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It may be Snowing but this Winter Engagement is Hot, Hot, Hot

Backless gowns are best kept for indoor attire but with this gorgeous engagement, the Bride-to-be had her love to keep her warm. And it’s all set against a magical winter wonderland captured by Forage + Film. Get inspired to dress to the nines and romp in the snow with even more gorgeous imagery right here in the vault.

We loved shooting this winter wonderland session with this sweet couple! The soft falling snowflakes, and the beautiful white historic estate made for such dreamy setting. Paired with this couples fabulous style, serious guts ( hello backless dress in freezing temperatures!) and tangible love, we walked away knowing it was a special day. This was the kind of session that can’t ever be recreated and is just as unique and special as this couple is, and that is the kind of experience we live for! We loved that this couple got to cuddle into each other for warmth as the snow rested on their hair and laugh with each other in these extraordinary circumstances! While we sometimes wish it snowed more often here in Raleigh, its rarity truly does make it that much more special when it does!

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Photography: Forage + Film | Historic House: Merrimon-Wynne House

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Inspired by the Most Stunning Lace Dress

For this Winter inspiration, it all started with a dress. Backless, lace and insanely beautiful to be exact from Erin Grey Couture. From there, HART & CO. Events crafted a shoot layered in texture and bursting with lush blooms by Springvine Design. If you like lace or velvet or florals literally hanging from the heavens, then pop on over the the vault captured by Almond Leaf Studios for so much more.

From the planner… When Charlotte based bridal boutique owner and couture gown maker CJ Bostrom reached out to me about creating a wintery, romantic shoot in the Asheville mountains, I knew right away this was going to be something special! CJ created an amazing lace gown for her Erin Grey Couture line that is simply stunning and served as inspiration as I pulled together the rest of the design elements.

With hints of silver and gold woven in the gown, I incorporated a mix of the two metals throughout the table design. A gorgeous velvet linen from La Tavola created the perfect base, and allowed for those hints of silver and gold to stand out. I tried to keep everything else about the table simple yet classic and nothing that would take away from Springvine Design’s amazing hanging greenery and floral garland.

Springvine created a beautiful bouquet and we were lucky to have some Renee Pawlee jewelry plus beautiful rings from Trumpet & Horn to complete the bride’s look. For our groom, we decked him out in a classic black tux with a velvet bowtie from Men’s Wearhouse. The two are quite a dapper pair!

Engaged Asheville’s studio space gave us the perfect overall backdrop for our shoot. The clean white space and windows that let tons of natural light flow in was incredible.

Bohemian Ink created a beautiful invitation suite that was both romantic and whimsical. Jess is an incredibly talented artist in Charlotte and each piece she makes is really a work of art!

I always try to keep a look consistent and Wow Factor Cakes did just that by carrying the mix silver and gold into their cake design. The curves of the top tier were inspired by the gold curves of the chargers on the table. And they even brought in a lace pattern on the bottom layer of the cake that was similar to the pattern on the salad plates.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: HART & CO. Events | Florals: Springvine Design | Wedding Dress: Tulle New York | Wedding Dress: Erin Grey Couture | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Makeup: Lovely by Patrice | Hair: Wonderlab Salon - Meyers McKenzie | Groom's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Bridal Jewelry: J. Major's Bridal Boutique | Engaged Asheville: Engaged Asheville | Laides Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery and Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink | Wedding Dress Shop: J. Major's Bridal Boutique

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Top 5 Reasons to Say “I do” at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

When it comes to celebrating your Big Day, being true to yourselves is THE number one priority. Whether that’s keeping your guest list small with just close friends + family or infusing your day with cultural details that are meaningful to you both. And that means finding a locale that can take all of those dreams and run with them; a place like The Westin Buckhead Atlanta. It’s a little slice of wedding heaven that will easily be the best decision you’ll make while planning. Scroll to find out why.


Whether you plan to say “I do” in front of your immediate family only, want to throw the biggest celebration Atlanta has ever seen or need enough room to host for your stunning cultural affair, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta is THE place to make it all happen. Think a 10,000 square foot Grand Ballroom that can be divided into five different spaces, 20 different venue options and a grand staircase that will make those bridal portraits POP. Even better, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta’s team of event professionals are skilled in coordinating all types of affairs, no matter the size, shape or budget. So that fabulous three-day Indian affair of your dreams? They have you covered.


Your wedding isn’t just a one-day celebration, it’s an entire experience. Which is why we love The Westin Buckhead Atlanta and their close proximity to everything that the city has to offer. Located right smack-dab in the middle of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, it’s amazing shopping opportunities meets top-rated restaurants meets everything your guests will ever need. Totally convenient.

THREE: Professional Event Planning Services

From breathtaking cultural affairs to small, intimate soirees, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta’s talented staff is here to help you every step of the way. And I mean every step of the way. They’ll even put you in touch with an amazing team of vendors who can bring you vision to reality – from stunning floral arrangements to the perfect lighting. Not to mention that The Westin Buckhead Atlanta will work with outside caterers, so if you have any special dietary needs – absolutely no problem.

FOUR: An Amazing Culinary Team

And speaking of food… The Westin Buckhead Atlanta happens to boast a team of culinary experts that will make your foodie dreams come true with decades+ of experience cooking up tasty meals. (Yes, that’s a lot of experience.) From yummy cocktails to going away brunches to specialty menus, they’ll leave all of your guests talking. And full.


You can’t talk about The Westin Buckhead Atlanta without mentioning their fabulous accommodations, aka, the most luxurious suites + rooms you AND your guests will ever have the privilege to stay in. Think the Westin Heavenly Bed®, a marble bathroom (with dual showerhead) and a club lounge with daily breakfast service… and that’s just the beginning. Oh, and did I mention the complimentary bridal suite? It honestly can’t get any better.

Ready to book the wedding of the century at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta? Contact their talented staff today to talk all things wedding, from receptions to rehearsals to golf outings, they’ll take care of your every wish. And the best part? It will scream YOU from start to finish.

Photography: Derek Wintermute Photography