Wedding gowns are a work of art to me. Intricate and exquisite, they are one of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll ever wear. So when we had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at how Chaviano Couture brings their visions to life, we obviously jumped. Captured beautifully by Exquisitrie By Kelly Sauer, this gallery is sure to leave you in awe.
From Exquisitrie By Kelly Sauer….Have you ever wondered about the process that goes into making the loveliness that comes together for a wedding dress? Chaviano Couture wanted to give you a look at the care she puts into the process of creating custom wedding gowns for its brides, from the simple muslin beginnings to the small details to the stunning wedding day results.
This shoot, titled “Sew In Love” before it ever came into being, was a dream that Annette Thurmon and Carlee Sizemore had to tell the story of a custom wedding dress from behind the scenes. Their vision brought a fantastic creative team together last August to capture their inspiration for their brides. The shoot brought lace and vintage and tulle together with Carlee’s exquisite styling, Amy Osaba’s fantastic florals, and an amazing European vibe at the private residence that hosted the shoot. The shoot carries a bit of whimsy, a bit of fun, a dash of drama, and a whole lot of unparallelled pretty for the bride who is looking for inspiration for her own wedding.
You can go ahead and file this pretty party under “seriously awesome weddings,” because, well… it sooo is. A laid-back, yet totally elegant affair planned to perfection by Shannon Reeves Events, it’s what happens when shabby chic details and an adorable bride and groom meet the gorgeous shores of Santa Rosa Beach. See it all captured by Woodland Fields Photography in the full gallery.
From Shannon Reeves Events… Pretty weddings are common, as I know you must know better than anyone. Pretty is usually a given. But easy, authentic, crazy-about-you, perfect-combination-of-over-the-moon-giddiness-and-calm-contentment is a bit harder to come by. These two had all of this in spades and you can just SEE it. And their wedding was pretty, too.
Jenn got engaged just about the same time I launched Shannon Reeves Events in October 2011. She was my very first client. Together, over plenty of phone dates and giddy emails between her home in Washington D.C. and mine in Tallahassee, we set a date, snagged the prettiest wedding venue you ever did see, assembled a to-die-for vendor team and filled in plenty of pretty details for a coastal wedding in Florida.
With Ian deployed, serving on the front lines in Afghanistan during most of the planning process, Jenn – sweet as she can be – focused more on the two of them then anything else. No big Pinterest projects. No over-the-top decor or filler craziness. Instead, a stripped-down, elegant affair with pretty flowers, southern lace, sweet handwritten vows and 72 of their nearest and dearest to share them with.
Bentley’s on the Bay, located in Santa Rosa Beach, is take-your-breath-away pretty. Classic white flowers, big wooden whitewashed tables, lanterns, mercury glass and textures galore was a perfect mix.
And some sweet cake with toasts to match and a packed dance floor on the waterfront, all under cafe lights on a summer night in Florida. Pretty perfect.
At the end of the June evening, the DJ played Jenn and Ian’s first dance song again, to end the reception just like it began. Such a sweet finale! And as though we drew it up perfectly ourselves, a summer storm hit the second the song ended and the DJ said farewell. And it downpoured the entire next day! We definitely didn’t forget to count our lucky stars.
The day was packed to the brim with grateful love. Real smiles. Adoration. She’s giddy-as-can-be and he’s the picture of happiness. It was the best big day I’ve ever experienced as a planner. I hope with these photos you can see it, too.
From The Bride…Brandon and I met on the school bus when I was in sixth grade (he was in eighth). I always hoped he would sit next to me, but it rarely happened. A couple of years later, I finally caught his eye. We dated throughout high school and also through college, although it was long distance. In November 2011, Brandon proposed to me in front of a gorgeous fall sunset along the Beaufort, SC waterfront. Little did I know, both of our families were hiding off in the distance! We are both incredibly close with our families and he knew how much I’d want to share that moment with them, as well. We enjoyed the evening toasting and eating at one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort.
As soon as we got engaged, I could close my eyes and envision exactly what I wanted our wedding to look like – a regal church, a reception near the water, stately black tuxedos, gold décor, and a crowd that never leaves the classic black and white dance floor. And that’s exactly the wedding we planned.
Brandon and I wanted to reflect our classic taste with a timeless wedding full of crisp lines and elegant touches. I was inspired by an old-fashioned formal affair, but softened the overall look with soft tones of blush, ivory, and gold.
We were married at St. Mary of the Annunciation, the first Catholic church in the Carolinas and Georgia, by my childhood priest. The ceremony was my favorite part of the planning and its special details are what stick out in my mind most when I think about our wedding day. Our mothers were seated to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” the wedding party processed in to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy Man of Man’s Desiring,” and my father walked me down the aisle to Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary.” One of our dear friends sang “Surely the Presence,” a song that always makes me smile and think of my precious grandmother who passed a few years ago.
Our wedding party took a trolley across the Cooper River to Mount Pleasant, where we celebrated at our reception overlooking the Charleston harbor. Brandon and I danced to one of our favorite songs, “Let’s Stay Together,” by Al Green. We wanted our guests to have a great selection of food. We had various stations set up serving Lowcountry shrimp and grits, sirloin, roasted turkey, mixed greens salad, crab cakes, fried green tomato BLTs, and delicious gouda tortellini pasta. For a late night snack, we served hamburger sliders with mini french fry cones.
My favorite flowers are blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, so we had both of those in various size arrangements throughout the reception tent. Three vintage chandeliers were cascaded above the classic black and white dance floor. Alongside our cake, we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents with the quote “We are but a reflection of those who have come before us.”
The Mighty Kicks kept our guests dancing all night. I don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun! One of my favorite moments was during the classic wedding reception song, “Shout,” which happened to be the last dance of the night. While everyone was shimmying to the ground during the “little bit softer now” part, Brandon asked me to stand up with him and look at how many people were on the dance floor. At that moment, we both had this magical feeling. All of our friends and family were together in one place at the same time with happiness abounding. That’s so special. I hope I never forget that moment.
From The Bride…To have our wedding in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains was always our dream. Fazal and I love the outdoors and are very close with our families, so the intimate, outdoor setting of the Ruins at Kellum Valley Farm was the perfect place for us. The Farm has breathtaking views and these magnificent school house ruins in the back of the property. The ruins look like a hidden secret and are unbelievable romantic with candlelight.We wanted to keep the wedding small, so we could focus on the family and friends that had been with us throughout our relationship.Fazal and I grew up in the same hometown of Loganville, Georgia, but come from very different backgrounds. I moved to the South from Illinois when I was in elementary school and learned to love all things southern over the years. Fazal’s family moved to Loganville from Vietnam before he was born, and he was lucky enough to grow up on the same street as all of his family. He spent a lot of his youth in the woods with his cousins and helping on his Grandfather’s halal farm.Our vision for the wedding was for it to feel like an intimate dinner party in our back yard in Atlanta. The reception was held outside, under the stars, with dinner and dancing inside of the ruins. We used lots of candles, bistro lights and deep fall colors to make everyone feel relaxed and comfortable. Our signature cocktail was our favorite libation – whiskey :) and we had rock candy stirrers for guests. We gave out hand warmers and vintage blankets for the guests to keep cozy through the night.Planning for our wedding was truly a family affair. My parents made the hand warmers that we gave out at the reception, my sister hand wrote all of the signage, my brother set up the photo booth, and Fazal carved the candlesticks that were at the head table. I loved looking around and seeing our families in every little detail.It was truly one amazing day.