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Southern Charm Wedding

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If “classic Southern wedding” were an entry in the dictionary, this wedding would surely provide the accompanying picture. There are so very many heartwarming family moments and such lush surroundings… Thanks to the incredible Heidi of Our Labor of Love for sending this party our way!

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From the bride, Kristen: We live in North Carolina, which is away from all of our family and friends in Georgia. So we wanted a little bit of a smaller wedding (exactly 100 guests), but do a whole wedding weekend. Everyone stayed at Barnsley Gardens in their own private cottage throughout the weekend. Due to the beautiful, but slightly more rustic nature of our venue, we decided we wanted an old southern charm feel– we called it vintage romance with elegance.

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Our wedding was soft, romantic, nature, vintage, southern. Aspects in the wedding that reflected those adjectives were: the primary color was pewter–it is classic and worked perfectly with the morning coat tuxedos the groom and groomsmen wore. But it was the color incorporated into the beautiful china used at all the place settings and the tons and tons of mercury glass candles and vases; we did a lot of DIY: We put together our ancestor table with lots of different pewter and silver “found frames” over the year of planning. We also did our Table Seating Chart in 10 different large, old silver frames (each table had it’s own frame).

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Blogs! There are so many unique ideas out there, that I could not stop searching the blogs and coming up with more ideas to be incorporated into my own wedding. What makes a wedding great are the unique, personal touches–searching blogs and seeing the other unique ideas out there helped drive me to think outside the box, and come up with other unique touches.

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First Dance Song:
Etta James: At Last. Our first date was when we were both 15 years old, and we are now 28. You can see the symbolism. :)


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Wedding vendors (Adairsville, GA)

Wedding venue: Barnsley Gardens / Wedding photographer: Our Labor of Love by Heidi / Wedding coordinator: Louise Hanlon of Classic Weddings / Florist: Catherine Walther from Arrangements / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Wedding Shoes: Vera Wang / Wedding Sash: Original Design from Lazaro, all from Bridals by Lori / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress Style: Jim Hjelm (JH5070); Color: Graphite / Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Morning Coat Tuxedos / Band: Complete Desire / Super 8 Film Videographer: Craig Johnson / Transportation: Everyone was staying at Barnsley Gardens the whole weekend! We did not need to drive anywhere! / Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin / Groom’s Cake: Blackbird Bakery / Caterer: Barnsley Gardens did all food and beverage / Wedding Invitations, Programs, and Menus: Paces Paper in Atlanta.

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Midwest Garden Wedding

Garden Weddings

Michigan weddings are close to my heart, and when a beautiful wedding like this lands in my lap I squeal with glee. The gorgeous bride wore an ever so dreamy Claire Pettibone, a mantilla veil with fresh flowers! I spy orange ranunculus and succulents in her hair, doesn’t it look amazing on her? Big thanks to Belle Rempert Photography for sharing this wedding with us.

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Wedding Vendors (Benton Harbor, MI):

Wedding Reception + Ceremony location: Blue Dress Barn / Wedding Photography: Belle Rempert Photography / Coordinator: Spring Sweet / Reception band: Mike Struwin and the Rootsdown Band / Catering: The Gilmore Collection / Pies: Crane’s Pie Pantry / Apothecary terrarium centerpieces: made by bride and groom / Bouquet and boutonnieres : Spring Sweet / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone

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Elle & Jae

Elle & Jae is a unique accessories line, which includes vintage inspired sashes, headpieces, veils and jackets that are couture made using the highest-quality crystals, pearls, laces, sequins, crepes and chiffon. There is also a bridesmaid collection of headbands and belts, made with special broaches and embellishments on stretch grosgrain, allowing for an easy fit for all body types.

All of Elle & Jae’s garments are hand-made locally in Los Angeles, California. Selecting only high-end, elegant fabrics and materials, designer Joey Brooks personally designs each garment and carefully supervises every facet of production to ensure the most skillful results.

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South Carolina DIY Wedding

DIY Weddings

Remember this post about paper cranes as wedding ceremony backdrops from almost a year ago? Well, today we have a sweet real wedding to share with you that also incorporated paper cranes in their wedding! It was not only shot by Jordan of Landon Jacob’s Productions, but Jordan also helped designed and arrange the flowers for the wedding of her friend, Lindsey. This wedding was truly a handmade fete and many of their friends helped them stay under budget.

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From the bride: I feel like I was the most laid back bride and really didn’t have too much of an opinion when it came to envisioning a style for my wedding – I just wanted to get married! We knew we wanted everything to be a reflection of our love for Jesus and just wanted something really fun! Something that people could just say “wow that is very “Lindsey and Tyler.” Both of us wanted a simple and vintage type feel. With the help of our photographers, Jordan and Landon Thompson of Landon Jacob Productions and my wedding director (and good friend) Reilly Blackwelder, it all just came together! A great do it yourself wedding on a budget that truly describes us as a couple.

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The theme began with paper cranes. We knew we wanted lots of fun paper to make cranes, banners, etc. Everything was going to be DIY; that way it would describe us and we could save some money. Then it was decided that everyone in the bridal party should just wear what they want within our navy blue and yellow accented color scheme. Why not wear something that represents your personality? The girls got to pick out their own dresses and the guys could wear bow ties, suspenders, or a vest. Nothing matched and that I think is what made everything so fun. So many of our other decorations me and Jordan found at thrift stores. Nothing was bought at full price. Beautiful chaos. I think it definitely caught some people off guard because of how non-traditional it was, but gosh it was so much more fun and totally did describe us! We are so blessed to have so many talented friends at our church who love us and wanted to help us with our wedding. Such a blessing.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Wedding planning can be so stressful! I was all about trying to avoid that stress. Honestly my advice would be for brides to stay away from people pleasing. Planning your wedding so easily becomes about what everyone else will think. There seems to be such pressure to have a “cool wedding” these days. Brides: Just have fun! Let your wedding reflect you and don’t worry about what other people will think! It will rob you of joy. Have fun with your planning, but don’t put all of your time and energy into that one day because it honestly comes and goes. Just enjoy that fun time and don’t let everything stress you out.


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Wedding Vendors (Columbia, SC):

Ceremony and reception locations: Church on the USC campus / Event designer: Reilly Blackwelder and Landon Jacob’s Productions / Florist: Jordan Thompson / Photographer: Jordan and Landon Thompson of Landon Jacob’s Productions / Wedding Dress: Evelyn’s, in Lugoff, SC / Hair flower: thrift store / Wedding Shoes: PayLess / Hair and Makeup: friend Brittany Stevens, who is in cosmetology school/ Bridesmaid Dresses: their own / DJ: Tom Walsh / Caterer: A married couple in our church does some catering on the side for their friends at big events. Jennifer and Matt Davis did such a great job of cooking all of our favorite southern foods! / Wedding Cake and Dessert table: made by friends Alice Garrett and Sarah Crawford. Some of the desserts included German Chocolate Cake, Banana Pudding, Strawberry Shortcake, and Apple Cobbler / Wedding invitations: designed by best man, Kent Bateman / Videographer: Bride’s uncle

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