After meeting at Liberty University their freshman year, Zach and Taylor were inseparable. They dated for four years until Zach finally proposed during an intimate walk on the beach with Taylor. So sweet! Then they ended up having a woodland wedding near Lynchburg, VA that was nothing short of magical.
When it came to their wedding, this couple worked together to plan a stunning event. “The phrase that came up most was that I wanted it to have an Anthropologie-esque, woodland feel. We definitely just wanted something that felt like it had our personality stamped on it,” offered Taylor.
Being an artsy person, Zach was actually integrated a lot into the wedding planning. Taylor recalled, “He was unbelievably helpful in this whole process—he was decisive where I was indecisive, which made things a lot easier.” From the lovely cake to the gorgeous sea glass colored bridemaids’ dresses, their concept came together flawlessly.
One item of note is their ceremony backdrop. Sorella Farms has quite a few options for ceremonies, but Taylor wanted something unique. “We had never seen anyone have their ceremony with the woods framing it…so we really loved that idea, and the floral wall and petal floor gave it this magical, woodland feel” she reflected. The backdrop – made by Adam Mullins from reclaimed barn wood and covered in florals and greenery by The Arrangement Company – ended up being Taylor’s favorite part of the woodland wedding décor. So lovely!
Advice for the bride-to-be – The best piece of advice I would give to a bride on her wedding day would be to not put so much pressure on herself. Things WILL go wrong, no question, but ultimately the goal is to marry someone you love and have the people you love there to celebrate with you. Too often there is this element of comparison when you look at “Pinterest-perfect” weddings and expect yours should look the same, when the reality is your day should just feel like it belongs to you—something that expresses who you are. Enjoy the moment.
On being a newlywed – The most helpful thing for me has been to keep the big picture in perspective. You are now dedicated to a lifetime with this person, so instead of expecting perfection right away, realize you have a lifetime to grow together and figure it out.
Favorite wedding moment – My favorite moment of my wedding day was when we did our first look and took our photos before the actual ceremony. Having that quiet, private time before the craziness set in to get to be together and enjoy the moment made the day feel even more special, and it also took a lot of pressure off by the time the ceremony came around.
On planning a wedding – A wedding planner is worth every penny, and I feel like that it something every bride should seriously consider adding into her budget. It is worth any extra money to have peace of mind that someone is always there when you need them and making sure every detail is taken care of.
- Venue – Sorella Farms
- Photographer – Adam Barnes Photography
- Wedding Planning & Design – Max & Dexter Event Design
- Florals – The Arrangement Company
- Catering – The Great Room, Nomad Coffee
- Cake – Angela Hudson
- Bride’s Dress – Amrhein’s
- Bridesmaids’ Dresses – BHLDN
- Menswear – Express
- Hair & Makeup – Bethany Bell
- Reclaimed Wooden Wall – Adam Mullins
- Rentals – Max & Dexter, The Crimson Magpie, Happily Ever After Event Rentals
- Hand Lettering – Reilly Hartless of r.e.written
- Tea Favors – Novella Tea Co.
- Rings – Brilliant Earth, Revolution Jewelry