This wedding is so beautiful and happy, it can make anyones day, even those of us who might be feeling a little under the weather (guilty). Seriously the first little peek at Kelly Sweet Photography’s images and the color came back to my cheeks – the English garden-esque setting is just that amazing. And the couple? Adorable.
From the beautiful bride… Southern Exposure was selected as the Ceremony site because I had photographed a Wedding there several years before and knew instantly that this was where I wanted to get married. The character, offered by detail, that goes into every room and every decoration, is amazing. As a photographer, I found every space was a great place to take a picture at this location. The natural garden setting is extremely conducive to breathtaking photographs. The overall theme of the Wedding was a vintage/shabby chic feel, so Southern Exposure’s compound was a perfect setting. My husband, Jake’s one concern about Wedding location was that he wanted it to be a place that we could come back to and enjoy. Southern Exposure’s Specialty Dining and Workshops that are offered throughout the year offer perfect opportunities for Jake and I to revisit our day together. Another basic draw to Southern Exposure was that it offered numerous accommodations and services that made the day easier both our families and us. For example, Southern Exposure provides most of the decorations, in their surroundings, alone. They grow and maintain all of the plants on site, so many of the flowers and back drop options were already taken care of. Also, all of the decorations for the Reception were set up and broken down by Southern Exposure staff. They loaded the gifts into our vehicles for us and sent us off.
I knew my wedding gown had to be elegant, a reflection of my vintage inspired, romantic, garden ceremony. I was reluctant at first to try the fit-and-flare style, but after seeing myself in the bridal mirror, I instantly knew this was the one! I loved the beautiful lace and unique beaded floral embellishments and the fit was amazing! My gown was a lace fit-and-flare gown with floral detailing on the bodice and skirt designed by Oleg Cassini. I added custom-made sheer cap sleeves with embellishments taken from the body of my gown after alterations. My veil was simple and sheer and ran the complete length of the train.
I was fortunate to have a seamstress who was able to customize my mother’s wedding gown from 1984 into a beautiful getting ready gown that I can pass down to my two sisters. The high neckline was removed and part of the sleeves leaving the bodice and long sheer lace overlay skirt. Silk Ribbons were added and the getting ready gown tied elegantly over my bridal slip set.
My ceremony shoes were designed by Michelangelo and customized by professional seamstress, Laurie Morrison. They were short-heel, open-toe shoes, dyed Cinderella blue. We customized the shoes even further, by adding lace, buttons, and bows from my Mother’s Wedding gown to the back of the shoes. On the front of the shoes, embellishments from my gown were added to complete the look. My shoes are very special to me because they combine a touch of my Mother’s wedding gown, my wedding gown, and a small piece of my favorite fairy tale, Cinderella. They completely encompassed the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. For the reception, I chose black and white tap shoes, perfect for dancing, inspired by Michael Jackson’s famous dance shoes.
My wedding jewelry included a diamond heart shaped necklace passed down to me by my Nanny. I wore 2 silver diamond bracelets, 0ne was given to me by my Nanny, the other was given to me by my other grandmother. The earrings I planned to wear bought by my mother at an antique store months earlier were missing. Thankfully my other Grandmother had the perfect solution. She gave me her beautiful Pearl and diamond earrings! The diamonds matched my necklace and bracelets and the pearls matched the earring and bracelet sets I had given all of my Bridesmaids to wear for the wedding. These pieces completed my elegant look and meant I was able to wear a piece of jewelry from three of my grandmothers.
Before the wedding after we were all dressed and while the “finishing touches” were being added to our hair and make-up in the Bridal Suite, my Father serenaded us on the piano, playing original pieces and familiar songs from my childhood as he tried not to cry. Set on the piano were several very sentimental pictures from my childhood and of my late grandmothers. My father was very touched to be included, doing what he loves, and having this special time with them.
Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Flowers: Delton Floral | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Cake: Delton Bakery | Stationery: Bride's Friend | Shoes: Custom From Laurie Morrison | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Makeup: Morgan Boyle | Hair: Jackie Booden | Venue: Southern Exposure Herb Farm | Men's Suits: Perry Ellis | Photography - Assistance: James Saleska