Arielle and Alex had a DIY bohemian mountain wedding. Alexis Schwallier and Jessica Hunt were there to photograph the celebration that took place at 5 Star Lodge and Stables. Who doesn’t love a wedding featuring a mountain backdrop?
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
“We made all the decorations for the ceremony and the reception ourselves. For the centerpieces, we used assorted bottles of different shapes, sizes, and colors and made bundles of fake flowers for each vessel. We got SO many compliments on the flowers, and it was a lot more affordable to use fake ones. We borrowed shepherd hooks to line the walkway for the ceremony, and hung a mason jar from each hook filled with the fake flower bundles. Elle’s dad made the triangle-shaped arch and we ordered a green garland and some (real) baby’s breath to wrap it. The only other real flowers were bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, which were also placed on the table for extra center pieces after the ceremony. Because our venue was outdoors with sweeping mountain views, we didn’t want to over decorate. The beauty of the scenery made it easy to do simple decorations.”
What were the florals like in your wedding?
“The bouquets and boutonnieres featured a lot of greenery. Elle’s bouquet was a “fresh picked” look with some trailing greens. These touches matched the beauty of the outdoor setting. Blue thistle was featured in the bouquets and boutonnieres, which made the flowers look unique and wild.”
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?“
If you’re on a budget, decide which top 3-5 things to really throw money at. Expenses really add up, and knowing what you can cut corners on or completely do without are important decisions to talk about as you go.”
Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
“Instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests take pictures with an Instax mini camera and put it in a photo album where there was also space for them to write a message. Everyone loved it! We were also able to use the camera during the rehearsal dinner and the after party, and these are some of my favorite memories captured during our special weekend. Our photographer, Alexis, also brought an Instax camera and took a few shots with it in addition to her DSLR!”
Second Shooter: Jessica Hunt Photography | Floral Designer: The Flower Garden of Blairsville | Caterer: Big Girls Events & Catering | Event Venue: 5 Star Lodge and Stables | Photographer: Alexis Schwallier Photography LLC | Makeup: Crystal Ngozi with Vigilante Cosmetics | Hair: Rese Wofford with Vigilante Cosmetics