Elegant Soft Pink Wedding Bouquet

So many people view simple as not a very good thing. But simple is beautiful, especially in reference to weddings. I believe that simple details allow beauty, true beauty, and love to shine through. Simple is highly underrated for me. That’s especially evident in today’s simple DIY wedding from V.A. Photography. Everything about this wedding, the details, the couple, the love story, is simply beautiful. And the golden light is to die for. I’m telling you guys, simple is wedding perfection done right.

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Abbi and Nick met through mutual friends. They were both dating other people at the time, but made such an impression on each other that they reconnected over Facebook a few months later when they were both single. He hooked her when he offered to take her for a ride on his Harley! So they went to dinner, Starbucks, and a movie, and had an amazing time! On the ride home, Abbi couldn’t stop smiling 🙂

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Everything just clicked early on for them. He immediately hit it off with her family, and she fell in love with his. When she found out he wanted to find someone to settle down with, have a family, build a house on some land, hopefully have a farm one day with horses, she knew that he could be the one.

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He was the first to say I love you, but it wasn’t long after that that she said it back. They knew they’d be together forever after dating for only a couple of months. They talked about getting married pretty regularly, but knew they would have to wait because money was tight, and Nick was still on the hunt for a full-time job. When he finally found one in August, Abbi’s hopes rose that a proposal would come soon. And so it did.

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On October 11th, they’d had plans to just hang out at the house, order pizza, maybe watch a movie, but Nick texted Abbi at work and suggested they go out to dinner instead. When he suggested they go to the very same restaurant they went to on their first date, Abbi didn’t even give it a second thought. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary to her until they were walking back to the car and he told her he was sorry for having to make her wait so long to get married. She told him it was fine and that she understood. He told her he didn’t want to have to wait anymore, pulled a ring box from his coat pocket, and got down on one knee in the middle of the parking lot! She, of course, burst into tears, and couldn’t stop saying, “Are you serious?! YES!!”

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{From the Bride} Our wedding day was completely perfect! I’m sure almost everyone says that, but I really could not have asked for a more exciting, beautiful, and special day.

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I don’t think very many couples choose to get married in February, and there is a very good reason for that (especially in the state of Virginia!). During the early months of the year, our lovely state’s weather bounces from 70 degrees one day to a snow storm the next. But on February 22nd, 2014, God blessed us with about 65 degrees and sunshine! It could not have been more beautiful! That in and of itself allowed everything else to fall into place for our big day.

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More importantly though, almost every aspect of our wedding was in some way completely and totally personal to us or our families. My mom and sisters planned out the decorations based on my Pinterest pins (I became a Pinterest addict in the months before the wedding!) and some just completely from their imaginations. I am blessed with the most creative and artistic family, and thank goodness, too, because I didn’t really get those genes, and I am very easily overwhelmed by planning such large events apparently!

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There are so many things that I did not realize had to be thought about when planning a wedding. It is definitely not an easy task at times. But, when I walked into the church for the ceremony, and then the hall for the reception, everything I had ever wanted was there, and definitely made our day even more wonderful.

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The church where we were married is the same church Nick’s grandparents’ have been attending for decades. Nick’s parents were also married there. And one of Nick’s second cousins agreed to play the bagpipes for our processional, which was a nod to both our Scottish and Irish heritages. Thinking back now on the moment Nick’s cousin began to play, hearing that music, walking down the aisle with my daddy towards the man of my dreams… that was the moment I’ll remember most. I still can’t believe how amazing that was! I know I will absolutely never forget it!

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The ceremony was wonderful, and afterwards, at the reception, we were just in awe of how perfectly everything come together. I’m sure there were things that weren’t 100% right, but neither Nick nor I noticed, and nobody told us if anything went wrong. My mom, dad, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins worked tirelessly that day putting the reception hall and dinner together that day. When we arrived, everything was so relaxed and easy that we were able to enjoy every minute of being with our friends and family who came to celebrate with us.

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In some ways, the day was definitely a blur. In the car, leaving the reception hall, Nick and I just looked at each other and said, “I can’t believe it’s already over!” All the planning, all the hectic days spent running around, all the questions and answers, all the laughs and tears of bringing this day together, and we were finally married and heading into our life together. But I still remember all the little aspects of getting ready, my sisters holding my dress and walking me out to see Nick for our first look before the ceremony, seeing Nick’s expression then, and then again as I walked down the aisle towards him, taking pictures with our beautiful families, being announced at the reception, our first dance to “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore (I cry every time Nick sings me that song!), seeing friends and family members who came so far to be with us on our day… it’s all so amazing!

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{Advice for Couples} As far as dating and/or marriage advice, I think the best thing is to just be 100% yourself. That may sound so cliché, but it could not be more true. So much time is wasted, and too many hearts are broken when one or both people in a relationship try to mold themselves to fit each other. It should not be that way!! When you’re meant to be with someone, things just fit together. There is no forcing to make things work. Not to say that having a good relationship isn’t work, because it most definitely is! But the beginning stages should be fun and easy getting to know the other person.

Before I met Nick, I was one of those girls who tried to make things work. I tried to pour myself into the interests of the guys I was with, thinking I could change myself to make it happen. Many heartbreaks later, I realized how stupid and how far from happiness what I was doing was. I had almost given up hope that I would find someone who wanted all the same things from life as I did, but also someone who would be different from me, compliment my personality, and bring me out of my shell when I needed to be. Then along came Nick and all of a sudden everything I wanted just fell into place. There was no forcing required!

All of that to say, be yourself all the time, and know that there is someone out there who will match you in ways that you didn’t even think possible.

Source: http://www.heartlovealways.com/2014/05/simple-diy-wedding/



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