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Though she was raised in Connecticut, Lauren’s parents (who both grew up in Chattanooga) shared their Southern roots with her by incorporating Southern culture (and grits!) into daily life as she grew up. And after a family trip to Blackberry Farm ten years before she would say “I do,” Lauren decided she would get married in the South, too. She and Luke worked with their planner, Jennifer Laraia, to craft a wedding weekend that showed off Lauren’s family roots, weaved in details of their shared love of whiskey, and gave guests a real taste of the South. From welcome bags that included their favorite cookbook and moonshine, to a rehearsal dinner full of Southern barbecue and a bluegrass band, and onto a reception complete with three straight hours of dancing, the result was a weekend-long celebration that was distinctly Lauren and Luke.

Gracious, we sure are glad Natalie Watson was on hand from start to finish, and that we were able to share Lauren and Luke’s love in our ninth print edition!

As a special treat, we get to begin this feature with a few snaps from Lauren and Luke’s welcome dinner…

We thought a lot about the design and feel of the wedding weekend. I would call it rustic chic or farm chic. We wanted the décor to be beautiful and elegant while incorporating the natural environment, the outdoors, and the farm atmosphere. We used a lot of natural wood, greenery, and elements of the farm that blended with the natural setting. Many of the weekend’s events were outside, and we used big picnic tables and wildflowers from the farm for the rehearsal dinner, fresh herbs at the reception place settings, and wooden and slate slabs for serving trays. We love the outdoors and the understated elegance of Blackberry Farm and the Smoky Mountains, so it was important to us that the décor did not interfere, but rather, enhanced our surroundings.

What was Southern about your wedding? The wedding had many Southern influences. My goal was to show off my family roots and give our guests a real taste of the South. The food at Blackberry Farm is definitely Southern, so we served some of our favorites throughout the weekend: deep-fried black-eyed peas, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, and so much more. Our rehearsal dinner was a full Southern BBQ, so guests were eating traditional Southern meals all weekend long. We also included Moonshine Cakes and GooGoo Clusters in our welcome bags. The whiskey bar gave everyone a taste of the South during cocktail hour, especially the mint juleps served in julep cups, and we served sweet peach tea during the ceremony. We also had a local bluegrass band playing at the rehearsal dinner, who of course played a strong rendition of “Rocky Top” to welcome everyone to Tennessee.

Tell us all the basics of your wedding! Why did you choose these things? Did any of these details hold special meaning for you as a couple? We were married at Blackberry Farm, a beautiful farm resort in the Smoky Mountains, located in Walland, Tennessee. We were married on May 7, the heart of the spring season, when the trees are beautifully lush and green and the flowers are in full bloom. Our ceremony was outside overlooking the mountains at 5 P.M., when the sun was still shining bright, and cocktail hour followed as the sun was going down. Tennessee is a very special place to me–both my parents grew up in Chattanooga, and despite living in Connecticut, my parents always instilled their Southern roots in our family, and Southern culture was a core element of my upbringing. We visited Blackberry Farm about ten years ago as a family and I immediately fell in love, even announcing to my father that one day I would get married there!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I was pretty open about my dress. I didn’t have a specific dress or style in mind when I started looking, and I ended up wearing a Monique Lhuillier beaded sheath dress that had a 1920s style. I loved it, I still do, and it was pretty unique. It definitely was not your most common or traditional wedding dress, but it was very me.
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I didn’t do bridesmaid dresses. I don’t really like the look of everyone wearing the same dress. Instead, I just told my bridesmaids to get any dress in the rose, blush, peach, or natural color palette. Everyone picked their own dresses and we ended up with a great mix of complementary colors and styles that looked fantastic together, but also looked very natural.

The flowers were big, romantic, and natural. We used a lot of greenery to mix in with the outdoor setting, with a lot of white and pops of rose and light peach flowers. We used a lot of big garden roses and peonies. I loved the color scheme and the organic feel of all the flowers.

How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? We actually had breakfast together with a bunch of family and friends. Blackberry Farm breakfast is not to be missed, and since everyone on property was attending the wedding, it was a very social breakfast. I then did yoga with some of my bridesmaids and other wedding guests, and then spent most of the afternoon doing hair and makeup and just relaxing with my bridesmaids. Luke spent most of the afternoon with his groomsmen, lounging by the pool and just having fun with all of the wedding guests. We were both very relaxed and really enjoyed the beautiful day.

My dad and I shared a few very personal moments that were special. I gave him a handkerchief with a personal note embroidered into it and he wore it as a pocket square that day. I was his last child (of four) and last daughter to get married, so I think the day had an added significance for him. After he walked me down the aisle and stood with me at the end, he held my hand very tightly and gripped my arm firmly with a long pause before answering the question of who gives me away. It was a wonderful and emotional moment between the two of us, and it felt like no one else was around. I’ll never forget it. And, more importantly, I’ll never forget the huge smile on Luke’s face while we stood there and waited for our wedding ceremony to begin.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? Our ceremony was officiated by my uncle, who is a minister. We had a rather traditional Episcopalian, but also short and sweet, ceremony outside on the front lawn overlooking the Smoky Mountains. My uncle gave a great homily about the history of the mountains and the surrounding area, and the relevancy to our marriage. We loved it. It was a great way to incorporate the significance of east Tennessee to my family and why it was a special place for Luke and me to start our married life together. Once it was finished, we recessed to the Stevie Wonder song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Cocktails were outside on the patio by the wine cellar. We had a whiskey bar that was made out of whiskey barrels and served three of our favorite specialty whiskey cocktails: a summer Old Fashioned, a Manhattan, and a mint julep (it was Derby day). It was a fun way to incorporate a local Tennessee favorite and our mutual love for whiskey. We served various hors d’oeuvres, all with Southern influences. One of my favorite elements was the bags of deep-fried black-eyed peas served on every table.

The cocktail hour was outside on a patio by the wine cellar, so everyone had to walk through the outstanding wine cellar to reach the reception. The reception dinner was in the beautiful barn, which has stunning exposed wooden beams and an open kitchen. It’s one of my most favorite buildings on the property, and probably anywhere. After dinner, we moved to a tent outside of the barn for three straight hours of dancing.

We love to cook so we tried to incorporate some favorite cooking elements–each guest was given a Blackberry Farm cookbook (it’s one of our favorites) as part of their welcome gift, we used fresh herbs at each place setting, and at the rehearsal dinner, we used our favorite kitchen dish towels as napkins. We also incorporated our love for whiskey throughout the weekend with whiskey barrel tables, a whiskey bar serving specialty cocktails, and our welcome book was an old whiskey barrel top that everyone signed. Of course, a lot of the wedding was centered around my family’s Southern roots, but we incorporated Luke’s home state of Michigan and Italian roots as well. I think everyone walked away from the weekend thinking it was a wedding that was very distinctly ours.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. We didn’t do a wedding cake. We were not that into the idea of cake and were far more excited about offering a variety of Southern sweets, so we had a big dessert table that had mini fruit crisps, banana puddings, chocolate fudge bars, and many uniquely flavored cupcakes like carrot cake, key lime pie, and caramel. I also have a real sweet tooth for candy, so we had apothecary jars filled with all sorts of gummy candies and chocolates, as well as Jordan almonds, a tradition from Luke’s Italian roots.

The reception was pure fun. Our band, Simply Irresistible, was spectacular and played for three hours straight. The dance floor was packed and they kept everyone dancing until the wee hours. I don’t think Luke and I ever took a break–it was too much fun and there never was a dull moment. The band even let Luke finish off the evening with a performance of “All I Do is Win,” which easily was the highlight of his weekend!

Don’t miss Lauren + Luke’s sweet highlight film by Hampton Road Studios!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in business school while on a trip to Dubai hosted by a mutual friend. Despite attending the same school for a year and a half and sharing some mutual friends, we had never met before the trip. We were in a music club in Dubai with our group of classmates, and there was only one seat available at the table. It was next to me, so Luke took the open seat and struck up a conversation. We immediately hit it off through our casual interaction, and Luke asked me on our first date later that night (although it took me a few weeks to say yes).
Describe the proposal: We got engaged in Kenya while on a safari. Luke wanted it to be a surprise and I was truly shocked, although I figured out it was coming right before the actual proposal. He and the resort had planned a beautiful cocktail hour set up in the middle of the bush during one of our afternoon game drives, complete with a fire overlooking the open plains. Luke was oddly focused on what I was going to wear and how the weather was evolving–a big thunderstorm was rolling in and everyone was a bit frantic about getting there before the rain–so I started to sense something bigger was happening even though I couldn’t fathom it was actually a proposal. Needless to say, we beat the rain (barely), the setting was stunning, and I was still truly surprised.
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? You get a lot of solicited and unsolicited advice on marriage when you are engaged, which can be varying degrees of helpful. But a lot of conversations with friends, family, and colleagues definitely helped us prepare. We also made sure we sat down together and had honest discussions on some of the obviously important topics and pain points for married couples.
How many guests attended your wedding? About 180
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: We gave small bags of Tennessee grits with personalized tags that included my family’s signature recipe as a thank you gift to guests. I made the tags and assembled them myself, so maybe I was biased, but I loved them. Grits are a staple at my family’s breakfast table, and growing up and living in Connecticut, we were always introducing our Northern friends to them for the first time. It was a fun way to introduce all of our wedding guests to a traditional Southern food, not to mention a family favorite.
Tell us a bit about your first dance. Our first dance was to Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.” We wanted an upbeat song that set the tone for the night and that was also fun for us to dance to. It also had a fitting message! We were so excited to be married and to celebrate with all of our friends and family so we wanted to make sure our song choice reflected that. Luke is a big Motown fan too, so it was perfect on many levels.
Tell us about your grand exit. After the band finished its three-hour performance, Luke and I departed with a sparkler exit, which was fun. The energy was high and all of our wedding guests lined the outside of the tent and started singing “America the Beautiful” as we ran down the whole line. The exit was fake though because we “exited” to the late-night party, where there were late night snacks and more dancing for those guests who still had energy.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are just excited to finally live together in the same city after two years of long-distance, and can’t wait to continue our life together. Life together has been truly amazing thus far, but we know the best is yet to come. And we will continue to eat and travel our way through it, even when we have kids!

Photographer: Natalie Watson Photography | Videographer: Hampton Road Studios | Planner and Designer: Jennifer Laraia | Venue and Caterer: Blackberry Farm | Florals: Floressence | Dessert Baker: Magpies Bakery | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair Stylist: Bangs and Blush | Makeup Artist: Claire Balest | Men’s Fashion: J. Crew | Paper Goods: Swiss Cottage Designs | Calligraphy, Escort Cards, and Place Settings: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Transportation: Chariots of Hire | Lighting: Bandit Lites | Photo Booth: The Photo Blaster | Band: Simply Irresistible | Guest Lodging: Tremont Lodge and Dancing Bear Lodge | String Trio: Farr Horizons Trio

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    Thanks for posting! xx

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    Another feature where you can hear the joy and excitement coming through the interview! They did such a great job incorporating so many personal touches into their wedding and it looked so chic! Loved this – thanks for sharing!

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For Chesne, who grew up in Atlanta, getting married at the Swan House had always been her dream. Like any good Southern girl, she knew that it would be too hot for an outdoor wedding after May (and fall is for football!), so she and Raul were thrilled to be able to secure a May 7th wedding date at her dream venue! The beautiful historic home not only served as a stunning backdrop for their ceremony, but as inspiration for their entire celebration. The team at Amy Osaba Design created florals that had an organic, romantic, and “a bit wild” feel that were the perfect complement to both the mansion and Chesne’s Carol Hannah gown. Chesne and Raul also worked with Candice of Chancey Charm Weddings to create a wedding day that was a tribute to their life together in the South–a South that, to them, is “hospitable, romantic, delicious, fun, and in full bloom.” What a beautiful sentiment!

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Anna Shackleford for sharing this sweet day with us in our ninth issue!

I found my dress at The Sentimentalist in Atlanta. I went with my mom and two of my bridesmaids, and it was our second stop of the day. I was having a hard time making a decision between two Carol Hannah dresses because I liked the top on one, but loved the skirt on the other. The Sentimentalist actually has a great relationship with the designer, and I was very fortunate because they were able to request a custom design that combined the two dresses that I loved!

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use Amy Osaba Design for our flowers. I love how their arrangements are really loose and organic, and all of their work feels so romantic. We scheduled an appointment and met with Mary McLeod, who is one of their main designers. I had so much fun at our appointment–it was definitely one of the highlights of the planning process! When I met with Mary, I didn’t want to give too much direction on the bouquet, and we instead talked about the overall feel. I wanted the feel to be loose, romantic, and a bit wild, but didn’t specify any particular flower. I really loved how Mary used both greenery and flowers in our color palette, but my favorite detail was the beautiful ribbons that she used to tie it all together.

What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? My favorite moment from our wedding day was our first look. I am so thankful that we did a first look before the ceremony and were able to experience that emotion in an intimate setting. Raul and I both cried, and it was so incredibly special. The moment felt really special and intimate, and we were really able to enjoy all of the emotions that we were feeling on that day. It also helped with the timeline after the ceremony and allowed us to go straight into the party!

Growing up in Atlanta, the Swan House was always my dream venue and we really didn’t consider any other locations. We also knew that we would have to get married in the spring–an outdoor wedding in Atlanta would be too hot after May, and fall is for football. We booked the Swan House for May 7, and everything else stemmed from that. The house served as a constant source of inspiration throughout the planning process and was the most stunning backdrop for the ceremony.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? Our ceremony was on the lawn of the Swan House, and the home served as the most beautiful backdrop for our big day. My dad and I were hidden inside while the guests were seated, and I will never forget the moment that the doors finally opened and we walked down the steps together.
What songs did you use for your ceremony? My favorite song is “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John and I knew that I wanted to incorporate it into our big day somehow. We had a four-string band for our ceremony, so we had them do an instrumental version for my entrance. It was such a unique touch that brought a personal element to our ceremony.

Did you include any Southern traditions in your wedding? Our ceremony and cocktail hour were outside at the Swan House and we wanted to take no chances when it came to the weather. The Swan House is a historic site and we were not allowed to bury a bottle of bourbon on-site, so naturally, we snuck in to do it anyways. On April 7 at 5:30 P.M. (exactly one month before the ceremony), we secretly buried a bottle of Four Roses and prayed for a sunny day. We also included mini bottles of Four Roses in our welcome boxes to include our guests in the tradition. The big day went off without a hitch–not a cloud in the sky!

Did you have a cocktail hour? If so, what was it like? We had an outdoor cocktail hour in the Boxwood Gardens adjacent to the Swan House. The string quartet continued to play and hors d’oeuvres were passed. Something we love about the South is tailgating, and although our cocktail hour was far from a football tailgate, it had many of the same elements, including perfect weather, Georgia pines, great food and music, and even koozies we had designed especially for the occasion.

What kind of food did you serve at your reception? We are big foodies and knew from the beginning that one of the things we cared about the most was the food. We used Sun in My Belly, a local restaurant, as our caterer and they did an amazing job! Dinner began with a panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes and cornbread croutons. Guests then chose between two entrees: miso glazed salmon with a blueberry compote, or juniper and fig roasted pork tenderloin. We also served two very Southern sides of collard greens and roasted cauliflower.
What were some of the highlights of the reception? I think one of the highlights for our guests was the late night Chick-fil-A that we brought in towards the end of the evening. It was the perfect treat after a night of dancing!

Our favorite detail was the cake table. We couldn’t decide on a favorite flavor at our tasting, so we decided to do three different cakes! The main cake was vanilla cream, but we also had a lemon buttercream cake and a rose cake with coconut buttercream frosting and a blueberry jam filling. The exteriors of the cake were pink ombre that matched perfectly with the décor, and our florist added greenery to all three. They were displayed on a big farm table and we absolutely loved the presentation.

Tell us about your grand exit. We had our last dance to “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles. It was the perfect end to our Southern affair! We then went straight to our exit, but had to get creative about how to do it because the Atlanta History Center is a historical site and was pretty strict about what they would allow. We ended up passing out a mixture of eco-friendly confetti and rose petals for guests to toss as we made our way to the car.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met while working at the Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. We both worked in merchandising for sweaters and sat a table away from each other, but didn’t really get to know each other until after a year of working on the same team. At 3 A.M., following an evening at a favorite rooftop bar with mutual friends, we ended up going to Waffle House and chatting for hours about our families, childhoods, and our likes and dislikes. I knew that this was something special after that very first night.
Describe the proposal: From Raul: After three years of dating, we flew to New York from Atlanta to repeat our Belmont weekend date for the third time. We both love the city and our frequent trips there had become an integral component of our relationship, so there was no doubt that that’s where we would get engaged. We stayed at the beautiful Nomad Hotel and planned each day to incorporate all of our favorite things. Of course, there was the Belmont (where this time, we saw a Triple Crown win!), and meals at L’Artusi’s, Gramercy Park Tavern, and our favorite sandwiches from the Birdbath Café. Finally, on Sunday night, we headed to Cobble Hill for drinks and a walk through the park. On a romantic stroll to Lucali’s, we took a detour down a street we’d never walked before. On the front steps of a stranger’s beautiful brownstone at 204 Union Street in Brooklyn, we got engaged and celebrated down the block with our favorite meal.
How many guests attended your wedding? 200
What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? The thing that set our wedding apart was definitely our venue. The Swan House was built in 1928 for the Inman family, and it’s one of Atlanta’s most recognizable landmarks. I still can’t believe that we were lucky enough to get married at such a stunning place.
What was Southern about your wedding? Many of our guests were visiting Atlanta (or at least, seeing the city through our eyes) for the first time, and we wanted to celebrate and share with our family and friends all of the wonderful times we’ve had here. Our wedding was a tribute to our life together in the South–a South free from caricature or pretense, a South that is hospitable, romantic, delicious, fun, and in full bloom. Beginning with our welcome boxes, which featured peaches, bottles of Coke, copies of Garden and Gun, and other Southern touches, and ending with the late night Chick-fil-A, our wedding was Southern through and through. Our focus was the food (because we love to eat!), and our Southern fare was a big hit on the wedding day. During cocktail hour, fried green tomatoes, mini corn muffins with Carolina pulled pork, and spicy pimento cheese were served. For our seated meal, we had green goddess salad and pork tenderloin with collard greens. From the massive Georgia pines surrounding the Swan House to our favorite country tunes, our wedding embodied the best of Atlanta and the South that we love.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Raul is starting business school at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, so we just moved to Evanston, Illinois. We’re so excited for this next chapter in our lives and are happy to be living right outside of Chicago.

Photographer: Anna Shackleford | Videographer: Iron Kite Films | Planner: Candice Lorraine of Chancey Charm Weddings | Ceremony Venue: The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center | Reception Venue: The Grand Overlook Ballroom at the Atlanta History Center | Florals: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Design | Caterer and Linens: Sun in My Belly | Wedding Cakes: Sugar & Slate | Bride’s Gown: Carol Hannah | Bridal Salon: The Sentimentalist | Bride’s Shoes: “Candance” by Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bride’s Veil: Sky Mist Veil by BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: “Cecilia” in Blush by Jenny Yoo | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Claudia Mejerle | Men’s Fashion: The Modern Gent | Paper Goods: Chelsea Petaja | Wooden Signage: Katie Davis Creative | Rentals: Crush Event Rentals and Goodwin Events | Favors: Pine + Pen Design

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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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