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Tybee Island Wedding from Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

There’s really nothing better than an entire weekend of festivities to celebrate your wedding. And this adorable couple got things started off in quite the unique way with a surprise murder-mystery rehearsal dinner. Talk about a fabulous way to break the ice and get everyone involved. TAKEN Photography captured all the beautiful details of this pretty destination wedding at Tybee Island Wedding ChapelBe sure to meet us in the gallery for more.

From Tybee Island Wedding Chapel… Courtney and Ryan planned their destination wedding for Tybee Island, Georgia. This amazing couple planned an entire weekend for their guests. The weekend began as the Rehearsal dinner was hosted on Tybee Island’s vintage 1960′s pier. The pier stretched out over the Atlantic ocean provided the back drop for the surprise murder-mystery dinner that the couple planned! 

Courtney and Ryan’s wedding ceremony took place inside the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. As guests poured into the sanctuary, Courtney relaxed in the Bridal suite. The Bridal suite overlooks the entrance to The Chapel, were she eagerly watched her guests arrival. After the Ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. escaped to the Atlantic beach for some romantic photo opportunities. Meanwhile, their guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio of The Chapel. Guests were served hand passed hors d’oeuvres.

The reception dinner was served in the Chapel lounge by Paula Deen’s restaurant, Lady and Sons. After a few speeches and blessings, the guests were escorted back into the main sanctuary of the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel. The sanctuary had been converted into the second part of the reception. The Wedding cake was a classic creation with a unique spin. The words airbrushed on the cake are the lyrics of the song “Crazy Love” by the band Pepper, and it is the song that Ryan proposed to Courtney to during a concert in Atlanta.  The design was created by TEKST Artist who worked with the couple and Tier Luxury Cakes when creating the picture.

Wedding Photography: Alicja Colon from TAKEN Photography / Wedding Venue: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel / Event Planning: First City Events / Floral Design: Urban Poppy Designs / Officiant: Reverend Steve Schulte / Catering: Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons / Cake: TIER Luxury Cakes / Hair + Makeup: Dollface by Jules / Hair: ONY Salon

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Sunbury Wedding from Gray Harper Event Maker

What is it about live oak trees that makes us all weak in the knees just thinking about them? Seriously, are they not the most perfect environment to say your I Do’s in? Not only was this wedding super pretty and filled with adorable details like hand made cornhole boards and bags adorned with the bride and groom’s silhouettes, it also looks like it was one heck of a party judging from these images by Jade + Matthew Take PicturesSee it all right here.

Samantha and Jacob had three important criteria for their Georgia farm wedding. First, a beautiful outdoor open setting. Second, good food and amazing drinks! And third, personal touches throughout. Dunham Farms, located in Sunbury, Georgia, was the most beautiful venue. Set right on a marsh, with a horse, and huge live oaks everywhere. It is completely unique, private and so, so elegant. The farm has distinct locations for each part of your day, so guests were able to move from the ceremony (tucked among the live oak trees), to the cocktail hour (overlooking the marsh), to the reception (in an open field by the poolhouse). It made each piece of the day feel even more special than the last and gave guests the opportunity to see different parts of the farm. Because the food was important to the couple, they chose Cha Bella catering (on a recommendation from Andrea, the owner/lead designer at Gray Harper Event Maker). Everything was delicious, and guests enjoyed smoked oysters, shrimp and grits, and locally sourced cheese and honey to name a few.

Andrea worked very closely with Sam on a variety of projects for the wedding. First, Andrea created an adorable ceremony backdrop using ribbon and tissue paper; this was so important to Sam, and she had mentioned it at their very first meeting. Andrea and Sam spent months collecting and wrapping old jars with yard, ribbon and thread. In the end, over 300 jars were used throughout the entire wedding. The groom’s family made the cornhole boards, while Andrea sewed up the sacks using silhouettes of the bride and groom, which the bride designed herself. The centerpieces were a collection of burlap-covered, cylindrical vases, vintage beer cans, succulents and flowers, all put together by the wedding party.

Wedding Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures / Wedding Venue: Dunham Farms in Sunbury, Georgia / Event Design + Planning: Gray Harper Event Maker / Bouquets + Boutonnieres: Urban Poppy / Centerpieces: Gray Harper Event Maker + Bridal Party / Catering: Cha-Bella / Desserts: M Sweet Desserts / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Families of the Bride & Groom / Lighting: JLK Events / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Bleubelle Bridal

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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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