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Elegant Black Tie St. Augustine Wedding

I’m sorry, but I just cannot get over how beautiful this Bride looks with her sleek low bun and simple yet stunning Amsale gown with its illusion back, covered buttons and a peplum! Add to that winning combination a bouquet of fluffy white peonies, an elegant Florida venue, a handsome Groom and photos from the incredible Still55 Photography for a wedding that is take-your-breath-away beautiful. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… We got married in St. Augustine, FL, which is the oldest city in the US, so we aimed to capture the charm of the historic town, blending together the old and the new throughout our wedding weekend. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted to provide an easy, relaxing weekend surrounded by friends and family. As our wedding was just before Christmas, we wanted to create the classic, warm feeling of the holidays – a moment in time that you hope never ends.

We knew we wanted a formal wedding that felt classic, had modern, elegant touches, but was easy to execute. We decided on a color palette of black and white with gold accents. My dress followed suit; it was extremely simple from the front, but had a beautiful, unexpected modern back. Our invitations were black and white, incorporating a blind embossed print. Our flowers were mostly shades of whites, with hints of barely there blush. At the event itself, we outfitted the tables with black linens, gold flatware, and a sea of tapered candles to bring the simple, formal style to life.

Our old-meets-new theme extended into the fine details of the day, borrowing from and celebrating with the generations that came before us. My wedding rings were beautifully created from a pin given to Gordon by his grandmother. And during the wedding processional, my brother carried a tussie-mussie in memory of our mom, the same one she carried at his wedding. They were simple, personal remembrances of some of the most important people in our lives.

Two elements that were a huge hit with our guest were the photobooth and professionally shot slide show.  The photobooth was an open-air booth that catered to both couples and large groups. We opted not to have any props and kept the background a simple crisp white, so that the focus was on all our good looking guests. Everyone received an instant copy, a sweet personal memento of the night.

We also wanted to share the fun, joyous moments we had while getting ready, experiencing our first look, and celebrating throughout the day before the wedding ceremony. Our incredible photographers were able to pull together a gorgeous collection of photos in less than an hour, leaving our guests raving about every detail.

Everyone imagines being on stage singing with a live band at some point in their lives – we were lucky enough to do so while surrounded by all our favorite people. It was the moment we knew this was truly the best day of our lives. Looking over the sea of people dancing, smiling, and scream-singing Journey and Michael Jackson, we just took it all in, realizing how incredibly lucky we are to have each other and all our friends and family in one place.

One piece of advice for brides and grooms-to-be…  Prioritize. There are so many decisions you’re forced to make when planning a wedding, if you stick to what’s most important to you and your partner, everything will be that much easier. We made a top three list and stuck with it, deciding to spend most of our budget on those top things. This meant we avoided getting caught up in every single overwhelming detail and knew that our wedding would be the exact day we both wanted from day one.

From Still55 PhotographyElizabeth and Gordon live in Boston but have ties to the romantically historic city of St. Augustine. Elizabeth’s father still lives there and she knew St. Augustine was the place she wanted to celebrate their marriage.

With the help of a great supporting cast in St. Augustine, Elizabeth worked hand in hand with a team of superb Florida vendors to make her vision come to life. Leading the team was Sara Grace from the Big Event. Knowing Elizabeth’s desire for the day she found that the newly remodeled Treasury would provide the elegant charm that Elizabeth was after. The stately banquet room has eight towering columns, marble floors, and luxurious architectural details soaring overhead to the vaulted ceiling. It provides both the luxury of the modern conveniences, and also continues to embrace its past as a beautiful, elegant and historic landmark.

With the help of a great team Elizabeth’s vision came to life. She wore a timeless peplum gown from Amsale reminding us of the striking beauty that simplicity presents. Their reception had understated touches of romance. Small but thoughtful tablescapes adorned the old bank treating her guest to dinner by candle light. This black tie wedding was truly a beautiful reflection of the couple and their love for one another.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Cinematography: Flora + Fauna | Event Planning: The BIG Event | Floral Design: Shea Hopely Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Crème de la Cocoa | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Treasury On The Plaza | Bride's Shoes: Ferragamo | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Purple Olive | Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft | Hair: Casey Powell | Band: The RiverTown Band | Grooms Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Officiant: Father Ken Herzog | Bride Jewelry + Grooms Cufflinks: M. Flynn Studio | Hotel (Bride & Groom Prep): Casa Monica Hotel | Photobooth: Still55 Photography

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Romantic At-Home Wedding

A glittery gold gownbeautiful blooms from Hobby Hill Florist and crazy cool paper goods from Caroline Maxcy… this, loves, is what we call rustic romance done oh-so-RIGHT.  But beyond all of the seriously stunning details is a heartwarming story of love, home and family… and it’s what really makes this day shine.  See it all captured beautifully by Kt Crabb Photography in THE VAULT.

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From Kt Crabb Photography… I would like to formally introduce you to thee Mr. and Mrs. Fox! As fate would have it, Caroline would return to her hometown of Sebring during a trying season of life. It’s a beautiful thing when there is hope and beauty that springs out of a rough patch in life. Devon was that bright spot in her day and before she knew it, they were head over heels for one another. Her hometown grew to become a significant part of your life once again and it was there that they committed to spending the rest of their lives together.

The small town charm spoke volumes as a crowds of friends and family poured in to witness their union and celebrated their marriage. Little details of Caroline’s late father were scattered amongst the details from the benches at the ceremony made with his hands to the reception that took place outside his home. It truly was a celebration that left and imprint on everyone’s heart.

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Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Heritage Visuals | Floral Design: Hobby Hill Florist | Invitations: Caroline Maxcy | Venue: At Home | Photography - Assistance: Stephanie Gamble Photography

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Irish-Inspired Elegant Southern Wedding

Two cuties, meet at college, fall in love, and end up traveling the world, but not before they say “I do” in one elegant Southern celebration crafted by The Graceful Host. Lauren Friday and Shamus Coneys Films captured every Irish-inspired detail and bright color of this summer wedding – and all the sweet kisses in between. More in our Vault right here!

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From The Graceful Host… Megan and Tom met while at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A mutual friend pointed Megan out in a dining hall during their sophomore year asking Tom, “Do you know Megan Gassaway? She’s Catholic and an Irish dancer. You would like her.” But Megan notes that it took awhile for Tom to finally make a move. As their mutual friend list grew, they started bumping into each other more. Eventually the two left to spend semesters abroad – Megan in Spain and Tom in Paris. But they were reunited at a New Year’s party that winter where they chatted about their experiences abroad. Still no moves were made as Tom left for the remainder of junior year to do research in Nicaragua. Once school started again in the fall, Megan and Tom were reunited at a back-to-school party where Tom approached Megan with a glass of wine in his hand and said, “Megan, come outside and chat with me!” Megan said she was intrigued and followed. “On the front porch, Tom and I drank our wine, shared our love of books (both of us were English Majors), and compared notes on our Irish ancestry,” said Megan. A few days later, Megan was riding her bike through campus. Tom, also on a bike, called out to Megan from afar. The two bike-chatted, which Megan notes is very difficult, especially since she’s a bit clumsy, as they rode to class. Both had plans to drive to Atlanta with friends for the first football game of the season to cheer on the Tar Heels. On the drive to Atlanta, Megan’s friends asked her about Tom, but she continued to deny feelings for him. Meanwhile, Tom was declaring his intentions to ask Megan out on his own separate drive to Atlanta. On the day of the big game, they attended the same tailgate. And once Megan and Tom started chatting, they didn’t stop – even once the game started. Megan says, ” I impressed him with my football knowledge, and later that weekend he asked me on a date.”

Megan knew she wanted to get married back in Charlotte, and reserved the Cathedral of St. Patrick in beautiful Dilworth. It was important to incorporate their love of family, Irish heritage and religion into the wedding day. Megan and Tom had so many special touches. Megan’s garter was her grandmother’s and the diamond in Megan’s engagement ring once belonged to Tom’s great grandmother, and the Irish Book of Celtic Verse – a book from Tom to Megan. The paper goods featured a shamrock and a map of Ireland as a way to honor their Irish heritage, love of travel and it served as a bit of foreshadowing – following the wedding both Megan and Tom had plans to move to Cork, Ireland where Tom will begin his residency and Megan start graduate school.

With a love of color, we focused on a vibrant jewel-toned palette. Megan was inspired by garden weddings but wanted to elevate the style so that it would fit into the formal ballroom of Charlotte Country Club. Throughout the design we included details that would tell their story and their love of travel and books. The guest book was a map that guest could sign with well-wishes and it was an easy way for Megan and Tom to take with them a small memory of loved ones from their wedding day when they made their big move to Ireland. We incorporated books within the centerpieces for these two English majors. The bar room was a tribute to the happy couples’ Alma Mater, UNC Chapel Hill. We filled the room with Tar Heel memorabilia and pictures from their time as college students. Even Megan and Tom’s favorite beer from the ever popular staple Top Of The Hill was on tap for guests to enjoy. The rustic bourbon bar, while not necessarily Irish, was a fun nod to Megan’s Southern roots – and Tom’s love of bourbon!

The entire wedding day was full of love and laughter. Their beautiful story was told just as Megan and Tom had always envisioned. They danced the night away with friends and family to the band The Business, and made a getaway in an old fashioned car after a streamer exit.

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Photography: Lauren Friday Photography | Cinematography: Shamus Coneys Film | Event Planning + Design: The Graceful Host | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Stationery: Elisabeth Rose Stationary | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of Saint Patrick | Reception Venue: Charlotte Country Club | Makeup: Makeup By Jenny Le | Hair: Sara Egri | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Bellissima Of Salisbury | Catering + Cake: Charlotte Country Club

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Classic Ballroom Wedding in Nashville

When these two college sweethearts tied the knot, they planned around the concept of “classic elegance with a touch of glam.” And from the ceremony under the oak tree to the stunning ballroom reception, their day was one for the storybooks. Rachel Moore photographed, Little Josh Productions filmed, and you can watch it all unfold inside The Vault.

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From The Bride…Reese and I met while we were in school at Auburn University. Luckily for us our fraternity and sorority were always together, so we had lots of mutual friends. Through attending football games and date parties together, we both fell for each other quickly. We have been together ever since, through college, long distance, new jobs, and new cities. This year marks six years we have been together.

I randomly decided to attend Auburn University after attending one college day visit. I’m still not sure why I was so convinced Auburn was the school for me without knowing anything about it or anyone there, but now looking back it makes complete sense. I am so thankful for Auburn, Alabama because it led this Georgia girl to a boy from Tennessee and was the perfect place to start our story.

I will always think he planned the perfect proposal, because it was centered around the one thing that is most important to us: our family. I was completely shocked, and looking back I am astonished that I never had a clue with all the planning with our family and friends he did leading up to November 1st. With the help of both of our families and my friend, Lauren, Reese had set up 3 large tables by the river at his parents’ farm. One table contained pictures of me with my friends and family throughout all stages of my life, and the other table had pictures of him and his friends and family throughout the years. The middle table had pictures of us, and throughout his teary speech he centered his proposal around the importance of family and our love for each other. He surprised me even more with having not only both our families there, but having my two best friends, Kasey and Lauren, there for the celebration.

It was important for Reese and me to have the day focused on the love we have for each other, and the love we have for each person that was there that day. It was also important to have a wedding that was elegant, yet inviting. I loved that we had a seated dinner in a gorgeous ballroom filled with all white flowers and linens, and then moved to the tent where the band, décor, and lighting provided the perfect atmosphere for a memorable party.

My vision for the wedding was classic elegance with a touch of glam. Belle Meade Country Club provided the perfect backdrop for the vision. The color scheme of white and beige along with the large floral arrangements, lace linens and soft lighting in the ballroom provided a sophisticated setting for dinner. The draping, furniture, and chandeliers inside the tent kept with the theme, but we mixed it up a little with fun lighting and a touch of sparkle to highlight the glamour. The outdoor ceremony, ballroom dinner, and outdoor tented dance area allowed for three separate looks that were cohesive, yet different for each aspect of the day. I loved that we incorporated small touches that made our day unique for us. We provided Toomer’s Lemonade to the guests before the ceremony to incorporate our love for our alma mater, Auburn University. I loved that we had guests throw streamers and confetti at the end of the ceremony; that added to the excitement, and then the night ended with our getaway car driving through a fountain of fireworks. H Three Events made each detail come together seamlessly and provided the wow factor for each element.

Our wedding was at 6 in the evening outside Belle Meade Country Club under the huge 200-year-old tree. At 5:30 it was still raining and dreary, like it had been all day. We took a chance and did not move the ceremony location. At 5:45 the clouds parted, and it became the most beautiful day that was complete with a rainbow.

Our ceremony and the message that our pastor, Steve Berger, gave was a memory I will always cherish. It was tailored perfectly for our life and love story. Reese and I chose to not partake in a first look. The look on his face when he first saw me walk down the aisle was a look of pure love and excitement. That was a special moment where it seemed like we were the only ones there. I look back at each element of the day with true joy, whether it be our first dance, my father walking me down the aisle, watching our guests fill the dance floor all night, or ending the night with a firework exit.

Our wedding party of 18 was a mixture of our closest friends and family, who have all played a huge roll in each of our lives. My two matrons of honor are my childhood best friends from age five, and we are still inseparable to this day. Reese chose his father and his childhood best friend as his two best men. We were so thankful to have each person stand next to us on our wedding day to support and show their love for each of us.

The rehearsal dinner was held on the stage at the Ryman Auditorium. The night was filled with Nashville history and music. We knew the Ryman would be a fun and memorable location for both local and out of town guests to experience. The night was filled with touches that represented both Nashville, and us as a couple. To begin the evening guests entered the auditorium for cocktail hour, where they could view Ryman memorabilia before progressing to the stage for dinner and entertainment. The Ryman’s Official Minnie Pearl personality served as the hostess for the evening, providing entertainment and history of the Ryman Auditorium. One of our favorite parts of the night was being able to have a tour of the dressing rooms back stage, where we were able to view Johnny Cash’s and Hank Williams’ dressing rooms. Dinner on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium was a once in a lifetime experience.

Reese’s mother, Emily, added a special touch to dinner by serving her famous fruit tea for the guests to enjoy. The dinner ended with a duck hunting themed groom’s cake to represent Reese’s love for duck hunting. After dinner and toasts, the night concluded with entertainment by two local Nashville musicians and songwriters, Casey Beathard and Trent Willmon. It was a night to remember with every detail building on the next to create a true Nashville celebration.

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Photography: Rachel Moore Photography | Cinematography: Little Josh Productions | Floral Design: Branches | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Frosted Affair | Stationery: Victoria Austin Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Hair + Makeup: Parlour 3 | Lighting: Techworks | Band: Burning Las Vegas | Venue: Belle Meade Country Club | Bridal Boutique: Arzelle’s Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids | Groom's + Groomsmen Attire: Street Tuxedo | Linen Rentals + Draping: Visual Elements | Linen Rentals + Draping: BBJ Linen | Pyrotechnics: Impact Pyro, Inc. | Rentals: Please Be Seated | Tent Rentals: Nashville Tent & Awning Co. | Wedding Consultant: H Three Events

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