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This Southern Wedding Is A Foodie Lover’s Dream

This Atlanta wedding is truly the best of both worlds. Elegant, heartfelt, and stylish to boot. But when it came time for the reception, this couple wanted to break the “rules” with food that reflected their Southern roots. The groom’s request? Varsity cheeseburgers and Coca Cola. Not to mention apple cobblers in the cutest mini skillets you’ve ever seen. Head to The Vault gallery by Amy Arrington and see why we can’t get enough.

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Fall

From The Bride…We really wanted everyone to enjoy our neighborhood in Midtown Atlanta, which was the reason we chose the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We had a design made of the midtown skyline and included that on their invite and the welcome bags and personalized cocktail napkins. My best friend owns a gluten free bakery in Atlanta, so we included some pumpkin bread in the welcome bag. We also included their favorite local coffee, Blue Donkey, and a koozie from our favorite brewery.

It was important to us to get married in the Catholic Church but we struggled with the mass times and the “Catholic Gap.” We chose to get married in an intimate ceremony on Friday night with wedding party only in lieu of a rehearsal. Then we had a traditional wedding ceremony on Saturday with all wedding guests at the reception site. Getting married on Friday took some of the pressure off Saturday and we got to say our vows twice in one weekend.

I wanted to include some sentimental items. My “something blue” was my maid of honor’s late mother’s wedding band, I borrowed a bridesmaid’s veil, and I affixed a compass to my bouquet which is a tradition among my friend group.

Chris likes to spice up formal wear with fun socks, so he found some special “All You Need is Love” socks. A big fan of Clemson football, Chris gave groomsmen embroidered cufflinks with their college team’s logo.

Our string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour was amazing. They wrote the string music for “I Will Wait for You” – a special song to us.

We really wanted to show off our southern roots with the food. Chris’ main request for the wedding weekend was to have Varsity cheeseburgers and Coca Cola for the late night snack. Our signature bride and groom cocktails were Cider Mule and an Old Fashion.

We wanted to incorporate the city where we met, Austin, TX. There’s a famous graffiti sign there that we made for the backdrop for our photo booth.

One piece of advice for couples planning a wedding…We did pre-marriage counseling through our parish and found the focus on the marriage made wedding planning a lot easier. It also helped that we had an amazing wedding planner in Marilisa. We picked the things that really mattered to us and let her take on the rest. Relinquishing control over the little things helped us spend a lot of time personalizing the day and making it special to us.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planning + Design: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Sweet Creations By Candi Pittman | Invitations: Mattie Tiegreen, Green Tie Studio | Rings: Good Stone | Catering: Bold American Events | Calligraphy: Mandi Scripts | Venue: Atlanta Botanical Gardens | Ceremony Musicians: Cobalt Strings | Draping: Unique Event Elements | Gown Boutique: The Sentimentalist- Gabby Lee | Lounge Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Rentals: Peachtree Tents and Events

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A Secret Garden Wedding Complete With Dreamy Dress + DIY Details

Tucked away in a secret garden, a beautiful Bride says “I do” to her college sweetheart, surrounded by DIY details she created herself, from the watercolor invitations to the programs, signs and more… no, this isn’t a fairytale, it’s real life and Sawyer Baird’s pretty pics prove it all. Simply Charming Socials planned and coordinated all the beauty and our Vault as the happily ever after – see it all here!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… Austin and I met during our sophomore year of college, when some mutual friends brought us together and things went swiftly from first introductions to becoming an inseparable crew of about 10 people that would spend nearly every weekend together from then on out. A year after we met we were dating, and five years after that Austin was down on one knee on a gorgeous spring day in Whistler, B.C., asking me to spend forever with him. Our relationship has been defined from the start by our mutual love for spontaneity, fun, and adventure – and that’s exactly how we wanted our wedding day to feel too.

The vision I had for our big day was a combination of discovered, natural beauty, and soft, romantic details. I’ve always loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and was totally willing to travel (something we love to do anyway) to find the perfect venue. I wanted someplace naturally beautiful without a lot of man-made elements or forced decoration. The second I stepped through the gates of Dunaway Gardens, I knew we had found it. The old stone amphitheater and secret-garden-esque feel of the place had me swooning! It felt like discovering some old and long-forgotten grounds of an European estate, only they were actually tucked away in a sleepy Georgia town. It was perfect.

I’m a graphic designer by trade, so I always knew I’d have a hand in creating the smaller details of the day. I especially wanted to tackle the wedding paper myself, and while it was a huge –and at times daunting– task, I’m so glad I took it on. I’m not a “traditional” (read: paintbrush and pen) kind of artist, but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and create something unique and meaningful for our invitation suite. So I experimented with a vision I had in mind and sought out guidance from some talented friends before ultimately going with a hand-torn and individually painted set in a vibrant green watercolor. I think Austin probably thought I was crazy for staying up into the small hours of the morning for weeks and converting our whole living room into a giant drying rack, but when all was said and done, they came out just as I’d envisioned. I loved going through and pairing each suite, sealing and embossing inner envelopes, addressing with traditional ink and pen and even tracking down an assortment of vintage stamps from a local collector I’d found. It was a huge labor of love, but I had so much fun doing it.

The little details have always been what I enjoy the most, so I made sure we left a personal touch on every aspect of the day, from the program fans that highlighted must-see areas of the gardens (thanks to the illustrative talents of a dear friend), to a number of signs that lead our guests through the day with subtle jokes sprinkled throughout as payoff to those who actually read them. My amazing mother helped package our succulent favors in little clear takeout boxes with black pebbles and finished with the same wax seal we’d used in the invitation suite. We made custom painted hangers for each of my bridesmaids and gave each of them vintage handkerchiefs with their initials on them (to use in case of happy tears!). My parents also gifted me with an old handkerchief of my grandmother’s (she’s 92, still quick-witted as ever, and absolutely my spirit animal). They had it embroidered with a sweet message that almost immediately made me want to smear teary-eyed mascara all over it.

Over all, the day was everything I could’ve wished for. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends in a beautiful place to celebrate our love for each other and the start of our next great adventure together in life – and that’s just about all you can ask for!

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning + Design: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Wrennwood Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bride's Shoes: Guess | Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Emily Rich | Calligraphy + Invitations: By the Bride | DJ: Amp'd Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Catering + Cake: Lee Epting

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Sweet + Simple Island Wedding With a Touch of Teal

Sometimes all you need is a the tiniest touch of color is all you need to completely transform your wedding palette, and for this sweet St. Simon’s celebration a little pop of teal did just the trick. See all the pretty through Kylie Martin’s lens and head to the The Vault to keep the color crushing going.

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Spring

From Kylie Martin PhotographyKatie and Kyle gathered their friends and family on the beautiful island of St. Simon on a warm summer afternoon. Katie’s personality and hand were involved in every immaculate detail of the day. They created a relaxed environment filled with beautiful tones and intricate details. The color palette played off of the giant trees that cascade over the venue property. The primary focus of their day was to create lasting memories and beautiful experience from start to finish for their guests. The day was filled with stunning light and laughter with friends and the evening was spent dancing to a live band as the sun set over the marsh. Katie and Kyle created a day full of love that was an absolute reflection of them as a couple, by focusing on the experience they were able to enjoy their day and absorb it fully.

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Photography: Kylie Martin Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture | Invitations: Katie Hammock | Bride's Shoes: Tibi New York | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Xada Rae Baxter | Venue: Captain's Bluff St. Simon Island | Film Processing: Photovision | Photography - Assistance: Tulle & Grace

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