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When the setting of your wedding day is as naturally gorgeous as Dunaway Gardens, it’s hard to go wrong with decor. Meredith and Tyler worked with the team at Tailor and Table to fill their wedding with lush, organic blooms that complemented the surrounding greenery perfectly! For these two, who love to go on walks and hikes, the outdoor amphitheater and gardens made their wedding day feel like “something out of a fairy tale.” Meredith’s words, not mine, but I’d have to agree with her! Top off the day with fun corn hole games, a sweet ceremony, and yummy Southern comfort food from Sun in My Belly, and you’ve got a wedding any guest would be thrilled to attend!

Big hugs to Amy Arrington Photography for sharing this pretty day with us!

I was so lucky to get to go wedding dress shopping with my awesome mother, mother-in-law, and one of my best friends. We were the perfect team and ended up finding the dress pretty quickly, after I tried on just two other gowns. We had already chosen our gorgeous garden venue, so I when I tried on THE gown, I knew it would look perfectly in-place among the trees at Dunaway Gardens. I loved the interesting back detail, Queen Anne neckline, and, of course, the delicate Southern lace.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Tyler and I did decide to do a first look. We wanted to make sure we carved out a special time for us to see each other before the ceremony, and to step away from all of the chaos for a moment. The first look was one of our favorite moments of the day and resulted in some of our favorite photographs, too!

We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception, and we wanted to hold the wedding a little further outside of Atlanta to make the weekend feel like a mini vacation for all of our guests. As soon as we saw Dunaway, we both fell in love with the property, its natural feel, lush trees, and outdoor amphitheater. It felt like something out of a fairy tale.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Tyler’s dear family friend married us, which was incredibly special. The ceremony was a combination of traditional vows, personal touches, and tributes to our relationship, written by our awesome officiant.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We were honored to have to have two of our brothers read during the ceremony: my brother read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Tyler’s brother read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

We wanted our wedding to be a fun, Southern celebration of the outdoors! For cocktail hour, we set up custom corn hole boards for our guests to play while sipping on wine and local Atlanta beer from Monday Night Brewery. We also had some Southern comfort food on our menu, courtesy of Sun in My Belly: buttermilk fried chicken skewers, meatloaf sliders with sun-dried tomato mayo, and a salad with fried Vidalia onions.

Describe your wedding flowers. I knew I wanted to reflect the natural beauty of the garden by featuring heavy greenery, white anemones, and blue thistle. Luckily, I had the BEST design team to make it happen–Natalia Scott Perkins and Bart Scott of Tailor and Table. They created the most beautiful reception space, with a hanging statement at the head table, thick green garlands with soft white rose accents, and touches of blue from the anemones and thistle. The bouquets and boutonnieres also featured sprigs of rosemary, bay laurel, nigella, and chocolate cosmos.

“Marry Me” (Train) is on my list of most fun songs of the night, because I got to sing it with my college a cappella group, UGA Noteworthy, as part of a deep-rooted Noteworthy wedding tradition of the bride singing her solo at the reception. That particular song, as cheesy as it was to sing at my own wedding, was my solo on our 2012 album, Ladies First (available on iTunes!), and is always a blast to sing with my closest friends beside me. At the last Noteworthy wedding, I caught the bouquet at the reception. At my wedding, the Noteworthy girl that caught my bouquet was proposed to the following weekend, and is getting married in April! We can’t wait to see who’s next!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Tyler and I met on the school bus during our freshman year of high school. We became close friends, and since our families lived down the street from each other, we went on tons of walks and hikes together. At some point, these outdoor adventures started to feel more like fun dates, and we became inseparable. After high school, I went off to the University of Georgia and he left for Georgia State. We weren’t used to being so far from each other, but we definitely made it work! Needless to say, after our many years together and all we had been through, we (and our families) could not possibly have been more excited about our wedding!
Tell us all about the proposal! Tyler proposed at our favorite high school hiking spot at the Roswell Mill. It’s a beautiful place off of the Chattahoochee River where there are still remnants of an 1800 cotton mill and a still-functioning old dam. The evening of his proposal, I was feeling pretty down because my two best friends, with whom I was supposed to have dinner that night, had cancelled last minute. Tyler suggested a walk through the trails at Roswell Mill to cheer me up. At the top of the dam, he asked me to be his wife–I think I said yes at least 27 times! Still giddy with excitement, I rode with Tyler to a restaurant down the road, where he said he had made a reservation for the two of us. When we got through the door, I saw that my family, his family, and my two best friends were there to celebrate with us!
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We created a lot of the details ourselves–Tyler made the programs, and my mom and I made my veil and the basil seed favors.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It is so hard to pick one! I’m going to have to go with the combination of Amy Arrington Photography and Tailor and Table Design Studio, without whom I would not have the gorgeous photos of our wedding, laden with the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. I am beyond grateful to them for how perfectly everything turned out!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Lean on your families and friends and delegate! Tyler and I definitely had a clear vision for our wedding, but we could not have done it (physically or emotionally) without the support of our awesome families and our close friends.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving married life so far! We are currently most looking forward to bringing home a new puppy in a few months!

Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography / Venue: Dunaway Gardens / Florist: Tailor and Table / Wedding Cake: Publix / Caterer: Sun in My Belly / DJ: Spectrum Entertainment / Paper Products: Paper Snaps / Bride’s Gown: “Erin” by Watters / Hair Stylist: Lindsay at NV Hair Studio / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Kami” by J. Crew / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

Amy Arrington and Sun in My Belly are delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar liam smith reply

    stunning location, love the colour and clarity of the images

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I love all of the greenery at the reception, and Meredith’s lace dress is beautiful!

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    Bravo Natalia & Bart on the stunning florals! Congrats to the beautiful couple!

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    Where was the adorable cornhole board purchased?!?

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From the bride’s fishtail braid to the paper suite designed to look like a fresh-out-of-the-oven berry pie, this wedding inspiration from Nicole Berrett and The Southern Table has me ready for summer wedding weekends! Just in time for the Fourth, their red, white, and blue ideas are a burst of Southern sweetness. And though their palette could be translated to any month of the year, there’s something especially appropriate about featuring it near Independence Day – after all, there are few things as worthy of celebratory fireworks than a new marriage!

Caroline from Lovely Paper Things made an insanely gorgeous paper suite with the theme of “Sweet as Pie.” The actual invitation was a hand-painted pie wrapped in a pie tin, with recipe cards for guests to give the couple their “recipe for a happy marriage,” a menu in the form of a sweet cookbook, and escort cards tied to mini jars of jam!

Maxine from The Southern Table put on the perfect touches with the florals, using red, white and blue in the most beautiful way I could have imagined! The flowy, lace “Sian” gown from BHLDN, and the gorgeous makeup (red lip!) and fish tail braid that Rayven from Beauty & The Blush did on our stunning bride was just the icing on the cake!

Here in Texas we love our holidays, especially our great nation’s birthday on the 4th of July! We went with a red, white and blue theme with a sophisticated Southern twist. I really wanted pies to be involved, and Heidi from Sugar Bee Sweets did an amazing job with her delectable sweets!

Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography | Floral Design: The Southern Table | Hair & Makeup: Beauty & the Blush | Pies: Sugar Bee Sweets | Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Film Scans: Photovision

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emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Breanna reply

    I am totally in love with so many little details of this shoot. From the blue table cloths, to the gorgeous flowers in her hair, and the bold, red stationary, to the look-so-good-I-can-taste-it pies, Nicole Berrett and all the vendors put together some fabulous inspiration.

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    Excuse me while I go pin every single thing from this shoot. I love every detail, and Nicole’s photography is beautiful!!

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    Yippie! Such a delight to have the Lovely Paper Things, for this darling inspiration shoot featured! What a marvelous team of vendors to collaborate with! Thanks so much!! xoxo

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The gorgeous blue and white affair by Paul Johnson Photography continues! From the linens and monogrammed pillows to the hydrangea-topped cake by Katie’s Cakes & Catering and potted plants, the color theme was carried out flawlessly. Amanda + Brent were absolute troopers and laughed through their first dance on their rain-soaked dance floor. After celebrating under the beautiful trees of The Southwood House, the couple made their getaway through garnet and gold pom-poms, a nod to Brent’s Alma Mater, Florida State University. The garnet and gold show up in Brent’s groom’s cake, too (a tradition Marissa taught us all about here!). In the South, we know school pride comes right behind family loyalty.

See all the photos from Amanda + Brent’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was all white tulips and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were white tulips and white irises. The mothers’ corsages were orchids. To add to the heirloom feel, we added a vintage-looking diamond earring around each one. We decorated the house in magnolias and hydrangeas. Inside the house, we used more hydrangea to create splashes of color on tables, the mantles and in the midst of the generational pictures. Instead of using vases, we used silver pitchers, coffee pots and Revere bowls to hold the hydrangea.For our center pieces we had either a silver candelabra or white flowers. We had different flowers on each dining table but each arrangement was white. Our design concept was to make it look like we went and cut fresh flowers from behind the plantation house. We had gladiolus, larkspur, tulips, irises, callas, hyacinth, lily siberia, and delphinium.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three-tier cream cheese pound cake with cream cheese icing. We had blue hydrangeas between each tier.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Brent’s favorite detail was the garnet and gold (for Florida State University) pom poms for the grand send off. My favorite detail was getting to spend the day with my bridesmaids upstairs in the Southwood house and watch the house transform into our wedding venue.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The photographer!! Paul Johnson photographers were even more amazing than I could have ever imagined.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first dance. Since it rained 45 minutes before the wedding, the dance floor was soaked. When we started dancing, my dress absorbed the water and became more of a mop than a dress. It stuck to the floor and made it difficult to dance. Without skipping a beat, I picked up my dress and held it in one hand while Brent and I danced and laughed together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? The officiant, my aunt, discussed that in the Book of Mark, the apostle tells us, “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.” She then began to describe a custom in an area of the Netherlands that exemplifies this verse. After the wedding ceremony, the newlywed couple enters their house through a special door. The door is never used again until one passes on and the body is carried out through that same door. God designed marriage like that house. It has one door that is locked tightly. That lock, which keeps the marriage bond secure, is loving commitment for life, which includes a commitment to being reconciled if the relationship should falter.

Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography // Planner: John Gandy Events // Venue: The Southwood House // Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Katie’s Cakes & Catering // Caterer: Catering Capers // Bride’s Dress: Simply Elegant // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ann-Kay reply

    That is one of the most beautiful weddings i have ever seen. The bride looks stunning and the dress is breathtaking! The venue, the colors, all the details, everything is just perfect!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    I just love that sweet wedding! All the details were superb. I really liked the escort card idea. So unique!

  3. avatar Sally Watts reply

    Oh my word-this one just makes me want to go back and get married all over again (with a Ga Bulldogs cake-coughcough).
    The blue and white is just fabulous. Wish I’d thought of it 10 years ago!
    Gorgeous photos. I love the color pops.

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