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Romantic + Classic Industrial Southern Wedding

Having been to Savannah more than once, I’m well aware of the magic it possesses. Its sparkle shined a bit brighter for this beautiful spring celebration, captured in all its glory by The Happy Bloom. From the glittering gowns worn by the Bride’s lucky ladies to the dapper doggies, it was an affair not to be missed!

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Spring
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Elegant

From The Happy Bloom… Just a few weeks ago, we photographed Brittany and Michael’s wedding in Savannah’s incredible Forsyth Park. Of course, no wedding day is complete without a quick trip to Wormsloe for their first look and Bay Street for some classic cobblestone portraits! Brittany and her girls started the morning with mimosas, a little bit of Taylor Swift and a whole lot of laughter. Heather of Beyond Beautiful by Heather worked diligently on the bride’s hair while the bridesmaids made sure to keep the mood light and the jokes plenty. Brittany decided that metallics would rule her wedding, draping her girls in a champagne dress that looked like magic. Add a bit of soft green and wisp of ivory and she had a wedding day with class, style and sparkle. Yes, every Southern girl’s dream.

Brittany and Michael’s love story is so beautifully intertwined that both of their families celebrated this day with joyful tears and beaming smiles. We absolutely loved the moment when Brittany put on her dress and shoes, surrounded by the smiling faces of her adorable bridesmaids. It was such a beautiful moment and we’ve never felt so much love in one room. And the moment that her granddad kissed her cheek after he walked down the aisle?! Ugh, our hearts! With their sweet pups watching with eager eyes and pointed tails, these two people became one underneath the sweet Savannah Spanish moss. Brittany and Michael wanted to give their guests the true Southern experience. And no trip to Savannah is complete without whiskey and a large helping of old fashioned soul food. Before the reception, Michael dug up a bottle of whiskey (that had been in the ground for months!). For those of you who don’t know, this prevents rain on your wedding day. Oh, don’t believe us? There wasn’t a single drop! As their guests entered the reception, they were greeted with a glass of sweet tea (some with a touch of bourbon) and a plate of fried chicken with all of the fixins.

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Videography: Thomas Blake Film + Vidoegraphy | Floral Design: Donna Case | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Cakes By Audrey | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Fountain | Reception Venue: Charles H. Morris Center | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Johnny Harris Restaurant | Band: The Retreat | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Historic Site: Wormsloe Historic Site

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Intimate Southern Wedding Centered Around Family

I love a Southern Wedding. And this one, my dears, is exactly why. From the sunlit ceremony in the Bride’s family-owned historic library to the twinkling al fresco reception in her grandmother’s backyard complete with a Southern feast, this family affair is full of the charm and traditions that make Southern weddings so special. See all the loveliness, captured by Simply Sarah Photography, here.

 

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Summer
Settings
At Home
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Romantic

From the Bride…Brendan and I met for the first time at the Passion Conference in Atlanta; one year later we met again at a New Year’s Eve bonfire on a friend’s farm where we actually had a chance to speak. Our best friends on either side were our wingmen, and a month later we were dating! We dated long distance for ten months until he popped the question on Blue Mountain Beach with our family watching from a distance.

When it came to planning the wedding we had a few things set in stone that we both wanted. We knew that a big ceremony was not for us. An elegant and intimate wedding with those that loved us most as witnesses was most important and we also knew we wanted to be married relatively soon. I searched online for wedding venues in Florida and Georgia, BUT nothing stood out to me. After almost a week of back and forth we decided on my hometown of Bainbridge, GA – we would have the ceremony in The Old Library (a family owned building in historic downtown Bainbridge) and our perfect twinkling reception in my Grandmother’s back yard! We hired the most amazing planner Christy McCoy, with Christy McCoy Studios. Christy made my vision come to life, while fully encouraging my crazy ideas! She handled all of the planning, setting up, as well as being our florist.

The wedding was such a God moment. We had the most beautiful natural light coming through the windows; flower petals and candles lined the aisle, and all of our closest family and friends smiling back at us. We wanted our wedding to glorify God; we prayed that everyone present would experience the love of Christ. We asked our friend Bobby Forrester to sing Holy Spirit by Bryan and Katie Torwalt as I walked down the aisle. It was such a special moment for me!

The reception was so magical! I dreamed of a sit down dinner under string lights, and that is exactly what Christy created. We had a typical southern dinner, preserve roasted chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Everything was perfect! One of our favorite and most special moments of the day was sharing our first dance to Take the World by Johnnyswim!

Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Wedding Dress: Modeca | Ceremony Venue: The Old Library | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Shoes: Gianni Bini | Catering: The Paisley Cafe | Hair & Makeup: Three Little Birds Salon | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Event Planning & Floral Design: Christy McCoy Studios

Sperry Tents

Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy.  But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze.  It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.

There are weddings, and then there are weddings held under the handcrafted goodness of Sperry Tents. Those are the type of weddings where sophistication takes center stage with sweeping panels of genuine sailcloth intricately crafted by sailmakers in coastal New England.  Imagine an array of tent sizes, creative lighting and luxurious floor options seriously perfect for your Big Day, no matter the size of your party.  So whether you plan on dining with an intimate group of 50 or dancing the night away with 500 of your favorites, Sperry Tents’ nationwide network of licensed providers has a tent just waiting for your creative touch… and flare for the amazing.

Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding.  Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.  Happy planning, lovelies!

Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept PhotographyNeil Landino

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Adorable North Georgia Engagement

Sweeter than a southern peach, this stylish and oh-so-Southern e-sesh has stolen my heart. From their romantic walk through a river (on the property where this Groom proposed!), to their sunny smiles, Sawyer Baird captured it all. It’s a gallery that you’ll want to revisit and you can see it all right here!

From Sawyer BairdHillary & Jay…where do I even begin with these two? They are the absolute sweetest!

Hillary & Jay decided to do their engagements in the small town of Clarkesville, Georgia. We started in the town and enjoyed a quick stroll around town. Later we went over to Jay’s family property on the river – the spot where Jay proposed to Hillary! So sweet, right?

From the golden light to Hillary’s super cute outfits (Show Me Your Mumu) complete with her Hunter boots! (Hunter boots are always a good addition…) the engagement could not be any more stylish or cute.

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Venue: Private Residence | Boots: Hunter Boots | Bride's Attire: Show Me Your Mumu

Rustic Wedding with Southern Charm

This Bride and I are of the same mindset. Because for her, it all began with finding the dress. A dreamy vision laced with vintage details, she found the perfect gown and married her handsome groom on a day decorated with romance. Graced with light colored bouquets and pretty pops of color, this darling destination fete from the lens of Laura Leslie is filled with loveliness.

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Fall
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Al FrescoInn
Styles
Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… When I began planning my wedding I was so excited to find a dress. I knew that I wanted something romantic with a vintage inspired look, something different. I also knew I was going to have a bit of a hard time finding what I wanted. I searched at my local wedding boutiques, looked at all the usual wedding designers. I was exhausted and disappointed because I could not find what I really wanted. And then I came upon Chaviano Couture’s website. I screamed from excitement and showed my Maid of Honor the dress I had focused on. She agreed that that it was perfect. I wasted no time and reached out to Annette. It was the best decision I made. My dress was a complete dream!

We wanted a romantic look so we knew we wanted the bouquet to have light colored flowers with a pop of color. We opted for peonies, roses, waxflowers, tuberoses in peach, pink and ivory. We also included scabiosa pods, dusty millers and some dark blue berries to give it that pop of color.
The cake was a 3 tiered almond amaretto cake with a raspberry filling and buttercream frosting. We decided to have our florist put flowers cascading down the front of the cake as decor.

We live in Miami, Florida and our wedding was in Athens, Georgia so planning a wedding a state away was a bit tricky but we pulled it off!

Photography: Laura Leslie Photography | Event Planning: Conley Perry Of Fleur De Lis Events | Floral Design: Gardenia Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Chaviano Couture | Bride's Shoes : Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Sriyani Of Beautifully Marked | Hair : Model Citizen | DJ: DJ YNot | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Venue: The Foundry Park Inn & Spa | Bride's Accessories : Chaviano Couture

Atlanta Wedding Planner’s Sweet Park Engagement Session

You know it’s going to be a beautiful engagement session when you find out it was captured through the lens of Sawyer Baird. But when the Bride-to-be is a wedding planner and designer for Atlanta’s Simply Charming Socials, you’re in for an extra special treat. And this sweet e-sesh doesn’t disappoint. From the fresh Spring blooms to the gorgeous couple, there’s nothing not to love. See it all here.

From Sawyer BairdWhen two creatives come together for an engagement session, nothing but magic can happen. Sydney reached out to us about shooting her engagements & wedding after we had worked together on other business projects. Beyond thankful, I was thrilled to work with Sydney for her big day!

Sydney is a wedding planner & designer for Simply Charming Socials, this being how we met, and when Sydney got engaged I almost jumped with joy! Instead, a lot of happy claps & congrats were occurring. Sydney received the most beautiful heirloom ring from Dustin… and it just fits her style and personality perfectly.

When figuring out details for the engagement session we knew we wanted something classy, fun, and in the city. With Atlanta having so many tucked away gems the engagement session was beyond perfect. We started in Inman Perk on the streets (might I add one of the cutest neighborhoods in Atlanta) and then later off of Ponce De Leon for a more classy feel in an area of Private Estates!

Photography: Sawyer Baird

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