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Second Chance Wedding Shoot in North Carolina at the VanLandingham Estate

This couples’ story will warm your heart right up this Monday morning. With the help of a talented team of vendors including Taken By Sarah PhotographyWillow Floral Boutique, and Ella’s Celestial Cakes (just to name a few), they were able to create the dream wedding day they never got to have, to the same person they will always love. See the entire shoot here.

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Summer
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Estate
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Elegant

From Taken By Sarah PhotographyWhat started as an inspiration wedding shoot turned into so much more when we found our perfect couple to give a second chance for a wedding.

From The Bride…Some say young love won’t last, that you need to find yourself before you can truly love someone else. But for us, we found love at a young age, and that love grew up together. We met in middle school, and on that day at a mere 13 years old, CR told his best friend that he’d found the girl he was going to marry. At the ripe age of 20 he proposed, and though we had no money for a big fancy wedding, we had more love than one could dream of. My grandparents were our inspiration, they had married at 16 and 19, and were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They gave us their original rings from 50 years ago, and we all celebrated the lifetime of love they shared, and our wedding on the same beautiful day at a small plantation in Georgia.

We are approaching a decade of marriage, 4 beautiful children, and a hope for the same lasting love my grandparents found. It was wonderful to have a second chance wedding that we could have only dreamed of, and knowing that we would marry each other all over again, with an even stronger love and commitment than we did so many years ago…

Photography: Taken By Sarah Photography | Florist: Willow Floral Boutique | Dress: Fabulous Frocks Charlotte | Cakes: Ella's Celestial Cakes | Stationery: Sweetest Beginnings | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Chloe And Isabel | Hair: Glammed And Groomed | Chandeliers: Charlotte Chandeliers | Earrings: Saks Off 5th | Florist/Planner: Lily Bee's Events And Floral | Makeup: Blush Beauty And Makeup | Menswear: Revolve Upscale Menswear Consignment | Private Estate: VanLandingham Estate | Vintage Plates And Flatware: Heirloom For Hire

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Serene Farmland Wedding Inspiration

After a wonderfully relaxing long weekend, being greeted by the serenity of this shoot from Caroline Lima and Sweet SaraBell Weddings is the perfect way to ease on into the week ahead, if you ask me. From the rolling hills of North Carolina to the twirl-worthy Lazaro dresses from Victorian Rose Bridal to the paper pretties from Amanda Day Rose, it’s a marrying of farmland love and sweet style that will have you grabbing that second cup of coffee to peruse the gallery just a bit longer.

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Summer
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Barn
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Rustic

From Sweet SaraBell WeddingsThis shoot was inspired by the beautifully serene farmland, fields and forests of North Carolina. One of the things I love most about North Carolina is how you can be in the downtown city, and in a matter of minutes you can drive into the rolling hills filled with cattle, horses and wildflowers. We wanted to celebrate the beauty found in nature, and enhance it with soft tones, natural elements, delicate flowers, and unique decorations. All of the creative minds involved in this shoot are people that not only have amazing talent, they are people that have amazing hearts. It was truly a pleasure to come together with these wonderful people to share our inspiration and passion for naturally beautiful events.

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Wedding Dress: Lazaro From Victorian Rose Bridal | Cake: Ashley Cakes | Catering: Unforgettable Food Affairs | Bridal Shoes With Gold: Kate Spade | Car: Through Het Landhuis | Props And Decorations: Linda's Table Of Contents | Rentals: CE Rental | Stationery And Paper Goods: Amanda Day Rose | Styled Shoot: Het Landhuis | Styling, Creative Direction And Florals: Sweet SaraBell Weddings | Wedding Dress Tule: Etsy

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Contemporary Southern Wedding in Asheville

Crafting a marriage below the Mason-Dixon line this designer couple, captured by Matthew Moore Photography, ensured every element of ephemera was their own. From tea towels, to pillows, every detail differs from tradition in the chicest way. Kiersa Holy planned a night in the mountains filled with cocktails and local boogie-jazz. More right here!.

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Fall
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Arboretum
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Rustic

From The Bride..Our wedding was a curated contemporary affair with every detail designed by my husband and myself. Blending an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception truly captured the artistic and eclectic vibe of our personalities and our host city.

Sassy Southern Soirée is the most fitting description of our September 28, 2013 wedding, deep in the throws of Autumn in Asheville, North Carolina. Instead of identifying a theme or color scheme, we purposefully chose every detail with the emotion that it would invoke. How will it make our guests feel, what will they remember, and what will they reflect on—long after the event is over. With that in mind, we thoughtfully crafted each and every element of ephemera ourselves, From the custom screen-printed save the date tea towels, to the bespoke throw pillows displaying our Southern and Swedish heritage and even a hand-painted watercolor cake topper depicting the bride and groom.

I met Joel on his first day of Grad School at Savannah College of Art and Design and we started dating about 6 months later. Over the course of our 8 years of dating (yeah – 8 years!) we got more than our fair share of questions about if we were ever going to “make it official.” I always told Joel that I didn’t need a ring on my finger to show the world that I was in love with him. But I have to admit, when he slipped a platinum set, cushion cut diamond on my finger (which he designed himself) atop a black sand beach in Hawaii, I couldn’t have been more surprised or excited to “wife up.”

Needless to say, we took a very casual approach to our wedding and with that in mind opted to do our “first look” photos at the Asheville City Hall. We had originally wanted to have the ceremony there as it is one of the foremost iconic art-deco buildings in the South. We also thought it would be a fun take on the tradition of getting married at city hall. While that didn’t work out with the city’s restrictions, it was the perfect backdrop for our most intimate photos of the day. As a municipal building, it was completely empty and quiet on a Saturday afternoon so we had total intimacy as we saw each other for the first time. Katie and Matt did an exceptional job capturing the entire day, but I was especially taken aback by how beautiful and emotional these photos are.

Next, we made our way to our modern house in the mountains for a couple of individual shots against the contemporary backdrop and clean architectural lines of the interior. These images provided a great juxtaposition to the bridal party photos we shot later at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Throughout the day, we tried to find those beautiful dichotomies whether it was the elegant beaded bridesmaid dresses against the rugged mountain backdrop or the structured outdoor ceremony paired with a casual gallery reception, we looked for opportunities to deviate from the expected wedding traditions.

The soiree started with a sentimental and symbolic ceremony around the Johnston Pool of the North Carolina Arboretum. We chose that venue as it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape designer made famous for creating Central Park, and we felt it was a great way to pay homage to our home city of New York. One of my favorite details of the ceremony was the screen-printed handkerchief programs I designed for our guests to keep as a reminder of the momentous occasion we all shared together. The ceremony was full of love and lots of laughs as Joel and I wrote most of it ourselves with the help of our amazing officiant, Darr Conradson. The ceremony was modern and fresh as we walked down the aisle to the Coldplay song “Us Against the World” and just as Darr uttered the words, you may kiss the bride, the guests burst in to applause to the tune of “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen in the background.

The words “Mimia & Joel” spelled out in white neon greeted guests as they entered the reception at the Lift Studios, a refurbished Nabisco factory turned contemporary art gallery. We chose this venue as we are both designers (myself an art director and Joel a furniture designer) so we wanted a space that reflected our personalities and eclectic artistic styles. Another great upside to using a gallery space is that we got to support local artists with our wedding budget and not just traditional vendors.

Revelers relished in southern-fried delicacies from local food truck The Lowdown, along with artisanal cocktails, and dancing courtesy of local boogie-jazz band The Roaring Lions. We planned every detail down to the hand-stamped bamboo silverware showcasing phrases like “it’s about forking time” and “for the rest of our knives.” One thing to keep in mind when choosing a non-traditional venue such as an art gallery, there is no kitchen or even a place to wash dishes so we had to find alternatives for plates. We found these fun food boats at a restaurant supply company and I stamped them with a food safe ink stamp I had made that read “eat your heart out.” After over eight years of dating, I think our guests appreciated our tongue-and-cheek approach to our nuptials. We even had our favorite southern snack, Krispy Kreme donuts served on napkins, of course stamped as well, with the line “do-nut you know we love you.”

Our soirée came to a close with guests ripping open hand stitched confetti packets that my mom and I made together, wrapped in the words “Finally” and “Woo-Hoo” as we ran for a 1968 Cadillac convertible. One of our fondest memories of the day is riding through the star-lit streets of Asheville with strangers shouting their congratulations as we rolled through town in the vintage car. It was a magical night in the mountains celebrating a marriage made below the Mason-Dixon.

Photography: Matthew And Katie Moore Of Matthew Moore Photography | Event Planning: Kiersa Holy | Flowers: Urban Farm Girl | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Short Street Cakes | Ceremony Venue: North Carolina Arboretum | Reception Venue: The Lift Studios | Bridesmaids Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Hair And Makeup: Katie Moore | Groom's Suit: Reiss | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Food Truck: The Lowdown | Graphic Design/Art Direction: Mimia Johnson | Groomsmen Attire: Asos | Letterpress Printing: Hand Deliver Press - Samantha Urbanick | Music: The Roaring Lions | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Screen Printing: Raygun Printing | Vintage Car Rental: Elite Limousine

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