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Richmond Hill Engagement Session from Timwill Photography

Engagement sessions are some of my most favorite images of the wedding experience and I think I’ve pinned down just why I adore them so. It’s all about the love, people! Every image is solely focused on the couple and their love. And that simple concept is just what makes this engagement session from Timwill Photography so essentially wonderful. It could also be that to die for Badgley Mischka gown and you can see all its glittery goodness in the gallery here.

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From the Bride… After six years of dating, Will proposed to me in March 2012 in the sparkliest way possible. We were taking photographs after a wine tasting in Napa, when Will handed me a bottle of Schramsberg sparkling wine with his proposal etched in gold on the bottle, along with a beautiful, three-stone sparkler! We had talked previously about getting married either in the California wine country or at the historic Ford Plantation in Georgia, a very special place to us. Since our engagement took place in Napa, we knew The Ford Plantation would be the site for our wedding. We opted for a fall wedding, so we chose to shoot our engagement photo session at Ford in October to get a sense of what our wedding day would be like. Our incredible photographer, Tim Willoughby, captured the beauty of the location exquisitely. We incorporated our proposal story in the shoot and celebrated by popping open a bottle of Schramsberg. The result, was a fun, sparkly, very “us” experience. Tim has left us more eager than ever for October 2013!

Photography: Tim Willoughby of Timwill Photography / Venue: The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Georgia /  Event Planning: Caroline Carter Events / Champagne: Schramsberg / Blanket: Pendleton Woolen Mills / Bride’s Gold Dress: Badgley Mischka “Screen Siren Gown” via Rent the Runway

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Sea Island Wedding from The Vine Floral & Event Design

There’s vintage weddings and then there’s this wedding by The Vine Floral & Event Design. It’s authentically vintage from the pretty color palette of creams, greens, peaches and lavender to the bride’s vintage lace gown, also worn by her mother on her wedding day. Oh, and did we mention that the bride planned the entire day too? She sure does know a thing or two about putting the chic in vintage. Twin Hearts Photography snapped up all the pretty and you can see all the rest right here.

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From The Vine Floral & Event DesignThis beautiful bride truly upheld the meaning of vintage. She wore her mother’s lace gown and chose a color palette of cream, antique green, pale peach, gray and lavender that oozed vintage, Victorian beauty. They chose a riverfront setting for the reception and Wesley United Methodist Church for the ceremony. A gospel choir serenaded the congregation as Beth’s father walked her down the aisle to meet Josh. By entering by gondola on the river, Beth and Josh greeted their guests by offering a CHEERS! from below. Because Beth works for both a floral design company, The Vine, and an event designer, Caroline Carter Events, she chose to take on the task of planning her wedding herself! She chose white and blush garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, caramel roses and lavender roses and cream and white stock.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Twin Hearts Photography / Ceremony: Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica in Sea Island, Georgia / Reception: Frederica Boathouse in Sea Island, Georgia / Event Planning: The Bride / Floral + Event Design: The Vine Floral & Event Design / Ceremony Choir: Music by Pegge / Band: The Bo Henry Band / Wedding Dress: The Bride’s Mother’s

Tybee Island Wedding from Tea Olive Photography

This amazing Tybee Island fete was planned by the bride in just three short months! And for all you planning a wedding, you now that is no easy task! She quickly chose her color scheme of blue and ivory after finding tons of vintage blue mason jars that would soon house tea lights and set the stage for a romantic beach inspired soiree. Tea Olive Photography captured all the pretty, handmade details and there’s tons more gorgeousness happening right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Ever since I was a little girl, my mom and I have been going to craft shows in the Southeast. The fall was always a time full of weekend-long festivals. We loved to browse and look at all the creative ideas, but in the end, we would never buy a thing because we would always say, “We can make that.” Our bravado was put to the test this past summer, after my fiancé and I decided our school schedules were going to be too hectic in the fall, so we needed to move our wedding date up from October to July. This meant planning an entire wedding from April to July 19th. Daniel and I both love the beach, so we decided to get married back at Tybee Island, Georgia, where we first got engaged one year before. I also love the South, so my mother and I set our sights on finding that perfect blend of Southern and Sun. To start our southern style-wedding project, we went on the hunt for blue vintage mason jars to serve as our candle holders/centerpieces. Finding these proved to be the deciding factor in choosing our wedding colors, and blue and ivory became our official palette.

Since Daniel is such a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, we decided to use this as the theme of the groom’s cake. I made small flags out of Georgia-printed material for the backdrop and a small “G” emblem from a sports shop for the top. For the last cake, mom wanted to add initials, so she painted the wooden initials, added rhinestones and glued Popsicle sticks to the back to stick them in the cake. On this same table, we decided to do a candy buffet in blue and ivory colors and bought tags to identify the types of candy. From the same vendor, I received a candy buffet sign and a sign for my wishing tree. I thought it was a good idea to get wishes and advice from our guests at the wedding so we made a wishing tree. We took a vase and added LED lighted branches from Hobby Lobby and used tea-stained tags from Etsy for people to write down their words of wisdom. We added blue ribbons to hang the tags to the tree. The centerpieces for the tables were a collection of things that I liked.  We found beautiful, large iron lanterns that held three tea-light candles, and we used mirrors in the bottom to reflect the light. We sat the lanterns on top of Spanish moss, which reminded me of the trees in Savannah. We added starfish on top of the moss to bring in the beach feel and added two mason jars on to each side that had a tiny bouquet of baby’s breath. I gave Daniel the job of hanging café bulbs that I found at Target to give the reception a warm feel. The last touch to the tables was a thank you written on cardstock from a vendor on Etsy that expressed gratitude to our guests for making the journey to our wedding. We are proud to say, “we did it ourselves.”

Wedding Photography: Tea Olive Photography / Wedding Venue: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel in Tybee Island, Georgia / Floral Design: Kato Floral Designs / Event Coordination: Ray Anaya of Tybee Island Wedding Chapel / Event Design: Katie + Sherry Hill (The Bride + Her Mother) / Catering: Barnes Catering / Invitations: Wide Eyes Design / Wedding Cake: Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery / Burlap: Flowers by Viv in Jasper, Georgia / Paper Wisteria + Decor: DIY / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via La’ren Belle Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Ceremony Shoes: Michael Kors / Bride’s Reception Shoes: TOMS / Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather / Bride’s Necklace: Brass Boheme / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew “Ludlow” in Wheat

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St. Simons Island Wedding from Meghan Stewart Photography

Peanut butter and jelly, ice cream and hot fudge and St. Simons Island and downright magical weddings.  All things that are totally meant to be.  Case in point?  This stop-you-in-your-tracks Villa de Suenos affair captured by Meghan Stewart Photography.  Equal parts seriously elegant and DIY fabulous, it’s the kind of soiree that will take.your.breath away one uber-glamorous moment at a time… all while filling your day with some serious happy.  Care to join me in the gallery for all of the pretty? Click here for more.

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From the Bride… I loved planning every detail of our wedding day. I wanted the day that Joey and I had looked forward to for so long to be meaningful and timeless with a vintage, romantic style. We live in Kentucky but chose to have the ceremony and reception at Villa de Suenos in St. Simons Island, Georgia. It is a gorgeous, Mediterranean-style beach house with great ocean views and beautiful architecture. We invited only our closest family and friends.

The décor was a huge DIY project by my mom’s best friend. The colors I chose were pink and gold, and we added a lot of lace, crystal and brass accents. The flowers were mainly roses, but she also used hydrangeas, peonies and ranunculus. She created a beautiful floral backdrop for the wedding ceremony, flower balls that hung from the ceiling of the pavilion and several other beautiful floral accents. The centerpieces were tall floral arrangements in antique brass candelabras and beautifully-decorated boxes that my mother made. Several of our family members contributed making our wedding day meaningful.  One of my aunts married us. My great-grandfather, who could not be at the ceremony, recorded a very special prayer that was played during the ceremony. My mother-in-law made her homemade peach preserves for all of the guests. Another one of my aunts made the ring bearer’s pillow using a lace handkerchief that my mom bought in Venice, Italy. And yet another of my aunts did my hair and makeup.

It rained on our wedding day, so we had to have the ceremony under the pavilion instead of in the yard as originally planned. I had worried for months that it would rain and ruin the whole day, but it actually turned out perfect! The ceremony was so intimate under the pavilion. Joey and I felt like we were the only people in the room. It was a wonderful feeling! The day turned out to be more wonderful than I had ever imagined. Now Joey and I can look back at the breathtaking photos by our photographer Meaghan Stewart and remember this day forever.

Wedding Photography: Meghan Stewart Photography / Wedding Venue: Villa de Suenos in St. Simons Island, Georgia / Floral Design: Janie Tomek, A Family Friend / Officiant: An Aunt of the Bride / Catering + Wedding Cake: Straton Hall / Wedding Invitations: Beacon Lane / DJ: Joe Willie Sousa / Ring Bearer’s Pillow: An Aunt of the Bride / Peach Preserve Favors: The Mother of the Groom / Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Bridal and Formal / Bride’s Shoes: Pour La Victoire / Hair + Makeup: An Aunt of the Bride / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

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Sea Island Wedding from Brooke Roberts Photography

Nothing gets my heart fluttering quite like this sophisticated, stylish Sea Island wedding by Brooke Roberts Photography. All of the elements at play, like the classic floral arrangements and mouthwatering cake by Sea Island, are right on point.  I keep going back for one more glance of the The Cloister at Sea Island ceremony location – pure beauty! There’s more to love in the full gallery here. 

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From Brooke Roberts PhotographyThis event was a wedding weekend rather than just a wedding day. Tanja and Chris planned a three-day celebration for their families and guest that included a river cruise, fishing trips for the men, spa treatments for the women, a beach-side welcome party and cocktails, a stunning outside ceremony, a jaw-dropping reception and a sparkler fountain grand exit.

When looking for the perfect location to hold their wedding, Tanja made appointments at four of the finest venues the east coast had to offer. Sea Island was the first on her list to visit, and after driving up to the Cloister, she told her family they could cancel the other appointments — this was the venue. When walking through the garden with the Sea Island wedding team, they listed all of the wonderful details the wedding could include, and she said that they had her when they mentioned they could hang crystal chandeliers from the trees. Tanja’s inspiration for her wedding design was soft elegance. She wanted feminine touches without being too girlie or stuffy. Using a mixture of baby’s breath, delicate pale pink and cream roses and peonies to decorate the arch for the ceremony, the theme was carried through to the bouquets and table centerpieces.

The river cruise was held the first night for family and the wedding party as a fun and relaxed icebreaker event. The Cloister has it’s own beautifully restored 71-foot vintage yacht, The Cloister Belle. Everyone enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while relaxing in the warm summer breeze, accompanied by dolphins swimming at the boats bow. The evening before the wedding, as more guests arrived, Tanja and Chris’s families hosted a welcome party at Sea Island’s Beach Club overlooking the water. Set up on the ocean terrace under strands of glowing white paper lanterns, everyone was treated to an array of mouth-watering desserts, cocktails and music from a Jimmy Buffet-style band.

For the main event, Sea Islands event team had designed a ceremony site fit for a fairytale. In the glorious Cloister Garden, set under towering oaks hung with crystal chandeliers, was a green lawn filled with white chairs, the baby’s breath arch and an aisle decorated with cream rose petals and crystal candelabras. After the ceremony, guests were escorted to the Cloister Black Banks Terrace overlooking the tidal river and marsh to enjoy drinks before dinner. They mingled on the grand terrace that was decorated with large potted trees and watched as the sun set in the south Georgia summer sky. The final stage for the wedding celebration was perhaps the most elegant as the party moved into the Cloister Club Room. This glittering ballroom with massive crystal chandeliers opens up to yet another outdoor terrace that was also decorated with soft furnishings so that guest could mingle both inside and out. And for their grand exit, Tanja and Chris left in Sea Island style with a stream of sparklers that lined the long Cloister drive.

Wedding Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography / Wedding Venue: The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Sea Island / Wedding Cinematography: iMint Media / Wedding Cake: Sea Island / Wedding Invitations: Salutations / Wedding Dress: Unknown / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Adams + Ashley Edenfield / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Men’s Attire: Zegna

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Sea Island Wedding by Sarah DeShaw

Dreams of a Caribbean wedding quickly changed once this adorable couple saw the beauty of Sea Island. Their wedding is the perfect expression of all the elements they wanted to infuse like nature, comfort and style. They used the gorgeous oak trees as inspiration for their reception and just wait til you see all the pretty, pretty flowers! Sarah DeShaw captured each and every beautiful moment and there’s even more right here!

From the Bride… Mike and I are the perfect complement to each other. We met working at the New York City Economic Development Corporation together back in 2005. Our journey together has taken us from our workplace to Chicago and back to New York, where we settled in Brooklyn. We’ve been in Park Slope, Brooklyn since 2008.

When we first got engaged, we were planning on having a Caribbean wedding but quickly changed gears to embrace a more domestic yet still tropical locale. The Cloister at Sea Island was the best of both worlds. It had everything we needed for our guests to feel swept away but yet was still close enough to home. Once we decided on Sea Island, everything just flowed from there. At the invitation shop a beautiful ivory piece just jumped off the wall for me. I fell in love with the mossy green tree that was its motif. That tree, just like the ones our guests would travel under as they approached the resort, became our inspiration. It represented everything we wanted our wedding to be. Natural, inviting and beautiful. Expanding on that, Sea Island is surrounded not only by ocean and palm trees, but also lush, green lawns and large oak trees. We tried to incorporate moss green and chocolate brown throughout our wedding design. For the flowers, we used a cascade of beautiful spring flowers including peonies, ranunculus and, for a pop of color, blush pink roses. For the altar swag, we incorporated a lot of green and blush pinks in our flowers. We also used many, many candles throughout the reception to soften the lighting. I wanted everything to just glow!

When guests started arriving in Georgia, we wanted them to feel at home. So we treated them to a little of that famous Southern hospitality and some amazing BBQ, of course! The night set the tone for an inviting weekend. On the day of the wedding, we woke up to some rain clouds in the sky but were lucky enough to have it stay dry long enough for us to get married in the amazingly picturesque garden. It was my dream come true. At the reception, guests danced the night away in a softly-lit room with French doors that looked directly out to the ocean. Everyone dined on local cuisine and topped the night off with a beautiful cake with two intertwined chocolate birds on top! My favorite. It was the perfect Georgia night…

Wedding Photography: Sarah DeShaw / Wedding Venue: Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia / Wedding Planning: Danielle Elder of Classic Events NYC / Floral + Event Design: Sea Island / Wedding Stationery: Lion in the Sun / Ceremony Music: Music by Pegge / Music: Island Sound Live / Favors: Georgia Peach Cookies via Byrd Cookie Company / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Butter / Bride’s Earrings: Ippolita / Rings: David S. Diamonds / Hair: Steve Steve Hightower Hair Artists’ Studio / Makeup: Katherine Taylor / Groom’s Attire: His Own / Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Southern Soul Barbecue / Post Wedding Brunch Catering: Thyme It Right

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