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Gorgeous Fall Garden Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 19, 2013

Jo & Bobby

September 15

Mt. Vernon, Washington

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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?

My parents live in North Carolina and Bobby is from Texas – we both loved the Southern charm and feel of The Grand Willow. The venue was gorgeous with a large beautiful willow tree in the front yard, lights surrounding the greenery and hanging over the courtyard, French doors, grand staircase – it was perfect. There were several areas for guests to spread out both indoors and out and we hadn’t found that classic, romantic feel at any other venue. It was truly unique.

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

I’m sure like any bride, I just adored my dress – especially the pockets. I wore a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding dress sewn onto the flower sash. My something old was a necklace pendant I’ve owned for years and wear nearly every day – I put on my bracelet; My something new were my dress and fabulous glittering shoes; My something borrowed and blue was a handkerchief with blue flowers from Bobby’s mom’s wedding that I kept in my pocket. It felt wonderful to have those pieces from two amazing women incorporated in my dress.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had a personalized map made with pins in the places we’ve been and love. There was a quote at the bottom that read “The greatest gifts we can give ourselves are roots and wings,” and the guest book next to it invited guests to share with us the places they have fallen in love with. We wanted to hear the adventures and stories from our friends and thought if we visited those places we could send them a picture thanking them for the idea.

The dessert table and DIY projects. The favors, seating chart, programs and other details were definitely a labor of love. Instead of a bridal shower my bridesmaids, girlfriends and I got together and spent a whole day working on these little details. It was much more meaningful than receiving a bunch of gifts – not that there’s anything wrong with that – and turned out beautifully! The dessert table was like something out of a magazine. It’s one of my favorite pictures. With the crates and lights, it was rustic and elegant at the same time. We had four different kinds of cupcakes and two kinds of cookies.

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

One of the best moments was when we played the shoe game. Many of our family members are spread out across the country, and it was a fun way to let them learn a little about us and laugh at some unexpected answers. We picked personal questions and played just before our first dance. It was great having our (amazing) MC/DJ ask, who was the reigning champ of our fantasy football league and hearing our guests laugh loudly when I shot my shoe up proudly, and Bobby slowly raised mine in shame. Or clap and laugh harder when Bobby’s shoe was raised to the question “Who takes the longest to choose what to wear.” Of course, they liked it when we disagreed on a question. It was memorable and a lot of our family members had never seen something like that before. Our MC made it light, fun and people are still talking about how hilarious he was throughout the night. It was a really fun time.

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Vibrant Fall Farm Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 02, 2013

Liz & Ryan

October 20

Cleveland, 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?

The scenery/setting itself is breathtaking. It’s the most magical place. We fell in love from the second we drove through the gates and saw the pasture.

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

1. The personal touches Ryan and I put into it. We were inspired by Pinterest to make several things that really made our wedding special. (favors, signs, pictures, etc.)
2. Our cake topper! It was my gift to Ryan and featured our two dogs. He was shocked, and it was perfect.
3. The band we hired, The Geeks! They were amazing, and thanks to them, everyone had the best time.

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

Plan your wedding together and really enjoy it. Remember it is your day, not anyone else’s. We paid for our whole wedding (hence, the long engagement), so we didn’t include anyone else in the planning or ask for any opinions along the way, and it really helped make the process less stressful and fun. The day was really about us and was exactly what we wanted.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you cannot stop thinking about.

For me, it was riding up in the carriage while the bell was ringing, everyone turning and looking at me. I was already holding back tears when I looked to the end of the aisle and saw Ryan, who was also choked up. It was an incredible moment. Just as special to Ryan and I both was the father/daughter dance I shared with my dad, who is paralyzed. He was paralyzed four and a half years ago, so that moment really meant a lot to us. There wasn’t a dry eye during that dance, and I will forever cherish it.

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Charming Formal Wedding at a Georgia Plantation

Posted by Kim on Dec 17, 2012

Jen & Michael

September 4

Richmond Hill, Georgia

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Q & A with the Couple:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The Food.  For our rehearsal dinner, we had a Low Country Oyster Roast, with all the trimmings.  Just when we thought that couldn’t be beat, Juan Carlos and his staff prepared the most amazing wedding dinner, including Curry Crusted Mahi Mahi with Jerk Braised Short Rib Ragout and Apple French Fries.

The Music.  Music has always been a big part of our relationship, so making sure the music was just right was really important to us. For the Oyster Roast we dumped a bunch of our favorite music, ranging from Ryan Adams and the Old 97’s to Country Classics and Top 40 on to an iPod.  We hit random and let it play. Somehow, the right song was always on.  For our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, we used a local band, The Train Wrecks, who covered “Breath of Love” by the David Mayfield Parade for the processional and Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” for the recessional.  At the cocktail hour, they played the song we got engaged to during an Old 97′s concert, “Question” when we were announced.  And finally, for our first dance, we used a live acoustic version of “Desire” by Ryan Adams. 

The Attention to Details.  Thanks to Alysse at Morgan Gallo Events, we were able to add subtle personal touches to virtually everything at the wedding from custom figurines of our dog and rabbit to “reserve” our table and my mother’s old silver tea set on the dessert table.  We were able to use  versions of our monogram on the wedding invitation to have custom monogrammed pillows made. 

Even today, people still talk about the music and the unique little touches. 

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

Try to take the craziness in stride and don’t let the process ruin the prize. 

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

The Ceremony.  It was the one thing we refused to compromise on or take “suggestions” from friends and family.  From the first stroke of the guitar until we “Walked the Line,” it was entirely ours.  We ended up spending hours upon hours working with the minister to craft each word of the ceremony and vows.   It was truly surreal standing there between these centuries-old live oak trees, thinking about how we were just starting our life and hoping that we could be as strong, and our roots as deep, as those majestic trees.  

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Sunflower-Filled Fall Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Kim on Dec 12, 2012

Pamela & Matthew

October 12

Newnan, 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?

You know that moment when you are doing a tour of a venue and you could “feel” yourself getting married there? Well, that was how it was for me when I toured Vinewood Plantation for the first time. The venue is so serene and peaceful that it was the perfect backdrop for my rustic themed wedding. I did a lot of my deciding for the wedding based on a “feeling”. From my dress to the venue décor, everything was chosen when an indescribable feeling came over me.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved having the dance floor outside, under the strings of lights and the stars. There is something so beautiful and rustic about that.

My fiance, now husband, and I really aren’t cake lovers. My favorite dessert has always been the pies my Father and Grandmother make. I knew that’s why I wanted to have pies at my wedding instead of cake! Wicked Pies did a fantastic job. I loved the fact that we could pick out a variety of flavors because it gave the guests options that they may not have had with a wedding cake. Wicked Pies even gave my husband and me an extra “mini pie” that we could freeze (if you are into that tradition of eating your wedding cake a year later).

The last thing I loved was all the little details that were incorporated. This included a personal mason jar for everyone to drink out of, having the guests sign rocks instead of a guest book (the rocks were from Lake Ontario which is the lake in my home town, Oswego, NY), the table with all of the wedding pictures of our grandparents and parents, and the strawberry jam and apple butter wedding favors made by my Mother and Mother-in-law.

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

If you constantly remind yourself what the wedding day actually represents, marrying your best friend and soul mate, then all the little things you were stressed about don’t seem so bad anymore. I had to ask myself many times, “Will the guests even care if this isn’t included or if this looks like this?” The other thing I would offer is that there is something very fulfilling about having DIY elements in a wedding. It is a personal touch that guests will appreciate. Lastly, even up until the day of the wedding there may be some things that don’t go exactly how you planned them to.  Just know that in the end it will all work out even better than you planned.

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Inspiration for your wedding decor can come from anywhere – and a favorite movie, especially a classic film like the1952  Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds favorite Singin’ in the Rain, is a great place to start. We love how the creative Savannah-based vendor team, lead by Morgan Gallo Events and Azelle Photography, took this idea to heart by creating a style shoot full of Old Hollywood glamour and a touch of whimsy. Of particular note are the bright color palette, old school-meets-modern lounge area, raindrop-inspired details at every turn (love that cake!), and the vintage umbrellas hanging above the dance floor. Who said that rain on your wedding day is a bad thing? Check out the stunning, inspiring photos below – plus a bonus video from this gorgeous shoot.

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