Jaclyn Thomas Journey is an event and floral designer. She joins us today as our guest to share her own wedding story. Her ability to think outside the box and enhance “a simple room” for a wedding is inspring for brides and wedding planners everywhere. Her “simple room” turned out to be a very unlikely place for a wedding reception.
We got engaged in April and didn’t want to have a long engagement. Louisville’s fall wedding season is more insane than spring, so most places were booked when we started looking for a venue. After I realized September and October weren’t options, November just felt right.
As a designer, I knew I wanted something different for my own wedding. There are not many venue options for 350+ guests, other than hotel ballrooms with carpet and wallpaper. I wanted a blank canvas to design–no wallpaper or carpet to compete with, just a simple room I could enhance.
Somehow I stumbled across Louisville Executive Aviation’s website and realized they offered the big hangar as a event venue.
Everyone thought I was nuts for even entertaining the thought of decorating a 24,000 square foot grey box, and without really thinking it through, we put down a deposit.
Rather than try to hide the fact that the wedding was in a hangar, I wanted to enhance all its amazing features. I decided to have the reception in the middle of the room and have planes surrounding us.
I knew I wanted the ceiling to be draped, but after multiple quotes from rental companies that were way out of our budget, we decided to tackle it ourselves. I purchased draping online and several of my very talented friends spent two days up on a lift hanging fabric.
We had a crew of 20+ people helping set up as we brought in all our own tables, chairs and other rentals.
And somehow, in the midst of all this chaos, my friend Amanda and I did all my flowers.
I have a tendency to go towards warm colors and orange is my favorite, so though I didn’t necessarily choose it because it’s a ‘fall’ color, it did end up being seasonally appropriate! I added in coordinating colors, such as blush and taupe, because I wanted it to feel light and airy. Plus, I liked how all the colors looked with the greys of the hangar.
I wanted the guys to be in a neutral color just like the girls, so they all went with grey. As far as Chris’ outfit, he wouldn’t let me dress him, even though I AM a stylist! He wanted to surprise me with his outfit, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with his choices: a Hugo Boss suit and Burberry tie. Perfection.
Our ‘first look’ when we saw each other before the wedding was the best part of the day. I would recommend it to anyone. Not only did it help relax our day of timeline so we didn’t feel quite as rushed, it was the only five minutes of the whole day when we really got to soak in what was happening.
Since it gets dark so early in November, we started the day pretty early. We had hired a film photographer, and you need good light to get good film images. Chris and I saw each other before the wedding so we could do most of our pictures beforehand. The ceremony was at 4:00 p.m., so by the time it ended it was dark outside!
My calligrapher was a friend of a friend who lived in Memphis. She had done a few maps before and persuaded me to have one as well. A lot of people didn’t understand the reason why or how we were having our wedding in a hangar, so I thought it might be wise to have a little direction for them. I wanted to include things on the map that were sentimental to us, beyond just having it for for directional purposes. I had her add on our house, my family’s business, and the Kaden Tower (Chris is in architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright influenced that building) since all of those things were so close to the church and reception venue.
While I would never suggest to anyone, “Do your own wedding, it’s the best experience ever,” I am glad I did. It’s like a doctor who smokes–it’s not easy to always take your own advice, though. The headaches and stress were all worth it in the end, and it was amazing to see everyone come together to make the make the wedding happen. Most importantly, I am very thankful for a supportive husband who never thought a hangar wedding was insane. “It’ll be a room full of airplanes and all our friends–it’s the best idea ever!”
Photography: Tec Petaja
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Jaclyn Journey
Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey & Amanda M. Jacobs
Bride’s Dress: The Couture Closet
Jewelry & Shoes:Anthropologie
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Invitations: Charlotte Turtle
Calligraphy & Map: Rachel Fisher
Linens: La Tavola
Chairs: Prime Time Party Rental
Catering: Jonny V’s
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
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A Southern Style Wedding with a Nod to Ole Miss: click here
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