Samantha & Damian’s Scenic DIY-Filled Tree Plantation Wedding
Valentine’s Day may be over but don’t worry, romance will keep on gracing this blog’s pages! 🙂
Samantha and Damian had a lovely wedding that reflected their shared passion for family, music, and the outdoors. Samantha loves birds and trees and this was echoed in the design for their stationery, reception decor, and the fact that the event took place at a scenic tree farm in Georgia. Damian is a musician so they were very particular about the songs they played at all points in the celebration. Everything had a personal touch, from having tree slices from Samantha’s mom’s farm serve as cupcake stands to using duplicates from their big record collection as guest book alternatives.
We are lucky to be able to witness their romantic, DIY-filled wedding through the talented Ashleigh Croft of Beatific Photography‘s lovely images.
Aren’t they the sweetest? Here’s what Asleigh had to say about the couple’s special day:
Samantha and Damian’s rustic and DIY detail-filled North Georgia mountain wedding was a true reflection of the couple and their families. Friends and family worked hard to complete the DIY details, many of which were finished the day of the wedding. The cupcake stand was disassembled and recovered in burlap by Samantha’s bridesmaid and friend while she was getting her hair done that morning. The additional cupcake stands were made from tree slices that Damian had cut himself.
Samantha’s aunt put the flower arrangements together that day. Though their colours were navy and green, Samantha’s bouquet had pink roses to honour her mother’s victorious fight with breast cancer. Before the wedding, Damian’s grandmother blessed him in a traditional Hispanic prayer ceremony. Damian also made sure to have a nod to his Mexican-American heritage by having Mexican Coca-Cola served during their reception. Even the programs, doubling as favours, were made by the couple, and reflected the venue, Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, GA. There was truly not a part of their wedding day that did not only reflect Samantha and Damian but their love of their families as well.
Beautiful bride Samantha is here to share more about herself and her beloved:
I’m a 25 year old CPA working as an auditor. I grew up in Douglasville, GA and graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA and Masters in Accounting. I love to read and watch tv. My husband is originally from El Paso, TX but spent his youth in Douglasville as well. He is the warehouse manager at a small cookie company called Oh Sugar! here in Atlanta. He is a musician that dabbles in many instruments. He also enjoys producing music. As a couple we like to spend time outdoors with our dog Magnolia “Maggie”, traveling and going to concerts. We are both fans of music and have eclectic tastes.
We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personalities individually and as a couple. We were trying to acheive the warm cozy country/vintage chic feeling. Our ceremony was outside overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia at Southern Tree Plantation in Blairsville, GA and our reception was in a barn.
Take down notes if you like because from here on Samantha will share information about their wedding music and DIY details:
Our ceremony music was a reflection of us. The pre-ceremony music included string versions of popular songs (Your Song – Elton John, Edge of Glory – Lady GaGa, etc), our parents were seated to a piano version of Miranda Lambert’s “House that Built Me”, the bridesmaid entered to “We Are Gonna be Friends” by the White Stripes, and I came down the aisle to The Section Quartet’s cover of “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service. We recessed to “Faithfully” by Journey.
That photo on the swing is a keeper! Don’t you just love their adoring looks for each other?
Going into the wedding, I knew I wanted certain things. It had to be outdoors and it should involve a gorgeous tree as a back drop. I am obsessed with birds and trees! When we selected the final venue, it did not have that iconic tree I was looking for, but it was a Christmas tree farm.
To compensate for the lack of a beautiful large oak tree, we incorporated trees into our theme. Instead of table numbers we used tree names. Guests were seated at Sassafras, Hickory, Willow, and many other tree tables. We made a stamp and used it to emboss bronze trees onto our wedding program, which doubled as a CD favor with a mix of our favorite off-beat, non-traditional love songs.
Our other favor was a candy bar, we bought linen pouches and embossed with a bird stamp. The choices reflected all my favorites: M&Ms, Peanut butter cups, York Peppermint Patties, twizzlers and more. Instead of cake we opted for cupcakes on a burlap covered stand and multiple stands made of more tree slices.
We also incorporated one of our favorite beverages, Mexican Coke, which is regular Coca-Cola imported from Mexico, where they still make it with real sugar. We bought several cases and it was popular!
Most of our wedding was DIY. We found all of our glassware in thrift stores, yard sales or Craigslist. Friends and family made all the flower arrangements from flowers ordered off Amazonia. We bought most of the decor used and personalized it. Our toasting glasses were bought at Goodwill and I added charms – a bird and a tree- to make them uniquely ours, the same charms were added to the cake cutters.
At the reception area, our guests were asked to sign our guest “records”. We have a collection of more than 400 LPs and we used duplicates as a guest book. The centerpieces were mason jars, antique coke bottles from my personal collection and wine carafes. All the glassware was placed on tree slices cut on my mom’s farm.
Our music, in keeping with our shared passion, was hand picked by us. Our first dance was to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version” by the Avett Brothers, our favorite band. We danced with our parents to Van Morrisson’s “Have I Told You Lately”. I didn’t leave the dance floor all night! We finally closed the festivities by dancing to “Into the Mystic” also by Van Morrison and left with a sparkler salute!
I love how all their elements in this wedding carried the bride and groom’s personalities. Thank you Ashleigh for sharing your beautiful photos with us and congratulations to Samantha and Damian! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your inspiring wedding! 🙂
Photographer: Beatific Photography
Reception Venue: Southern Tree Plantation (Blairsville, Georgia)
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