Anastasia King and Andrew Byrd’s love story is something straight out of a John Hughes movie. They met senior year. He was the homecoming king, senior class president, and captain of the baseball team; she was an artist and musician on the drum line. “Freshman year of college approached, and we were going to school 750 miles away from each other,” Anastasia says. “We decided to give long distance a try and never looked back.” Five years later, they were engaged. As an interior designer at Swoon, the Studio, Anastasia knew one thing about her wedding: She wanted it to feel 100 percent like Andrew and her. She also wanted it to be romantic but cozy and comfortable. “Like the ultimate date night that you get dressed to the nines for,” Anastasia says, “but that ends with your shoes on the floor, and you wrapped in a blanket on the couch.”
With This Ring
“Anastasia’s unique botanical style called for a one-of-a-kind backdrop for the ceremony,” says florist Katy Roden of Braching Out Events. An eight-foot-tall ring was custom painted to match the Richard Serra sculpture behind it and wrapped it with curly willow branches, wild smilax vine, and magnolia foliage, with touches of white blooms. Says Roden: “The result was simple but stylized—just like our bride!”
Shades of Gray
To keep the look of the table linens different yet cohesive, Anastasia chose a complementary gray linen, a large striped white and beige linen, and gray and blue toile, which was her favorite. The mauve velvet napkins matched other little details throughout the wedding, including the groomsmen’s ties.
Setting the Tone
Anastasia worked closely with Sarah Ann Design to create the invitation suite, and it was Anastasia’s idea to include the sculpture on the invitation. “I knew that leaning into the art in the garden and weaving our whole night around each sculpture was something we wanted to do,” she says.
Keep it Casual
To keep the look of the decor relaxed and casual (like her and Andrew’s personalities), Anastasia and her mother intentionally chose pieces that felt more like home decor than wedding rentals. They also collected pottery and worked with Branching Out to choose items that felt more organic and natural.
Fan of the Band
Looking for something nontraditional, Anastasia chose a black diamond wedding band designed by A.M. Thorne.
It’s a Draw
While Anastasia had planned on hand-drawing the cocktail menu, she ran out of time. As a surprise, her two maids of honor drew it for her.
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