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Blair & Jeff  

April 28

Savannah, Georgia

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From the photographer: “Jeff and Blair, reality TV stars of BRAVO’s Newlyweds: The First Year, married in Savannah, Georgia at the doors of the historic and prestigious Harper Fowlkes House. They arrived in a majestic horse drawn carriage with the ceremony performed by Reverend Steve Schulte with their closest friends and family. They were transported post-ceremony to their “Southern Soiree.” Guests were directed to their tables that were named after great Southern movies and treated to an elegant evening in a luxurious garden-like setting complete with chandeliers. The details including the cake were all black and white and natural greens. All enjoyed Southern style food and childhood favorites like Girl Scout Cookies and milk. Guests popped streamers and sent the happy couple on their way at the end of the night. It was a perfect send off on their adventure!” — Donna Von Bruening of Donna Von Bruening Photographers 

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Brittany & Alex

May 25

McDonough, Georgia

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When I was planning my wedding, I lived out of state and actually booked the venue without seeing it in person! The Hazlehurst House is located in my hometown and after seeing the stunning pictures online of the garden wall, I knew that was where I was going to get married. Living out of state made it difficult to plan a wedding alone, so having a wedding planner included in the package made the planning process exciting and stress free!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Every bride wants to be beautiful on their big day, but it was also a must for me to have comfortable shoes and add a little bit of my own style! I choose to wear my favorite flats, TOMS. I was so comfortable the whole night!
  2. Our guestbook. We had our guest sign the mattes of a picture frame with our wedding date in the middle. It’s special to see it hanging in our home and see all the love and support we receive from our friends and family on a daily basis.
  3. Our wedding favors. We had sunglasses made with our names and wedding date on the side. During the reception, everyone was wearing their shades and dancing the night away. It was so fun!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

By far, my favorite moment of the day was our first look! Alex and I were nervous/excited and wanted to have special time together before the ceremony to see each other. It was a moment I will never forget!  It was such a personal and intimate time for us, and we loved being able to share alone time together before we said, “I Do!”

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Classic Ivory Historic Home Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 22, 2013

Laura & Jason

October 13

Savannah, Georgia 

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From the photographer: “Laura and Jason wanted to marry somewhere central for their guests, though they would travel the furthest from Los Angeles, between Florida and North Carolina. They wanted a southern wedding and chose the Harper Fowlkes House, which is an outdoor courtyard in the Historic District of Savannah. Caroline Carter implemented a design and had them married under a fabric-swatched oak tree in the square, had their guests’ cocktail hour inside the Harper Fowlkes House then proceeded to the courtyard for a seated banquet dinner.” –Donna Van Breuning of Donna Van Breuning Photographers

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Rustic Spring Plantation Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 17, 2013

Crystal & Trey

May 18

Covington, Georgia

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We were definitely a couple with a small budget, so the price was great. The theme and location of the venue is exactly what we wanted. We wanted a local outdoor wedding that our family and friends would be able to easily attend. It was also special to us because it’s a county-owned site, so we remembered taking field trips there as kids in school. Overall, it was just a great place for us, and it could not have been more beautiful!  

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. As our unity symbol, we made a braid. One of our favorite things to do together is rock climb. To tie that in, we used our rock climbing rope that we both learned how to tie a belay knot with.

2. One of our very special details was our foot washing ceremony during our ceremony. It was a symbol of our faith, and it showed how in our marriage we are committing to serve one another in a loving and caring way. 

3. Another favorite detail we had was our remembrance of our grandparents, who have passed on. We had 8×10 photos in frames of them sitting on the front rows during the ceremony. They were very special people in our lives so we wanted to make sure they were remembered in an important way at our wedding.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Our most special moment was our first kiss. It had been raining early that morning, so we were very nervous. It was partially cloudy all day as we kept our fingers crossed to at least hold off on the rain until the reception. Luckily, it worked! The rain held off and here is the special part: as we finished our first kiss, the clouds parted, and the sun was shining right on our faces. It was the cutest, most wonderful and perfect moment we could have asked for. Our guests could not stop talking about it!

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Rustic Teal Summer Farm Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 03, 2013

Melinda & Zach

June 8

Hampton, Georgia

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first viewed Nash Farms and saw the beautiful natural backdrop, we knew this was the place for our wedding.  My husband is a history nerd, so the historical nature of Nash Farms appealed to us.  It was cool that we were able to wed in a location that some of the Civil War took place.  We had lots of really neat places for photo ops; hay bales, barns, rolling hills and oak trees.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I knew from the beginning I wanted a country chic wedding, so I began my search for antique teal Ball Mason jars.  My mom took a trip to Kentucky to visit family and came back with lots of them.  It was fun collecting them throughout the year, each one was unique.

2. Instead of a traditional toast, I wanted to do a coke toast.  Nothing is better than an ice cold coke in a glass bottle on a hot summer evening.  This was a great moment in the wedding, as Zach’s brother was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor, and they were the ones to toast us.

3. My colors were teal and tan. I wanted to incorporate that into a fun candy bar for the guests, so they could take home a little piece of the day.  I picked out candy that matched the theme and other candy that was our favorite. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats!

3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

My one piece of advice would be getting a great photographer.  It is definitely worth the money!  If you don’t think your budget will allow, make changes.  I couldn’t be happier with Tate, she was amazing.  She helped us feel relaxed, and she knew how to capture the look of my wedding even better than I did.

4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Zach and I waited a long time for this day, and we wanted to make “our” moment very special.  Before I started to come down the aisle, his brother tapped him on the shoulder to turn around.  It was a perfect moment between the two of us that our guests got to witness.  This moment, along with me seeing all my loved ones and friends sitting in the audience had us both in tears.  They were happy tears, and I will treasure this moment forever!

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