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This Southern Bridal Party Proves the More the Merrier

With a bridal party of 20 (!!) these sweethearts prove that their celebration was about the more the merrier. A truly Southern affair filled with tradition, a historic cake topper, and heirloom linens, Jacqui Cole Photography captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you to pin in The Vault!

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyThis beautiful couple wed in the bride’s home town of Macon, Georgia on February 27th 2016. Almost 400 guests attended their wedding, from all over the country, which really goes to show what kind souls they both are! The bride’s family own a pecan farm, so they chose subtly incorporate the pecan motif on many of the paper goods and guest welcome bags. Guests were even gifted a little packet of the families’ very own pecans!

While many of the wedding day moments were centered around traditions, the unique touches that were included really made their wedding one to remember. The couple chose to enjoy a first look to really maximize the time they could spend together on their wedding day. With a bridal party of 20 they also wanted to make sure they had a enough time to enjoy the day with all of their friends!

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the grand Macon Terminal Station where they enjoyed cocktail hour with classic southern hors d’oeuvre passed around. The couple incorporated many unique and personal touches to their wedding day. Lauren Summers Hodgens did an incredible job of planning and incorporating the sentimental southern traditions within the wedding day. It was extremely important for this bride and groom to include their families rich history and traditions. The cake topper was from the bride’s parent’s wedding cake and some of the linens were actually from her grandparent’s wedding! The florals were loose, organic and incorporated many natural green elements. The true statement of the reception was the incredible historic train station!

It’s clear to see the Mr&Mrs had a blast at the reception! The Voltage Brothers band was absolutely incredible and we even found the bride and groom up on stage during the night! They exited their reception to a beautiful vintage car and rode away waving thanks to all their guests. This wedding was such a joyful, beautiful day that was such a joy to capture – I couldn’t be more thrilled for the new Mr and Mrs!

From the Bride… We envisioned a traditional, elegant, Southern occasion surrounded by all of our closest family and friends who encouraged us along the way. We didn’t have a color theme or palette but rather we wanted everything to tie back to the idea of family. The wedding weekend began with the bridal luncheon at the bride’s childhood home. Minutes before guests began arriving, the bride and her two sisters spent time reliving their mother’s of wedding thumbing through her album their mom. As guests began arrived, the bride’s aunt played the piano from sheet music the bride’s grandmother once used to play the organ in their small town for weddings. At the luncheon, each table told a family story – the bride collected beautiful, special heirloom pieces and mixed and matched with the groom’s family. For instance, china from her grandmother, silver from his, napkins from his great grandmother and vases from the bride’s mother all told a story of two families coming together to celebrate the occasion. A little place card on each table told the story of the pieces.

On their wedding day, the bridesmaids came back to the bride’s childhood home to be surrounded my memories, laughs and a few tears.They married in the church where the bride grew up and the pastor was a longstanding figure throughout her childhood. The bride wore her mother’s veil made of Brussels lace her mother purchased while living abroad more than 40 years ago and her two younger sisters plan to wear it as well. The bride also carried a handkerchief that the groom’s maternal grandmother carried during her wedding – the bride and groom married in the their 60th year of marriage. During the reception, the groom’s grandparents danced to the song “May I Have This Dance?” that reminded them when they met at a dance 60 years ago in October. 

There were so many happy tears shed – tears of joy, appreciation, admiration. The whole weekend focused on love, happiness and genuinely bringing together all the people who made us the people we are today – a memory of the totally overwhelming love and support is what we will always remember.  

Our weekend would not have been possible without our wedding planner who is the most kind, selfless, creative, organized person we know. When we got engaged, we knew that we wanted her to help. She kept our best interests always at the forefront of her mind and navigated others with poise and grace always stopping to ask, “Is this what you want in your heart? Does this feel good to you?” Reflecting back on our engagement experience, she allowed us to focus on one another and our loved ones while she quietly handled the details. 

One piece of practical advice I received was to look for occasion outfits (like for a luncheon, shower or party) when you are in the mood and light years before you need them. It makes the experience fun, takes the pressure off and of course you never find something when you need to! More sentimental advice is choose a few things that are important to you and prioritize them. For me, it was this element of family and that helped guide the other pieces of our planning.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Summers Hodgens | Floral Design: Mary Pinson Flowers | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Lisa Mae Cakes | Invitations: Arzberger Stationers | Catering: Two’s Company | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Jane Salon | Lighting: Tom McCampbell MMI | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Venue: Macon Terminal Station | Beverage Services: Vineville Beverage | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Tent Rentals: Macon Tent Rentals

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Craving Sunshine? This Outdoor E-Sesh Is Just What You Need

In the event that you needed a lil’ sunshine to brighten up your day then you’re in luck. Because today we’ve got a beautiful dose of Vitamin D coming your way. Sawyer Baird captured the sweetest e-sesh to share that we know you’re going to l-o-v-e. Best part? We’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Sawyer BairdEse + Jack decided on a simple yet stylish engagement session just south of the city (where their May wedding will soon take place). When talking over locations we all agreed on something completely not urban would do the trick. When placing two people with such an amazing style and personality in such a simple environment their true colors came to shine. Not only is this engagement session so so raw and real, but it is full of love as well.

From the amazing laughter and smiles…and yes, Ese’s amazing shoes…(can we get a yes please?!) I can only image what their big day has in store.

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Location: Serenbe

High-Tops and a Designer Dress — How a Stylish Blogger Says “I Do”

A glamorous Jenny Packham wedding dress and a pair of high-top Converse — only a super stylish Bride, like blogger Lady Flashbackcould pull it off. And she does. But that’s not the only cool factor of this Georgia wedding. From the vintage horse-drawn plow turned ceremony arbor to mini wedding cakes in a variety of yummy flavors, this day from Ben And Colleen is full of rustic wedding inspiration. See it all in The Vault!

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From Ben And Colleen…Jess (lifestyle blogger Lady Flashback and Dustin (mechanical engineer) met at the Shaky Knees music festival in Atlanta Georgia. It was pouring rain and they spent the day huddled under a broken umbrella (which they kept and later walked down the aisle with just after the kiss!)

Jess planned every bit of her wedding herself, down to the last detail. 

From The Bride…Hair and makeup by A Glamour Affair who did a fantastic job on me and all my ladies! Everyone came with a photo for the stylists and it was replicated perfectly. We were all impressed with their work!

I don’t know what I would have done without my girls there helping, calming, hanging and making me laugh. Meanwhile the guys were out in the pasture shooting skeet like true Southern gentlemen! Even if you’re not into guns, this is pretty sexy!

This activity was such a nice touch to the day and all the guys really enjoyed the bonding! At the end of the day my dad gifted the above gun to Dustin. It’s special because it was the gun his dad (my Papa Joe who passed away many years ago) shot his first deer with and it’s a Winchester (which is my new last name) model 12. Meant a lot to both of us. The grooms suite was so fitting! It had a taxidermy deer head and a gun safe, the ultimate man cave!! Dustin made tie clips for his groomsmen and himself and I think you’d agree-they turned out great! Couple’a Google searches and a stamping kit and he was off! Love his DIY spirit!

Before we walked down the isle we got in our group shots between all the Fall goodness happening in the front yard. How great did everyone’s dresses look together??!! Not only did it make things so easy but I love the outcome of giving the ladies the freedom to choose their style and fit! And for the guys, we rented the suits and gave the ties as a gift along with the DIY’d clips.

Evan Leggoe handled the floral design for the wedding. We met up and chatted about what I liked and from there she came up with a game plan and shopping list that I bought at a wholesale place in town. Day before the wedding Dustin and I picked up the flowers and had them waiting for her at the venue. On the day of she did everything onsite and KILLED IT. Just wait till you see the arbor! She made my arbor dreams come true! Bet you’re wondering what the actual structure is, I didn’t have a clue until it was explained to me that it’s an old horse-drawn plow. We thought it was so unique and loved the idea of going a different route but still giving me the arbor I wanted.

The invitations were home-made using a cyanotype process invite that Mom and I put in lots of sweat (no blood or tears included but we came close) into, then Dustin worked long and hard to stamp. We love how they turned out!

When it came to the reception decor I knew exactly what I wanted. Not joking when I say I illustrated out in Photoshop what I envisioned the tables looking like. Obviously couldn’t do it myself so it was left up to those organizing the florals and props and they (ahem, Evan) nailed it in every way! When we were doing our portrait session I got a glimpse of the crew working on the tables and was over joyed because I realized it was all coming together flawlessly. Chargers, flatware and linens rented through Sun in my Belly and the sugar molds and decor rented through venue.

Because we picked the pasture as our ceremony location we had to have something to drive myself and my dad to the alter otherwise it would have been a long walk or golf cart ride. Sweet Meadows had posted a wedding on their blog a while ago that used this old taxi cab a local resident had restored. I fell in love and asked if we could track down the guy. He agreed and was really sweet. So glad it worked out because it was truly perfect for the transportation and photos!

Having Dad in the ride to the ceremony made for some special memories. He’s a big time goofball and was doing all these ridiculous things making me laugh which helped the nerves! I was sad that neither Dustin nor I had grandparents at the wedding but so grateful to have all our parents by our side.

There were aspects of our wedding that were non-traditional because well, we are millennials and that’s how we roll! For example, our friend Kyle got certified and married us. He added humor and kept the mood fun and relaxing-perfect man for the job!

I’ll be honest, I was FREEZING! It really affected being able to remember the vows, haha! But we laughed our way through it and had a good time.

Speaking of vows, we did the whole hear and repeat deal. We knew we’d both be full of so many emotions (I’m a wedding cryer) so we opted for the more chill route which was perfect!

Lastly, the best part, THE PARTY!

After the ceremony we moved the guests up to the barn for happy hour and apps while Dustin and I finished up photos with our family. Then we made our grand entrance with a first dance as husband and wife. We chose our favorite song, “Closer” by St Lucia. It was unrehearsed and fun! We know all the lyrics and sang them to one another between laughs.

“I’ve got a feeling we will never get closer than this
I can’t imagine there’s a way to get closer than this”

-Seemed very appropriate!

Following our dance and mingling for a 15-20 minutes Dustin and I each grabbed a signature cocktail and went off and had that private meal. Our caterer was the wildly popular and local Sun in My Belly. They did a fantastic job with not only the food but also the set up and handling of the flow. I know that people want to make you feel good about your wedding but we had sooooo many attendees tell us the food was the best they’ve ever had at a wedding and then tell us they weren’t just saying that! Seriously, they crushed the menu! Our favorite app was the fried green tomato topped with pimento cheese and favorite entree was the shrimp and grits-can you tell we are both Southerners??!!

Since our venue was over an hour outside of the city it made finding a wedding cake that didn’t require a $100-$150 travel fee difficult. After lots and lots of email let downs I decided to go with an easier idea – multiple smaller cakes that could be easily transported. So glad we went with this route! We used Metro Bakery and asked friends to pick up for us. They were delicious and gave our guests plenty of options! I only tried two, the lemon zinger (lemon cake, raspberry filling, lemon cream cheese frosting) and cuatro leches (yellow cake soaked in four milks, kahlua buttercream frosting)-both moist and packed with flavor!

We had the traditional list of speeches before the real party went down. Since it had started sprinkling and everyone was inside we all just stood around the barn making it more casual which I really liked! Dustin and I love to dance and so do our friends! At one point they formed a circle around us and would jump in to have a dance with him, me or BOTH! So many special moments to cherish.

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Photography: Ben and Colleen: Wedding Photographers | Floral Design: Evan Leggoe | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Hair + Makeup: A Glamour Affair | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Sweet Meadow | Hair Accessories: Anna Marguerite | Tie: The Tie Bar

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