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Autumn Al Fresco Bridal Shower

Now that our bellies are stuffed with turkey and our hearts full of thanks, we’re holding on to the last bits of autumn before winter hits the scene. And what better way to savor the season than a bridal shower centered on just that. It’s an outdoor gathering of girlfriends coordinated by Candice Beaty and blooms by Rebekah Clark Moody. More from Kathryn McCrary in  the pretty gallery right here.

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From Kathryn McCraryWith fall in full swing, crisp colors and warm afternoons are to be cherished and savored. Candice Beaty (of Chancey Charm Weddings) used this as an excuse to pull together some of her favorite vendors and create an autumn themed bridal shower. Using ruby reds, cozy sweaters and the ever-lovable golden delicious apple as her inspiration, she styled the photo shoot to be carefree and intimate so that no maid of honor or bridesmaid would feel threatened to throw a similar shower for their bride-to-be.

American Threads provided the girls with fun and casual fall clothes that Molly Webb used to style the girls effortlessly. Claudia Mejerle topped off the looks with soft makeup and flowy hair to give the girls a polished yet fresh look for the shower.

Beautifully customized place settings (by Jenn Gietzen) adorned with an apple favor welcomed the girls into a yummy luncheon in the autumn daylight. Crisp bourbon cocktails, delectable plum and apple treats after a scrumptious and yummy feast (from Heirloom Café and Shae Rehmel of home.made catering) all filled the guests tummies as they laughed together.

Breathtaking florals (by Rebekah Clark Moody) dreamily captured the essence of fall’s warmth in a natural way. A stunning fabric hanging (another Jenn Gietzen stunner) with a quote to celebrate their friendships was the perfect addition to an already gorgeous ivy backdrop. Kathryn McCrary was able to capture all of the gorgeous details of the day and the celebration of the shower to showcase all of the wonderful inspiration for the autumn themed bridal shower.

Jenn’s banner reads “You’re pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of ever”, which perfectly sums up how all of these vendors feel about this day spent together creating this beautiful fall photo shoot.

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Floral Design: Rebekah Clark Moody | Catering: Heirloom Cafe And Fresh Market | Hair And Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Coordination: Candice Beaty | Desserts: Shae Rehmel Of Homemade | Fashion Styling: Molly Webb | Outfits: American Threads | Paper Goods And Hand Lettering: Jenn Gietzen Of Write On! Design | Private Home: Candice Beaty

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Cloverleaf Farm Wedding

Whether you’re spending your holiday trying to stay warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home or hard at work at the office, this is the type of wedding that deserves your full and undivided attention.  I’m talking gorgeous blooms from Gardenia Floral Design, a stunning Cloverleaf Farm setting and all kinds of J.Crew lovely.  It’s rustic meets romantic all captured by Alea Moore Photography.  See it all here.

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From Alea Moore Photography… I don’t even really know where to begin with these two amazing people. For me, there is just nothing better than capturing the wedding day of two people who are so obviously meant for each other. It makes my heart sing – it’s exactly why I do what I do. This wedding was a beautiful simple affair. Lots of personal touches mixed in with the beauty of nature and Cloverleaf Farms stunning property.

From the Bride… For our wedding day, Connor and I hoped it would be an event where could celebrate God’s faithfulness and commit our lives to each other in the presence of our favorite people! We asked our officiant to marry us because he and his wife are our mentors, coworkers, and longtime friends. We wanted to balance having a reception that was beautiful and unique, while not overdoing it — in an effort to “keep the main thing, the main thing.” For some fun details and to make it personal, we incorporated our love of southern architecture, local cuisine, and the great outdoors!

Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Planner: Cloverleaf Farm Events | Florist: Gardenia Floral Design | Dress: Allure Bridals, Purchased At I Do I Do Bridal Boutique | Cakes: Take The Cake Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Caterer: A Divine Event | Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids' Dresses & Jewelry: J.Crew | Coffee: Jittery Joe's | DJ And Lights: DJ David Osborne, With Sound Insight Productions | Guest Book: Blueprint Of Cloverleaf Farmhouse | Tie: The Tie Bar | Venue: The Cloverleaf Farm

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Athens Wedding from Lenscape Studios

This, my friends, is the epitome of a Southern celebration.  A drop-dead gorgeous wedding brimming with stunning traditional details, a seriously adorable duo and a whole host of heartwarming moments all set against the breathtaking backdrop that is The Taylor-Grady House.  It’s exactly the reason I adore Georgia weddings, and the reason I’ll be spending the entire day (or weekend) wrapped up in the full gallery of images captured by Lenscape Studios.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… August 24th was the best day ever! Brad and I had been dating since we were 14 and 16-years-old, so we were beyond thrilled to finally tie the knot! That morning, all the girls woke up early and headed to get brunch and mimosas to start the celebration off right. My amazing hair and makeup artists, Autumn Mayo and Kara Waters, were so great and made getting ready such a fun experience. After we got all dolled up, we headed to the historic Taylor-Grady House to put on our dresses and take photos. The guys met us there and after we all got dressed, I went out and did a “first look” with my dad. I think those are some of my favorite pictures of the day! Our photographers, Dave and Lauren from Lenscape Studios, did a phenomenal job capturing it.

Brad and I chose to do a First Look simply because of timing. At first I was really against it, as was he, because we wanted a “special moment” when I walked down the aisle. After working over the timeline with our wedding coordinator, we realized taking pictures after the ceremony would mean we only had a little bit of time to see all of our friends and family at the reception. It ended up being the best decision we made! Brad says he would have been incredibly nervous had he not seen me before, and I felt so much more relaxed after I saw him. Once we had our first look, the entire wedding party was able to just hang out and have fun while we took pictures. I am so glad we did it!

After the pictures, we all took a big limo over to the ceremony site, The Chapel at The University of Georgia. We loved that both of our venues were historical landmarks; Athens is such a great city, and it’s really rich in history and culture.

Another one of my favorite pictures of the day is the one of our whole wedding party waiting up in the balcony for the ceremony to start. We got to watch the guests fill in, which was so fun. (Of course, I was hidden in the stairwell so no one could see me, but I could see and talk to all my bridesmaids!) It was so much fun, and a good way to stay calm right before the big moment.

The ceremony was beautiful, and went so well. Our good friends sang and read during the ceremony, and Brad and I wrote our own promises that we read to each other before our traditional vows. My uncle is a pastor, so we were honored to have him officiate. It was so personal and special to have so many loved ones involved in the ceremony! I also loved that our venue had a stage, so we were up and able to see all of our friends and family while we vowed our lives to each other. It really was so special.

Our reception was a blast! We went back to the Taylor-Grady House, where the guests had a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres on the front lawn. We had corn-hole games and a bar under the giant tree in the boxwood garden, which was gorgeous. When the wedding party was ready to be introduced, the guests were ushered to the back yard where the DJ, dance floor, tents, and tables were. I loved that we were able to walk down the back steps of the house straight to the dance floor!

I could go on and on about the food, drinks, flowers, and other details forever, but I would say that the main thing I will always remember is how loved we felt. It was so humbling and honoring that all those people drove and flew from all over to celebrate with us! We had more fun than I ever thought possible, and we are so grateful that our day turned out better than I ever dreamed.

Photography: Lenscape Studios | Flowers: Diane Thomas | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Cecilias Cakes | Invitations: Plain Jane Designs | Ceremony Venue: University of Georgia Chapel | Reception Venue: The Taylor-Grady House | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Delicious Dishes | DJ: David Compton | Tuxes: Perno's Formal Ware | Officiant: Dr. John Hull | Bride + Maids' Hair: Autumn Mayo Hair Designs | Bride + Maids' Makeup: Kara Waters | Music: Shelby McLeod | Rentals: Oconee Events