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This Baseball Inspired E-Sesh Is a Home Run

Take me out to the ballgame because this e-sesh? It’s a home run. Captured by Sawyer Baird, these high school sweethearts (Allie the cheerleader and Matt the baseball player) went back to the open field where it all started, and the results? Just about the sweetest engagement sesh you ever did see. See it all in The Vault!

From Sawyer BairdAllie + Matt are not only two of the sweetest people filled with all the laughter in the world but two amazing people who have loved each other for a long time. When Allie reached out to me about photographing her wedding and engagements…and after I heard about how they met in high school they suggested that we took photos at the high school. It was only fitting for these two.

With Allie being a cheerleader and Matt a baseball player they shared many memories at their high school.

I couldn’t think of a more timeless session than this one. So simple + so sweet!

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Location: Atlanta GA

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The Ceremony Backdrop? A Staircase Filled With Candles!

I think every wedding needs a WOW moment, and this Atlanta “I do” totally delivered in that department. One look at their candle-covered ceremony backdrop and you’ll be inspired to create a dreamy design focal point of your own. Kendra Elise photographed, Imagine Video Productions filmed, and there’s even more to see inside The Vault!

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From Kendra Elise… Jasmine & Jon married on April 1, 2016 at the beautiful Summerour Studio in Atlanta. The couple recently moved to Atlanta from New York City. Growing up just a few blocks away from each other in New York City. They are huge foodies and love to travel! The wedding was classic & elegant with family joining the couple from NYC, Haiti, & beyond. The perfect touches of elegance with flowing flowers, romantic ceremony with a staircase full of candles.

From The Bride…We wanted to keep true to the garden theme. Our venue was a refurbished warehouse with a courtyard that resembles a Tuscan villa, so we played on that. We made sure to keep the color palette muted with tons of neutral tones, including soft gray, taupe, champagne, and ivory. We brought in some shimmer with mixed metal elements: candles, chandeliers, and accessories. Even our decorative pillows kept true to the color scheme!

I would describe our style vision to be a mixture of romantic, earthy and bohemian chic. The keyword for all design aspects was “flowy.” From the styling of our event drapery to the hairstyles my bridesmaids wore, we kept true to our vision.

My favorite detail was our altar and staircase decor. With rain looming over the weather forecast the week leading up to the big day; the decision to have our wedding ceremony inside versus the outdoor courtyard became final 5 hours before we walked down the aisle. Our floral designer was up for the challenge and completely delivered. We stood under a floral halo with dripping garden roses, amaranthus, and hydrangeas. Truly breathtaking and everyone agreed!

The theme for our flowers was lush green foliage. Once I started planning my wedding, I knew the typical wedding centerpieces were not going to cut it. I tasked my floral designer to use more greenery than flowers and to pile on the texture. Some of our arrangement favorites included: peonies, ranunculus, and succulents. We use over 300 candles to convey layers of light!

My advice for other brides is wedding coordinators and planners are essential, especially if you have a lot of DIY and individual touches! Also, make sure you hire a planner who seems to mesh and align with your vision from the beginning. It makes design meetings so much smoother.

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Photography: Kendra Elise | Cinematography: Imagine Video Production | Event Design: Crush Event Rentals | Event Planning: Kate And Campbell | Floral Design: Unique Floral Expressions | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham for Kleinfeld Kollection | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: endive publik house | Hair + Makeup: Blend Beauty Group | DJ: Mark Adams | Groom's Attire: Musika Frere | Officiant: reverend dawn | Harpist: Atlanta Harpist | Transportation: Special Day Limos | Venue: Summerour Studio | Bridal Boutique: Alita Graham for Kleinfeld Kollection | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: kate lamb

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Classic Black Tie Wedding at the St. Regis Atlanta

I have a special spot in my heart for traditional black tie weddings and that adoration isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But add some chic Southern style to the mix and my breath quickens and my hands start shaking in excitement because you just KNOW it’s gonna be good. And this gem, captured by Lauren Kinsey and created by the crazy talented Amy Osaba, is just that and more. From the fabulous fashion to the bouquets I want to live in, it’s all in our Vault for us to enjoy pic after pic!

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From the Bride… Once deciding to marry in Atlanta, my childhood home and a city that holds such a special place in my heart, it did not take long to choose the venues. We knew we wanted a traditional Southern black tie wedding with some unexpected twists that paid homage to the city and region’s heritage. Finding a wedding planner was tricky because I wanted a very specific aesthetic and it was important that nothing felt too contrived or predictable. It did not take long after finding Amy Osaba to know that she would be the perfect fit and a dream to work with.

The ceremony took place in my church, First Presbyterian of Atlanta, which also happens to be one of the oldest and most beautiful sanctuaries in town. The reception, immediately following the 6:30 in the evening service, took place at the St. Regis Atlanta. Located in the heart Buckhead, the ballroom and terrace used for the cocktail hour and sit down dinner were the perfect combination of glamour, elegance and brought the exact ambiance that we were hoping to achieve. The late summer night was beautiful and an outdoor whiskey bar and cigar roller under bistro lights and gorgeous stars painted a perfect canvas. Inside the ballroom were meticulously set long tables profiling the dance floor, cake, furniture vignettes and the moss wall backdrop for the stage and 14-piece band. With a large hanging floral installation above the main table and ethereal lighting and flower arrangements thoughtfully placed all over the timeless ballroom it painted the picture of an enchanted garden.

It was easy to see and feel all of the attention to detail and careful attentiveness that took place in selecting everything from start to finish. The night was an absolute dream come true and everything we had hoped for and more!

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Design: Amy Osaba | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Of Atlanta | Reception Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Atlanta

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