A Visual Wedding Story



A journal entry on our
wedding day, June 11, 2016.

As I write, I am listening to Daring To Love by Ane Brun. This day has been on my mind for months. We have been intentional in every project. What I want to shine most as we look back on this moment is how much we cared about our community and the details. I made handwoven napkins with my grandmother's handspun yarn. They aren’t the most practical of napkins but I felt so much joy using her yarn that I didn’t mind. My good friend made me custom earrings. I’m about to slip on my long-sleeve, lace dress and my favorite sandals. My hair and makeup are simple like always— down and wavy with a touch of rouge on my lips. 


5:00 p.m.


Our invitations were made with paper I’ve been saving for years from  art school. It’s my favorite, silky raw-edge paper with our names printed simply on the front: Elise Fitz and Nathan Isla. The ceremony starts in a couple hours and I can’t wait to see him. I’m not nervous or afraid, I am thankful.

It’s been a peaceful morning. The Asheville air smells refreshing and I feel the breeze brushing my hand as I write. Our closest friends and family will join us at the gallery for our ceremony. My sisters are with me now in a little loft downtown that’s a short walk away from the gallery. We’re sharing stories from childhood and arranging the greenery we picked yesterday into wild bouquets. Nothing feels rushed or forced. I’m happiest this way.


5:30 . . . . . Our letters
6:00 . . . . . Slip on dress
6:15 . . . . . Nathan ready
6:30 . . . . . Dad sees Elise
6:50 . . . . . Music starts


Part 1 of 3 | Ceremony and reception to follow

Photography by Sadie Culberson | Dress Willowby provided by Wildflower Bridal | Venue The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design | Table Setting Wares from Bomisch | Ceramic Plates by East Fork Pottery | Flatware by Cutipol | Jewelry by Anotherfeather and Virginia Wynne | Shoes by Marais USA | Linens by Not Perfect Linen