Jes & Tyler's wedding was unique, authentic, eclectic, and dreamy.
A clear expression of their love on a warm summer day.
If you are a bride in full-on planning mode, a future bride daydreaming about your love getting on one knee, or just someone who appreciates vintage beauty... this blog post is for you. Jes, the stunning bride, was generous enough to share her thoughts, time, and truly stunning photos by Amber Phinisee with us.
Southern Vintage: What inspired you to choose the colors you chose for your color palette?
Jes: Berry tones stood out to me from the very beginning, but I knew that with it being a June wedding, I needed softer colors in the mix to create a summer time feel. I fell in love with a blush bridesmaids dress, and took the color aesthetic from there! Tyler was dead set on him and his guys wearing pale blue shirts. I wasn’t sold on the color at first, but pops of that soft blue tone here and there really brought everything together beautifully!
Jes went all-out when it came to vintage rentals for her ceremony site -
using upholstered pieces, a rug runner, hanging globe lights, vases, and side tables.
SV: Your ceremony was truly a sight to behold! What was your thought process in your ceremony set up? What feel were you going for?
Jes: I wanted the day to be beautiful, but I didn’t want the decor to take away from what we were all really there for. The mix & match chairs were both gorgeous and decorative, but also useful and multifunctional. I loved that the only decor we really needed for our ceremony was the seating for our guests! Everything felt so warm, and it was important to me that our guests felt at home.
One of my favorite pastimes was walking around barefoot as a little girl, and I can’t really find an explanation as to why that was so important to me that day. I was just so happy to be getting married and while I wanted to look beautiful, I wanted to feel comfortable and free. I wanted my dress to look elegant and timeless, but I also wanted to feel like I could dance around for hours or run through a field with my husband like a child! I guess the feel I was really going for was eclectic, simplistic elegance. That’s kind of how love is!
Jes's china and glassware choices were jewelry for her reception tables. The colors popped, the gold sparkled, and she perfectly balanced bold colors with an airy, summery feel.
Jes stayed organized and started planning early. The end result was WELL worth it. Every detail she chose was an expression of her free spirit and her love for her soul mate.
SV: Describe how your wedding day details represented you and Tyler's love story.
Jes: Tyler and I are two individuals who sometimes couldn’t be more different! While our personalities differ, our love for each other, the way we view life and the things which we hold valuable have always brought us together. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect all of the time, nothing has to be exactly the way it’s suppose to be in order for it to make sense. Everything beautiful has a place and when you put it all together, it just fits. To me, the mix and match pieces which decorated our ceremony and reception expressed that about our relationship. Everything came together as if it were all meant to be, and our love will stand the test of time much like all of those beautiful antique pieces have.
When I met Tyler, he was a realist and I was a dreamer. He has always kept me grounded and has reminded me to use logic at times, while I have reminded him to find his passion and to always follow his dreams. It’s funny because throughout our relationship Tyler and I have remained true to who we are, but we can both agree that Tyler has become much more open minded and is now quite the dreamer himself! In our vows, we promised to always support each other’s dreams. It’s no wonder my dream wedding dress would cover all of my tattoos except my dream catcher!
How Jes Assembled Her Vendor Dream Team
SV: How did you make sure each vendor was a good match for you?
Jes: I looked into previous weddings they had done and met with them in person to make sure our personalities would work great together.
SV: What were some considerations you made when you chose each vendor?
Jes: I chose people who not only could execute our vision, but who radiated positivity and would help our day be calm and full of love. I chose vendors who I trusted so that I could be as stress free as possible on our best day ever! I had a specific style in mind, but I also tend to get carried away. I needed to find vendors who could understand our wants, but could also help reel me in so that our wedding was not all over the place!
Jes Sends Love to Her Vendors:
Photography – Amber Phinisee - "We chose our wedding date based on the availability of our photographer Amber Phinisee. For us, photography was our most important choice because we knew we would cherish these images for years to come."
Venue – The Venue at Tryphena’s Garden - "I had been to Tryphena’s Garden several times as a hair and makeup artist, but viewing the venue as a 'bride to be' was a whole new experience. As I imagined us making our commitment with our family and friends, I had an overwhelming feeling that this was the perfect setting for our love story. When we got to the car, Tyler said 'we have to get married here!' So, we looked no further!"
Event Planning - Clara Bixler - "I had worked with our coordinator Clara Bixler many times while styling brides at Tryphena’s. I knew Clara was very kind and helpful, organized and detail oriented. I knew I could trust her to make sure the flow of the day went well and to relieve any stress off of my own shoulders."
Rentals – Southern Vintage - "Clara had a good idea of our style, and suggested Southern Vintage for our decor. As soon as I went to their website and looked through their Facebook page, I knew that I could work with them to find all the perfect vintage treasures to help tell our love story. "
Event Styling – Laurel Avenue - "I had so many ideas on how to style the Garden for our wedding, so Holly and Bill From Southern Vintage suggested I meet with Elena Balkcom from Laurel Avenue, who could help me narrow down my ideas and put the finishing touches on the design aspect of our wedding."
Floral Design – Westerwisp - "For flowers I knew I wanted something different than I had ever seen before. I kept looking for florists but something just didn’t feel right. Once I looked through Cat’s unique floral creations on her Westerwisp Etsy page, I knew I had found a perfect match."
Calligraphy – Eliza Jane Lettering - "Once I found the perfect bohemian wedding invitations from LoveofCreating on Etsy, I needed someone to address them for me! I didn’t want to ruin them! Callie from Eliza Jane Lettering did an amazing job turning my simple craft envelopes into works of art to send to our family and friends. I knew I could trust Callie to create beautiful signage for our wedding."
Catering – Sweet Tea Events - "We chose our caterer based on word of mouth and our price point. Sweet Tea events was professional and friendly during our meeting, and her menu options were exactly what we were looking for!"
DJ – D Street Entertainment - "For our DJ, we went with someone we knew could put on an amazing party! Jay Page had done some of our best friends’ wedding and it was the most fun we had ever had, so we knew we couldn’t go wrong!"
Makeup Artist – Intensify by Patience - "Wanting something bold for my make up, I knew Intensify by Patience was exactly the right artist to create my dark moody look!"
Hair Styling – Sarah Gilbert Beauty, High Maintenance Salon - "I had worked with Sarah Gilbert Beauty multiple times and loved the organic wedding hairstyles she creates, so it was easy to chose her as my hair stylist. Her soft natural makeup style was exactly what I was looking for for my bridesmaids!"
Favors – Wild Wolf Collective - "TheWildWolfCo created beautiful hand made dream catchers to give away as favors to our guests. That is such a valuable symbol of our love and we were so happy to share that with our friends and family."
Wedding Dress – Daughters of Simone
Bridal Accessories – Daughters of Simone, Hushed Commotion
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – BHLDN, ASOS, Adrianna Papell
Groom’s Apparel – Banana Republic, Joseph A. Bank, Perry Ellis
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Joseph A. Bank, Perry Ellis
Rings – Satterfield & Dempsey
Cake – Amanda’s Cakery
Invitations – Love of Creating
Tips & Take-Aways for Brides
SV: You mentioned that you never thought you could put together a wedding that was truly your style. Do you have any tips for brides that feel like weddings can't possibly be their style?
Jes: Remember that the most important part of the day is the commitment you are about to make, the details should just be the icing on the cake! I think when you really realize that and let it sink in, it is so much easier to not overcomplicate your decisions and just pick the things that are beautiful to you! You see all these beautiful traditional weddings happening around you and while that may be perfect for some brides, its not for everyone and that’s okay! You don’t have to put yourself in a box and when you find the right vendors you can really stick to a vision that represents the love between you and your partner!
SV: For our brides that are on a budget - what vintage pieces or details would you suggest they prioritize to make the biggest statement within their budget?
Jes: I would most definitely suggest the mix match China and glasses for brides who are on a budget! This is such an easy way to add color and beauty to your reception. These are things you are going to need anyway, and renting these beautiful pieces serves as decor as well!