Wendy and Ben’s Navy-and-Taupe Backyard Tent Wedding in Georgia
Wendy and Ben
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.
The Welcome Bag
A tote bag silkscreened with one of Wendy's designs was filled with local goodies. It included Red Mule Grits, pralines from Savannah, glass-bottled Coke, homemade cheese straws from Ben's aunt, and the cheese straw recipe so guests could make them at home.
A Gift of Thanks
Silk ties, rolled up and secured with twine, were given to the ushers as tokens of appreciation.
A wreath of fresh flowers adorned the front door.
Wendy sported a gold peacock comb, borrowed from her sister-in-law Lucy. The hair accessory had been made for Lucy's wedding by Cameron Johnston of Eloquin.
A Loving Companion
Juno, the couple's 9-year-old boxer, joined in the festivities.
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
White flowers such as lily of the valley, Queen Anne's lace, and ranunculus were mixed with greens and finished off with skinny blue and white ribbon.
The ring bearer, Claren, and flowergirl, Isabelle, wore summery outfits for their stroll down the aisle.
Tamar Mogendorff, a friend of the couple's, crafted a pair of birds to attach the rings to during the ceremony.
Lee Epting of Epting Events provided a basket of fans for the outdoor ceremony.
Wendy's father, George Washington Hanson III, walked her down the aisle.
The ceremony programs matched the rest of the stationery and featured a baker's twine bow at the top.
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.
A Walk to Remember
More than 200 yards of fabric garlands and gold ribbon bordered the walkway from the ceremony to the reception.
The couple strolled this pathway, as their musician friends followed them and played lively accompaniments.
Escort-card flags were handmade by the bride and her friend. They sat atop a bed of carnations in a copper tray.
Wendy's friend, Llubav Choy Duerr, designed a custom guestbook that featured the wedding's stitched details and color palette. She found inspiration in the garland-lined pathway.
The Place Settings
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.
The table runners were screenprinted with a pattern that mimicked rows of stitching by Satisfactory. The pattern, inspired by Indian "gudari" quilts, extended over the ends of each table, where large numbers were stenciled.
Glass jars filled with white flowers and greenery dotted the long tables.
Dinner took place under a tent at sunset. The 175 guests enjoyed Southern fare prepared by Epting Events: a local-greens salad, barbecue sliders, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, squash casserole, roasted beet salad, cornbread, and cheese biscuits.
Swags of flowers decorated the backs of newlyweds' chairs.
The First Dance
Wendy and Ben danced to "Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny, which was performed by the band Yacht Rock
Friends and family made their signature homemade desserts and brought them to share.
The couple also bought a few cakes from Cecilia Cakes
Jars of honey were set out for guests to take home as a sweet memory of the evening.
A Grand Exit
Wendy changed into a draped silk-crepe mini-dress later in the evening. Guests lit extra-long sparklers as the couple exited the reception, ready to hop into the vintage car borrowed from a family friend.