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The Magic of This Southern Wedding is All in the Details

Just like it’s the little things that make you fall in love with someone, it’s the little things that will make you fall in love with this Georgia wedding because for Megan and Adam, the dream wedding was all in the details. From a playlist carefully selected to ensure a packed dance floor to alternative guest activities (like cornhole), this day wasn’t just about the bride and groom, it was about making sure everyone was as blissfully happy as the newlyweds! Scroll on down for all the special moments, captured by the one and only Amy Arrington Photography!

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From the bride… Our story began in 2011 during football season while attending Georgia Southern University in the small southern town of Statesboro, Georgia. Fast-forward to four years later in November 2015, and we were happily engaged at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Within a week or so after our engagement, Adam and I were already visiting a potential venue, “Little River Farms.” The moment the tour ended, we canceled our appointments everywhere else and never looked back. Little River Farms immediately gave us this feeling of “home” which was really important to us since our goal as a couple has always been to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible.

Choosing details that allowed people to feel like they were celebrating “with” us was a huge priority. We had an incredible catering company that allowed us to taste all of our food beforehand so we knew what our guests were being served. We listened to every single song on our band’s list to determine which ones would connect with our family and friends and keep them on the dance floor the longest with us. Seating charts were a huge deal to us because we wanted our family and friends to not have to worry about finding a spot to sit or not fitting their large family at a table together. We setup corn-hole boards outside for the guests whom preferred the fresh air and perfect Georgia weather. All these small things (and more) truly allowed us to connect with all of our guests in different ways.

Speaking of details, one of the aspects of our big day that has an interesting story behind it was my wedding dress, or should I say dresses? If you’ve ever seen a Hayley Paige dress, you know they’re irresistible and are all so perfect it’s hard to decide on just one of them. So I didn’t. My mom and sister still laugh about it because my perfect dress was actually two. I took the top half of The Ellie Gown and had it sewn on to the bottom of The Elysia Gown. It may have been a total diva move, but the end result was more than worth it. I was a little nervous having not been able to try on the actual dress before it was created, but it was truly a masterpiece and something I will never forget.

Looking back at our magical day at Little River Farms, if there’s anything I could pass on to future brides, my biggest advice would be: don’t be afraid to step out of the box or go the extra mile to follow your heart. It may sound cliché, but looking back I realize that focusing on the details is what truly made the difference; we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Imagine Video Production | Floral Design: Boukates | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Cakes By Anna | Invitations: A&P Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Catering: Event Wise Catering | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sitterding | Band: The Moxie Band | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's | Venue: Little River Farms | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Day of Paper Goods: The Brumby Nest | Event Planning + Coordination: Then Comes Marriage (Morgan Hereth) | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Tie: High Cotton Ties | Linen Rental: Cover Ups

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This Venue Looks Like It Was Made for the Bride

Can a venue be made for a Bride? We certainly think so after seeing Eliza Morrill Photography’s bridal portraits of this gorgeous gal, with her stunning red hair and porcelain skin shining against the backdrop of the gorgeously aged walls of Illges House. P. Hasting Design and B. Andreson Floral customized the space to the Bride’s vision, and the final look could not have fit the Bride more perfectly. See it all in the Vault!

From Eliza Morrill Photography… What happens when a NICU nurse falls in love with a captain in the Army? A sweet, dreamy wedding day that will have us drooling for years to come. Ivey and Michael met on Tinder, of all places, and immediately hit it off on their first date over Thai food and a trip to the shooting range (what else would we expect from a military man?!). There’s no doubt these two were made for each other, and the rest is history.

Ivey and her team of vendors did an exceptional job of seamlessly marrying tradition with whimsy, creating a unique twist on the classic southern wedding. That said, she didn’t want to overdo it in the planning process. “Prior to planning our wedding, I envisioned a relatively small, intimate gathering of family and friends,” Ivey told us. “I had been a Bridesmaid in ten weddings prior to my own, and I knew after experiencing the planning process with these friends, I wanted to be able to enjoy each moment of the planning and each day of our engagement.”

When asked about her vision and style for the day, Ivey remarked, “The style I was going for initially was farm-to-table. I knew from the beginning I wanted things to be simple yet elegant. It all seemed to come together when I met with my floral designer, Brooke Anderson. I began telling her my visions to include lots of greenery. She immediately caught on to the style and thought of the potted herbs as centerpieces. I chose my favorite colors for the overall color palette. I referred to them as dusty rose and dusty blue. After choosing our reception venue, the Illges House, I knew the color scheme would be perfect.”

The Illges House, indeed, offered the perfect color scheme – an antebellum home full of unique and modern decor, and exposed patina plaster served as an incredible backdrop for Ivey’s porcelain skin and red hair. Seeing her seated on the emerald velvet sofa reminded me of Boticelli’s Venus! Ivey and her Bridesmaids – her sister and her best friend – carried bouquets of peonies, ranunculus, and anemones with a long, blush ribbon trailing from Ivey’s hands. “The flowers were by far my favorite part of the decor. I told Brooke I wanted everything to be very loose and natural, and that is just what she provided. It was magical!,” Ivey said.

Ivey’s gown, by designer Tara Keely, was seemingly made for her, and the Bridesmaids’ blue tulle skirts and simple, white tops were the perfect amount of playful and elegant. Michael wore his traditional dress blues and showcased his many medals (some of which he earned while he and Ivey were dating!) and had one of the sweetest reactions to seeing his Bride that we’ve ever photographed. To say that he loves his wife would be the understatement of the century, and watching the subtle ways he doted on her throughout the day had us melting. The feeling was certainly mutual: “My favorite moment of the whole day was walking down the aisle to my husband. I chose to have my mom and my stepdad walk with me, and I was immediately overcome with emotions as the doors opened to the chapel. From seeing Michael’s face to seeing all of the friends and family who had come to celebrate with us, it was the most joyous moment. I could not have been more thankful in that moment for all of the incredible people we have in our lives.”

The two were married in the same chapel where Ivey’s parents tied the knot years before and were married by a dear family friend. They entered their reception through a traditional saber arch (and cut the cake with a saber, too!).

Rather than traditional centerpieces, Ivey opted for potted herbs that also doubled as gifts for her guests. Classic southern fare was served on vintage china while a keg of craft beer flowed nearby. Guests danced the night away to music played by close friends of the couple before exiting through a tunnel of glowsticks. As for Ivey’s advice to other Brides? “For anyone planning their wedding, I would say to remember to enjoy each moment. It is easy to get caught up in the little details, but those details don’t matter at the end of the day. Remember the reason for your wedding to begin with. At the end of the day, you get to be with the one you love, forever!”


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Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography | Coordination: P. Hasting Design | Floral Design: B Anderson Floral | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Cake: Tara Van Etten | Invitations: Wildfield Paper Co | Ceremony Venue: St. Luke United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Illges House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: The Farmhouse Ellerslie | Hair + Makeup: Anne Robertson | Beverage Services: It's Your Day Catering | Bridal Boutique: J Andrews Bridal | Reception Music: Cracker Jack Prize | Rentals: Outdoor Events

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Our Fave Places To Tie the Knot In Buckhead

There’s no doubt that Atlanta’s wedding game is strong, especially if you’re looking to take your celebration a little north to the uptown district of Buckhead. But if you find yourself waffling on just where to say “I do” in this historic locale, no worries. We’re counting down four of our faves to help you out.

Photo Courtesy Of: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta 

THE WESTIN BUCKHEAD ATLANTA

Why we love it: With over 30,000 square feet of event space, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta always delivers when it comes to hosting magazine-worthy celebrations. And their talented weddings team, culinary expertise and proximity to all of that fab Buckhead shopping is key to any awesome wedding week or weekend. Plus, we absolutely adore those luxe accommodations. It’s just what you need after dancing the night away with your loved ones.

What you can’t miss: Their reception options. With over 20 venues woven throughout their property, you can celebrate your newlywed status in everything from a grand ballroom to a garden terrace. Urban vibe meets serene green space never looked so awesome.

Photography: Amy Arrington

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Why we love it: You know we love a good garden ceremony, and if you’re looking to say “I do” surrounded by lush florals or just steps away from a picturesque pond, you’ve found your winner in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We’re especially fond of the Alston Overlook with its Midtown skyline views and intimate setting for just 60 of your nearest and dearest. Now that’s romantic.

What you can’t miss: The Rose Garden. It features over 21 varieties of your fave flower and it’s amazing.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis 

THE SWAN HOUSE

Why we love it: Put simply, ceremonies at The Swan House are quintessential southern affairs. They’re grand, they’re classic and they’re all sorts of take your breath away dreamy. So are we obsessed? You betcha. And those gorgeous staircases are literally are everything.

What you can’t miss: The museum tours. Guests aren’t allowed to party inside the mansion, but you can offer them tours of all of the beauty before you say your “I do’s.” We absolutely love that.

Photography: Carla Gates

THE ESTATE

Why we love it: Centered in the heart of Buckhead, once you enter the grounds of The Estate, you’ll feel like you’ve literally into another time and place. That’s because these three acres smack-dab in the center of the city are surrounded by tall trees that cocoon you from all of the outside activities. And with outdoor ceremony options that include a beautiful fountain, you’ll be giving your Big Day that historic charm you wanted.

What you can’t miss: The charm and history. This sweet locale won The Buckhead Beautification Award for a reason.

If you’re ready to tie the knot in Buckhead, be sure to visit each of these amazing locales for more information. And don’t forget to contact The Westin Buckhead Atlanta for all of your reception and accommodation needs for an event that is fabulous from start to finish.

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

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College Sweethearts Tie The Knot In True Southern Style

Michelle and Jeff knew that in order to pull off their dream Southern wedding, they needed a dream location. “We knew we wanted to get married at a place that encompassed all of the things we value which is family, friends and of course, animals,” Michelle said. Naturally, they turned to Georgia’s Barnsley Gardens as the backdrop for their entire wedding weekend and the result was a springtime affair filled with timeless style, Southern charm, and a whole lot of love. Take a peek at their special day (including a cameo from the couple’s darling pups!) all captured by Simply Sarah.

From the bride… Jeff and I met during our junior year at Clemson University and were completely enamored with college life full of friends, football, and fun. Our paths had crossed a time or two before, but it wasn’t until the night of a football game tailgate that we decided just bumping into each other occasionally wasn’t going to cut it. Jeff was on the baseball team at Clemson and although I rode horses and knew nothing about sports, we quickly realized that we shared so many other things in common and fell completely head over heels for one another.

After graduating college, Jeff was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and pursued a career in professional baseball while I moved back home to Atlanta to begin my first job. After only a few months of long-distance, Jeff retired from baseball and immediately jumped on a plane headed for Atlanta so we could be together again. Being ‘college sweethearts,’ we weren’t exactly prepared for the trials we would face in the transition from college to real life. Through that tough transition, one thing never changed and that was our love for one another.

On February 7th, 2016, after 6 years of dating, we went from just growing up together to growing old together when Jeff asked me to spend forever with him. It was truly the most amazing moment of my entire life! He knows me all too well and included the two most important things in our lives in his proposal: our bulldogs, Charlie and Sophie.

When it came to planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to get married at a place that encompassed all of the things we value which is family, friends and of course, animals. We wanted to get married close to Atlanta since it’s not only where I grew up, but where we now both call home. The moment we saw Barnsley Gardens we knew it was the place for us—not only is it completely beautiful and encompasses an amazing story of love, but it was the perfect place to host all of our friends and family in one location, including our two pups! Our one wish was to have a wedding weekend rather than just a wedding day, so we kicked off the weekend with a southern-style welcome barbecue in the beer garden and ended with a farewell breakfast in an old 19th-century farmhouse. We chose to have our wedding ceremony in a beautiful, intimate chapel on the grounds and then held a cocktail hour and the reception in the ruins and gardens of an old estate built in the 1800’s by Godfrey Barnsley for the love of his life. Is that not the most magical setting you’ve ever heard of to begin our new love story together?!

We aspired to have a celebration truly capitalizing on the beauty of springtime in the South. This became the inspiration for all of the design details throughout the day- from our ceremony in the chapel adorned in lush greenery to our reception in the gardens with floral arrangements in soft hues of blush, peach, ivory and blue. It’s funny where design inspiration can come from sometimes- during the search for dresses for my bridesmaids to wear, I fell in love with the steel blue color that my Maid of Honor wore. It ended up being the color inspiration in many places from linens to floral elements and paper goods. At the end of it all, we wanted to be able to look back and feel like the whole day just felt like “us.” Every design element we chose was selected with our own styles and personalities in mind; simplistic yet romantic and timeless. A day that we will look back on in 50 years and still think it was just as beautiful. The old ruins was also a huge inspiration to the design as well. There was so much natural beauty throughout the grounds that allowed the beauty of springtime to show that we truly didn’t need to do much!

Looking back we do have one favorite part of the day that stands out above all the rest. Instead of attending cocktail hour with our guests, we chose to take the time after our ceremony to spend just the two of us and reflect on everything from the day. There was dinner set up on a private patio where we could sit and eat and talk about our excitement to now be married. It was such a special moment and I couldn’t recommend doing this more to future couples! During this time, we were able to visit with our two pups too! The photos Sarah was able to capture during that time with them are some of my favorites!

Simply Sarah Photography was an absolute dream to work with! Sarah is incredibly talented and captured our wedding perfectly. Jeff and I were very hesitant when we first got engaged about being “bad” at taking photos. That thought was quickly whisked away when we met Sarah for the first time for our engagement photos. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and we couldn’t have appreciated that more. We truly can’t recommend Simply Sarah Photography more! She is the sweetest, most professional person and we felt so honored to have her capture the most special day of our lives. Best decision you can make is hiring her for your wedding!

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Coordination: Kristen Scott | Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar and Slate | Invitations: Marked | Shoes: Aquazzura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Band: Trotline | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Venue: Barnsley Gardens Resort | Bridal Shop: Bel Fiore Bridal | Live Painter: Paint by Chloe | Rentals: 12 Th Table | Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Wedding Design: Tailor & Table

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A Dreamy Driftwood Beach Shoot for Summer Love

The beach has long been my special place but this one right here takes the cake. Subtle yet striking style and plenty of romance – with just a dash of coastal charm for good measure – this scene is the epitome of summer love if we do say so ourselves. Posh, Petals & Pearls orchestrated the looks and Amanda Watson captured it all for our hungry eyes to enjoy – see every pic right this way!

From Amanda WatsonI am the host behind this inspiration shoot. I’ve always loved the historical side of Jekyll Island but there are so many other beautiful areas of the island including Driftwood Beach where I have wanted to shoot for some time. I wanted this shoot to bring out the natural textures and tones of the beach and surrounding sights.

I enlisted the help of Posh, Petals & Pearls to perfectly execute this vision. Tara & her team did an impeccable job bringing the beach tablescape to life with custom driftwood place cards, an oyster garland and sea glass votives – perfect for any coastal bride!

Incredible florals from Marble & Pine brought out the colors of the sunset and were such a stunning addition to the table. And the bride’s bouquet was to die for and such perfect florals for any bride of almost any season!

The cake reflected the tones and textures of the waves. Cathy Huber brought it to life with ruffled layers topped with a beautiful silver sea fan and oyster shell.

Our real bride wore a beautiful Carol Hannah gown that flowed in the wind and waves along the shore and if the dress didn’t evoke enough romance, it was just oozing from our real couple Karli and Will having it been just over their one year anniversary – what a perfect way for these still newlyweds to celebrate!

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Photography: Amanda Watson Photography | Event Planning: Posh Petals and Pearls | Floral Design: Marble + Pine | Gown: Carol Hannah | Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Venue: Driftwood Beach | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Ribbons: Tono Co | Workshop: Amanda Watson Workshops | Workshop Host: Amanda Watson Photography

This Beautiful Bride’s Father Officiated at the Ceremony!

The ceremony is undoubtedly among the most memorable moments at any wedding, but it was extra special for this Bride’s Southern wedding planned by Design Studio South. After her father walked her down the aisle, he turned around and officiated the ceremony! She explains, “Each word had extra meaning as it was the first man I loved marrying me to the last man I’ll love.” The beautiful moments don’t stop there, so keep scrolling to see all the photos of the day, from the always-dreamy Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids’ dresses to the garden-worthy florals by A to Zinnias, captured by The Happy Bloom.

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From The Happy BloomMyles and Brianna’s wedding day was full of laughter, love, and pretty pops of lavender! Talk about the perfect spring wedding day here in the South. Brianna and her girls began their day at a beautiful, light-filled mansion in historic Savannah, Georgia, with fresh flowers all around and champagne in every glass. Brianna chose a nearby square for the girls’ photos, full of greenery and Southern charm. Her Bridesmaids donned grey dresses and held bouquets with shades of midnight purple, soft lavender, and clean ivory. Myles and his guys got ready nearby in a riverside hotel. The boys opted for a gray stone mansion for their portraits, the perfect sophisticated backdrop for their photos. Read more of their story below!

From the Bride… My husband and I are both from Georgia, so we knew we wanted to get married in the South, and what better place than Savannah, Georgia? It was close (enough) to where we live so we can visit often, and it just doesn’t get any better than the Spanish moss and the beautiful historic homes. We knew immediately it was the place for us!

My husband had only one request during the planning process: to NOT get married during football season! We both attended Auburn University, so getting married during Auburn’s football season was just not an option. Instead, we chose a weekend in May — the same weekend as my grandparents’ 54th wedding anniversary. To honor their anniversary and our marriage, we had a dance for three generations at the reception – me and my husband, my parents, and my grandparents.

If I had to choose one word that we wanted our day to revolve around, I would choose “dreamy.” We envisioned a light and airy day that just flowed together perfectly. We wanted things to feel romantic, so we opted for mauve tones and greenery in the florals, which really popped against the gray in the fabrics. I wanted my dress to have a tulle skirt so it and my veil could drag behind me, also creating more of a romantic feel. We also knew we wanted a more intimate wedding with only our closest friends and family, but we still wanted it to be fun.

For me, I would have to say the ceremony was the most memorable part. Aside from FINALLY getting to marry Myles, my father officiated the ceremony, so it was extra special. He gave me words of encouragement, walked me down the aisle, and then turned around and married me to my husband. The ceremony didn’t last long, but each word had extra meaning as it was the first man I loved marrying me to the last man I’ll love.

For five out of the six years we were together before we were married, we were long distance. We are so excited to finally be able to spend time together without worrying about when one of us has to travel back home. We have a sweet golden retriever, Jack, and we are just happy to relax and see where life takes us!

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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Event Planning: Design Studio South | Floral Design: A to Zinnias | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Savannahs Hall Of Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Lauren B Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Thrive Catering | Hair and Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Suits: Michael Kors | Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles | Wedding Venue: Trustees Garden | Bridal Boutique: House Of The Bride | Ceremony Sound: All About You Entertainment | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Paper Goods: Every Little Letter | Reception Band: Deas Guyz | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

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Bride Steals the Show in Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

There’s something about Southern weddings that pair so well with twirl-worthy dresses, don’t you think? It goes without saying that this Bride steals the show in her lovely layers of Hayley Paige. Paired with a sweet yellow bouquet designed by Gloriosa Design and her Groom looking dapper in navy, this day documented by Simply Sarah is the definition of darling.

From the Bride… We were roommates before we even knew each other. Through a mutual friend, we ended up living in a six-person house in Northwest DC. I had just transferred to finish undergrad at American University up the street, and the five boys were all starting out with new jobs in the area. We moved to Georgia together to attend Emory graduate school: he went to the law school, and I was in the art history program. In Decatur, we built a life a life together. Both of us became deeply involved with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work while living in the area, and found a beautiful community there (our DJ, Zack Falls, is a dear friend who volunteers at Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort). Volunteering also a strengthened our relationship–nothing brings two people together like rescuing a hawk or raising baby opossums as a team. We fell in love with Georgia as our love was growing into its own, and that may be the reason why, when it came time to choose a wedding venue, there was no question of where it should be.

Carmine proposed to me in Ft. Pierce, Florida, during a quick weekend getaway. At the time, he was living in Westchester, New York, for work — but I was working in DC and living at my old apartment. After almost five happy years spending everyday together in Georgia, this was a tough time for us both. But we made it through, and now we are married and back in the same place!

I’m not sure what my favorite moment of the wedding was but the best candidate may be popping the bottle of champagne during our ceremony. Carmine and I had a great experience touring the champagne caves of Reims, France, in the summer of 2015. So we chose a bottle of Taittinger champagne for a toast during the ceremony, which happened right before our officiant, friend, and former roommate gave Carmine permission to kiss the bride. Before toasting, we went over to open the bottle and pour two glasses for ourselves: this is my alternative to lighting a unity candle. I popped the cork and he poured, the same as we do at home, and it just felt so warm and familiar even with everyone’s eyes on us. That, or any moment spent with the goats.

My best advice to future bride is to try to find a venue where you actually want to be. In a vacuum, does it feel good to be there? Things will go wrong, but if you are somewhere that makes you feel happy, then you’ll feel less stressed even when you aren’t together. I know that once I was with Carmine, I didn’t have a care in the world, but even before I saw him, I had the baby goats and the gorgeous landscape at Serenbe to keep be me calm and that definitely made a difference.

We had quite a week leading up to the wedding. It started with me losing my wallet with everything inside, including my passports, before we left to drive down to Georgia. Having to replace everything delayed us leaving D.C., messed up our rental car reservations, had us scrambling to make up for time, and little things just kept going wrong from there. For example, our trunk opened somehow while we were driving at night and a few gifts flew out and disappeared. Luckily we were able to replace them in time!Our wedding week was such a ridiculous comedy of errors that I felt completely calm on the day of our actual wedding. Somehow, I remained calm when things kept going wrong throughout the day, too. None of it mattered, honestly, except that I got to marry my best friend and start the next chapter of our life together. In the end, everything worked out just fine, and we had the most beautiful, Georgia spring day full of goats, daffodils, and champagne–not to mention all the love and joy we felt from our friends and family.

We loved working with Simply Sarah Photography. There were a few bumps in the road and Sarah definitely helped me to stay happy and have fun throughout the day. The final results arrived so much sooner than we anticipated, and the images are breathtaking. They captured gorgeous details like the ethereal pinstriped organza fabric of my Hayley Paige gown, and the varieties of heirloom daffodils grown specially for the day. We are also so grateful for the beautiful pictures of the two of us. They perfectly represent the dreamlike quality of the whole evening. I would recommend Simply Sarah to anyone getting married, we were so glad to have them with us and so grateful for their beautiful work.

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Design: Gloriosa Design | Event Planning: Sashay Creative Events | Floral Design: Gloriosa Design | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Cakes By Carissa | Ceremony Venue: Serenbe | Catering: Gloriosa Design | DJ: Zach Falls | Film Processing and Development: PhotoVision Prints

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Sweet as Pie Americana-Style Engagement

Not only are Taylor and Anthony officially the cutest, but their Savannah engagement session? Well, it’s just the pretty we need to kick off this 4th of July celebration. Think crisp whites, historic charm, and a little dose of stars and stripes for good measure. Thanks to The Happy Bloom for these captures and an extra happy birthday to the U.S. of A.

From The Happy Bloom... Taylor and Anthony chose historic (and beautiful!) Jones Street in Savannah for their engagement session. The street is filled with cobblestone, ivy walls, and so much Southern charm. We spent the early morning exploring and stopping at our favorite picturesque staircases and iron gates! We can’t wait for their September wedding where they will actually share OUR same anniversary. As we (Justin and Amanda of The Happy Bloom) share our 11 year anniversary, we will celebrate Taylor and Anthony’s first moments of wedding bliss!

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Charming Lakeside Wedding With Garden Party Style

The vision for this tented affair? Elevated backyard elegance. And boy, did TOAST Events deliver. Along with loose, organic florals by Amy Osaba Design, they brought an enchanted feel to Georgia’s Lake Burton and the couple, Bailey and Ben, perfectly looked the part. A Bryan Photo and Brandon Rice Films documented as the wedding weekend unfolded, and we’ve got all the festivities right at your fingertips.

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From TOAST EventsWhat’s better than being able to combine an intimate wedding with a festive party? Bailey and Ben created a whole weekend affair which began with a small tented wedding on Friday night for 85 guests, followed by a big lake party on Saturday night for 200 of their closest friends!

We love creating wedding weekends that are full of different events because each event allows the couple to celebrate even more with their friends and family while creating varied and unique settings in which to interact. The intimate wedding celebration on Friday had an elegant and organic feel.

Elevated backyard elegance was the overall mood we were going for with this classic tented wedding on Lake Burton. Every element, from the decor to the florals, had an upscale, yet approachable and relaxed, aesthetic.

We wanted to play on, and highlight, the natural beauty of the area. A color palette of neutrals browns, creams, and greens, accented by metallics, was the perfect complement to the natural backdrop of the lake. The rest of the decor was subtle, yet elegant, from the cafe lighting to the all white cake, adorned with flowers.

One of the fun and relaxed elements we loved were the hors d’oeuvres. The waitstaff passed items for guests to enjoy in antique trays. While it was a small detail, we loved that it created more character and charm to the overall feel of the evening.

All the floral elements were very loose and organic, yet had bright pops of color to draw in your eye. Since we were having so many events over the course of the weekend, one area that we used to bring a cohesive feel to the weekend was the floral design. Amy Osaba’s team did a great job bringing their bold, but loose, floral look to the flowers at each event over the course of the weekend.

One of our favorite floral elements was the greenery canopy inside Friday’s tent. It was a beautiful and cohesive way to connect the decor with the mountain surroundings. It was also a gorgeous way to highlight the head table and keep the focus on the bride and groom!

The lake party on Saturday was meant to feel a bit more fun and laid-back so we took a bolder approach to the Saturday color scheme.

One of the most heartwarming moments of the weekend was when Ben’s sister read a letter from Ben’s late mother to him during a toast at the wedding.

It was so special to be able to have double of everything over the course of the weekend. Bailey had two dresses, one more traditional and classic for Friday and a more bohemian look for Saturday. We got to play with two venue spaces and, as the pictures show, the views all weekend were to die for!

The stationery was one area where we were able to think outside the box and get creative since we needed to include details on all the weekend elements. All the stationery items were illustrated to portray to the beautiful scenery of Lake Burton while sharing pertinent weekend information with guests.

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Photography: A Bryan Photo | Videography: Brandon Rice | Event Planning: TOAST | Florals: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Sweet Caroline's Cakes | Stationery: Lovely Paper Things | Reception Venue: Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek | Catering: Epting Events | Lighting: Magnum Lighting | Transportation: Georgia Valet Services | Transportation: Daniel's Charters | Venue: Waterfall Country Club | Beauty: Claudia Mejerle | Drapery: Event Drapery | Rentals: Royal Restrooms | Rentals: Goodwin Events | Rentals: Southern Vintage | Second Dress: Stone Fox Bride | Welcome Gifts: From Sir With Love

Bride Wore Her Late Mother’s Dress for a Southern Backyard Wedding

There’s nothing sweeter than a Southern backyard wedding. Except maybe a Southern backyard in which the beautiful Bride wore her late Mother’s debutante dress (complete with a red wine stain!). And oh, did she glow in it. Thanks to Eliza Morrill, we’re soaking up just how lovely a backyard fete can really be.

From Eliza Morrill PhotographyIf ever a wedding was a labor of love, Julie + Michael’s backyard wedding is it. The couple, who met in New Orleans, knew that they wanted to keep their celebration simple and meaningful – so what better place to celebrate than in Julie’s family’s backyard? The renovated tudor home nestled in Columbus, Georgia was the perfect atmosphere for both the ceremony and reception. When asked about her vision for her wedding day, Julie said, “I just wanted something casual and inviting. I wanted people to feel like they were coming over for dinner at my family’s home.”

What’s more, though, is every detail had sentimental value. Rather than dress shop for a couture gown, Julie opted to remake and wear her late mother’s debutante dress – complete with a red wine stain – that meant more to her than any ordinary dress could have. Another personal touch? The very plates that her guests ate from. “I absolutely LOVED that all the china, silver flatware, and silver serving dishes were all from my family. It made the tables so interesting and it was just another detail that made it feel like dinner at my Dad’s house.”

The couple forewent the typical bridal party, and instead asked their brothers to stand next to them during the ceremony, which took place in the front yard. Guests gathered nearby to watch as the two exchanged vows, while Julie’s grandparents watched, holding hands, from the patio above. Julie and Michael both love good food and the outdoors (Julie has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail by herself!), so a farm-to-table meal was perfect for them. Small round tables were sprinkled throughout the house and yard, while a beautiful farm table with stringed lights above sat the bridal party and their families. Though Julie isn’t traditionally a cake eater, she made sure to have one as an homage to her sweet mother, who loved wedding cake. Julie opted to eat a pecan pie, baked by the groom! Guests danced to music spun on vinyl before the couple made their exit – down the hill, on their bikes, through a barrage of lavender. In true down-to-earth fashion, Julie offered this advice for brides-to-be: “It’s one day that you will want to remember forever. Don’t let stress cloud your experience. We decided from the beginning that if we hit a bump and disagreements come up, we would just abandon that idea. Planning a party shouldn’t take the spotlight over such a big life event.”

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Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography | Event Planning: P. Hasting Design | Floral Design: Bloomwoods By Kim Nelson | Invitations: Macon York | Catering: Tara van Etten | Hair and Makeup: Bright Salon | DJ: Nick Trotta | Transportation: Groome Transportation | Rentals: Outdoor Events

Bridal Inspiration Shoot Featuring a Must-See BHLDN Dress

When Jessica Gold Photography and Amanda Jewel Floral Design embarked on an inspiration shoot, they wanted to showcase a spirited, fashion-forward bride but with a relaxed elegance and ease. One look a the final result and we think they hit the nail on the head in the prettiest of ways.

From Jessica Gold PhotographyThis project involves a fashion-forward bride who likes to keep it easy going! Our bride’s style includes a flowy gown with gorgeous back detail, a striking bouquet, and adorable pixie cut. The Rosalind Gown from BHLDN is filled with movement and grace, yet also has a show-stopping back. With our bride’s pixie cut adorned with a jeweled halo, we’re able to see the full detail of the intertwining back.

Our bouquet is unique in shape and striking in color. Tones of mauve and pinks are used to further enhance the look. We imagined our bride’s carefree spirit leads to an insanely beautiful outdoor setting, as you see her frolicking around Arabia Mountain – just east of Atlanta. To top it all off, our bride’s vision leads to a simple and classic invitation suite, using neutral tones and wax seals to complete the vision.

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Photography: Jessica Gold Photography | Floral Design: Amanda Jewel Floral Design | Dress: BHLDN | Shoes: BHLDN | Makeup: Ellis Paige Larson | Calligraphy: Made to Flourish Calligraphy | Earrings: Kate Spade | Hairpiece: BHLDN | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Four Ways to Host the Ultimate Out-of-the-Box Celebration

If you’re a bride that does things a little, well… differently, then you definitely need to host a wedding that matches your unique personality. Because showing off that sassy side will only make your party that much more fun. Need help achieving that dream, out-of-the-box celebration? We’re runnimpong down a list of four steps that are guaranteed to make that happen… and all with the help of the W Atlanta – Buckhead. Dive in below.

ONE: CHOOSE A WEDDING VENUE THAT EMBRACES YOUR VISION

It all starts with the right locale, which means finding a place that will embrace your unique ideas and throw that wedding rule book out the window. We’re thinking a prime spot in the heart of the city like the W Atlanta – Buckhead with its gorgeous venue options and awesome accommodations that your guests will absolutely love. I mean, this is more than just a wedding… this is the party of the century. And you need a location that will totally get on board.

TWO: MAKE IT A WEDDING WEEKEND, NOT JUST AN EVENING

You’ve never been one to do things by the book – and saying “I do” to the one you love is a celebration that should last as long as possible. So instead of just partying for one night, why not turn your wedding into one of the best vacations you’ll ever take, fab friends + family included? Just make sure to fill your itinerary with an endless amount of fun-filled activities, like shopping, entertainment and dining at the best restaurants.

THREE: SURPRISE YOUR GUESTS WITH THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES

Choosing a venue like the W Atlanta – Buckhead? It’s the first step to winning over your guests. The second step? Filling their stay with thoughtful touches that will really make a statement. From welcome bags that celebrate your hosting city to a pre-wedding parties at amazing restaurants to luxe accommodations, you’ll want to make sure they truly enjoy their stay. Oh, and don’t forget to liven things up with crazy cool events, like scavenger hunts around the city and a goodbye brunch. They’ve never been to a party this.

FIVE: HOST THE ULTIMATE AFTER PARTY

Nothing says “outside the box” quite like a fabulous After Party, and when it comes to dancing the night away post-nuptials, the W Atlanta – Buckhead has you totally covered with one of the coolest spots in all of Atlanta. We’re talking the Whiskey Blue Atlanta, an on-site club that is perfect for that party slash reception (#par-ception) you’ve always wanted. I mean, it’s a rooftop bar, you guys. (Enough said.)

Ready to plan that totally fun, totally YOU wedding? Contact the W Atlanta – Buckhead today to get started – and don’t forget to ask about their exclusive Whatever/Whenever® services. Simply push a button on your phone and their team will deliver whatever you want, whenever you want it. (!) You can even earn bonus Starpoints for future getaways. It just doesn’t get any better.

This Biltmore Ballrooms Wedding Film Will Leave You Wanting More

I have a soft spot for elegant, formal weddings, so I was delighted when I came across this Biltmore Ballrooms celebration’s teaser film by Jonathan & Kaye Luxury Wedding Films. Classic, elegant, romantic, and featuring dramatic floral arrangements, it was everything I hoped for and more. Press play below, but be forewarned – it will leave you wanting more!

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From Jonathan & Kaye Luxury Wedding FilmsIntroducing Cameron and Zsofia’s wedding teaser film! We had a wonderful time celebrating over the weekend with them, first at their rehearsal dinner at the Four Seasons, and then at the Biltmore Ballrooms the next day. Thank you Amy DiLoreti for your “flawless” execution of the day’s events! Congratulations to the both of you! 

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Photography: Anna And Spencer Photography | Cinematography: Jonathan and Kaye | Event Design: Britt Wood Designs | Event Planning: Amy DiLoreti, A Flawless Event | Floral Design: Britt Wood Designs | Wedding Dress: RL Couture Bridal Design & Alterations | Cake: Classic Cakes And Cheesecakes | Catering: Soiree | Hair: Monica Chipman | Band: A-Town A-List | Groomsmen Attire: Jeffrey Rudes | Officiant: Rev. Jim Crews | Ceremony Music: Celebration String Quartet | Transportation: Classy Car Limo | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Biltmore Ballrooms | Decor: Atlanta Event Decor | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Four Seasons Atlanta

This Bride Got the Party Started With Gem-Studded Nikes

The luxe velvet linens, statement florals, and romantic blue and gray palette of this Atlanta wedding captured by VUE Photography first caught my eye, but the goodness didn’t stop there. This couple loves a great party, so they made sure their wedding was as fun as it was elegant. From the Bride’s gem-studded Nikes to the boozy milkshakes and an amazing band, they threw a beautiful and unforgettable celebration!

From the Bride… Before the planning began in earnest, while I was still basking in my excitement over my engagement, I spent some time dreaming about how I wanted my wedding to feel and about my overall vision for the day. In the end, I knew I wanted an elevated and refined feel that captured our joy and love through a wonderful celebration. I wanted the wedding to have a balance of both personality and style.

When an architect opens up an event venue, you know that it is going to be stunning. Nestled in the heart of West Midtown, Atlanta, Summerour Studio is a relaxed escape from the city. It is just a stone’s throw from railroad tracks and department stores, however, the moment you step into the cobblestone courtyard, you’re transported miles away. I loved the European feel of the venue, yet the refined industrial touches also complemented the space well! This venue books up fast, and I was thrilled when we secured a date and settled on a late winter wedding.

The aesthetic of the decor and florals played on various hues of blues, grays, and greens. Some of my favorite decor elements were the custom velvet linens we had. The velvet had amazing texture and created such a luxe look. We layered grays and neutrals in the lounge area to reinforce the aesthetic of the wedding, and we had custom seating for our two head tables that was simply to die for. Our specialty rental company custom made two elegant farm tables for us and paired them with stunning linen chairs. Our stationery, featuring a custom monogram, also matched the elegant gray and blue aesthetic of the wedding. The letterpress and gold foil printed invitations felt so rich and refined, I was almost sad to see them go! The gorgeous stationery did, however, make opening RSVP cards that much more fun.

Our floral designer created even more amazing texture with the flowers and greenery. A few highlights of the floral decor included a beautiful garland on our cake table, a greenery halo hanging over the dance floor, and greenery cascading down the stairs from cocktail hour. Our table centerpieces had lamb’s ear, seeded eucalyptus, white roses, hydrangeas, sand dollar eucalyptus, and various other stunning varieties. I loved that there was variation in our centerpieces, however, they all complemented each other well and created a gorgeous flow to the room. I think the best weddings are ones where lots of thoughtful and beautiful details are layered together to create a cohesive event.

While we wanted the night to feel elegant and refined, we also wanted to make sure it was fun! Grant and I like to be the life of the party, and we wanted to create a memorable night for all our friends. After the ceremony, I changed into gem studded, high-heel Nike kicks to get the party started! Our wedding planners gave us a fun idea to pass out some party items later in the evening, so we had custom sweatbands made featuring our hashtag. We both went to Auburn so the headbands were navy and orange, just like Grant’s amazing groom’s cake! In addition to the aforementioned details, we also had a live painter, late night boozy milkshakes, a festive photo booth, and hors d’oeuvres that were absolutely delicious. Our amazing band wrapped up the weekend with a party I will never forget!

My best advice for brides who are in the planning process would be to envision what you want to be true about your wedding day and choose what you want to prioritize in the planning process. By honing in on your vision and staying true to it throughout the planning process, you will achieve the end result you were looking for!

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Photography: VUE photography | Cinematography: Rusticus Films | Event Planning: TOAST | Floral Design: Andy Beach | Cake: Lush Cakery | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Summerour Studio | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair and Makeup: The Moore Agency | Calligraphy: MM Ink | Band: Perfect 10 Band | Live Painter: Ronald Bayens | Rentals: Sejour Events

A Rainbow of Pastels Completely Make This Jekyll Island Wedding

When asked what color palette she wanted for her Jekyll Island wedding, this fabulous bride replied, “All of them!” The bespoke watercolor invitation suite by Momental Designs, the beautiful bridesmaids Plum Pretty Sugar robes and Amsale dresses, and the pastel florals by Garden on the Square all helped make her colorful wedding day dream a reality. The end result  – captured by Amy Arrington Photography and Imagine Video Productions  – is oh-so-pretty!

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From the Bride… From our first few dates back in 2013, Steve and I set a tone for our lives together that we would always meet each other halfway. Our relationship was long distance in the beginning, and with us both balancing busy careers in intercollegiate athletics, we measured weeks by football and basketball games. I was living in Orlando, Florida, and Steve was living in Columbia, South Carolina. A chance encounter at a professional development conference had quickly flourished into a relationship that spanned 430 miles. In the beginning, we would take turns hopping on a plane and joining each other for a weekend. These weekends together often consisted of bringing the other person to work functions – our version of date night.

After a few months, we realized we wanted to meet each other halfway geographically. We had both heard about the Golden Isles area of Georgia and quickly started doing our research. First priority of this search was finding a pet friendly hotel and beach for Steve’s puppy, Riley. Through our research, we stumbled upon a pet friendly location called Jekyll Island. Neither of us had ever heard of this former home of America’s elite. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, this small island became the winter retreat for families that represented one sixth of the world’s wealth. Some familiar names that would bring their yachts down from the northeast or travel by railroad include the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Carnegies. One winter weekend, Steve, Riley, and I arrived at Jekyll Island and experienced the quiet beauty of this lovely place and learned the rich history of its club. To top it all off, the pet friendly beaches where Riley could run free for miles on end really sealed the deal. Without hesitation, we said this is where we will get married one day!

One year following our first trip to Jekyll Island, I had the opportunity to join Steve in Columbia to finally begin our lives in the same city and to see each other more than twice per month. Six months following my move, on a Saturday in July, we travelled up to Boston to see the Red Sox (Steve’s favorite team) play the Yankees. Steve proposed before boarding a boat to cruise the Boston Harbor. We could barely make it off the celebratory cruise before calling the Jekyll Island Club Hotel to book our wedding!

We knew we wanted a spring date, and with a short ten months to plan, we didn’t waste any time. We communicated what we wanted for our wedding to all of our great vendors and started the planning process. Many people would ask, “What are your colors?” I’d reply, “All the colors!” By combining my vision of all the colors and highlighting the natural beauty of Jekyll Island and the Club, our wedding evolved into everything we wanted it to be and more.

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a sprawling property with each building telling another story of the rich history of the turn of the nineteenth century. Steve and I chose to wed at Crane Cottage. It was built in the Italian Renaissance style for the plumbing mogul, Richard Teller Crane, Jr. The cottage features a sunken garden where Steve and I said “I do,” a reflecting pond overlooking the river where we had cocktails, a courtyard where we dined under the stars for dinner, and a living room where we finished off the night dancing before taking off in a 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible.

We were beyond grateful for our wonderful family, friends, and vendors that helped make our wedding the perfect day that it was. We wanted to tell a story throughout the weekend and show everyone the reasons we love and appreciate the history of Jekyll Island so much. We even offered our guests the opportunity to take the historic tour hosted by the Jekyll Island Museum to both learn and appreciate our special wedding location.

The tone was set for our wedding with the hand painted and completely custom invitations illustrating the Jekyll Island Club Hotel by Momental Designs. From the intricate flowers by Garden on the Square that were so important to me to the musical stylings of Steve’s brother, Joe, on the keyboard, our wedding truly reflected who we were as a couple. With Amy Arrington Photography behind the camera and Imagine Video Productions handling cinematography, our wedding was immaculately covered so that we can remember every detail for years to come.

I couldn’t pick a favorite moment if I tried because everything from sipping mimosas with my mom and bridesmaids to dancing the night away on the dance floor was flawless. For those searching for a one-of-a-kind destination wedding venue, look no further than the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. To say they outdid themselves would be an understatement. Steve and I were their royalty for the weekend, and even with another wedding on property, it was as if we were William and Kate. Their Southern hospitality was impeccable, and the food was quite possibly the best food I have ever experienced at a catered event. From the endless shellfish station to the customized pasta dishes, the menu and memories of the cuisine will leave us with cravings for years and years to come.

For those that are about to embark on the planning process, my advice is to tell a story about who you are as a couple or even the location you so carefully picked to wed, pick vendors that you trust and work well with, and just enjoy the process. What every former bride says is true – time flies when you’re having fun, and this day will flash before your eyes. Take those moments to breathe and admire the perfection that has been created to celebrate you and your new spouse. I promise it will be the best day of your life. And when the dust settles and you look back on your wedding, you’ll give anything to do it all over again. For Steve and me, we’ll always have Jekyll Island, the memories of the most perfect day, and the commitment to always meet halfway.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Cinematography: Imagine Video Production | Event Planning: Caroline Carter Events | Floral Design: Garden On The Square | Wedding Dress: Demetrios Bride | Stationery: Momental Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Patricia Koziack | Hair: Bienvenue | DJ: All About You Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering and Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Ceremony and Late Night Music: Joe (brother of the groom) | Getaway Car: Martins Wedding Transportation | Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals | Save the Dates: Natty Michelle Paperie | Signage: Lilah Paper | Sparkling Wine: Schramsberg Vineyards

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5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends Your Besties Will Actually Love

When it comes to choosing the perfect bridesmaids dresses, keeping your besties happy is priority number one. Which means finding gowns that are chic, show off all of their best features AND bring the bride’s vision to life. That’s where Brideside and their lineup of designer dresses comes in to play. From romantic Jenny Yoo frocks to glam Sorella Vita numbers, they’ve got you sooo covered. Scroll for five trends we’re all about in 2017.

HUES OF BLUES

Remember when mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns meant your bridal party had to wear the exact same dress, but each chose a different neckline? Yep, those days are gone. Now you can mix it up with color to add dimension to your ladies, all while keeping the look completely cohesive. We love playing with the many blue options available from Brideside, from seaglass to sapphire to that gorgeous hue of navy that is everything you’ve ever wanted.

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BOHEMIAN FLAIR

You and your love are definitely more Coachella than ballroom, so your wedding day look should totally reflect that. And that includes your bridal party. With Brideside, you can peruse their lineup of dreamy gowns that are so, so perfect for your one-of-a-kind besties, whether that’s an ulta-boho look with flowy chiffon overlays or an off-the-shoulder number that is the epitome of romance with a dash of bohemian flair.

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FLORAL TAKEOVER

Beautiful blooms aren’t just for those centerpieces and bouquets… they’re also an awesome way to make your besties stand out. Think drop-dead gorgeous floral prints in amazing textures like chiffon and embroidered tulle and you are sooo on the right track. Jump right in and have all of your besties rock stunning floral numbers from Brideside… or mix it up with a few florals and a few solid prints. It’s also a perfect way to have your Maid of Honor stand out. All in all, it’s beautiful, my friends.

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ROSE GOLD ROMANCE

You know we never say “no” to a metallic anything. But rose gold? We love it a little extra special. This beautiful hue is the perfect way to add a little modern romance to your festivities and we’re totally on board with the glitzy and glamorous sequin options available at Brideside. Want to add just a touch of shine, but not go overboard with the bling? Mix and match the sparkle with solid blush hues for a subtler look that is just as special.

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SLEEK AND SEXY

Your ladies aren’t your average besties, so shouldn’t their dresses match their crazy cool personalities? With Brideside, you can dive head first into looks that are sleek, sexy AND sophisticated… just like your loves. Which means saying “goodbye” to full skirts and “hello” to slim silhouettes and flat-front shapes that are flattering and hip-hugging and so, so easy to re-wear. It’s ultra-modern and completely versatile and, well… we love.

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Ready to find those gowns of your besties’ dreams? Visit Brideside today and talk to a complimentary style consultant about their amazing designer assortment of gowns, new showrooms opening this spring and their Try at Home program, which makes your life beyond easy. Oh, and if you sign up with Brideside by May 25, 2017, you’ll receive 15% off your entire bridal party. Just another reason to love them, you guys. Happy shopping!

Bridesmaid Gowns: Wtoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters | Bridesmaid Gowns: Joanna August

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A Spring Wedding That Brings the Outdoors In

Despite popular belief, you don’t have to have an outdoor wedding for a true garden-style affair. Just take it from Ansley and Brandon who let fresh greens and glowing lanterns line their ceremony aisle. With the use of lush florals and styled greenery, they celebrated with an indoor garden oasis and we have Anna Shackleford + Daniel Shackleford to thank documenting as the day unfolded.

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When Ansley and Brandon met through a mutual friend while she was working at Chick-fil-A they knew it was something special. Fast forward to years later, and on December 31, 2016 Ansley and Brandon gathered with their friends and family at Ansley’s parents’ house to ring in the new year. Little did she know Brandon had his own idea of “ringing” in the new year. At the strike of midnight as she leaned in for her midnight kiss. he was getting down on one knee holding a box with the most beautiful ring inside and asking her to marry him. She dropped her horn and took a step back in disbelief and excitement. She was shocked and overjoyed, to say the least. New Year’s 2011 as the clock hit 12 Brandon asked her to be his girlfriend. Five amazing years later she became his fiance.

Ansley knew that she wanted and whimsical and enchanted theme throughout her wedding day. She chose Ashton Gardens for its large windows and magical feel. It was the perfect space for their celebration. Donuts and bacon surrounded the stunning cake by Kelly Keith and they danced the night away to music provided by Nice Entertainment.


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Photography: Anna Shackleford | Videography: Daniel Shackleford | Event Coordination: Ashton Gardens | Floral Design: Brides And Blooms | Gown: Bridals By Lori | Wedding Dress: Watters from Adore Bridal | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: Ashton Gardens | Makeup : Ruth Lam | Hair : Morgan Rush | DJ: Nice Guys DJ | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Jim Killman | Venue: Ashton Gardens | Bridesmaids Shop: Bella Bridesmaid | Cake Artist: Kelly Keith | Cocktail Napkins: Sip Hip Hooray | Design + Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stamps: Minted

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Historic Savannah Wedding With a Perfect Touch of Pink

Pink is kind of our unofficial team color here at Style Me Pretty, so there’s no denying this beauty by Amy Arrington instantly caught our eye. Set in historic Savannah at The Olde Pink House, it’s a true wedding work of art thanks to the thoughtful stylings of Amy Osaba Design. Join us for the entire event sitting pretty in the gallery.

 

From the Bride… When we first started planning the wedding, I knew two things: I wanted to get married in the South and I wanted it to be a small, intimate wedding with family and close friends. John and I had met, fallen in love, and gotten engaged in the South and it seemed only fitting to continue our love story surrounded by the romantic beauty and history of the South.

As John was from Georgia originally, Savannah seemed like the perfect place and I was utterly enchanted with it as soon as stepped foot under the canopies of Spanish moss and strolled through the city squares. John was already partial to Savannah as he had spent a good portion of his college years down there and we knew our guest would be able to enjoy themselves which was important to us since so many of them were traveling from around the country.  

I had visions of rose gold calligraphy to set the tone, mouthwatering food under romantic candlelight, lush floral arrangements in shades of rose, peach, and ivory with pops of burgundy, and small meaningful touches that would be noticed by those who knew us the best…but most of all, I envisioned a night filled with love, laughter, and memories.

The venues/vendors we choose really helped bring that vision to life and we never would have found them without my wonderful sister who is my best friend and knows me so well. She was absolutely essential in picking out the venues/vendors and it would have never gone so smoothly without her constantly there supporting me. And my parents! They were absolutely amazing during the whole process.

The venues we choose were the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the ceremony and the Olde Pink House for the reception. The Olde Pink House is a gorgeous Georgian mansion that was named for the beautiful shade of “rose” colored stucco on the exterior and is now one of our favorite restaurants. As soon as I tasted the food and saw the intricate gold and silver murals of the James Habersham Grand Ballroom, I knew I wanted to have my reception there. I wouldn’t have to worry about any rentals or decorations because it was perfect just as it was and the food was fantastic. Even more so, Sara Jackson and the staff at the Olde Pink House were the epitome of Southern hospitality and grace. 

After the venues were decided, I was able to move on to one of my favorite parts of the planning process: the flowers! I was so lucky that my sister found Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Design. I immediately fell in love with her organic and breathtaking tablescapes and bouquets. Her floral arrangements just had such a way of evoking emotion and a sense of nature at its best – both balanced yet playful and absolutely romantic in every sense. She brought all of this to my wedding and her team was quite simply essential to the success of that day.

About two months prior to the wedding, I realized I would need some help on the day of the wedding coordinating everything. Amy and her team stepped right in and ensured in went off without a hitch. From running everyone through the rehearsal to helping the men tie their bow ties, they were everywhere they needed to be and provided a huge amount of relief to us just knowing they were there. From there, what really completed the whole experience were the personal touches we added throughout the day:

Joy Fairclough of Studio French Blue provided the calligraphy for the invitations and the wedding including a handwritten copy of “My Very Dear Wife” – the Last Letter of Major Sullivan Ballou which I gave to John on the morning of our wedding as it was his favorite. Km Cake Design made the most delicious cakes in a variety of flavors including pineapple upside down cake which was my Father’s favorite and the cake he always made me when I was growing up.

BP Calligraphy providing our favor boxes which had the words from E.E Cummings “I carry your heart with me” written in gold calligraphy across the surface which was the first poem that John ever read to me.

Waxflower Vintage made the most beautiful wax flower crown from a couple of antique orange blossom crowns I had found. My mother had worn real orange blossoms in her hair on her wedding and I wanted to carry that on as a tradition in my wedding.

There were many more of these details through the day that made it so special and I was so grateful to Amy and Brandon of Amy Arrington Photography who captured every moment. Of course there were the gorgeous portraits, the thoughtful shots of all the beautiful small details and decorations, but the really magical part were the candid shots of shared laughter, looks of love, and those special private moments.


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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Coordination: Amy Osaba | Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal | Cake: Km Cake Design | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Savannah | Reception Venue: Art Letter | Hair + Makeup: Pastel Makeup + Hair | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | DJ: First City Events | String Quartet: Jl Music Service | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Transportation: Vintage Limousine | Favors (boxes): Bp Calligraphy | Florals Design: Amy Osaba | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Vintage bridal crown: Waxflower Vintage

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Romance + Style Come Together for this Southern Wedding

One look through these pics by Julie Paisley and there is no denying that this Bride knows chic style. She designed both her dresses as well as the fabulous frocks her beautiful bridesmaids wore, and the icing on the (literal) cake? The pattern on the sweet treat reflected her designs. It doesn’t get more fabulous than that. See all the pretty pics in our Vault right this way!

From Julie PaisleyOh this wedding. I really have no words. Although Stephanie and Blake live in NYC, Stephanie wanted to go back to her Southern roots and have her wedding in the South. And of course she choose the most amazing venue. I have been dreaming of shooting a wedding at this venue for years and it most definitely met all my expectations. And the trees, can we just pause and show some love for those Spanish oaks?

Stephanie is a designer in NYC and she designed all of the dresses. Both of her wedding dresses and all of the bridesmaids and flower girls. She also designed her cake and it was patterned after her wedding dress! Oh how fun are her reception shoes! I love that she pulled in some details of her heritage.

Blake simply adores Stephanie and Stephanie is so delighted to be his wife. They are seriously the most perfect couple and it was a joy to be their photographer.

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Coordination: Caroline Carter Events | Floral Design: Sea Island | Wedding Dress: Waldrip | Cake: Sea Island | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Waldrip | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Wedding Venue: Sea Island