was framed with trees with a pond in the background. White rose petals lined the aisle runner, which was flanked with gold chiavari chairs and anchored with a beautiful, floral arch installation. The arch was lush with blush pinks and white roses, peonies, orchids, hydrangeas, and greenery. The florals were attached to a custom copper arch designed by Wildflowers. The massive tent had a stage, food stations, wrap around bar, lounge area, and a photo op area that featured a paper flower wall. Every detail executed perfectly by Chelsea Crawford Designs and her amazing team, and every detail captured beautifully by Jennie Tewell Photography and her team members. I am still in awe by Chelsea’s determination to have the outdoor ceremony, as the weather that day was definitely challenging. It was very windy and rainy with a lot of doubt in the air, but her perseverance strived and luck came our way, as the rain finally stopped.
Written by Lila Brasili
Lead Photographer: Jennie Tewell Photography
Second Photographer: Jaimie Woodruff
Third Photographer: Morgan Faulds
Ceremony & Reception Location: Private Property
Wedding Planner and Designer: Chelsea Crawford Designs
Stationery, Hand Lettering, Signage, Hand-Painted Aisle Runner, Watercolor Painting & Partyware: My Lady Dye
Videography: The Wild Soul Films
Rentals: Port City Rentals
Lighting: Willow Bridge
Hair and Makeup: Brittany Massey
Cake: Couture Cakes
Macaroons: Bluejay’s Bakery
Band: Big City Rhythm
Catering: Bay Gourmet
Paper Flower Wall: Alice and Apricot
Bride’s Gown: Bridal and Formal Boutique House of Tux
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse