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my DIY wedding – give me a sign

One of the things we like most about our wedding venue is its location…tucked into the corner of a lake in the North Georgia Mountains, it is sure to offer a picturesque backdrop for our fall wedding.

It is also pretty hard to find.

We knew right away that we would need to create a map and give clear directions to our guests, so they’d actually be able to find us! Since so many of the roads surrounding the lake are small and winding, we also thought it would be a good idea to have directional signs posted along the way to keep everyone heading in the right direction.

Luckily, we knew we could call on our good buddy, Hoke, for help with the process. Not only are he and his wife, Katie, some of our most beloved friends, he’s also an extremely talented craftsman. Using reclaimed wood from 19th century barns on his family’s land in South Georgia, he builds tables, desks and other pieces of accent furniture.

a Hoke Howard original

When we told him that we were thinking about making signs for the wedding, he offered to help…and he offered to let us use some of his lumber.

To us, this was the coolest thing ever. Being able to work with such old wood (circa 1840!) with such a rich history meant a lot to us. And, of course, being able to reuse antique heart of pine versus taking a trip to the lumber yard was pretty awesome, too.

The wood needed a good sanding and was then cut into 11×17 sized pieces. The signs were spray painted using stencils that we printed and cut out of cardstock. We’ll attach them to wooden stakes and will have them posted from the main highway all the way to the front gate.


ready for a paint job

this way to the photo booth!

our signs!

Aren't they awesome?

On the big day!

I am beyond thrilled with how they turned out! They are rustic and charming and I absolutely love them. Now, I need to find a way to justify using them for other things…I wonder how our neighbors would feel if we posted one at the entrance of our neighborhood…

4 Responses to “my DIY wedding – give me a sign”

  1. Kathianne Says:

    The Eric and Emily signs are keepers for sure. Just how you will use them remains to be seen, but they will be great keepsakes. And Hoke’s table is incredible!!

  2. Aunt Becky Says:

    :-) Remember the song (oops maybe you were too young) . . . .
    ‘Signs signs Everywhere a sign, Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind. Do this don’t do that – can’t you read the signs?” (from the 70′s)
    They weren’t talking about YOUR signs Emily. They are BEAUTIFUL and rustic and classy and informative! You guys have thought of everything! I love them.
    Very cool. Can’t wait to see what’s next. :-)
    P.S. Looking forward to meeting Hoke!

  3. Brittney Copeland Says:

    Does Hoke sell his furniture? I’d love to have a Hoke Original.

  4. Brittney Copeland Says:

    ment to type..”I’d love to have a Hoke Original.”

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