Amanda and Kyle were married in the backyard of family friends on September 28. “The fact that it was at a home made it that much more special,” Amanda said. “The location had a ‘ranch style’ feel, which went along with the theme for our wedding too.” She wore a Marilyn Monroe-inspired mermaid wedding gown by Oleg Cassini, accessorized with ALDO wedges, while bridesmaids wore long blush dresses. The moment Amanda walked down the aisle was like no other. “If my Dad wasn’t holding me up, I probably would have fallen down,” she said. “Seeing my handsome soon-to-be husband standing there waiting for me took my breath away and brought me to tears.” The outdoor reception was decorated with floral arrangements made by the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Each place setting was a vintage glass plate. “I loved how no plate was the same but all were beautiful,” Amanda said. Guests found their seats via a french door seating arrangement and took Instagram pictures as long as they hashtagged #muirwedding2013. “All the chalkboard signs were made by my aunt, who is an art teacher,” she said. How unique! The three-tiered cake featured a layer resembling birch wood with a carving of “K + A” in it, and a candy bar doubled as favors.
Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain showers, Stephanie and Scott were married in early June at Magnolia Manor near Knoxville, Tenn. The bride wore a beaded bodice and lace a-line wedding gown and accessorized with a floral wreath whereas her bridesmaids wore mix ‘n matched pink dresses. The groom wore a do-it-yourself burlap boutonniere. A white dove release ended the outdoor ceremony, and the tented reception began with lots of homemade BBQ. Vintage china, candelabras, mason jars, books, and tree bark decorated banquet tables, and crepe paper streamers hung from the ceiling. Guest enjoyed the dessert display of sweet treats, including cracker jacks, caramel apples, cake pops, and chocolate covered strawberries.
Today’s wedding styled shoot features a soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. and lots of romantic shabby chic details, including an altar under an old oak tree with sheer fabric, chandeliers, and hanging mason jars and picture frames, a dessert display with cheeky “Indulge” signage and pastel mini cake, and a birdcage atop vintage suitcases for cards. Just look at that bright bouquet!
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The venue felt incredibly warm and intimate. We live out of state, but wanted to have our wedding in Georgia so that my grandparents would be able to attend. When we visited the location, the wood, brick, and lighting gave it a romantic and intimate feel, which is what I was looking for. Although Monroe is a bit out of the way in what was already a “destination wedding”, we felt the venue was worth it. We got a lot of feedback from guests that the venue, combined with the personal touches and toasts of the wedding, all lent an intimate and warm atmosphere, where guests truly felt they held a special part of our lives.
Which details from your wedding were your favorites?
Emily from Stella Harper Events took on a lot of the design elements. I love the DIY feel, but had none of the resources of talent, time, or proximity to the locale, so Emily was a lifesaver. She created an adorable banner that hung across the mantlepiece on which family photographs, mostly from weddings, were displayed. She made an identical, tiny banner for our wedding cake, all using unique fabrics that fit our wedding colors. She also found different vintage containers that also fit in our color scheme, and worked with Stems Atlanta to create unique, adorable flower centerpieces with them. Finally, I really loved that my bridesmaids all wore different blue dresses. It’s cheesy, but they were all different but beautiful, just like them.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
When James looked at me and said his vows, everything else went away, sped up, and slowed down at the same time.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Chota Falls is so unique and picturesque. I loved that we had the venue to ourselves, and the waterfall setting really sold my family and I. It was actually the only venue I toured.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
2. Pictures taken by the waterfall
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
I would tell couples that they don’t need a yearlong (or longer) engagement to have the wedding of their dreams. Thanks to my mom, who is a wedding coordinator herself, we were able to plan our wedding in slightly less than six months. I loved having that amount of time because it was short enough that we didn’t second-guess our decisions and long enough that our guests had sufficient time to make travel arrangements.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Having all of my closest friends and family in the same room was my favorite part of the day. I loved introducing people from all walks of my life to my husband’s friends and family, and it was wonderful to see family and friends that I hadn’t seen in years. I’ll also never forget the moment that they pronounced us husband and wife. Everything was perfect, and I wish I could relive my wedding day every day.