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Modern Art-Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot

Just when I think things can’t get any prettier, another slice of lovely comes along a steals my heart away, claiming it’s spot at the top of my faves list. This art-inspired shoot from Bamber Photography is owning it big time. With blooms from Humphreys Flowers that look like they came straight out of a painting, elegant paper pretties from Amanda Day Rose Paperie, the cutest flower girl around and style for days, I recommend you steal a lengthy moment today for this one m’dears, I promise, it’s so worth it.


Oh, and stay tuned for that delish looking cocktail, the Southern Belle from Repeal And Serve, that we’ll be sharing later this afternoon!!! After all, it is Friday!

From John And Lindsey Bamber With a venue like the Hunter Museum of American Art, in a city like Chattanooga, how could you not be inspired? Planning for a shoot was such a good excuse to take some time to enjoy the local gem and really soak it in. Right away, I began to draw inspiration from the stunning, larger than life piece by Helen Frankenthaler titled Around the Clock with Red. I wanted to continue the range of pinks throughout the shoot and play on the idea of two artists getting married. This inspired the faint watercolor on the paper-goods and the raw canvas backdrop that translated to a ceremony piece. At the same time, in the back of my mind were the delicate paint strokes of all the beautiful realist paintings at the museum. I wanted the flowers to look like they came straight out of a still life painting by a pink obsessed artist. By focusing on these ideas, I worked with the challenge of mixing the old with the new and modern, the delicate with the strong.

But why stop there? Not only was I inspired by the beautiful artwork inside the museum, I drew much of my inspiration from the outside the museum, in it’s architecture overlooking the city and Tennessee River. With dark and light grays, as well as a deep zinc blue, I pictured soft pinks that stood out from these backgrounds. Often times, the florals and decor can get lost in the background of the event. I wanted the flowers to really pop but also provide an ethereal, romantic feel. My goal was to have soft and delicate offset the modern shapes of the building. Humphry’s Flowers of Chattanooga delivered on this vision 100% with billowy peonies and overflowing delicate tissue-like petals. Our models were really a family; the bride and groom were one of our past couples, the adorable girl was their daughter, and the bridesmaids were a friend and sister to the bride so there was a real family feel to the shoot. It all felt very natural and easy. A roaring thunderstorm blew its way through the middle of our shoot and our team kicked it into hyperdrive to bring the party inside. But when we returned outside, the rain had created a shimmery layer on everything and the sky created just the right amount of muted color tones, creating a filter that fit perfectly in the shoot.

Helen Frankenthaler, Around the Clock with Red, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 71 1/2 x 123 3/4 inches (181.6 x 314.3 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Davenport, Jr., 1986.23

Photography: Bamber Photography | Event Design: Sarah Ervin | Floral Design: Humphreys Flowers | Wedding Dress: Art Letter | Invitations: Amanda Day Rose | Reception Venue: The Hunter Museum Of American Art | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jill Stuart | Catering: Events With Taste | Makeup Artist: Elea Blake | Calligraphy: Kate Smith Letters | Canvas Design: Kaitlyn Honnold | Custom Cocktail And Bar: Repeal And Serve | Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN | Furniture Rentals: Heirlooms Vintage Boutique And Rentals | Hair Styling: Hair A Go-Go | Men's Tuxedo: Boutique Couture | Sweets: Sweet Eats By Jennifer Hooper | Table Decor: Nell's | Vintage Rentals: Heirloom Vintage Boutique

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Church On Main Rehearsal Dinner + WIUP!

Before we send you off into the weekend, we’ve got a little something special. A pre-wedding affair filled to the gills with Southern charm and pops of coral. Designed by Catherine Davis and captured through the lens of Bamber Photography, it’s a perfect way to wrap up the week. Psssst: We’ve got winners, discounts and giveaway reminders waiting down below!

It was such an honor to be asked to plan the rehearsal dinner for Brad and Liz, even more so because I am the groom’s sister-in-law! I love working on all events, but the stakes were a little higher on this one and my fate in the family rested in the execution of a seamless and fun evening to kick off the wedding weekend. Though Brad and Liz grew up in Chattanooga and shared mutual friends, their paths didn’t cross until they were living in Atlanta many years later when they were introduced by a dear friend’s mother. Though the timing wasn’t right during their first courtship, their love story should give many romantics hope in second chances. When Brad and Liz were reunited several years later, they didn’t skip a beat and it was only a matter of months before they were happily engaged.

Their wedding was in their hometown of Chattanooga and the quest for a venue that could accommodate a large size for their rehearsal dinner and match the “Garden & Gun” inspired event that Brad was hoping for proved to be a little challenging. Luckily, we stumbled upon a beautiful, old church that had been repurposed for events and the bride, groom and groom’s family fell in love instantly with the exposed beams and brickwork. The Church on Main was the perfect backdrop for this southern chic soiree that incorporated yards of seersucker (a must for all southern affairs), antique silver and milk glass (which were family heirlooms or antiques I’ve collected over the years), khaki and pops of coral.

I’ve worked with the Written Word for over 8 years on everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements and they never disappoint in their creativity and attention to detail. When I approached them about the event, Marti and Paul immediately went to work and produced a beautiful letterpressed invitation from their presses in West Virginia and complimentary menu cards. Seersucker adorned all the paper products, down to hand tied “bow ties” on the escort cards and place cards.

The menu was a wonderful collaboration with the talented Michelle Huffman of Events with Taste. From the “Dixie Cup” signature cocktail using none other than Tennessee’s own bourbon whiskey to the prosciutto wrapped duck hors d’oeuvres (a homage to the groom’s hobby as a hunter) to the “Brown Shu-gha” Ice Cream imported from Jake’s Ice Cream in Atlanta- it all perfectly reflected Brad and Liz.

The entire event was a family affair, with the mother of the groom tying seersucker ribbons and the father of the groom de-thorning and trimming garden roses in their sunroom-turned-florist-shop as I busily completed two dozen arrangements for the dinner. We all had a great time working together in the days leading up to the dinner, but more importantly, we had a fabulous evening in honor of my sweet brother-in-law and his beautiful bride-to-be.

Photography: Bamber Photography | Invitations: The Paper Source | Lighting: Luma Designs | Transportation: Executive Valet and Limo | Caterer and Rentals: Events With Taste | Event Planner and Stylist, Floral Design and Calligraphy: Catherine Davis | Invitations and Menu Cards: The Written Word Studio | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Church On Main

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Love by Lynzie Weddings + Events
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PF Films
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Last chance giveaway + event reminders for…

$250 in bridal accessories to Ceremony

Bridal by the Bay Event at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

And now what we’ve ALL been waiting for. This week’s winners!

Big hooray for Aly – the winner of a $250 gift card towards Wedding Paper Diva’s!

Another congrats goes to MVP 22 who’s won one a gorgeous headpiece from Island Bridal!

And last but not least, Linda S. is the lucky duck taking home $100 to Paper Source!

Happy weekend, loves! XOXO

Backyard Chattanooga Wedding by Austin Gros Wedding Photography

It is not very often that a wedding stops me dead in my blogging tracks but this backyard ditty has done just that. It’s both a gorgeous display of wedding goodness and sweet, sweet home cooked details almost too perfect to be real. Austin Gros captured this adorable couple and their equally adorable big day and all of it has us dreaming of lovely summer soirées. The flower (yes, the really big, really gorgeous flower), the personalized mason jars, the food truck, we’ll take it all. Welcome to Monday lovelies. Now how about starting things off right with a pretty party in the full wedding gallery.

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From the Bride…When I think of our wedding day it plays over in my mind like an old black and white movie… like a rerun I must have watched a hundred times when I was growing up.  I hear the song “home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s on repeat… with the lyrics “home is wherever I’m with you” ringing like a bell over and over again.  With my fiancé at the time, now husband, being a musician, our “home” was different every weekend depending on where he was playing that night.  So as you can imagine, trying to research, create, plan, and organize the perfect wedding for us was difficult yet rewarding for us all at the same time.

I would start by saying we love all things vintage, the older the better in my book. The rustic-vintage-DIY style was a no-brainer.  I spent more hours than I care to mention researching various unique ways of turning traditional wedding ideas into something that reflected “us” in the best ways possible. We wanted our guest to feel at home and comfortable, kind of like they were at a big family party or a picnic. The look that we aimed for was simplistic, handmade, and whimsical.  Since, our wedding was outside in my now new parent-in-laws beautiful backyard, this wasn’t hard to accomplish.  Our ceremony was probably the simplest aspect of the entire wedding.  We decided on the park in the center of the neighborhood.  It had a circular meeting area in the middle, surrounded by tall trees, with stone seating all around it.  Our families were seated around us, his on one side and mine on the other.   It was just us and the preacher, no bridesmaids or groomsmen.  Following our short but sweet ceremony, our guests released butterflies as we walked back down the aisle & then we paraded down the street with our “Just Married” banner waving in the air all the way to the reception site where we greeted all our guests before heading off to take pictures.

Throughout the wedding process there were three things that I was definitely sticking to my guns on.  The first was our pictures, and there was no one who could capture and truly represent “us” better than our photographer Austin.  His style and what we had envisioned was spot-on.  Next, was our caterer, and for us, a food truck was a must!  I just absolutely love the simplicity and relaxed feeling they bring to an outdoor wedding.  It allows people to come and go with ease with a hint of excitement like kids flocking around an ice cream truck.  To make a long story short, when Taylor (my handsome husband) proposed to me, it caught me off guard so much I actually turned and said, “I am really in the mood for some chips and salsa” before I even realized what just came out of his mouth.  Of course I would say something like that!  So, when we found that Moe’s Southwest Grill had a food truck that could not only cater but would set-up a huge salsa bar as well, we knew they were the ones for us.  Lastly but most importantly were the flowers.  I am obsessed with wild flowers!  I’m a firm believer in you can never have too many flowers.  When in doubt, more flowers!  With our budget we knew that ordering in bulk from Sam’s was going to be our best option.  I highly recommend looking into Sam’s if you haven’t already.  They truly exceeded our expectations.  The “thrown together look” of wildflowers in mismatched vases is a favorite of mine and we made sure these covered all the tables.  The imperfection was so uniquely beautiful making each arrangement very distinct in its own way.

Wedding Photography: Austin Gros / Day of Coordinator: Cari Moretz of Socially Circled / Catering: Moe’s Mobile / Flowers: Sam’s Club / Bouquet and Boutonniere: Making Arrangements / Butterflies: Fragrant Acres Butterfly Farm / Wedding Cake and Pies: Piece-a-Cake Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Baumbirdy / Veil: Velvet Owl / Guest Book/Fingerprint Tree: Bleu De Toi / Just Married Sign: Celebrate With Fun / Venue: Private Residence / Utensils: / Dress: Claire Pettibone via Dream Bridal / Makeup: Darin Wright of Elea Blake Cosmetics / Paper Bags: Scrap Bits / Print: Joceybella Designs