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North Georgia Wedding from Leslie & Dusty Photography

We’re wrapping up another fabulously pretty week here at SMP Georgia with this vintage inspired wedding by Leslie & Dusty Photography. Planned in just nine short months, it’s filled with the prettiest touches including pops of purple and some out of this world floral displays. Click here for the full gallery!

From the Bride… As a soon-to-be bride, you know how everyone keeps telling you to give yourself as much time as possible to plan your wedding? Well, if you’re planning a remote destination wedding, or in my case, in your hometown when you live 5-6 states away, just take the advice! Luckily, as I planned our wedding in Atlanta from my apartment in Washington, D.C., I had the help of my mom, sister, cousin and aunt who all lived in the Atlanta area and played a very integral role in creating what ended up being the exact wedding I had envisioned.

My very first decision was our photographer, who just so happened to be a good friend from my high school cheerleading days. Leslie and her husband Dusty shot our wedding and as you can see from the photos, they were absolutely exceptional!! Next up was the dress. I noticed the gorgeous lace and pleated tier skirt of the Lazaro dress first, and absolutely had to try it on – even if it was exactly the opposite of what I thought I wanted. The second I had it on, I knew that was the dress I would walk down the isle and spend the most amazing evening of my life in. Using the dress as my inspiration for the rest of the wedding details, I embarked on planning a romantic, vintage-styled wedding. My beautiful bridesmaids ended up picking out the dress they all wore, providing me with more inspiration for the overall look and feel of the wedding. And, my amazingly creative cousin, Jennifer Maddox, offered to design and produce our save-the-dates, ceremony programs, place cards, guest gift notes and menu. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without her! She knew exactly what I wanted, every time.

The one major hiccup? Dirk decided to gift all the groomsmen their handmade suites (an extremely thoughtful gesture that everyone ended up really enjoying!) However, after months and months of choosing fabrics, tie patterns, shirt materials and cuts, and coordinating measurements, the week of the wedding came around and no one had their suits! Thankfully, my loving husband jumped on the issue, dealing with tailors in four different cities and coordinating the delivery of each and every one of the suits the day of the wedding.

But, everything finally ended up coming together as the magical event it was because of our florist, Mr. Paul Brummer from Rooms in Bloom. I was stressing out in a major way leading up to the wedding, because being in D.C. meant that I was unable to actually see any of the flowers that Paul would be able to use for the wedding. It was nerve racking, not being able to visualize what it would ended up looking like. However, the moment I stepped into the ballroom after Dirk and I took our “first glance” photos, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and great sense of relief I experienced. Seeing Paul’s one of a kind artwork brought to life was just perfect! And, best of all, Dirk and I enjoyed every single moment – thanks in part to our wonderful band, A-Town A-List. Not to mention all the love and support we received from our family and friends, many of which traveled from far-off places such as California and Germany (where Dirk is from). In the end, the 9 months we had to plan the wedding truly ended up paying off and I wouldn’t trade any aspect of our wedding for anything different!

Wedding Photography: Leslie & Dusty Photography / Wedding Venue: Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia / Floral Design: Paul Brummer from Rooms in Bloom / Wedding Cake: Two Urban Licks / Band: A town A List / Makeup: Shannon Jennings from Formal Faces

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North Georgia Wedding at Walnut Hill Farm from Soli Photography

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I am a huge fan of love. In particular, love stories. Hearing how two people made their journey from meeting to their wedding always captures my undivided attention, and stories like this one truly show what a journey it can be. But when they made it to that aisle? It was perfection filled with sentimental touches that will make your heart melt. Like the ring bearer bringing their rings down on a bed of their love letters while the Groom was deployed. I know, it’s amazing…and there is more from Soli Photography waiting for you right here.

Can’t get enough of this couple? We can’t either. So be sure to tune to their adorable film from Tim Cofield Cinematography

From the Bride… Andrew and I met a couple of months before he was supposed to leave for boot camp. When we first started dating I knew there was something about this guy that was completely different than anyone I had ever dated. It just felt right! He left for Fort Benning, GA, then it was off to airborne school, and then it was time for us to find where he would be stationed. I will never forget the look on his face when he told me he was going to be stationed in Alaska. Andrew was stationed in Alaska for 3 ½ years and I can honestly say when I went to visit him those were some of the best times in our relationship! His year long deployment was difficult but we made it through and in 2011 he returned home to us for good!

The day that I went to view Walnut Hill Farm I fell in love. I just knew it was the perfect place for our wedding! So on a hot spring day in May we were married at the beautiful Walnut Hill Farms. When contemplating about the overall style of our wedding we both agreed that southern elegance was the only option. We love relaxing and being outdoors and we wanted our guests to feel the same. When beginning this journey we decided to plan our entire wedding ourselves down to every last detail. First and foremost we wanted God to be the center of our celebration. It was finally real that we were getting married after being engaged for 3 ½ years! Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved family heirlooms. My dad and I both enjoy collecting antiques and many of them were passed down from previous generations. We were able to use many of them in our wedding to make it that much more personal and memorable. It was a blast to get to plan and decorate with my dad. I loved all of the personal touches in our wedding. My father in-law cut down a tree from their yard, my husband sanded and stained it, and my sister in-law was able to burn our names into the wood. Once this piece was finished we used it as the base for the grooms cake. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when our ring bearer carried our stacks of handwritten letters from boot camp and Afghanistan down the aisle.

I remember standing in the barn with my dad and the doors were about to open for us to walk down the aisle. I could hear one of our favorite songs playing and then I heard my bridesmaid Amanda start singing and playing the guitar, which was our cue. Beautiful white petals lay daintily on the stone path that was lined with shepherd’s hooks and swinging flower filled mason jars that led to the altar. In there hung antique weathered windows surrounded by our perfect wedding party waiting for us to say our vows. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and I couldn’t believe it was finally happening! The ceremony was beautiful and then the lovely barn doors opened and the fun at the reception began. I hopped into my reception dress and we danced the night away. I had so many people tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to which made me feel like all of our hard work paid off. God has truly blessed Andrew and I and we are excited for our future!

Wedding Photography: Soli Photography / Wedding Venue: Walnut Hill Farm in Dalton, Georgia / Floral Design: Humphreys / Wedding Cinematography: Tim Cofield Cinematography / Invitations: One Little M / DJ + Lighting: Soundforce / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN

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Georgia Wedding from Audra Starr Photography + The Funky Shack

This couple? They are adorable. And it only takes one look at their wedding captured by Audra Starr Photography to know they are squeeze-worthy. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that their wedding was equally charming. Rustic with the perfect amount of sweetness, every nook and cranny if filled with love-filled details. The gorgeous Bride described her big day as “better than any board she could have pinned”, and I do believe she is right. See it all here!

From Audra Starr PhotographyBrittany White+Jacob McCullough are one of my new favorite couples, and I’m sure you won’t be able to help falling in love with them too! They have this totally disarming way about them that can put anyone at ease. Brittany is super charming and witty, and Jacob is the epitome of manly man (and is definitely the guy you want on your trivia time, he knows everything!). They live simply, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. And the best part? They are ALL about each other.

Every little piece of their wedding reflected them, and even though they wanted to keep it simple, they still managed to make it stunning and full of charm. They had their close friends and family set-up by the little lake to watch them exchange vows, and had everyone surround them in the middle of the ceremony to pray over them and their new lives together. Right as they were finishing the ceremony, the sun started creeping down, so we were able to get some drool-worthy pictures of just the two of them! They had some awesome set-up’s brought in by the Funky Shack for their reception, and they turned a little open-air pavillion into a quaint little dance hall. She made one of her own garters to out-girl the other camo garter she got in Jacob’s honor (of course). She’s also a teacher and loves all things kids, so they included a little chalk table for them to play games on and also had little mad libs and other games on each of the tables. They even had a biscuit AND mashed potato bar with toppings galore to go along with their country cooked dinner set-up. After the food fest, everyone let their hair down and danced the night away. Which of course, didn’t hurt fighting off the cold! It was really an amazing story to be told, and it was an honor coming alongside of them to be a part of it. I’m so happy for these guys!

From the Bride… Our wedding was a classic, rustic affair full of southern charm. Better than any board I could have created or pin I could have pinned. The crisp November air and fall leaves made the lakeside ceremony and candle-lit reception the perfect setting to start our life together.

Photography: Audra Starr Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Venue in Brooks, Georgia / Event Design: The Funky Shack / Floral Design: Leslie Longstreth (Family Friend) / Caterer: Teresa Carter from Southern Touch Catering / Invitations: VistaPrint / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Shoes: Dyeables

 

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