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Vintage English Garden Wedding from Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

I’m just going to start off this post by telling you to read the darling bride’s description of the day, because she and her dapper hubby?  Seriously awesome.  The kind of awesome that plans a budget-friendly English garden-inspired wedding, complete with crazy gorgeous DIY details, vintage stylings and a TARDIS.  Yep, you heard me.  They had a TARDIS.  And every ounce of my being wants to be their bestie just for that very reason.  Oh, and the gallery captured by Michelle Landreau?  Simply amazing.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… My husband and I dated for 10 years before finally tying the knot. When planning our wedding, my main goal was to create an event that represented both of our personalities. I wanted something that would be timeless; vintage simplicity with a touch of geek chic.

We decided on a small, intimate wedding that would include our closest family and friends. With a guest list of just 60 people and a tight budget of $10,000, we decided on a Sunday morning wedding. This is a great option for a budget conscious bride since most venues have lower costs on Sundays. In addition, it helped accommodate our many out of town guests since they could travel on Saturday.

Our theme was a traditional English garden wedding. Our ceremony took place at 10:30 am in the garden followed by a High Tea reception, complete with scones, clotted cream, and finger sandwiches. My splurge was the china for our table settings which I rented from Vintage English Teacup china rentals. I wanted mismatched vintage china on all the tables in keeping with the vintage English theme. All the china was so beautiful and was set off by simple white lace tablecloths.

Since I am crafty and we were on a budget, I chose to do a lot of DIY projects for the wedding. In place of dancing, we decided on lawn games in the garden. We purchased unpainted cornhole boards, ring toss, and giant Jenga. My husband and I painted all the games in our wedding colors. I also made yards and yards (probably 50 yards total!) of bunting, to decorate the staircase in the garden and many of the tables. This was time consuming but really tied the inside and outside spaces together.

The guestbook table was also a lot of fun to create. Since our wedding was so small, I was able to get wedding photos of all the married guests attending. I printed these out in black and white and used them to decorate the guestbook table by attaching them to ribbons in our wedding colors. I loved seeing everyone looking for their own wedding photo and reminiscing.

One of my favorite touches was the use of fresh lavender throughout the wedding in different details. The florist tied bushels of fresh lavender to the chairs down the aisle. I made a lavender simple syrup to be used in our signature cocktail, a lavender champagne. And my mother put together small pots of lavender for our thank-you gifts, tied with the same fabric I used to create the bunting.

To top it all off, we had the most amazing photo booth! My husband and I are both huge fans of Dr. Who, a classic British TV show that has been around since the 1960′s. I was able, thorough a network of fans, to find and rent a TARDIS to be used as the photo booth. I personally made small chalk boards and other photo booth props and I am in love with the pictures from our photo booth. It was definitely one of the quirky highlights that made our wedding uniquely ours.

In the end, our wedding really represented both our personalities and I was so happy how everything came together to create a cohesive and enjoyable event. I wouldn’t change a thing and although it went by fast, it truly was a happy, perfect day.

Photography: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Cake: Confection Perfection | Shoes: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Raney O'Keefe | Ceremony Music: The Vauxhall Garden Variety Players | Groom's Tie: Burberry | Groom\'s Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: The Whitlock Inn

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Garden Wedding at the Brumby Hall and Gardens from Brita Photography

Brita Photography always sends us weddings that are not only as pretty as they come, but also as sweet as they come – and this little colorful beauty is the perfect example. Filled with equal parts heart and adorable details, there isn’t an image in this gallery that won’t make you smile from ear to ear. See them all here.


From Brita Photography…Jeff and Lauren share this sweetness together that just brings a smile to your face and warms your heart. The way they look at each other, it’s like they can read each other’s minds without saying anything at all. My favorite part of their day was when Lauren walked up to see her future husband for the first time. She ascended the brick steps and made her way between the garden hedges; she lightly touched Jeff’s shoulder and they shared the biggest hug. It was so romantic and sweet. Lauren is a designer herself and made all the wedding stationery from their invitations to their programs. The table centerpieces had gorgeous terrariums filled with succulents and soft flowers. Her bridal bouquet had succulents, too! It was perfect.

Jeff and Lauren were absolutely made for each other and it was such a privilege to be invited into their special day to capture them as they are together, with all their closest friends and family.

After their ceremony in the Perennial Garden, Jeff and Lauren had their first dance under a gazebo, strung with golden lights. It was the perfect start to celebrate the night away as Mr. and Mrs.!!

Photography: Brita Photography | Videographer: Limestone Films | Wedding Coordinator: Simply Special Events, Kendall Stein | Floral Design: Carither's Events | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Wedding Cake: Gabriel's Desserts | Ceremony Venue: Perennial Gardens - Brumby Hall and Gardens | Reception Venue: Topiary Gardens - Brumby Hall & Gardens | Hair and Makeup: Medalyn Salon | DJ: Marquee Events | String Trio: Luna Strings | Wedding Invitations and Signage: Lauren Anderson Creative

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Marietta Georgia Wedding from Twin Hearts Photography

This darling bride makes me happy.  And once you read her sweet description of the day, you will most definitely agree.  Because even though the weather forecast was a solid 100% chance of rain (yes, 100%!), you would never have guessed it from her uber-bubbly, uber-smiley personality.  And let’s face it, rainy day weddings are the best, anyway… don’t you agree?  Twin Hearts Photography was on hand to capture every love-filled moment and it’s a gallery chock-full of sweet DIY details and a whole lot of pretty.  Join me there for every ounce of lovely.

From the Bride… Navy is my favorite color and one of my many inspirations for the day! Believe it or not, I had a difficult time finding pictures of weddings that incorporated navy without feeling too “nautical.” I wanted an outdoor wedding that brought preppy to the table with a little rustic flair. Many of the details were thought of over glasses of wine with friends and of course, my best wedding planner of all, my mom!

Wade and I got engaged May of 2012 and I couldn’t wait to begin planning! The reception venue is the home of my parents’ very best friends and that was the first thing checked off the list! Next, I wanted to find a dress, because I felt that my dress would influence many of my decisions moving forward. I found the dress at White Dress by the shore (a fabulous boutique in Clinton, Connecticut with the most beautiful location and friendliest staff to wait on you hand and foot!).

The bridesmaids’ dresses were next on the list and while I absolutely love them, the designer (Emma Graham) went out of business this Spring.

So many of the details were projects I worked on over the course of the year or things I borrowed from friends and family. My sister crafted all of the chalkboards and I worked on custom wine labels that I would stick on our many bottles of Chardonnay. Since we were married on Kentucky Derby Day, the flowers were arranged in Mint Julep cups that I collected from friends! I also borrowed the classic Southern blue and white china vases from our friends in Marietta! The Jack Daniels barrels came from a friend’s farm in Nashville. Wade and I graduated from the University of Georgia and he insisted on having UGA as his cake! My grandmother also found a beautiful brooch from her mom that I was so excited to use as a part of my bouquet! The spirit of family and love could be felt throughout the evening!

Keeping in Southern tradition, the food cannot be overlooked! Epting Events truly outdid themselves with short ribs, mashed potatoes and spinach gratin. They put together two small plate stations- one with four different types of salads and the other, a pork tenderloin slider with grits and green beans. Shrimp cocktail, orzo salad with asparagus, tomato and mozzarella… just delicious!

But most of all, I wanted my wedding to feel like a party. Not stuffy or “over planned.” When we received the 100% chance of rain, I just went with it! We bought lots of flip flops so everyone could dance and not ruin their shoes. I had my sister design the chalkboard reminding everyone that it’s 100% going to rain, so just have fun! We went from an outdoor wedding to a clear tent wedding and it was just amazing. You could see the pouring rain hitting the tent and with the lights, it was simply magical. It turned out to be quite a memorable event and everyone stayed until the last song was played by the band! Oh, and the cops were called three times because we were having so much fun!

Photography + Cinematography: Twin Hearts Photography | Ceremony Venue: The First Presbyterian Church of Marietta | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Floral Decor: Jeryl Johnson | Event Planning + Design + Catering: Epting Events | Invitations: Paper Affair | Groom’s Cake: Gabriel’s | Music Trio: Cobalt Strings | Band: The Grapevine | Wedding Dress: Amsale via The White Dress by the Shore | Shoes: Kate Spade

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