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Vintage Chic Summer Wedding at Blue Springs Plantation

When you combine two of my all-time favorite aesthetics, Southern style and 1920′s glamour, I can be found dreaming of Gatsby amid old oaks, soaking up photo after photo. Add in the utter perfection of a plantation soiree and I’ve officially found my happy place. Kate Belle brought these fantasies to life and I’ll be forever grateful to this gorgeous Bride for introducing me to such a creative style combination.

From The Bride… Ross and I met in college, almost exactly eight years before our wedding day. We wanted an event that reflected how close we, our friends, and our families had become over the years, an intimate event. We also knew that we would have about 200 people at our wedding, so a real challenge for me was figuring out how to create an intimate environment with so many people.

I wanted our wedding and reception to feel relaxed and comfortable yet polished and sophisticated. The concept for the day that we chose was Gatsby meets the Deep South. It would have elements of 1920s opulence like an event at Gatsby’s mansion, but it would also have that charming, rough-around-the-edges feel of an old plantation home.

We knew we would be having our wedding ceremony at the church I grew up attending, First United Methodist Church in Albany, Georgia. It is an old church with a large, formal sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows and lots of dark wood.

We selected an old plantation in my hometown of Albany, Georgia, Blue Springs Plantation, for the reception. Although manicured in just the right ways, the plantation had an unkempt feel to it that tended to leave guests feeling transported back in time. The dirt road to the plantation home was lined in old oak trees that draped over it in just the right ways. There was a beautiful ivy arch separating the back courtyard of the home from the vast field behind it. And the house itself was just as charming, with beautiful old wallpaper, antique furniture, and family portraits. It felt homey but really special. It also lent itself well to creating comfortable little sitting areas for visiting, which would allow guests to have quieter conversations amidst the noise of the reception. The house also had a beautiful second-floor balcony, overlooking the courtyard.

Because of the natural and complex beauty of both the church and the reception site, we decided to go with fairly neutral colors, blush, dark green, and white. We also wanted to be able to add special, personal touches here and there without the space feeling cluttered. The groomsmen wore green bowties with their own tuxs. The bridesmaids wore flowing, Grecian-style, floor-length blush dresses. We also decided to go bold yet simple with our flowers and greenery. In the church, we decorated almost exclusively with drake elm trees. At the reception, we wanted the flower arrangements on each table to have a natural, flowing look, as if someone had hand picked and clustered beautiful flowers for each table.

As a gift for each of my bridesmaids, I (with the help of my mother!) hand-selected gold and crystal earrings for each of them at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. I found some vintage earrings for myself there too. We all changed from simple stud earrings to these sparkling, vintage pieces on the way to the reception.

We wanted our guests to feel as if they were with us in our own home, like family, so we wanted to use dishes and serve food items as we might have done in our own home! Going with the 1920s theme (and because our crystal champagne glasses are this style!), we decided to offer our guests champagne served with saucer-style glasses. The china we ate off of was white with a gold rim, much like the Herend china pattern we had selected for ourselves.

We also chose to assign tables but not seats. Because Ross and I have moved so many times over the years, we decided to name (instead of number) the tables after streets we had lived on over the years and encouraged our guests to “find a seat on a street where we’ve lived.” We used hand-painted gold picture frames to frame these street names, which were written in calligraphy. Dinner itself was served family-style, as we thought the activity of sharing food with one another might encourage more communication between our guests.

Our wedding cake was strawberry with strawberry icing, and we asked our cakemaker to use my grandmother’s recipe, which she made for me when I was growing up. Granna has always called me her “strawberry girl,” as I did not like chocolate when I was young.

The rest of the food was an assortment of mine and Ross’s favorite dishes from restaurants (that we worked with our caterer to mimic!). We also served spicy pecans (using my recipe) at each of the bars throughout the night.

Throughout the reception site were little messages from us, including one at each of the bars that encouraged guests to try their beers “dressed,” garnished with lime and salt! This was a recommendation from Ross, and offered a little hint of the influence of his San Antonio culture.

Ross and I choreographed our first dance together. Instead of a father-daughter dance and mother-son dance, we decided to have our entire immediate families dance together to the song “We are Family.” For our last dance, we made a sad attempt at re-enacting the final song from the movie Dirty Dancing, “The Time of My Life.” This is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.

At the end of the night, we (with the help of Joan Shaddock), packaged pecan divinity for our guests to take home. Attached to each box was a little note, saying “we hope your time was divine!”

Photography: Kate Belle Photography | Event Planning: Kate Grubb | Flowers: Flowers By Derrell | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Gail Lawrence | Reception: Blue Springs Plantation | Bridesmaids Dresses: Swoon @ Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Cousins Catering | Hair & Makeup: Backstage Salon | Band: Rhythm Nation | Church: First United Methodist Church Of Albany | Groom & Groomsmen Bowties: The Tie Bar | Hotel & Car: Merry Acres Inn | Marquee & Lighting: Rental Depot

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The Art of Hand Lettering

Kathryn McCrary knows a lot of talented ladies; from the painters to the crafters of beautiful hand lettering (ahem Ashley Buzzy we’re talking about you). It might be an Atlanta thing or a creative people flock together thing. But, whatever the case, we love to catch a glimpse of these talents at work. Have a look at Ashley’s Lettering Workshop and stay tuned for a tutorial + awesome giveaway up next.

From Ashley… I started teaching workshops in the summer of 2014. It really came to me by request: a lot of my current clients were interested in what I did and curious to see if they could do it too. I knew I wasn’t the best calligrapher in the world, so I made sure that it was a class for beginners: basics that I knew I could teach. I held my first class at my studio with a few flower arrangements I made myself and a high priority on making sure everyone had a mimosa. My thought process was that calligraphy is harder and more frustrating than anyone expects, and I wanted the students to have fun, take in some beauty and enjoy themselves while they worked.

What I didn’t know is what teaching would spark inside of me. I realized that teaching calligraphy made everything in my own heart and mind click into place. I learned how to explain what I did, which made me realize different ways that I could be doing it better. It made me eager to seek more information so that I could give those students as much knowledge as possible. It cut through the fog of competition and comparison that so many artists struggle with. I wasn’t working against these people, I was coming alongside them. Their victories had something to do with me. I helped! I’ll never forget the first time that feeling washed over me – from that point onward I realized: I am a teacher.

Coming from a weddings and events background, I am also a hostess. I thought if I subjected my students to six hours of calligraphy drills, I wanted to treat them with surprises in their supply kits, amazing food at lunch, fresh cinnamon-covered doughnuts, the good coffee, and yes – more champagne. From that, traditions were born! My assistant and I have now hosted ten workshops to date, and we always eat, pop some bubbly, and get to know the people who learn with us. This experience has introduced me to some of the most beautifully creative people, it’s motivated me to travel to meet them and it’s improved and inspired my work like nothing else has. It motivated us to move into a beautiful new space in Atlanta where we could have people over for pour-over coffee and some good old shop-talk. I sincerely can’t wait to meet the people who take our classes this year – the adventure awaits!

Photography: Kathryn McCrary | Food: Homespun | Artist/Host: Ashley Buzzy | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Dessert: Sugar and Slate | Drinks: Reuben Bidez | Florals: Martha McIntosh | Location: Foster

Waterfront Nautical Country Club Wedding

In a stunning waterfront fete (mere steps away from where their love began), these third generation sailors became life-long first mates. Between their Australian Shepherd acting as flower girl, to gifting guests jars of moonshine pickles, to a vintage getaway car, every detail captured by Scobey Photography was meaningful, and it’s all right here!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Yacht Club
Styles
Elegance

From Sara D Harper For Scobey Photography… Camden and Gavin’s families crossed paths over 30 years ago. They continued to see each other throughout their childhood at various sailing competitions. Little did they know, a courtship would blossom in the summer of 2008 and continue to grow in the coming years.

From the beautiful Bride… Little did our parents know that their meeting over 30 years ago would eventually spark a romance between Gavin and I. Throughout the years we had brief encounters at sailing events as we both traveled around the southeast to compete and continue the family tradition of racing sailboats. Not until memorial weekend 2008 did something change…a slightly older, very funny sailor caught my attention…and it was apparent I had clearly caught his as well. A few spins on the dance floor later, we migrated to a dock under the moonlight and stayed up laughing and talking until 2 am. The weekend closed with Gavin asking if I’d come back to Atlanta in a few weeks to sail with him. Unforeseen to me, 6 years later I’d get to marry the man who had become by best friend.

After the engagement we started discussing the type of wedding we wanted. It was clear our sailing heritage had to play into the theme as not only were we both third generation sailors but it was what brought us together. We then started to plan a rustic nautical-infused outdoor wedding just steps from the dock where it all began. Immediately we knew there was no other option than to say I do waterfront at the Atlanta Yacht Club in front of Gavin’s parent’s cabin.

From the very beginning I knew I wanted a romantic look using neutrals, navy, and burlap. But what was most important was that our wedding day truly represented Gavin and I as a couple and gave us a chance to share our love story. Throughout the entire weekend we included personal touches to truly make the occasion memorable. Between wearing my grandmother’s vintage watch, our Australian Shepherd rescue, Coco, as our flower girl, and gifting the guests a jar of our family’s moonshine pickles. I was most touched by my father driving me to the ceremony site in his restored 1952 MG TD.

After reading personal letters to each other, we exchanged traditional vows, shed a few tears, and shared a first kiss as husband and wife. Before joining friends and family at the reception to enjoy delicious southern cuisine and dancing late into the night, we shared our favorite moment as just the two of us on the dock amongst the setting sun.

The whole day was truly indescribably perfect, from getting ready with my mother and closest friends to dancing the night away with my husband. Our guests are still talking about what a beautiful and fun weekend we shared. To Gavin and I, it was “our” day, the best day of our lives, and the dream wedding we never could have imagined.

Photography: Sara D Harper For Scobey Photography | Event Coordinator: Lettie Nicole Events | Florist: Amanda Jewel | Band: A Town A List | Atlanta Yacht Club: Atlanta Yacht Club | Bride's Hair: Wedding Hair By Jillian | Cake And Tarts: Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes | Paper: Paper Daisies Stationery | Ring Bearer’s Suspenders & Bowties: Sweet N Swag

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