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The lush, green decor was built right into Michelle and Nick’s wedding at Planterra Conservatory. Massive tropical plants, visually striking topiaries and voluminous trees at every turn, the day is a botanical dream with accents in a rich purple palette. Florals and installations are by Planterra Conservatory, stationery is by Custom Creations & Invitations and the cake is by Sweet Heather Anne. Lucky for us, Kelly Sweet was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We liked that our guests didn’t have to travel throughout the evening. We were able to have our ceremony and reception at Planterra. This made the evening much more intimate! And, we had the whole venue to ourselves because Planterra only hosts one event per day. It’s the most special and unique place on its own, and their creative abilities are amazing! They are so talented!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I had been gown shopping for about two months, but hadn’t found that really special dress. My mom and I had a day planned to run errands and we decided to check out this one last gown shop. We started sifting through all the gorgeous gowns, and all of a sudden I saw one! The beads were sparkling, just slightly, and the embroidery was exquisite. I picked it up and it was a million sizes too big, but I decided to try it on. I walked out of the dressing room and we all knew, this was my dress. I went home that night to think about it and by the next morning I called Bella Bridal and ordered the gown.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

After we had concluded the ceremony, we were able to spend a few moments alone together. It was nice to have a little moment of quiet before the night began! We were officially husband and wife and the feelings surrounding us were love, comfort, happiness, warmth and peace.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We started talking online and eventually met at 12 Oaks Mall (right across the street from where we live now!).

Our engagement was very romantic. Nick took me to one of the most peaceful places on earth, Mackinac Island. It all started with me saying “I’m glad we finally get a relaxing weekend to ourselves.” Looking back, I could only imagine what was going through my future husband’s head after that comment. He arranged for both my immediate family and his to meet us on the island for the big surprise. Nick’s sister actually lives in Rhode Island and is one of my best friends. I never thought I would see her on one of the most memorable days of my life.

Nick took me to a high point on the island, overlooking the beautiful blue water and the Mackinaw bridge. Once we arrived on bikes, he proceeded to hand me his phone. He made me a 2 minute compilation of photos we’d taken over the last 4 years of our relationship. The tear-jerking background music he chose was “Good Riddance” by Green Day. (Needless to say, I will always think of this time when I hear that song).

While I was watching the video, he got down on one knee and proposed with his ring cam to ensure he got it all on video. We sat down, cried together and time stood still. I didn’t see what was about to come next.

Still in awe, as we slowly pedal our bikes back to our hotel, we come around a slight bend in the road and I see Steve Martz (Nick’s dad) with his paparazzi-like camera. In disbelief, faces of my loved ones began to appear in front of my eyes. I dropped my bike right in the middle of the street and ran to hug our families! We all celebrated in a moment of love, laughter and joy, but the adventure wasn’t over. Nick had arranged for a family dinner at the same hotel we would be staying at that evening. The day that I thought would be “relaxing, with not much to do” turned into so much more!

Photography: Kelly Sweet // Design and Florals: Planterra Conservatory // Stationery: Custom Creations & Invitations // Venue: Planterra Conservatory // Wedding Gown Designer: Martina Liana // Wedding Dress Salon: Bella Bridal // Hair And Makeup: Visions Spa Salon // Cake: Sweet Heather Anne // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

 

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Occasionally a wedding detail totally stops us in our tracks—this epic ceremony arch was one of them. The Italian styled shoot was created by Olivia Sodi and took place at Villa Medicea di Lilliano featuring details that played off the autumnal tones of the Tuscan backdrop. The floral arch by Varietè is a show-stopping work of art created out of unruly, gathered blooms that work together to create a spectacular, sunset-hued vision—the volume, you guys! The rest of the details follow suite in a bold palette that highlights the destination location including stationery by Grace Art Market and a graphic cake by Sugar and Spice and the details and glowing light is all captured here by Francesco Spighi.

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from the planner: Every couple deserves their own unique wedding. Our mission is to create a tailored day to brides and grooms working on those details that matter and make all the difference. The venue is an historic Medici estate in the southern Florence hills with a perfectly restored Villa filled with character and charm. It is the perfect place to organize a wedding in every season. A contemporary flower arrangement was created by the floral designers Varietè. An arch was crafted on site to match the backdrop using autumnal toned flowers and leaves together with palms and woods giving a modern twist to the stunning 17th century fountain.

We teamed up with Desinare Banqueting to create unique settings for the outdoor ceremony, an al fresco dinner in the Medici garden and a cake corner in the inner courtyard. Every piece of furniture and object used is one-of-a-kind and belongs to the Desinare’s collection of vintage and antique pieces paired with a modern fabric for a made to order. An Italian menu was created specifically for the occasion by the chef of Desinare and handwritten by the Texan calligrapher Grace Singstad, who also designed the wedding stationery that was also customized and handmade.

The bridal dress by Oui Cheri in a soft blush pink colour was tailored on the model by their expert and talented hands with layers of precious Italian lace and hand made embroidery in a cloudy tulle. For the groom, a sophisticated total look by Montezemolo from their Red Carpet line compliments the elegant bride.

An American layered cake by Sugar and Spice in light blushes of gold and soft pink, like a fireworks show: a final splash at sunset paired with a sparkling rosé to celebrate a stylish wedding shoot on Florence hills.

Photo: Francesco Spighi // Concept+Planning: Olivia Sodi // Florals: Varietè // Stationery: Grace Art Market  // Décor + Setting + Banqueting: Desinare Banqueting // Venue: Villa Medicea di Lilliano // Dress + hair jewel: Oui Cheri // Hair + Makeup: Pistolesi Group // Suit: Montezemolo // Cake: Sugar and Spice // Models: Irene Falla + Nicola Miracoli

 

Presqu’ile Winery is nestled on a hilltop overlooks the intimate valley of Santa Maria, stretching from hillside all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The romantic vibes are built in to the backdrop of this Honeybee Inspired Editorial and we’re loving the cheerful palette of yellow, peach, blush and slate blue in the shoot designed by Embark Event Design. Details include stunning florals by  Wilder Floral Co., stationery and calligraphy by Paper Tree Studio, desserts by Pardon My French and a retro beauty from The Photo Bus.  A careful blend of playful and graceful makes the look the epitome of current wedding trends and it’s all captured to perfection by Amber Lynn Photography.

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Presqu’ile Styled Shoot I from Fox Jump Cinematics on Vimeo.

Photographer: Amber Lynn Photography // Planning + Design: Embark Event Design // Floral Design: Wilder Floral Co. // Stationery + Calligraphy: Paper Tree Studio (Christy) // Venue, Wine + Appetizers: Presqu’ile Winery // Videography: Foxjump Cinematics // Desserts: Pardon My French // Flatware + Glassware: All About Events (Caitlin) // Wooden Letter-Board Sign: Bourbon Blue Cards // Photo Bus: The Photo Bus // Hair Stylist: Cassidy Pope // Makeup: Artist Jennifer Souza // Boxes: Box Fox // Gowns: BHLDN // Accessories: Untamed Petals // Linens: Blush Fine Linens // Hard Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // Bar: Bottles and Ice // Model: (Bride) Danielle Davis // Model: (Bridesmaid): Madison Kay Whichello // Model: (Bridesmaid): Jamie Foxen // Tans: Ladylike Spray Tan

 

The Pigeon Letters and CK Event Design combined creative forces to bring to life a soft and elegant wedding design paired with green accents and modern touches. Oregan’s Bindery in McMinnville provided the perfect backdrop for the look with soft light pouring in through the endless windows and a subtle industrial feel, it let every element shine. A beautiful marriage of romantic and edgy shines in The Pigeon Letters‘s hand lettered invitations, the tablescape with black accents, a green geode cake by Dream Cakes and of course the lush, feminine florals at every turn by Metal + Moss. Lucky for us, Lauryn Kay Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these gorgeous photographs.

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Photography: Lauryn Kay Photography // Calligraphy and Event Design: Peggy Dean of The Pigeon Letters // Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants // Coordination and Styling: Valerie Senff for CK Event Design // Floral Design: Metal + Moss // Cake: Dream Cakes // Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Dye // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Kelli Gasaway // Tableware: Vintage Mingle // Party Rentals: The Party Place // Jewelry: Little Sycamore // Model: Anandi Cade // Floral Ribbons: Silk and Willow

 

Bride Sarah fell in love with Georgia’s Cumberland Island years before her engagement to Bryan, and knew it was the perfect place to invite their friends and family from around the world to celebrate their wedding. The couple hosted the weekend  at Greyfield Inn, a romantic historic property with breathtakingly beautiful grounds. Their personalized events included special details nodding to the bride’s Scottish heritage and a muted white color palette that let the beauty of the surroundings shine. Amy Arrington was on hand to capture it all and we’re excited to share the lovely images with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The picturesque, protected Cumberland Island provided the most amazing environment for our wedding, I fell in love with the island the first time I stepped foot on it to go camping years back.  The wild horses, untouched beaches, and no one else around for miles made it the perfect place to share with the people most important to us. The atmosphere of Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn feels like a step backwards in time, isolated from life’s usual distractions. It was a weekend to focus on being together with our favorite people from all over the globe. The Greyfield Inn, built by the Carnegie family in 1900 and converted to an inn in 1962, hosted our guests in addition to our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception. We had the entire inn to ourselves, and the charm and romance of Greyfield paired with the hospitality of the staff was unforgettable. Chef Whitney Otawka and beverage director Christopher Becerra worked with us to create amazing tasting experiences all weekend long. The whole experience had so many personal touches, we couldn’t have been happier with how the whole weekend went.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it?

I had no preconceptions when it came to wedding dresses; I had not dreamed of a specific wedding dress so I went into wedding dress shopping with an open mind. Not being the biggest shopping fan I was a little overwhelmed by the choices at first. However, I do love to dress up and love classic lines and a touch of vintage. I tried a number of classic ballgowns on and they looked beautiful but they didn’t seem in fitting with the outside wedding we had planned. I headed to Bridals by Lori in Atlanta as they have such a wide selection and pulled tons of gowns with nothing seeming to be quite right. Then I described our wedding setting and one of the assistants went to grab a couple more dresses. Once I put on the dress I knew it was the perfect one for the day and venue. The beautiful embroidered pattern running down the skirt reminded me of the Spanish moss hanging from the trees on Cumberland Island. I remember Skyping my mum back in the UK to tell her I had found the dress and tearing up a little.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The rehearsal dinner menu had a British twist through out (I moved from Scotland to the USA in 2009), we had posh fish and chips and then sticky toffee pudding for dessert. We were able to customize all the food and wine selections, and our favorite cocktails were handcrafted for our guests. The ceremony was performed by a dear friend of the groom and we worked with him to plan the entire ceremony and wrote our own vows. The weekend definitely felt like it was designed for us. It was great that we had the entire Inn to ourselves and our wedding party. There were so many small wedding details too that were personal from my family’s tartan on my dad’s tie to the horseshoe that I carried for good luck – a tradition from back in the UK.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s almost impossible to narrow down; we had a whole weekend of memories with the most incredible people, some we hadn’t seen in years. Almost all of our guests were from out of state or out of the country – we were honored to have so many guests make the journey to Cumberland Island. But the most memorable part of the weekend has to be standing in front of all of our family and friends watching the love of my life starring right back with a big grin promising to spend the rest of his life with me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Both of us had been encouraged by friends to try this new dating app that neither of us had heard of, but I think everyone has heard of Tinder by now! But when our friends introduced us to the app it hadn’t been out that long and everyone was just learning how entertaining it was to swipe left or right. Bryan was a day trader and I was a research scientist and I can’t imagine how our lives would have crossed path without this app. When we went on our first date he was certainly more interesting and animated than any other guy I’d met.

With our engagement I think Bryan had a challenge trying to catch me off guard, I’m not great with surprises. He knew I was maybe on to him and we had a trip coming up to Rome which I thought was an obvious choice. So he caught me off guard one night as I returned home from work. I hadn’t a clue what he had planned, all I knew was he kept calling to see why I was running so late that day. When I opened the door I saw rose petals leading throughout the house and I just stopped everything to register what was happening. As I walked in I saw photos strung through the house, chronologically displaying so many fantastic moments of our times together, then balloons, more petals and roses, and at the end my boyfriend all dressed up and smiling from ear to ear!

Photographer: Amy Arrington // Flowers: Island Flowers and Garden // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Greyfield Inn // Hair and Make-up: Kristen Waiting, Helmet Atlanta // Dress Designer: Eve of Milady / Bridals by Lori // Bridemaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bella Bridemaids // Cake: Tamatha Cain Choux Cake Studio // Groom: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Saks Fifth Avenue // Music: Music by Pegge, Pegge Ealum // Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Vintage Setting: I. Switt Fine Antique Silver & Jewelry Philadelphia PA