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DIY St. Simons Island Wedding

When you sit down and strip back the layers of beautiful handmade affair, you’ll find one thing sitting at the center – love. The kind of love that outshines any DIYed detail (no matter how clever) and embraces all the unplanned moments (rain storm, power loss and all!) It’s the perfect reminder of what weddings are all about and you can pay a visit to the gallery from Mi Amore Foto to see it all unfold.

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From the Bride… The more and more I know and experience life and love with Couper, the more I am reminded that God intended life to be profound and humbling in the best way. When I was first getting to know Couper, he entirely surpassed the high expectations I had set for someone I could really live life with forever and he continues to do so in our marriage. I always believed it should be that way, but it’s funny how I am still surprised.

Every day. In so many ways he has proven to me that a life worth living is one that is loving well. Couper is real. He is honest and faithful to no end- even at the times when he would seem to have the right to do otherwise. Marriage has humbled and inspired me in that way- getting to learn closely how someone can do life like he does. He is so impressive in how he carries himself. I have loved living with him- cooking, dreaming, singing, working, dancing, building, drinking, traveling, praying, crying, laughing- with him.

Aside from the part where I became wedded to the handsome red-head in the company of friends and family under the beautiful live oaks, my favorite parts of the wedding are ironically not what I had assumed, mostly because they did not go as planned. Because of rain and a loss of power, my dear friend Lydia sung our first dance song with no amplification. Dancing with Couper to the sound of her voice and the rain beating on the tent is something Couper and I will never forget.

The image of friends and family walking around with their shoes off and mud up to their ankles with big smiles on their faces is one that continues to bless the both of us. I remember driving off the island with Couper and watching the sun go down- thinking how the timing of everything- the sun, the rain, the ceremony, the photos, the people, the reception- could not have been more perfect. We are so thankful to be surrounded by people that would celebrate with us joyfully, regardless of the weather.

Photography: Mi Amore Foto-Shannon Griffin | Florist: Gay Whatley - Cottage Flowers | Cake: Sugar Bakers | Invitations: Designed And Letterpressed By The Bride, Lindsay Cox, At Smokey Road Press | Bride's Shoes: Latigo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Francesca's | Wedding Planner: Heather Marshall | DJ: Island Sound | Groom's Suit: Jack Victor | Bride's Dress: Casablanca | Groom's Boots: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Bow Tie: Lord Wallington | Venue: Gascoigne Bluff

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Rustic, Elegant Mountain Wedding in Big Canoe, Georgia

Amy Arrington ranks high on the top of my list of photographers I wish could follow me around and captured every single moment of my life. And that really takes no justification other than just staring at this stunning set of images.  Because every moment of this elegant mountain fete is frame-worthy to say the very least, and you can see even more right here.


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Fall
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From the Bride…Our wedding was tucked into the mountains of Big Canoe on a stunning fall day in late September. The skies were clear and the temperature was just right. We wanted the day to be surrounded by nature in an informal, but elegant atmosphere. The mountain view and bright sun set a peaceful yet romantic tone for the whole weekend. Family and friends stayed the weekend in neighboring mountain houses just a shuttle’s ride from the ceremony and reception. The first look was truly special. We met at the top of an old wooden bridge in mid afternoon. Amy and Brandon did an incredible job of capturing our overwhelming joy and emotion. The ceremony took place in a lovely chapel with a series of French doors down each side that were opened to provide an “outdoor wedding” feel. The reception was held just down the hill from the Chapel at a venue with a lodge like interior existing of several large fireplaces and a wide, wrap-around deck. A giant oak tree wrapped in twinkle lights spread its branches over the entire patio. There were candles and baby’s breath everywhere. A low stone wall overlooking a beautiful lake and golf course anchored the scene as well as provided a backdrop for the band. A delicious buffet and cocktails were joined by a 6 piece acoustic band to entertain our guests at the reception. As the sun set, the dancing began. It was truly a perfect day. A celebration that could not have been filled more with love and a setting that defined us.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Wedding Dress: Sweet Elegance Bridal | Floral Design: Whole Foods Market - Buckhead | Cake: Mary Holcomb (friend) | Ceremony Venue: Big Canoe Chapel | Reception Venue: Big Canoe Chimneys | Caterer: Talk Of The Town | Band: Sailing To Denver | Alterations: Dora Baker

Peach Wedding Inspiration full of Color

It might not feel like a bright new season outside our doors, but here in SMP land it oh soooo is. Thanks to the amazing Jade Lee Events and Justin DeMutiis Photography, we’re feasting our eyes on peachy wedding goodness with so much color, it makes me believe that spring has sprung. We’ll be pinning our hearts out in the gallery, per usual, and you do the same right here.

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From  Justin DeMutiis Photography… Jade may have single handedly justified my usage of twitter. About two years ago, I tweeted that I was at a business workshop in downtown Atlanta, and later that night Jade and I connected over dinner. Shortly after we met, Jade referred an absolutely incredible ‘southern wedding’ in Athens, GA. It was a bucket list wedding to say the least. More recently, we worked together in one of the most exciting spaces in Midtown Atlanta (soon to be featured on SMP Georgia). Needless to say, Jade Lee Events (formerly Lovelee Affairs) has been the source of two of my favorite weddings to date.

With Jade’s new brand, we wanted to showcase a soft yet vibrant design that is quintessentially Georgia. What is more ‘Georgia’ than peaches! Jade loves film and I love her floral designs, so traveling to ATL for this collaboration was a no brainer! Not only is Jade a super talented floral designer, but her wedding coordination is flawless. She has already accomplished so much in her first 5 years in business, I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years have in store!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Floral Design: Jade Lee Events | Invitations: Paper Daisies | Hair and Makeup: Scoobie West | Coordination: Jade Lee Events | Gown Boutique: Malindy Elene | Rentals: Settee Event Rentals

Augusta Jones is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Jade Lee Events, Justin DeMutiis Photography and Paper Daisies Stationery are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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