A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of heading to Charleston for the NotWedding. (Some of y’all might recall the Atlanta NotWedding I did two years ago.) It’s pretty much this super awesome alternative to a bridal show. You kinda don’t even want to call it that, because it feels WAY more like a fun and clever wedding on steroids. You can read all about the concept here.
So, what happens when you put a bunch of creative vendors in Charleston (my favorite city on earth), with an adorable bride and groom, and a fun color palette? MAGIC happens.
I’ll be the first to admit, it took me FOREVER (we’re talking literally 49 versions) to get this invitation EXACTLY right. I wanted it accomplish a few different things. First of all, it had to be southern. And not white on white engraved with magnolias. The wisteria was the perfect nod to the wildness and beauty of the south. The Faulkner quote on the belly band also pays tribute to a great southern writer as well as to the imagery. Secondly, I wanted it to look like Miss Wyolene. The handwritten element accomplishes just that. Literally, every. single. word. is handwritten– something I’d never done before but ended up LOVING. Finally, I wanted to throw in a few quirks because if you’ve been to Charleston, you know there are so many funky parts to the city that get passed by. So, I designed a custom envelope liner, hand addressed each one, and even printed a stripe on the reverse side of the main invite. I must say, when they arrived from the vendor, I knew I was in love.
I’ll be showing you all the prettiness over the next three days. All of the images in today’s post were shot by Megan of Lime Green Photography in Charlotte. Remember her Botany Bay engagement shoot? Yeah, she’s divine. Her style is so dreamy and fun. You can almost feel that Ashley River breeze.
Be sure you check out all of the amazing vendors that made this beautiful evening happen. And check back in on tomorrow for round 2!