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Don’t Let Summer Slip By Without One Last Hoorah

Summer parties are some of the best you’ll have all year and with the season coming to a close (tear!) squeeze in one last hoorah filled with good friends, good cocktails and a pool if you’re lucky. This is a how-to for leaving summer with a bright, happy, festive bang thanks to the ladies of BURKE | Design + Planning along with the prettiest images by Alea Moore Photography. Psst, see the full shoot right here.

A Summer Sendoff is a bright, bold and vivacious style shoot designed to embody the celebration of the end of summer. Taking place appropriately poolside, this party celebrates beating the heat with a crisp cocktail, your go-to gal pal and an outfit that matches your mood!

Summertime in Georgia can get hotter than hot, but that heat inspires taking the time to sit back, dip your toes in the pool and enjoy the company of those around you! Originally inspired by the gorgeous boxwood wall that sprawled over 15 feet tall, it was the bright yellow, orange and pink citrus hues of traditional summer fun that tied this shoot together.

The reoccurring theme of citrus, contrasted with the lush floral design and modern acrylic accents , provided the perfect setting for a summertime gathering with girlfriends. My favorite part of this shoot was breaking away from neutrals (which I love!) and playing with a fun and unique color palette. 

I’m always looking for unique pieces to incorporate into design and the bright yellow table, contrasted perfectly with the bold and beautiful floral arrangement designed by Bloomin’ Bouquets.

One of the most rewarding parts of designing a shoot like this, is getting to work with talented creatives who, once given a direction, feel empowered to run with their creativity and create and produce elements that highlight the overall vision.

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Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Verduzco | Acrylic Menus: Phase 3: Marketing & Communications | Clothing: Planet Blue | Craft Cocktails: Lyghthouse Cocktails | Floral: Bloomin’ Bouquets: Unique Floral and Event Design | Glasses, Linen Napkins & Plates: Anthropologie | Handlettering: Hayley Cook Lettering | Name Cards: Host & Toast Studio | Planner + Stylist: BURKE | Design + Planning | Private Establishment: Uptown Buckhead Pool | Table: West Elm

Timeless Southern Elegance at the Swan House

What do you get when you combine an elegant historic estate like the Swan House Mansion, show-stopping florals, and the timeless Southern tradition of burying a bottle of whiskey to ward off bad weather? A dreamy outdoor ceremony under perfect blue skies, captured flawlessly by Still55 Photography. See all the loveliness and more in The Vault!

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From Still55 PhotographyErin and Ethan wanted their guest to enjoy the timeless elegance of the historic estate of the late Emily and Edward Inman. The Swan House represented everything these two loved about the South. Hester Parks of Park Avenue Events brought the couples vision to life with thoughtfully executed touches of understated pieces throughout. Simple but lush tables capes and breathtaking florals welcomed guest onto the lawn and into the reception. After the ceremony the groom unearthed a bottle of whisky which was buried months prior on the property in a timeless southern tradition to ward off bad weather. The overwhelming beauty of the Swan House estate coupled with the flawless execution of premium vendors such as Park Avenue Events and Amy Osaba Designs brought this couples dream wedding into reality.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Event Planning: Park Avenue Events | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Ceremony Venue: Swan House Mansion | Reception Venue: Swan House Mansion | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Legendary Events | Hair Stylist: Taylor Jane | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Chairs: Sweet Seats | Ceremony Musician: Krysten O'Mara Classical Guitarist | Make Up Artist: Images by J Denelle | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

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A Wedding “Test Run”? Best. Idea. Ever.

It’s not every day you get to gear up for your big “I do’s” with an amazing inspiration sesh with some of the best vendors around, but for this stunning Tinder-loving duo (they met on the app!), that’s exactly what happened.  Together with the likes of My Floral Bliss, Lemiga Events and Simply Sarah Photography (just to name a few), they’re showing us what city chic style looks like. (Hint: It’s gorgeous.)  See their wedding “test run” in THE VAULT.

From The Bride… As cringe-worthy as it is to say out loud, Daniel and I were love at first “swipe”. That’s right folks, we met on the infamous Tinder app. Daniel joined Tinder mostly for the entertainment since his fraternity brother/roommate joked about it all the time. But I was a bit naive and didn’t realize the then-new app was notorious for hooking up, not dating. Thankfully fate quickly took over when Daniel and I matched. We chatted via text for 2 weeks before deciding to go on our first date soon after the holidays (my 10th first date in a year!). You know how everyone says love finds you when you’re not looking for it? Well I had decided if that date with Daniel didn’t go well, I’d quit dating until I turned 30. Luckily, we hit it off and have been practically inseparable ever since. We moved in together just 9 months into our relationship and bought a home together at the 1.5 year mark.

As a wedding photographer who is happily in love, I adopted a “why rush forever?” viewpoint on marriage. Of course we’ve discussed marriage and I know it’s important to Daniel (his parents set a wonderful example with over 40 years of joyous matrimony), so I let Daniel take the reigns on when he was ready for that life-changing step. I already had the man of my dreams in a beautiful home with 3 adorable fur babies. Marriage would simply be the icing on the cake (no pun intended). But on March 20th, after I finished the Georgia Publix Half Marathon, Daniel gave me the surprise of a lifetime when on bended knee he asked me to be his wife. I had NO clue this proposal was coming. He bought the ring completely on his own so I was none the wiser. He still nailed it by slyly finding my literal dream ring in my Pinterest boards! We’re now planning our intimate San Francisco City Hall wedding for early 2017 and loved getting to “test-run” the big day with a stunning shoot from Lemiga Events and Simply Sarah!

From Lemiga EventsWe collaborated with a talented team of creatives to produce an elegant summer wedding inspiration for the bride who is looking to have a romantic city chic wedding. The venue, Four Seasons Atlanta, provided a park like setting high above the skyline of Midtown Atlanta for our vignette.

My Floral Bliss created a gorgeous ceremony piece that floated over the altar area with lush white floral, and floating orbs attached to sand-blasted manzanita and accented by greenery. It was such a lovely way to add softness to the ceremony area without taking away from the dramatic skyline and architecture of the space. Our bride and groom recited hand written vows calligraphed by Sass and Frass which were held in custom vow books from Wedding StoryWriter.

Our beautiful bride wore a gown by Monique Lhuillier “Jade”, belt Jenny Yoo “Mischka”, and veil Cha Cha “Imperial”, all from Fabulous Frocks. Jewelry worn from Perfect Details. Hair and Makeup by Scoobie West. Wedding garter designer La Gartier, styled her garters with shoes and accessories from Jimmy Choo for a glamorous touch. The groom was dressed in a tan summer suit by The Modern Gent.

The stationery suite by Sass and Frass featured calligraphy on gold edged paper. Custom acrylic table numbers and escort cards by Host and Toast mimicked the paper with gold agate details. The stationery was displayed on a hand-crafted driftwood grey tray with genuine leather straps from Host and Toast. A hand-made Vow Book with custom silver and gold marbled paper finished the suite.

We love incorporating fun surprises into our wedding designs. We think guests would have a blast with the Cult Cart, where they can select their own organic flavor of cotton candy. And Cult Carts goes above and beyond to customize the experience for clients by making color coordinating cones and toppings to accessorize the cotton candy to match the wedding design.

For cocktail hour, the escort card display was set in the middle of the Four Season’s herb garden. Manzanita branches held acrylic escort cards in an agate design with names in gold calligraphy. The Four Seasons provided hand-crafted refreshing Summer cocktails – the “Lady Victoria”: Hanger One Vodka, Lemon Juice, Cocchi Americano, Rosemary

Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events designed the reception display with crisp whites and mixed metallics. White metallic linen from Nuage Designs provided a clean base for silver rimmed chargers and gray Lucca dinner plates from Classic Party Rentals. Silver dupioni napkins and romantic calligraphy menu cards edged in gold, finished the place settings. Mixed metallic containers held candles, soft white floral, and painted succulents, creating a beautiful table display perfect for a summer reception.

It’s A Sweet Life Bakery designed our wedding cake with white floral accented by metallic gold. The cake was displayed on a custom white and gold stand made by Host and Toast.

Sarah and Will of Simply Sarah Photography captured all the beautiful details of the day and the sweet love shared between our bride and groom. All in all our vendors came together to provide a perfect summer day in the city and gave our couple some beautiful imagery they will cherish for years to come!

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Planning + Design: Lemiga Events | Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Cake: It's a Sweet Life Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Perfect Details | Hair + Makeup: Scoobie West | Stationery + Calligraphy: Hollis Wright | Groom's Attire: The Modern Gent | Venue: Four Seasons Atlanta | Bridal Boutique: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Cotton Candy Cart: Cult Cards | Floral Design + Decor: My Floral Bliss | Garter: La Gartier Wedding Garters | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Decor: Host & Toast Studio | Veil: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

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