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Saturday Morning Movie: Romantic Wedding on the River Bank

On a hot Southern day, these two cuties said “I do” surrounded by their friends and family and Iris Films captured it all. They captured the smiles and sweet kisses, the gorgeous Georgia sights, the nonstop dancing and most importantly, the love between these newlyweds. If this doesn’t make you a fan of Southern weddings, I just don’t know what will! Warm up with this romantic wedding right this way!

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From Iris FilmsThere are not too many weddings that get every single detail nailed down to perfection. This was an absolute exception. It was my first time in Augusta, GA, and I loved it. Some of our favorite weddings are outdoor ones and to see Lindsey and Brandon covered in lush greenery while saying their “I do’s” next to the scenic rivers was something to remember. And these guys know how to party!! They were ready to go from the second we arrived until the sun set and long after. From custom airbrushed snap backs, a naked wedding cake, and some killer performances (including one frpm L and B themselves), it was a day to remember for sure. Enjoy!



Photography: Kyle Shell | Cinematography: Iris Films | Event Planning: Rohdy Events & Design | Cake: Kendras Cakes | Band: EastCoast Entertainment

Classic Country Club Winter Wedding

If ever in doubt, go classic; you will never be steered wrong. As time goes by, I keep coming back to these classics, the elegant affairs, because they never, ever disappoint. And this Augusta Country Club celebration, captured by Ashley Seawell, agrees with me completely. With a veil that I can’t stop staring at and a bouquet bursting with roses and peonies, our VAULT never looked so good – see it all right here!

From Ashley Seawell Photography… Jane and Adam invited their guests to celebrate in the bride’s hometown of Augusta. Their meaningful ceremony took place in her home church and a lovely reception followed at Augusta Country Club. Wesley Cadle transformed the club’s ballroom into a unique space. Orchids, peonies, hydrangeas and garden roses were used throughout the day. The color palette included dark blues, white and green which was perfect for this January wedding.

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Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography | Event Planning: Wesley Cadle | Floral Design: Wesley Cadle | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Invitations: Melinda Sapp | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary On The Hill | Reception Venue: Augusta Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Augusta Country Club | Makeup: Meredith Tompkins | Band: Moon Dance

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Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese & Prosciutto

Today, I am so thankful I work from home. Why? Because this recipe from Shannan Monson, RD of Nutrition Simply is literally making me drool. I wish I was joking. As someone who sits proudly on “team salty” over sweet, these images from Lauren Carnes couldn’t look more amazing to me if they tried. Oh, and they are good for you too. Sold, sold and sold.

Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest statement. These figs? They’re a no-nonsense, yes-we’re-really-just-really-that-good, side dish, dessert, or appetizer that requires zero fuss. Really. As a dietitian and nutrition coach, eating whole, seasonal foods is very important to me. But it’s even more important to me that you can throw together those foods in a delicious and satisfying way, with a baby on hip, work deadline looming, and still be prepared to eat and head out the door in under ten minutes flat. All I’m saying is, life is busy. Your food shouldn’t have to be, too.

This trio of ingredients will leave you drooling for more, plus it’s packed full of good nutrition. The goat cheese provides healthy medium-chain fatty acids that give you sustained energy and fuel your brain, the figs are a rich source of antioxidants which protect cells from damage and disease, and the prosciutto–which is often deemed a “bad” food–has much needed amino acids and healthy fats which will actually leave you feeling fuller, longer, helping to ward off sugar cravings later in the day. Plus, I can truly think of no better excuse to get dressed up and invite some girlfriends over for tea (wink, wink).

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese & Prosciutto
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  • 8-10 figs
  • 10 ounces of goat cheese
  • 10 slices of prosciutto
  1. Make a cross section cut from the tip of the fig to the base, leaving the bottom of the fig intact.
  2. Repeat the other way, forming a small "x" on the smallest point of the fig. Stuff with about 1 ounce of goat cheese or until gently overflowing.
  3. Wrap fig in prosciutto and broil on a foil-lined baking sheet about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown on top.
  4. Drizzle with a honey glaze if desired and serve warm.

Photography: Lauren Carnes Photography | Facebook: Lauren Carnes | Facebook: Nutrition Simply | Instagram: Shannan Monson | Instagram: Lauren Carnes | Nutrition: Shannan Monson, RD | Recipe: Shannan Monson, RD | Studio: Enterprise Mill

Elegant Augusta Wedding

Happy Friday darling SMPers! Before you head off into the beautiful weekend ahead, we’ve got a pretty little seafoam and blush number from Brita Photography that will have your heart a-racing. Layered with flowy bridesmaids dresses, the cutest bubbly favors bow-tied with polka dot straws and blooming perfection, I’ll bet my bottom dollar that this gallery will have you grinning ear to ear.

From Brita PhotographyWe are thrilled to share this elegant and sweet wedding in Augusta with you. It’s not just because Cheney and Adam’s wedding was stunning, but also because they are 2 of the sweetest and kindest people you’ll ever meet! When we first photographed Cheney and Adam during their engagement session in South Carolina, I knew we’d become friends! We hung out afterwards, enjoyed a few drinks, and chatted for a while! I even learned what chow chow sauce was…thanks to Adam! And when we arrived to start shooting on their wedding day, it truly felt like we were hanging out with our friends. It was so fun! All of the girls were in the beautiful Penthouse suite of the Partridge Inn. When I arrived, they were were wearing the cutest shortie set by Plum Pretty Sugar. We scheduled Cheney and Adam’s first look to be at the Old Medical College and it was perfect: The weather, the location, and the love between Adam and Cheney. After saying “I do,” they danced and celebrated all night long at the Old Medical College. And, their getaway car was a golf cart! It was such a great time!

Photography: Brita Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Lyn Events | Floral Design: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Wedding Invitations: The White Crane | Church: Warren Baptist Church | Reception: Old Medical College Of Georgia | Wedding Shoes: Brianna Leigh | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Tastefully Done | Hair Stylist: Retreat Salon | Band: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Getting Ready Penthouse: The Partridge Inn | Make Up Artist: Sephora | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress Designer: Lusan Mandongus

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Classic Southern Wedding at Home

Put on your designer shoes — you’re about to be an honorary guest at one of the most beautiful (and of course, charming) Southern Weddings you’ve ever seen, courtesy of Liz Banfield and Tara Guérard. Everything an at home wedding should be…  contained in a gallery to keep you enthralled and looking for more! Sweet love, of course, is at the center — to the absolute core.  ps …  the cake from Jim Smeal is one to die for! Our thanks to Tara & Liz for sharing!

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From Tara Guérard Soirée… Few things are more classic and southern than a wedding in the garden. The bride’s parent’s turn of the century Georgian home and it’s surrounding gardens provided the perfect backdrop for the hometown nuptials. The Augusta Symphony Orchestra played Bach and Handel as the five hundred guests took their seats at the ceremony. The family’s silver service was used to present hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Servers passed trays of azaleas as a nod to nearby Augusta National Golf Course where the drink is a crowd favorite. Guests dined on Carolina quail, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, grilled lamp chops and pan seared scallops. I sought to enhance the garden’s natural beauty using design elements that would traditionally be found in that setting – wrought iron furniture, market umbrellas and black and white awning stripe fabric. Shepherd’s hooks with hanging candles led guests from the cocktail hour to the dance tent and lounge area hidden under a giant live oak. The color palette was based on the blueish-purple hues found in their blooming hydrangeas. In southern fashion, the groomsmen wore white dinner jackets. A six-tier wedding cake, featuring over seventy handmade sugar flowers, was placed in the garden folly at the far end of the property. Bistro lighting kept the main bar lit from above well into the evening. Hot pretzels, the groom’s favorite, and fresh donuts were served late night.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Cinematography: Artistic Eye Productions | Event Planning & Design: Tara Guérard Soirée | Wedding Gown: Anna Maier | Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Invitations: Hope Stanley | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Aberdeen Catery | Makeup: Beauty Mark | Hair: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: Simon's Formal Wear | Ceremony Music: Augusta Symphony Orchestra | Ceremony Music: Augusta Symphony Orchestra | Transportation: Horizon Motor Coach | Transportation: Southstar Trolley | Bar Service: Snyder Event Rentals | Cooling Fans: All Mist | Golf Carts: Transportation Solutions | Gown Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Just Married Sign: The Lettered Olive | Restrooms: Nature's Calling | Save The Date, Programs, Guest Booklets: The Lettered Olive | Tents & Rentals: Snyder

Augusta, Georgia Wedding from Ashley Seawell Photography

I’m a girl who loves tradition. It warms my heart, and is one of the many reasons classic weddings like this beauty captured by Ashley Seawell Photography make me weak in the knees. It’s timeless perfection – with the Bride’s gorgeous lace veil and elegant bridal style – and it perfectly proves why a classic soiree will always hold a big spot in my wedding-loving heart. See it all here.

From Ashley Seawell… Rebekah and John invited their guests to celebrate in the bride’s hometown of Augusta.  Their meaningful ceremony took place in her home church and a lovely reception followed at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (the bride was actually their director at the time of her marriage).  This art museum was the perfect choice for their desire of a thoughtful and intimate reception.  Peonies and garden roses were used throughout the day.  After the couple’s engagement, Rebekah’s family collected vintage dessert plates.  They were a beautiful addition to the cake table and will continue to serve as an heirloom for their family.  [dotted]

Wedding Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography |  Ceremony Venue:  Covenant Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art | Event Planning + Design: Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Floral Design: Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Wedding Cake: Something Sweet Bakers | Catering: Tastefully Yours, LLC | Wedding Invitations: Arzberger Stationers via Charleston Street Fine Flowers | Calligraphy: Ann Erickson | Wedding Dress: Lee Ann Belter | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lazaro | Wedding Rings: Solomon Brothers | Makeup: Jen Paulos | Hair: Glorious hair design studio | Welcome Bags: Cowart Design

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Augusta Wedding from David Strauss Photography + Artworks Wedding Cinema

From the very moment we met these two sweeties back in September, we knew we were going to love their wedding.  Love, love, love their wedding.  Because not only do they happen to be the type of cuties you instantly fall in love with (and I mean instantly), they also happen to be an uber-stylish duo to boot.  And, well.  That’s pretty fabulous, if you ask us.  So, to say we’ll be spending our Thursday soaking in every last second of their Big Day as captured by the ever-wonderful Artworks Wedding Cinema?  That’s an understatement.  And you should most definitely join us, because it’s just that good.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  Check out the amazing gallery of images captured by David Strauss Photography.  They’re awesome.

From the Bride… My husband and I met while attending Lincoln Memorial University in the small southern town of Harrogate, Tennessee. We wanted a wedding that reflected the roots of our relationship with a laid back country wedding. We were so blessed to have my uncle officiate the ceremony which was more than we could have dreamed of. It was a perfect destination wedding weekend with friends and family from all over the country who enjoyed the property as well as the fresh pecans from the grove.

I planned and made almost every detail of the wedding from the invitations to the centerpieces and decor with the help of Laura Brown and Cheryl Meir. Although it was a challenge planning the wedding in a town I had only visited for a few days while living in Boca Raton, Florida it was amazing to see it all come together at the end.

My favorite part of the day was sitting down and enjoying the meal at the long farm table that I had be envisioning for months then dancing the night away with our best friends and love of my life. Advice I would give to future brides is to RELAX and take in the day. Don’t worry about every little detail. Things aren’t going to go as planned, you just have to roll with it, and enjoy the first of many incredible and wonderful days you have with your husband. The wedding is only the beginning of many wonderful years and memories to come make the most of it!


Wedding Photography: David Strauss Photography | Venue: Perry’s Landing in Augusta Georgia | Wedding Cinematography: Artworks Wedding Cinema | Wedding Coordination + Floral Design: The Bride + Laura Brown from McClendon Design and Events | Wedding Cake: Sweet Treats | Ceremony Music: Sibling String | DJ: Gay Freeman | Guestbook: Picaboo | Vintage Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Chalkboard Signs: Woodberry Design Studio | Wedding Stationery: Yellow Brick Graphics | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “Dora” | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BCBGWattersAmerican EagleEliza J | Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Express | Hair + Makeup: LaDolce Vita Salon

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Augusta Wedding by Kaitie Bryant Photography

I don’t believe this darling soiree captured by Kaitie Bryant Photography could get more charming if it tried. Actually, I know it couldn’t. Of course it’s pretty as can be with its library venue and pretty maids and sweet bouquets – but it’s full of heart too. And that’s what really gets me. Everyone chipped in to make sure it was the prettiest day possible for these two lovebirds, and I do believe they succeeded and then some. See it all here!

From the Kaitie Bryant Photography…The bride and groom were on a tight budget but the bride (Elisa) was determined to pull off a beautiful day! Friends in the church and workplace offered all sorts of help for their wedding day, including a friend making their wedding cake, another friend giving them wooden benches made from pallets for their ceremony, their church letting them use their downtown location as a reception venue, and engagement portraits taken by another photographer friend.  Elisa really wanted a pretty location for the ceremony and they had been to concerts on the lawn at a local library, so they decided to just ask the librarian if anyone ever used it for a wedding ceremony.  No one had in the past but they were open to renting out the lawn for a wedding… so Elisa and Nathan had the inaugural wedding at the Appleby library.  The ceremony was so beautiful, from the flowers and mason jars and wooden benches to the different dresses each bridesmaid wore.  The groomsmen had suspenders and brown pants, not even the same brand but just the same color.  It was so neat to see how it all came together so beautifully and to watch Elisa in tears thank those around her who made it possible.  And the two of them just adore each other.  I love love!

Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography / Flowers: DIY by the Bride and Bridesmaids /Ceremony Location: Appleby Library (Augusta, GA) / Reception Location: The Well / Shoes: RSVP / Makeup: Jen Paulos with Pastel Makeup

Enterprise Mill Wedding by Giving Weddings

This Augusta wedding is all about the little, personal details.  As a graphic designer, this bride knew about all the best ways to bring her wedding style together and packed a big paper punch through the invitations, wish tags, dessert cards and even the cups!  An adorably unique wedding was created with these sweet touches and details that incorporated family history and fun. Giving Weddings gave it all they got to bring us these lovely images!  See them all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… I was very excited to start planning my wedding, but to be honest, I had no idea where to start! We had a modest budget, which required me to pull from my creative side. As a graphic designer, I was always getting the “latest” invitation designs and coolest ideas. The hardest part was to pick an idea and STICK WITH IT! I knew I wanted to do something contemporary and modern for our save the date — saving the nicer, more expensive paper stock for our wedding invitations. I came up with a “love bird” idea, mainly because of Jason’s nickname that has followed him since high school: “Bird.”  All of his friends still call him Bird, and on our first date, that’s all I could think of! I had the hardest time remembering his real name! I didn’t want the “bird” theme to get out of hand, so I kept it simple with a small logo at the bottom of all our print materials.

It was important to me to incorporate my family’s background into certain parts of our wedding. Between Jason and me, the only surviving grandparent is my grandmother, who is German. (I call her Oma.) We decided to honor her by not only printing our invitations on German handmade paper, but also ordering our wedding cake from a local German restaurant.  I have never liked the taste of traditional wedding cake and since Jason was open to ideas, we decided to have a table full of various cakes! We had everything from Black Forest Cake to Prince Regente (a yellow layered cake brushed with rum flavoring and apricot preserves, then covered in chocolate buttercream — yummy!). I also asked Oma to bake two of my favorite cakes: Mocha Torte, a chocolate cake with mocha frosting, and Viennese Torte, layers of pound cake and chocolate ganache.

Our reception was held at Enterprise Mill, which I chose for it’s architectural elements — exposed brick walls and large exposed beams running the length of the room. We dressed up the room with large arrangements of simple yellow roses. My background in graphic design has taught me that it’s the little details that really bring a concept together. I spent hours creating unique gift bags, wish tags (instead of a traditional guest book) and even a special treat for our guests from our dog, Sage. Family heirlooms are important to me. I wrapped a piece of lace from my Mom’s wedding veil around my bridal bouquet. (Mom wanted me to wear her veil, but after I tried it on, we both agreed that her 1980s veil did not pair well with my dress!) I secured the lace around my bouquet with my Dad’s pearl tie pin. I wanted something of his with me as I walked down the aisle. My bouquet consisted of white hydrangea and white ranunculus. It was beautiful!  My bridesmaids carried small bouquets of yellow roses, a great contrast to their floor-length, slate-colored dresses! For the ceremony, I wore my Oma’s pearl necklace. In the pocket of my wedding dress I carried the handkerchief she used at her wedding along with a new monogrammed handkerchief my matron of honor surprised me with the day before the wedding! My favorite moment was immediately after our first kiss. Jason leaned in again after he kissed me and gave me a short, sweet kiss on my cheek. It was the most endearing moment. I felt so full of love and happiness. That moment made the whole day absolutely perfect in my eyes.

Wedding Photography: Brent Cline + Chris Campbell of Giving Weddings / Ceremony: St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia / Reception: Enterprise Mill in Augusta, Georgia / Floral Design: Charleston Street / Wedding Invitations: Phoenix Printing / Wedding Cakes: Villa Europa + Two Cakes Made by the Bride’s Grandmother / Cake Topper: knottingwood / Band: The Endalls / Ring Bearer Nest: Garden Side Studio / Wedding Dress: Galina for David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade “Charm” / Bride’s Veil: Marisol Aparicio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm (Style JH5084) via Bridals by Lori / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Ann Taylor Loft

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Augusta Wedding by Brita Photography

It just doesn’t get any sweeter than this wedding by Brita Photography. It’s one of those pretty fêtes where you can just feeeel the love coming from the cute as can be couple. It’s a fabulous way to get your week off to the sweetest of starts, which is just how we like to kick things off here on SMP Georgia! There is oh so much more sweetness to see in the full gallery of images, so don’t forget to stop on by!

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From Brittany of Brita Photography…I am so thrilled to share Tyler and Joanna’s wedding with you all!  Tyler and Joanna are absolutely perfect together.  They both exude so much love for one another, friends, and family.  Spending the day with Joanna and her bridesmaids was so much fun!  Every moment I snapped captured the happiness in her eyes…literally, she smiles so big with her eyes.  It’s beautiful and heart warming.  Before the ceremony, Tyler and Joanna had their first look.  They didn’t want to see each other too much before the ceremony, so we quickly snapped a few and then parted for some fabulous bridal party shots.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Church of the Most Holy Trinity.  It was so grand with tall stained glass windows adorned in colorful art.  Not to mention, the sound of the organ reverberating off the high arched ceilings.  <sigh>  After they were officially married, we headed to celebrate at The Marbury Center…a converted firehouse station in historic Augusta, Georgia.  They did an amazing job with the decorations!  Imagine about 75 paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling!  There was a very dreamy and romantic feel to the reception…it was just perfect, really.

Photography: Brita Photography / Ceremony:  Church of the Most Holy Trinity / Reception: The Marbury Center / Dress:  Bridals by Lori / Cake: Publix Bakery / Catering: Roux’s Catering

Augusta Wedding by Jenna Walker Photographers

When I first read that this uber-stunning Augusta wedding was held at a private residence, my heart sank just a little, because I so want to go there. Lucky for me (and you), Jenna Walker Photographers was there to capture every single amazing moment and we have all day to bask in the gorgeousness of it all.  And, trust me, there is a lot of pretty to see.  A sophisticated color palette plus beautiful florals and a wedding cake that looks too good to eat all equals a traditional Southern fête of epic proportions. And I am in love.  Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From Jenna Walker Photographers… Libby’s southern roots and Bryan’s New York ties shined through in this eclectic ‘Welcome Y’all” wedding celebration in Libby’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia. They danced the night away in a backyard reception just minutes from the famous Augusta National Golf Course.

Highlights from the wedding included several singing performances by Bryan, a drum solo by Libby’s brother – and a band that would keep the party going. The property twinkled with the draping of lights across the pool and the shine of their sparkler departure.

Wedding Photography: Jenna Walker Photographers / Wedding Ceremony Location: Church of the Good Shepherd / Wedding Reception Location: Private Residence