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Wedding Part 4: A Little Behind-the-Scenes

Okay, this is the end of our wedding series! I hope you all enjoyed feeling like you were there via pictures:). This post is a little “behind the scenes” of SOME of the projects we worked on during the months before the wedding.

Table Number Painting


They started like this…

We bought these from Kirklands, one of my favorite Home Decor stores. We also used them to hold some labels on the food table.

After painting, they looked like this…

Walah! They now match our color scheme… “Rustic Elegance” in Purples, Creams & Browns.



The centerpieces were born one night in May in my room at the Johnson’s house. I knew I wanted a tag like that, but I didn’t know what would be on it. And I had been collecting that jute (the string) for months from Walmart (the only place I could find it… and now I can’t find it anywhere). I had recently bought the lace from Ben Franklin Crafts in Kingsport- like $3 for 5 yards.. crazy, right? I stumbled across this verse in my Bible, this image popped into my mind, and I got out of bed and started working. You can tell from the state of my desk that I wasn’t neat about it. This was the picture I sent to Jacob & my mom to see what they thought… and it was a winner!

Erica, Sarah, Christina, and I put together the centerpiece and aisle arrangements the day before the wedding. I hadn’t ever arranged flowers before, but it was a blast!

Saran Wrap

We covered the tags in saran wrap in order to protect them when we sprayed the flowers… had to keep everything looking sharp before the big day!

And here’s the finished product!

Aisle Arrangements


Dad and Jacob worked for a long time trying to scrape the stickers off of the votive jars.

It was painstaking for them, but entertaining for me and mom.

The next day we DIYed the arrangements at the farm…

… and then they hung beautifully down the aisle!

Guest Gifts


My mom is awesome. She put together these nice gifts for all of our guests who stayed in the hotel during the weekend. Jake and I helped her assemble them on Thursday afternoon.



I designed the programs on my computer in a program called Adobe InDesign… we printed them onto special paper….

….cut each individual page…

…and tied them together with twine!

I was really happy with the finished product… and so excited we made them ourselves from start to finish! The front page consisted of the order of service, we listed the names of everyone who was officially seated during the wedding (grandmas/grandpas, moms, sisters), the usher (Nick), and we had a memory section for our family who couldn’t be with us all on the second page. We had lyrics on the third and fourth pages for the two songs our awesome musician Blake played during communion (Nothing But the Blood & In Christ Alone), and lastly a thank you page for everyone who helped out!

All the while, Jacob was working on the reception playlist!



The cards arrived back in March…

…so we made an afternoon out of unwrapping, labeling, and re-packing the cards!

My mom and Leslie wrapped each and every pack of cards and glued cute embellishments on them all the week of the wedding. So many details.

The wrapped favors added some color to the table… killing two birds with one stone: favors & decoration!

If only I had more pictures to bore you with: us tying ribbons on each of the bubbles, spray painting the glass to make the chalkboard sign for the aisle & Guestbook signs, writing notes to all of our grandparents, Jacob making Giant Jenga (he did take pictures for me… what an awesome husband:)), Jacob folding napkins, us writing the seating arrangement on the chalkboard, etc. Glad I didn’t post those pics? I bet:).

Hope you enjoyed a little behind-the-scenes wedding prep!



Wedding Part 3: Our Chalkboard Guestbook

In lieu of a standard guestbook, we had a “guestbook” area where our friends could write us messages on chalkboards. The photographer hung out over there for part of the reception to take pictures of our friends with their chalkboard messages.

Kayla & Amy

Casey, Abbie, and Meg

Sarah & Carter… who are getting married this weekend! Woo-hoo!

My brother Nick and his girlfriend, Caitlin

Sarah & Jeremy King… they’re married now, too!:)

Kate & Andrew… the soon-to-be “Gerbers” come this December!

Tommy, Luke, Adam, Lauren, and Juan…. I don’t even know what this is supposed to mean, guys!

“Too late Lauren, you’re ours now!” — Jacob’s side of the family, ha!

Jim & Sandy, my parents’ great neighbors! We love you guys:)

We don’t know how she got here… no one invited her??

Peggy & Bobby… Jacob lived with them during his internship in Maryland. It was so nice of them to travel all the way to our wedding!

Jacob’s Aunt Sharon

My cute parents!! We love you guys, too!:)

Alex played violin for the wedding and did an AWESOME job! Brad videotaped for us and Darlene helped set up in the morning & directed the grandparents. Thank you so much!!

My cousin & his girlfriend Jessica

My cousin Ben & his girlfriend, Lauren

Uncle Greg & Aunt Jennifer

Aunt Brenda & Uncle Dan

My cousin Jeremy and his wife Jenn

Jacob’s Grandmother

Jacob’s cousin & aunt, Madison & Nancy (Tracy L. is the lady “we didn’t invite”)

Oh my goodness… Grizel. Don’t worry people, that is not true.

Fellow camp team members…. Erica & Josh

Aunt Janet & Jenna, my cousin

Becky & Josh #sotrue :)


Jerry & Leslie… Leslie did so much to help us during the wedding planning… thank you, Leslie!!

Alex & Christina… who will be married in just over a weeks!

Jenn, Jeremy, Kim, Tammie, Jim, and Maleah…. “Never go to bed angry”

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Wedding Part 2: Reception

Oh, hello, Beautiful Big White Tent.

Here’s the setup before anyone got to it!

Thanks for this picture, Becky! I DIYed these centerpieces, both the jar and the arrangement. Thanks to Erica, Sarah, and Christina for putting the arrangements together with me the day before the wedding! We had a blast and they turned out looking great!! (You can also see a customized water bottle from the ceremony on the right!)

The centerpieces said “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” from 1 Corinthians 13. We chose this verse because it screams Gospel in every phrase. Yes, weddings are about love, but much more than our love for each other they are about Christ’s love for his Church… and what a great, great love that is! Christ’s love has truly born all things, believed all things, hoped all things, and endured all things for us… and still does every day. May we model our love for each other after His love. Amen & amen.

We had Sweet Tea, Lemonade, and Water…

and pretty lime, lemon, and orange slices for added elegance!

Dorothy Lane Market catered the wedding. We had pasta salads, broccoli salads, fruits and veggies…

…and sandwiches on all different types of cute rolls.

We used this chalkboard that we found at Hobby Lobby for our seating arrangement display! Jacob and I wrote all the names & table numbers the night before the wedding.. when everything was finally pretty set in stone. We loved the hand-made-ness of it!

After searching and searching for a card box I liked, I finally found this cute birdcage! We added some greenery and Leslie made a label, and we were good to go!

We made it through the line with some food, although we didn’t sit down very long to eat much of it!

Thanks for sharing your plate with us, Sarah!:) Here you can see the napkins Jacob so beautifully folded during the few days before the wedding… all 100+ of them! Great job, Jacob! And in the left hand corner you see the wedding favors wrapped in the cute purple paper! We gave our guests personalized playing cards, since we (and both of our families) love to play games so much! My mom and Leslie Sharkey wrapped them all and embellished them… thank you!

And here we are cutting the cake…. after we stood there awkwardly not knowing what to do. So maybe we didn’t think ahead… it’s the one area we missed:)

Since we didn’t know what we were doing, we forgot to feed each other at the same time…. oops…

… at least we both get our own picture!

And then we have the toast. This is such a special picture to me.. Jacob holding my hand while Dad hugs me. Thanks for your toast, Dad. We love you!!

And these are the lovely ladies who set everything up the morning of the wedding! So thankful for your hard work–thanks for making everything come together!

And, of course, we had lawn games! Sarah, Carter, Sarah, and Jeremy are out there playing Giant Jenga, hand made by Jacob (with the help of Adam Tomlinson) the week before the wedding!

We also had badminton, bean toss (aka cornhole, but we renamed it for the sake of the wedding), and croquet.

And that’s our reception in a nut shell! We had a blast and felt so loved by our friends & family… thank you to everyone who helped out and who celebrated with us!!

Guestbook pictures up next!!

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Wedding Part 1: Our Ceremony

Mom and I (mostly Mom) went to TONS of Tuesday Mornings to get 16 of these purple votives for the aisle. I went with her to maybe 3 of them…and I’m pretty sure she went to something like 8 or 9 total. Crazy. A few of my girlfriends helped me put together the flower arrangements in the votives the day before the wedding… it was my first time DIYing flower arrangements, but we had a blast!

We wanted both sides to fill evenly, so we opted to go non-traditional on the seating. We got that picture frame from Michael’s and used Chalkboard paint to paint the glass. The white tins behind the last row of chairs (on both sides of the aisle) held water bottles- with special labels, of course:)-for guests to drink while they waited in the heat. Thank you, Aunt Darlene, for setting out the programs & bubbles on each chair before the ceremony!

This table held the communion that we served during the ceremony. Tommy brought the bread & juice up right before the ceremony started… thanks, Tommy!

Jacob & his dad waiting for the ceremony to get started. (Now you can see the bread and juice in place!)

My brother escorted all the grandmothers, Jacob’s sister, and my mom up the aisle. He was great! Look how handsome he is.

Jacob’s sweet sisters, now my sisters-in-law!

Jacob walked his mother up the aisle.

And then Nick finished escorting with my mother.

Then my sweet brother brought out a huge basket of flower petals and spread them out over the aisle for me…. this part meant a lot to me:)

Then my dad and I start walking. Not from the barn, behind the aisle, as everyone expects… but from the house, across from the pond. And we walk all the way around the pond.. it was nice to have a solid 4 minutes of dad and daughter time. It was also really neat to watch the people watching us and to let my anticipation and excitement build with each step I took closer to my Groom!

My dad giving me away…

One of our favorite things about our ceremony was sharing communion with each other and with each of our guests… it was such a blessing and reminder of the gospel and the Kingdom that is coming to share communion with our fellow believers & followers of Christ. Amen & amen.

We’re husband and wife!

If you didn’t notice, both entering and exiting the ceremony I was so excited I couldn’t remember to keep my flowers down…. the more excited I got, the higher I held them. Oops!:)

And we’re married!!

And there you have it… a zillion pictures of our wedding ceremony! Hang tight for more pictures of pre-wedding prep, reception, guest book “chalkboard” messages, etc.