I think we can all agree: love at first sight is a beautiful, beautiful thing. And when that amazing emotion overcomes two sweeties like this adorable duo, it’s an “I love you” on the first date, engagement within months kind of love story. One that accumulates in an ohhhh-so-pretty engagement sesh captured by Cottrell Photography and features a whole lot of frolicking through fields and rivers + stylish everything. See it all right here in the full gallery.
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From the Bride-to-Be… Love at first sight does exist, and I was able to experience it with the greatest man alive. So, doing what any smart girl would do, I jumped in head first without any hesitation. January 24th marks our first date, first kiss, and first I love you’s. I think about how vast this universe is, and I had the privilege of meeting Brett.
Shortly after our relationship began, we knew marriage would come quickly, and we couldn’t wait for it. I would often talk to my friend Michael about Brett and the plans we were making. As a photographer, he would always say, “Well I better be your photographer.” September 13th we were engaged, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with Michael, mainly because I could not wait to ask him to shoot our wedding. I adore and appreciate his patience when it comes to capturing moments through pictures. He used his knowledge along with God’s gifts of light and His creation to tell our story. Our engagement session was full of fun and joy. Expressing the love we share for others to see was such an experience. Michael’s knowledge of photography is so evident with the precious moments he captured. People get a glimpse of the love we share through these exceptional pictures. I am grateful that many years to come Brett and I will have these beautiful reminders of exciting love and the beginning of our journey together.
Photography: Cottrell Photography | Flowers: The Flower Mart | Photography - Assistance: Kayna Clemons
This is the type of wedding I dream about. Timeless and stunning, it’s absolute perfection from start to finish all captured beautifully by Altmix Photography. From the Bride’s stunning Jenny Packham gown to one of the most gorgeous ballrooms I’ve ever seen overflowing with flowers from Britt Wood Designs - this gallery is just a dream come true. See it all here.
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From the Bride… Rob and I met in NYC almost 5 years ago, and we knew from those first few minutes that our lives would never be the same again. Two days later he flew back home to Los Angeles. We talked on the phone every day for three months, until I packed my bags and stepped on a plane bound for LAX. Being that we’re best friends, we haven’t been apart since. Rob’s work in the film industry brought us to Atlanta almost three years ago and we fell absolutely in love with the charm and hospitality of the South. When Rob proposed on a crisp and bright February morning, it quickly became clear that a beautiful destination wedding would be just the right thing to connect our friends on both coasts and to introduce them to our Atlanta home. We envisioned an intimate magical wedding filled with dancing, singing, and love.
I wish it was easy to pick our favorite part of the day, but there are just so many highlights that stand out. My mom has been my biggest supporter my entire life, so it was incredible to be able to hold on to her as she walked me down the aisle. I must say that I when I saw Rob in his tuxedo, I almost lost it right there and then. Thankfully at that moment, my gorgeous cathedral length silk tulle veil- beaded by the fabulous Nicholas Kniel- got stuck behind me. I couldn’t help cracking a smile after that! Right before Rob stepped on the wedding glass (as per Jewish custom), our Rabbi looked thoughtfully at him and said “Well, I guess this is the last time you’ll get to put your foot down…it’s a little sexist, but ehhh, I’m going with it!” Our ceremony was filled with laughter, meaning and warmth, and at the end of our vows, the best piece of advice we received was “don’t forget to say ‘I Love You’ every single day”.
The moment we first saw our reception ballroom, covered in flowers, I teared up a little. We love flowers and I had asked our florist to bring a garden inside, and he did just that. It was like stepping into a dream. Garlands of greenery with ivory roses and candles…oh my. We chose an old Russian pop song for our first dance called “A Million Red Roses”. Both being romantics at heart, we fell in love with the lyrics that tell the story of a man so in love with a beautiful actress that he sells everything he owns to buy her a million roses as a symbol of his devotion.
As the libations flowed and our guests partook in the delicious meals that SIMB cooked, the dance floor opened up and it was only a matter of time before our amazing friends and family performed some of the best dancing (and singing!) outside of a pop concert. The evening could not have gone off as perfectly as it did without the help of our coordinator, Amy. She kept us sane and on track through the whole wedding planning process, her calmness and professionalism was above and beyond. Seeing the photos that Kate and Matt Altmix took brought the memory of the whole evening flooding back, their work is really something special. The night goes by so quickly, and they were able to capture of the beauty and joy of it so well in their photographs. It was truly a magical night.
Photography: Altmix Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Florist: Britt Wood Designs | Cake: Classic Cheesecakes & Cake | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Imperial Ballroom | Reception Venue: Georgian Ballroom | Brides shoes: Armani | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ivy and Aster | Catering: Sun in My Belly | Hair: Deanna Stanfield | Calligraphy: Mamie Velez | DJ: Rich Grove | Rabbi: Dr. Ronald Gerson | String Quartet: Allegro Strings | Coordination: Amy DiLoreti, A Flawless Event | Groom's Shirt & Bowtie: Tom Ford | Groom's Tuxedo: Armani | Linens: I do Linens | Makeup: Gayle York | Shrug: Jenny Packham | Veil: custom, Nicholas Kniel | Vintage Car: Special Day Limos
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In the South few things are held as high as tradition and family. And what’s more traditional than gathering around a Thanksgiving table with family and friends to feast on the season’s bounty? Inspired by my love for a classic Thanksgiving, I combined rich browns and oranges with an unexpected twist of coral and sage greens to create a picturesque Southern table. Captured by Rustic White Photography, there’s a whole festive gallery just waiting for you to sift through.
Pomegranate’s Aviary patterned linens, pom pom placemats and napkins were the ideal backdrop for my faux bois and gourd patterned plates, rose gold silverware, and feathered napkin rings.
I finished the tablescape with ivory candles along with fresh florals in burgundy, orange, and green.
The centerpiece, a smoked turkey (courtesy of my Big Green Egg), was presented on a monogrammed platter.
I accompanied the star of the show with side dishes like sweet potato au gratin, green bean casserole, and foccacia with chestnut stuffing.
Rounding out dinner our bar cart was lined with sweets and treats: a traditional pumpkin pie, warm red wines, and sparkling apple cider which proved to be the perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Psst… Grab the turkey & chestnut stuffing recipes here & don’t forget the butternut squash soup recipe here
Photography: Rustic White Photography | Baking Dishes: Williams-Sonoma | Bar Cart: Target | Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Concept & Styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha | Florals: Mandy Kellogg Rye | Horse Picture: Z Gallerie | Linens: Pomegranate, Inc. | Menu & Place Cards: Julia's Poppies | Monogrammed Turkey Platter & Soup Bowls: Pottery Barn | Place Settings: Waiting On Martha | Rose Gold Silverware: West Elm | Stemware: Tiffany & Co. | Turkey: Joyce Farms
Mandy Kellogg Rye
Contributing Editor: Fashion, Food, + Lifestyle