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Newnan Wedding at Dunaway Gardens from This Is You Photography

There’s no mistaking that when you’re planning a DIY wedding, you need all the help you can get. This lucky bride just so happened to get tons of help from her artsy and crafty mom and together they created one fabulous day. From the doilie painted table clothes to the antique brooch bouquet, this wedding is a total original. This is You Photography captured it all perfectly. Click here for the full gallery.

From the Bride… After I got engaged the first thing my mom and I tried to nail down was the venue and the overall feel/look of the wedding. Heath and I love doing and being outside, so I had narrowed it down to an outdoor ceremony. We looked around the Newnan area and my mom had visited Dunaway Gardens and she was in love. I went out there as soon as I could and saw what she was talking about. It was beautiful and I knew that it was the spot.

I had always loved casual, rustic, antique decor used in weddings so now that we had the location the look was starting to develop. I was inspired by antique ball jars for centerpieces and wanted to use burlap since it was a great natural backdrop for just about anything. I didn’t use a wedding planner- my mom is a retired art teacher, so once I talked about what I wanted and showed her things I liked she ran with it. We spray painted doilies onto the table cloths, she scavenged antique shops for jars, made a moss P and you can see from the pictures the list goes on and on…. I owe her BIG! and more importantly I trusted her with anything she suggested she was making. One thing I did want was a brooch bouquet. Flowers wilt and die and I loved the idea that its something I could keep and remember the day. I also love the idea that if I have girls, I can give them one of the brooches off my bouquet. One of my favorite parts of the day was my dress…. after traveling and trying on who knows how many dresses I had narrowed it down to a 2 dresses but before I went back to try them on I had an appointment at New Natalies in Atlanta. I went and saw the bottom of my dress in a bag and said,” I like the lace, lets try this on.” I saved it for last, and when I saw myself in it, I knew.

For music, my mom really liked the idea of a string quartet playing and we asked Jacob Winslett, our praise band leader at our church, to do a solo. Jacob sang “Take My Life” by Chris Tomlin during the lighting of the unity candles. For the reception music we wanted to have variety and we thought a dj would be best for that. Lastly, another part I knew from the begining I wanted to include, was a paper lantern release. I had seen the tradition for couples to write love wishes on the lantern and then releasing it for it to come true. I think they are beautiful and thought it would be a cool thing to include. 

Photography: Mark & Tracy from This is You Photography / Wedding Venue: Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia / Wedding Coordinator + Floral Design: Phyllis King / Event Design: The Bride’s Mother / Caterer: Contemporary Catering / Wedding Cake: Linda’s All Occasion Cakes / Entertainment: Mike McGraw / Wedding Dress: Enzoani via New Natalies

 

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Newnan Wedding at Vinewood from LibbyPhoto

These two lovebirds might be smitten with each other, but I am smitten with them. It’s pretty much a guarantee that you will be too, because their wedding is just the definition of lovely. Lovely and fun and the type of wedding you can just tell each of their guests will always remember. And if they ever want to revisit the loveliness of that day, all they have to do is take one look at the beautiful images from LibbyPhoto and they’ll be right back there again. And all those images are sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride… What a wonderful experience this wedding has been. I have such great family and friends who helped me through the planning process every step of the way. Choosing a venue was definitely the most challenging and time consuming part of planning. However, upon seeing Vinewood, we were convinced that this adorable rustic chic setting would be absolutely perfect for our wedding and would complement our vision of an elegant, vintage event. Not only was the venue stunning, but the owners were also amazing and helped us every step of the way while we planned the wedding. With the venue decided upon, we were able to continue with making other decisions for the wedding. A large part of the décor was accented with burlap and lace to accentuate the rustic and elegant vibe of the venue. I also decided to use mainly neutral colors in the wedding, which worked well with the natural feel of the venue. Our ceremony was outside under a large tree, from which we hung lanterns, and the reception was held in the stables. Being on a rather limited budget, my fiance and I decided to employ a lot of DIY ideas in our planning process. I had a wonderful team of my mom and sisters, and we did the programs, escort cards, table runners, and lavender pouches that were thrown upon our exiting the reception. It sure was a lot of work but definitely worth every bit — the wedding turned out beautifully.

The attire for the bridal party complemented the wedding colors perfectly. The bridesmaids wore a strapless J.Crew dress in a light driftwood color and nude pumps. The bouquets had a wildflower look with hints of gray and lavender to match the color of the dresses. The groomsmen wore suits a darker shade of gray, and they all looked very handsome. The boutonnieres were simple yet elegant and complemented the bridesmaids’ bouquets. My dress, which I absolutely love, had a full pleated skirt and fitted bodice with a thin waist line of sequins and rhinestones. I also wore a pair of vintage, navy, peep toe pumps that belong to my grandmother and were worn by her when she and my grandfather were married. It was simple yet stunning.

The reception was a blast, and everyone had a great time. From the delicious buffet to the rockin’ dance floor, it was a true party. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we decided to go with cupcakes, which were absolutely amazing! The baker created a beautiful display with the cupcakes and the cake topper. After dancing the night away and spending time with our wonderful family and friends, we left the reception under a shower of lavender thrown by the guests. It was a beautiful night, and I will cherish the memories forever.  

Wedding Photography: LibbyPhoto / Wedding Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Patti Cramer of Simple Elegance / Catering: Simply Catering / Cupcakes: Meagan Bielo of Creative Cakes / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

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Newnan Photo Shoot from Odalys Mendez Photography

I dare you not to look at this inspiration and instantly want to infuse every inch of your life in beautiful florals; wildly glamorous, uber bright, bohemian floral crown kinds of florals. That is just what Cloth of Gold set out to create with a photo shoot infused with loads of the aforementioned and imagery by Odalys Mendez Photography that brings all those pretty petals to life. If you’re a bohemian Bride -to-be or simply a lover of flora, grab all the inspiration your little heart can handle in the full gallery.

From Odalys Mendez PhotographyThis inspirational shoot was designed around a beautiful, lush flower crown made for a whimsical bride. Country Gardens Farm, a picturesque, organic vegetable and flower grower in Newnan, Georgia, lent the perfect backdrop for this couple’s natural, simple style. The floral elements were designed to create a fresh, just-picked-from-the-garden aesthetic and pull in the natural elements of the organic setting. A color palette of vivid hues adds to the element of whimsy and was beautifully set off by the warm, late summer light.

Photography: Odalys Mendez Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Country Gardens Farm in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Cloth of Gold

Dunaway Gardens Wedding from Artstar by Laura Stone

Have you ever been to Dunaway Gardens? I have not, but if you have, consider me jealous. From the looks of this gorgeous southern wedding, the Gardens are a place worthy of a visit or two – as well as the most amazing soiree of your relationship. These two thought so, and I can’t help but agree. As a very close second to actually being a lucky guest of this wedding, we have a gallery full of beautiful images from Artstar by Laura Stone just waiting for you here!

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Jay and I met at a small bar in downtown Savannah, Georgia. I was playing a round of pool with some friends and he was with a group of friends who had coaxed him into going out with them. He walked up to me, pulled me aside, and told me that he spotted me from across the room and thought I was beautiful and could not leave with out getting my number.  I reluctantly gave it to him, because after all I was in a “bar.”   I was finishing up my last year at the Savannah College of Art and Design and he was working for the Army repairing helicopters at a nearby base.  We both had plans that would take us on different paths-I had dreams of moving to New York and he had plans of working overseas as a defense contractor.  We decided to take those different paths and see how things went.  We are both believers in fate.  If it was meant to be we would find our way back to each other.  During our time of being worlds apart we both realized how much we missed each other, and the year wrapped up we decided that life was too short to be on such different paths and that we wanted to join our lives together.  We moved into a small house together which we fixed up during the following three years.

As we started living our lives together small little acts of love started to develop.  I am not a morning person at all, so every morning Jay would bring me coffee and toast to wake me up.  He is not the romantic type, not one to plan a night out with a romantic dinner or bring me flowers; but what he did do that meant so much more to me than those things was consistently show acts of kindness like waking up and bringing me breakfast in bed 90% of the time.  One morning as usual he brought me coffee and toast and instead of kissing me and telling me it was time to get up, he got down on one knee and began to tell me how we wanted bring me breakfast for the rest of my life.  He went on to saying how much he appreciated our lives being joined and could not imagine life any other way. He asked me to marry him in the sweetest most simple way.  That was us. We are simple and understated people.  I could not have asked for a better proposal.

When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted to incorporate the simplicity and beauty of nature for our special day.  The venue we chose, Dunaway Gardens, is a 25-acre site full of different types of gardens and ponds.  From the moment I stepped onto the venue site, I felt a sense of calmness and peace, the place was magical.  It was everything I wanted for our wedding day.  I did not even have to think about it, I signed the contract with out even discussing it with my husband to be because I knew he would love it.

The venue strongly dictated the stlye, theme and colors.  I did not want the wedding details to overpower or fight with the venue but have a harmonious dialogue between each element. The wedding color I decided on was lavender. Instead of sticking with one color only, I decided to do a play on different shades of the lavender color.  I felt like it would compliment all of the greenery around.  I kept in mind the idea of simplicity and less is more.  Instead of creating an arch for us to say our vows under I decided on a petal carpet of purple and white petals. I thought about how the guest were going to view the ceremony from the steps of the amphitheater.  The color would dictate the focus point instead of an architectural element.

For the reception, I wanted simple but beautiful.  We decided on white table cloths and flower boxes filled with flowers that looked as if they were picked from the garden.

We had many special touches we incorporated into our ceremony and reception.  The first one was the music we used during our ceremony.  We choose to use some of our favorite songs in the instrumental version.  For the wedding party entrance we used “Yellow” by Vitamin String Quartet.  For the song I walked down to, we decided on “Closer to Love” by Piano Tribute Conservatory.  For our processional we chose “Stolen” in the instrumental version. 

We had several hand made details incorporated.  Jay made the little nest out of dried hunsuckle vines from our garden.  One of my bridesmaids made our cake topper two days before the wedding from vines bent into the letter A.  The night before the wedding my bridesmaids, my mother and I made the petal cones which held dried lavender.  We used paper dollies from the craft store.  We also hand stamped all the guest gift paper bags with purple flowers.  It was a fun night of crafting.

During our ceremony we did a butterfly release.  That idea came from our wedding planner during one of our last design meetings.  I am so glad we did it. It was so beautiful and our amazing photographer was able to catch it.

The memories that stay the most vivid to me now are from our ceremony.  It was the most special and beautiful moment of my life.  Being surrounded by everyone we love and exchanging such life changing vows in the middle of the most beautiful surroundings, no moment could have been more perfect.

I love all of our photos, but my favorites are from the First Look.  As the background for this special moment, Jay and I chose an overgrown pond with much greenery around it. It was magical and the pictures capture it beautifully.  I also love the detail images because they show our idea of beauty, and the photos of my family- Laura captured all their personalities perfectly!

Photography: Artstar by Laura Stone / Cinematography: James Futch / Flowers: Gloriosa / Event Planning: Peachtree Weddings & Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: Dunaway Gardens / Invitations: Paper Source / Hair & Makeup: Brushworx / Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones / Bride’s Belt: Handmade by Madeline / Pearl Necklace: Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry / Wedding Rings: Shane Company

Falconry Inspired Photo Shoot from Odalys Mendez Photography

This gorgeous photo shoot, captured entirely on film by Odalys Mendez Photography, has such a dreamy and romantic feel to it I could seriously stare at it all morning long. The amazing flowers, elegant tablescape and the delicious tower of sugarplums all add to the fabulousness of this photo shoot. We’re loving each and every inch if its organic, rustic vibe! See the whole story right here!

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From Odalys Mendez PhotographyThis styled photo shoot was created around the ancient sport of falconry. We wanted to bring the mystery and beauty of these birds into a setting with a touch of medieval flair. We imagined a lady training her bird of prey in the overgrown fields surrounding her castle, pausing to take a rest in a table beautifully set with silver and wild flowers.

The setting for our photo shoot was the new area of “High Meadows” at the breathtaking Vinewood venue located south of Atlanta. Lush trees amidst fields of tall grass were an idyllic backdrop for the organic theme of the shoot. The flowers by Virtu Floral and Event Design were a juxtaposition of delicate blooms and wild berries picked right from the venue by the florist. Twigs and wildflowers were also incorporated to further enhance the natural, rustic feel of the bouquets, giving them a hand-picked essence. The simple table was set with antique, sterling silver goblets and candelabra worthy of a princess. In lieu of a cake, we chose to display a tower of frosted sugarplums adorned with sprigs of wild berries. The photo shoot was done 100% on film to create a natural, organic, and dream-like palette of colors.

Photography: Odalys Mendez Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Virtu Floral and Event Design / Silver: H.G. Robinson Silver & Gifts / Fine China: Fragile Gifts / Falcon: Georgia Falconry Association / Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Wedding Dresses: Eve of Milady (Cap Sleeved Dress) + Azura (V-Neck Dress) / Hair + Makeup: Sarah Park

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Newnan Wedding at Vinewood by The Studio B Photography

This lovely wedding emanates rustic charm and Southern warmth at every turn. We’re loving the details everywhere we look — chandeliers hanging from the ceremony tree, haystack sitting areas draped with blankets, horseshoes and a puppy in a bowtie. I mean, what could be better? (And we could go on and on and on!) Vinewood is clearly the ideal venue for a rustic and intimate wedding, and  the amazing folks at The Studio B Photography captured all of the rustic loveliness right here.

From The Studio B Photography At the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, Casey’s dad spoke about what it was like when his son was growing up: “The first time he rode his bike, I was terrified. He was by himself on those two wheels, and I didn’t know what was going to happen. The same thing happened again when he first drove a car and when he first drove a boat. I was so scared because he was on his own. Then years later, he met Amanda, and I knew from the first time he spoke about her that she was special. When he proposed to her, I finally stopped being afraid of the new things Casey came across because I knew from that point on that he’d never be alone.”

These two love each other fiercely, and the support they have for each other is unwavering. Two weeks before the wedding, Amanda finished up her first year of medical school. A couple who can get through that together in the final days leading up to a wedding can get through anything! The pair were married at Vinewood, and the whole day was sweetly Southern and laid-back. In honor of her late mother, Amanda’s bouquet had her picture pinned on it. She also wore her mother’s veil, which was cathedral-length and stunning. The ring bearer was their adorable Rottweiler puppy Gunner, who donned a seersucker bow tie for the occasion and did a great job! Amanda and Casey said their vows beneath the shade of the “wedding tree,” and it was beautiful. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing in the stables, and a good time was had by all.

Wedding Photography: The Studio B Photography / Wedding Venue: Vinewood in Newnan, Georgia / Floral Design: Virtu Floral Design / Styling + Design: Jamie Elliott McPherson of Vinewood / Catering: Making Memories Catering / Wedding Cake + Dessert Table: Blooming Flour Bakery / Dessert Table Styling: Southern Flair Events / Custom Paper Goods: You’re Invited / Chandeliers: The Funky Shack / Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell via Bridals by Lori / Bride’s Veil: Her Mother’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate

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