Cookie cutter weddings have never been our thing. That's why when couples like Juliana + Allen come to us, we just know it's going to be a great fit! Juliana + Allen kept their wedding celebration super simple, but it completely encompassed their personalities and love, and was full of DIY details that were uhhhh-mazing. Their ceremony, set in the foyer of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, was anchored on an arbor that Allen made himself, and that was filled with a homemade garland the happy couple created together, how sweet!?! Juliana designed the invitations and save the dates, created the table markers and seating board, and then to top it off, the bride and her family even created the centerpieces and bouquets. Talk about a crafty and creative couple! We're thankful that they came to use to help with the event planning catering, AND they chose our dear friend Amber at Our Labor of Love to document the day!
Other things we loved about Juliana + Allen's delightful day? Juliana's laid-back look, completed with her great grandmother's handkerchief, a baby's breath halo, and a sentimental and sweet locket. Plus, the elegant garden party decor and feeling of the courtyard in Callanwolde's courtyard, with farm tables supplied by Blue Eyed Yonder, and tiny twinkling bistro lights strung above. Pretty picturesque, huh? Amber at Our Labor of Love's images bring it back to life, and have us yearning for spring weddings like Juliana + Allen's all over again!
Speciality cocktails like gin + tonic with lavender sage honey syrup and whiskey punch were another unique way to represent the couple throughout the evening. Juliana + Allen selected shrimp ceviche with lime + cilantro + avocado + jicama, medjol dates wrapped in prosciutto wrapped with soft goat's cheese, and pepper crusted carpaccio crostini with arugula + cracked capers as their butler passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour. Their buffet menu was made up of two of our wonderful salads, wild mushroom ravioli + truffled mushrooms + brown butter sauce, barbecue atlantic salmon finished with a peach + nectarine chutney, garlic + shallot sautéed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nuts, braised fennel with parmesan + pecans and fresh artisan breads with rosemary scented butter. For dessert, their "naked" cake, from Sugar and Slate, served up different deliciousness on each layer, and as a nod to Juliana's Italian ancestry and late grandmother, a traditional cookie table was piled high with cookies we're still craving.
What a special and spectacular celebration! If you're like us and can't get enough of Juliana + Allen's wedding, check out Snippet & Ink's feature for more DIY delightfulness.