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Jill and Ryan’s Georgia wedding celebration took place at Villa Ospo at Jekyll Island. The bride is a NYC resident, but Southern-at-heart and imagined her reception as a ” big, intimate, garden dinner party.” With the help of Straton Hall Events, Jill got perfectly Southern wedding she hoped for —a historic setting, Spanish moss, subtle vintage details and a laid back island feel. The bride even designed all the whimsical paper pieces including the custom-illustrated playing cards. Lucky for us, The Happy Bloom was on hand to capture all the many gorgeous details in these lovely photographs.

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How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”?

Even though I live in New York, I’m from North Florida and truly Southern at heart. From the intimate, welcoming u-shaped seating arrangement and southern food to the Spanish moss, handcrafted favors and laid back feel of the island…our wedding was perfectly Southern and I wouldn’t change a thing!

What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor?

I wanted a wedding that was going to feel like a big intimate garden dinner party. Nothing too stuffy or overly designed, but also classic and a little vintage at the same time to fit in with the historic surroundings. I don’t like it when things feel too “matchy matchy” so I decided to use a combination of Fall jewel tones as opposed to sticking to one or two colors.

You are so talented! Talk to us about your vision with the paper goods and playing cards!

Thank you! I wanted to incorporate the flora/fauna of the area and all the other unique elements that make up Jekyll Island including some of our venues, croquet and of course, Georgia peaches. I’m very sentimental so I wanted it to be truly unique to us and where we got married. I used gold foil accents and gold calligraphy as a nod to the “Golden Isles” and the millionaires that originally founded the Jekyll Club. The playing cards were a true labor of love. I was aiming for a truly stand out wedding favor that was personal to us as a couple but that everyone would remember and also hopefully use! There are 14 illustrations in total.

What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?

I remember a lot of moments very clearly but probably the First Look. I’m so glad we were able to do that because it took a lot of the anxiety out of the rest of the day.

What’s next for you and your husband?

We eventually plan on starting a family, buying a house and I would love to be able to grow my illustration and stationery business into my full time job.

Photography: The Happy Bloom // Reception Planning + Florals + Catering: Straton Hall Events // Day of Coordination: Island Weddings // Invitation + All Paper Goods: Jill Delavan (the bride!) // Venue: Villa Ospo at Jekyll Island, GA // Hair + Makeup: Fantasy Hair + Makeup // Bride’s Dress: Watters // Shoes: Sole Society // DJ: Island Sound DJs // Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals // Suits: Charley Tyrhitt // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Summery, bohemian vibes grace every moment of Kate and Kevin’s delightful South Carolina wedding at Cypress Trees Plantation. The adorable, love-at-first-sight couple filled their big day with personalized details, special contributions from talented friends, a curated playlist and DIY cocktails by the groom himself. Event design and planning was by AlmostWed with florals by Coming Up Roses. We especially love the tie dye dinner napkins, retro party bus, delicate arbor and—of course—gorgeous film images captured by Stephen Atohi.

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What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

We gifted each guest a bottle of our homemade limoncello. It takes about 3 months to make, so it was truly a labor of love. Many chose to enjoy at the reception and others took it home to enjoy on a special occasion.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Moment: our vows. We wrote them ourselves and didn’t share with each other before the ceremony. It was a moment we both knew we wanted to be a surprise and looking back it was 100% the right decision for us. Favorite crafted detail: personalized notes for our guests. Rather than a standard name card, we wrote a personalized note to each person. So often at weddings, the bride and groom don’t have an opportunity to visit with all of their guests. The personalized notes ensured we were able to express our gratitude and love for each person. They were a huge hit! Lots of hugs and tears.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I envisioned myself wearing a flower crown, but didn’t want to risk the flowers wilting in the South Carolina humidity. I found an amazing faux-flower crown designer in Utah (via Etsy). I sent her a Pinterest board of the flowers that would be in my bouquet and she made a crown to match. It was beyond perfect. Our florist was local to Edisto and had done many weddings at the venue before. She offered fantastic advice on how to let the natural elements of the land do the talking and the flowers/decor to simply be a complement.

Instead of a traditional cake, we had banana pudding shipped from our favorite bakery in NYC. I tried on a LOT of dresses. The dress I chose was the one I felt most myself in. It was head to toe lace with long sleeves and had an old-school feel to it.

On the back of our wedding program, we each wrote a list of people and things we wanted to give a ‘special thanks’ to. It included anything and everything from our parents to our childhood sleep-away camp to our favorite guilty pleasure fast food restaurant. We think it was a fun thing for the guests to read before the ceremony began. To kick-off the evening, Bob Marley’s ‘Could You Be Loved’ began playing as we kissed. It was a perfect way to conclude the ceremony and started off our playlist (which we curated over the course of our engagement; LOTS of time browsing on Spotify). We love music and wanted to play songs we envisioned hearing on our wedding day. We created 3 different playlists for pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception – each with its own vibe. Rather than having the dinner catered, a chef friend of ours (who we met in NYC because he was wearing an Edisto hat!) cooked for our 75 guests and roasted a pig for 12 hours on site before. Shawn cooked an amazing meal and even gave a short speech at the reception. The grits he served were from corn grown on the property and the pig was raised with love on an island next to Edisto.

And finally, maybe just a little bit about you as a couple and how you met.

We met in NYC and were introduced by a mutual friend. Kevin was visiting a friend and was living in San Antonio at the time. It was truly love at first sight – we spoke on the phone every day that summer and Kevin took a leap and moved to NYC 4 months later. We love to travel, ski, cook (well, Kate enjoys Kevin’s cooking), binge watch the ‘it’ TV show of the moment, and spending time with friends. We’re currently renovating our first home together. And just like our wedding, the finished product will be a reflection of us!

Photography: Stephen Atohi // Event Design & Planning: AlmostWed // Florals: Coming Up Roses // Invitations: Designed by Bride // Venue: Cypress Trees Plantation // Wedding Dress: Lela Rose // Hair & Makeup: Pampered & Pretty // Floral Crown: Stevi Marie Flower Crown // Bride’s Shoes: Aldo // Bride’s Ring: Caitlin Mociun // Groom Attire: Bonobos // Groom’s Ring: Sabri Guven // Videography: His + Her Creative // Catering: Shawn Burnette // Furniture Rentals: Ruth’s // Specialty Rentals: EventHaus // Music: Danny Rizzo // Officiant: Kelly Halazyn // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet // Pitmaster: Tank Johnson

 

Two comedians meet at an open mic at the Silverlake Lounge. They both remember the mic, remember noticing each other but didn’t start dating until three years later. Seven years after that open mic, Christian proposed to Emily and they were married at  the Annenberg Community Beach House. The venue boasts an ocean view and offered a ceremony on the sand. DIY details and a retro 60’s vibe dressed the event which concluded with a smashing floral-topped cake by Lark Cake Shop. But, the most important part of the day were their children. Luke and Milla, 12-year-old twins that Emily was lucky enough to inherit when they were eight, were their maid-of-honor and best man. Mandee Johnson was on hand to capture the family’s love and all the delightful moments in her signature journalistic style.

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From the photographer: They starting dating in August so it only seemed right to tie the knot in the same month. It’s also the same month Emily was born so it’s just a good month all around. Being close to the water was high on the list and the Annenberg Beach House allowed them an ocean view with a ceremony on the sand. But, the most important part of the day were their kids. Luke and Milla, 12-year-old twins that Emily was lucky enough to inherit when they were eight, were their maid-of-honor and best man. It was so fun to have them by their sides and they couldn’t have pictured it any other way.

The wedding itself was a DIY affair. Pulling the color palette of beach shells and metallic for the bridemaid dresses accented by brighter 60’s and sunset pops in the floral. The florals were done by a dear friend and comedian Susan Burke. Emily and Susan got all the ladies together the day before the wedding to assemble the table arrangements and bouquets, making each one a labor of love with a special memory. They filled the room with childhood pictures and created a guest book out of an old typewriter and some loose paper. Emily also turned an old mirror into the escort board for table assignments.

Most Memorable Moment: The most memorable part of our wedding for both of us was when we realized we had forgotten to exchange rings as the ceremony concluded, and the band started to play our march off music and how hard we laughed. Christian realized first but it took a while for his voice to travel over the beach to the band so it was one of those slow, “Bampf, bermf, bawwwmpch…” stops where the singer’s still singing. Nobody knew if the tears were from crying or laughing – that feeling is probably what we’ll remember most.

Advice: Go with your gut. No matter how chill you are, there are a lot of decisions to be made and it’s a new emotion. Especially the guest list. That process is impossible. Just enjoy each other and breathe. Have all the fun, savor everything you can, it’s the greatest day and it goes by so fast.

MusicProcessional: Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want (by the Smiths but The Dream Academy arrangment) performed live. Recessional: The Battle of Evermore by Led Zepplin performed live. First dance: Baby by Donny & Joe Emerson then we danced with the kids to Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka. Our reception music was mostly 60s soul until after the dances, then it progressed through the decades and ramped up to super danceable hip hop to close it out.

Photo: Mandee Johnson // Wedding Planner: Day of Gal // Floral: Susan Burke // Venue: Annenberg Community Beach House // Decor/Styling: Mary Kenny // Makeup: Golden Shyne // Hair: Sheyenne Humphries // Bridal Shop: Lovely // Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Suits + Shoes: Ted Baker // Catering + Bar: Thyme Cafe and Market // Cake: Lark Cake Shop // DJ: Clifton Weaver // Rentals: Pico Party Rentals

 

Michigan couple Kristi and Andy capitalized on the best of the midwest with a celebration on the sprawling, scenic property of The Centennial Barn. We’re smitten with the distinctive dusty rose and deep pink palette of the the floral arrangements by Events By The Day’s Design and waterfall of blooms on the cake by The Cakabakery. The couple make the best of the estate with a ceremony in the forest followed by a barn receptions and beautiful portraits all over the grounds of the farm. Lucky for us Hetler Photography was on hand to capture al the beauty in the crisp autumn air.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Andy and I both decided even before we were engaged that we wanted an autumn wedding. We love the beautiful mix of colors, crisp air, and fun activities that the Midwest offers. So we decided to add little autumn touches throughout our wedding as a beautiful way to celebrate a season we love so much. We chose to have a barn wedding, and get ready at an adorable white farmhouse on the property. We also had a wagon to deliver guests to our outdoor ceremony site hidden in the trees, and during the reception we served slices of cake, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and hot apple cider from our favorite local apple orchard, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery.

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

I found my gown at Becker’s Bridal, which is tucked away in a little town and been helping brides find their dresses since 1934! So many of the past brides Kellie and I have photographed shared with us that they had chosen their gown there, and had a really great experience, so I new it was a shop I needed to visit when it was my turn to find a wedding dress.

My wedding gown is “Kinley” by Morilee and it was the perfect dress for Andy’s and my Fall wedding. It had everything I was looking for! Romantic lace, princess sleeves, ivory undertones and an ever-flattering fit and flare silhouette. I absolutely loved it and received so many compliments from family and friends when I wore it on my wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable moments throughout the day, such as getting ready with my sisters and girlfriends (many of whom flew across the country to be there that day!), having such amazing friends like Kellie and Joe there to photograph our day, and having a private first look together where we each read our handwritten vows to each other. However, one of the most memorable moments actually happened during the ceremony itself.

Our young ring bearer, Silas, took his ring-bearing duties very seriously that day. He decided that instead of sitting down right after our pastor started his welcome speech to the guests, like we had practiced during the rehearsal the day before, he would quietly ignore his older sister Chloe’s urging and stand up front with all the groomsmen, Andy, and our pastor during the entire thirty minute ceremony — all the while still holding his ring box right in front of himself and standing up straight like a soldier.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Andy and I actually met online, through a dating app! I was teaching in Grand Rapids at the time, and he was working as a chemical engineer and living in South Haven. We “matched”, chatted through the app for weeks, and then had our first dinner date a local restaurant in Grand Rapids on October 5, 2016. After having such a great time at dinner and meeting each other in person, we exchanged phone numbers and started officially “dating” a couple months later. Andy proposed in November of 2017 — by setting up a “Fall photo session” with Kellie and surprising me at the end with a ring!

Kristi + Andy Wedding Film Teaser from Couture Creative Media on Vimeo.

Photography: Hetler Photography // Florals: Events By The Day’s Design // Stationery: DIY by bride // Venue: The Centennial Barn // Bride’s Gown: Morilee / Becker’s Bridal // Maid of Honor’s Dress: Rent the Runway // Hair: Helena DeYoung’s Hair Outreach // Makeup: Hanna Wagner Design // Catering: Hog Wild BBQ // Video: Couture Creative Media // Bar: Distinctive Catering // Cake: The Cakabakery // Donuts: Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

 

 

Colorado couple, Sasha and Alex, gathered all the closest friends and family for their tropical destination wedding in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. Villa Valentin, a breathtaking beach estate, had all the charm and character one could desire for a modern Mexico affair and the couple played up the vibes with colorful, joyful details. Adorable, hot pink custom paper goods and invitations were by Della Torre Designs while delightful florals were created by Flor Mimo. Sasha’s Leanne Marshall gown was the epitome of chic, simple beach vibes while fun accents like rainbow pom-pom garland, super adorable gift bags added touches of lightheartedness. Check out all the details in these lovely images by Leila Brewster Cross.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was such an incredible experience to have all our closest friends and family in a tropical destination! That was our vision and it really came to life once everyone arrived and we not only had the wedding day but a few days leading up to the wedding to enjoy Sayulita.

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

I have been obsessed with Leanne Marshall for years and I knew I wanted some lightweight for the heat in Mexico so silk seemed like a great option. It was actually the first gown I tried on and ended up going back to it after trying on many other gowns. I loved the gold detail that made it feel a little less traditional and gave it some flare.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We did a lot ourselves once we arrived to Mexico; I think the gift bags were super fun and we put those together ourselves with the help of some Etsy finds and local goodies. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father which made that so special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both agree that the ceremony was our favorite part of the day, such a surreal emotional moment. The first look was also really fun!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at the top of the gondola in Telluride, under a shooting star Alex dropped to one knee, it was a total surprise. We had an amazing few days celebrating in Telluride after that.

SASHA + ALEX MARRIED! VILLA VALENTIN SAYULITA, MEXICO WEDDING TEASER from Betsi Ewing Studio on Vimeo.

Photography: Leila Brewster Cross // Florals: Flor Mimo // Planning: Carly, Milk Glass Productions // Invites + paper goods: Della Torre Designs // Venue: Villa Valentin // Gown: Leanne Marshall // Hair: Riley Fidel // Makeup: Hannah Thorndike // Catering: Sofia Sanchez // Rentals Group: Trendy Eventful Furniture // Video: Daneil Orren Betsy Ewing Studio // DJ Nick Challed  // Music: Tetewari Music / Esau Galvan Saltos / Alberto Perez Ramirez / Daniel Marquez Ortega / Sonny Davis