Our Southern Wedding | Our Cocktail Hour Details
Happy Tuesday, y'all! For those of you who have been following along with our wedding posts, today's blog post will be a continuation of all things wedding related! After our wedding ceremony, Zack and I snuck away for some newlywed photos. During that time, our friends and family enjoyed a sweet and casual cocktail hour full of games, yummy cheese and wine, and lots of laughter!
Creating a comfortable environment for all of our friends and family was an absolute must. Luckily, I have the sweetest friend Charity of Honeybee Events who has the most gorgeous collection of rentals, which we used to create a soft seating area downstairs by the golf course! But really, how gorgeous are those gold end tables and coordinating gold coffee table? And that tufted sofa? Yes please, I'll take one for our apartment! You may or may not recognize it from the SJM Lifestyle product shoot, which took place at Charity's loft!
In order to personalize our lounge area, I designed custom pillows featuring some of our favorite patterns and details. One of the pillows featured our custom watercolor wedding crest on the front, and the floral lace pattern from my wedding gown hand drawn and printed in French blue on the back. The other two pillows had a pattern created from our invitation suite florals (invitation details coming to a blog post soon!). I loved these pillows so much that I even added them to the lifestyle shop!
Our wonderful planner, stylist, and floral designer Becca of Rebecca Rose Events then helped me brainstorm other ideas for the cocktail hour seating. I had shared with her my love of pattern, florals, and eucalyptus leaves, and they came up with the most darling high boy table idea based on my design interests! We used French blue striped linens which were tied in the center by a garland of eucalyptus leaves, and topped with the sweetest pink peonies, white stock, and more eucalyptus leaves! Her amazing partner Betsy and their wonderful team then brought that vision to life on our wedding day!
These darling little escort cards were some of my favorite details to create! Soft French blue brush calligraphy adorned metallic blush cards which were topped with gold wax seals featuring the simplified version of our wedding crest. So much love and attention in such a small card!
We displayed these on the scoreboard of our golf course venue, but I didn't love the natural look of the board. So, I designed a backdrop to cover the board with the lace pattern from my wedding gown hand drawn and in the same French blue as the escort cards. It added the perfect pop of color and texture!!
Zack and I wrote each other lots of love letters while we were dating long-distance (more on that to come in a later post!), and knew we wanted to carry those sweet details into our wedding design. We sprinkled a few snippets of our letters to one another across the escort card display as well, and surrounded the letters with more eucalyptus leaves. While I could have chosen to calligraph the letters, I thought it was so sweet to leave them in our natural handwriting. There's something so real and raw about that!
Our favorite household snack is a simple cheese board accompanied by the tastiest crackers and a glass of red wine. To keep our cocktail hour "us" - we decided to provide a beautiful cheese display and a variety of beer and wine for our guests to enjoy. Our cocktail hour was only 30 minutes, so we didn't want to overwhelm our guests with too many hors d'oeuvres prior to dinner! And of course, I had to create signage for everything! Once we move into a kitchen with more wall space, you can bet these will be framed proudly in our home! I love creating decor that can then be used as home decor for years to come!
In keeping with the notion of Southern hospitality, I designed some fun pieces to help keep our guests crumb-free and their hands nice and warm while keeping their beers cold - napkins and koozies! I loved our wedding crest so much that I had it gold foil stamped onto navy and fuchsia cocktail napkins. Our wedding hashtag, #jessgetsapeddi, was underneath our crest to encourage our friends and family to share photos using the hashtag! A sweet and simple reminder, without needing to create any extra signage!
We also had a lot of fun with our koozies, which were also our wedding favors. We know we weren't reinventing the wheel by any means with this favor idea, but knew that it was the most fun and practical option that would get used time and time again - especially with football season coming up! I designed a feminine pink koozie for the ladies, with "let love brew" in calligraphy on one side, our crest on the other, and "bottoms up!" on the base of the koozies. The gents (and UT loving ladies!) got UT orange koozies with "I volunteer for beer!" (a phrase Zack came up with as a play on the Tennessee Volunteers, so clever!) on one side, our crest on the other, and #GBO on the bottom. They were a hit!!
Finally, we knew we wanted to have a few activities for our guests to do during the time when we were tucked away taking pictures. One of these activities was a guest book alternative in the form of advice for the newlyweds cards. We had them displayed by the bar, so guests could fill them out while waiting for their drinks! Zack and I had SO much fun reading through everyones responses after our honeymoon, and have them displayed in the cutest little gold and glass shadow box on our coffee table!
Playing games, whether they are board games, Jenga, corn hole, or card games, is a big part of our relationship and our family. To create a truly fun and relaxing environment for our guests, we brought together all of those details and infused them into our cocktail hour! We wanted to ensure that guests of all ages had something entertaining to do!!
Another one of my favorite design details was the custom gold foil playing cards I created featuring our wedding crest! Our flower girls absolutely loved that idea, and may or may not have stolen the decks from the rest of our guests! I'm excited to teach our kids and grandbabies how to play Spoons and I Doubt It on these decks of cards one day!!
As always, a big thanks to all of our sweet vendors who made our wedding day possible!
Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN, Amsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN