Today’s wedding, from one of my favorite shooters, wedding photographer Blest Photography, has a special place in my heart. As a fellow pinwheel bride, I love how Layla Triplett & Gregory Johnson used this simple yet wonderfully whimsical detail to transform their barn wedding into something far more playful & youthful! Rocking a bit of an eclectic throwback style, Layla donned an adorable short wedding dress from Xscape finishing the look with the perfect birdcage veil. Gregory’s eclectic blue blazer was the perfect punctuation mark as well as served as a lovely segway to the wedding party which is dressed in hues of royal blue, pink & teal. To complete the playful feel to the wedding day, pinwheels were used at every turn from boutonnieres & centerpieces to the ceremony backdrop as well as gorgeous over sized versions carried by the girls in lieu of traditional bouquets. There is such a bright spirit to the day, one’s thats easy to get swept right up in with glee!
Novella of the Bride…
Wedding Buzzwords ~ Colorful, Vintage, Fun, Bright, & Playful
We met at UNCW at a frat party in 2006. Later on we had mutaul friends and everyone started hanging out and we became really good friends. We both have very similar senses of humor and personalities so we hit it off and became fast friends. In 2008 we finally decided that we should just go out already and started dating. We have been together through a lot. Both of us graduated from UNCW with Bachlors degrees. I moved to Durham for a job and Greg stayed in Wilmington to get his Master’s. November 2012 Greg surprised me and asked to marry me under the Clock Tower on UNCW’s campus. He finished his degree May 2013 and moved to Durham to be with me. Greg is now a 7th grade English teacher. He loves to teach, travel, go to movies and play with our dogs Dude and Jack. I work for Duke University in the Department of Surgery. I coordinate all of the General Surgery Resident’s Labs and runs the Simulation Center. I loves to cook, travel, be outdoors and hang with Dude, Jack and friends.
The overall theme was a vintage rustic barn feel. We used a lot of natural materials such as paper, burlap and wood. The special touches come in with the pinwheels. All of the bridesmaids pinwheels and boutonnieres were made by Rule 42. The two pinwheel backdrops for the ceremony and reception as well as the pinwheels in the centerpieces were made by me. We chose the Red Barn at Tanglewood because the park it is located in is absolutely beautiful. I wanted to find a barn or some other type of rustic building to have the wedding in and the location was in the middle of my families home in Durham and my husband’s family in Hickory.
A Little Help From Their Friends ~ My mom and sister helped me make all of the crafts for the wedding from the bunting to the pinwheels. My dad had a cedar tree cut into rounds for the centerpieces. The day of the wedding my bridesmaids as well as their significant others and some friends helped decorate the barn for the ceremony and reception. It was truly a group effort.
Favorite Moments ~ My favorite moment was hearing my husband’s vows. We each wrote our own vows and hearing his expressions of love towards me was absolutely amazing. I also spent a lot of time making things and I had a real vision for the styling of this wedding. The day of I had to let go of all of that control and trust that my family and friends would make my vision come to life and it looked beautiful!
Photographer: Blest Photography | Venue: The Red Barn at Tanglewood | Wedding Dress: Xscape | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Haircolor Xperts | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren Blazer, Dockers, Sperrys | Invitations: Vistaprint | Music: Anything Music DJ’s | Florist: Pinwheels by Rule42 | Caterer: Little Richard’s BBQ