Meet LeighAnn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As many of you know, this beautiful girl standing beside me is my very talented sis-n-law. If you came to the wedding, you got to experience her singing, but she is also the one who was in charge of the save-the-dates, the programs, numerous invitations and all the rehearsal dinner decor. She will probably be embarrassed that I am flaunting her skills, but seriously, she’s an amazing graphic designer. So, if you’re getting married think about giving her a call. Here is a little bit of her work from my wedding:

Place-cards:

Table Numbers:

Programs:

Basically, I think she’s the greatest.

(this is for you Anne and LeighAnn)

Meet Charlie Barron.

The RENTAL MAN! (Dad on far right)

I’ve been waiting on this post for father’s day, but last night my computer basically exploded and right now, my iphoto library says there are zero pictures in it. Hopefully, they can be recovered from my hard drive… but this post still needs to happen. So, a day late – The Rental Man! Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

This is the man that has probably made my life the easiest during all the wedding stuff. I never really knew what I wanted for my wedding to begin with, but the details the “rental man” takes care of are the details most brides never think about or WANT to think about. The flowers and the dress are fun details, but what girl knows whether they want an four foot table or a five foot table? Or what bride loves doing the math to figure out how many people can fit in a certain space? This is the part that makes my daddy the master rental man.

When he packs our car to go on vacation, he can always imagine before he puts everything in the car exactly where it will fit. I swear, I used to think he was like Mary Poppins the way he could fit so much stuff into a bag or a car, and now I’m beginning to realize it’s part of what makes him great at his job. The other, quite frankly, amazing quality about my dad is how versatile he is — I was never allowed to have a go-cart as a kid, but I did know how to drive a bobcat — Dad can go from construction, to wearing a rented Easter bunny costume for his girls, to strobe lights and moonwalk set-up for a sixteenth bday, and finally even to helping me pick out linens for my wedding. (He can be shockingly good with color-coordinating haha). This chameleon-like quality is the thing that gives him the ability to work with most anybody – construction worker to 22 yr old bride. Being his daughter has always been a huge blessing, but in this stage of life, he has taught me how to “let the professionals do their jobs” so that I can relax. Not to mention, he’s the one that introduced me to the professionals.

That has been the other thing about all the wedding business… I love watching so many people love my father. My hometown responded to help with tons of wedding stuff, but it is mostly because HE has stuck out his neck for so many other people. I am so proud to be his daughter.

However, my dad is not the only one at Barron’s working hard to make my day special. More than anything, we are blessed to have a family behind my dad at the counter, in the back, loading trucks, etc. The people at Barron’s are a community of different gifts. So, here’s to the people and the man doing all the behind the scenes work! The man that helps Lee create atmosphere with chair ties and twinkle lights. Thanks, Dad.

Check out www.barronsrental.com and facebook for more info!!

Meet Wingate.

The Photographer!

After a lots of phone talking, sharing ideas and two photo shoots, here are our OFFICIAL engagement pictures! This shoot was a great time hang out with our photographer, Wingate Downs, a seasoned professional. It was obvious he could handle just about any style human being and any type of atmosphere. (Not to mention, he used to have a sweet ponytail and drools over road bikes as much as David does) We loved hanging out with this guy. I’m pretty sure they don’t come much sweeter than him!


These are just a few of my favorites and their Athens Flair makes them just what we wanted! Thanks Wingate!

For more info on Wingate Downs, check out: wingated.com/ and http://wingated.com/blog

(Ps – sorry everyone that I took bad screenshots of these. I got lazy and they look sloppy. My bad.)

Meet Lee Epting.

The Caterer.

But to be frank, I’m not even sure I should deem him as the caterer. He is simply the man who “makes the magic happen.” Meet the man who will make my wedding look like a dream and have a taste to match it. I feel like I say every part of wedding planning is the “most fun,” but really hanging out with Lee Epting has been one of the great experiences of the whole planning process. However, I definitely cannot leave out his very lovely partner in crime, Mary, who, in relation to the man “making the magic happen,” must be the fairy god-mother.

Imagine this: You walk into a room with a few picture of what you might like for your big day to be like, and this man creates an afternoon out what you brought. I said, “Rustic, vintage, wistful” and he said, “Willow furniture, queen anne’s lace and chandeliers in the trees.” I said twinkle lights and candles, and he replied, “You cannot have anything but father of the bride lights.” It was as if his creative genius could read my mind. Still, Mary sat with us diligently taking notes… the woman behind it all. And as if that wasn’t fun enough, next thing I knew they were serving us all kinds of food! Ahh, how fun it is to plan a party!

Still, my very favorite part of working with Lee was venturing into his warehouse.  As you walk through the doors, there is a canopy of sheer fabric that greets you and, if I remember correctly, I think there was even a full suit of armor standing by the entrance like you see in movies inside the castles. Then, when you walk in, you are surrounded by shelves of creativity. Every kind of chandelier or piece of furniture. Every style. Every type. A lovely collection of odds and ends. I even found a rod-iron table made of a gate that Lee said we could use as the hor’dourves (sp?) table.

If Disney was still alive, I’d probably tell him to get a hold of Lee Epting. I mean you just can’t help but smile at this man with all his fun ideas, hats and endearing southern accent. What another fun character to add to the bunch at the Barron/Elmer wedding. I do believe I could write about this man all day. But here’s to Lee Epting, and I sure hope you meet him.

To see a wedding at the hill, where mine will be, check out ONCEWED.COM

ALSO: check out other Epting happenings like Harry’s Pig Shop, Darius Goes West and Not Since You

Meet David.

THE GROOM.

Ok, so I probably don’t really need to introduce David, but I really wanted to have an excuse to put these pictures up on the blog. If I tried to “introduce” David like I have other people in the wedding, I’m just not sure that I could put who he is and what he means to me into words.  He was that football date that didn’t make me dress up; That boy that I climbed trees with and who could stand to put up with me. He’s the person that can beat me at everything. King of guitar (regular and the hero kind). The person who’s best jokes are said under his breath, but will make you laugh til you cry. Loyal, dedicated, has my utter respect. My best friend. Also lovingly known as Aladdin (that guy with dark hair that climbs buildings), Forrest (that guy running around campus with the massive beard), Jesus (that guy with long hair, beard and doesn’t wear shoes), etc, etc… David Elmer is too much for a blog introduction, so here he is the night of the engagement party posing for the camera in his dress socks (I’ll probably be in trouble for this one):

AND

Who knew this ring bearer would grow up to be that groom? Good thing he’s had some practice coming down that aisle. This picture is little David with his best man.

So, here’s to David, world’s greatest groom.

Meet Desiree.

THE QUEEN OF FLOWERS.

For those of you who have never gone into Always, Always Flowers in Athens, this beautiful blonde woman is one of the greatest flower experts ever.  As a matter of fact the header from the blog comes from pictures of flowers hanging from the ceiling in her store.  Always, Always Flowers is like a floral dreamworld.  The ceiling is covered in dry flowers and the floor looks more like a jungle of beauty than floral displays.  Not to mention, when Desiree greets you, you hear the most gentle dutch accent.  She is like a little fairy in the mist of this garden.  Knowing very little about flowers myself, she helped me make most of my choices. She’s very honest, and if she agrees with your decisions, she’ll say, “oooo yes, I liike dat. Dat is so beauutiful. Ooo yesss.”  It is wonderful. After meeting with her, I went to see the people in charge of the reception, and I was telling them the names of the flowers I was using.  They all stared at me awkwardly, and I just kept babbling about the flowers. Finally, one of them repronounced the name of the flower I was saying, and we all realized I had picked up a little of her dutch accent. I must say, I was happy to say the names of the flowers exactly the way she does.

And ya know what?  I bet she and Christy, the dress designer, would be friends. Such creative souls.