A Do-It-Yourself, Shabby Chic Wedding, Inspired by TV-show “The Office” at Front Porch Farms
Friday, July 27, 2012
Who knew a comedy set in Scranton, PA would set the stage for a fun-filled, shabby chic wedding? Romance can blossom from the coolest of interests, as is the case of these two fans of the TV show "The Office", which also happens to be one of my favorite TV shows!
Back to the couple.... Sydney and Lucas' romance grew to become a wedding filled with personal touches, from superhero boutonnieres and do-it-yourself touches to funny anecdotes from movies set in the south. We asked their awesome photographers, Cali Ashton Photography, to interview the couple to tell us more about their beautifully whimsical day at Front Porch Farms. It was truly a creative, personal, and fun day that we absolutely enjoyed - from their quirky toys to their southern BBQ.
Keep reading to enjoy it with us!
Guest Blog: DIY, Shabby Chic Wedding at Front Porch Farms by Cali Ashton Photography
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
Our families’ relationship proceeds our. Our sweet grandparents have been best of friends for years and together they led the youth group and youth camps at our church when they were young parents. Fast forward many years later when I was youth pastor at our church. I needed some male volunteers for an event and I remembered Lucas and asked him if he would like to help. He accepted and we soon became good friends and bonded over our mutual love of the TV show The Office. Love shortly followed! Hooray!
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Joyful, Breathtaking, & Spirit-filled!
In what month did you get married?
The beautiful, autumn month of October
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
Our personalities were weaved in and out of everything. I loved toasting with the Mason Jar Wine Glasses I made.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
Sweet Tea, BBQ, and a handmade quilt Lucas’ grandmother made for our special day that layed on a porch swing - how much more Southern can you get?
Describe your wedding flowers
We wanted simple yet beautiful flower arrangements. We ordered through Sam’s Wholesale website and were pleasantly surprised at how fresh and gorgeous they were. We threw them in mason jars, antique vases, and milk jugs. Southern perfection!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?
My husband and I are very creative people and so it was a challenge harnessing that creativity and making decisions. With the help of our loved ones we were able to unleash our creativity and showcase who we are through all of the décor and details!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into?
Less than $10,000 (mostly all DIY)
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on?
The venue; Kathy Best at Front Porch Farms did an excellent job providing the most beautiful setting and professionalism when it came to accommodating our needs.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
During our ceremony we had just finished a love letter portion where we put letters in a box to each other to be opened on our 25th wedding anniversary. Our acoustic musicians were playing background music during this time so instead of awkwardly waiting for them to finish we ended up slow dancing. It was such a spontaneous moment that was so meaningful, so us, and so special.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding?
Unleash your creativity! Also, do not be afraid to be creative in how you spend your money - be thrifty and learn how to use local thrift stores for décor and details! And Pinterest is a wonderful place to gather your inspiration and ideas!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
We LOVE creating a home and making it our sanctuary. Lucas just made me a complete bed from reclaimed barn wood- talk about how to make a Southern woman swoon! We hope to continue to grow our handmade home décor business and enjoy each other before we decide to have little ones for a few years.
Photographer | Cali Ashton Photography
Planner | Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Front Porch Farms
Florist | DIY
Wedding Cake Baker | Publix Bakery
Music and DJ | All Night Long Productions
Caterer | Jim N Nicks BBQ
Linens | DIY Burlap table runners
Bride’s Dress | Allure Bridals design in champagne
Bride’s Hair + Makeup | Amanda Morgan- Stylist and Make-Up Artist
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Target
Accessories | Not Too Shabby Designs
Thank you Nyk and Cali for sending us this awesome wedding! For more beautiful pictures from the weddings they've photographed visit Cali Ashton Photography's website here.