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A Secret Garden Wedding Complete With Dreamy Dress + DIY Details

Tucked away in a secret garden, a beautiful Bride says “I do” to her college sweetheart, surrounded by DIY details she created herself, from the watercolor invitations to the programs, signs and more… no, this isn’t a fairytale, it’s real life and Sawyer Baird’s pretty pics prove it all. Simply Charming Socials planned and coordinated all the beauty and our Vault as the happily ever after – see it all here!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… Austin and I met during our sophomore year of college, when some mutual friends brought us together and things went swiftly from first introductions to becoming an inseparable crew of about 10 people that would spend nearly every weekend together from then on out. A year after we met we were dating, and five years after that Austin was down on one knee on a gorgeous spring day in Whistler, B.C., asking me to spend forever with him. Our relationship has been defined from the start by our mutual love for spontaneity, fun, and adventure – and that’s exactly how we wanted our wedding day to feel too.

The vision I had for our big day was a combination of discovered, natural beauty, and soft, romantic details. I’ve always loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and was totally willing to travel (something we love to do anyway) to find the perfect venue. I wanted someplace naturally beautiful without a lot of man-made elements or forced decoration. The second I stepped through the gates of Dunaway Gardens, I knew we had found it. The old stone amphitheater and secret-garden-esque feel of the place had me swooning! It felt like discovering some old and long-forgotten grounds of an European estate, only they were actually tucked away in a sleepy Georgia town. It was perfect.

I’m a graphic designer by trade, so I always knew I’d have a hand in creating the smaller details of the day. I especially wanted to tackle the wedding paper myself, and while it was a huge –and at times daunting– task, I’m so glad I took it on. I’m not a “traditional” (read: paintbrush and pen) kind of artist, but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and create something unique and meaningful for our invitation suite. So I experimented with a vision I had in mind and sought out guidance from some talented friends before ultimately going with a hand-torn and individually painted set in a vibrant green watercolor. I think Austin probably thought I was crazy for staying up into the small hours of the morning for weeks and converting our whole living room into a giant drying rack, but when all was said and done, they came out just as I’d envisioned. I loved going through and pairing each suite, sealing and embossing inner envelopes, addressing with traditional ink and pen and even tracking down an assortment of vintage stamps from a local collector I’d found. It was a huge labor of love, but I had so much fun doing it.

The little details have always been what I enjoy the most, so I made sure we left a personal touch on every aspect of the day, from the program fans that highlighted must-see areas of the gardens (thanks to the illustrative talents of a dear friend), to a number of signs that lead our guests through the day with subtle jokes sprinkled throughout as payoff to those who actually read them. My amazing mother helped package our succulent favors in little clear takeout boxes with black pebbles and finished with the same wax seal we’d used in the invitation suite. We made custom painted hangers for each of my bridesmaids and gave each of them vintage handkerchiefs with their initials on them (to use in case of happy tears!). My parents also gifted me with an old handkerchief of my grandmother’s (she’s 92, still quick-witted as ever, and absolutely my spirit animal). They had it embroidered with a sweet message that almost immediately made me want to smear teary-eyed mascara all over it.

Over all, the day was everything I could’ve wished for. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends in a beautiful place to celebrate our love for each other and the start of our next great adventure together in life – and that’s just about all you can ask for!

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning + Design: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Wrennwood Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bride's Shoes: Guess | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Emily Rich | Calligraphy + Invitations: By the Bride | DJ: Amp'd Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Catering + Cake: Epting Events

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Sweet + Simple Island Wedding With a Touch of Teal

Sometimes all you need is a the tiniest touch of color is all you need to completely transform your wedding palette, and for this sweet St. Simon’s celebration a little pop of teal did just the trick. See all the pretty through Kylie Martin’s lens and head to the The Vault to keep the color crushing going.

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Spring

From Kylie Martin PhotographyKatie and Kyle gathered their friends and family on the beautiful island of St. Simon on a warm summer afternoon. Katie’s personality and hand were involved in every immaculate detail of the day. They created a relaxed environment filled with beautiful tones and intricate details. The color palette played off of the giant trees that cascade over the venue property. The primary focus of their day was to create lasting memories and beautiful experience from start to finish for their guests. The day was filled with stunning light and laughter with friends and the evening was spent dancing to a live band as the sun set over the marsh. Katie and Kyle created a day full of love that was an absolute reflection of them as a couple, by focusing on the experience they were able to enjoy their day and absorb it fully.

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Photography: Kylie Martin | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Invitations: Katie Hammock | Bride's Shoes: Tibi New York | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Xada Rae Baxter | Venue: Captain's Bluff St. Simon Island | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Photography - Assistance: Tulle & Grace

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Burgundy + Buried Bourbon Set the Tone for This Southern Affair

For the classic bride looking to incorporate a bit of color: this wedding is for you. A sweetly Southern affair drenched in deep hues of burgundy, bits of bourbon, and the most stunning lace veil we’ve ever seen, it’s low-country meets high style that you’re sure to love. With Simply Sarah Photography capturing every moment of marital bliss, you’ll want to piece through this gallery pronto. See it all in The Vault!

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Seasons
Summer
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…David and I met while David was working in Australia. After a year of dating in Australia David’s company wanted him to move to Savannah, Georgia. We instantly fell in love with Savannah’s moss-draped oaks, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront.

As most of our guests were flying in from Australia and all corners of the United States we really wanted to share the same Southern hospitality that we had felt when we first moved to Savannah. It was important to us to make sure that all of our guests felt loved and included not only on our wedding day but throughout their entire stay. We looked for special ways to include our guests wherever we could so that by our wedding day everyone would feel like family. Throughout the weekend our guests were invited to join us for a low-country boil, a trolley tour of the Historic District and a riverboat cruise along the Savannah River.

When looking for a venue we could not go past the charming Whitefield Chapel. The quaint chapel surrounded by the beautiful grand oaks dripping in Spanish Moss perfectly captured the beauty of The South. Our catering company worked with us to come up with a menu consisting of local favorites including shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles and our baker sourced locally farmed, in-season produce to create the most beautiful cake. A month out from the wedding when details and timelines were bearing down we decided to take some time off from wedding plans for a Bourbon Bury. A Bourbon Bury is fun little Southern folklore that we had happened to stumble upon that says if you bury a bottle of bourbon, upside down, at the site of where you are to be married exactly a month from your wedding date then it won’t rain on your wedding day. On the day of your wedding you are meant to dig up the bourbon and share it with your bridal party in celebration.

Truly the highlight of the day was being surrounded by so many of our loved ones from near and far and being able to share such a special day with them. Digging up our bourbon after doing the bourbon bury the month previously and sharing it with our friends and family was just yet another fun way to include everyone in our day. Walking across the grounds to the place where we buried the bourbon with so many of dearest and their own significant others was one of the sweetest moments from the day.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning: Design Studio South | Floral Design: Urban Poppy | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: A Squad Bake | Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Hair + Makeup: Pastel Makeup & Hair | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

DIY Birdcage Veil and Beaded Sash

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