Kara & John’s Simple Sassy Wedding

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

One of the very best things about writing this blog is getting to see cool inspiring weddings that are not over the top, are really simple, and emotionally honest. This wedding was sent to be by a reader, Allison, as a great example of a practical wedding. It was shot by the amazing A Bryan Photo, based out of Birmingham, Alabama.
The thing I love the most about this wedding is the couples easy way with each other. They are so in love, but not any a sappy posed way. They both seem totally in their comfort zone at the wedding, which is so important. Other things I love: the brides dress (which looks like a bridesmaid dress in white to me!), and her awesome wild flower bouquet.
You so rarely see touching shots of male friendship from weddings (or really, shots of men at weddings) and this picture just captured my heart.
I love it all, but it was this picture which sold me. The bride walked herself down the aisle!
A simple outdoor ceremony.
Look. I’m going to admit this. I’m a sucker for a cute baby. Period. And you know I’m a “as many kids as possible at the wedding” kind of girl.
David describes my flower style as “bunches of wild flowers” so clearly, I love this bouquet.
For all of you feeling tense about the current obsession with wedding details, and wondering if your wedding will live up in every little way, please note! They are toasting with plastic cups! And the wedding is super excellent.
Homemade cake! Yumm! Best part about this cake? It’s not towering and covered with perfect sugar impressions of the lace of the brides dress, and a diamond monogrammed topper, but unlike those cakes, it looks good enough to eat. And it makes me so happy that someone made the cake just for them!
A wedding tradition that has gone out of style, and I really miss. The bride and the groom changing into traveling clothes, and heading off to their honeymoon and married life!

Look at all of the photos over here. There were so many great ones I couldn’t fit in the post, that will make you grin. Thanks for the tip Allison!

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com. #NASTY

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  • I love the idea of having kids at a wedding too. Just think of all the free entertainment they’ll provide.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely adore those photos! Everyone looks so happy and relaxed – exactly what a wedding should be.

    For another outdoor wedding, check out Jenny and Lee at Studio 306 (posted today). It is the essence of a Minnesota summer.

  • They are so happy! I hope my wedding will be like Kara and John wedding.

  • I just love the simplicity of it, beautiful. And the couple looks so happy together!

  • It really is a gorgeous wedding. I love the cake and bet it was delicious too.

    And about walking yourself down the aisle, LOVE IT. I got so much flack for saying I didn’t want my dad to give me a way. Eedjits.

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    What a gorgeous wedding, I love it. And the photos are beautiful. This is the kind of simple, honest, young and fresh wedding I hope that we’ll have. But if not, then that’s cool too!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realise that walking yourself down the aisle was considered so progressive! I walked myself down the aisle just last year. I know a woman who’s parents had both passed away & she had her husband’s dad walk her down the aisle, which to me looked like “here, son, I found a bride to give you”. lol. The featured wedding really does show true love, I agree.

  • I went to a wedding this weekend where the girl and her father walked down the aisle together and when they got to the front row, she stopped to drop him off but, despite the rehearsal, he was so excited by everything that he just kept going.

    She tugged his arm, gave him a kiss, pointed to his chair, and said, “Sit.â€? She’s an elementary school teacher so it fit the bill wonderfully. Everyone smiled and laughed as she walked herself the remaining ten feet to meet her soon-to-be betrothed.

    I thought this was an awesome way to let a father have his dream and let a woman to express her individuality.

  • Anonymous

    The whole wedding looked so nice!

    Does anyone know where they got those suits? I love them– and I think my soon to be hubby would look great in it!

  • Sarahkay

    I loved all those awesome groomsmen shots! And I’ve never seen groom-getting-ready shots before. It’s a great departure from the usual pics of the bride getting ready, bride’s dress, bride’s hair, cake, flowers, and ‘some guy.’