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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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Summer
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Al Fresco

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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Rustic-Meets-Romantic North Georgia Mountain Wedding

Molly Mae Events said it best: “This wedding just makes me happy. Perhaps it was the breathtaking view from where the ceremony and reception took place, or it could be the perfectly picked colors that complemented the backdrop just right.” It could also be the gorgeous stationery from Paper Daisies or the beautiful blooms by Southern Stems. No matter what your favorite detail, every moment captured by Carla Gates Photography in The Vault is sure to make you swoon!

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Spring
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Ballroom
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Elegant

From Molly Mae EventsThis wedding just makes me happy. Perhaps it was the breathtaking view from where the ceremony and reception took place, or it could be the perfectly picked colors that complemented the backdrop just right. There is one thing that is certain, and it is Megan and Brian just make me happy. After a first date at a cabin weekend one Fall, they played hooky the following Monday to spend just one more day together. A romance that started in the natural beauty of the North Georgia Mountains, it was appropriate the start of their life as husband and wife would follow suit.

Megan and Brian were married on May 30, 2015 at the beyond stunning Waterfall Club in Clayton, Georgia. They promised their life and love to each other overlooking Lake Burton where the bride spent every summer growing up. You could actually see her grandmother’s lake house from where they stood. Surrounded by only the closest family and friends, the backdrop to the very beginning of their new life together was something from a fairytale. Guests were invited to continue enjoying the view with dinner, drinks and dancing.

To not take away from the raw, natural beauty of their venue, the bride chose neutral colors of greens, whites, ivories and grays – colors that just seemed meant to be for a venue like the Waterfall Club. The use of fresh herbs throughout incorporated a fresh, organic feel, while countless candles added the ultimate romantic touch.

A late night appearance of the infamous King of Pops and grand sparkler exit was the perfect ending to a the start of a perfect life.

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Photography: Carla Gates Photography | Event Planning: Molly Mae Events | Floral Design: Southern Stems | Wedding Dress: Jason Alexander Bridal | Cake: Cakes By Vivien | Invitations: Charles Willis / Crane & Co. | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Makeup: Jessica Marie Beauty | Hair: Shaglam | DJ: Rob Clark | Groomsmen Attire: Bridals by Guffey's | Ceremony Music: Lisa Handman | Venue: Waterfall Club

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Classic Black Tie Wedding at the St. Regis Atlanta

I have a special spot in my heart for traditional black tie weddings and that adoration isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But add some chic Southern style to the mix and my breath quickens and my hands start shaking in excitement because you just KNOW it’s gonna be good. And this gem, captured by Lauren Kinsey and created by the crazy talented Amy Osaba, is just that and more. From the fabulous fashion to the bouquets I want to live in, it’s all in our Vault for us to enjoy pic after pic!

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Summer
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ChurchHotel
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Classic

From the Bride… Once deciding to marry in Atlanta, my childhood home and a city that holds such a special place in my heart, it did not take long to choose the venues. We knew we wanted a traditional Southern black tie wedding with some unexpected twists that paid homage to the city and region’s heritage. Finding a wedding planner was tricky because I wanted a very specific aesthetic and it was important that nothing felt too contrived or predictable. It did not take long after finding Amy Osaba to know that she would be the perfect fit and a dream to work with.

The ceremony took place in my church, First Presbyterian of Atlanta, which also happens to be one of the oldest and most beautiful sanctuaries in town. The reception, immediately following the 6:30 in the evening service, took place at the St. Regis Atlanta. Located in the heart Buckhead, the ballroom and terrace used for the cocktail hour and sit down dinner were the perfect combination of glamour, elegance and brought the exact ambiance that we were hoping to achieve. The late summer night was beautiful and an outdoor whiskey bar and cigar roller under bistro lights and gorgeous stars painted a perfect canvas. Inside the ballroom were meticulously set long tables profiling the dance floor, cake, furniture vignettes and the moss wall backdrop for the stage and 14-piece band. With a large hanging floral installation above the main table and ethereal lighting and flower arrangements thoughtfully placed all over the timeless ballroom it painted the picture of an enchanted garden.

It was easy to see and feel all of the attention to detail and careful attentiveness that took place in selecting everything from start to finish. The night was an absolute dream come true and everything we had hoped for and more!

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Design: Amy Osaba | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Of Atlanta | Reception Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Atlanta

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