Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Rachele & Michael 

August 23 

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?

It wasn’t one thing, it was everything!  The plantation was stunning, and the on-site event contact Jessica was incredibly sweet and available to help in any way she could.

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

1. Having the ceremony set outside on the Ashley River, under giant live oak trees draped with Spanish Moss.  It was simply beautiful.  It ended up starting to rain hard ten minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, but then after five minutes, it stopped, the sky cleared, and everything got quiet.

2. The relaxing feel of the entire week leading up to wedding (we spent that week at a beach house on isle of palms with both our immediate families together) as well as the intimate feel of the wedding itself.  We only had 35 guests including the bridal party.  Everyone there was incredibly special to us and we got to spend time with each guest!

3. The rustic, vintage, feel of the décor.  We spent a lot of time formulating a simple, but chic vision and the outdoor lounge area, the dessert display framed by a collage of antique mirrors, and the chandeliers accented by hanging mason jars filled with flowers created that perfectly!

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

For my husband, it is our first dance.  We had taken a few dance lessons and had the teacher choreograph something so that people wouldn’t just be watching us sway back and forth for two minutes.  He loved getting to display some hidden talents.  My favorite moment was standing at the back of the lawn with my father waiting for our cue to walk down the aisle.  I loved having that quiet opportunity to stand back observe the wedding and everyone dear to us before getting sucked up into it myself.  It was like time stopped for a minute.

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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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Pink Vintage-Inspired Summer Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 21, 2013

Rachel & Austin

July 7 

Snohomish, 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?

The natural beauty. We loved that the venue was in the valley. There was so much natural beauty with the cascade mountains in the background and beautiful fields all around. It was so gorgeous! The reception area’s doors slid open so our guests could wander from outside to inside and enjoy the scenery. It was perfect.

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

1. Our favors – vintage looking skeleton keys whose teeth were bottle openers.

2. Our vases – Austin and I spray painted an assortment of mismatched vases from the goodwill in dover white. We used them for all of our centerpieces and down the aisle. Every table was different but the same!

3. Our photo booth – We had a wooden photo booth set up outside where our guests could pose and take pictures. We created a hashtag so they could upload them to Instagram to share. Those were fun to look at!

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

The whole ceremony was magical. From the moment we were greeted by two monarch butterflies just before walking down the aisle to the part where we said “I do” and sealed our love with a kiss. It was full of so much emotion. It will stick with us forever!

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Rustic Vintage-Inspired Fall Ranch Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2013

Maren & Josh

September 22  

Skull Valley, Arizona 

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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?

It’s a ranch owned by a couple and when we went to look at it, the man took us around the property then offered us wine while we talked about life and not necessarily wedding details. It was so calm, quiet, and peaceful. We ended up talking into the evening.  They made us feel like the whole venue would be about us and our family. This was a far different experience and more personal experience than other venues.

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

1. Josh’s maternal grandmother was our minister.

2. The chandeliers were lit and hanging from a tree in the middle of the woods with no outlet or cords in view.

3. Vintage furniture and blue grass band.

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

When Josh sang to me during our grand entrance at the reception.

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Nat & Mike

September 10

Napa, California 

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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?

We wanted to have a very intimate wedding from the beginning (we had 40 guests). We wanted to find a small and cozy venue where our guests are not going to get lost. In addition, we got inspired by our friend’s wedding the previous year – they rented a villa in Mexico for a whole week. Being wedding photographers, we knew that the wedding day is going to fly by and loved the idea of prolong celebration and being together with our friends and family. And so we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least some of our friends and family. We looked around for a while and when we finally saw the villa in Napa it was love from the first sight.

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

1. We both knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding for the first look, and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day – just being able to hug and hold my husband to be took all the tension and stress out.

2. I loved having one long dinner table – it brought everyone together and dinner was so much fun!

3. My wedding dress – it took me a while to find it, but I still cannot get over how perfect it was! I wanted a light dress in which I’d be able to breath (it was an outdoor wedding in a 90 degree heat, and I didn’t want to have a corset ). Also, I really wanted to have a dress that I haven’t seen before on any of my brides (being a wedding photographer makes you so much pickier for your own wedding!).  I went dress shopping with a friend and decided to try on that dress mostly for fun but when I put it on we both saw that that was the one!

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

Both of us cannot stop thinking about the overall feel of the day. We wanted a wine country wedding at that’s exactly what we had. It was warm, the air smelled of dry earth, ripening grapes, and wine; all of our dearest people were there, and we felt being absolutely surrounded by their love for us.

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