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A Georgia Wedding All About Southern Elegance

If you’ve been dreaming of a rustic wedding since you were a little girl, then this Georgia wedding is for you. From JL Designs‘ bouquet masterpiece filled with ranunculus, astilbe, roses and eucalyptus to the romantic ceremony in the woods, this Bride and Groom’s big day is rustic perfection. See it all from Expressions By Brandy in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Our wedding theme was Southern, natural, and a lot of cotton. Most ideas came from Pinterest.

Jacob and I both work at Walton EMC. I noticed him several years earlier but we never spoke. Jacob sent me a friend request through FB. We began talking as friends. We had the same beliefs in Christ, how children should be raised, and life in general. After a few months, he asked me on a date. I was excited and said absolutely! Our first date was at Longhorn’s Steakhouse in Athens, GA. We didn’t speak much. I think the shift from friend to date made us both a little nervous. After that I could tell we were both excited about each other. We continued to go on dates every week and decided we would not date anyone else.

On May 3rd 2015, Jacob asked me were I’d like to eat for my birthday. Since we normally eat dinner with friends for our birthdays, I wasn’t suspicious AT ALL! I picked Shokitini’s in Athens, GA. The sushi is amazing!!!! We had a group of about 10 people. They all knew that Jacob may ask me to marry him. Looking back now I can see how overly happy everyone was but at the time I thought nothing of it. During our dinner I got up to use the ladies room. When I got back Jacob had left the table and everyone was rearranged so that I was on the outside instead of the inside of the table. As Jacob walked back toward the table, he quickly got on his knees and back up before I realized he said “Will you marry me”!!!! When I looked down I saw a beautiful diamond and realized what he asked me! I started crying and said YES!

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Photography: Expressions By Brandy | Floral Design: JL Designs | Cupcakes: Bruce's Sweet Sensations | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Kay Jewelers | Rings: Tena's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Shane's Rib Shack | Venue: The Corry House | Bridal Boutique: David's Bridal

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The Ceremony Backdrop? A Staircase Filled With Candles!

I think every wedding needs a WOW moment, and this Atlanta “I do” totally delivered in that department. One look at their candle-covered ceremony backdrop and you’ll be inspired to create a dreamy design focal point of your own. Kendra Elise photographed, Imagine Video Productions filmed, and there’s even more to see inside The Vault!

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Classic

From Kendra Elise… Jasmine & Jon married on April 1, 2016 at the beautiful Summerour Studio in Atlanta. The couple recently moved to Atlanta from New York City. Growing up just a few blocks away from each other in New York City. They are huge foodies and love to travel! The wedding was classic & elegant with family joining the couple from NYC, Haiti, & beyond. The perfect touches of elegance with flowing flowers, romantic ceremony with a staircase full of candles.

From The Bride…We wanted to keep true to the garden theme. Our venue was a refurbished warehouse with a courtyard that resembles a Tuscan villa, so we played on that. We made sure to keep the color palette muted with tons of neutral tones, including soft gray, taupe, champagne, and ivory. We brought in some shimmer with mixed metal elements: candles, chandeliers, and accessories. Even our decorative pillows kept true to the color scheme!

I would describe our style vision to be a mixture of romantic, earthy and bohemian chic. The keyword for all design aspects was “flowy.” From the styling of our event drapery to the hairstyles my bridesmaids wore, we kept true to our vision.

My favorite detail was our altar and staircase decor. With rain looming over the weather forecast the week leading up to the big day; the decision to have our wedding ceremony inside versus the outdoor courtyard became final 5 hours before we walked down the aisle. Our floral designer was up for the challenge and completely delivered. We stood under a floral halo with dripping garden roses, amaranthus, and hydrangeas. Truly breathtaking and everyone agreed!

The theme for our flowers was lush green foliage. Once I started planning my wedding, I knew the typical wedding centerpieces were not going to cut it. I tasked my floral designer to use more greenery than flowers and to pile on the texture. Some of our arrangement favorites included: peonies, ranunculus, and succulents. We use over 300 candles to convey layers of light!

My advice for other brides is wedding coordinators and planners are essential, especially if you have a lot of DIY and individual touches! Also, make sure you hire a planner who seems to mesh and align with your vision from the beginning. It makes design meetings so much smoother.

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Photography: Kendra Elise | Cinematography: Imagine Video Production | Event Design: Crush Event Rentals | Event Planning: Kate And Campbell | Floral Design: Unique Floral Expressions | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham for Kleinfeld Kollection | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: endive publik house | Hair + Makeup: Blend Beauty Group | DJ: Mark Adams | Groom's Attire: Musika Frere | Officiant: reverend dawn | Harpist: Atlanta Harpist | Transportation: Special Day Limos | Venue: Summerour Studio | Bridal Boutique: Alita Graham for Kleinfeld Kollection | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: kate lamb

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A Summer Island Wedding with a Floral Covered Chuppah

Have you ever seen a 7 foot wedding cake? Or a chuppah so pretty it could bring you to tears? This, dear friends, is the kind of day that’s about to unfold all planned by industry guru, Tess Casey. You might recognize her floral design work from movies like Sex and the City or The Devil Wears Prada, so no surprise she was the genius behind this incredible celebration. With Trent Bailey behind the camera, you’d be crazy not to visit The Vault for an inside look.

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From Tess CaseyThe bride grew up going to Sea Island, so the natural place to have her wedding was on the beautiful Georgia Island. Wednesday night was an intimate family celebration held on the black banks terrace of the cloister. All the guests wore white and the bride wore blue. The flowers were garden snapdragons, pale blue hydrangea, coral peonies and olive branches in natural wooden boxes. The guests dined on the dock on farm tables with cream linen napkins tied with twine in the fisherman’s love Knot. Hanging custom nautical lanterns lit the dock as the sun went down. Thursday’s rehearsal dinner was held at the villa and had a european flair. All flowers were from a local farm market with bunches of hand tied herbs and copper lanterns all down long tables with white linen.

Friday night was a big southern party on rainbow island with huge baskets of peaches and wildflowers in spice cans on the picnic tables hanging overhead market lights and the open fire pit set the tone for the Southern bash. The love sign leaning against a huge tree at the end of the dock walk was a brilliant photo op for all. This Saturday celebration was held in tents on the beach and the ceremony was held on the beautiful old sail tent. A walkway was constructed on the beach in beige carpet with the hedges of babies breath and hanging green amaranthus.

Inside the tent a massive custom Chuppah was made from birch branches encased in lucite with hanging wisteria and orchids. It was a nod to the Southern Spanish moss hanging from the trees in the area. The bridal party carried flowers of garden roses, dusty miller, grape hyacinth, succulents, olive twigs and eucalyptus while the bride carried white peonies, garden roses and smilax. The reception was held in the custom built one-of-a-kind tent set overlooking the beach. The mixture of different styles and sizes from farm tables to beautiful oval and square tables, mini sofas, beautiful chairs, custom linens lend the night to grand southern estate affair. Hanging over every table suspended from the ceiling were phalaenopsis orchids and branches and over the huge dance floor were a collection of crystal chandeliers. All around the tent were huge trophy vases of blue and white hydrangea and massive urns of white peonies.

The dessert area which was a big reveal was inspired by Sophie Coppola’s movie Marie Antoinette. Here the desserts and cakes were displayed in crystal tables with hanging chandeliers. There were also wall mirrors and peacocks with six-foot tails and gilded birdcages tapered candles in crystal candelabra surrounded the 7 foot wedding cake.

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Cinematography: Trent Bailey Studio | Event Design: Aisling Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Connor | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Jewelry: Lulu Frost | Hair: DS Studio | Band: Vali | Groom's Attire: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Venue: Cottage 425 | Production: Marjorie Wolfson And Tess Casey | Tent Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals

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