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Inspiration Every Eloping Couple Should See!

Just in case you needed any more reason to fall in love with the work of Jose VillaJoy Proctor, and Kelly Kaufman (hint: you don’t), let me introduce you to this inspiration shoot you’ll likely be obsessing over all afternoon. Lush florals, thoughtful styling, and those insanely dreamy images that could only be from Jose himself. Consider your day officially made and find more in The Vault!

From Joy Proctor DesignThis bridal editorial was inspired by the historic backdrop, La Purisima Mission. We watched as the groom got ready for the elopement, dressing in the cool halls of the old building. The detail in the Inbal Dror gowns wore by the bride were the perfect juxtaposition from the simplicity and texture of the mission walls. The lush florals from Kelly Kaufman Design played upon the coral color of the mission walls.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Styling + Design: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Hair + Makeup: Janet Villa | Location: Purisimia Mission

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Let Us Find Your Dream Floral Designer

Some days you need your fix; turn a bad day upside down. And around here a really gorgeous bouquet does just the trick. So when I need that floral fix, I head straight to our Portfolios, chock full of goodies. Example A: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs’ pretty page right here. Their work is the type that gets passed from editor to editor, to fawn over and pin to all our Pinterest pages… join in now!

From their beautiful bouquets to full wedding installations that make your jaws drop, Southern Blooms’ work is on display with their SMP Portfolio – including a glimpse into the other vendors they’ve worked with before (along the left hand side!). So while you may have found your new go-to floral vendor, if you’re still searching for photographers, no need to start from scratch; we’ve got the hook up right here.

AND IN THE SPIRIT OF FLORALS, MORE  SOUTHERN BLOOM BEAUTIES:

Romantic Southern Bridal Shoot | Blue Ridge Mountain Masterpiece | Elegant Vineyard Wedding

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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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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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What’s Black, White, and Modern Chic? This Palm Springs Wedding.

The only thing better than planning a modern Palm Springs affair, is doing it with Karson Butler Events by your side. This bride, who’s no stranger to the event industry, put her years of experience at 100+ weddings to use and brought on the dream team to make it all happen. Abby Jiu photographed the gallery, including beautiful moments captured with the couple’s sweet baby, Chloe.

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From the bride, Lauren… As someone who has been apart of the event world professionally for over 9 years, I knew the truth that Pinterest doesn’t convey – it is such hard work to make one day look and feel perfect! Brian and I had our daughter, Chloe Carlene, 8 months prior the wedding and at times I just didn’t think I could handle it all. Brian’s job in Advertising is extremely demanding (he was in Korea 10 days before our wedding!) and at the time, I was a busy Sales Director at an event rental company. How the heck were we going to do this? Truth be told, I could and we really started to enjoy the process once we had Abby Jiu (our photographer) and Emily and Amber (of Karson Butler Events) on board. Knowing that we had skilled professionals in our corner made us both rest easy. I could not recommend them all enough. If you have it in your budget to bring a coordinator and a seasoned photographer on board, do not hesitate to make the smart investment!

Brian and I love heading out to the desert from our home in Long Beach, CA. It is a short drive for us and it feels like a different world. We knew we wanted to be in central Palm Springs so that our guests could enjoy the downtown shops and restaurants, not to mention the ability to “hotel hop” if they wished! Once we found the Frederick Loewe Estate through the Venue Reporter, we were sold. It was spacious compared to a lot of private properties in the area and Brian LOVED it. Our friends and family still talk about how amazing the views of the desert mountains were that night. It makes us both so happy to hear that!!

Our love for the desert was integrated into the drink and food menu as well as 24 Carrots Catering sampled local, seasonal foods and our signature cocktails were a play off the Rat Pack’s favorite sips.

Brian and I are at the age where we have been to a lot of weddings. As mentioned, I have been apart of over 100 events professionally too. We both agreed that after our combined experiences as a guest, we wanted each and every one of the wedding guests to feel well taken care of. The welcome bags came with custom towels, a personalized wedding digital playlist, our favorite Compartes chocolate bar, sparkling water (SO good in the heat!) and yummy popcorn.

Our day-of paper designers, The Romance Between, even created a personalized letter with a hand painted image of the wedding venue. The ombre coloring of the paper complimented the Compartes chocolate.

On the actual wedding day, our coordinators (Amber + Emily) suggested that we have ample water and refreshments before the ceremony, parasols to block the desert sun and a children’s seating area adjacent to the ceremony. Our guests’ comfort was paramount throughout the day.

My favorite wedding detail was all the signage and paper products. Working with The Romance Between, Underwood Letterpress and Backup Backdrops was a paper nerd’s dream. I was in heaven during the planning and design process with all three vendors and their work blew me away the day of the wedding. For Brian, it is a tie. He became a fan of Dart DJ from tagging along to event industry events with (me) Lauren. He was so happy when they were available for our wedding day! Then of course it was the custom sign that read “I Love You Like XO” from our favorite Beyonce song. The Modest Peach helped Lauren create it and used her (the bride’s) own handwriting!

I really leaned on Kim Sanders of Art with Nature heavily during the design process. I am fortunate to have a great relationship with her and she just “gets” me. As a bride, having full trust in your vendors is crucial. She elevated the tablescape to a level I couldn’t have imagined and her gorgeous flowers made every part of the day feel special. Brian and I wanted the venue to really do “all the talking” but with the help of Found Vintage Rentals furnishings, Casa de Perrin china + glassware and all of Kim’s amazing florals, our guests (hopefully) felt like they were being entertained amongst the stars in the finest fashion!

Our ceremony was incredibly special to us both. Our officiant is a dear friend who directs commercials for a living. His guidance through the process was thoughtful and very well planned. The love was really felt during those 30 minutes, in particular when the rings were passed amongst the wedding party and our immediate family for blessings. After he announced us, we both turned to our adorable 8 month old daughter who was so still and quiet during the whole thing and was smiling away. The moment was incredible. And then Django Foxtrot played “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and it was PERFECTION!!

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Cinematography: Sharkpig | Coordination: Karson Butler Events | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Art with Nature | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Over The Rainbow | Invitations: Underwood Letterpress | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: 24 Carrots | DJ: Dart DJ | Band: Django Foxtrot | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Frederick Loewe Estate | Bridal Accessories: Styled By Two's Company | Custom Towels & Thank You Cards: Underwood Letterpress | Day of Paper:: The Romance Between | Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Entry Backdrop & Escort Card Display: Backup Backdrops | Hair & Make Up: 10.11 Makeup | Neon Sign & Mirrored Table Numbers: Modest Peach | Private Estate: Frederick Loewe Estate | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Casa de Perrin

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