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Colorful Southern Wedding in Palmetto, Georgia

On the outside this wedding is gorgeous; a seamless blend of color and charm crafted by Gloriosa Design with coordination by A Flawless Event. But once you pull away those pretty layers and really get cozy with this wedding, you’ll see that it has soul. It’s a beautiful dedication to the Bride’s father and a celebration of family and love perfectly documented by Harwell Photography. Click here for more.

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Fall
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Inn
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Whimsical

From the Bride… Sean and I met through a mutual friend who swore we would love each other – and she was right! We were quickly inseparable, but marriage seemed like something that only grown ups do, and weren’t we just kids? But everyone grows up eventually, and after 5 years together, we were engaged under our favorite tree on our block in Brooklyn.

The engagement came on the cusp of a move to Atlanta. My father was ill and I wanted to spend time with him, helping him at home and with his company. We decided to marry in Georgia since we had relocated down here, and I’m so glad we did. Our wedding weekend at Serenbe was a getaway not only for for our friends and family from New York, but for our loved ones who lived in Georgia. We kicked the weekend off with a welcome party on Friday night by the Inn pool, and we ended with a lovely brunch on the wrap-around porch on Sunday morning.

Serenbe was the only venue we seriously considered – we fell in love with the town immediately, even on the rainy December day that we visited. And we knew that we wanted to marry beneath a beautiful tree like the one we were engaged under. Serenbe had just the tree in the middle of a meadow.

Though we were marrying in a pastoral, idyllic small town, we started our relationship in the biggest city in the US, and we wanted to capture that aesthetic sense as well. We hadn’t suddenly become cowboys since our move – but we knew a beautiful spot when we saw one. So, in terms of the planning, we tried to marry with our graphic, bold, mid-century modern style with the natural, soft setting at Serenbe.

We started with the invites. We worked closely (though cross country!) with our talented letterpress designer, Sara at Constellation & Co. As inspiration, we sent her pictures of the graphic, typographic art we have throughout our home. She came up with the dynamic and bold invite design. Pro tip: We really hit our stride once I provided her with the exact text I wanted on my invites – she was able to take the words “in a field, under the trees, down south” and run with it, typographically. And the color inspiration came from colors we had around our home. We had Constellation & Co create a wedding certificate for us, which all of our guests signed as witnesses to our wedding. (We also used Zazzle to print our custom postage stamps, featuring photoshopped versions of our dog Hank!)

Speaking of colors, I never really settled on a “color scheme.” Though our invites and other paper goods provided pops of color, I didn’t want to limit our colors to two or three. In this case, we worked with Gloriosa Design to come up with a floral design that would work for us, and be seasonally appropriate. Gloriosa created a design scheme that was bold and pop-y, but also fitting with the very natural setting of our venue. They provided rentals that met our mid-century furniture aesthetic with the farmhouse style, including an awesome cream couch that was set in the middle of a field for extra seating during the reception!

My dress was easy. Ever since I’d seen Jenny Packham’s designs on Kate Middleton, I knew I wanted to look feminine and breezy on my wedding day. I purchased Packham’s “Willow” from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta.

We chose our DJs after attending their monthly dance party in East Atlanta called “Keep On Movin’!” Though our DJS are based in Nashville, they come in once a month with an extensive collection of Motown, Stax, and lots of oldies. Sean and I don’t claim to dance very well so we decided to select entertainment that we loved enough to dance anyway! I walked down the aisle to Dr. Dog’s “Heart It Races” and Sean and I had our first dance to “Excuses” by The Morning Benders.

My dad passed away 7 weeks before the wedding. In the time leading up to his death, we asked ourselves if we wanted to move the date up, have a small ceremony – we didn’t know what we wanted or what he wanted. But my dad was secure with the fact that Sean and I would marry, that we had done our hardest work to create a strong and stable relationship, and he told us that that was enough for him. My mother and brother walked down the aisle with me, and my brother gave a speech in my dad’s stead. He and I even did a dance together, to me and my dad’s song, “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday,” which was a happy surprise for me!

Our friend Jessica Halliburton created a beautiful ceremony for us and we married, yes, in a field, under a tree. It was a dreamy 20 minutes of my life! (Incidentally, we opted not to have a wedding party. Everyone we invited was dear to us in some way or another during our 6 years together – we didn’t want to pick teams! I loved this decision: everyone that wanted to be involved was involved, and there were no hurt feelings.) After our wedding ceremony, Sean and I went off to have a private picnic during cocktail hour: it was nice to get away and catch a few breaths before dinner. Dinner was awesome, by the way. Gloriosa made unbelievable fried chicken, green beans, mac and cheese, prime rib, etc etc etc. For dessert, we had a small cake AND banana pudding AND apple crisp!

As the reception was winding down, we all went outside and let off about 20 lanterns. This was a really neat activity – all of our guests worked together in groups to get their lantern aloft and everyone cheered each time one took off! We went straight in to an enormous bon fire that lasted until the early morning. It was truly an incredible day!

Photography: Harwell Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Floral Design: Gloriosa Design | Cake: Gloriosa Design | Invitations: Constellation & Co. | Catering: Gloriosa Design | Calligraphy: Blissful Ink By Keeli | DJ: Electric Western | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Inn At Serenbe | Coordination: A Flawless Event | Makeup: Hope Ferguson | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Save The Date Art: Knifemen

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Rustic Vintage-Inspired Wedding

Say what you want, but I’m ready to profess my love for a wedding. I’m not quite sure what put me over the edge… if it was the stunning blooms from Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio, the perfect palette to complement the Georgia fall colors, or the ridiculously perfect love that The Reason was able to capture (pretty sure it was the latter), but I simply adore it!


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Fall
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Boat House

From the stunning bride… Taylor proposed to me on November 23rd in the church I had always dreamed of getting married in. We celebrated our engagement with friends and family that night in the Clubhouse, where we eventually celebrated our marriage almost a year later. Picking the venue was the easiest part of our wedding planning process, and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. The Big Canoe Chapel and the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti provided the perfect location for our fall wedding. Since it was a destination wedding for both sides, we were able to make a whole weekend out of it and truly enjoy every moment! The bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception all took place in the Big Canoe community.

We both agreed that we wanted our friends and family to walk away from our wedding night thinking, “That was so them.” We aimed to create a romantic and vintage feel, while still keeping it simple and elegant. The overall lodge-like feeling of Big Canoe in addition to the rustic farm tables adorned with burlap and lace runners, barn wood boxes filled with ivory flowers, pillar candles, and a caramel apple favor (something I have wanted for my wedding since I was a little girl!) brought our vision to life. Instead of table numbers, we used letter flashcards from the 1940′s. My grandmother used the same flashcards to teach me how to read when I was little! My incredible stationery designer, Talie from Paisley Papers, made individual letter seating cards to match with each guest’s name to help them find their seat as they walked past Gertie Mae’s stunning floral wreathes to enter the reception. The laurel leaf also became a theme within our reception which stemmed from the beautiful hand drawn laurel on our invitations, also designed by Paisley Papers.

In addition, my dress was something that ended up going hand in hand with my wedding vision. I had seen Modern Trousseau’s “Ainsley” gown on their website, and I fell in love with the vintage lace over the latte colored satin. I thought it would be perfect for a fall wedding. Unfortunately the dress was not sold anywhere in Atlanta, and after trying to settle for other dresses, I drove to Nashville to give it a try. My mom, sister, and I all agreed it was “the one!” I couldn’t wait to put it on on my wedding day, and I love how the look came together with the cathedral length veil and my hair and makeup done by the wonderful Raney O’Keefe. Taylor was against anything involving a bow tie or cummerbund, and therefore we decided on his grey suit and navy tie. The suits eventually inspired the grey in our stationery, which I loved!

We not only desired for our wedding to look like us, but we wanted it to feel like us! One of our biggest goals was good food and a good party. We were not only happy with the outcome, but we were blown away! We were so happy that we decided to do a family style meal because everyone had a chance to sit down and enjoy themselves. The meal consisted of buttermilk fried chicken, prime rib, mashed potatoes, and grilled vegetables (a true southern supper!). The cakes were from a bakery in Athens, Georgia, and we ate cake from that same bakery on our first date together. It was another detail that was true to our story. Everything was delicious, and we still have friends telling us today how good the food was!

As soon as dinner was over, the dancing began. Time flew by as we were surrounded by 200 of our favorite people having an amazing time! Even the waiters and waitresses started dancing, and no one paused until the DJ announced it was time for our grand exit. We left in a dreamy white vintage Mercedes that The Reason captured in some of our favorite photographs from that day! We will treasure the video and photos for a lifetime. We are so glad to have had so many amazing vendors contribute to creating a flawless event and the happiest day!

Photography: The Reason | Videography: The Reason | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Floral Design: Gertie Mae's Floral Studio | Wedding Cake: Cecilias Cakes | Invitations: Paisley Papers | Ceremony Venue: Big Canoe Chapel | Reception Venue: Clubhouse At Lake Sconti | Brides Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair And Makeup: Raney O'Keefe | DJ: D Street Entertainment | Favors: Mercier Orchards | Groom\'s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder

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Cloverleaf Farm Wedding

Whether you’re spending your holiday trying to stay warm and cozy in the comfort of your own home or hard at work at the office, this is the type of wedding that deserves your full and undivided attention.  I’m talking gorgeous blooms from Gardenia Floral Design, a stunning Cloverleaf Farm setting and all kinds of J.Crew lovely.  It’s rustic meets romantic all captured by Alea Moore Photography.  See it all here.

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Fall
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Romantic

From Alea Moore Photography… I don’t even really know where to begin with these two amazing people. For me, there is just nothing better than capturing the wedding day of two people who are so obviously meant for each other. It makes my heart sing – it’s exactly why I do what I do. This wedding was a beautiful simple affair. Lots of personal touches mixed in with the beauty of nature and Cloverleaf Farms stunning property.

From the Bride… For our wedding day, Connor and I hoped it would be an event where could celebrate God’s faithfulness and commit our lives to each other in the presence of our favorite people! We asked our officiant to marry us because he and his wife are our mentors, coworkers, and longtime friends. We wanted to balance having a reception that was beautiful and unique, while not overdoing it — in an effort to “keep the main thing, the main thing.” For some fun details and to make it personal, we incorporated our love of southern architecture, local cuisine, and the great outdoors!

Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Dress: Allure Bridals, Purchased At I Do I Do Bridal Boutique | Florist: Gardenia Floral Design | Cakes: Take The Cake Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Caterer: A Divine Event | Planner: Cloverleaf Farm Events | Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids' Dresses & Jewelry: J.Crew | Coffee: Jittery Joe's | DJ And Lights: DJ David Osborne, With Sound Insight Productions | Guest Book: Blueprint Of Cloverleaf Farmhouse | Tie: The Tie Bar | Venue: The Cloverleaf Farm

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