Our Wedding Party | Will you be my . . .

One of the greatest joys of getting married, is asking those you love most to stand by your side on your wedding day!  And, this past weekend Justin and I did just that.  We are blessed to have such wonderful and supportive friends, and we couldn’t imagine this journey without having them to share it with.

Justin and I have a total of ten people in our wedding party; five ladies and five gents!  When it came to decide how we would ask them, we agreed that it should be done in a way that was thoughtful, unique, and would provide them with a memento that they could cherish for years to come.

When I began considering different ideas the first placed I turned to (naturally) was Pinterest!  There were so many cute ideas, but nothing that I hadn’t seen before.  Then one afternoon it hit me: custom watercolor illustrations!  I immediately contacted the ohsotalented! Simply Jessica Marie, and shared with her my ideas. Together we created something that my girlfriends will be able to cherish for a lifetime.  Jessica is such a gem to work with, and not to mention incredibly talented! I highly recommend you check our her Esty shop, especially if you are a bride-to-be!

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No cocktail is more fitting for a southern celebration than a Mint Julep, which is why we have chosen it as our signature cocktail for our wedding! Bourbon also happens to be Justin’s favorite liqueur, which is why he chose to incorporate it in how he asked his friends, “Will you be my Groomsmen?”.  We purchased pint size Maker’s Mark bottles, and replaced the manufactured label with custom labels that we purchased from Esty.

Another special significance to bourbon is the Southern tradition that is dedicated to wishing for sunshine on your wedding day – burying the bourbon.  According to this tradition, the bride and groom-to-be bury an unopened bottle of bourbon at the site of their wedding one month before their wedding day.  To ensure that there will not be a drop of rain on their big day the bottle must be buried upside down!  This may seem a bit superstitious, but anything to ensure sunshine on the day of an outdoor wedding is alright by me.  Come to think of it, I need to research for any traditions said to ward of humidity, ha!

Have any of y’all buried the bourbon or know of friends who have done so?  I am curious to know if the tradition proved to bring clear skies and warm sunshine!  If so leave a comment below.

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