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Though they may be romantics, Sarah and Wes knew that they wanted to have a simple celebration when it came to their wedding festivities. The couple opted for a morning ceremony in front of a beautiful, yet understated, wall of roses and vines, followed by a brunch at one of their favorite Memphis eateries, Acre Restaurant. With such a lovely venue, they didn’t need to add much more decor, but of course, the talented Haute Horticulture added just the right amount. She filled the tables with vintage milk glass, fresh flowers, and locally harvested peaches that flawlessly showcased Sarah and Wes’ sweet peach, blush, and light blue color palette!

Their simple and refreshing wedding was the perfect addition to our ninth issue! We’re thrilled their planner and photographer, Annabella Charles, shared it with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I bought my dress at Low’s Bridal, and I think I tried on maybe seven dresses before I decided this was the one. My favorite parts were the lace and the train. I have wanted a dress with lace and a train since I was a teenager!

I chose my colors (peach, blush and light blue), and let the florist have fun from there. We didn’t want peachy pink flowers against peachy pink bridesmaid dresses, so we went outside the box and went with these pretty light blue flowers called nigella wrapped with a matching light blue ribbon.

Our wedding was on August 1 at 10:00 A.M. at Acre Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. The wedding ceremony was held outside and the reception was inside the restaurant. It was absolutely stunningly beautiful. Acre is located in our favorite part of Memphis, where we spend a lot of time. We had a fairly small wedding, so the venue was perfect for us.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Wes: We got to choose our own music, so we walked back up aisle at the end to the theme song of our favorite TV show, The Office. Sarah: I loved that we got to choose our own music too. We also wrote our own vows, which was special.
Who participated in your ceremony? Family members, friends? If so, what did they do? Everyone in the bridal party was a family member. My sister was the maid of honor and my sister-in-law was the second bridesmaid. Wes’ father was his best man, and his brother and his sister’s boyfriend were groomsmen. Wes’ daughter was the flower girl.

What kind of food did you serve at your reception? We went with a brunch theme because of the early ceremony. We had bacon towers, doughnuts, chicken and waffles, and so much more. It was incredible.

What was the design inspiration for your reception? The great thing about the venue was that it is already designed so beautifully that very little was needed. Our amazing florist created this beautiful wall of roses and vines for the ceremony and reception, and the tables had vintage milk glass with flowers and locally harvested peaches in them. Since all of the fruit was handpicked locally and inexpensive, we were able to incorporate it everywhere in the décor. We tried to keep everything within the season to keep costs down.

Our cake was so beautifully crafted by Laura of The Flour Garden. To go along with our theme, the cake was put on a peach-harvesting basket from the orchard that the peaches were from. It was surrounded by beautiful fruit and flowers.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in a local service program. We quickly became friends, and over time, our friendship grew, and eventually, we fell in love. We are both so grateful that we remained friends for a while before dating. This friendship is our foundation.
Describe the proposal: It was on Halloween, and neither of us likes Halloween, so now, the holiday has special meaning. He said that he needed to run an errand, and we drove to a local theater where we parked in this spot that is very special to us. It is a spot where we would go to sit and talk for hours–a spot where our relationship grew. It was just the two of us, and he asked me to marry him. It was the most romantic and intimate way he could’ve proposed to me.
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Asking every couple we know in a long marriage what the “secret” is, and we went to marriage counseling for a little while before the wedding.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? We both love anything romantic, but neither of us cares for anything over the top. We prefer things simple. We chose some colors we like, I chose some flowers I liked, and we let Annabella (our planner) take care of pretty much the rest of it.
What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? Sarah: Seeing my husband-to-be standing and waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Wes: Taking my WIFE to a movie that night.
Did you try anything new or nontraditional? We decided not to do several of the traditional wedding festivities, like tossing the garter/bouquet, first dances, etc. Our focus during wedding planning was on what is most important to us: spending time with family and each other…and food!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are taking time to enjoy being married for a little while–continuing to date, going on some vacations, and just learning about each other and growing!

Photographer and Planner: Annabella Charles | Venue and Caterer: Acre Restaurant | Florals: Haute Horticulture | Wedding Cake: The Flour Garden | Bride’s Gown: Casablanca | Bridal Salon: Low’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Francesca’s | Men’s Bow Ties: J. Crew | Paper Goods: Archer and Olive

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Kristin and I often joke about our hair washing schedules, but let’s be honest… we’re only semi-joking. Of course, this makes me extra thankful for easy and chic hairstyles that can be done on second (or third!) day hair. So, if you’re in need of a fun Valentine’s Day style that’s quick and stylish, I have something just for you. And, of course, we put a bow on it!

Big SW hugs to Brooke of Colorbox Photographers for these fun photos.

To start, tease all over the crown of your head, focusing on the center. (If you need a little teasing refresher course, take a peek at this post!) After I have sufficient height, I spray it all over with a workable hairspray and smooth out my part/swoop with a comb.

Then, using a good old-fashioned hair tie, I secure all my hair in a low ponytail. I try to keep the shape and body of the tease while wrapping the hair tie as many times as will comfortably fit. Then, I pull ONLY the underneath of the ponytail tighter, while leaving the top layer of hair with volume. Next, I lay my hands flat on my head and gently push the top layer of hair forward to increase the “bump.”

Now for two of my favorite tricks for the perfect Southern pony! First, using the rat tail of the comb, I carefully reshape and pull up any hair that might not be exactly where I want it (check from the front to see if the shape is symmetrical). I also like to pull the back up a bit more to give it a little extra oomph! Second, I lift half of the hair from the ponytail and place an itty bitty clear (or whatever color matches your hair best!) claw clip in the middle. This helps give your ponytail that little bump that just looks extra cute.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I added a bright red bow! I actually used leftover Christmas ribbon, but any ribbon will do. Grosgrain is great because of its texture.

There you have it, belles!I’d love to hear if there are any beauty or hair tutorials you’d like to see in the future!

Photos by Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers, shot at Kim Box Studios.

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After saying their vows beneath the beautiful Georgia pines, Jacqueline and Jamaar celebrated becoming husband and wife with a classic and romantic reception. While their reception may have taken place indoors, so much of the inspiration for Jacqueline and Jamaar’s wedding was pulled from nature and how connected they feel to one another while being outdoors. Goodness gracious, I love the way they combined that with inspiration from Jacquelyn’s rose gold engagement ring! With the help of Brie Owens of Chancey Charm Weddings and Andy Beach and Co., they used shades of blush, cream, and white to create a day that was “filled with as much beauty as we feel love for one another.” Jacqueline and Jamaar’s ceremony was not only filled with flowers, but with details that honored her Ghanaian culture and their family members.

We sure were thrilled to be able to share this sweet Georgia day in V9, and big thanks to Harwell Photography for capturing it!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I wore a mermaid-style wedding gown with off-white Alençon lace by Matthew Christopher. Having tried on several dresses, I knew that it was the one because it made me feel like the most beautiful version of myself! The champagne lining ended up being my favorite thing about the dress. Choosing a dress with a hint of color, rather than a traditional white gown, represented my courage to be uniquely me. I finished the look with an off-white lace-edged veil, pearl jewelry, and peep-toe shoes from Badgley Mischka.
What did the groom and groomsmen wear? From Jamaar: I wore a blue shawl lapel tuxedo with a black bow tie, covered placket white shirt, black patent leather shoes, and a white pocket square. The groomsmen wore navy blue suits, black ties, covered placket white shirts, black patent leather shoes, and white pocket squares. We all wore black rosebud flower lapel pins for a modern take on the traditional boutonniere.

We were married in September in Alpharetta, Georgia. The evening ceremony was held outdoors underneath a beautifully decorated gazebo, overlooking a small river. Being outdoors is when we feel the most connected to one another, so we knew that was where we wanted to say our vows.

How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? The union of our marriage is very sacred to us, one which we were intentional about entering into reverently. We read his and hers companion books by Tony Allen: “For Married Men Only” and “For Married Women Only.” We also completed premarital counseling.

Did you have any special pre-ceremony activities? Being of Ghanaian decent, it was important to me that I acknowledged my heritage during this special time in my life. Prior to the wedding, we held a traditional Ghanaian engagement ceremony that involved our parents.

The most special part of the wedding was having a ceremony that reflected our faith and reverence for God, which brought us together. We included Kente cloth in our ceremony for the officiant to wear. I wanted to highlight the Kente cloth as part of my culture and as symbolism for the occasion.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? Inspired by nature, we wanted to design a wedding that was filled with as much beauty as we feel love for one another. It was also important to us that our guests felt surrounded by the joy and happiness that we wanted to represent in our new beginning as husband and wife.

Your wedding should always be infused with things that you love…and I love flowers! They were the center of the wedding design. We wanted to create an atmosphere that was classic and romantic. I was inspired by my rose gold engagement ring to use shades of blush, cream, and white. I chose to incorporate my favorite flowers, which included orchids, garden roses, and hydrangea.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. We chose individual almond cupcakes with buttercream, adorned with a blush petal flower with a gold center. We also served a non-traditional 8” tall carrot cake decorated with fresh ivory and blush colored roses.

Describe the proposal: After weeks of secretly planning a romantic getaway to the Bahamas for Jamaar’s birthday, I was the one who ended up with the surprise of a lifetime! At the end of our one-week vacation, Jamaar proposed on the shore of the beautifully secluded Love Beach. Apparently, the proposal was a long time in the making! He had had the ring for a while and had asked for my parents’ blessings in advance. Jamaar bending down on one knee and me crying tears of joy was all secretly captured on video as part of his perfect plan!
How many guests attended your wedding? 100
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? On the most special day of our lives, we wished to lovingly remember those close to our hearts who were no longer with us or unable to attend. We honored our grandmothers by placing their photos in special reserved seats in the front row of the ceremony.
Tell us a bit about your first dance. We danced to Lalah Hathaway’s cover of the Anita Baker song “Angel.” The moment was amazing–it felt as if we were the only two people in the room.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Adding children to our family!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? The best advice we can give to other couples is to consider that there is life after your wedding. Plan accordingly, budget, be flexible, consider each other’s feelings during the planning, and remember that life begins after the “I do’s.” To future brides, when you make a major decision, go with it and move on! You can drive yourselves nuts if you are constantly doubting and re-thinking every decision. Be yourselves. Your guests love you and are there to celebrate you. Incorporate as much of your personality and culture as you can. Finally, be as present with the experience as you possibly can every step of the way, because it goes by fast!

Photographer: Harwell Photography | Coordinator: Brie Owens of Chancey Charm Weddings | Event Consultant: Beth Teal Events | Florals: Andy Beach and Co. | Caterer: Talk of the Town | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Carissa | Reception Linens: I Do Linens | Bride’s Gown: “Amelie” by Matthew Christopher | Bridal Salon: Bridals by Lori | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: “Cadence” in Blush by BHLDN | Makeup Artist: The iQueen | Hair Stylist: Salon Method ATL | Groom’s Fashion: Suit Supply | Groomsmen Fashion: The Black Tux | Paper Goods: Studio LMC | Ceremony Music: Cobalt Strings | Jazz Band: Eric Thomas and Elevate the Quest | DJ: Mark Battle of One Sound and Entertainment

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  1. avatar Jeremy Harwell reply

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post! This couple was so authentic, loving and everything true love represents. Congratulations Jacqueline & Jamaar!

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