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Rainy Day Vintage Jewel Tone Garden Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 25, 2014

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Ashley and Dan were married at Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on April 5. “We wanted the wedding to reflect our personal vibe, so we didn’t have a set color scheme,” Ashley said. “We focused on pieces that felt authentic to our relationship and went from there. The result was a setting filled jewel tones, prints, neutrals, vintage metals, textures, and lots of colorful flowers and crystals.” The bride wore a cami strap maxi wedding gown with lace inserts, accessorized with hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried umbrellas instead of bouquets! “Maclay Gardens became the natural choice since Dan and I have always loved exploring the grounds,” she said. “He even proposed to me there! We know it’s a place we can return to often to relive all the beautiful memories we’ve made there together.” During the ceremony, it poured down rain. “But we just kept going with huge smiles on our faces,” Ashley said. “Don’t let the small things get you down; this is a day to celebrate your love!” Fun fact: they even incorporated parts of Dan’s grandparents’ ceremony into theirs. The reception was held underneath a tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, candle sticks, mercury glass centerpieces atop wooden slices, and scattered berries. “There was a big, funky dance party,” she said. “Looking around the tent and seeing all of our family and friends getting down made all the months of planning so very worth it.” The newlyweds’ favorite moments? “Where Dan and I secretly slipped away and took the night in together,” Ashley said. “It was important for us to step back from everything and just be. One specific moment though, was when we left the reception at the end of the night and read our vows to each other again.”

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Photography: Black & Hue Photography | Videography: CollabCreation Films | Venue: Maclay Gardens | Dress Designer: Jarlo | Shoes: Sigerson Morrison | Hair Stylist: Cherry Blowdry Salon | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Stationery: Nature’s Song Designs | Floral Designer: Designs by Darin | Caterer: Klassic Katering | DJ: Atlanta Funk Society

Romantic Rainy Day Spring Chapel Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on May 21, 2014

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Jenelle and David were married on at Juliette Chapel & Events in Dahlonega, Ga. on March 28. “We wanted something that our family from Michigan would never see up north,” Jenelle said. “The Juliette Chapel & Events was right in the middle of a beautiful mountain town, full of charm and personality. When we pulled up and saw that we would have room for both an outdoor and indoor setting, we got this overwhelming feeling of a romantic yet rustic atmosphere.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses.  ”The days leading up to the wedding the forecast was grim and expected to rain all day, which it pretty much did,” she said. “But I look back and think about how fun we had, between standing with my bridesmaids with their purple umbrellas and funny poses to walking across the patio with my husband to take pictures under our clear umbrella, it was perfect.” Following the intimate ceremony, 85 guests found their seats via vintage key escort cards. Tables were decorated with white linens, hydrangea centerpieces, votive candles, and mint favor bags. The newlyweds’ favorite detail? “Our cake was AMAZING!” Jenelle said. “It was literally the best cake I have ever had. Our decorator surprised David with a groom’s cake and catered to my gluten-free/dairy-free needs.”

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Photography: Barbara B. Covington Photography | Venue: Juliette Chapel & Events | Dress Designer: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Charme Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Express | Floral Designer: All Occasion Flowers | Caterer: Sally’s Events | Cake: Memorable Cake Creations | DJ: Disc Jockeys Now | Officiant: Matthew Meccia | Hair and Makeup Artist: Refuge Salon

Rainy Day Brunch Backyard Summer Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 16, 2014

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Laura and Stephen were married  in Denver, Col. on September 15. “Our original site was under water due to extreme flooding,” Laura said. So, they moved it to the bride’s mother’s backyard instead. The bride wore an ivory sweetheart wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braid updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore red strapless maxi dresses, accessorized with aqua belts, and groomsmen kept it casual with simply a white button-up, khakis, and suspenders. “The moment I stepped out from under the porch to walk down the aisle, the morning’s drizzle turned into serious rain,” she said. “I could’ve cried, but my father, our friends, and family we’re sticking it out. Stephen was beaming at me from the altar. What does a little rain matter, right?” Followed the colorful umbrella ceremony, guests enjoyed a tented reception with cucumber-infused water, mimosas, and bloody marys and brunch, including Belgian Liege waffles, bacon, yogurt, fruit, and pecan cinnamon rolls. Yum! Tables were decorated with burlap runners, chevron fabrics, and cactus centerpieces. The newlyweds left in style in an antique Volkswagen Beetle after guests sent them off in a sea of freshly-fallen leaves.

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Photography: Stephanie Whitehill of Elevate Photography | Dress Store: Little White Dress | Jewelry: Anne Sportun | Invitations: Evan Turk | Caterer: Waffle Up | Cake: Azucar Bakery

Tamika & Juan 

April 14 

Charleston, 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?

I wanted something that was quintessential Charleston. Charles Towne Landing is also special to me because my parents and I were always there as child. My parents are deceased, and I wanted a place where I had fond memories of them.

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

1. Chandeliers hanging from the majestic oak trees.

2. Farm tables.

3. Nearly every single centerpiece was something I found in the garages, storage units or in our home, family and friends. I purchased 6 new pieces. Mostly candelabras.

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

That it rained, and it didn’t steal our joy. At first, I was very upset and then, I let it go. It was out of my hands. Now, I look back at the photos and video, and wouldn’t have it any other day. We danced in the rain all night long. My dress was a bloody mess, but it was everything we could have asked for and more. Now, we dance in the rain every single chance we get.

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Rainy Day Nautical-Themed Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 23, 2013

Melissa & Joe 

August 25

St. Michaels, Maryland 

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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?

Joe and I both grew up in Maryland and had happy memories of the Eastern Shore from our childhood. St. Michaels was a great place that our whole family could get away for the weekend and really celebrate. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum provided a beautiful and unique location to host a wedding.

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

1. The hanging lanterns. They made the tent and dance floor feel magical.

2. My veil. It was originally my grandmother’s and then my mother’s.

3. The umbrellas. I hated the rain, but they made for some great pictures.

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

My advice would be know that you can’t control everything.  There will be something that won’t go as planned.  Your wedding only happens once, make the best of it and have fun! Up to the day before my wedding there was a 0% chance of rain, we ended up with over 7 inches.  For an outdoor wedding, it could have ruined our day but looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. It just made it that much more memorable.

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

Our first dance was one of the happiest moments of my life. Another great and funny memory was walking from the cocktail hour to the tent with my husband and his groomsmen trying to keep me dry in the rain. It was raining so hard that it just had to become funny.

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