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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