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Cue the Happy Tears, This Is the Story of How Two Became Four

Today’s wedding is a very, very special one. It embodies everything a wedding and a marriage should truly be about – love, joy, and family. You’ll obsess over all the little details from their romantic summer day planned by Slauer Events & Design but you’ll happy cry when you see the handsome groom recite his vows to his blushing bride’s two children (which he adopted on their wedding day.) To grow your heart by two sizes in two seconds, head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Hannah Forsberg!

From Rachel, the Planner & DesignerThis couple’s story began years after bride Scarlett first husband, the father of her two children, had passed away. When she met Caleb she knew he was not only a wonderful partner, but would also be an amazing father. On the day they eloped, Caleb adopted Scarlett’s children, making vows during the ceremony to them. Caleb and Scarlett became husband and wife, but even more importantly the four of them became a forever family. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Scarlett had envisioned a soft, romantic, and approachable design for their summer celebration.

She wore a blush Alexandra Grecco gown that was especially beautiful in front of their custom made arch backdrop. The paper goods were delicate and clean. The cocktails were handcrafted one by one. To balance the elegant outdoor affair with a more fun and casual element, they brought in their favorite brunch restaurant, Sun in My Belly, local to Atlanta, to cater a picnic lunch. It was a day of joy and togetherness – exactly what marriage and family should be about! The wedding was even more special because Hannah, the photographer, had been adopted from China as a child. This family touched her heart, and it was reflected in the beautiful images she captured of the family. We loved that this shoot highlighted a very important aspect of marriage – family and the home that is created when two people commit their lives to one another!

From Hannah Forsberg I was born in China and left without a birthdate, name, and ultimately family. I think that’s what inspired me to become a photographer; because I know how important it is to have our stories and loved ones documented. The story of adoption is truly so beautiful, because it’s ultimately being welcomed and loved unconditionally, and especially as a child, knowing that you have someone who calls you their own and being willing to love you despite not being your biological family is incredibly powerful and teaches you a lot about what love truly means. Photographing this day was near and dear to my heart and reminded me of the unconditional love that not only husband and wife have for one another on their wedding day, but the sacrifice and love that any adoptee and adoptive parent needs to have for one another. I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to share this story!

Photography: Hannah Forsberg | Event Design: Slauer Events & Design | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Catering: Sun In My Belly | Makeup: Megan Quintana Artistry | Hair: Chelsie Rodden Hair | Cocktails: Lyghthouse Cocktails | Gown Shop: Kelly's Closet | Private Residence: Brumby Hall

What A Wedding Planner’s Vow Renewal Looks Like Amid COVID-19

Judging by the title, you already know this is going to be good. Today’s darling duo celebrated their love all over again at the iconic Swan House & Gardens, a favorite of ours here at SMP. From a blooming infinity arbor by Ten Point Floral Design that’s about to blow up on Pinterest to a moody Autumn palette that will make you swoon… if you’re thinking this could be a styled shoot it’s so good, then you’re so right. Due to COVID-19, this wedding planner bride turned an upcoming editorial she had already planned into her vow renewal – talk about a girl after our own heart. Check out the full gallery right here, all taken by Nicole Flores Photography!

Atlanta wedding planner, Victoria Miller of LUXE Atlanta Events, and her husband recently renewed their vows at the historic Swan House & Gardens, an iconic mansion in the heart of Atlanta. From dreamy florals, including a lush infinity arbor overflowing with greenery to a live artist who captured the vow renewal ceremony on canvas.

If you ever wondered what a wedding planner would dream up for their own celebration, you can see the entire gallery of images below! Victoria and Tyler had initially been planning to renew their vows this September on their actual anniversary. Due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, they decided to move their date up and converted an editorial photoshoot Victoria already had designed into the couple’s vow renewal ceremony.

From the Bride… Although we originally had planned to have 40 guests attend our vow renewal this September, the most important thing to my husband and I was that we got to renew our vows this year. We opted to have only a few of our very closest family members celebrate with us for everyone’s safety. We are so happy that we were able to renew our vows this year without having to put it off because of COVID like many other couples have had to do. 

My best advice for couples facing having to alter their wedding plans due to Coronavirus is to prioritize what is most important to you and your fiance while considering what is in the best interest of your guests. That may look like having a more intimate ceremony than you originally planned. You can always plan a celebration for a later date when all of your friends and family can attend safely. We were still able to have our special day with people who surrounded us with love and support. Looking back, we wouldn’t change a single thing!

Floral Design: Ten Point Floral Design | Cake: cake envy | Venue: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Hair Pins: Olive + Piper | Hair/Makeup: Make Me Up | Invitation Suite: One Creative Factory | Linens: I Do Linens | Live Wedding Painter: Dianne McAlexander | Planning: Luxe Atlanta Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tableware Rentals: The Prissy Plate Company | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

The Best ‘Second First Date’ That Lead To These Two Love Birds Tying The Knot!

For these two, their first date should have been their last, but they gave it another go and their ‘second first date,’ was one to remember. Fast forward and they are tying the knot in a romantic and elegant outdoor wedding, photographed beautifully by Harwell Photography. From sunset shots to gorgeous tablescapes with overflowing florals from Andy Beach, the day was perfectly planned by Chancey Charm! Take a look below and be sure to read that ‘second first date’ story that ended at sunrise!

An interview with the Bride and Groom…

Tell me a little about yourself! Where are you from, what are your interests/hobbies, where did you go to school, etc?
Bride: I am from Brooklyn, New York. I enjoy reading, helping others reach their potential by being their best selves, and meeting creatives. Oh! I am also obsessed with herbal teas and all things HGTV!

Tell me a little about yourself! Where are you from, what are your interest/hobbies, where did you go to school, etc?
Groom: I am from Macon, Georgia. I am passionate about education and mentorship. I enjoy traveling, running, golfing with friends, and volunteering.

Tell us about a date you’ll always remember.
After an awkward first date of silent pauses and sweaty palms, all signs suggested that it should have been our first and last date. Yet knowing intuitively that we saw something special in each other, weeks later, we decided to give it another go. Our second date, affectionately known as our “second first date” and “the best date of our lives” is one we will remember forever and still think of fondly to this day. After a night of laughs and great conversation over dinner, I was relieved when Jamaar had the courage to say exactly what I was thinking -that he did not want the night to end. We decided to go dancing, but somehow we never made it inside. Instead, we found ourselves sitting side by side on a ledge outside of the nightclub, talking about relationships, life, and everything in between until we realized that the club was closing! We discovered that night that we found each other more interesting than anything any around us could offer. Still not wanting the night to be over, we went to the nearby Hammond Park and talked for hours on a park bench underneath the stars into the early morning. Feeling completely at ease in Jamaar’s presence, I felt unusually free to show him my silly side. So I challenged him to a foot race on the soccer field, where he met me with the sweetest forehead kisses and gentle embraces at the finish line. (We still disagree about who actually won the race that night!)

Describe the proposal: Complete synergy! Neither one of us knew that the other was planning a surprise. After weeks of secretly planning a romantic getaway to the Bahamas for Jamaar’s birthday, I was the one that ended up with the surprise of a lifetime! At the end of our one-week vacation stay in the Bahamas, Jamaar proposed on the shore of the beautifully secluded LOVE BEACH (actual name of the beach). Apparently, the proposal was a long time in the making! He had the ring for a while and had asked for my parents’ blessings in advance. Jamaar bending down on one knee and me crying tears of joy was all secretly captured on video as part of his perfect plan! There was no better way that my husband could have proposed, choosing to have the moment to be a shared personal experience with just the two of us.

Tell us about your beautiful engagement ring and how/why your husband (or the two of you!) chose it: Jacqueline’s engagement ring is rose gold with an oval diamond center in a halo setting. I chose to have that ring made for her because it reflects her personality and style with features that are simple, elegant, and unique.

How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? The union of our marriage is very sacred to us; one which we were intentional about entering into reverently. We read his and her companion books by Tony Allen- For Married Men Only and For Married Women Only. We also completed pre-marital counseling.

Tell us all the basics of your wedding! Season, location, venue, time of day, city and state, etc. Why did you choose these things? Did any of these details hold special meaning for you as a couple?
We were married on September 9, 2016, in Alpharetta, Georgia. The evening ceremony was held outdoors underneath a beautifully decorated gazebo overlooking a small river. Being outdoors is when we feel the most connected to one another, so we knew that was where we wanted to say our “I do’s.”

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, Loving, and Emotional

What was the weather like on your big day?
Amazing- upper 80s with a light breeze. Clear with plenty of sunshine.

How many guests attended your wedding?
100 guests

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple?
Inspired by nature, we wanted to design a wedding that was filled with as much beauty as we feel love for one another. It was also important to us that our guests felt surrounded by the joy and happiness that we wanted to represent for our new beginning as husband and wife.

Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding:
The highlight of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Jamaar waiting for me. Leading up to the wedding, my matron of honor told me to “remember to stop and smell the roses and bask in the moment. It will only be about the two of you on that day.” And she was right! I focused on my husband the entire time I walked down the aisle, and I will never forget the way he looked at me with all the emotion in his eyes.

Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding:
The pre-ceremony gift experience. Jacqueline surprised me with a personalized gift that included a pocket watch and a handwritten letter. The letter inspired me with overwhelming gratitude and love. My heart was activated in a special way, inspiring an expression of emotion that was uncontrollable, authentic, and unprecedented.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it?
I wore a mermaid style wedding gown with off white Alencon lace by Matthew Christopher. After having tried on several dresses, I knew that it was the one because it made me feel like the most beautiful version of myself! The champagne lining ended up being my favorite thing about the dress. Choosing a dress with a hint of color, over a traditional white gown, represented my courage to be uniquely me. I finished the entire look with an off white lace-edged veil, pearl jewelry, and peep-toe shoes from Badgley Mischka.

Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them?
My bridesmaids wore blush-colored wrap dresses from BHLDN. I chose a dress that I hoped would be easy, light, and make them feel beautiful.

What did the groom and groomsmen wear?
I wore a blue shawl lapel tuxedo with a black bow tie, covered placket white shirt, black patent leather shoes, and a white pocket square. The groomsmen wore a navy blue suit, black tie, covered placket white shirt, black patent leather shoes, white pocket square. We all wore a black rosebud flower lapel pin for a modern take on the traditional boutonniere.

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? Your wedding should always be infused with things that you love….and I love flowers! It was the center of the wedding design. We wanted to create an atmosphere that was classic and romantic. I was inspired by my engagement ring to use shades of blush, cream, and white. I chose to incorporate my favorite flowers which included orchids, garden roses, and hydrangea.

Bride’s bouquet:
I carried a beautiful bouquet of orchids, spray roses, and garden roses. The stem of the bouquet was wrapped in cream silk ribbon and cream lace ribbon with accented pearls.

Bridesmaids’ bouquets:
The bridesmaids carried a fluffy bouquet of white hydrangea wrapped with blush satin ribbon with a petit double loop bow with tails.

How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony?
Groom: I picked up roses to decorate our honeymoon suite, listened to special gospel songs to prepare my mind for the day, and had a quiet lunch alone. The groomsmen and I later spent time together coordinating grooming activities.

Bride: I wanted to be sure that I cherished the final moments of my singlehood bonding with my dearest friends, who are like sisters to me. So I had a mini spa day with my bridesmaids to help get us relaxed and ready for the big day!

Did you have any special pre-ceremony activities?
Being of Ghanaian descent, it was important to me that I acknowledged my heritage during this special time in my life. Prior to the wedding, we held a traditional Ghanaian engagement ceremony that involved our parents.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings?
The most special part of the wedding was having a ceremony that reflected our faith and reverence for God that brought us together.

Were there any family traditions you included in the ceremony?
We included Kente cloth in our ceremony for the officiant to wear. I wanted to highlight the Kente cloth as part of my culture and as symbolism for the occasion.

What songs did you use for your ceremony? Processional, interlude, recessional?
The string trio played Canon in D Pachelbel (processional), A Thousand Years (Bride entrance), I Surrender All Hymnal (interlude), and Signed, Sealed, Delivered (recessional)

What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day?
Groom: Reading the personalized letter from my wife and experiencing her walking towards me during the ceremony.
Bride: The entire day was so special but the one lasting memory was having all of our loved ones celebrating our union. It is an amazing way to start your life together.

Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding?
On the most special milestone of our lives, we wished to lovingly remember those close to our hearts who were no longer with us, or unable to attend. We did this by honoring our grandmothers by placing their photos in special reserved seating in the front row of the ceremony.

What was your reception like?
Romantic, Elegant, yet comfortable.

Tell us a bit about your first dance.
For our first dance, we danced to Lalah Hathaway’s cover of the Anita Baker song “Angel.” The moment was amazing…it felt as if we were the only two people in the room.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets.
We chose individual almond cupcakes with buttercream, adorned with a blush petal flower with a gold center. We also chose a non-traditional 8” tall carrot cake decorated with fresh ivory and blush colored roses.

What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?
The best advice we can give to other couples is to consider that there is life after your wedding. Plan accordingly, budget, be flexible, consider each other’s feelings during the planning, and remember that life begins after the “I do’s.” To future brides, when you make a major decision- go with it and move-on! You can drive yourselves nuts if you are constantly doubting and re-thinking every decision. Be yourselves. Your guests love you and are there to celebrate you. Incorporate as much of your personality and culture as you can. Finally, be as present with the experience as you possibly can every step of the way, because it goes by fast!

Photography: Harwell Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Andy Beach | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Wedding Dress: Bridals By Lori | Invitations: Studio LMC | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Talk Of The Town | Makeup: Paulette Cooper | Hair: Marlena Mendez | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux

Here’s Proof That Intimate Weddings Are Just as Breathtaking as Lavish Affairs

If your guest count had to be majorly reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions and you’re worried your Big Day won’t be as beautiful as you once imagined… allow this stunningly intimate affair at Foxhall Resort to prove you oh so wrong. Just think – less of your budget on guest meals means more for heavenly blooms and jaw-dropping decor. Bloomin’ Bouquets absolutely blew us away with their whimsical dusty pink arrangements, from the circular floral ceremony installation to the centerpieces. Don’t miss out on the full gallery, captured by Amy Arrington Photography and planned by Shelley Legg of Chancey Charm, for all the intimate wedding inspiration.

From Amy Arrington PhotographyThe most inspirational small wedding! Nancy and Haoran envisioned their wedding day to be small and romantic. They wanted to be surrounded by their closest family and friends from both America and China. 

Their wedding planner, Shelley Legg, of Chancey Charm, brought their vision to life. They wanted a venue with a blank canvas, and chose Foxhall Resort in Georgia. They had their sweet ceremony in a field, and a perfect dinner party out on the patio at The Paddock Restaurant. 

Dusty pinks, whites, and lush greens were their floral vision, and Bloomin’ Bouquets created wonderful arrangements. The ceremony included a whimsical circular floral installation. The dinner tables included two long estate tables filled with simple and delicate floral arrangements. 

Borrowed and Blue created the most perfect place settings. Cakes by Carissa made their wedding cake, and Eltude Entertainment provided amazing ceremony and dinner party music.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: D.P. Weddings | Florals: Bloomin’ Bouquets: Unique Floral and Event Design | Cake: Cakes By Carissa | Catering: Foxhall Resort And Sporting Club | Calligraphy: Peach and Valley | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Beauty: The Moore Agency | Ceremony and Reception: Foxhall Resort And Sporting Club | Furniture Rentals: collectioneventfurnishings | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Musicians: Etude Entertainment | Place settings: Borrowed And Blue | Planning and Design: Chancey Charm

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Vibrant, Feminine Wedding Inspiration for Every Modern Bride

From the stunning bride who is the epitome of a natural beauty to the vibrant floral arrangements with pops of pink and yellow by Luna Rose Floral Design – there is so much to love about today’s editorial planned by G&A Weddings. Georgia brides, if you haven’t already heard of The Bibb Mill Event Center – prepare to be obsessed – because that ceremony location is unlike any other! Head on over to the full gallery captured by Laura Anne Watson Photography to see it all!

From Laura Anne Watson PhotographyFeaturing a confident bride, this stunning styled shoot by G&A Weddings has all of the feminine feels for every modern bride looking to show off their true look. Our bride was our inspiration. Hannah had just decided on a big chop to go back to her roots and embrace her true look during quarantine. 

I think she showed true confidence and comfort in herself to make a decision like that, and I love her for it! She embraced her look fully, and it was inspiring to me as the photographer to capture because her emotions were so bold, raw, and captivating. Hannah has such a vibrant personality, and it paired perfectly with the bold, feminine colors in the floral arrangements. 

With touches of pink and yellow florals and set in an old mill climbing with greenery in Columbus, Georgia, the forgotten architecture and floral combination created a romantic flair. Luna Rose Florals crafted a vibrant bouquet and boutonniere for our couple. But her floral garland that hung onto the outdoor windows overlooking the river was the aspect of the shoot that I loved most. As the ceremony backdrop, it was the perfect complimentary accent to the backdrop of the Mill ruins. 

The Bibb Mill Event Center has forgotten romance built into it’s architecture. I wanted to highlight some of the southern touches and features of the mill – the softened brick, Spanish moss, overgrown greenery, and landscaped gardens. Overall, we wanted to create an aesthetic that felt historic and gentle while also bringing the bold, modern, playful vibes! All images captured on film.

Photography: Peach Photo | Event Planning: G&A Weddings | Floral Design: Luna Rose | Cake: cake envy | Invitations: MHB Paper | Wedding Venue: The Bibb Mill Event Center | Bridal Boutique: Elite Pour La Vie | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Make Up Artist: The B Word | Rentals & Tableware: The Prissy Plate Company

You’ll Never Believe This European-Style Mansion Venue Is in Atlanta!

If you’ve never heard of the Swan House in Atlanta, then boy are you in for a treat. It’s elegant, classic, historic and overflowing with old world romance. Today’s wedding is the perfect example of the Swan House at it’s best. Heavenly white flowers from Edge Design Group, a stunning bride in a chic Oscar De La Renta dress, and the most photogenic pup we’ve ever seen grace the pages of SMP. Lucky for us, Willett Photography was there to capture every last detail, all planned by Toast Events. Check out the full gallery for more inspiration!

From Willett PhotographyWho knew rollerblades and a sweet smile could make a couple last forever? Sarah and a friend went rolling into Cole’s fraternity house one summer afternoon and the rest is history! 

This sweet couple were both from Atlanta and couldn’t’ have imagined a more authentic location that the Swan House. 

Not only did they find the perfect location, the early spring day was quite literally the perfect day for their wedding.  

Incorporating the local dogwood flower and their sweet puppy Archie, it felt even more personal than ever. Did you see Archie’s bowtie? 

It was a beautiful day for a stunning couple, and we are so grateful to have captured each minute!

Photography: The Willetts | Wedding Photography | Wedding Planner: TOAST | Floral Design: Edge Design Group | Cake: Lush Cakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair & Makeup: The Moore Agency | Band: Rhythm Nation | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Bridal Gown Boutique: Mandi Jackson Bridal | Gown Designer: Oscar De La Renta | Hairpiece: jennifer behr | Historical Home: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook | Paper Goods: Paper Daisies Stationery

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This Is What Spring Wedding Dreams Are Made of

If you’re in need of an instant mood-booster (and let’s be real, in times like these – we all do), this heavenly Swan House wedding will do just that! It’s the epitome of all things Spring, dogwood trees in full bloom, blush pink bridesmaid gowns, delicate floral from Ginger Rose, and whimsical decor curated to perfection by Stella Harper Events. Spring brides – don’t forget to check out the full gallery of images to get all the spring wedding inspo you’ll ever need, taken by Amy Arrington Photography!

From Amy ArringtonKristen and Greg met during the first weekend of their freshman year in college at St. Louis. Shortly after, they had joint study sessions, and casual dinner dates in the dining hall. They continued dating for 8 years, and decided to tie the not on April 6, 2019. 

They chose to have their wedding at the historic Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia. Their vision was to have a classic spring wedding, and it was one of the most beautiful classic spring weddings that one could ever hope for. The pink dogwood trees were in full bloom surrounding the house. 

The beautiful architecture of the swan house is amazing alone, but paired with gardens full of spring flowers and electric green foilage is next level. Soft, delicate florals arranged beautifully by Alyssa at Ginger Rose were perfect for the spring season. 

The large flower arrangements at the ceremony site were incredible statement pieces with the most gorgeous dogwood flowers. And nothing says spring more than dogwoods! The tablescapes at their reception had a whimsical feel and consisted of a variety of florals with soft textures.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Planner: Stella Harper Events | Florals: Ginger Rose | Bakery: Gabriel's Desserts | Catering: Bold American Events | Calligraphy: Esther Clark | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Beauty: Jennifer C Nieman | Ceremony & Reception: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook | Cinema: Jonathan and Kaye | Rentals and Decor: Peachtree Tents and Events | Rentals and Decor : Crush Event design

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Old & New Mix in a Chic Atlanta Townhouse

Any time a submission begins with “old and new” our heart skips a beat. It is quite possibly one of our favorite combos. Why? Because combining old and new means that there’s a level of intentionality and discovery inside, and it was a process to create.

10/10 times it’s a winning combination, and this Atlanta townhome was everything we hoped the title insinuated.

When we bought this classic Buckhead townhouse in October of 2018, the design hadn’t been touched since the neighborhood was built in the 80’s. I gave the house a fresh coat of white paint, with a high-gloss finish in the living areas to give it a luminous glow, and then gave the dining room a beautiful coat of pale blue-green (Clare’s “Headspace” color).

We had the old carpeting ripped out and I selected a durable luxury-vinyl plank flooring in a dark cool brown that’s completely waterproof, so perfect for extending into the kitchen and bathrooms. When it came time to select new furniture and decor, I worked with my mom to blend new and old for an elegant mix of periods that was still chic and feminine – a perfect reflection of her style!

The biggest statement in the house is the pink chinoiserie mural I selected for the entryway – appropriately named “Magnolia” from Anewall, it’s a removable wallpaper that was easy to put up and perfect for welcoming guests to the house. The living room featured soft reds and pops of blue, with spotted chairs making a fun seating area in the bay window.

I had custom pillows made for an old iron daybed to turn it into an inviting sofa across from the fireplace, and chose Scalamandre’s iconic Zebra pattern for the ottoman as a centerpiece for the space. In the dining room, I pulled the gorgeous blue-green from my mom’s antique dining chairs onto the walls and then balanced the heirlooms in the room with modern lighting and accents like an oversized abstract I painted to bring a calm, neutral foundation to the room.

A pop of red carries through the decor, from the dining chair fabric to the striped curtains and a splash in the painting. The kitchen was in dire need of a refresh, and just by painting the cabinetry and replacing the floors it instantly felt updated. I also added a standalone kitchen island to make better use of the space, and centered the Art Deco crystal chandelier above for a much-needed injection of glamour.

The powder bath was completely redone with a custom sink vanity built into an old dresser, paired with a mirror and an old piece of artwork from my highschool AP art concentration. A vintage green glass light fixture from my mom found its perfect home in here! The staircase was given a makeover with the help of sleek new baluster rods and durable black paint on the stair treads. I hung a modern pierced pendant above that makes the most beautiful pattern on the walls when its lit.

The bedrooms above for my sister and I reflected our personalities perfectly, with a combination of green and blue in my room and simple neutrals in my sister’s space. The master bedroom got a hotel-inspired makeover with fluffy white bedding, campaign-style nightstands, glass lamps, and a pair of mirrors for classic symmetry. The curtains were taken from a showhouse project I completed and worked perfectly in here to help emphasize height with their color-blocked design.

I turned the secondary bathroom area into a vanity room featuring one of my own rug designs from the Kevin Francis Design Labyrinth Collection and a petite desk with wicker caning on the drawers. The bathroom was renovated to include a double-vanity instead of a single, and the bathtub was turned into a modern walk-in shower with high contrast grout and a herringbone-patterned floor tile. 

The deck was our outdoor escape, and I brought it to life with classic blue and white striped pillows that made the built-in bench into a dining banquette and infused the space with lots of plants that helped create lush barriers between the different areas. At the end outside of the dining room, our old patio fountain filled with plants made for a great view from inside the house.

Photography: Kevin Ogara | Interior Design: Kevin Ogara

This Stunning 9-Foot Floral Arch Will Blow Your Mind

There’s something so effortlessly romantic about an outdoor ceremony. The fresh air mixed with the natural beauty of a garden is enough to get anyone’s heart pumping. Throw in a 9-foot floral arch, overflowing with lush blooms, and you’ve got the ultimate show stopper. Jessica Gold Photography captured all the charming details of this beautiful wedding day. You can get lost in all the stunning imagery in the full gallery.

From the bride… We incorporated softness and organic touches into each design element: tulle bridesmaid gowns, growing floral arch and arrangements, delicate calligraphy, and more. For example, we used dried peony petals and rosebuds as a post-nuptial toss.

Our wedding and celebration was inspired by romantic gardens, feminine details, and a pastel color palette. Botanical nuances are present throughout, in addition to the gorgeous flowers.

There was always an underlying level of romance and fanciful style. A mixture of tall and short centerpieces made the reception room visually dynamic, while special details made the space uniquely our own.

Each detail of the day was lovingly thought through to tell our story. The celebration turned out to be even better than we ever could’ve hoped for.

Photography: Jessica Gold Photography | Videography: BEV Weddings | Event Planning & Design: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Shean Strong Design | Cake: Natasha Capper | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair & Makeup: Margaret Snider | DJ: Radial Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Grace Park Music | Vintage Car: Latimer Limos | Venue: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook | Ceremony Dress: Eve Of Milady | Cocktail Hour Music: Men of Distinction | Photo Booth: The Photo Bus ATL | Rentals: Mayker Creative

A True, Charming, Southern Wedding For These Childhood Sweethearts!

OK….this story completely melted my heart, when I read it; from the fact that the groom asked the bride to be his girlfriend when they were just 13 years old, to the utterly romantic proposal story! And, it just kept going once the wedding planning started! Meredith and John had THE most charming, Southern wedding at The Capital City Club with overflowing florals by Jackson Durham and a variety of perfectly paired linens by La Tavola! Chancey Charm Wedding Planning & Design brought the bride’s vision to life and Dear Elouise created the dream, custom invitation to set the tone for the day! To top it all off, Amy Arrington Photography was behind the lens, capturing every special moment from details to dancing! Check it out below, and be sure to read their story!

From the Bride…Our story began when I was thirteen years old and John asked me to be his girlfriend. His mom loves to tell the story of when he came home one day from school and told her “I am going to marry her one day”. Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2017. We were up at Lake Burton with my family and everyone was getting ready to go to dinner at the Waterfall Club (little did I know that the club was actually closed for the holidays). We pull up and there were rose petals and candles everywhere leading to the entrance of the club. I remember thinking to myself “this is very romantic for a Christmas dinner”. We open the front doors to the biggest Christmas tree, a band and all of our family members anxiously waiting for our arrival. John got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was so excited I started hugging and kissing him and all of our family before I could even remember to put the ring on! We went on to have a beautiful dinner with our families and danced the night away. 

Growing up I loved looking through my mother’s wedding album. I knew that I wanted to have a wedding that would never go out of style and that would be classic. I immediately started searching for the venue and the perfect planner. Thankfully I found Shelley Legg for Chancey Charm Weddings who helped me bring my vision to life flawlessly. Picking a planner was one of the hardest decisions for me to make and the second I talked to her I knew she was the perfect fit! It took a little while to find our venue but we landed on Capital City Club in Brookhaven. We decided to have a sailcloth tent out on the driving range lit up with twinkle lights. Green is my favorite color so I incorporated that as much as I could and stuck to neutral colors. One of my favorite parts about planning our wedding was designing all of our paper goods. Brent Fraim at Dear Elouise completely made all of my invitation dreams come true. You think about your wedding day since you were a little girl and being able to hold your invitation in your hand is one of the coolest parts leading up to your big day.

Our dogs mean everything to us and because we couldn’t have them there with us we decided to have Dear Elouise design specialty cocktails after them. We also wanted to have something different than a place card so we wrote everyone’s names on the leaf of a pear. We wanted to make the entrance a statement so we hired Jackson Durham to build a beautiful arch of flowers around the entrance of the tent. They also designed a beautiful champagne display. Sitting in each champagne flute was an acrylic table assignment. We really enjoyed The SlowMotion Booth. We decided to have them there instead of your typical photo booth and it was such a hit! Our guests couldn’t stay away and it was such a treat to be able to go back and watch everyone’s videos after our wedding day.

One of the most fun parts of our big day was the trolley ride that we took with our wedding party and family from the church to the reception. We popped champagne and laughed until our knees hurt. It was a really special time we got to spend with our best friends. Our wedding planner pulled us aside once we got to our venue and let us have a little meal together just us two before we went into cocktail hour. It was a time I will cherish forever. Looking back on our wedding day we appreciate having all of our friends and family together in one place…because at the end of the day that’s all you have! I cannot stress enough to brides that your wedding day is about you and your husband. Enjoy it, relax, have fun and don’t worry about anything else!

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Inc. | Ceremony Venue: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Capitol City Club, Brookhaven | Catering : Capitol City Club, Brookhaven | Calligraphy: Peach and Valley Designs | Band: Rupert's Orchestra | After Party DJ: DJ q tip | Beauty: The Moore Agency | Bridal Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal | Custom pillows, napkins, aprons: The French Table | Design and Florals: Jackson | Durham | Host Hotel: The Whitley Hotel | Love Wedding Painter: Love Louise Designs | Paper Goods: Dear Elouise | Photo Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Rentals - Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals - lounge furniture: Crush Event design | Rentals - tent, flooring, lighting, staging, dining tables, dini: Goodwin Events | Transportation - get away car: Classic Convertible Carriages | Transportation - wedding party: Premier Trolleys | Video: HUD Productions

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A Classic Southern Wedding at Musgrove Plantation

You just can’t get much better than a tented garden wedding with a classic color scheme of green and white – for us, they’ll truly never go out of style! Emily Burton Designs made magic happen at Musgrove Plantation for this gorgeous bride and groom. From the ceremony scene dripping in romantic Spanish moss and lush blooms by Jackson | Durham, to the beautiful reception that’s seriously every Southern Belle’s DREAM… we just can’t get enough of this timeless day captured by Sawyer Baird.

From Sawyer Baird… Will and Lauren met on St. Simons Island, Georgia in the summer of 2007. They were attending an Elegant Island Living event, held at the Golden Isles Marina, with friends. Lauren recognized some other attendees and upon greeting her friends, was introduced to Will. After their introduction, Will and Lauren spontaneously started talking. To this day, Lauren recalls the exact outfit he was wearing and their conversation at length. The following summer, Lauren was visiting friends and crossed paths with Will again. It was this encounter when their adoration began to flourish, following the summer, they started officially dating.

Will and Lauren dated for many years and spent many Sunday’s with their families at weekly family dinner. Lauren had no idea that one day, her regular Sunday family dinner in her childhood home would lead to her perfect proposal. In August 2016, Will and Lauren attended their regularly scheduled Sunday dinner, and before leaving, Will asked Lauren to take a walk on the neighborhood golf course. They were barefoot and walked on the golf course with a beautiful, warm summer scenery in the background. Lauren never expected what was to come, but the man she loved got on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

After celebrating the engagement with their families, Lauren and Will started the wedding planning process. Lauren, an interior designer, had already created a vision of how the wedding would look. The couple decided to have their ceremony in Lauren’s hometown. They chose to marry at Musgrove Plantation because of its maze garden, marsh, and history. The couple wanted to take advantage of bringing their wedding design dreams to life and hired luxury wedding planner and event designer Emily Burton of Emily Burton Designs at the recommendation of a wedding photographer their made of honor knew.

 For the day of the wedding details, the couple decided to use the garden of Musgrove Plantation for a cocktail area and rented a custom tent for the reception. The tent was clear and draped with greenery. The food incorporated touches on Will and Lauren’s Italian heritage with infused olive oils, risotto, and herbs. For entertainment, they hired a that would keep everyone dancing throughout the night. Lauren Quotes “Everyone says the day of your wedding goes by in a flash, well they weren’t kidding. The day started off with me getting ready with my closest friends and family, including my mother, bridesmaids, and mother-in-law. We were got ready on-site, in the main house. My dress hung in front of a large window with a spectacular view of the marsh behind it. It wasn’t until I saw the guests arriving to the ceremony that I started feeling anxious. I have never been good with large crowds, but especially a crowd that would have all eyes on just me. I was extremely nervous to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I saw Will, all those nerves went away.”

When recapping the style, design, and planning of the wedding, Emily Burton stated “The maze garden made such a statement, and already went with the theme, all it needed was some garden urns with a mixture of flowers to help communicate our visual theme and set the tone. Emily choose gold Chiavari chairs to add a timeless elegance to the maze garden ceremony.

There were so many hints of Tuscany already on property, the pergola with massive vines intertwining it, the stone garden features overgrown with moss, so I thought it just made sense to play of the the space instead of working against it…and it just made even more sense that Lauren had Italian roots.

One of the most unique features about the entire design concept of Lauren and Will’s wedding, was a diamond lattice cross-hatched greenery wall that was used throughout the design concept; such areas included the custom built ten foot by 15 foot walls behind the bar) to the diamond cross hatched greenery ceiling installation in the center of the tent ceiling in the dining space, and even the custom diamond bar signs that acted as a drink menu behind the bar to communicate to guests what was being served A well designed space, should be a “constant nod” of similar patterns and or motifs that help make a space cohesive!

Although the bride and groom decided to keep it traditional by waiting to see each other for the first time, when Lauren walked down the aisle, the final picture of the wedding day was complete.”

When the wedding day came to an end, the celebration continued. Will picked St. Lucia for a 7-day honeymoon. The reasoning behind St. Lucia was because the bride and groom needed a relaxing getaway. They stayed at the Ladera Resort which had a three-wall concept including one open wall with a plunge pool. The property overlooked the two iconic Piton Mountains, and the weather was soothing from sun up to sun down. They explored the island on a few days, taking boat excursions and snorkeling trips. Other days they relaxed on Sugar Beach. One day, Will had a local fisherman take them on a lengthy snorkeling excursion which ended in a beautiful sunset and a delicious local fish fry.

Lauren states, “After nine years of dating, one special day, and one amazing adventure. Will was finally my husband and I his wife. He is my best friend, and I am his partner in crime. He is the best listener I could ask for and I understand his unique ways entirely. We can’t live without each other, and now we never have to.”

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning: Emily Burton Designs | Floral Designer: Jackson | Durham | Wedding Cake: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Catering: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Makeup: Lily Macs - Shelia Martin | Band: ATL Groove Factory | Suits: Joseph A. Bank | Officiant: Jim Carndall | Ceremony Music: Peter Kiral | Wedding Venue: Musgrove Plantation | Bar Tending: Charlie Ganem & Sons | Car: Martins Wedding Transportation | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: Foglio Press | Rentals: Jackson | Durham | Rentals: Beachview | Signage: Chalk Shop Events

A Traditional Southern Wedding in Savannah With Subtle Boho Flair

This is just a universal wedding truth – Southern weddings are the sweetest. They are charming, romantic, nostalgic.. we could go on for days. Today’s gorgeous wedding in Savannah is the perfect example of why we love Southern weddings so much. Emily Burton Designs knew exactly what to do when her bride came to her with a dream of combining her two loves – boho decor and southern tradition… and boy is it stunning… The Happy Bloom captured every must-see moment. Just wait until you catch a glimpse of Amy Osaba’s unreal floral arrangements. Don’t miss out on this major dose of southern sweetness!

From Planner, Emily from Emily Burton Designs… When Hannah originally reached out for me to plan and design her wedding, she was obsessed with all things boho. She went dress shopping and all of the Boho dresses she thought she’d end up “saying yes to the dress” to.. Just weren’t the one. When Hannah said yes to her very formal Anne Barge dress, I knew I had a challenge ahead of me (merging the Boho look, which was very casual, with her now very formal and timeless wedding dress.). So I came up with the theme, “Southern Plantation Boho-Pottery Barn Bride”. Hannah loved all things pottery barn, so the vision of cement flower pots, dough bowls massive wood tables, and organic linens popped in my head.

The Flowers:
I wanted a pottery barn floral concept, with “like flowers” in little urns and cement pots. Like flowers are when you place one variety in a pot only, this gives the look of a little more structure and formality, but the cement and wood textures help to balance out the formality with the casual vibe.

The Bridesmaids Dresses:
We found the perfect mixture of Southern + Boho in the bridesmaids dresses, the lace on top was nod to the plantation feel, while the skirt was flowey and gave way to more of the boho vibe.

1) How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”? From the bride, Hannah… Where to begin?! From the live oak drive guests came down (while riding in a Savannah trolley, of course) to the Spanish moss dripping from every tree in the venue to the menu packed with southern favorites, every bit of our day was perfectly “Southern.” Our wonderful catering team served delicious low country shrimp and grits, blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, sweet potatoes filled with brown sugar and so much more. My dress was an off white ballgown which just seemed to be traditional southern to me. Kyle wore an ivory jacket, a feather bowtie and his favorite black cowboy boots (the boots took a lot of convincing on his part). The tent was filled with southern accents included in our beautiful signage, the greenery dripping from the woven chandeliers, and elegant flowers at every turn! I just loved how our wonderful planner/designer, was able to create a perfect, southern wonderland inside our tent!

2) What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor? My vision was to create a perfectly elegant, just slightly boho, low country ‘garden’ wedding. I wanted flowers and greenery galore, wanted to play up on the beautiful trees and Spanish moss which covered the property, and wanted my guests to have the most fun! I wanted to include darker, richer tones as we were getting married in November. After lots of debating, we decided on merlot, oxblood and dusty blue for our colors. Although I couldn’t find pictures online or in magazines of weddings which had used the colors, I just loved the combination of deep, rich fall colors with the lighter dusty blue/greys. I frequently told my planner that I wanted a mixture of bohemian and elegant and provided her with about a million ideas I had come up with. Thankfully, Emily Burton is a design genius and was able to turn my rambling into beauty. The tent was exactly what I had envisioned but had been unable to articulate all along!

3) What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?  This is a tough one because so many moments were so absolutely perfect, but if I had to pick one moment, it would be standing at the back of the aisle with my dad, getting ready to walk down the aisle to the love of my life and give him ‘my forever.’ As I stood behind our guests and looked ahead to my handsome fiancé, my beautiful bridesmaids and all of our sweet family and friends who drove hours to celebrate with us, I was absolutely overwhelmed. That’s the moment tears started flowing. I held it together for most of the day, but in that moment, my heart was racing, my hands were shaking and I truly was stunned at the outpouring of love standing in front of me. I would have never made it down that aisle if it weren’t for my dad holding onto me. The sun was setting just behind Kyle and our wedding party, the breeze was blowing the girls’ dresses and the silk ribbons hanging from their bouquets, and my fiancé looked more excited than I had ever seen him. Everywhere I looked there were faces of people that I love, and I remember telling myself to always remember that moment. I can still see that beautiful image in my head… It was the sweetest moment!

4) What’s next for you and your husband?  We are finally settled in our new home on Skidaway Island and we are loving every minute of living in the low country! We are looking forwards to warmer weather so that we can spend our evenings and weekends on the water. We plan to enjoy married life, just as the two of us, for a year or so, and then… Bring on the babies! We are also planning a trip to Europe in 2019 with my family, so that is our next big adventure! In the mean time, we will be burning dinners and figuring out this marriage thing!

Photography: Justin Leon Brown (formerly The Happy Bloom) | Videography: Withers Films | Event Planning: Emily Burton Designs | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Cake: Vanilla and the Bean | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Hair + Makeup: Brittany Massey | Suits: Jos A Bank | Ceremony Music: Jl Music Service | Vintage Car: Martins Wedding Transportation | Hotel: The Springs at Keystone Resort | Bethesda Academy: Bethesda Academy | Bridal Boutique: Bleubelle Boutique | Bride's Dress: Anne Barge | Earrings: BHLDN | Paper Goods: Olivia Grace Paperie | Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band | Rentals: Beachview | Signage: Chalk Shop Events

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5 Rules for a Modern Wedding Without Sacrificing Tradition

If you’re a bride who loves a major dose of modern but would rather not kick tradition to the curb – then we’ve got just the thing for you! Throughout this gorgeous shoot at the Taylor Grady House, our friends Christy from Colonial House of Flowers and Savan from Savan Photography will take you through the steps to perfecting a traditional wedding with a modern twist. Trust us, not only are these tips genius – they’re also super easy to follow! (P.S. if you haven’t already seen Christy’s recipe for a Pinterest-worthy wedding bouquet, check it out here!)

1. Choose a traditional venue, and run free with florals.

From the vendor team… When Los Angeles based photographer, Savan Photography said she was coming to Georgia and commissioned a classic, yet modern garden style bouquet, we were nervous but knew exactly what we needed to do. Honestly, when she said she’d meet me at the National Historic Landmark: The Taylor Grady House we knew we could create a story that had yet to be written if you know what we mean. When you choose a venue with so much heritage, you can run free with the florals to infuse a moody, unexpected, classic with a twist vibe that is alllll you, girl! :)

2. Go for muted tones with a pop of color.

We chose garden rose spray roses for a traditional base, as we layered upon the roses with muted toned hellebores in purple-ish and green. You can refrain from too much color in the petals — to allow the colors of the flower’s details to show through. Like the yellow center of that Peony. I mean, he’s everything AND a bucket of sunshine. Finally, for a whimsical surprise, tuck in white flowers plucked like we did from the property. Plus, a few pretties like butterfly ranunculus. A trendy flower recipe doesn’t have to be expensive.

3. Balance the refinement of the venue with wild, untamed arrangements.

In this case, we wanted to create something rebellious yet respectful of the history of The Taylor Grady House. The place is elegant and refined and to balance that we need some good old fashioned blooms plus spunk. The Taylor Grady House represents the classic Greek Revival architectural style that Athens is famous for. So, in places like this you can take risks with things like flowers — and go wild and crazy because the natural aesthetic of the place is already stately. It makes things warmer and more inviting when there is balance, a certain rawness of imperfection is needed. So, when the rules are already in place like this – you can break them down and rewrite them. Choose your favorite flowers in muted tones. And, just go for it. That’s what we did!

4. Opt for a classic color palette that will never go out of style.

As far as the color palette for the linens we wanted to keep in classic as much as possible. Trends come and go, but keeping a classic color palette is timeless. That is why we decided to go with a rich navy blue and using the rich texture of velvet brings me back to the southern and old colonial days of using velvet in their homes. We also added modern elements such the flatware dipped in white ceramic leaving the exposed gold and the stark white plate for that clean modern look.

5. Add personal touches in unique ways.

When you choose a location that seems to have boundaries because 1000’s of people have had events there before you, you can trespass those limits by adding personal touches like your absolute favorite flowers in ways they’ve never been done before — whether bought from the store or picked from the grounds yourself, arranged by someone else or by you!

Photography: Savan Photography | Design: Like the Dazzling weddings | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Cake: cake envy | Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser | Calligraphy : Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Men's Attire: Stich & Tie | Wedding Venue: The Taylor-Grady House | Bouquet Wrap: Eco Fresh Bouquet | Campanula Flowers: American Grown Flowers | Candles : 100 Candles | Flower Wholesale: Mayesh Wholesale Florist | Linens: Party Crush Studio | Location: Athens, Georgia | Model: Heather Wall Photography | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Ring Box: Lace Byrd | Roses: Rosaprima | Specialty Rentals: The Prissy Plate Company | Tables + Chairs : Barrons Rental Store | Vessels: Accent Decor

The Ultimate Guide for a Pinterest-Worthy Wedding Bouquet

Designing your wedding bouquet is just as important as picking out your wedding dress or finding the perfect pair of pumps to match! There are so many elements to creating your dream bouquet – so lucky for us, our girl Christy from Colonial House of Flowers is sharing the ultimate guide to a Pinterest-worthy bouquet! If that wasn’t exciting enough, we’re also sharing this gorgeous shoot from Colonial House of Flowers, Holly Diana Floral and Katrina Barrow Photography that will surely be the prettiest thing you’ve seen all day (ok, more like all week…)

From Colonial HouseFlowers are my strong suit and helping others is my love, so when Holly Diana Floral asked me to give a Private 1 Day Workshop I couldn’t resist. Holly is young and passionate and opening her own flower shop in McRae, Georgia this December. How strong and perfect is that?! As it turns out, this is Holly’s very first editorial shoot, first time on film. Her cousin is even the model – and with all the emotions and love in the room it is just perfect.

The flower recipe I created especially for Holly’s Pinterest worthy bouquet included all the things she loves – especially the color pink! Foraged Pampas grass and garden clippings plus blushing bride protea, garden roses, ranunculus, snowberries, and good ol’ Lisanthus. You won’t believe that it was a family affair, but Holly even brought her Mom along. If you are looking for the epitome of a Georgia celebration, look no further than this monochromatic bouquet tied with hand spun silk ribbon.

It’s aways great to collaborate with creatives but especially a brand NEW one like Holly Diana Floral. More, it’s inspiring to see the leaders in the room – the photographer, the make up artist, the dress shop really bring their A game and show a newbie how it’s done. This episode gives me great love of our industry and all the kindness that lives here and is shared. We wanted to create a bouquet for Holly’s portfolio that is etherial, timeless, loose, natural, organic and classic. We wanted the editorial to really reflect who she is and get her career off to a great start – full of of love and beautiful blooms. We collected, took notes, processed, researched and shared so much that day… And the editorial portion of the private meeting exudes all of that… All that she learned is in there. And, most importantly the gift of friendships and mentors and guidance and nice people. Kindness matters for the growth and strength of our industry.


1. Choose flowers you love. The truth is, every flower is beautiful, so it can feel like an impossible feat to decide which flowers to use in your wedding bouquet! Don’t get caught up in using a flower that’s trendy at the moment or get stuck with idea that you can only choose a few – let your bouquet represent the flowers that you love with your whole heart, as many as that may be!

2. Consider shapes. When creating your wedding bouquet, it’s important to consider the shape of the flowers and the bouquet itself. If you’re going for an organic, asymmetrical bouquet – consider using spray roses, ranunculus and a mixture of leafy greens. If a formal round bouquet is more your style, stick to a single type of flower like roses or peonies. 

3. Consider the movement of the bouquet. Everyone knows a good Pinterest-worthy bouquet has that extra element of movement. Choose dainty long stem flowers to float or dance throughout the arrangement, you won’t believe how much it will transform the look of your bouquet with a major dose of beauty!

4. Make it meaningful. Is there a certain flower that your fiancé gave to you on your first date? What about a native flower from the spot where you got engaged? Choose blooms from places or times in your life that are special to the two of you. You can even consider flowers from your yard, like the pampas grass that Colonial House of Flowers and Holly Diana Floral used in this editorial shoot!

5. Choose a base color. Even though you can totally play with many different types of flowers, it’s best to choose one tone like pink to work with as your base for an elegant and artistic look.

6. Remember – imperfection is beautiful! Allow yourself the freedom to be rebellious and free to naturally use new flowers or new techniques. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! Relax. And, make the wedding bouquet of your dreams!

Above all,  flower recipes need three things:
1. Meaning
2. Texture & Variety
3. Story

The ingredient list below has all three and more that combine to make the greatest final treat that will be savored for years to come thanks to the beautiful film photography of Katrina Barrow Photography.

Anemone Magenta
Bouvardia Pink
Dahlia Ball Hot Pink
Dahlia Blush
Dianthus Gypsy
Lisianthus Blush
Nerine Hot Pink
Phlox Pink
dutch bright eyes
Ranunculus Clooney Hanoi Light Pink
Ranunculus Dark Pink
Ranunculus Pink
Rose Garden Bridal Piano Pink
Rose Madre La Pearla
Spray Rose Garden Moonstone Blush
Spray Rose Garden Topaz Gem Hot Pink
Tulip Frilly Edge Pink
Veronica Pink
Yarrow Cottage Pink
Pampas Grass

Photography: Katrina Barrow Photography | Floral Design: Holly Diana Floral | Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Make Up : MyBlushing Brides | Hair: Brianna Adams | Floral Direction: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Flower Source: Mayesh Wholesale Florist | Roses: Rosaprima | Tulips: American Grown Flowers

6 Perfect Places to Incorporate Texture to Your Minimalistic Wedding

If you consider yourself a bride who likes to air on the side of simple, light and minimalistic – we’re big fans. But there lies an often overlooked element that can give your understated wedding vision a major upgrade. Incorporating texture in your wedding is so significant because it keeps your minimalistic dreams safe, while also achieving that “wow” factor! Today we’re sharing a gorgeous shoot that encompasses just that. The creative geniuses behind this design include coordination by RSVP Events, floral perfection from Nicole Chapman Design, and photography by Tenth & Grace. Find out 6 tips for adding texture to your wedding style below!

There are so many points of inspiration for a wedding, and while we talk about colors and florals and other details – we can’t forget texture and how much visual interest it can add to your wedding day! This editorial designed by RSVP Events incorporated texture in a variety of different forms.

The Alexandra Grecco gowns included texture in two forms – a blush dress covered in delicate embroidery and a sleek white number with flutter sleeves. Both options incorporate texture in different ways and both are absolutely stunning! The jewelry by Jennifer Behr and textured hairstyle by Erin Ryser are additional examples of how brides can add texture to their big day.

For the floral design, Nicole Chapman Design went all in on the texture. She crafted bouquets and centerpieces full of different types of blooms, so they were big on texture without resorting to greenery. Tessa Pinner followed a similar route with a cake that was crafted with small and large embellishments to add a ton of visual interest. 


1. Dress. One of our personal favorite places to add a bit of texture to your wedding day is surprisingly unrelated to your décor – it’s actually your wedding dress! There are so many beautiful wedding dress designs that really turn up the texture and transform into works of art. From ethereal 3D applique, to intricate beading, to soft feathers… the possibilities are truly endless. Shopping for your wedding dress can be a little overwhelming, so keeping in mind the texture of the dress might be a great way to narrow down your search.

2. Flowers. Incorporating an element of texture into your floral arrangements will make them stand out and bring that “wow” factor to an already beautiful bouquet. Don’t be afraid to be bold – experiment with the idea of adding unique, non-traditional flowers to your arrangements. Talk to your florist about the various options you may have while staying true to the overall look and feel of your wedding day. A few of our favorite additions include: ranunculus, waxflowers and dusty miller.

3. Cake. A surefire way to make your wedding cake almost too pretty to eat is adding texture to the design. Ruffles edged in gold, a buttercream petal effect, raised piping, and watercolor paint strokes are all amazing ways to make a statement with your wedding cake. Textured cakes can come in various shapes and sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your personal style.

4. Linens. What’s the easiest way to make your tablescape look way more expensive than it actually is? Textured linens. Trust us, you won’t believe the difference it can make to an otherwise simple table design. Think subtle sequins, romantic velvet, or feminine tulle. Linens are such a crucial element to your tablescape because they really pull everything together – get inspired by elements from your floral arrangement, votives, or place cards, so the details come together in a seamless fashion.

5. Hairstyle. The most fun way to play with texture on your wedding day is, of course – your hairstyle! It’s impossible to deny the romance of a soft bridal braid or the effortless elegance of a low, messy bun. Whether you’re blonde or brunette, have short hair or long locks… textured hairstyles are beautiful from every angle and can flatter any hair type. Enjoy the process and go with the, ahem… flow!

6. Stationery. Your save the date and invitation are among the first few components of your wedding that guests receive – make sure they’re a great representation of how your wedding will look and feel. For example, thick parchment paper with torn edges, metallic gold calligraphy and a custom wax seal make for a romantic feel. We love the idea of playing on the five senses – so not only will textured invitations give your guests a beautiful visual element, but they also offer an enhanced element of touch.

Photography: Tanya Menoni | Floral Design: Nicole Chapman Design | Cake: Tessa Pinner | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Erin Ryser | Wedding Venue: Swan House | Bridal Accessories: jennifer behr | Creative Direction: RSVP Events | Gown Designer: Alexandra Grecco | Gowns: Kelly's Closet | Paper Goods: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Ribbons and textiles: Silk and Willow | Ring and Ring Box: Rough Luxe Fine Jewelry

When it Comes to Love, This is What Really Matters

Today is National Grandparent’s Day. Which is sort of a mixed bag of emotion. Why do we need a day to celebrate the best part of our world? And yet as life gets busier and busier, a day like today is also a simple reminder that we need to slow down, to sit alongside family, to open our hearts to the life well lived of the people who came before us and learn from the lessons that only that life well lived can teach. Today, we have the most beautiful love story – a marriage of 55 years, a love that began with one bridesmaid and a borrowed dress – with photographs by the lovely, lovely Hannah Forsberg. And a lesson that after all of the gifts have been opened, the kisses kissed and the hugs hugged…it’s the marriage that matters most.

From Hannah Forsberg… In a culture that often treats love and marriage as disposable, Judi and Dave are a couple that have a beautiful and rare story of just the opposite. Not only are they such a joy to be around and wonderful mentors, but they are also dear friends. I’ve had the privilege of watching their marriage for years and the way they love each other unconditionally is an inspiration and testament to the popular verse that is so often recited during weddings from 1 Corinthians 13:8 which says, “Love never fails”.

While getting coffee with Judi and hearing her advice on love and marriage, I realized that I needed to share their story with the world. During the wedding planning process, it is so easy in this visually-driven society we live in to become caught up in the things that will pass away – forgetting that your marriage is what matters most and that it is hard work. Love goes beyond the wedding day. You only have your venue for a few hours, your flowers will fade, your wedding dress will go into storage, and your wedding album will be sitting on your living room table. But your marriage? That is what matters most and that is what will have the lasting effect. I hope that these images serve as a reminder that love is a commitment – a commitment of humility, patience, and forgiveness. I hope that that these images inspire you to remember that love is walking hand in-hand together, growing, learning, and striving – that yes, while it is still hard work, true love exists.

Judi and Dave’s joy is infectious and they spent this afternoon wrapped up into each other, whispering secrets and telling stories.  I was left without words after spending that day with them, in awe of how tender and infatuated they are with each other. When Judi walked out in her gorgeous outfit, gorgeous Ginger Rose bouquet, and all made up by Erin Ryser, Dave said: “Wow, will you marry me all over again?” My heart melted. There were so many other moments like this, where he helped her out down a flight of stairs and continuously opening doors for her and knowing just what to say to make her laugh. It’s the days like these where I am left overwhelmed by the fact that it is such a privilege to be a photographer and reminded that it is because of love and stories like this that I became a photographer in the first place.

From Dave, the groom… Judi and I met in Cheyenne, Wyoming where I was serving in the Air Force and where Judi was attending Stewardess Training for United Airlines. I was from Indiana and Judi grew up in Illinois, so we had the mid-west in common. It was a short 4 ½ weeks of getting to know one another and in that short time together, we fell in love and promised to marry each other. The only obstacle was I had an overseas commitment left in my tour of duty.  I was sent to Puerto Rico and we began writing letters to each other every day for the next two years until I finished my tour of duty. After I was able to obtain leave of service, we became engaged over a New Year’s weekend on January 1st 1963 at 12:01am. We married that same year in September after I was discharged.

What was important to both of us was to be together after waiting and being separated by distance for almost 2 years. We had hardly any money so our wedding day was very simple. We loved each other and that is what mattered. Our wedding was one bridesmaid, a borrowed wedding dress, and one best man in a church in Judi’s home town of Downers Grove, Illinois.

My favorite thing about Judi is that she loves learning and is very diligent in her pursuits. She makes wise choices with her gift of creativity, which is shown in every room in our home.  She is always industrious and I love telling others how much of a Proverbs 31 woman she has become in our almost 55 years of marriage. She works hard; plans ahead; respects me greatly; is a wise counselor; and is a wonderful model of a Godly woman.

From Judi, the bride… What I love about Dave is that He is a patient man, asks good questions, is not a rash decision maker. I have learned a lot from him. He is conservative by nature, orderly and thorough at everything he does.  I trust him implicitly.  He is kind and generous and has given me a lot of freedom to develop my interests without demanding anything from me.  Of course, this causes me to want to serve and love him more. The most honest thing that I can say about love is that love is learned behavior.  It can be romantic, but often is just living and serving each other, working together toward healthy living with family, children, parents, in-laws etc. The biggest thing I’ve learned over the years and advise other couples is to accept each other and don’t try to change the person.  Pray for your spouse, ask God to make changes in YOU, and let God move your spouse’s heart.

Photography: Hannah Forsberg | Florist: Ginger Rose | Cake: Gingerspice Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser | Calligraphy: Morphosis Studio | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Lace Top: BHLDN

This Atlanta Ballroom Wedding Has a First Look That Will Make You Melt

This ballroom wedding held at Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace is gorgeous all on its own but cut to the first look and I swear you’ll be a goner. It’s the sweetest moment between the Bride and Groom. And that is followed by glamorous touches designed by My Simply Perfect, with florals by Stylish Stems and the most beautiful images captured by Elle Danielle.

What was your favorite moment about your wedding day? The first look… Definitely the first look. Summer knew ahead of time that this was the most important moment for me. And if there is one detail of that day that I remember vividly, it’s the first look. For those few minutes, it was just about the two of us.

Tell us about your dress. It was the first dress I tried on. I was convinced I wanted a princess style dress but when we got to the boutique, the staff convinced me to try on a straight dress. The first one they brought me was gorgeous and I was sure it was going to be too much but when I tried it on, I fell in love. 

I tried to talk myself out of it and tried on a few other dresses that day but a few hours later, I called and told them I wanted it. After all, I was the bride – when else was I going to get to feel like a princess?

What was your favorite decor element? Everything the florist did – the flowers, my bouquet, and the fabulous seat assignment board. Just stunning!!! Summer had a vision and I allowed her to run with it. Every single decor element was stunning. I couldn’t have asked for more.


Photography: Elle Danielle | Videography: T Miller Films | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Inc. | Catering: Georgian Terrace | Makeup: 9 Shades By J | DJ: Dj Eclazz | Venue: Georgian Terrace | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Wedding Planner + Designer: Summer McClane - My Simply Perfect Event

When Savannah History Meets Miami Modern Wedding

From Josh Morehouse, Masi Events and Colonial House of Flowers…  Elsie and Alonso call Miami home, but decided to have an intimate destination wedding in historic Savannah, Georgia! Lucky for them, Elsie’s sister Jessica is the owner and designer of Masi Events. Elsie does acting on the side in Miami, and Alonso does film production. One day, they happened to be working on the same project and met on set. From what we’ve heard, there was an instant attraction from both…. 

From Josh Morehouse… On their wedding day, we were spared about 10 minutes for the first look and a few portraits before the rain came poring down. Although they were hoping to explore more of downtown Savannah, and even Wormsloe Plantation, the rain simply couldn’t dampen their mood. 

Some couples just have something special, and it was an absolute honor to photograph and be a part of their wedding day!

Photography: Josh Morehouse | Event Design: Masi Events | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Dress: Opera D'Arte | Wedding Cake: Vanilla and the Bean | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Soho South Cafe | Reception Venue: Garibaldis Cafe | Hair and Makeup : Bride's Side Beauty | Calligraphy : Tinta y Tierra | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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A Wedding at Georgian Hall in Athens with Southern Charm for Days

We have SUCH a special day planned on SMP! The lovely and talented Simply Sarah is taking over the blog and our instagram in one of the most beautiful little adventures we’ve ever featured, filled with stunning photography and pure, totally unabashed love. Our first Simply Sarah wedding is all about the Southern Charm and when I tell you that there are amazing lessons baked into every perfect detail, I’m hardly doing this wedding justice. So make sure to read alongside the gorgeous imagery (and stunning florals from Colonial House of Flowers) and you just might fall in love all over again.

From the Groom… Where to begin…I would say our love story starts with her smile. That’s what drew me in. Little did I know that smile was going to turn into my wife. I would see that smile from across the room and couldn’t help to smile back at her, knowing in my head one day she’s going to be all mine! Fast forward to six years later and being engaged…I know it is all cliché to call her my best friend, but there is no one in my life that comes close to the bond we have between each other. Every day I look forward to her coming home from work. As soon as she walks in we smile at each other and hug for about 4mins and then get in our comfy clothes and relax.

From the Bride… He’s my best friend, my biggest supporter, and the greatest love I could have ever hoped for. He is always waiting with a smile and open arms when I walk into the door at the end of the day and it’s the best feeling in the world when he holds me like he hasn’t just seen me that morning! His kindness, devotion to our relationship, and fun spirited nature are only at the surface of the reasons why I love him.

When we first started planning our wedding we knew we wanted to get married in Athens, GA because it’s where we met, fell in love, and started our relationship. I fell in love with The Hill from the moment I saw it – the Hill is a venue tucked away on the outskirts of Athens that is a collection of gorgeous antebellum and 20th century homes that have been moved to the property and restored. The homes sit among lush landscapes and gardens. Behind one of the homes there is a sunken garden surrounded by low brick walls, with iron gates on both ends, shaded by trees overhead where our ceremony was held. It’s so dreamy! Our reception was held in downtown Athens at the Georgian Hall, a ballroom of a former hotel that served as the “social focal point” for Athens and surrounding areas for much of the 20th century. It’s new renovation is just beautiful with original restored art deco flooring, two large arch oak doors in the center of the space, marble and white pillars, and tons of natural light from the floor to ceiling arch windows.

I’ve always said I wanted it to rain on my wedding day… seriously. It rained on my grandparents wedding day and I’ve always heard from my Grandma Marilyn how the rain was lucky! The forecast for our day was pretty much 100% chance of rain all day. We planned an outdoor ceremony with absolutely no rain plan other than a bunch of umbrellas! Thanks to a lot of prayers to my Grandpa Ernie the rain held off for a majority of the morning. Right before the ceremony it started raining pretty hard and I was sitting in the car with my dad waiting to walk down the aisle. Right when I got out of the car and started to walk across the bridge to the ceremony the rain stopped.

It was so special to have my sweet dad walk me down the aisle looking at the love of my life. Ben and I made a last minute decision to read our vows at the ceremony. We took a moment during our ceremony to look back and our guest. The rainy garden made for such an intimate setting and it was so special to share those moments with all our loved ones.

Our two venues are filled with southern charm. I wanted to bring a timeless look into the two spaces incorporating soft neutrals, elegant touches, and a classic style. My hope was that the ceremony felt intimate and relaxed followed by a festive celebration with all of our favorite people! Our wedding day was an absolute dream from start to finish. It makes me tear up just thinking about how perfect it was! The day was filled with so much love and we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone that played a part.


I went into our wedding 100% confident about our wedding photography. When photography is one of your top priorities for your wedding that’s saying A LOT! We had the pleasure of doing our engagement session with Sarah the year before our wedding. She was so easy to work with and puts you at ease right away. I would highly recommend doing an engagement shoot with her to get to know her, see how she works, and to get comfortable behind the camera! We were both a little nervous about being photographed and by doing an engagement shoot neither of us had any apprehension going into the wedding day.

Sarah’s work speaks for itself. It’s effortless, timeless, and genuine. She’s as much an incredible photographer as she is a joy to have around. We learned from our engagement shoot how efficient she is and boy is that helpful on a wedding day when you’ve got so much packed into that one day! We were able to actually enjoy the day, time with each other, and loved ones without feeling like it was just a full day photo shoot. After it’s all said and done photography is the one thing you actually get to take away from your wedding day and in my opinion that makes it priceless. It was an honor to have Sarah behind the lens captured the moments that we’ll cherish for a lifetime. Sarah, I admire you as a photographer and adore you as a friend! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there on our most special day. Love, Katherine and Ben

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Planner: Marilisa Schachinger | Florals: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Cake: Cecilias Cakes | Invitations: Marked | Ceremony: The Hill | Reception Venue: Georgian Hall | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: South Kitchen & Bar | Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Band: Fountain City Players | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Live Painter: The Honest Brush | Processing & Development: PhotoVision Prints

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This Jekyll Island Wedding Is Giving Us Butterflies

When this couple first visited Crane Cottage, hundreds of butterflies were flitting about the property gardens. They couldn’t forget this magical scene, which ended up providing a beautiful bit of inspiration for their special day. Custom silk butterflies were tucked into the floral arrangements by Colonial House of Flowers, and a beautiful watercolored butterfly by Every Little Letter was incorporated into the stationery. Yes, it’s as enchanting as it sounds, so head into this gorgeous gallery photographed by Sarah Ingram.

When D.C. couple, Courtney and Chris, started planning their wedding, they knew a destination affair was the right move for them. The bride grew up in Florida and knew she wanted a coastal location where guests could really disconnect and treat the trip not only as a wedding weekend but a true getaway. Jekyll Island was a vacation spot for the groom growing up, so the couple decided to visit and see if it felt right for the wedding. The bride says, “We immediately fell in love after touring Crane Cottage for no more than 15 minutes. We both knew this would be it.” The southern charm along with the dreamy landscape including Spanish moss, historic architecture, and the ocean shore steps from the venue was an instant draw.

“I remember when we had initially visited Crane Cottage, that there were a ton of butterflies in the gardens. This stuck with me when I started to think about an underlying theme, and I ended up having custom silk butterflies made, which we sprinkled amongst the floral arrangements. We also had our invitation designer paint watercolor butterflies to weave into our crest on the Save the Dates,” Courtney says.

She also shares a sage piece of advice for other brides-to-be: “Someone told us to take a moment in the midst of everything with your significant other to stand back and take everything all in. I would say that was the most memorable moment of our day! Seeing friends and family all together in one place having a good time is very special.”



Photography: Sarah Ingram | Coordination: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Invitations: Every Little Letter | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Needle & Thread | Catering: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Ceremony Music: Music By Pegge | Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Bride's Earrings: Mallarino | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab

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