DIY Southern Wedding

Categories Photography + Real Weddings

Today’s loveliness comes from Magnolia Photography and we love love love it. Samantha and Nick were married on the gorgeous grounds of the 1812 Hitching Post–an antebellum plantation in North Carolina. They chose this location because of their love for Samantha’s family farm and their horse, Merlin! Samantha is a self-proclaimed horse-riding tomboy. And she’s adorable! In fact, before we go any further, you need to meet her. She was filmed at Bridals by Lori for Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta. Watch the video here.

Didn’t I tell you she was adorable?! Besides cleaning up well, Samantha made all of their decorations–from the table numbers, signage, to the unique card barn.

Wedding Colors: Purple, Tan & White
Wedding Style: Rustic, DIY

DIY Southern Wedding

bride and white horse

DIY Southern Wedding Signs

wedding hair

groomsmen smoking cigars

purple and white wedding bouquet

Southern Wedding Ceremony

DIY Southern Wedding

pics along the fence

wedding party outside

purple bridesmaid dresses

mason jar ceremony decor

outdoor ceremony at Southern wedding

groom at altar

outdoor ceremony

diy wedding arbor

natural wedding arbor

outdoor wedding

outdoor wedding pictures

diy card box

outdoor wedding reception

sweetheart table

wedding cake

outdoor wedding reception

sparkler getaway

Congratulations Samantha & Nick!

Photographer:  Magnolia Photography
Dress Store: bridals by lori
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Farm-to-Table: Menu Cards

Categories Inspiration + Reception + Wedding Planning

Farm fresh. Locally grown. The farm-to-table movement is exciting to see in weddings too! Reception food is becoming just as personalized as the rest of the event. Eating is a social activity–and what better way to gather and celebrate than with fresh, local food with the ones we love! A few ideas:

wedding styles: rustic, garden/outdoor
reception stationery: feature personalized menu cards to showcase your organic menu
venues: local farm, winery, natural areas

plan early as you reach out to local producers: chefs, vendors and farms
be flexible- menus are dependent on season & availability

wedding menu cards

above: Graphic Bloom Menu Card

Coordinate your personalized Menu Card with the rest of your stationery suite and put the spotlight on your farm-to-table menu. Browse all of our Menu Card designs.

What do you think of farm-to-table weddings?


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Guthrie Theater Wedding: Micah & Tia

Categories Real Weddings

We’re doubly excited to feature this lovely wedding today–Tia is one of our graphic designers at MagnetStreet!

Micah and Tia’s modern wedding was held at the nationally recognized Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Boasting three stages, a full service restaurant and some of the best views in Minneapolis, the Guthrie was the perfect venue for this classy and easy going couple. With only 25 guests in attendance, Micah and Tia could focus on making each of their guests feel special and cared for. As for their wedding colors, Micah and Tia chose to embrace the rich, cobalt blues and amber yellow accent windows of the Guthrie. The result: elegant, romantic and perfect for their fall wedding.

Enjoy as Tia guides us through their big day …

Wedding style: Modern & Eco-friendly
Wedding Colors: Cobalt Blue and Amber Yellow
Venue: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Photography: CM Photographics, Morgan Klinnert-Photographer

Minneapolis, MN Wedding

About The Guthrie
Our wedding and reception were both held at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.The Guthrie has an “Endless Bridge” where we held the wedding ceremony. It is a bridge that extends more than a half block from the building face, and overlooks one of the most scenic spots in Minneapolis: the Stone Arch Bridge on the Mississippi River (where Micah and I had our 4th date … on the 4thof July!) The reception was held in the Guthrie’s the Pohlad Lobby. All exterior “walls” of this lobby are floor-to-ceiling amber glass with a breathtaking 360 degree birds’-eye view of the Minneapolis skyline.

Minneapolis Wedding

On designing her own invitations …  As a designer, I think I went through about 15 versions of our wedding invitation design before I landed on the final version. I finally chose the draft that incorporated the Stone Arch Bridge, since it holds sentimental value for both of us. I also knew that our guests would be able to see that very bridge from the ceremony site, so it seemed quite fitting.

Minneapolis, MN wedding

Minneapolis, MN wedding

Minneapolis, MN wedding

Best part of the entire day
Our reception! We had an intimate wedding of 25 guests. Our dinner was so memorable; Not because of the (delicious) food, but because of the conversations that were able to take place with such a small group of people. We had our parents sitting at either side of us,  and all the dearest people in our lives surrounding us at the same table. The meal began with a table grace spoken by a very close family friend, and proceeded with the clinking of glasses as warm toasts from our loved ones were shared throughout the evening. We will always cherish the memories around that table.

Advice you’re glad you took
Delegate! Micah and I spent weeks organizing every detail of our wedding day. We made an excel spreadsheet with every “errand” or “job” that needed to be completed throughout the course of our big day – then added in names of family or friends that could take care of those details for us. We communicated these tasks ahead of time, so if there were any questions they could ask us at the rehearsal. Everything went without a hitch – and we were able to completely relax, soak in the day, and focus on each other.

Advice you’d like to give
Make sure you focus on what would make your guests happy at your wedding. Is there a way they could be involved that would be meaningful to them? Get them involved. Is there something they should be commended for? Include that note of appreciation in your program. Does someone have a dietary concern? Speak with your caterer about it, and let them know in advance that their dietary preferences will be met. Yes, this wedding day is about you – but these special guests have probably played a significant role in shaping who YOU are … so make them feel special!

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Highlighted Moments:
We loved being taken away in a horse and carriage at the end of the evening. It was not only a romantic get-away, but it also allowed us some time to reminisce over the highlights of the day together. It was also cute how complete strangers would yell out “Congratulations” to us as we passed them on the streets.

Vendor Shout Out

Guthrie Theatre
Karen, our event coordinator at the Guthrie Theater, did an excellent job handling all the minute details of the wedding day.

Adrienne Odom
Adrienne, our award-winning pastry chef, did such an amazing job with our modern wedding cake. It was scrumptious and delectable. She also gets kudos for making two specialty vegan cupcakes for those of us with alternative diets.

Flora Organica Designs
Faye Marie did a lovely job with the wedding bouquet, boutonnieres and corsages.


Thank you Micah and Tia for sharing your beautifully captured and elegant wedding with us! The sights are captivating–and so are you! We wish you joy and happiness always!



Truly Engaged: New vs. Pre-Owned Wedding Dress

Categories Dresses + Resources

I’m getting married! Now what? Truly Engaged is a new blog series written by Rachel, our *newly engaged* staff writer. As she wades her way through the wedding planning process, she’ll be sharing some of the emotions, inspiration, and insight she uncovers along the way.

A bride may have found her true love, but she is still out there in the world searching, dreaming, and waiting for “the one”….or, in other words: the perfect wedding dress.

Well, at least that is how we all see it in movies, right?

In truth, I’ve always secretly feared wedding dress shopping. To me, it feels a little bit like speed dating–if, of course, your date was a dress and was being carefully watched/judged by 3-5 close friends or family members.

Lately I’ve been looking into a modern, untraditional idea: buying a pre-owned wedding dress online.

There are a few reasons I’m intrigued by this idea:

  • I like the “history/story” behind vintage or used clothing
  • I love finding great deals on good designers (just snagged a neon floral Rachel Roy party dress for $25 at a consignment shop!)
  • I’m trying to be more eco-friendly with my clothing choices
  • I want to save money to use toward adding some cultural, DIY flair to my dress

Fortunately, there are a handful of websites out there that allow past and future brides to sell and buy pre-owned wedding dresses–perhaps because of the tough economy and the rising trend of vintage/antique fashion.

To help me narrow my shopping focus, I’ve created a list of dress priorities:

  • Flattering fit/size (I’m barely five feet tall, but I’m also curvy)
  • Simple silhouette that can be easily altered/adjusted (to add some DIY flair)
  • Good quality fabric, beadwork, etc.(can’t look “cheap” up close)

However, since this is such a big wedding decision, I’ve been asking myself: Should I buy a pre-owned wedding dress? Is it the right choice for me?

To help me decide, I crafted my own list of pros and cons to buying a pre-owned wedding dress:

Pre-Owned Wedding Dress: Pros

Good Condition: Although not “brand new”, pre-owned dresses are typically only worn a few times, and by only one bride (unlike sample dresses, which could have been worn by many different brides).

High Quality, Low Cost: There are a few designers whose style/quality I really like, but unfortunately, their prices are outside my budget. However, pre-owned designer dresses are often sold at 40, 50, even 75% off the original price.

Ability to Splurge on Other Details: By spending less money on the dress itself, I can transfer those savings toward other details that are important to me–such as incorporating aspects of an Indian saree into my gown (my fiance is Indian Jamaican).

Promoting “Green” While Wearing White: I’m trying to be more eco-conscious with my clothing, and buying a pre-owned dress would allow me to reduce my own waste by reusing someone else’s dress. Plus, after my wedding, I can recycle the dress further by donating it or re-purposing it into a summer or cocktail dress. The dress gets to enjoy a long life filled with lots of love (now that’s a fashion trend I can definitely follow!).

Pre-Owned Wedding Dress: Cons

Blind Shopping/Buying: It’s definitely a risk to invest in a dress that I haven’t even seen or tried on–not only because of the fit, but also because of the quality/condition. However, some sellers do accept returns (knowing that brides are more likely to buy if they have the option to return), and I could narrow my purchase choices to returnable dresses only.

Pre-altered: Chances are that the bride had it altered to fit her individual body, which makes it hard to know the true size/fit, despite the dress and street size listed. However, many brides post pictures of them wearing the gown, which helps me see if her body type is similar to mine.

No “Brand New” Sparkle: The simple truth is this: the dress isn’t new. It’s already been purchased and worn. For something so personal and intimate as a wedding dress, buying it “used” might not feel as special and unique. And like many brides, I do want to feel special and unique on my wedding day.

So, there they are: my pros and cons to buying a pre-owned wedding dress. I’m still making my final decision, but this list has really helped me see the bigger picture to make an informed decision. Maybe you can use this list as a starting point to create your own pro/con wedding dress list.


Are you a bride who bought or sold a pre-owned wedding dress? I’d love to hear your thoughts about the experience!


Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings