A HANDFASTING CEREMONY IN A CLEVELAND ALLEY! - Juno and Joy

A HANDFASTING CEREMONY IN A CLEVELAND ALLEY!

Kate Anthony Feature

When you discover that the Bride is the tourism director of the town she got married in, you know you’re about to witness something very special. With insiders knowledge on the best possible suppliers & locations for a truly beautiful and unique handfasting ceremony celebration, Kelli and Mike’s wedding can’t help but impress. Relaxed, individual and creative – style ooozes out of every frame, not just because they created an awesome celebration but they happened to have talented photographer Kate Anthony capturing their day – and this girl seems to hunt out perfect moments…her eye for colour and composition is incredible.

…And by the way – yes – the wedding took place in an alley! It’s pretty special…

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From Kelli: I am the tourism director in Cleveland, Mississippi-right in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. It was important for me to not only highlight how cool our town is, but to use local vendors as well. There is a great venue, The Alley, where events are held such as the farmer’s market and art events, and I knew it would be the perfect place for a wedding. It was already set up in aisle format and strung with lights, so it was really just adding the details. Allium, a local florist, designed the floral wall where our wedding took place, and I rented the large panels from Delta Party Rentals. it turned out beautifully. Instead of traditional music, we opted for all Beatles tunes played by the Southern String Band.  My husband’s family hails from Ireland, so we incorporated the hand fasting ceremony in homage to his heritage. The rope still sits in a knot in a box on a shelf in our new home to remind us of our vows.

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The reception was held in an old lumber storehouse, and the integrity of that era is still seen there today. The juxtaposition of the old wood with the chandeliers and twinkling lights was just magical. There is an old theater in our downtown area that has recently been renovated for an arts center. I requested to have the marquee message for our wedding weekend. A Delta Wedding is a very popular story from Mississippian Eudora Welty, so that was special. The photos turned out just great.

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Style Details: Dress – I didn’t want something bulky and completely lace, and having a beautiful gown back was important to me, so when I found the Jim Hjelm Clementine dress, I knew it was perfect. Just the right amount of lace and detail. Accessories – The color green has always been my favorite-Kelly Green to be exact (how ironic! 🙂 I found my shoes at Nordstrom and knew they would be perfect for me. They added a bit of quirk and a bright surprise for my outfit. I paired them with emerald earrings to continue the theme. it all worked really well. My hair was done by the fabulous Kathryn Davis of Ish in Cleveland. I wanted something with lots of texture, but not anything too extreme. I went with a beautiful comb courtesy of Rent the Runway instead of a veil. My make-up was done by my very talented sister, Liz Davis.

Credits: Photographer: Kate Anthony Photography//Venue: The Alley, Cleveland// Florals: Allium//Dress: Jim Hjelm//Shoes: Nordstrom// Hair: Kathryn Davis, Ish// Cake: The Sweetery//Chalkboards: Laura Beth Lott

A wonderful way to start the week – with inspiration from across-the-pond. Totally loving Bride Kelli’s style – her shoes are lush!

♥ Sarah

2 Comments

  1. Gavin July 7, 2014 Reply

    Love it! what a cool location! i do love couples who break tradition;-)

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      Sarah July 7, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Gavin – we love it when couples make brave choices too…and so befitting of themselves!

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