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Michelle Landreau, of Morning Light Photography, often documents big southern weddings “filled with folks with even bigger hearts and lots of gorgeous details.” We all love a big bash, but Michelle began to wonder what it would look like if all the warmth and sentiments of those large gatherings were encapsulated in a small, intimate affair. Cue this gorgeous shoot at Cheekwood Garden, a collaboration of top-notch professionals with art design by Lauren Ledbetter, coordination by Linley Stokes, late summer florals by Vintage Florals and beautiful calligraphy stationery by Spurlé Gul Studio. It’s true romance in the garden and we’re thrilled that Morning Light captured it all in her signature fine-art style.

From the photographer: Working with graphic designer, Lauren Ledbetter, and a team of wedding experts brought a unique and fresh approach to this emotive concept. Every detail worked together to create the perfect tension between timeless South and easy modern. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens played host to our shoot, providing a classic and lush backdrop.

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Forgoing the double-digit wedding party, our couple assisted each other in getting ready, a tender take on a First Look, and followed with perfectly-lit portraits on the grounds. Their reception table designed by Lauren Ledbetter and 12th Table elegantly displayed loose floral arrangements anchored in brass and accented by clean, white place settings and chairs.

A favorite detail came from Spurlé Gul Studios: organic calligraphy scribed on handmade paper. No wedding is complete without cake and champagne, and this was no exception! Tessa Pinner provided a chai cake with berry filling and frosted in painterly vanilla buttercream that echoes the optimism of a blue sky.

Photography: Michelle Landreau, Morning Light // Design: Lauren Ledbetter // Coordination: Linley Stokes // Florals: Melissa Broadwell, Vintage Florals // Stationery: Spurlé Gul Studio // Venue: Cheekwood Garden // Gown: Christos Reina from The Dress Theory // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros  // Rentals: 12th Table // Cake: Tessa Pinner // Ring: Trumpet & Horn

 

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Have you found the perfect wedding shoe yet? We totally know it can be a challenge, so we get super excited when we see new, inspiring options. We’re loving Bella Belle’s Enchanted collection and this stunning editorial shoot at Chateau Cocomar they sent over to us. Not only are the shoes gorg, but the dreamy styling by wedding guru Joy Proctor Design is so perfect for our European-inspired brides. The chaise lounge floral installation Bows and Arrows is crazy-amazing and the gowns and accessories are fab. We know you’ll be into it all—and, seriously, who wouldn’t be with these incredible images by Kurt Boomer.

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Shoes: Bella Belle // Photography: Kurt Boomer // Creative Direction and Styling: Joy Proctor Design // Floral Design: Bows and Arrows // Venue: Chateau Cocomar // Gowns: Galia Lahav / Watters // Veil and Lingerie: Girl and a Serious Dream // Hair Accessories: Maria Elena / Bekah Anne // HMU: Hey Lovely Make Up // Cinematographer: Elysian Fine Art // Model: Amy Work at Neal Hamil Agency // Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery // Rental: Aztec Events and Tents // Ring Box: The Mrs Box

 

This shoot with creative direction by Natalie Papova was inspired by old English farm houses, soft fabrics and botanical illustration. Brittany Village in Northern California provided the backdrop giving the team a chance to incorporate English architecture and give a refined feel to the images. The talented Esther Clark created a rich and sophisticated invitation suite, full of beautiful details and garden-inspired illustration while Amanda Vidmar created a gathered, soft bouquet perfect for the mood. Lucky for us Yourdreamphoto was on hand to capture all the beauty.

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Styling & Creative Direction: Natalie Papova // Photography: Yourdreamphoto // Invitation Suite: Esther Clark // Florals: Amanda Vidmar // Makeup and Hair: Jasmine Chan // Models: Sami Swanson & Jeff Dean

 

The look is moody and marbled in today’s inspiration shoot styled around the stunning gray marbled skirt bySweet Caroline Styles. Set in  the white sandstone and mica cliff sides of the Ojito wilderness and styled by For The Love Events, the team played up the marble gown by repeating the classic gray and white detailing in the details including an invitation suite by Eleven and West, and the smokey grey marble fondant cake by Maggie’s Cakes. The contrasting floral palette light peach and dusty pink was inspired by a vintage hand marbled paper and incorporated into romantic florals by Renegade Floral. The moody table complete with black tapers and organic geodes includes rentals from RUST vintage. If drama in the desert is what you’re working for, then you’re in luck as it;s all captured beautifully in these images by Alicia Lucia Photography.

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Photo: Alicia Lucia Photography // Styling & Design: For The Love Events // Floral: Renegade Floral // Stationery: Eleven and West // Dress: Sweet Caroline Styles // Hair/Makeup: Genica Lee // Ribbon: HoneySilks & Co. // Cake: Maggie’s Cakes // Jewelry: Chela Gurnee // Linen: La Tavola // Rentals: Rust Vintage

 

Bonnie Sen Photography  and Bright Occasions were inspired by the artistic and whimsical nature of music to create this wedding inspiration shoot that flowed smoothly with elements of lush foliage and perfect blooms by Petals by the Shore and gorgeous paper by The Dandelion Patch. Set at the National Cathedral School, the overall mood, story and color palette is soft and romantic, with added surprises of modern elements. We’re loving the highlights including piano escort card display, painted marble backdrop, and the vintage gold bar cart used two ways. Get inspired when you check out all the gorgeous images by Bonnie Sen Photography.

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From the creative team: Our beautiful bride is wearing a soft blue-gray bridal gown and lace coverlet by pas de deux bridal, with understated and natural hair and makeup. The lace coverlet is a perfect addition for winter months and also gives the look of separates, which is a trend we are seeing a lot more of in bridal fashion. We chose pas de deux, which literally means a dance for two, perfect for our music-inspired shoot. Their romantic and versatile line of gowns and separates are both fresh and timeless.

We emphasized the organic movement of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception details. Our bride and groom are surrounded by beautiful foliage in a way that feels as though it is growing up and around them. The 25 foot long gray marble hand painted backdrop and aisle anchors the space, giving it added depth and richness. The painted backdrop is also a perfect compliment to the blush and gray watercolor invitation and stationery set with modern gold lettering.

The gold vintage bar cart was a perfect addition for the shoot and became a great way to display our wedding cake and dessert table, as well as for our grapefruit and thyme cocktail and bar set-up. Finally, our long dinner table brought the whole look together. The lush flowers and candlelight on the table with a backdrop of rich greenery to bring the outdoors in and offer a sweet surprise to the reception. The soft gray linen, white dinner plates, gold flatware and mix and match glassware fit with the simple and elegant aesthetic of the shoot. And the clear lucite chairs give the table a contemporary look, while fitting in with the timeless design.

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography // Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions // Florist: Petals by the Shore, Kelly Shore // Invitation Suite: The Dandelion Patch // Venue: National Cathedral School // Dress Designer: pas de deux bridal // Suit: Alton Lane // Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes // Wedding Gift: Marigold & Grey // Hair Stylist/Make-up Artist: Amie Decker Beauty // Artist: By Brittany Branson // Drape: Drape Kings // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Rentals: Select Event Group // Vintage Furniture: Something Vintage// Models: (Bride) Anastasiia Putkova / (Groom) Sepehr Hajireza