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Traditionally Elegant Botanical Garden Wedding

I agree with Harwell Photography, nothing speaks romance quite like a rose garden on a warm June day. Botanical-inspired, these Southern sweethearts wed amongst the flowers and kept every detail sweet. From the adorned antique door to the butterflies released in honor of the Bride’s mother, every detail Simply Charming Socials planned was sentimental. See the entire day right here!

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From Harwell Photography… Nothing speaks romance like a couple saying their vows in a rose garden on a warm June day. Natalie and Jake’s botanical-inspired Southern wedding was full of sweet details, lush blooms, and touching moments.

Wedding day begin as the girls sipped champagne in floral robes before dressing the bride Natalie in a stunning Leanne Marshall gown. The designer hand sketched a depiction of Natalie in her dress, such a sentimental keepsake for the bride.

The couple wed at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens in front of a antique door, original to their home, adorned with a lush wreath of greenery and garden roses. The wedding party, donned in blush and grey, surrounded Natalie and Jake as they said their I Dos. During the ceremony, they sweetly released monarch butterflies in honor of Natalie’s mother who passed away a few years ago. There were laughs and tears from all.

After ceremony, guests enjoyed signature cocktails among the manicured hedges of the English garden. They signed a vintage botanical book with best wishes.

The reception was styled with textured linens, pastel florals in vintage glass vessels, and handwritten signage. Each place setting was dressed the couple’s monogram tied to a sprig of rosemary with hand-dyed ribbon. Dinner stations served lite summer cuisine before guests enjoyed wedding cake and a Florida State themed groom’s cake.

Guests danced the night away before the bride and groom departed under a sea of bubbles and took off into the night in a vintage white Rolls Royce.

Photography: Harwell Photography | Videography: Hursh Films | Event Design: Simply Charming Socials | Event Planning: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Birch Blooms | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: High Note | Catering: Sun In My Belly | Calligraphy: Ink & Honey | DJ: Lethal Rhythms | Bridal Boutique: The Sentimentalist | Groom's Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens | Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Transportation: Atlanta Vintage Rides

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Soft Outdoor Wedding with Southern Charm

When it gets right down to it, I’m a neutrals girl. Gray, taupe and a soft dusty blue are a few of my best friends and this Georgia affair ties them all in perfect form. Think “Southern elegance” without any of the stuffiness, and organic design moments brought together by Molly McKinley Designs and Acorn Garden & Home. More in the gallery from Julie Cate Photography!

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From The Bride… Thomas and I knew each other’s names and faces years before we actually met, thanks to our two college friends that thought the both of us were destined for each other. After 3 years joking about the other person, we realized our friends were right: we met, began to exchange phone calls, made visits to each other’s schools, went on adventures, and fell in love.Thomas swept me off my stubborn feet and showed me excitement and depth that I didn’t know I could experience. I am so humbled that the Lord has given us each other to do life with!

Our wedding was beautiful! I knew I wanted to marry where I grew up and love that both our church and reception venue were historic properties in Marietta, places I’ve driven by my whole life. I wanted the event to feel whimsical, yet classic and southern—very natural, not stuffy. Molly McKinley, our planner, nailed my vision on the head. I gave up reception decor decisions to my mom and Molly, trusting their style and opinions. I walked in to the tent that night amazed. It was perfect! I loved the whimsical florals, twinkling cafe lights, the farm table for our wedding party and boxwood wreaths my mom created as centerpieces. People kept coming up to me saying, “This looks so much like you, Amanda Claire.” That made me so happy! Oh and people DANCED. The band took a break, but no one followed them. It was the most fun day!

I think what I loved most about our wedding day was watching so many people from our different walks of life celebrate together. It was so special to have them surround us, reminding us how loved we truly are. I also loved seeing a ring on my husband’s finger and the flowers in my hair… :)

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Floral Design: Acorn Garden & Home | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Ceremony Venue: Marietta First Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn - Brumby Hall And Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Mirror Mirror Makeup | Lighting: Magnum Lighting | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Bowties: Robintreelane On Etsy | Drapery: Event Drapery | Envelope Calligraphy: Ragan House Lettering | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom And Groomsmen: Jos A Bank | Linens: I Do Linens | Paper Goods: Studio R Design - Amanda Claire Rives (Bride) | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: DIY Decor | Wedding Planning & Design: Molly McKinley Designs

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Vintage Chic Summer Wedding at Blue Springs Plantation

When you combine two of my all-time favorite aesthetics, Southern style and 1920′s glamour, I can be found dreaming of Gatsby amid old oaks, soaking up photo after photo. Add in the utter perfection of a plantation soiree and I’ve officially found my happy place. Kate Belle brought these fantasies to life and I’ll be forever grateful to this gorgeous Bride for introducing me to such a creative style combination.

From The Bride… Ross and I met in college, almost exactly eight years before our wedding day. We wanted an event that reflected how close we, our friends, and our families had become over the years, an intimate event. We also knew that we would have about 200 people at our wedding, so a real challenge for me was figuring out how to create an intimate environment with so many people.

I wanted our wedding and reception to feel relaxed and comfortable yet polished and sophisticated. The concept for the day that we chose was Gatsby meets the Deep South. It would have elements of 1920s opulence like an event at Gatsby’s mansion, but it would also have that charming, rough-around-the-edges feel of an old plantation home.

We knew we would be having our wedding ceremony at the church I grew up attending, First United Methodist Church in Albany, Georgia. It is an old church with a large, formal sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows and lots of dark wood.

We selected an old plantation in my hometown of Albany, Georgia, Blue Springs Plantation, for the reception. Although manicured in just the right ways, the plantation had an unkempt feel to it that tended to leave guests feeling transported back in time. The dirt road to the plantation home was lined in old oak trees that draped over it in just the right ways. There was a beautiful ivy arch separating the back courtyard of the home from the vast field behind it. And the house itself was just as charming, with beautiful old wallpaper, antique furniture, and family portraits. It felt homey but really special. It also lent itself well to creating comfortable little sitting areas for visiting, which would allow guests to have quieter conversations amidst the noise of the reception. The house also had a beautiful second-floor balcony, overlooking the courtyard.

Because of the natural and complex beauty of both the church and the reception site, we decided to go with fairly neutral colors, blush, dark green, and white. We also wanted to be able to add special, personal touches here and there without the space feeling cluttered. The groomsmen wore green bowties with their own tuxs. The bridesmaids wore flowing, Grecian-style, floor-length blush dresses. We also decided to go bold yet simple with our flowers and greenery. In the church, we decorated almost exclusively with drake elm trees. At the reception, we wanted the flower arrangements on each table to have a natural, flowing look, as if someone had hand picked and clustered beautiful flowers for each table.

As a gift for each of my bridesmaids, I (with the help of my mother!) hand-selected gold and crystal earrings for each of them at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. I found some vintage earrings for myself there too. We all changed from simple stud earrings to these sparkling, vintage pieces on the way to the reception.

We wanted our guests to feel as if they were with us in our own home, like family, so we wanted to use dishes and serve food items as we might have done in our own home! Going with the 1920s theme (and because our crystal champagne glasses are this style!), we decided to offer our guests champagne served with saucer-style glasses. The china we ate off of was white with a gold rim, much like the Herend china pattern we had selected for ourselves.

We also chose to assign tables but not seats. Because Ross and I have moved so many times over the years, we decided to name (instead of number) the tables after streets we had lived on over the years and encouraged our guests to “find a seat on a street where we’ve lived.” We used hand-painted gold picture frames to frame these street names, which were written in calligraphy. Dinner itself was served family-style, as we thought the activity of sharing food with one another might encourage more communication between our guests.

Our wedding cake was strawberry with strawberry icing, and we asked our cakemaker to use my grandmother’s recipe, which she made for me when I was growing up. Granna has always called me her “strawberry girl,” as I did not like chocolate when I was young.

The rest of the food was an assortment of mine and Ross’s favorite dishes from restaurants (that we worked with our caterer to mimic!). We also served spicy pecans (using my recipe) at each of the bars throughout the night.

Throughout the reception site were little messages from us, including one at each of the bars that encouraged guests to try their beers “dressed,” garnished with lime and salt! This was a recommendation from Ross, and offered a little hint of the influence of his San Antonio culture.

Ross and I choreographed our first dance together. Instead of a father-daughter dance and mother-son dance, we decided to have our entire immediate families dance together to the song “We are Family.” For our last dance, we made a sad attempt at re-enacting the final song from the movie Dirty Dancing, “The Time of My Life.” This is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.

At the end of the night, we (with the help of Joan Shaddock), packaged pecan divinity for our guests to take home. Attached to each box was a little note, saying “we hope your time was divine!”

Photography: Kate Belle Photography | Event Planning: Kate Grubb | Flowers: Flowers By Derrell | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Gail Lawrence | Reception: Blue Springs Plantation | Bridesmaids Dresses: Swoon @ Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Cousins Catering | Hair & Makeup: Backstage Salon | Band: Rhythm Nation | Church: First United Methodist Church Of Albany | Groom & Groomsmen Bowties: The Tie Bar | Hotel & Car: Merry Acres Inn | Marquee & Lighting: Rental Depot | Wedding Director: Joan Shaddock

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