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Glam undertones, pops of dusty blush and gorgeous light on the grounds of The Powel Crosley Estate are just a few details that make up Cara and James’s gorgeous Florida wedding day. Coordination was by Laura Snow with florals by Oneco and it’s all captured here by  Everence Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What makes our wedding unique is that we focused less on some of the traditions and instead focused on everyone having a great time. We left out the bouquet and garter toss, didn’t stop the music to have everyone stop and watch the cake cutting (just family and a few of the wedding party were present), and kept the music upbeat and entertaining. Food and music were important to us so we chose that very carefully. We had been to so many weddings where the food was mediocre and the music was always the same so we wanted ours to be different. We also wanted it to be very romantic, elegant, and dreamy and I think we accomplished that!

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

I purchased my Lazaro gown at the White Magnolia (style 3814). I wanted something different and I had my eyes on this gown for a while! I tried on several dresses that I liked, but nothing that was giving me that spark. After trying on a few, I decided to just cut to the chase and try on the one I had been eyeing (even thought I was saving it for last!). From the moment I tried it on I just knew. The sparkle it gave and the way it flowed felt so magical. It was everything I wanted in a dress. It was perfect!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

James and I wrote notes to each other and exchanged gifts the morning of. We then had our first look which I highly recommend! It made the day less stressful and allowed us to enjoy the day even more. It allowed us a few moments to enjoy by ourselves. Our dogs were also included which made our day even more memorable. We wrote each other our own vows in personalized vow books for our ceremony. It meant a lot to me that we did that for each other. It just made it that much more meaningful and special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Sharing our vows with each other during our ceremony and feeling the love that we share for one another. I think I sped walked down the aisle because I had dreamed of that moment for so long and was so excited. Hearing the speeches during dinner was entertaining and meant a lot to us as well. Having everyone celebrating our love was so appreciated. Our DJ was also amazing. I don’t think we stopped dancing! The weather was also perfect! I remember because the week before the forecast was rain and EVERYTHING was outdoors. I was stressed about it until a few days before the chance of rain went down to 0! It was warm, but not too warm, sunny and breezy. It was a dream come true.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

James and I originally met working together in high school at Hollister. We were just friends back then. One year while I was in pharmacy school I came home for the summer. Mutual friends of ours threw a beach party for cinco de Mayo. We ran into each other and chatted for a bit. A couple weeks after I reached out to him and we started messaging back and forth. It took about 6 months to actually plan a date! But once we had that first date the rest was history. We dated for over 7 years before he proposed to me on New Year’s Eve during a picnic on the water at the University of Tampa. He told me earlier that day that he had a surprise for me later. When we got there he took out a new blanket and said look what I got! I asked if that was his surprise. He laughed and said yes. He then stood me up and proposed right there. That was the real surprise!

Photography: Everence Photography // Coordinator: Laura Snow // Florist: Oneco // Stationery: Minted // Venue: The Powel Crosley Estate // Videographer: Bonnie Newman // Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light // Dress: Lazaro style 3814 // Bridal Boutique: The White Magnolia // Veil: Haute Bride (purchased from Malindy Elene) // Cake: Sugarpaste by Stephanie // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Earrings: Sara Gabriel // Robes (for getting ready): LeRose // Bridesmaid dresses: Jasmine B2 (purchased at CC’s bridal boutique) // Tuxes: The Black Tux // Ties: The Tie Bar // James’ Shoes: Aldo // Bride’s rings: Mavilo // Catering: Milan Catering // DJ: Cory Barron // Lighting: Affairs in the Air // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Katie and Chris celebrated their nuptials with the most romantic, gorgeous, floral-filled elopement Positano and ever seen. Seriously, you guys- it’s SO gorgeous. Planned by The Wedding Boutique Italy, the day centered around the brides vision of “a beautifully intimate wedding, floral and pretty with delicate pastel shades.” Vendors implemented the vision (and more) with florals by The Wedding Boutique Bloom and stunning film images by Lace & Luce. We couldn’t help ourselves—here’s tons of stunning shots from the breathtaking day!

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Photography: Lace & Luce // Planning: The Wedding Boutique Italy // Florals: The Wedding Boutique Bloom // Hair/Make-up: Alessandro Mancino // Wedding Dress: Monique Llhullier // Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman // Videography:  Luigi De Gregorio // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box

 

Selby and Alex were wed in a stunning June ceremony in Athens, Georgia, the home of their alma mater and ages of memories between the couple. From the start, the design of this event was rooted in the beauty of a cool blue color palette, an air of elegance, and the playfulness of a summer fete. Planning and event design by Simply Charming Socials with florals by Lindsay Coletta Floral Artistry & Design and invitations by Charles Willis. Reception was at Athens Cotton Press and all the gorgeous details an moments were captured by Davy Whitener.

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From the planner: The ceremony took place in front of 300 guests on Herty Field, an iconic location on The University of Georgia’s North Campus. It was the very first football field, and as mentioned in one of their officiant’s tribute to them, a place of passion and glory. The large white tent entrance was draped and accented with greenery, greeting guests with lemonade and programs, while the aisle had growing boxed arrangements and candles every few rows, creating a gorgeous path for the wedding party to process. Other than some soft sheer fabric covering the tent poles, the wedding party was the centerpiece that set the altar area.

Selby was a vision in a dreamy Monique Lhullier bridal gown, with the bridesmaids in long dresses in shades of blue. Alex and the gentleman wore classic tuxedos, Southern-style as the groom wore his boots and a linen bowtie. The kiss was sealed with the customary ringing of the chapel bell, but in this case, a replacement bell needed to be used as the real bell was under construction. The last-minute hiccup didn’t stop the team from ringing in this marriage the proper way, with an old iron dinner bell driven in from miles away.

After the joyful ceremony, guests departed the lawn for the cocktail and reception venue, Athens Cotton Press. The converted warehouse was transformed into a magical dream venue. As guests arrive, they were greeted by with a show-stopping greenery arch and candle entryway, signature cocktails, and passed hors d’oeuvres from Epting Events. Notable details included an illustrated menu with sentimental selections (bison sliders reminding them of Montana, freshly shucked oysters like Florabama) and friend and mixologist creating signature cocktails on the spot. As guests entered the reception area for dinner and merriment, they looked up in wonder at the draped ceiling aglow with string lighting.

Florist Lindsay Coletta set the room so beautifully – a mix of long farm tables with cascading garland and low lush arrangements and round tables with soft flowy fabric, blooms, and candlelight filled the room for guests to enjoy a cozy dinner. This grand affair would not be complete without an incredible live band, Atlanta Rhythm & Groove, who graced the grand stage and had everyone on their feet. As guests mingled in and out of the venue, they passed the front entryway lounge boasting a commissioned art piece for the couple and enjoyed the fire pit as the sun set over Athens. Finally, the married couple was sent off into the night under a sea of sparklers, driving away in a very sentimental vintage getaway car. The groom spent months searching for the exact car his father and best man had in high school. And he found it. The gift to his father was presented that morning and a surprise to all as the couple rode away into the night.

Photography: Davy Whitener // Wedding Planner & Designer: Simply Charming Socials // Florals: Lindsay Coletta Floral Artistry & Design // Invitation Suite: Charles Willis // Ceremony Venue: Herty Field // Reception Venue: Athens Cotton Press // Cinema: Matthew Baxter // Wedding Gown: Monique Lhullier // Bridal Shop: Joan Pillow // Beauty: Hope Ferguson // Draping: Quest Events // Photo Booth: ShutterBooth Atlanta // Catering: Epting Events // Band: Atlanta Rhythm & Groove // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bhldn // Linens: @bbjlinen BBJ Linen // Welcome Bags & Decor: Simply Charming Socials // Officiant: Wes Van Dyk // Officiant: Darrell Huckaby // Ceremony Music: Athens Wedding Music // Rentals: Goodwin Events // Bar & Beverage: Farm 2 Cocktail // Transportation: Atlantic Limousine & Transportation

 

Haley and Will’s family and friends joined them for the entire weekend at Los Poblanos Ranch and Lavender Farm. The relaxing, low key weekend began in the beautiful lavender farm setting and culminated with a beautiful, garden-adjacent outdoor ceremony and fountain-side receptionA palette of french blue and lemon translates beautifully to the details including stunning florals by Floriography and a custom crest by Morgan McCall Design. Check out all the light, bright and joyful vibes  captured here in these lovely images by Maura Jane Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our guests had the opportunity to stay the entire weekend at our venue, Los Poblanos Ranch and Lavender Farm. A relaxing, low key weekend began in the beautiful lavender farm setting and culminated with a beautiful, garden adjacent outdoor ceremony and fountain-side reception.

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

My grandmother, mom, sister, and sister-in-law helped me find my dress at Mockingbird Bridal. The dress designer is Allure Bridal with alterations by Clara Atkinson at Kona Clothing. Kona created the illusion, off the shoulder look I had dreamed up.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We used our family’s Blue Willow china for every place setting at the long table as well as our family’s collection of Chinoiserie ginger jars as center pieces at all the round tables. However, one of my favorite touches was the lemon tree and the unique way our florist created place cards out of lemons and lemon leaves. Such a fun piece added to all the traditional elements we had.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The sunset photo shoot in the lavender fields.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met through close family friends and served together in our church and Young Life prior to Will finally getting the guts to ask me out. We dated for nearly 10 months, before Will walked me down to his favorite oak tree grove on his family ranch, dropped to a knee and asked me to marry him.

Photography: Maura Jane Photography // Florist: Floriography // Invitations: Southwest Printers // Venue: Los Poblanos // Calligraphy: Ashley Rose Handlettering // Crest designer: Morgan McCall Design // Dress designer: Allure Bridal // Dress store: Mockingbird Bridal Boutique // Hair and Makeup: Genica Lee // Jewelry: JCrew // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Cake/Desserts: Los Poblanos // Videographer & DJ: Cutmaster // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose // Rentals: Rust Vintage

 

What’s black, white and gorgeous all over? Colleen and Dean’s stunning Charleston nuptials—duh! You guys—this one is the epitome of southern romance with a strong undertone of modern style that’s perfectly accentuated by the pared-back black and white color palette. Event planner and designer AA Events Design‘s stunning vision came to life with the help of florist Sweet Root Village  and calligrapher Delighted Calligraphy. The dream team decked out the grounds of Middleton Place with dreamy details and a greenery filled white tented reception. Photographer, Allison Kuhn, was behind the lens capturing all the magic in these dreamy film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was so special and unique because we had to completely build and design the reception space from scratch. We could truly do whatever we wanted! Alex (my wedding planner, sister-in-law, maid of honor, and best friend) and I worked really hard on coming up with a design that matched Dean’s and my personalities – the highlight being the massive custom square bar in the center of the tent! I was so lucky to have Alex by my side because I trusted her completely and knew she would be able to execute my dream wedding.  Also, Dean and I are HUGE animal lovers so it was super special to have Middleton’s sheep and horses greet guests as the arrived for the ceremony. Dean and I even got to feed the sheep!

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

The dress is a Sareh Nouri and we got it at Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte, NC. I have always wanted a formal wedding but also really wanted it to be 100% outside; so the mission was to find a dress that fit that wedding vision. Something formal, classic and elegant but not too over the top so it didn’t look out of place in an outdoor garden setting. But most important was I wanted to feel comfortable and confident in it. When I tried my dress on for the first time I knew that it was the one! It checked all the boxes and I could just imagine walking down the floral run aisle in this dress!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our sweet Labrador puppy, Aspen, was highlighted throughout the wedding including customized cookies in the welcome boxes, and the name of our signature drink.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was of course marrying my best friend! But besides that, I think a memorable moment was once we finally were able to sit down for dinner and really take in the tent and overlook our guests; it was truly stunning. The band was playing in the background and guests were already up dancing while drink and food was being served. It was such a great moment to see everyone relaxed (myself included!) and having a good time!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Our story began in college at Elon University where we were introduced through a mutual friend. We quickly formed a bond and began dating; however, it almost came to a quick end when Dean transferred to Texas A&M to finish his degree. Two years, many FaceTimes and multiple flights later, we decided to try our best at picking a city where we could both start our careers in consulting and finance. This task was much harder than we ever imagined as we were already in two different cities trying to find jobs in Charlotte, North Carolina. As we were beginning to think our long distance would never end, on one afternoon, Dean received an offer from a consulting company for a job in Dallas, TX, but there was a glimmer of hope. A student in Tennessee had received an offer in Charlotte and was willing to switch locations with Dean and further, that same day I received an offer for a banking job in Charlotte. Since then, we’ve lived in Charlotte for three years and absolutely love it!

We have been vacationing in Charleston, SC for years as my parents have a house on Isle of Palms. Charleston is such an easy trip from Charlotte, the two of us frequently drive down on Friday nights after work for the weekend. The proposal was quite a surprise. My family was supposedly gathering at the family beach house for my Dad’s 60th birthday; however, it was all really a set up to get the entire family together to witness the proposal. I have two brothers and none of the siblings live in the same area, so to have everyone together was very special! As we got engaged in Charleston, we decided to return to the beautiful city to have our wedding at Middleton Place!

Photographer: Allison Kuhn // Event Planner & Designer/ Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: AA Events Design // Florist: Sweet Root Village // Calligraphy & Paper Products: Delighted Calligraphy // Venue: Middleton Place // Videographer: Repeet Productions // Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal // Wedding Dress/Veil: Sareh Nouri // Dress/Veil Boutique: Hayden Olivia Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Ash and Co Bridal // Rentals: Snyder Events / Cottage Luxe // Tent: Skyline Tent Company // Lighting: Technical Event Company // Dessert Caravan: Sweet Lulus Bakery // Band: The Rivertown Band  // Ceremony Music: Bob Williams Duo // Get Away Car/Buses: Low Country Valet // Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choos // Grooms Tux: Alton Lane // Bridesmaid Dresses: Katie May Collection // Groomsmen Tux: J. Crew