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Susan and Sunny’s wedding at Foxhall Resort was a day filled with Autumn scenery and a true celebration of love and family. Grey Collective photographer Eliza Morrill had this to say about the down-to-earth couple’s vows: “…exchanged overlooking the fields as the sun set, surrounded by friends and family, Sunny said to Susan the two words he most often hears her say: “thank you”—thank you for agreeing to be his wife and making him a better man. Susan spoke of how Sunny is the true reflection of his name—“Sunny like the weather,” and I don’t believe that there was a dry eye on that mountain.” Perfection, right? Lovely planning and coordination by Samantha Warren, colorful florals by Estorie Floral and a rustic cake display by Cecilia’s Cakes make this fall affair truly inspiring.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The ceremony was our biggest focus of the whole day. My dream for our wedding was that our friends and family would feel seen, and known, and loved. We know this is God’s intent for every person, and that’s why marriage is the perfect picture of how He feels about us. My sincere hope is that people left the wedding feeling celebrated and so loved – because we sure love them.

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

My mom, Matron of Honor, and I went to The Sentimentalist in Atlanta, and I could not be happier that we did! It was actually the only store we went to. Their team is incredibly helpful and made the whole process so enjoyable and personal. They really figured out my style and what I was looking for, even before I did. I loved the very first dress that I tried on, and I kept comparing every other dress to that one. At the end of our session, I just knew the first one (by Rebecca Schoneveld) was “the one”, and we placed the order then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

In addition to photography (shout out to the amazing Eliza!), there were two elements to the day that were most important to me: food and music. I wanted the food to be delicious and personal – like you’re sharing a table and great meal at someone’s home. Shauna Niequist, anyone? We wanted options that were healthy and delicious, and lots of them! Sun in My Belly did a phenomenal job executing this vision. We also ordered about 9 differently flavored satellite cakes from Cecilia’s so that people had tons of options. And s’mores. No one was going home hungry!

As for music, this started with the ceremony. My dear friend coordinated musicians, sound, etc., and it was the best and most personal wedding gift that anyone could ever give to us.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

From the bride: Sunny and I wrote our own vows, and I’ve never felt so honored or loved. I’ll never forget the commitment we made to one another in those sweet moments. Not long after our vows, we had the opportunity to take communion and pray together, overlooking the beautiful landscape at Foxhall. The beauty of God’s creation is one of those gifts in life that always hits me hard – really hard. I was overwhelmed as we stood together, and it’s like I was experiencing love in a brand new way. Just like the fields we were overlooking – it was so expansive.

I can’t believe I get to walk alongside Sunny for the rest of our lives. When it comes to a life-long partner-in-crime, I hit the jackpot.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’ve actually worked together for the past four years – in the same department, but different teams! About three and a half years ago I actually set Sunny up on a blind date with a friend of a friend, because I thought very highly of him. Fast forward, and Sunny and I grabbed dinner with a mutual friend that he knew in college, and I’d known in elementary school. We had a great time! Sunny and I had ridden together from our office, and ended up chatting for a long time in the parking deck when we returned. We agreed to hang out a couple of days later, but just didn’t invite our mutual friend. It didn’t take long to realize how much we both enjoyed being together. Selfishly, I’m so thankful that blind date years before didn’t go too far!

We love to hike together, so it was only fitting that Sunny proposed on a hike. The moments leading up to the proposal were hilarious, which is fitting for us, and made the thing a huge surprise. I asked him if he wanted to sit down, and he told me he’d rather kneel. I thought he was kidding, but then he did. Cue my water works!

Photography: Eliza Morrill Photography www.elizamorrill.com // Planning + Coordination: Samantha Warren | Forever and Then Some // Floral Design: Estorie Floral // Venue: Foxhall Resort, Legacy Lookout // Bride’s Dress: The Sentimentalist // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse //  Caterer: Sun in My Belly  // Cakes: Cecilia’s Cakes
// Hair + Makeup: Hope Ferguson // Band: Love, Peace & Happiness Band // Second Shooter: Maggie Armstrong

 

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Vicky and Will met for the first time while living abroad, and they bonded over their shared love of reading. As their relationship grew, they continued to make their love of books and travel central components of their life together. So, for their wedding day at Cavallo Point Lodge, designer and planner Linen and Lilac used the couple’s love of reading and travel travel, along with their modern and vibrant, yet unfussy style as the jumping off point for a minimalist aesthetic, acrylic accents, and a colorful peach and ochre color palette. With punchy florals and stationery by Bowerbird Atelier and amazing photography by Sorella Muse, this wedding is such a treat for the eyes and we’re thrilled to share it with you today!

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From the planners: Cavallo Point, located in Sausalito near the Golden Gate Bridge, provided the perfect backdrop for this New York-based couple who wanted a wedding with a classic Bay Area feel. We sought to weave the couple’s love story and personal style throughout the wedding in a way that was consistent with the aesthetic of the venue.

 

We conceptualized with floral + stationery vendor, Bowerbird Atelier, a minimalist ceremony design of asymmetrically placed potted plants and branches that served to welcome guests, set the tone of the wedding design, and were later reused to highlight the sweetheart table in the reception space. Vibrant centerpieces with votives were layered on top of neutral linens for the guest tables while the Harper linen from La Tavola added visual interest to accent tables.

Playing off the couple’s love of books, we designed modern acrylic bookmarks that served triple duty as escort cards, guest favors, and adorned with a colorful pom indicating the guests’ meal selection. In lieu of a traditional guest book, we incorporated their love of travel by having guests write notes on cards designed to look like airmail envelopes in their color scheme. Cards were bound together with thick acrylic covers and simple silver rounds, making it easy to store and read through the notes from their loved ones. Vicky and Will’s wedding came together perfectly as a colorful, elegant San Francisco affair. Even though it was March, the sun shone brightly enough for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge not to be shrouded in fog and peek out in the background of their couple portraits!

Photography: Sorella Muse // Design + Planning: Linen and Lilac // Flowers + Stationery: Bowerbird Atelier // Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge // Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Chau // Ceremony Music: Amethyst Trio // DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Dress: Reem Acra // Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

We’re loving this colorful take on Autumn nuptial style from Grey Collective member Shannon Schultz Events. Shannon and her amazing team collaborated at the Hickory Street Annex to create a look that’s both familiar and fresh. The colorful florals by Bella Flora of Dallas with deep, rich tones and pops of pastel are perfect for fall and the calligraphy stationery by Silver Fox Calligraphy set the tone with the burgundy, textural accents. The tablescape elements nod to traditional family gatherings but feel completely modern. Check out all the beautiful images by Elisabeth Carol for all the gorgeous seasonal inspiration.

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from the planner: With touches of old and new you can create a warm traditional on-trend wedding. We created something that speaks to the familiar sense of the autumnal season. With a tablescape that is thoughtful and makes you feel right at home and colors that warm your heart, you’ll see how a wedding can be reminiscent of your family traditions yet also be new and engaging.

The table is dressed with Spode dishware and gold rimmed glassware that makes you feel like you are sitting at your very own family holiday table. We modernized it by including some on-trend elements such as the matte gold flatware and hand-loom table runner. Mixing the familiar and the new generates a feeling of comfort and interest. To bring in more interest we used an innovative translucent hand-scripted flat place card and paired it with a customary linen napkin, again to create that juxtaposition of tradition and on-trend.

Our bride is wearing the Martina Liana separates; a new take on mix and matching wedding attire. With a good mix of tradition and boho we chose the Sadie skirt and paired it with the Casey tulle corset, as tulle is so very synonymous with weddings but wearing a blush top has just the right hint of new.

All of the details: the champagne, the shoes, and the pie come from custom but are given a new twist. Serve champagne with thyme, an herb of the season. The matte gold shoes look like they could be from your grandmother’s closet, except with a young tall heel, and we all enjoy a few too many slices of pie over the holidays so why not dress it up with some gorgeous floral.

So break out the good dishes, find your favorite on-trend inspiration and enjoy this wonderful season.

Photographer: Elisabeth Carol // Planning and Design: Shannon Schultz Events // Floral: Bella Flora of Dallas // Stationery: Silver Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Hickory Street Annex // Tabletop Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals // Table & Chairs: Beautiful Event Rentals // Shoes: Pelle Moda // Pie: Sweet Lucy’s Pies // Makeup: Kari Shuler // Hair: Mauricio Gutierrez // Tablerunner: Silk and Willow // Dress Designer: Martina Liana Separates (Casey corset, Sadie skirt) // Dress Shop: De Ma Fille // Earring Designer: Meg Jewelry (Sunset earrings)

 

 

 

Tina and Ray connected on a dating website—it was Ray’s straight-forward message a yoga pose photo that made him stand out. The couple had a fabulous first date and the rest is history. For their Friendly Hills Country Club wedding celebration, the couple wanted a blend of traditional and modern. All white everything was a must for the bride and the florals by Flowers by Dana definitely nailed it. Ultimately, Tina decided the event needed a little contrast and added the gorgeous navy bridesmaids gowns. We’re loving them! Lucky for us Anya Kernes was on hand to capture the rainy day portraits and lovely style of Tina and Ray’s big day.

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From the bride: Ray and I met on match.com. I was very overwhelmed with how many messages were coming through and Ray was straight to the point and his photos drew me in – I think it was the one where he was doing a yoga pose. Our first date was in Venice at Whalers bar and we hit it off immediately. We stepped outside to take a walk along the boardwalk and decided to tandem bike to Santa Monica. We had such a great time we decided to grab dinner, watch the sunset and the rest is history. We wanted to include this part of our story into the wedding, so as cliche it may be, it was perfect for us to have match boxes as our escort cards – ‘The Perfect Match’.

For bride Janie, it was the reception venue—her family’s restored 1920’s German farm that made her wedding to Christian most memrable. The Gathering on Post Oak was lovingly transformed into a B&B that offered all it’s charm for their big day. Mayhar Design was behind the planning and design including a preppy pink and green palette and working with Sprout Floral & Event Design to create stunning rose florals all over the place! We’re loving the mix of sweet romance and farm charm in this one and Loft Photography was on hand to capture it all in these adorable images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding was special because it was a culmination of our relationship; one that started when we were very young and had matured into something wonderful. We had the reception at my family property, a place where we and many of our guests had spent a lot of time. My house was located one mile from where Christian and I went to school, so you can imagine that our home became the main gathering place for our friends. People were constantly coming in and out. It was a lively and social place to grow up and have our relationship blossom. Our reception felt like an extension of this. It felt so right to have not only all of our old friends back in our old haunt, but also have our new friends discover the place where Christian and I had become ‘us’. Despite the size of our guest list, our reception still felt so intimate just because of the history we had there.

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

Before we got engaged, the ladies in my family had a trip planned to NYC for my 21st birthday. So after Christian popped the question, the first thing my mom and I did was look at each other and be like “We could go to Kleinfeld’s!!” My mom and I had watched ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ about every Friday when I was in middle school and high school so this was a huge dream come true.

Fast forward to the morning of my appointment, I was so nervous because I had built up this idea of what the experience would be like — what if they weren’t nice or I fell for a dress that was way out of my budget?? However, from the moment I stepped into the store, Kleinfeld was everything I imagined and more. The consultant they paired me with was so kind and personable, I immediately felt comfortable with her. The designer of my dress was onsite that day and she actually helped me pick my dress out! It was a column gown with a champagne satin slip and a lace appliqué overlay with a boatneck neckline, very light and comfortable. The sample size fit like a glove. When I stepped out into the show room and they placed the veil on my head, I felt like a bride and I knew it was the one. The people in the store were so kind and even did a setup for us where we videoed the designer and the consultant asking me if I was ‘saying yes to the dress’ like in the show; a video clip and a memory I will always have. I could never recommend Kleinfeld enough.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Really the main personal touch of the wedding was the location of the ceremony, as well as opening up my family home as the reception venue.  The church where we held the ceremony was actually the place where Christian and I first met.  Having it there really felt like the end as well as the beginning of chapters in our lives. My family property originally was a working farm, with a German farmhouse from the 1920s and a few other unique buildings.  When we moved there, only the farmhouse had been updated with the outbuildings remaining as they had been built. Over the years our family updated and transformed them into beautiful B&Bs that marry modern style with the original charm instilled in the property. The flow of the reception was designed to have a meandering feel where guests were encouraged to walk and explore the B&Bs, with many places available to sit and gather. Our home was also open for guests to enjoy. To me, this is the most personal touch I could have added to the wedding: to share open-hearted the place I loved the most.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As the bride, the most memorable part of the day was the moment right before I started walking down the aisle. I felt so nervous!  Not because I was nervous to get married, but because I had to walk in front of so many people (so much pressure not to fall!).  My dad and I waited together in the front of the lobby as the rest of my bridesmaids each took their turn down the aisle. As the bridal march began to play and we stepped up into the doorway of the sanctuary, I thought my heart would explode — I had imagined this moment all of my life. The first people I saw were a line of Christian’s fraternity brothers, a group of guys I had become good friends with for many years. They all stood, smiled at me and I even got a few thumbs up. I felt a surge of courage as I realized all of these people were people I loved and I had no reason to be afraid. As it turns out, Christian had the same moment as I did before he walked down the aisle. We will both never forget our friends’ smiling faces on our wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Christian and I met in the sixth grade after a fated seating assignment during my visit to Heritage School, a small Christian private school in Fredericksburg. I was placed at the empty desk next to Christian and the we proceeded to share a copy of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare. It was not coincidence that over the next few years we would often be paired together by teachers for group projects and assignments, as Christian was the passionate outspoken boy and I was the shy quiet girl.

When high school rolled around, we found our friendship turning into something more. We dated through high school and into college. When we started college, there was a shift in our relationship because we both realized that this really was working. In order to protect our relationship, we tried to delay things getting serious before the right time. We chose to go to different schools but found that our relationship naturally fit into our lives and our new friends. Christian says that during that first semester was when he knew he wanted to marry me, getting outside of our small world did nothing to change his feelings.

He held onto to these feelings for several years, until he decided to propose at the end of our junior year of college; he says, “as soon as I possibly could so we could be married when I graduated.” Christian proposed where we had our first date, at the county fairgrounds. Christian picked me up from my house under the guise of us having dinner with his family. But when I got in the car with him he told me, “So we are actually not going to dinner until later, I wanted to take you somewhere.” Because of where the fairgrounds are, it was pretty obvious where he was taking me and I started getting excited. He had a whole set up when we arrived with flowers, a picture of us, and a banner that read “Boyfriend and Girlfriend for 2,052 days, Husband and Wife forever.” It was right under it that he got down on one knee. After he proposed, it turned out that dinner was a surprise small engagement party with our families and a few close friends. Christian and our families had been planning for a over month without me finding out about any of it!  Although I knew Christian was going to propose pretty soon, I really was surprised by the whole thing.

Creative Direction & Planning: Mayhar Design // Photography: Loft Photography // Floral Design: Sprout Floral & Event Design // Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth // Reception Venue: The Gathering on Post Oak // Ceremony Venue: Hill Country Church // Dress Designer: Michelle Roth // Hair Stylist: Tammy Smith // Cake: Sophie’s Bakery // Ceremony Music: Carol Bell // Reception Music: Local Bluegrass Band // DJ: Mixer Rogers // Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Marquee Event Rentals // Tent Rental: Whim Event Rentals // Antique Rentals: Carol Hicks Bolton // Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events // Caterer: Cartewheels Catering // Liquor: Gabriels Liquor // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box