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Rustic Navy Blue Outdoor Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 12, 2013

Kathleen & Jorgen 

July 6

Sausalito, California

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From the photographer: “Kathleen and Jorgen’s wedding was beautiful! The Headlands Center for the Arts didn’t disappoint, and the grounds provided amazing coastal backgrounds. The ceremony took place under a huge eucalyptus tree overlooking fog-covered hills. The reception was close-knit and food was done family style inside the Mess Hall. Kathleen was so detail oriented, and she wasn’t kidding when she told us that she ‘DIY’ed the bejezus’ out of this thing! We always love brides that have awesome Pinterest boards and impressive timelines on Google Drive. Kathleen and her sisters made all of the bridal bouquets, homemade jam, and other details on display.” — Christian Ericksen of e & b Photography

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Elegant Backyard Summer Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 01, 2013

Josephine & Erick

August 11

Belmont, California

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From the photographer:

“Josephine and Erick are a soft-spoken couple, who reside outside of San Francisco. They are the proud parents of Bodie; probably the cutest French bulldog/ring bearer ever. Their wedding was held at their own home overlooking the hills of Santa Cruz. With the help of their coordinator, Yelena Johnson, they transformed their home into the elegant venue that it became on their wedding day. Guests were seated at two 24 foot dinner tables, and during dinner, they were pleasantly entertained by a slideshow movie of the bride and groom while feasting on local cuisine and wines.

The bride and groom chose to host their wedding at their home because their wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their own marriage but also about celebrating friends and family. And they couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to welcome them into their home. Not just welcoming physically but welcoming them into the union of their life. Of course, having the wedding at home meant their French bulldog Bodie and his sister Bella could join too!

Everyone dined underneath the stars, and they ran in and out in between courses, crowding the kitchen island bar for celebratory toasts. They danced the night away in the dining room while overlooking the bay from the terrace.” — Jaime Viera, Viera Photography

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Whimsical Summer Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 17, 2013

Rachel & Chris

June 8

Beaufort, South Carolina

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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?

Chris and I live in Beaufort, and we wanted to show our guests why we love the area. Having the reception space overlook the historic downtown accomplished that goal — plus, it gave guests easy access to places to go after the reception. The ceremony and reception were within a block of each other, which meant we could all just walk over. It worked out great!

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

This is kind of cheating on this question, but I loved the way all our DIY decor worked together so well. When we were working on the individual items — or I discussed them with my mom and grandma — it was kind of hard to imagine just how the bunting, the hand painted wall hanging, the photo booth area, the flags and ribbon streamers, etc. would all come together with the curtains, table runners and centerpieces Southern Graces created. But in the end it was perfect — when we walked into the reception, I was so amazed with how it looked and could barely believe it was our own wedding!

Our stationery, which I designed myself, was a labor of love. From the save-the-dates to the invitations, the Quaker marriage certificate all the way to the table numbers and our guide and map in our welcome bags, it was more work than I thought it would be, but it turned out great. Designing it myself cut costs, gave us something truly unique, and let us really create the vibe we wanted for our wedding from the beginning. Plus, it gave me a chance to discover that I really enjoy expressing my creativity through paper goods. I’m trying to figure out how to keep that outlet now that I’m not planning our wedding!

The barbecue sauces! We loved our food in general (we keep talking about how we want to eat it every week forever), but the “his” mustard sauce, “hers” KC style sauce, and “theirs” Cheerwine sauce was such a fun way to nod toward both our backgrounds and our combined present, and let our guests customize their meal. I even had a few Midwest friends say the KC sauce tasted like Gates’. If you know Kansas City barbecue, you know that means it was amazing.

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

Eating ice cream between the ceremony and the reception. It was a spur of the moment decision. We walked past one of our favorite ice cream shops while taking some photos, and Chris — somewhat jokingly — asked if I wanted some. I said (a very emphatic) yes, and Paige was on board, so we did it. The whole day had been so crazy; this was one nice bit of normal for us. Sharing a scoop at a place we went during one of the first days we spent together when we started dating was also very sweet. Plus, you can’t beat ice cream when it’s 90 degrees outside!

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Romantic Courtyard Wedding in New Orleans

Posted by Alexandra on May 22, 2013

Tyler & Ryan

November 17

New Orleans, Louisiana

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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?

We really wanted to get married outside and have an outdoor reception.  The Elms Mansion gave us both, as well as an elegant atmosphere.  Everything about the venue is picturesque, starting with its location on the oak lined St. Charles Avenue.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

  • One of our best friends married us.  He got ordained online and conducted a very personal and memorable ceremony.  He had everyone crying. 
  • My dad and stepdad walked me down the aisle together.  They both mean a lot to me, so I felt privileged to be given away by them both.  
  • The band, TABOO [now The Phunky Monkeys]. Everyone danced all night.  The band played everything from classic rock to rap, got out into the crowd, and got to know a few of our livelier guests! 
  • Our first dance was to a Joe Cocker song, which was the concert we went to on our first “date” (along with our best friend that married us)!

 

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

Stay true to your vision for the event.  We wanted a small, intimate ceremony and reception with only close friends and family.  We had around 160 guests and knew every face.  We truly enjoyed ourselves visiting and catching up with our loved ones.  We spent the night doing exactly what we wanted….dancing and laughing! 

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

At the end of the night, the band led a New Orleans second line around the courtyard and over to our getaway car.  Most of the guests were still there singing and dancing in the second line and waiving their handkerchiefs in the air.

 

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Rustic Outdoor Fall Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Kim on Apr 30, 2013

Katie & Daniel

October 1

Westminster, South Carolina

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Q & A with the couple:

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

When thinking about a wedding location, we wanted it to be intimate and personal.  My aunt and uncle own Ramsey Creek Preserve, so I grew up playing at the preserve with my cousin and sisters—it is a family site that holds many happy memories.  The old school house church was moved to the property and restored with loving care.  As soon as Daniel and I set foot in the church, we knew it was the perfect place to start our marriage.  The entire preserve—the church, barn and fields—are all filled with an indescribable sense of joy and serenity.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The “Family Tree.”  Daniel and I felt that it was important to memorialize family members who are no longer with us, and to pay homage to those relationships that made us who we are today.  Daniel and I collected photographs of those we wanted to remember and had them framed and hung on a giant tree near the old barn.  It was such a subtle but meaningful way to remember those who we missed on our special day.
  2. The giant pumpkin.  The week before the wedding I was driving around running errands and happened to pass the world’s largest pumpkin.  For some reason, I just had to get the pumpkin and I’m so glad I did.  It truly finished off the barn décor.  (A special thanks goes to my dad for lifting the 100 lb. pumpkin)
  3. Custom bowties.  Alison from Hullaballoo events was a godsend during the entire wedding process.  She created so many special touches in the wedding, and this was one of them. LaRoque in Columbia, SC makes custom bowties as well as dresses.  We were able to “create” the perfect ties for Daniel and his groomsmen.  It was so special for the guys to have some custom flair, instead of wearing the same old suit and tie.

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