The moment I laid eyes on this stunning Serenbe Farm wedding by Carla Gates I knew it needed to grace the pages of SMP Georgia ASAP. It has that level of lovely that is sure to inspire everyone who scrolls through this gorgeous gallery of images, and it’s topped off with so much sweetness you can’t help but smile. It’s pure prettiness from start to finish, and you can see why I was so excited to share it right here.
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As we eagerly began planning our wedding day, we knew we wanted a location that would give our family and friends a chance to get away for the weekend and enjoy spending time together. When we visited Serenbe it was love at first sight! From the beautiful Inn and cottages that made it easy to have our friends and family stay for the weekend, to the on-site locations available to host our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, as well as activities like daily animal feedings and bonfires, it was perfect! Michael and I love being outdoors, and were thrilled to find a venue that allowed us to host the entire event outside. Our vision for the wedding was “casual elegance” to maximize the natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere of the venue while incorporating beautiful romantic touches throughout the décor. I love neutrals, but also wanted to add a splash of soft pink to the color pallet to match the pearl design on my dress, so we added it in with the bridesmaids’ dresses and subtly into the flowers, invitations and programs. It came out so lovely!
We were so fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends to help with the planning and decorations as the wedding got closer! My mom and sister added so many sweet touches by putting ribbon around our invitations, creating bags for the guest rooms, creating labels for the favors, making hanging flower vases for the ceremony and much more. My dad even designed a wedding themed corn hole game for use throughout the weekend and purchased glow stick necklaces and bracelets, which were a huge hit at the reception! We were also blessed to have creative family friends to help with the artwork for our guestbook and signage!
Before long, the wedding day was upon us and the weather was absolutely amazing! The morning of, Michael and I were able to separately enjoy a relaxing breakfast with our family and friends at The Inn, and then spend more time with them getting ready. I had been a little concerned about being nervous when walking down the aisle, but seeing the faces of so many family and friends instantly calmed me and made me excited to have so many of our loved ones in one place. It was such an amazing day, even down to the reception where everyone danced all the way up until the sparkler exit, and we were so fortunate to have an incredible photographer who helped us capture beautiful pictures to remember it by forever.
Photography: Carla Gates Photography | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Lori | Wedding Dress: Watters | Floral Design: Gloriosa Design | Wedding Cake: Gloriosa Design | Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Event Design: Gloriosa Design | Makeup Artist: Veronica Sitterding | Band: Francisco Vidal | Groom's Attire: Allure Bridals | Grooms Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Bridal Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Bride's Veil: Something Tulle Bridal | Confetti, straws, and fondest memories cards: BHLDN | Garter: Something Tulle Bridal | Hairstylist: Alixx Hetzel | Placecards: BHLDN | Programs & Table Numbers: Paper Daisies Stationery | Wedding Coordination: Ashley Baber Weddings | Wedding Venue: Serenbe | Wishing Tree: Etsy
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If you hang out on SMP Georgia, you know I may just be the president of the Amy Arrington fan club. I could gush about her gorgeous images for days. Just take one look at all the pretty packed into this gallery, and you’ll feel the exact same way. Because not only does she capture some of the most swoon-worthy images around, she also seems to attract some of the loveliest couples. The result? Features like this one that couldn’t be prettier if it tried. See it all here.
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From the Bride… The wedding of Savonna Nicole Esker and James Caleb Atkins was performed outdoors at Flint Hill on August 3rd 2013. A string trio accompanied the wedding ceremony from an adjacent gazebo. The bride’s colors were pink and green. As part of the ceremony, the bride and groom placed sealed love letters and a bottle of wine into a box to be opened and enjoyed together in 10 years. Should the marriage encounter seemingly insurmountable difficulty before 10 years time, the couple is instructed to open the bottle of wine and read their love letters to each other.
Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Floral Design: A Divine Event | Cake: Alpine Bakery Trattoria | Catering: A Divine Event | DJ: Black Tie Events | Tuxes: Savvi | Reverend: All-faith weddings | Hair + Makeup: Brenda Tatum from Ambrosia Salon | String trio: Lark Chamber Music | Wedding Venue: Flint Hill
There is one word that comes to mind when I sift through this Velveteen Rabbit inspired baby shower gallery and that word is magic. Truly. Not a single thing has been left unearthed, no detail left unthought of. Every moment is absolutely dripping in the loveliest of lovely and I’m, officially, completely blown away. Beautifully captured by the talented Buffy Dekmar and designed by Simply Charming Socials I know exactly who I’ll be going to for any baby showers in my future.
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From Buffy.. Designed and orchestrated by Simply Charming Socials, this styled baby shower brunch brings to life a children’s classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. With watercolored hues, soft textures, and organic floral design by Gertie Mae’s, this brunch is quaintly inspired. Pastel velvet and linen are set against the cool neutrals of the Summerour Studios courtyard creating a scene that is both chilling and comforting, much like the familiar story itself. The creative culinary pieces by Sun in my Belly brighten the palette a bit with a range of sweet and savory menu items that compliment the color scheme. A super 8 film by Dekmar Films fits perfectly with the nostalgia of the story, culminating the sweetly styled details and the mood of the day. It was a joy to photograph this occasion.
Photography: Buffy Dekmar Photography | Cinematography: Dekmar Films | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Design, Styling, Coordination: Simply Charming Socials | Dessert: Sugar Style Events | Floral: Gertie Mae's Floral Studio | Furnishings: Settee Event Rentals | Paper Goods: Charlotte Lane | Venue: Summerour Studio
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