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Classic Southern Wedding at Home

Put on your designer shoes — you’re about to be an honorary guest at one of the most beautiful (and of course, charming) Southern Weddings you’ve ever seen, courtesy of Liz Banfield and Tara Guérard. Everything an at home wedding should be…  contained in a gallery to keep you enthralled and looking for more! Sweet love, of course, is at the center — to the absolute core.  ps …  the cake from Jim Smeal is one to die for! Our thanks to Tara & Liz for sharing!

From Tara Guérard Soirée… Few things are more classic and southern than a wedding in the garden. The bride’s parent’s turn of the century Georgian home and it’s surrounding gardens provided the perfect backdrop for the hometown nuptials. The Augusta Symphony Orchestra played Bach and Handel as the five hundred guests took their seats at the ceremony. The family’s silver service was used to present hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Servers passed trays of azaleas as a nod to nearby Augusta National Golf Course where the drink is a crowd favorite. Guests dined on Carolina quail, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, grilled lamp chops and pan seared scallops. I sought to enhance the garden’s natural beauty using design elements that would traditionally be found in that setting – wrought iron furniture, market umbrellas and black and white awning stripe fabric. Shepherd’s hooks with hanging candles led guests from the cocktail hour to the dance tent and lounge area hidden under a giant live oak. The color palette was based on the blueish-purple hues found in their blooming hydrangeas. In southern fashion, the groomsmen wore white dinner jackets. A six-tier wedding cake, featuring over seventy handmade sugar flowers, was placed in the garden folly at the far end of the property. Bistro lighting kept the main bar lit from above well into the evening. Hot pretzels, the groom’s favorite, and fresh donuts were served late night.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Cinematography: Artistic Eye Productions | Wedding Gown: Anna Maier | Cake: Jim Smeal | Invitations: The Paper Lady | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Aberdeen Catery | Hair: Elements Salon | Band: Atlanta Party Band | Ceremony Music: Augusta Symphony Orchestra | Ceremony Music: Augusta Symphone Orchestra | Bar Service: Spike By Synder Event Rental | Cooling Fans: All Mist Outdoor Cooling Systems | Event Planning & Design: Tara Guérard Soirée | Golf Carts: Transportation Solutions | Gown Boutique: Gabriella New York | Groomsmen Attire: Simon's Formal Wear | Just Married Sign: The Lettered Olive | Makeup: Beauty Mark | Restrooms : Nature's Calling | Save The Date, Programs, Guest Booklets: The Lettered Olive | Tents & Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Transportation: Southstar Trolley | Transportation: Horizon Motor Coach

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Augusta, Georgia Wedding from Ashley Seawell Photography

I’m a girl who loves tradition. It warms my heart, and is one of the many reasons classic weddings like this beauty captured by Ashley Seawell Photography make me weak in the knees. It’s timeless perfection – with the Bride’s gorgeous lace veil and elegant bridal style – and it perfectly proves why a classic soiree will always hold a big spot in my wedding-loving heart. See it all here.

From Ashley Seawell… Rebekah and John invited their guests to celebrate in the bride’s hometown of Augusta.  Their meaningful ceremony took place in her home church and a lovely reception followed at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (the bride was actually their director at the time of her marriage).  This art museum was the perfect choice for their desire of a thoughtful and intimate reception.  Peonies and garden roses were used throughout the day.  After the couple’s engagement, Rebekah’s family collected vintage dessert plates.  They were a beautiful addition to the cake table and will continue to serve as an heirloom for their family.  

Wedding Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography |  Ceremony Venue:  Covenant Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art | Event Planning + Design: Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Floral Design: Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Wedding Cake: Something Sweet Bakers | Catering: Tastefully Yours, LLC | Wedding Invitations: Arzberger Stationers via Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Calligraphy: Ann Erickson | Wedding Dress: Lee Ann Belter | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lazaro | Wedding Rings: Solomon Brothers | Makeup: Jen Paulos | Hair: Glorious hair design studio | Welcome Bags: Cowart Design

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Augusta Wedding from David Strauss Photography + Artworks Wedding Cinema

From the very moment we met these two sweeties back in September, we knew we were going to love their wedding.  Love, love, love their wedding.  Because not only do they happen to be the type of cuties you instantly fall in love with (and I mean instantly), they also happen to be an uber-stylish duo to boot.  And, well.  That’s pretty fabulous, if you ask us.  So, to say we’ll be spending our Thursday soaking in every last second of their Big Day as captured by the ever-wonderful Artworks Wedding Cinema?  That’s an understatement.  And you should most definitely join us, because it’s just that good.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  Check out the amazing gallery of images captured by David Strauss Photography.  They’re awesome.


From the Bride… My husband and I met while attending Lincoln Memorial University in the small southern town of Harrogate, Tennessee. We wanted a wedding that reflected the roots of our relationship with a laid back country wedding. We were so blessed to have my uncle officiate the ceremony which was more than we could have dreamed of. It was a perfect destination wedding weekend with friends and family from all over the country who enjoyed the property as well as the fresh pecans from the grove.

I planned and made almost every detail of the wedding from the invitations to the centerpieces and decor with the help of Laura Brown and Cheryl Meir. Although it was a challenge planning the wedding in a town I had only visited for a few days while living in Boca Raton, Florida it was amazing to see it all come together at the end.

My favorite part of the day was sitting down and enjoying the meal at the long farm table that I had be envisioning for months then dancing the night away with our best friends and love of my life. Advice I would give to future brides is to RELAX and take in the day. Don’t worry about every little detail. Things aren’t going to go as planned, you just have to roll with it, and enjoy the first of many incredible and wonderful days you have with your husband. The wedding is only the beginning of many wonderful years and memories to come make the most of it!

Wedding Photography: David Strauss Photography | Venue: Perry’s Landing in Augusta Georgia | Wedding Cinematography: Artworks Wedding Cinema | Wedding Coordination + Floral Design: The Bride + Laura Brown from McClendon Design and Events | Wedding Cake: Sweet Treats | Ceremony Music: Sibling String | DJ: Gay Freeman | Guestbook: Picaboo | Vintage Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Chalkboard Signs: Woodberry Design Studio | Wedding Stationery: Yellow Brick Graphics | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “Dora” | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BCBGWattersAmerican EagleEliza J | Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Express | Hair + Makeup: LaDolce Vita Salon

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