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Classic Southern Cheekwood Botanical Gardens Wedding

When you marry a classic Southern couple with Bamber Photography and a city like Nashville, wedding sparks fly. Dressed in bow-tied gentlemen, a Bride donning Vera Wang, white splashes and scenes like this, this soiree is the epitome of traditional beauty. Jayne Bubis Events and Branches Event Florist certainly graced the day with their sweet touch and you can see it all here in The Vault!

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From Bamber PhotographyWhat a beautiful southern celebration! Kyle and Claire live in New York City, but since they both have grown up in the south, they wanted to get married in Nashville. They chose Cheekwood Botanical Garden as their venue because they loved the gardens!

From the Bride… Kyle and I met in high school through two of our friends. We ended up as senior year Homecoming dates, and we haven’t stopped dating since. Kyle knew that I would want to be around my family when he proposed, so when I was in Nashville over spring break my last year in law school, Kyle secretly flew down to Nashville as well. He had made a big to-do about how he was so excited about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New York that Saturday with his friends and even texted me details of their supposed celebration that morning, but then my maid of honor called me, told me I should go down to my guest house for a special surprise, and he was waiting there. He proposed, and the rest was history!

I had seen my dress in a few wedding blog posts and fell in love with the pictures. I tried on a lot of other dresses on, but none compared to what I thought this one would be in person. I couldn’t find it in any local wedding shops, but I happened to find it when I went with my parents on a business trip in New York, and I made up my mind within minutes of trying it on.

The ceremony venue is the church where I’ve gone with my family my whole life. It was very special to be married in the place where I’ve sat nearly every Sunday. The reception venue was a botanical garden and art museum that I’ve always loved visiting. I think it’s one of the most beautiful spots in Nashville, and I loved that guests could wander around the museum if they didn’t want to be out with the band.

The bride’s cake was made by Leland Riggin of Dessert Designs and was her classic tiered cake with hydrangeas between the layers. Her cakes are so delicious—it was hard to pick a flavor because they were all amazing! The groom’s cake was from Momofuku Milk Bar, one of our favorite bakeries in New York and a nod to our current home.

It entire day was memorable! A few things stood out for me. The minister gave a homily during the ceremony about marriage that was heartfelt, funny, and very personalized to the two of us. Then before the father-daughter dance and the first dance, both my dad and Kyle gave toasts, and both were excellent (and total tearjerkers). And then during the first dance, Kyle actually was microphoned and sang the song and did a great job. Kyle loves hearing the sound of his own voice, so I think both his toast and his song were very satisfying to him as well.

My something old was the garter my mom wore at her wedding. My something blue (and borrowed) was the Chi Omega pledge pin that belonged to Kyle’s grandmother. My something new was my dress!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? It was fairly hectic because in the first part of the wedding planning, I was studying for the bar exam; then I moved to New York and started a new job; then right before the wedding we had to prepare to move into an apartment. With all of that going on, we learned a lot about how to share the workload.

Our advice for couples? While we’re both huge proponents of planning every detail, don’t get too worked up about the little stuff on the day of the wedding. There will almost certainly be mistakes, but the guests will never notice and you won’t have any worse of a time for them. Also, if your groom wants to be part of the planning process, let him! His ideas may be some of the best.

Photography: Bamber Photography | Event Planning: Jayne Bubis Events | Floral Design: Branches Event Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Dessert Designs | Invitations: Ink Nashville | Catering: Kristen Winston Catering | Band: Atlanta All Stars | Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

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Rustic + Romantic Yorkshire Summer Wedding

If what you’re after is a winning combo of rustic romance, look no further than the English countryside as your backdrop. It’s a destination where dresses are welcomed to sweep across fields of grass, where dainty white petals and twinkling lights set the mood and darling scrabble cakes replace extravagant dessert tables. And it also happens to be where you’ll find Sarah-Jane Ethan in action, stealing every moment in time. It’s all tucked away beautifully, here in The Vault.

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From The Bride…We met at University in Manchester and got engaged nearly seven years later in gorgeous Sri Lanka, the places we visited were then our table names on the day. We wanted the whole day to to have an outdoor rustic English Country feel to it, but we did almost everything ourselves so there was a lot of Pinterest stalking going on!

I set off dress hunting with boho, floaty ideas in my head, but it turns out I’m definitely not tall or willowy enough to pull that off! I actually bought a gorgeous Jenny Packham dress in the sample sale and ended up selling it on as it just wasn’t me, but I know it was everything someone else wanted for their special day. I went for champagne coloured a Maggie Sottero in the end, which was just so classic I knew Id love it forever and I felt amazing in it all day.

I wore simple square diamond earrings from my Dad and my Mum’s sapphire ring as something blue. My something borrowed came with my friend Zoe’s veil which has actually become something of a team veil – I’m the third one to wear it! Shoes were a bit of nightmare to find as I wanted something that I’d be able to wear again. I went for cream peep toe LK Bennett heels, but really needn’t have worried as I was tearing up the dance floor in my decade old Haviana’s by 8pm!

The venue was so important to us, Sam’s only requirement was “Somewhere we can party…” but my criteria were a little longer! I didn’t want anything too traditional and wanted something we could really make personal to us – plus we wanted the ceremony to be outdoors. We found The Yorkshire Wedding Barn on a fluke whilst it was still being built, the setting was everything you could wish for, rolling English countryside, a beautiful stone barn and stunning cottages for the wedding party to stay in.

The owners Mandy and Neville were what really sold us it though, I didn’t feel on a wedding carousel, I felt like I was part of something they had built with love, sweat and tears and it just felt so genuine. We had the place for three whole days and had brunches, games, cricket and sessions in the White Swan pub just round the corner who also ran the bar for us all night. We could also have whatever catering we wanted which meant canapes galore and an easy choice for main of fillet steak and chips by our fabulous caterer Ray Wade.

We an outdoor wedding in a field plus a large barn means we had a bit of a job on our hands for the decorations! My mum was just amazing and not only helped with absolutely everything, she also hand made every single origami birds for our origami curtain and individually hung them from the beams. Tables and every available space was filled with candles, burlap and gypsophila absolutely everywhere!

We did the flowers ourselves and I absolutely adore gypsophila so it was always going to be a big part of the day, we then discovered even as total amateurs – you cannot destroy it! So it then went in every orifice we could find, tables, the roof, bushes, birdcages, buttonholes, bridesmaid bouquets you name it, we put some in there! We bought old picture frames and turned them into blackboards for the table names and wrapped up anything we could in twine to give it that rustic feel.

I walked down the aisle in the sunshine to “Cavalier” by James Vincent McMorrow which will stay with us both forever. We asked Sam’s Mum and my Brother to do readings during the ceremony for us that they wrote themselves giving advice to the Bride or Groom from the other side of the family “Living with a Sinclair/ Williams”. They were just so personal and had the guests blubbing in their chairs, it was honestly one of the best decisions we made.

My advice to any couple still planning their big day is:

1) Having all your friends and family in one place to celebrate is just amazing, there’s no need to stress about anything as that’s the only reason you’re all there.

2) Throw tradition to the wind if it feels right for you.

3) Invest in a great photographer! There’s so much you can’t see or get to on the day and it goes by so fast that you need someone talented and dedicated to capture the best day of your life, so Sarah-Jane was our perfect choice, it honestly is worth every single penny.

Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Caroline Cakes | Catering: Ray Wade | Hair And Makeup: Betty | Hair And Makeup: Annabelle | Band: Jonny Ross Music | Venue: Yorkshire Wedding Barn

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Jewel Tone Forest Wedding Inspiration

With the first few whispers of fall, we’re happily welcoming those rich, lavish jewel tones that peek their pretty way onto our pages each time this year. Deep shades like emerald, lapis and amethyst that are layered in this slice of inspiration from Heather Cook ElliottTailored Engagements and daffodil*parker. Head to The Vault for even more jeweled-hued goodness!

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyAs planners and photographers we work and live in the city, love a glammed out high heel, can’t resist a black bow tie paired with a slim cut tux and delight in pretending we are in Paris when munching on a macaroon. Still, the woods often call out to us, begging to be wandered and enjoyed while offering a cool respite from the city heat and sun. So while we love a classic cathedral ceremony and a warehouse reception, we adore an outdoor wedding – so we set out to dream of a wooded wedding that is anything but rustic.

Through the use of mixed metals-I can’t get enough of copper-flowing flower arrangements – and lush jewel tones we brought a sophisticated but utterly romantic palette to the forest and let it all play out. Our custom created table and bench has intricate herringbone details throughout contrasting with mid-century modern inspired metal legs to build on a polished style softened just a bit by mismatched gold china and stunning agate place cards. Classic black chiavari chairs played host to copper Mr & Mrs signs for the couple and oversized drippy, romantic florals in shades of cream, garnet and emerald upped the wow factor when paired with tall flickering taper candles. Still, everything feels so accessible and perhaps even a bit DIY as tiny details showed off the exquisite vision of Amanda & Julie of Tailored Engagements : gilded macaroons and hand painted cookies play into the handmade watercolor-esque invite suite featured. Fern leaves weave in and out and statement jewelry for the bridesmaid reminds us all that it’s all about the green surroundings. Everyone looks great in a little black dress but the bridesmaid’s was made to be anything but boring with the delicate lace detailing on the back and gold detailing in the bodice. Hailey Page took our breath away again with the stunner as seen on the bride and for our groom, I think we can all agree that a black bowtie will never go out of style. All in all the effect is enchanting- a little intoxicating, even – and totally calls for a moscow mule to cool off with.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Styling: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: daffodil*parker | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Stationery: Centennial Press Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ring: Delezhen | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia | Hair: Laura Graven/ Tailored Salon | Calligraphy: Uttke Photography & Design | Groom's Attire: Harleys For Men | Venue: Rustic Manor 1848 | Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Bridesmaid Ring: Erickson Beamon | Chairs: Arena Americas | Desserts: Yield Bakehouse | Glassware: Fritz And Lloyd | Macaroons: Indayani Baked Goods | Rentals: Relics Vintage Rentals | Rug: Frontgate | Sequin Cloth: Sparkle Pony | Signage: Host And Toast Studio

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Romantic Al Fresco Montana Wedding

I had the pleasure of passing through “Big Sky Country” this past spring and it is every bit as spectacular as Tamara Gruner‘s imagery of this darling day portray it to be. An ideal setting for a dash of rustic, a sprinkle of romance and so much love—Erin and Sean said their I Do’s with personal touches sewn in every corner, from the Missoula Mayor officiant to a local microbrew bar. See it all here in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Our love story began about eight years ago. We met in college in Missoula, Montana. He was a Chicago boy, and I was a small town Montana girl. Although we crossed paths here and there, in classes and with mutual friends, it wasn’t until one night amongst friends that they realized their potential for happiness together. She remembers her first thoughts being “he is most handsome, sweetest gentleman I’ve ever met!” He called his brother later that night and told him he had met the woman he was going to marry. They’ve been together, through thick and thin ever since.

Sean loves to cook, and I love to entertain. Combine that with an affinity for fine wines, and you’ve got a recipe for a beautiful and memorable wedding! Sean and I hired a professional Chef to bring our own custom menu to life. I designed my wedding literally from the ground up, including pieces of my custom Hayley Paige gown. As well as ordering loose stems of flowers and having them arranged by family & friends. In lieu of traditional favors a donation was made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, as my sister was fighting a strong battle against the disease. Since Missoula was a common bond for the couple, there were a lot of local elements added into the wedding – local microbrews at the bar, a family home that has been a part of Erin’s life since the day she was born and holds many cherished memories. Even the Mayor of Missoula as the officiant!

From Events By AutumnWith all the local flair, you’d never guess that Erin and Sean planned the wedding from 1,000 miles away. They reside in Denver, Colorado, and discovered destination “DIY” weddings have a laundry list of challenges! That’s when Erin decided to hire me to assist with the “day of” planning. Together, there were many, many hours on the phone, talking and texting images back and forth of what they were looking for, and what was available locally. Erin had a great eye for style, and made all the planning and design decisions, but I provided support and guidance as she waded through all the details.

Montana is known as “Big Sky” country, and it was important to Sean & Erin that there was no tent (much to the dismay of many family members and myself). But Erin insisted, “It never rains in Montana in late July! We want to celebrate under the Montana sky!” So, of course, while stepping into her wedding dress, she remembers looking out the window to see a massive storm rolling through, which brought torrential rain! (There’s a popular Montana saying “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes!”) Centerpieces began toppling over in the wind. . . All the handmade place cards, table numbers…C’est la vie! But despite these setbacks, in true Montana style, five minutes later, the weather cleared, and her amazing family and wedding staff jumped into action, drying linens, wiping tables & benches – pulling everything back together in perfect time! It turned into the most beautiful day she could ever have imagined. Every detail was perfect.

Erin’s favorite moment: During the ceremony, we were surprised when our acoustic guitar duo played the song La Vie En Rose followed by a reading by my beloved cousin from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. Perfection. Tears of happiness filled her eyes. After that, rings were exchanged, a kiss, the world was presented with a new man and wife, and they celebrated into the night under the big Montana sky!

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Coordination: Events By Autumn | Floral Design: The Bouqs – Flowers Arranged On Site By Erin’s Grandmother Karmen Moore With Help From Local Florist Lynda Bruskotter | Cake: Bernice’s Bakery | Invitations: Bride | Jewelry: Cloth And Crown | Makeup: Bride | Hair: Stephanie Koehl | Calligraphy: Jane For Yu | Venue: Private Estate | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: Charla Bauman | Chef & Catering: Louie's Louisiana Catering | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Reception Music: DJ Greg | Rentals: Oh So Chic | Rentals: Vintage 44 | Rentals: Missoula Event Rental | Rentals: Vintage Whites Weddings | Sash: Sara Gabriel Custom Handmade (couture) Sash | Wedding Dress Skirt: Custom Hayley Paige | Wedding Dress Top: Keepsake Brand Dress Velvet Bride

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5 Must-See Moments from our Little Black Book Members

We love, love, love spotting our Little Black Book Member’s designs, talents and expertise woven into your weddings. It makes our heart grow ten times to see these small business and incredible people—our friends, layering their love into celebrations all over the world. So hand-picking some of those moments is an honor. Scroll below to see a handful that pulled at our heartstrings this week!

A perfectly mis-matched bridesmaid moment captured by O’Malley Photographers from our very own editor, Michelle’s wedding!

The sweetest floral crown from Flower Factory for a picnic bridal shower! Image by Ainsley Rose.

A darling white bouquet designed by Kim Starr Wise for this sparkly Bride and her charming New Orleans soiree. Image by fellow LBB member, Greer Gattuso.

A beautifully planned at-home celebration from Boldly Chic Events and Kyle John Photography. Who knew saying your I do’s at home could be so pretty? See the full wedding here!

Romantic love letters by Studio French Blue for this Paris elopement inspiration captured by Le Secret D’Audrey. Dive into the full gallery here!

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