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Saturday Morning Movie: Glamorous + Elegant St. Regis Wedding

Within seconds we’re transported into the too sweet for words love story of these two via love notes they wrote and read aloud on the morning of their wedding day. It’s one magical piece of an amazing puzzle, complete with glamour and elegance galore and with Jonathan and Kaye behind the camera, we get to be the lucky witnesses. Sit back and prepare to be dazzled!

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From Jonathan and KayeIf you are looking for one of the most elegant, inspired weddings of the year, look no further – this is it!  From the cherry blossom trees at the ceremony, the beautiful head table and guest tables at the reception, the cherry blossom decal on the dance floor, to BOTH of the bride’s gorgeous gowns – this wedding is as elegant and luxurious as they come.

Jonathan and Clare, having been together for 12 years, have traveled the world together and supported each other through thick and thin.  There is nothing like the love between two people that has truly overcome the test of time.

Their day was stunning from beginning to end.  Mid-way through the reception, the bride re-entered in her new dress with much deserved fanfare.  From there, her and her groom had a surprise choreographed dance planned for their guests, which was executed with perfection.

Jonathan and Clare, your wedding is one for the books!  We will always remember your wedding as one of the most beautiful, yet fun weddings we have ever done.  Congratulations you two!  We wish the best to both of you and what’s yet to come!



Photography: Anna And Spencer Photography | Cinematography: Jonathan and Kaye | Event Design: Edge Design Group | Event Planning: By Brian Green | Floral Design: Edge Design Group | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Wedding Dress: Lazaro bridal | Stationery: Papered Wonders | DJ: Amp'd Entertainment | Wedding Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Atlanta | Lighting Design: Unique Event Elements | Linens: I Do Linens | Menswear: The Modern Gent | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

Say Hello to the Perfect Atlanta Venue

When it comes to tying the knot in style, finding the right locale is key. And if you happen to be saying “I do” in Atlanta, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta most definitely needs to be on your radar. Think over 30,000 square feet of event space, a talented staff with over 17+ years of service experience and a culinary team that will leave all of your guests talking. It’s the wedding of your dreams.

Whether you’re tying the knot in a small, intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest or planning a more extravagant party with all of your friends and family, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta has everything you’ll ever need for that celebration of a lifetime. From the wow-inducing grand staircase to the two story, glass-encased lobby to the picturesque green space located just outside the hotel, it’s THE perfect place to host everything from your rehearsal dinner to your farewell brunches to, of course, your wedding. And don’t even get us started on the tasty menu options. It’s a foodie paradise… literally.

If you’re dreaming of a wedding that is glamorous, chic AND fun, contact the talented staff at The Westin Buckhead Atlanta today to start planning. They’ll walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee a celebration that is as awesome as you always imagined. They’ll even accommodate dietary restrictions and work with outside catering. You’re going to love them.

A Real Life “Night at the Museum” Wedding!

Matthew and Dawn weren’t about to have your run-of-the-mill wedding day. Not a chance. Instead, they chose The Fernbank Museum (the location of their first date!) and totally embraced the unique venue – dinosaurs and all. Thanks to Kelli Lynn Photography for the images that speak for themselves!


From Kelli Lynn Photography… This wedding was so unique! The bride & groom own their own photography business, so they had a certain vision in mind for their wedding, and their vision came to life perfectly! The Fernbank Museum is where Matthew & Dawn had their first date, and they wanted to come back to where it all started for their wedding. The museum itself is amazing, with a huge dinosaur sculpture located in the Atrium of the museum. They decided to add to the natural essence of the museum and incorporate dinosaurs into their wedding theme! Not only that, Dawn herself made several of the geometric shapes that were used for centerpieces and for the ceremony decorations herself! One of the highlight features of the wedding decor was the amazing cake that looks like there was geode rock in the cake!

I absolutely LOVE this couple! As photographers themselves, I knew their wedding would be amazing. Not only that, they were the best bride and groom to work with and were a dream to photograph! This wedding definitely promotes taking your wedding vision and running with it. Do not be afraid to step out of the box for your wedding and use decorations and colors that stand out and represent who you are!



Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Event Coordination : Mabry Events | Floral Design: Flowerbuds Florals | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Stephanie Norton | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair + Makeup : Brushworx Hair & Makeup | DJ: SiFi Entertainment, Simon Rimmer | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Fernbank Natural History Museum | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Invite Suite: Peach and Oak | Photobooth: Good Karma Photobooth | Venue Coordinator: Fernbank Natural History Museum

Stunning Hindu Temple Engagement Session in Atlanta

To put it simply, these photographs took my breath away. Photographed by Elle Golden outside of Atlanta, you are instantly transported and the couple holding your hand is as beautiful as the surroundings. Click here to see the entire gorgeous gallery.

From Elle Golden PhotographyYou don’t have to travel all the way to India for stunning views of traditional Hindu temples. Tucked away in an Atlanta suburb is the BAPS Mandir temple where couple Nihar + Pratibha decided to hold part of their engagement session with Elle Golden Photography. The first half of the session was dedicated to their more casual, daily attire at Atlanta’s charming Summerour Studios. The second half was held at the temple and the couple wore traditional south Asian garments, including a floral saree in beautiful pink and gold tones.



Photography: Elle Golden Photography | Ceremony Venue: Summerour Studio | Venue: BAPS Mandir

Inspiration for the Fashion-Forward Bride

If you’ve never considered wearing a cape on your wedding day, this photo shoot is all the inspiration you’ll ever need. Photographed by Almond Leaf Studios and designed and planned in the hands of Emily Claire Events, it’s a fashion heavy, floral loving slice of pretty guaranteed to find a place on your Pinterest boards. Find even more to love inside The Vault.

From Emily, the planner and designer… We knew that we wanted our inspiration to be the chic Atlanta bride, so we included a mix of classic yet slightly modern details. Fashion is front and center here with the bride wearing a gorgeous Caroline Hayden gown, Oscar de la Renta earrings, and Christian Louboutin heels. We loved how structural the gown was and how the cape gently flowed across the staircase at the venue. If that cape doesn’t make you feel like a queen on your wedding day, then we don’t know what will! 

Ivory satin linens, ghost chairs, and silver details set the stage for the fabulous tones in the flowers to shine through. Peonies, carnations, roses, and ranunculus play together beautifully as they cascade across the table. Every brides favorite shade of blush, peach, and ivory can be seen making an appearance!



Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Design: Emily Claire Events | Event Planning: Emily Claire Events | Floral Design: Philosophy Flowers | Wedding Dress: Caroline Hayden | Cake: Sweet Peeps Bakery | Stationery: Flourish Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Swan House | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Asylum | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Chair Rentals: Sweet Seats | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Models: Kristin and Cody | Tabletop Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

A Modern Wedding Designed with Metallics + Greenery

An elegant affair with an industrial feel, this modern day wedding celebration is sure to inspire your upcoming affair. From the greenery-filled reception to the bride’s long sleeve lace gown, it’s the perfect blend of tradition (like those lovely Paper Daisies Stationery programs) paired with totally fresh details and we’ve got it all captured by Amy Arrington Photography in The Vault!

From the Bride…Colton and I met our senior year of college on September 24th 2010, the night before our alma maters met on the football field. I went to the University of South Carolina and was in Auburn, Alabama visiting my best friend. Little did I know that a trip to visit her would lead me to find my husband. Colton and I had an instant connection and were inseparable the rest of the time I was there. On Game day, we got separated from our friends and ended up going into the game together, just the two of us. While in the stands, a girl came up to us and asked how long we had been dating because she said we were an adorable couple. Little did she know we had known each other less than 24 hours. Two weeks later Colton came to visit me in South Carolina and the next weekend I was back in Auburn visiting him. On day 21 we officially started dating and on day 36, Halloween, we said I love you for the first time. From that day on we travelled back and forth between Alabama and South Carolina every weekend until I graduated. In fact, the first 3 years of our relationship we were a long-distance couple. I went away to graduate school and while we didn’t see each other every weekend like we did that first year we came pretty close. After 3 years of long distance the time came for us to finally live in the same city. On October 18th 2014, 3 days after our 4-year anniversary, Colton proposed

Wedding planning started immediately. We knew that we wanted three things. A wedding planner, a neutral color palette, and to honor our strong family ties. We looked to our past to prepare for our future, and make our wedding special. My grandparents who passed away before Colton and I got engaged had a big influence on our day. The center diamond in my engagement ring was my Nana’s diamond, and my grandparents 61st anniversary was the day before our wedding day, which played into the day we chose. We also used the guest book they used at their wedding as our own. Another way that we incorporated family traditions was with the selection of my wedding gown. The women in my family have all worn long sleeve lace gowns and I wanted to carry on that tradition. Colton also carried on a family tradition, his best man was the son of his father’s best man. Both of us had been raised catholic, so it was also very important to both families to have a traditional Catholic wedding.

Colton and I had talked about wanting the venue to have an industrial feel or for it to be a distillery or brewery of some kind. We were so lucky that American Spirit Works, a Whiskey Distillery, and special events venue was opening it’s doors just in time for our special day. It provided the perfect industrial, rustic backdrop for our big day. When Colton and I booked the venue, we had nothing more than a rendering of what the space was going to look like to go off of, but we loved the vision so we booked the venue with complete trust in the events team there. Once we had the venue locked in, the real planning started and our wedding slowly but surely started to come together.

The venue led us to our theme–“industrial glam”. Since we wanted neutral colors we incorporated mixed metals including galvanized tin, silver and copper to make it feel more industrial. In addition to the mixed metals, Crush Event Rentals custom designed a lighting fixture with Edison bulbs to hang in the middle of our dance floor. We also knew that we wanted white flowers and a lot of greenery to add a soft contrast to the space and give it a glamorous/romantic feel. Our amazing florist was able to take our vision to the next level and make everything look breathtaking.

In addition to the custom lighting fixture, we wanted a few statement pieces to bring the design together and to pay homage to the city where we would start our lives together. The head table had long garland down the middle, copper mugs for everyone in the wedding party and a beige love seat for Colton and I to sit at together. Since I am from Atlanta, we incorporated custom made “Share a Coke” bottles, as the table assignments. We encouraged all of our guests to “Share a Coke with the Wilburn’s” as they found their seats. One thing about the venue that we really enjoyed was the main bar area which was a gorgeous wood statement piece with a very large chalkboard mounted on the wall behind it. We were able to create a custom drink menu with personal touches which added to the overall look and feel of the space. We worked with a local artist to design a beautiful pattern that we incorporated onto the chalk board that just set the bar area off.

Our top three favorite moments of the day were fairly easy for us to choose. Walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing Colton for the first time was unforgettable. It was a moment we had been working for and building toward for 5 years all culminating in one look. The next was seeing our venue for the very first time. As I said earlier, the venue itself was a work in progress when we booked it. So, when we finally got to see all of the decorations and little details we stressed over for months come together, was truly special. And finally, the dance floor! Not only our first dance which is, of course, an awesome memory; but dancing with all of our friends and family was outstanding. All of the stress and worry we had leading up to the wedding was forgotten as soon as the music started and everyone cut loose. It was the best night of our lives.

A piece of advice we would give to engaged couples would be to be true to yourself, and to always choose each other every day. Another huge piece of advice I would give, is to find and to hire a wedding planner that understands what you are looking for. We completely trusted Laura to execute our vision and keep our best interests in mind. She made the entire experience much more manageable and enjoyable for a bride who is not extremely organized.



Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Design: Laura Birney Events | Event Planning: Laura Birney Events | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Cake Hag | Invitations: Victoria Austin Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Stave Room At American Spirit Works | Bride's Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sitterding | DJ: Black Tie Events | Chalkboard Artist: Kate Turner Studio | Chargers: Event Rentals Unlimited | Event Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Grand Exit Transportation: Special Day Limos | Linen Rentals: Cover Ups | Photo Booth: Robot Booth | Programs: Paper Daisies Stationery | Wedding Party Transportation: Marietta Trolley Company

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A Modern Wedding Planned in 3 Months!

Can we all agree that Ese and Jack deserve some sort of wedding planning medal? I certainly think so. Because these two pulled off one incredible day in just three months, planning the entire celebration from soup to nuts. Their priorities? Beautiful venue, pretty florals, and amazing photography. Check, check and check. More from Sawyer Baird in The Vault.

From The Bride…We wanted a very small, intimate wedding with our closest family and friends. We planned the entire wedding ourselves and started just three months prior to our big day. With so little planning time, we decided to pick a few priorities and trust that everything else would come together. For us those priorities were a beautiful venue, pretty florals, and our amazing photographer- Sawyer Baird.

Our vision for the day centered around a romantic/natural feel and small, beautiful details. It was important to us that the day feel authentically us, so we incorporated personalized details throughout the day. For example, plants are very special to us so we made succulent favors for all of our guests. Also, we met in Atlanta and JCT Kitchen was a restaurant that we frequented prior to choosing it as our venue. We knew their amazing food would be something that our guests would enjoy.

We had also heard from so many couples that the day would go by so fast. Our goal really was to enjoy the day and savor one of the most special days of our journey together. As such, we spent the morning of the wedding getting ready together in our home- just the two of us. This ended up being one of the best parts of our day. Everything truly turned out amazing and we wouldn’t change a thing!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Coordination: Peachy Keen Planners | Floral Design: Adaptation Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | DJ: Juniper String Ensemble | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Harpist: Juniper String Ensemble | Venue: JCT Kitchen + Bar | Bridal Boutique: The Sentimentalist | Drapery: The Rented Event | Groom's Accessories: Billy Reid

Don’t Let Summer Slip By Without One Last Hoorah

Summer parties are some of the best you’ll have all year and with the season coming to a close (tear!) squeeze in one last hoorah filled with good friends, good cocktails and a pool if you’re lucky. This is a how-to for leaving summer with a bright, happy, festive bang thanks to the ladies of BURKE | Design + Planning along with the prettiest images by Alea Moore Photography. Psst, see the full shoot right here.

A Summer Sendoff is a bright, bold and vivacious style shoot designed to embody the celebration of the end of summer. Taking place appropriately poolside, this party celebrates beating the heat with a crisp cocktail, your go-to gal pal and an outfit that matches your mood!

Summertime in Georgia can get hotter than hot, but that heat inspires taking the time to sit back, dip your toes in the pool and enjoy the company of those around you! Originally inspired by the gorgeous boxwood wall that sprawled over 15 feet tall, it was the bright yellow, orange and pink citrus hues of traditional summer fun that tied this shoot together.

The reoccurring theme of citrus, contrasted with the lush floral design and modern acrylic accents , provided the perfect setting for a summertime gathering with girlfriends. My favorite part of this shoot was breaking away from neutrals (which I love!) and playing with a fun and unique color palette. 

I’m always looking for unique pieces to incorporate into design and the bright yellow table, contrasted perfectly with the bold and beautiful floral arrangement designed by Bloomin’ Bouquets.

One of the most rewarding parts of designing a shoot like this, is getting to work with talented creatives who, once given a direction, feel empowered to run with their creativity and create and produce elements that highlight the overall vision.



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Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Verduzco | Acrylic Menus: Phase 3: Marketing & Communications | Clothing: Planet Blue | Craft Cocktails: Lyghthouse Cocktails | Floral: Bloomin’ Bouquets: Unique Floral and Event Design | Glasses, Linen Napkins & Plates: Anthropologie | Handlettering: Hayley Cook Lettering | Name Cards: Host & Toast Studio | Planner + Stylist: BURKE | Design + Planning | Private Establishment: Uptown Buckhead Pool | Table: West Elm

Timeless Southern Elegance at the Swan House

What do you get when you combine an elegant historic estate like the Swan House Mansion, show-stopping florals, and the timeless Southern tradition of burying a bottle of whiskey to ward off bad weather? A dreamy outdoor ceremony under perfect blue skies, captured flawlessly by Still55 Photography. See all the loveliness and more in The Vault!

From Still55 PhotographyErin and Ethan wanted their guest to enjoy the timeless elegance of the historic estate of the late Emily and Edward Inman. The Swan House represented everything these two loved about the South. Hester Parks of Park Avenue Events brought the couples vision to life with thoughtfully executed touches of understated pieces throughout. Simple but lush tables capes and breathtaking florals welcomed guest onto the lawn and into the reception. After the ceremony the groom unearthed a bottle of whisky which was buried months prior on the property in a timeless southern tradition to ward off bad weather. The overwhelming beauty of the Swan House estate coupled with the flawless execution of premium vendors such as Park Avenue Events and Amy Osaba Designs brought this couples dream wedding into reality.

Photography: Joseph Rogero | Event Planning: Park Avenue Events | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Ceremony Venue: Swan House Mansion | Reception Venue: Swan House Mansion | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Legendary Events | Hair Stylist: Taylor Jane | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Chairs: Sweet Seats | Ceremony Musician: Krysten O'Mara Classical Guitarist | Make Up Artist: Images by J Denelle | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

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A Wedding “Test Run”? Best. Idea. Ever.

It’s not every day you get to gear up for your big “I do’s” with an amazing inspiration sesh with some of the best vendors around, but for this stunning Tinder-loving duo (they met on the app!), that’s exactly what happened.  Together with the likes of My Floral Bliss, Lemiga Events and Simply Sarah Photography (just to name a few), they’re showing us what city chic style looks like. (Hint: It’s gorgeous.)  See their wedding “test run” in THE VAULT.

From The Bride… As cringe-worthy as it is to say out loud, Daniel and I were love at first “swipe”. That’s right folks, we met on the infamous Tinder app. Daniel joined Tinder mostly for the entertainment since his fraternity brother/roommate joked about it all the time. But I was a bit naive and didn’t realize the then-new app was notorious for hooking up, not dating. Thankfully fate quickly took over when Daniel and I matched. We chatted via text for 2 weeks before deciding to go on our first date soon after the holidays (my 10th first date in a year!). You know how everyone says love finds you when you’re not looking for it? Well I had decided if that date with Daniel didn’t go well, I’d quit dating until I turned 30. Luckily, we hit it off and have been practically inseparable ever since. We moved in together just 9 months into our relationship and bought a home together at the 1.5 year mark.

As a wedding photographer who is happily in love, I adopted a “why rush forever?” viewpoint on marriage. Of course we’ve discussed marriage and I know it’s important to Daniel (his parents set a wonderful example with over 40 years of joyous matrimony), so I let Daniel take the reigns on when he was ready for that life-changing step. I already had the man of my dreams in a beautiful home with 3 adorable fur babies. Marriage would simply be the icing on the cake (no pun intended). But on March 20th, after I finished the Georgia Publix Half Marathon, Daniel gave me the surprise of a lifetime when on bended knee he asked me to be his wife. I had NO clue this proposal was coming. He bought the ring completely on his own so I was none the wiser. He still nailed it by slyly finding my literal dream ring in my Pinterest boards! We’re now planning our intimate San Francisco City Hall wedding for early 2017 and loved getting to “test-run” the big day with a stunning shoot from Lemiga Events and Simply Sarah!

From Lemiga EventsWe collaborated with a talented team of creatives to produce an elegant summer wedding inspiration for the bride who is looking to have a romantic city chic wedding. The venue, Four Seasons Atlanta, provided a park like setting high above the skyline of Midtown Atlanta for our vignette.

My Floral Bliss created a gorgeous ceremony piece that floated over the altar area with lush white floral, and floating orbs attached to sand-blasted manzanita and accented by greenery. It was such a lovely way to add softness to the ceremony area without taking away from the dramatic skyline and architecture of the space. Our bride and groom recited hand written vows calligraphed by Sass and Frass which were held in custom vow books from Wedding StoryWriter.

Our beautiful bride wore a gown by Monique Lhuillier “Jade”, belt Jenny Yoo “Mischka”, and veil Cha Cha “Imperial”, all from Fabulous Frocks. Jewelry worn from Perfect Details. Hair and Makeup by Scoobie West. Wedding garter designer La Gartier, styled her garters with shoes and accessories from Jimmy Choo for a glamorous touch. The groom was dressed in a tan summer suit by The Modern Gent.

The stationery suite by Sass and Frass featured calligraphy on gold edged paper. Custom acrylic table numbers and escort cards by Host and Toast mimicked the paper with gold agate details. The stationery was displayed on a hand-crafted driftwood grey tray with genuine leather straps from Host and Toast. A hand-made Vow Book with custom silver and gold marbled paper finished the suite.

We love incorporating fun surprises into our wedding designs. We think guests would have a blast with the Cult Cart, where they can select their own organic flavor of cotton candy. And Cult Carts goes above and beyond to customize the experience for clients by making color coordinating cones and toppings to accessorize the cotton candy to match the wedding design.

For cocktail hour, the escort card display was set in the middle of the Four Season’s herb garden. Manzanita branches held acrylic escort cards in an agate design with names in gold calligraphy. The Four Seasons provided hand-crafted refreshing Summer cocktails – the “Lady Victoria”: Hanger One Vodka, Lemon Juice, Cocchi Americano, Rosemary

Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events designed the reception display with crisp whites and mixed metallics. White metallic linen from Nuage Designs provided a clean base for silver rimmed chargers and gray Lucca dinner plates from Classic Party Rentals. Silver dupioni napkins and romantic calligraphy menu cards edged in gold, finished the place settings. Mixed metallic containers held candles, soft white floral, and painted succulents, creating a beautiful table display perfect for a summer reception.

It’s A Sweet Life Bakery designed our wedding cake with white floral accented by metallic gold. The cake was displayed on a custom white and gold stand made by Host and Toast.

Sarah and Will of Simply Sarah Photography captured all the beautiful details of the day and the sweet love shared between our bride and groom. All in all our vendors came together to provide a perfect summer day in the city and gave our couple some beautiful imagery they will cherish for years to come!

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning + Design: Lemiga Events | Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Cake: It's a Sweet Life Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Perfect Details | Hair + Makeup: Scoobie West | Stationery + Calligraphy: Hollis Wright | Groom's Attire: The Modern Gent | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Bridal Boutique: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Cotton Candy Cart: Cult Cards | Floral Design + Decor: My Floral Bliss | Garter: La Gartier Wedding Garters | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Decor: Host & Toast Studio | Veil: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

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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.

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.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planning + Design: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Sweet Creations | 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 | Lounge Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Rentals: Peachtree Tents and Events

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This Baseball Inspired E-Sesh Is a Home Run

Take me out to the ballgame because this e-sesh? It’s a home run. Captured by Sawyer Baird, these high school sweethearts (Allie the cheerleader and Matt the baseball player) went back to the open field where it all started, and the results? Just about the sweetest engagement sesh you ever did see. See it all in The Vault!

From Sawyer BairdAllie + Matt are not only two of the sweetest people filled with all the laughter in the world but two amazing people who have loved each other for a long time. When Allie reached out to me about photographing her wedding and engagements…and after I heard about how they met in high school they suggested that we took photos at the high school. It was only fitting for these two.

With Allie being a cheerleader and Matt a baseball player they shared many memories at their high school.

I couldn’t think of a more timeless session than this one. So simple + so sweet!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Location: Atlanta GA


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The Ceremony Backdrop? A Staircase Filled With Candles!

I think every wedding needs a WOW moment, and this Atlanta “I do” totally delivered in that department. One look at their candle-covered ceremony backdrop and you’ll be inspired to create a dreamy design focal point of your own. Kendra Elise photographed, Imagine Video Productions filmed, and there’s even more to see inside The Vault!


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From Kendra Elise… Jasmine & Jon married on April 1, 2016 at the beautiful Summerour Studio in Atlanta. The couple recently moved to Atlanta from New York City. Growing up just a few blocks away from each other in New York City. They are huge foodies and love to travel! The wedding was classic & elegant with family joining the couple from NYC, Haiti, & beyond. The perfect touches of elegance with flowing flowers, romantic ceremony with a staircase full of candles.

From The Bride…We wanted to keep true to the garden theme. Our venue was a refurbished warehouse with a courtyard that resembles a Tuscan villa, so we played on that. We made sure to keep the color palette muted with tons of neutral tones, including soft gray, taupe, champagne, and ivory. We brought in some shimmer with mixed metal elements: candles, chandeliers, and accessories. Even our decorative pillows kept true to the color scheme!

I would describe our style vision to be a mixture of romantic, earthy and bohemian chic. The keyword for all design aspects was “flowy.” From the styling of our event drapery to the hairstyles my bridesmaids wore, we kept true to our vision.

My favorite detail was our altar and staircase decor. With rain looming over the weather forecast the week leading up to the big day; the decision to have our wedding ceremony inside versus the outdoor courtyard became final 5 hours before we walked down the aisle. Our floral designer was up for the challenge and completely delivered. We stood under a floral halo with dripping garden roses, amaranthus, and hydrangeas. Truly breathtaking and everyone agreed!

The theme for our flowers was lush green foliage. Once I started planning my wedding, I knew the typical wedding centerpieces were not going to cut it. I tasked my floral designer to use more greenery than flowers and to pile on the texture. Some of our arrangement favorites included: peonies, ranunculus, and succulents. We use over 300 candles to convey layers of light!

My advice for other brides is wedding coordinators and planners are essential, especially if you have a lot of DIY and individual touches! Also, make sure you hire a planner who seems to mesh and align with your vision from the beginning. It makes design meetings so much smoother.

Photography: Kendra Elise | Cinematography: Imagine Video Production | Event Design: Crush Event Rentals | Event Planning: Kate And Campbell Weddings | Floral Design: Unique Floral Expressions | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Kollection - Alita Graham | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: Endive Publik House | Hair + Makeup: Blend Beauty Group | DJ: Mark Adams | Groom's Attire: Musika Frere | Officiant: Reverend Dawn | Harpist: Atlanta Harpist | Transportation: Special Day Limos | Venue: Summerour Studio | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Kollection - Alita Graham | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | Photography - Assistance: kate lamb

Classic Black Tie Wedding at the St. Regis Atlanta

I have a special spot in my heart for traditional black tie weddings and that adoration isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But add some chic Southern style to the mix and my breath quickens and my hands start shaking in excitement because you just KNOW it’s gonna be good. And this gem, captured by Lauren Kinsey and created by the crazy talented Amy Osaba, is just that and more. From the fabulous fashion to the bouquets I want to live in, it’s all in our Vault for us to enjoy pic after pic!

From the Bride… Once deciding to marry in Atlanta, my childhood home and a city that holds such a special place in my heart, it did not take long to choose the venues. We knew we wanted a traditional Southern black tie wedding with some unexpected twists that paid homage to the city and region’s heritage. Finding a wedding planner was tricky because I wanted a very specific aesthetic and it was important that nothing felt too contrived or predictable. It did not take long after finding Amy Osaba to know that she would be the perfect fit and a dream to work with.

The ceremony took place in my church, First Presbyterian of Atlanta, which also happens to be one of the oldest and most beautiful sanctuaries in town. The reception, immediately following the 6:30 in the evening service, took place at the St. Regis Atlanta. Located in the heart Buckhead, the ballroom and terrace used for the cocktail hour and sit down dinner were the perfect combination of glamour, elegance and brought the exact ambiance that we were hoping to achieve. The late summer night was beautiful and an outdoor whiskey bar and cigar roller under bistro lights and gorgeous stars painted a perfect canvas. Inside the ballroom were meticulously set long tables profiling the dance floor, cake, furniture vignettes and the moss wall backdrop for the stage and 14-piece band. With a large hanging floral installation above the main table and ethereal lighting and flower arrangements thoughtfully placed all over the timeless ballroom it painted the picture of an enchanted garden.

It was easy to see and feel all of the attention to detail and careful attentiveness that took place in selecting everything from start to finish. The night was an absolute dream come true and everything we had hoped for and more!

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Design: Amy Osaba | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Of Atlanta | Reception Venue: St. Regis Hotel | Atlanta

Dreamy Atlanta Skyline + Mural Engagement Session

I think it’s time to book a trip to Atlanta, because I need a photo in front of this fabulous floral mural. Can you blame me? One look at this sweet couple’s gorgeous engagement photos from Anna K Photography, and it’s impossible not to fall in love—with the Atlanta skyline, the dreamy wall art, and of course, this beautiful Bride- and Groom-to-be. See all the pretty in The Vault!

From Anna K PhotographyAllison and Brian have the sweetest hearts and we love the locations that they chose for their engagement session! Allison is an Atlanta native, while Brian is newer to the city. We roamed around the area right outside of the Krog Street tunnel admiring all of the beautiful murals. The light and the pastel colors came together perfectly! To wrap up their session we made our way to the Jackson Street Bridge right as the sunset on the Atlanta Skyline.

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Photography: Anna Shackleford | Venue: Atlanta GA | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Classic Southern Plantation Wedding in Georgia

As much as I love the gorgeous gown, lovely flowers and all the other pretty details at this Georgia wedding, my favorite part of this day is that the Bride and Groom asked guests to unplug as they exchanged I Dos. Without the distraction of phones and cameras, everyone could focus on the most beautiful part of this whole day: the couple’s love. See all the pretty from Simply Sarah Photography in The Vault!

From The Bride… John and I met while in high school through a persistent mutual friend – turned matchmaker. Although I told this friend that the boy she kept telling me about was too young for me, she went on to tell that ninth-grade boy that we would be the perfect couple. Then, one day in 2007, as I logged onto MySpace I was greeted by a message that read, “Hi I’m John. I’m Courtney’s friend. I don’t know what to say so what’s up?” I almost didn’t respond because after all, I was in tenth-grade and had no desire of dating someone younger than me. That would have been the biggest mistake of my life. That fist message somehow sparked several weeks of online chatting and long home phone conversations (because neither of us had cell phones yet…or licenses for that matter). John asked me to be his girlfriend later that year and it has always been him ever since. Although we were at different schools, we got to experience high school together and the sweet memories that came along with after school hang outs, proms, graduations, and everything in between. After high school, we went on to different colleges and continued dating. The college years brought us new friendships, community, a new church to call home, road trips, hard times, Netflix binges, date nights, both choreographed and freestyle dances, and most importantly, stronger relationships with God.

John proposed on November 15, 2015 at Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee. It was a picture-perfect proposal planned so well by my “not a planner” fiancé. We were overlooking a large waterfall with romantic candles lit and a bouquet of my favorite flowers was prepared for the event. A photographer was hired to capture all the precious moments. I was serenaded by several of our closest friends to my favorite song, Yellow, while John spoke words of truth, encouragement, and endearing love to me right before he got down on one knee to ask, “Will you marry me?” I responded with an awkward hand gesture and said, “Of course I will!”

While we were dating, I dreamt of the perfect day when my best friend would become my husband. I prayed for this man, for this day, for years.

As our wedding day approached and the weather forecast predicted rain, I feared our day wouldn’t be “perfect.” Although rain came, it held off during the ceremony and we were still able to have a beautiful outdoor wedding. Curls fell and makeup ran, but I learned a lesson from our wedding – even when the situation is not “ideal,” it can still be something truly beautiful. October 3, 2015 was a perfect day because it was exactly what God planned for us and He was glorified. That is all John and I could ever ask for.

When John and I became engaged, we knew early on that we wanted to have a pretty large wedding. John has a big family and I have a lot of people who I consider family. Given our large guest list, we were forced to get creative with how we were going make our budget work.

We both agreed that we wanted the majority of our vendors to be ones who meant something to us and who we had personal relationships with. It made our day that much more special knowing that many of those involved in our wedding were people we had known for years. People who had invested in us, supported us, and loved us. One of the easiest decision during the wedding planning process was who we wanted to marry us. We asked my childhood pastor, who now leads a young adult Bible study that John and I are a part of. I may be biased, but it was the best wedding ceremony I have ever been to. John’s brother, Jack, along with a few of our close friends sang during the ceremony. Pastor Scott’s wife, Sandy, helped plan the wedding and worked alongside a long-time family friend, Cora with The Southern Bell’s, in decorating the venue. Our venue, The Inn at Oak Lawn Farms, is owned by my middle youth pastor. The bridal party’s attire all came from John’s family’s store, Prom USA, where I work as a manager. The bridal party’s hair was done by close family friends of over 15 years. John’s parents also own a catering company, A Taste to Remember, and they offered to prepare all the food. Our cake was made by a family friend, Don with Cuppalicious Gourmet Bakery, that we have known for years and who we go to church with. Our invitations were designed by a co-worker from my very first job, Sara from Sarabelle Designs. We even knew our photographers, Simply Sarah Photography, as I went to high school with both Sarah and her husband/second-shooter Will. It felt like one big family working together to make our big day happen. We met our other vendors through local bridal expos and we were so fortunate to find them. Allie with Bowman & Clark was able to completely re-create my “Bridal Blooms” Pinterest board. Flowers are a love language of mine and she nailed it. Our makeup artists, Vigilante Cosmetics, worked their magic on my bridal party and everyone looked stunning. John and I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who worked our wedding day. You guys are rockstars and we are so grateful!

For some DIY elements, John and a few of our family members and friends built 30 farmhouse tables. We were crazy and did not realize how big of an undertaking it was initially, but they were exactly what I had pictured. John knew I wanted them and he made it happen. I married a great man. We constructed a few wooden signs and had John’s siblings paint some of my favorite quotes on them to use for decor. We spray painted inexpensive frames that were purchased at thrift stores and The Dollar Tree and framed lyrics from some of our favorite songs and quotes from favorite books and poems and used those on the tables. My sister made 30 linen table runners that we used to anchor and unify all the reception tables. She even made us napkins with the leftover fabric that we were able to use this year for our first Thanksgiving as a married couple when we had the family over. My mom and I thrifted every now and then and found several brass, silver, and gold candlesticks that we also used for decor. I liked the idea of mixed metals.

For my bridal look, I wore a lace Ivory and Champagne mermaid gown by Allure Bridals for the ceremony and first dances. It was my dream dress. I chose a belt, also by Allure, to pair with the gown to add some sparkle and to accentuate the waistline. I ordered individual lace pieces that matched my wedding gown from Allure to have a custom veil made so there was no differentiation in the lace patterns. I always knew I wanted a mermaid gown, but I also loved the timeless look of long sleeves. When I found my wedding gown, I gave up on the idea of long sleeves…that is, until about two months before the wedding. John’s sister, Christina, and I were attending fashion shows during a buying trip for Prom USA. We were sitting in front row of the Jovani showroom and down walks a model wearing a beautiful, simple, lace long sleeved dress. Christina mentioned that the dress came in Ivory, so we ordered it shortly after to be my reception dress. It was form fitting and extremely comfortable. John and I love to dance and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move as much as I wanted to in my mermaid gown. The Jovani dress was the perfect choice for dancing the night away.

I wanted our wedding to be romantic, personal, and very natural. The bridesmaids wore a shade of taupe that was called “Mocha” by Allure Bridals. I was so in love with the bridesmaid color and how well it went along with my Ivory and Champagne wedding gown. The flowers consisted of soft ivory and blush tones and had lots of greenery to make everything feel natural and organic. The navy blue tuxes allowed us to stray from the norm a little bit and add a pop of color while stay remaining neutral. The music played as guests entered the ceremony was carefully selected. The playlist was made up of mostly acoustic covers of some of mine and John’s favorite songs. The paper I used to write my vows on was my dad’s old stationery from college. I love sentimentalism and the meaning behind all of the personal details from our wedding day.

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning + Design: Southern Bells Events | Floral Design: Bowman & Clark | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Cuppalicious | Invitations: Sarabelle Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure Bridal | Catering: A Taste To Remember | Hair + Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics | Venue: The Inn At Oak Lawn Farms | Reception Dress: Jovani

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Elegant + Romantic Atlanta Spring Wedding

This Bride had a vision, a very clear, chic vision for the dress she’d wear when she walked down the aisle. And when, after searching high and low, she couldn’t find it anywhere, what did she do? She got creative – and it’s with that talent and perseverance that she’s our new style crush. With the same passion she created her whole wedding and Carla Gates captured it all. Spend some time getting to know this fashion-forward lady and her handsome man in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… We met in the Big House during our first football game at the University of Michigan. After a year of studying for economics exams, nights at Scorekeepers, and swimming dates at the campus gym, we made it official during a matinee showing of “The Goonies” and never looked back. We kept it going through graduation, my law school, and ultimately, cohabitation in Chicago. On the day before Thanksgiving, I came out of my office on the streets of Chicago, looking to meet my assistant’s mother, and Drew was outside in a tux kneeling on the sidewalk! The rest is history!!

I was really inspired by using a shabby chic feel combined with an elegant twist. There are so many weddings that are really over the top, which is great, but I wanted the “less is more” look, while not looking bare. Heather from Tulip was beyond incredible! We shared pictures, thoughts, and ideas to set the stage for the most perfect night.

The colors were blush, champagne, and other soft colors. Lots of string lighting with hanging lanterns and candles. I wanted to capture a soft, ethereal feel – making you want to fall in love with our story when you walked in the door.

So the dress is a long story! I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers as far as the top, and knew I wanted a slim fitting bottom, with a WOW factor in the back! Of course, there was nothing that quite hit the nail on the head when you have this vision in mind. So what do you do when that happens? MAKE IT YOURSELF! I ended up finding a dress with the right bone structure, and then let my imagination run wild. With the help of my amazing seamstress Hanan, and eight 5-7 hour fittings later (including sewing the sleeves on my dress the day before the wedding!), we created the dress of my dreams!

It is amazing :) All lace with an overlay, beaded on the top with shoulders covered by a hanging piece of beaded fabric. All backless! There are buttons that go all the way down the train.

Puritan Mill was the perfect space that lend itself to the shabby chic feel I knew Drew and I both wanted to achieve while being convenient to our guests in Atlanta. It was a big space, yet could be intimate at the same time. The ability to work from a blank canvas was definitely a plus!

My mom and I went wild with DIY decor! I felt like a little kid again doing art projects! One day, my mom and I were scouring our basement and found old window frames that were going to be tossed out. We spray painted the frames and I blew up pictures of our grandparents and parents and taped them to the back of the screen. It looked great and was a perfect way to incorporate some of the people we hold dearest who couldn’t be there to celebrate with us.

Also – I am a total sucker for cotton candy, so we ordered a bunch of bags online (which ended up being delicious) and then created customized stickers! Etsy became my best friend for the nine months that led up to my wedding. I was inspired by a lot of ideas on Pinterest and then made them come to life with the help of my mom, who was my rock throughout this whole process (along with Drew).

My most memorable moment was when Drew and I signed our wedding Ketubah before our actual ceremony began. In Jewish weddings, the Ketubah is a wedding contract, which is signed before the ceremony. It is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride. I remember when we signed it, my heart was beating out of my chest. This was the first time when everything felt surreal. It was actually happening! I was marrying my best friend and love of my life.

Additionally, seeing my dad for the first time. I am Daddy’s little girl, and I couldn’t believe that I was being given away!

My advice for future brides is that the process is supposed to be FUN! Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just breathe :)

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Photography: Carla Gates Photography | Cinematography: Artworks Cinema | Event Planning: Magnolia Events & Planning | Floral Design: By Tulip | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Inc. | Stationery: With Grace | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Affairs To Remember | Makeup: Amanda Masson | Hair: French Twist | Groom's Attire: Theory | Venue: Foundry At Puritan Mill | Bridal Boutique: Atlanta Bride Couture | Ceremony Music + Band: Event Performance | Event Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Wedding Dress Seamstress: Hanan's Bridal

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Elegant Atlanta Wedding Film

My favorite part of a wedding?  The vows.  Those brief moments during the ceremony when you get a heartwarming sneak peek at the undying love + devotion that two people so sweetly share.  And thanks to the brilliant work of The Film Poets, we’re spending our day basking in the gorgeous words of Jeremy and Helen; a duo who is sooo in love, it will make your heart happy.  Press play NOW.

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From The Film Poets… We first met Helen while we were shooting a wedding in Atlanta, GA for her friends Bona and Andrew. She was the star of the dance floor that night, so when she called us I remembered exactly who she was and was thrilled. Jeremy and Helen’s personal vows were so beautiful and sweet that we had to include them in their film. Jeremy even learned how to play a song on the piano so that he could kick off his first dance with Helen. Watching him nervously practice throughout the day really made me hope that he would nail it, and he did!

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Photography: Once Like A Spark | Cinematography: The Film Poets | Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Elegant Historic Swan House Lawn Wedding in Atlanta

Now and again we come across a wedding that is so out-of-this-world lovely it stops our scrolling screens instantaneously. Perfect example? This pretty from the lens of Justin DeMutiis Photography. From the array of blue Bridesmaids’ dresses, to the sweet outdoor ceremony, this gallery is one we’re honored to share. Resume scrolling and see every darling detail unfold effortlessly in THE VAULT!

From The Bride…We want our wedding to be simple and elegant. We love nature and would like our reception to feel as though we brought the outdoors, indoor! I think the best weddings are those where the guests feel comfortable and relaxed in their surroundings. We are both veterinarians and want to bring our love of dogs into the day as well. We plan to have them be present for our big day.


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Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Cinematography: Sterling Cinematics | Cake: Couture Cakes | Catering: Affairs To Remember | Hair And Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Officiant: Forrest Coleman | Hotel: InterContinental Hotel | Venue: Swan House Mansion | Band/DJ: Go Box | Cocktail Hour Treat: King Of Pops | Event Planning + Décor: Jade Lee Events | Production: LTL Events

Marriage Matters: Elegant Hometown Vow Renewal in Atlanta

Although Nikki + Jason eloped in heart-flutteringly-gorgeous Hawaii months ago, it’s their hometown vow renewal that’ll really take your breath away. From their symbolic sand ceremony, to the Mai Tai’s served at their gorg reception, every detail is tropical with a traditional twist. Sawyer Baird captured it all in THE VAULT, and every single moment is about to show you exactly why marriage matters!

From Sawyer BairdNikki & Jason eloped earlier this year in beautiful Hawaii and decided that they wanted to have a vow renewal in their hometown later on in the year for family & friends to celebrate their love story. When Nikki reached out to me about photography and looking for a place to for photos in a natural setting I knew the perfect spot, Cator Woolford Gardens, just a short drive from the ceremony location.

Amberly with Wrennwood Designs completely transformed the Decatur Corthouse into a beautiful space. From the florals to the beautiful relaxed layout of the space.

Along with all of the beautiful details Nikki also added a fun touch for her guest to have portraits done during the reception. It was seriously such a hit and fun addition to the reception.

From The Groom.. From the moment she walked into my life, God’s journey for us began. My curiosity about her on our first date started with a flicker in my heart. When I drove away from Parish, my heart grew warm and a smile appeared on my face. At that moment I knew she was very special.

From The Bride….I walked into Parish Cafe and saw the most handsome man with sparkling blue eyes. He looked at me from across the room with a magical smile. When I walked away from him that afternoon my heart whispered “he’s the one.”

534 days later…Jason and I were married at a sunset ceremony in Maui, Hawaii. It was a private ceremony that allowed us to solely focus on our love for each other. The beauty of Hawaii and the union of two souls painted a fairy tale picture. It was the happiest, most romantic day of our lives. We said our personal vows on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, ran around the beach embracing life and laughter as the wedding photographer captured each moment. We ended the evening returning to the location where our ceremony took place and danced to “Love of My Life” under the summer stars.

Four months later, we were so grateful to have a vow renewal and reception with family and friends to celebrate our marriage. The guests were served Hawaiian Mai Tai’s as they awaited our arrival. All of the joyful emotions came to life all over again as we said our personal love and commitment vows in front of our guests, followed by a symbolic sand ceremony with sand brought back from the oceanside. We ended our ceremony with a toast thanking our family and friends for all of the support, encouragement, love and laughter they contributed to our lives. The celebration was just as much about them, so we had a card made for each place setting that read “Together is a wonderful place to be.”

As for wedding details, everything mattered from the personalized vow book design to the hand painted floral vases to the monogrammed decorative pillows. We wanted the wedding to depict modern elegance with an overtone palette of grays and whites, yet portray our playful spirit, so we had a caricature artist draw guests throughout the evening and warm krispy kreme donuts served for a late night snack. Everything about the wedding reception was a reflection of us and was simply perfect. But, the best part about our wedding day was the realization that we married our best friend and as individuals, we are beautiful people, but when our lives are blended into one we form something more miraculous. Every day Jason and I are together is the greatest day of our lives.


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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning: Wrennwood Design | Floral Design: Wrennwood Design | Venue: The Dekalb History Center | Location: Cator Woolford Gardens