Wendy, a clothing designer and artist, and Ben, a music producer and sound engineer, met as teenagers. Four years later, the Atlanta-based creatives were married in the groom's parents' backyard garden in Athens, Georgia. The May 29, 2011, nuptials were intimate, Southern, and full of handmade touches.
The invite suite, designed by Wendy and letterpressed by Smokey Road Press, had stitched elements that nodded to the bride's fashion background and love of textiles. It also reflected the couple officially weaving their lives together. A map designed by the bride's friend, Lena Corwin, added a pop of color.
Wendy's sister-in-law, Rinne Allen, made the bridal bouquet of peonies, Queen Anne's lace, gardenias, hellebores, lamb's ear, geraniums, maple seed pods, wild grasses, white spray roses, lilies of the valley, dahlias, and veronica. The stems were bound with a strip of blue ikat fabric for "something blue." Additional flower arrangements were assembled with help from the Junior Ladies Garden Club of Athens
Ben composed all of the music for the ceremony, which was then arranged for strings by his friend James Salter. The ceremony itself was performed by Rev. Micheal Selleck.
The couple walked back up the aisle guests waved ribboned sticks gathered from friends' and families' yards.
Woven chargers and ceramic plates were topped with napkins tied with gold ribbon and fabric butterflies made from Ikat fabric Wendy collected during trips to Asia. She began doing fabric origami nine years earlier, when she helped her sister-in-law design a wedding dress, and has been making shadow boxes, mobiles, hair pins, and large art installations ever since.