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Rustic Sage Green Spring Ranch Wedding in Texas

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 21, 2014

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Liz and Kyle were married at Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat in Gainesville, Texas on May 10. The bride looked oh-so chic in a strapless lace form-fitting wedding gown. She accessorized with a simple pendant necklace and wore her hair in a wavy partial updo. Her bridesmaids wore sage green v-neck knee-length dresses and everyone including the bride carried a bouquet of white and light pink roses sprinkled with hydrangeas. The groom and his ‘men wore tan suits and matching sage green neck ties. The groom opted for a jacket, while the groomsmen donned tan vests. The two were married under a wooden arch outside. After the ceremony, guests moved inside, where each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece made of pink roses and baby’s breath. There were two cakes for guests to enjoy, one was a round multi-layer cake adorned with brown flowers and lacy ribbon. The other cake was in the shape of a blue star, a symbol of the Lone Star State. At the end of the night, guests were given personalized koozies as favors.

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Photography: Michele Shore Photography | Venue: Lone Oaks Ranch & Retreat 

Traditional Southern Summer Church Wedding in Alabama

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2013

Lauren & Ryan 

July 9

Birmingham, Alabama 

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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 then fiance and I fell in love with Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church because of its historic charm. The church was constructed to be a replica of its original building, and it was love at first sight for us. I wanted a vintage feel that was still comfortable and cozy and that is exactly what this church and its grounds portray.

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

1. I loved my bridal party’s attire. The girl’s dresses and pearl necklaces turned out so southern and sweet, and I loved the classic black tuxes we went with for the groomsmen.

2. I loved the fresh peaches we scored from a local farm outside the city limits of Birmingham. They were so fresh and delicious in July and made beautiful centerpieces and accents.

3. I loved our wedding cake. Not only was it scrumptious, but Julie Hendricks made an incredible cake stand out of a peach basket that made my heart swoon.

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

There were so many great moments in our whirlwind of a wedding day, but one moment that is still particularly sweet going on 3 years later is the car ride back to the hotel. For us, I can still remember that sweet long exhale after leaving the church still on a natural high from all the celebrating that just happened and yet still in awe that you both actually did it — you got married and are now husband and wife from that moment on until forever. A very overlooked moment throughout the wedding day I would say, but special indeed. We really appreciated having a driver, so we could bask in that moment wholeheartedly.

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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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Intimate Spring Wedding in Charleston

Posted by Alexandra on May 13, 2013

Susan & David

March 8

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

The beauty of the Daniel Island Club is exceptional. Dave and I wanted to have an outdoor ceremony that featured the charm of the lowcountry. The club is also staffed with excellent people to help with all the details.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We wanted a romantic feel to the ceremony and reception. Hundreds of candles were placed throughout the club to create the effect. Dave’s groom cake in the shape of a Nissan GTR was an artistic sight. It was modeled after his own GTR. The fireworks were spectacular. It was like the fourth of July in March.

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

Invest in a good photographer. Pictures have a way of taking you back in time. You want to have as much detail about the day as possible.

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

The fireworks were definitely a hit with our guests. Only a few people knew about our surprise. It was a fabulous way to end a perfect night.

 

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Jackie & JJ

March 16

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

It’s hard to pick just one! It was the perfect size and feel for the small family wedding we wanted, and the location in Charleston allowed all our guests to explore during the weekend. Also, everyone who worked there was so helpful and friendly.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Cake pulls in cupcakes  for the single girls, my grandfather’s pocket watch on my bouquet, and the surprise magnum of champagne engraved with our names and the date.

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

Plan what makes you happy, but don’t worry if things don’t go exactly the way you planned.  The “problems” make the best stories!

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

The one thing we can’t stop thinking about is the beautiful song one of our family friends played for us at the reception. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

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