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This gorgeous styled shoot from our friends over at Forage + Film offers some stunning—and a little unexpected—inspiration that’s perfect for a holiday or winter wedding. We love the dusty blue, bright red and black color palette and the vintage textures like velvet, tulle and sequins that designers Happily Ever After and Greenhouse Picker Sisters bring into the details. The tablescape is dripping in both florals by Flowers on Broad Street flanked by bowls of berries and the cake by Sugar Euphoria is an organic masterpiece. Lucky for us, Forage + Film was behind the lens to capture all the inspiration and we know you’re going to love it!

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Photographer: Forage + Film // Design and Decor: Happily Ever After // Design and Decor:  Greenhouse Picker Sisters // Floral Designer:  Flowers on Broad Street // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:  Arrow and Sage // Event Venue:  The Merrimon-Wynne House // Caterer: Beau Catering // Dress Designer: BHLDN // Hair Stylist: LULA Hair Makeup //Cake Designer:  Sugar Euphoria

 

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Brittany and Wes planned a gorgeous wedding day rooted in Southern traditions, while at the same time, expressing the creative free-spirits of the couple. The atmosphere at their “festive secret garden party” at The Hill, was joy-filled, warm and filled with stunning details planned by Molly McKinley Designs. Some of our favorites are the rustic calligraphy signage by Bohemian Ink and the show-stopping, overflowing bouquet by Estorie. We love the couples’ mix of bohemian and classic styles and there was no one better to photograph all the fabulous moments of the day then Rustic White Photography. Check this one out—we know you’ll love it!

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

The dress is an Anna Campbell gown. During the ring-shopping and dress-shopping processes, I had a hard time finding pieces that truly felt personal. As a designer, I value unique qualities, often hand-making my own version of things I can’t find. My fiancé and I went down the custom-design path for my engagement ring, and I planned to do the same, re-fashioning my mom’s wedding gown, until I found two new designers that encapsulated everything I could have imagined without having to go through the tedious custom processes. Heidi Gibson retro-fitted my mom’s original engagement ring into a masterpiece and Anna Campbell’s customizations to her dress styles felt unique while still traditional, bohemian and ethereal, sparkly and romantic all at the same time. It was love at first sight!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From the evening we got engaged, I was asked again and again about our wedding “theme,” “vision,” or “color palette.” Perhaps because I’m an identity designer, but I never had a concept to answer the question until it all developed. It’s really a hard thing to boil your relationship down to a party theme or singular essence. In many ways we’re creative and free-spirited, but we also appreciate the depth and ritual of tradition. In the end we made highly personal decisions: choosing our favorite little town, picking a potentially impractical, but truly magical outdoor location for steamy mid-May, adapting the Southern traditions that made sense to us and ditching the ones that didn’t. It was in the culmination of those decisions that a phrase emerged to help vendors and friends wrap their head around the day. We wanted to throw a “festive secret garden party.” Intimate yet lively. Dashing yet natural. Etherial yet classic. The day became a mix of bohemian scripts on hand-pressed papers, crisp black tuxedos, wild, sculptural florals, hand-died napkins, old-fashioned cocktails, and the mingling of warm spirits. The ceremony was all about a unique gathering of individuals coming together to witness our covenant to God, toward the cross. It was worshipful and deeply meaningful. The cocktail hour and reception was truly a time-stopping moment of celebration, for both young and old (my 90 year old great great uncle out on the dance floor!). My greatest wedding treasures from the day are our coffee table bible where guests marked their favorite passages, our wedding video and photos (as photographers, these are a no-duh) and a collection of recipes from our families and my bridesmaids that my Matron of Honor gifted me with as a surprise.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The unplanned moments really stood out. Watching the junior bridesmaids head out to the fields to find wildflowers for our hair, my dad bringing me a honeysuckle latte right when I woke up, accidentally hearing the band rehearse not one but two surprise songs and breaking out into a dance with the wedding party. Little surprises are better than the most perfectly planned parts.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My favorite story is how we met, because we love stories and it’s a wild one. We met in fourth grade — teachers’ kids and both very nerdy. Wes was really into sports jerseys. We went to different middle schools before I moved to Missouri, but we ran into each other nine years later as freshmen at the University of Georgia. We were supposed to go on a date, but it didn’t happen until four years later, our fifth year. We’d both been photojournalism majors all along but didn’t know it until his schedule got mixed up and he landed in my class. While both in Columbia, Missouri (of all places) for the first ever UGA/Mizzou game, sparks flew and we firmly decided to finally have that first date.

Leading up to engagement we’d laugh at how it felt like we’d been together forever and also how fast our relationship had flown. I don’t know when we knew we loved each other or were going to get married, because in many ways we were in rhythm from our first date forward. I continuously found myself believing this thing couldn’t really be real and really be this natural or wonderful. The engagement was thoughtful and a killer time. He tricked me into believing I was planning a getaway for my best friend (duping the master planner) and showed up in Athens to journey me around campus stopping for a private tour of the stadium, and other special places to us and our families. He took me into our old classroom as he’d prepared a documentary of our lives together thus far. Then he proposed on campus and had friends + family, from almost every corner of the U.S., waiting at our favorite bar.

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Brittany x Wes // Highlight from Rusticus Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Rustic White Photography // Planning & Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Videography: Rustics Films // Reception & Wedding Party Florals: Gardenia Floral // Bridal Bouquet, Flower Crown, Head Table & Signage Florals: Estorie // Print Design  and  Signage: Brittany Blankenship at Matchstic // Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink // Venue: The Hill // Cake: Cecilia’s Cakes // Band: A-Town-A-List // Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Dress Designer: Anna Campbell // Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory // Bridesmaids Dresses: Various Designers // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux // Shoe Designer: Something Blue by Betsey Johnson // Catering: Epting Events // Linens: BBJ Linen // Reception Tent & Chargers: Peach Tree Tents // Furniture & Speciality Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder // Farm Table & Chair Rentals: Barron’s Rentals

 

‘Tis the season of one of our favorite things here at Grey Like Weddings—curling up under our faux-fur throws and sipping on hot toddies while admiring our lovely (though painstakingly-arranged-but-looks-casually-elegant) holiday decor. Sounds perfect, right? Well this adorable winter editorial from incredible talent, Kati Mallory, is essentially the bridal inspiration incarnation of our favorite cold-weather past time. It’s filled to the brim with cozy knitted texture, a simplified, bare tablescape and a winter color palette of neutral ivory, gray and brown. Kati, photographer and stylist, chose to “…photograph this in the middle of the woods – one, because it paired so well with our color palette – but also because it really highlighted the bareness of winter.” Florist Silks A Bloom created a stunning and muted winter bouquet incorporating soft, white flowers and lots of evergreen-centered greenery – plants that thrive during this time of year. So if you’re looking for something to kick you into the seasonal spirit, this is just the thing and we know you’re going to love it!

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Textured Winter Style Shoot from Betwixt Magnolias on Vimeo.

Photography and Styling: Kati Mallory // Styling: Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design //  Florals: Silks A Bloom // Videographer: Betwixt Magnolias // Makeup: Megan Irwin // Hair: Heather Copeland Caracalla Salon & Body Spa // Cake: Natalie Madison Cakes // Dress: Wtoo by Watters /Proposal’s Boutique // Models: Rachel Rhinehart and Tyler Bridges

 

 

Michele and David celebrated their big day with a lovely outdoor celebration at Blooming Hill Farm. We love the rustic styling of the ceremony which included natural tree bark benches and a birch chuppa as well as the gorgeous wildflower-inspired florals by GBC Style Flowers sprinkeled throughout the tented reception. The color palette included pops of red, merlot and real lavender and is offset by the stunning bridal party in deep green gowns. But, we can not continue without a shout out to the bride’s BREATHTAKING Anne Barge Bridal gown. It’s elegant and timeless and beyond photogenic. Lucky for us Photo by Basia was on hand to capture the bride, her perfectly tailored groom and all the lovely details of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The ceremony was so special. We decided to have a family friend, Rob Gordon, officiate our wedding. The Gordons have known my husband’s family for many years and so it was truly such a personal, heartfelt ceremony. Rob really knocked it out of the park!

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

We had been shopping for almost a month – visited a handful of boutiques and tried on almost every gown imaginable! We finally had our appointment at Kleinfeld. I was on my way back to the dressing room when I saw the dress hanging, just waiting for me to set my eyes on it. I thought, “Hmm, I think i should try this on.” Once I came out in it and showed my family, I knew it was the one. It fit so well, was sexy, classic, all the things I wanted in my dress. I felt so comfortable in it. Meant to be! The dress was part of a two-day trunk show and was only going to be in the store for one more day. Our consultant, Paula, was kind enough to meet us early the next morning to try it on again. And that was that!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband had a great idea of gathering his close friends from his work at a restaurant to pour champagne for the toasts. He found six double magnums of beautiful rose champagne and each friend took a bottle and walked around the tables, pouring for guests. It was great, they were really happy to be a part of our special day.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many great memories, I think the best memory was when my sister’s boyfriend got on stage and sang the hora. I had no idea until someone told me to look at the stage and there Joey was, belting it out! He did such a great job, the band told him to keep going!

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Tell us how you met.

David and I met in college…our freshman year dorms were actually right next to each other (separated by a stairwell) and we had no idea until years later! I am very close friends with a girl he went to high school with (I also met her in college), so we would run into each other every now and then, but the timing wasn’t right until senior year when we decided to start dating…and now here we are!

 

Michele & David – Trailer Film (Basic) :: NST Pictures Blooming Hill Farm Wedding Video from NST Pictures on Vimeo.

Photographer: Photo by Basia // Cinematographer: NST Pictures // Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Benanti // Florist: GBC Style Flowers // Venue: Blooming Hill Farm // Wedding Gown: Anne Barge Bridal // Groom Attire: J. Crew // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Reformation // Band: Escapade, Craig Scott Entertainment // Tabletop Rentals: Cartwright & Daughters // Wedding Cake: Lulu’s Bakery // Favors: Nunu Chocolates // Photobooth: Magbooth // Transportation: Art LimosWest Point Tours // Tent Rental: Sperry Tents // Officiant: Rob Gordon

 

This shoot, planned by Ivory & Vine Event Co., was inspired by the venue itself; its gorgeous tree-lined private drive, opening up into a sprawling, shaded grove was the perfect setting for an intimate autumn wedding. The dove grey, soft blues and dusty cedar tones of the color palette comlimented the lush greens of The Grove beautifully. And did we mention the florals by Oh Deery Floral?! They’re large, luscious, and full of organic greens and muted, dusty tones. We’re totally loving the combination of dreamy and cozy details—truly perfect for the season and lucky for us, Stephanie Brazzle Photography was behind the lens to capture all the gorgeous moments.

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Planning & Design: Ivory & Vine Event Co. // Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography // Floral: Oh Deery Floral // Venue: The Grove // Stationery/Calligraphy: Letter Love Studio // Rings: Shapiro Diamonds // Models: Callidus Agency // Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals // Wedding Dress: Truvelle // Dress Boutique: a&be Bridal Shop // Hair & Makeup: Chantee Willis // Groom’s Apparel: J Crew // Bridal Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co. // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Dishware: Crate & Barrel