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Al Fresco Pine Hills Lodge Wedding

These soft, serene bridal portraits from Aga Jones Photography have my heart beating double-time today. Every ray of sunshine covering these two sweeties, every warm embrace and every romantic gaze. Set at the peaceful Pine Hills Lodge, the imagery paints a perfect picture of the joy and love that graced this day!


From Aga Jones Photography… The Julian venue was perfect for outdoor couple like Sarah & Chris. When I arrived there I could not believe how peaceful it was. Most wedding details were done DIY by the Bride, her sisters (who were also her beautiful bridesmaids), and her uncle who helped coordinate whole wedding day. The ceremony included their closest family and friends, they also jump the broom! The venue was the perfect background for bridal portraits and I am absolutely honored I was there to capture it and now share it with you.

Photography: Aga Jones Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Make Up: Evelyn Aguon | DJ: DJ Sushi Brown | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux Shop | Wedding Venue: Pine Hills Lodge

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Blackberry + Cotton Wedding Inspiration

Blackberry mason jar pies, sweet tea, cotton-dotted bouquets and burying the bourbon… a few of our favorite Southern wedding details and traditions! All wrapped up pretty in this lovely shoot from Twila’s Photography and Modern Vintage Events. And in true Southern hospitality, we’re all invited to the party, thanks to Sara Heilwagen‘s beautiful paper goods. Get lost in all the charm right here.


From Sara Heilwagen… Blackberry & Cotton is romance with Southern touches that evokes feelings of sweet tea, sweeping verandas and elegant charm. The natural colors and textures of the blackberries and cotton are reflected in the details. Soft white, textured paper with vivid, watercolor florals and blackberries appear throughout the invitations, menus and pie flags. The theme is continued on the program fans with the addition of a twist of grapevine for the handle. Kraft envelopes accented with golden liners and vintage stamps add a feel of nature.

The gorgeous mix of peonies, foxgloves, blackberries and greenery locally grown and arranged on a Tennessee flower farm create organic elegance in the bride’s bouquet and hair piece, groom’s boutonnière and centerpieces. Rich gold flatware and vintage china topped with cotton and lace place card handkerchiefs lend to the feeling of dining in celebration with family using Grandmother’s wedding china. The stunning, lace Aria bridal gown is a vision of traditional couture with modern sophistication. Soft make-up and a sweeping up-do show off every detail of the gown. The groom shines in a tan, single-breasted suit with a blackberry purple and white gingham dress shirt.

For dessert, there’s nothing sweeter and more Southern than pie. Mini blackberry pies are paired with blackberry vanilla macarons and a simply elegant fondant three-tiered wedding cake. The Southern romance of a warm, spring day and the scent of freshly baked pie is enhanced with the slow-sipping of a cocktail dotted with blackberry laden ice cubes from the bourbon bar. An evening of dancing under the lights in the 100 year old Maples Barn in the lush Tennessee countryside is the perfect start for a new life together as husband and wife. The cathedral ceiling and open atmosphere bring nature in to the party.

Love is spread with homemade jam favors in blackberry mint and blackberry bourbon blends for guests to enjoy when they return home. Burying the Bourbon is a charming, old Southern tradition where if a full, unopened bottle of bourbon is buried by the couple at the ceremony site exactly one month before the wedding, the day will be free of rain. Successful or not, un-burying the bourbon the next day at a casual brunch with family and the wedding party is a merry conclusion to the wedding festivities.

Photography: Twila's Photography | Wedding Planner: Modern Vintage Events | Florist: Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm | Stationery: Sara Heilwagen Paper + Photography | Make-Up: Amanda Morgan | Hair: Emily Jordan | Groom's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Bridal Attire: Modern Trousseau | Cake Artist: Jay Qualls | China: Modern Magnolia | Rentals: Southern Events | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Wedding Venue: The Wren's Nest

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Gorgeous Wedding Garter Inspiration

Today darlings, we’re talking garters. Gorgeous garters from The Wedding Garter Co. that is. When they sent over their most recent collection which radiates a sultry, yet graceful style, we couldn’t help but dig for a little behind the scenes info about this handmade company from England. And when it comes to the imagery from Gooch & Gawler, we’re completely smitten. Peruse their lovely designs in the gallery!

SMP: Tell us a bit about The Wedding Garter Co.
TWGC: The Wedding Garter Co is an English maker of luxury wedding garters. We hand make every single element of our garters, no shortcuts. By selling online direct to our lovely brides we bring the quality of ‘handmade in England’ to the world at prices much lower than would be possible in stores. Thanks to the joy of air travel we offer free shipping to most of the world, including the USA, in just a few days.

SMP: How would you describe your newest garter designs?
TWGC: Our most recent additions to the collection are 6 lace bridal garters. We source our bridal lace from a bespoke lace maker in northern England who created the lace for the wedding gown of the Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William. Owned by the same family since 1848 their lace is of the finest quality available worldwide and it is a joy to create with!

SMP: What are some creative uses for garters?
TWGC: A garter can fulfill a few different parts of the wedding traditions. We have a ‘something blue’ collection of course but it can also be your ‘something new’. All our garters are designed as heirloom pieces to be passed on, even our boxes are super heavyweight to last decades, so at some point we hope they will be passed onto the children of our brides and become ‘something old’ too!

Photography: Gooch & Gawler | Wedding Garters: The Wedding Garter Co.

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