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Elegant Summer Wedding at Southern Railway Station

There is something about train stations that I find ultra romantic, and I’m happy to learn I’m not the only one. The Southern Railway Station was the site for this elegant affair, planned and designed by Jennifer Laraia Designs. Jennie Andrews worked her magic behind the lens and Milestone Pictures filmed away, all resulting in one beautiful video and a gallery that I just can’t get enough of.

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From Jennifer Laraia Designs… Kathryn and Kent are an urban couple with both modern and classic sensibilities. They wanted to create a naturally elegant atmosphere that didn’t feel too formal. A place where friends and family could gather and enjoy a night of great food and fun.

They selected the Southern Railway Station for both the ceremony and reception. This two-story building, built in 1901, has a rich history and is nestled in the heart of downtown Knoxville. We used a muted color palette in order to compliment the original architecture, not compete with it.

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and dinner outside along the train platform. Long tables were dressed with crisp white linens, gorgeous china, sparkling glassware, and glowing lamps. Custom table number booklets not only showed guests to their seats, but included the history of the Station, information about the wedding party, and thank you’s from the bride and groom. Romantic centerpieces were overflowing with garden roses, berries, fennel, tulips, hydrangea, anemone, dahlias, maidenhair fern, and scabiosa. Kathryn’s Mom is a very talented floral gardener, so some of the herbs and flowers came directly from her own garden just days before the wedding. The creative team at Whimsical Gatherings did a beautiful job incorporating them into the most sentimental areas like Kathryn’s bouquet and the boutonnieres.

Personal touches were everywhere. The grandmothers played the role of “flower girls,” handing out stems to guests as they walked down the aisle. Kathryn’s Uncle Kevin married the couple in a very intimate ceremony. And bridesmaids were gifted with delicate shawls hand knitted by Kathryn’s Mom.

After dinner, cake was served with a side of raspberries (Kent’s favorite) and a custom fortune cookie. Every cookie included a special prediction about the couple, each one lovingly designed by Kathryn’s Dad. The fun continued as guests danced and participated in a competitive game of trivia until late in the evening. When it was time to say goodbye, the new Mr. and Mrs. Southworth led friends and family on a promenade through downtown Knoxville right to their hotel. It was the perfect ending for this perfectly beautiful couple!

Photography: Jennie Andrews | Videography: Milestone Pictures | Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter | Cake: Rosa's Catering | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various Designers Selected By Each Bridesmaid | Catering: All Occasions Catering | Makeup: Claire Balest | Hair: Bangs and Blush | Hair : Salon Visage | Lighting: Sound Revue | Wedding Venue: Southern Railway Station | Bridal Shop: Wedding Wonderland | Bridesmaids' Shawls: Mother Of The Bride | Event Design & Planning: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Rime Arodaky

Loves, if you haven’t yet met Rime Arodaky, it’s soooo time you do.  Because this talented French designer knows a thing or two about making you look all kinds of beautiful.  Imagine a breathtaking collection of gorgeous gowns + honeymoon attire that will completely change your wedding world.  It’s boho chic meets rock ‘n’ roll for your big day and beyond… and we can’t get enough.

Known for her intricate lace detailing, stunning silhouettes and bohemian-inspired stylings, Rime Arodaky’s fabulous new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”), brings a sweet Coachella meets Californian vacation vibe to your honeymoon… and beyond.  Think gorgeous lace cover-ups, beautiful gowns and uber-chic swimwear, all with that dash of rock ‘n’ roll that appears in every fabulous masterpiece Rime Arodaky creates.  Which means that you’ll look just as amazing saying “I do” as you will frolicking on the beach post-wedding with your sweetie.

To start your wedding journey with Rime Arodaky, visit her website for more information on her breathtaking + custom-fit gowns, or to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And for your daily dose of inspiration, follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram NOW!

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Romantic Outdoor Tented Wedding in Memphis

The lady behind the lens, Ashley Upchurch, said everything about this wedding reminded her of a little girl’s fairytale. And quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more. Each and every moment has “storybook” written all over it (helloooo, floral arch!) and with vendors like Angela Mazanti and Bella Figura, it comes as no surprise. Get comfy and find your wedding planning happy place right this way.

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Fall
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Estate
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Elegant

From Ashley UpchurchStephen and Kristy were married on a crisp October day at a private estate in Memphis, TN where they exchanged vows underneath a breathtaking floral arch. The bride wore a lovely Rivini gown that paired beautifully with her orchid-draping bouquet made by Angela Mazanti. Guests were provided with individually wrapped fleece blankets to keep warm during the ceremony and were entertained by a bagpiper as they entered the reception. Everything about their wedding reminded me of a little girl’s fairytale wedding!

Photography: Ashley Upchurch | Wedding Gown: Maggie Louise | Wedding Cake: The Flour Garden | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Venue: Private Estate | Floral & Event Design: Angela Mazanti

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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at RT Lodge

While this whole wedding makes me stop and stare, it’s the little details that are the most impressive. From upscale Chinese takeout boxes full of petals to custom booklets for each guest with their own Chinese zodiac inside, this couple paid homage to the Bride’s family in the most creative of ways. Natalie Watson captured each and every one of them and this gallery is bound to keep me entertained for hours.

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Fall
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Lodge

From the Bride… When Jonathan (J for short) and I started thinking about what we wanted the “feel” of our wedding to be, we knew we wanted the day/weekend to be not only be a celebration of our love for one another, but a celebration of the love we have for each and every guest that was there. After all, each one of them had played a role in helping shape the beautiful person that would stand before the other at the altar! We really wanted to make sure all the guests knew how much they meant to us. As we’re both accountants, we were definitely budget conscious, but at the same time we wanted to offer the best of everything! Best food, band, personalized favors, bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts… So we decided to go with quality rather than quantity… and with the help of my lovely bridesmaids, amazing vendors, and wonderfully talented MOH/florist/wedding planner, we were able to make this happen for the 110 guests that arrived! (Something to note about my MOH and vendor of all trades, Alex Stockton – my cattleya orchids for my bouquet came to us with just the bloom and no stems! So she actually had to take the stems of other flowers, and hand wire each of the blooms! Talk about fulfilling her maid of honor duties!)

The Saturday of our wedding weekend began with a savory and delicious breakfast, followed by bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts. The bridesmaids were given the softest, heather pink, Lauren by Ralph Lauren shawl collared robes and Kate Spade wristlets, either in a neutral beige or a maraschino cherry red.The guys were each given a bottle of Jack Daniels and little tie pins. After gifts, we all got ready and headed down to the outside stone fireplace, already lit, to have a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

The tea ceremony consisted of my “lucky ladies in waiting (my wonderful bridesmaids)” pouring tea, and J and I serving it to our guests 2 by 2. The guests in return for the tea would offer small gifts in the special Chinese red envelopes along with their blessings and any words of wisdom they had on marriage. Custom has it that the tea should be poured only by those that you denote as having been very lucky and blessed in life, so they can pass a little of that luck to you and your spouse!

As our guests were arriving to the American ceremony, where we would exchange our vows, they were greeted with craft papered Chinese take out boxes for a petal toss exit. My parents own a store, so my MOH/planner and I really wanted to tastefully incorporate that aspect of my life into the wedding. So we thought, what better way to do that than to customize “upscale” Chinese take out boxes that displayed our very own created wedding monogram (thank you Word!).

After the ceremony, the guests were guided to the escort table that displayed stone-colored ceramic fortune cookies, each containing the guests’ “fortunes” as to which table they were to sit at. When they arrived to their table, there sat a tailor-made booklet, individually customized for each of the guests, tied with a ribbon, enticing them to open the booklet and “Discover their Chinese Zodiac.” I had made sure as we were compiling our addresses to take note of every guests’ birth dates, even if they were unable to attend.

As the guests left, they were given a bottle of wine that displayed our wedding monogram, and given a note that said: “In addition to this favor, J and I decided to donate to our local animal shelter in honor of our 3 pets, who are all tucked in, sleeping the night away. We also make the pledge to make this same donation every year at this time to commemorate the commitment we made to one another and to show thanks for this special day!” This was a really important aspect to us, because so often (and how can you not) we get swept away in all the beautiful details of planning a wedding, that sometimes we forget how lucky and blessed we are, and so we wanted to pay it forward to something we hold dear to our hearts.

Although I could go on and on about all the lovely and endearing details that was so wonderfully captured by Natalie Watson, of what we consider to be the best weekend of our lives (thus far anyway!), I’ll leave you with what I have shared above and hope that the pictures can tell the rest of our story. We hope you enjoy!

Photography: Natalie Watson | Floral Design: Alexandra Stockton Of RT Lodge | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Catering : RTLodge | Hair And Makeup: Bangs And Blush | Band: The Pink Cadillacs | Groom's Attire: ASOS | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Wedding Venue: RT Lodge | Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Bride's Robe: Flora Nikrooz | Bridesmaids' Robes: Lauren By Ralph Lauren | Earrings: Rent The Runway | Father Of The Bride Attire: J.Crew | Getaway Car: Regal Carriages | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Ralph Lauren | Planning: Alexandra Stockton Of RT Lodge | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: RT Lodge | Tent: Sperry Tent For RT Lodge | Veil: Vera Wang

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Rustic Meets Vintage Farm Wedding

This, loves, is what happens when rustic details meet a sweet vintage vibe – a whole lot of awesome.  Now take that bundle of awesomeness and add in the chic stylings of Modern Vintage Events, fab rentals from Southern Events and a touch of modern bling and it’s a drop-dead gorgeous Sunday in one, two, three (adorable duo included).  See every moment captured by Q Avenue Photo in the full gallery.

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Spring
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Farm

From Modern Vintage EventsEmily and Eric are just one of those couples that smile together, laugh together and keep each other on their toes. Emily’s laugh is contagious and Eric knows how to make her laugh. They got married on a hill in TN, in a setting that makes you want to sit a spell and drink sweet tea. Emily loved rustic with a little bling and soft muted colors. We worked with blush, blues and whites and kept everything soft. The day, along with the decor, was light and airy with just the right amount of sunshine. We added some rustic elements like moss letters but tried to keep everything a bit more light and vintage.

The house (where Kathy, the venue owner lives) was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The reception was in the barn on top of a hill. Kathy has a plethora of vintage furniture and decor that we were able to use. Jessica with SOULflowers put together beautiful arrangements for the guest tables using white, blush, green and a splash of blue. The wind gave a great breeze but kept blowing the candles out through the evening.

The venue was complete with corn hole, a fireplace, a lot of candles and a lot more dancing. Cocktail hour was set around the candlelit pool. Their guests enjoyed dinner on the hilltop and beverages and dancing to The Respectables in the moonlight. Emily and Eric departed with sparklers to embark on their new life together!

Photography: Q Avenue Photo | Event Design: Modern Vintage Events | Event Planning: Modern Vintage Events | Floral Design: SOUL Flowers | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Cake: Jo's Custom Cakes And Catering | Reception Venue: Front Porch Farms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulakate | Catering: The Chef And I | Hair & Makeup: One10 Makeup | Band: The Respectables | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph A Banks | Ceremony Music: Mockingbird Musicians | Rentals: Southern Events

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Formal Nashville Plantation Engagement

First off, can we just stop and talk about this ring. This show-stopping, canary diamond beauty one lucky bride-to-be gets to call her own. The bling is about as drool-worthy as it gets, but I promise the entire engagement sesh by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography is equally as lovely, and you can see it all sitting right here.

From Alyssa Rosenheck… Rachel and Eric have had an extraordinary cross country romance. They are both such travel bugs that it is only fitting that they will be doing long distance up to their fall Baltimore wedding. They met and fell in love in Austin, TX. Eric told me he knew she was the one the moment they looked at each other. They travel between Utah and Baltimore to see one another and their epic engagement took place in Iceland. (Speaking of Iceland, she was “iced in Iceland”!!!) We made a memorable weekend of their engagement session in Nashville and one of my incredible clients let me borrow their breathtaking private estate that made for the perfect backdrop and set the tone for such a classic romance. My heart is complete knowing the people I love have found their partner in life and I am beyond grateful to have captured part of their love story.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Styling : Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Floral Design: 12th Table | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring : Mark Broumand | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Black Gown: BHLDN | Ribbon: 12th Table | Statement Earrings : J. Crew | White Shirt: Ted Baker

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