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This Georgia Vineyard Wedding Looks Straight Out of Tuscany!

When you look through the images by Amy Arrington, it’s hard to believe this wedding didn’t actually take place in Italy. The sweeping vineyard views set the scene for Sam and Michael’s incredible day and you’ll fall hard when you dive into the gallery and film below by Before Your Eyes Cinema.

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From the Bride… When Mike and I sat down to discuss our wedding, we both knew that we did not want the standard affair. We love to travel and one of our first big trips together was to Italy and wine country. When we started to discuss venues, our thoughts immediately returned to those memories of rolling hills, grape vines, and Tuscany. The venue was therefore set, a winery, but how would we transport Italy to North Georgia? Enter Montaluce Winery, the first and only venue that we visited. It was an Italian oasis set among the mountains of North Georgia, and after our fist visit, when the vineyard was coated in a light dusting of snow, we knew we had found the perfect place to get married. With the venue locked in, the rest of our preparations began to fall into place.

While he was initially hesitant, I was able to talk my husband into a first look. The pictures and memories of us looking at each other, secluded between the high vines of the grapes is a moment we will both hold onto forever. Those few moments of solitude, to be with each other outside of the events of the day, reminded us of what all the planning and preparation was for; a celebration of our love. The timing of the first look and the perfection of the autumn light allowed us to capture some of the most beautiful and unique photos of the day, and freed us up after the ceremony to enjoy time with our friends and loved ones who had come to celebrate with us.

Our ceremony was also unique to our situation. As we both worked at the Children’s Hospital, we are fortunate to call one of the Chaplains a dear friend . Mike and I are both people of faith and having a friend who is also a Chaplain allowed us to have an intimate, personal ceremony that was a reflection of our personalities and our love. Reverend Rachel was able to create a ceremony that was not only spiritual, and honored our families, but reflected the best of us as individuals, and as a couple.

While our big day was a collaboration, and my husband and I agreed on most aspects of the wedding, there was one issue on which he would not budge, a live band. This turned out to be one of our best decisions. The sound of live music from the Emerald Empire Band filling the venue, accompanied by their energy invigorated the dance floor and led to some of the more memorable moments of the night. We will forever remember standing arm in arm with family and friends singing the chorus to ‘Sweet Caroline” at the top of our lungs. The sounds of the band and looks on everyone’s faces are the enduring legacy of the beauty and love that made our wedding day so special.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Before Your Eyes Cinema | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Inc. | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Montaluce Winery | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Montaluce Winery | Bridal Salon: Bridals By Lori | Bride's Hair: Erin Tierney | Bride's Makeup: Brielle Brenner | Bride's earrings + bracelet: BHLDN | Garter: The Garter Girl | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Welcome sign, seating chart, guest book sign: Fox And Fallow

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Intimate Elopement Complete with Calligraphy

Let me reiterate: this is not a styled shoot. This is actually a real wedding, but the details are SO on point stylistically that even I thought it was orchestrated for inspiration. But no, this is Taylor and Rainge’s beautifully ‘big’ day. An intimate elopement in the woods that you won’t want to miss – see it all in The Vault!

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From Candice Lorraine“I need to be bold
Need to jump in the cold water
Need to grow older with a girl like you
Finally see you were naturally
The one to make it so easy when you show me the truth
Yeah, yeah I’d rather be with you
Say you want the same thing too”

The lyrics Taylor sang to Rainge when they walked through the woods as husband and wife. With the little white church behind them and the rest of their lives ahead of them, Taylor chose the intimate setting of the Georgia mountains to start their life together.

The day began with coffee and biscuits at their favorite local brunch nook at Mama’s Boy in Athens. This cozy spot hosted many their dates in college, and tons of shared memories. After full bellies, they drove up through the mountain fog to the Juliette Chapel, tucked away in the woods of the Appalachian. As Hope Ferguson, started hair and makeup, Taylor calmly told the story of how her and Rainge met and her vision for the wedding day.

Their relationship was created during many drives between South Carolina and Georgia, so the thought of being away in the mountains near the states borders thrilled them. They loved the romance of the woods, being away from all the noise, and reminded that despite all the distractions in life — it is truly just the two of them and their union. Taylor wanted everything to be organic and natural. Her love for the outdoors and career in horses, she just desired to feel like their altar was an oasis created by God. Surrounded by nature was incredibly important to her. Nothing extravagant or dramatic, just her and her fiance in a natural setting.

After Hope finished the perfect makeup touches, Taylor changed into her breathtaking BHLDN dress. The most whimsical and dainty dress and started her walk across the courtyard, down the aisle to her groom. Tears filled Rainge’s eyes when he saw his bride before him. They both giggled and sniffled back tears as their dear friend read a passage from the Bible. They held hands as they exchanged vows to each other. Sealed with a long and quiet kiss, tears rolled down both their cheeks, followed by squeals and lots of laughs, Taylor and Rainge were married.

Amanda Jewel flawlessly executed a whimsical and earthy ceremony design for them to speak their vows under God. They wanted the invitation suite to be a reminder of their vows, their commitment to each other, and to show their children one day. During their engagement, Taylor and Rainge often spoke about the songs that they danced to in the kitchen, and sweet calligrapher Anna Brown, of Olive Juice Press, decided to surprise them by writing the lyrics to “I’d Rather Be With You” by Joshua Radin on the ribbon for Taylor’s bouquet.

It was evident through every detail of the day, that Taylor and Rainge have a peaceful confidence in their love for each other. They reiterated over and over how calming it was to just be together, to spend a day away from any wedding fluff or details, and focus on their marriage.

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Photography: Rustic White Photography | Floral Design: Amanda Jewel Floral + Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Hope Ferguson | Invitations + Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Juliette Chapel | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Stylist: Candice Lorraine

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Rustic Romance Wedding Inspiration

A gorgeous field at dusk, complete with a romantic picnic, handsome groom by your side… can we just run away and escape to this fantasy pretty please? Sawyer Baird captured this rustic wonderland full of Forage and Fleur’s lush blooms and captivating calligraphy from the talented Jenny Sanders. With this gallery in front of me, there isn’t much hope for a productive rest of the day and I’m a-ok with that.

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From Sawyer Baird… This shoot all began when I was contacted to create and teach a fellow photographer for a 1:1 Workshop with myself… I was beyond honored and couldn’t wait to get to work!

With this began the thoughts of creating with purpose, creating with a story in mind, and creating with real, pure, and amazing love. In this shoot you see real love notes, combined with a real couple… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This shoot describes the couple so well, from the simple picnic to the mountain side, and the amazing details. It really couldn’t have been better.

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: The Sentimentalist | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Hair & Makeup: Claudia Verduzco | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Men's Attire: H&M | Venue: Private Residence | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Ring Box: The Mrs Box