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A garden full of flowers is an indicator of many things: good soil and roots, sunshine and rain, and plenty of careful tending. In the same way, the celebration of a wedding recalls a few things of its own: the love that brought the bride and groom to this day, their ability to weather good times and bad, and the community that surrounds and supports them. On a hot August day in Serenbe, Georgia, a talented team of vendors helped us bring our ode to summer’s sun-kissed hues, and the collective love that allows a romance to grow, to life. We’re so grateful to Ali Harper for capturing every detail, and Krista of Blue-Eyed Yonder for styling such a magical day!

Paper cuts were a huge source of inspiration for us. Yes Ma’am Paper Goods created this beautiful invitation suite and wildflower favor packets, using vintage botanical prints as a guide.

Our bride’s Lela Rose gown could not have been more perfect for this shoot if we designed it ourselves! We had so much fun pulling together floral-inspired fashion, including the groom’s bow tie, the floral bridesmaid dresses, and sweet flower girl dresses.

Serenbe is full of lovely views, perfect for a ceremony backdrop. A wildflower clippings toss when the bride and groom walk back up the aisle is sweet and environmentally friendly in an outdoor space.

We love this idea for creating a new tradition–pressing a flower from the bride’s bouquet into the pages of a family bible, and then passing it down for the next generation of brides to do the same.

Sun in My Belly whipped up the most colorful food and drinks, which were explained on the oversized table runner menu. Such a show-stopping piece of decor!

Making the bouquets and arrangements for a wildflower-themed editorial is a tall order, and Victory Blooms delivered in every way. We couldn’t stop raving about her creations, which this shoot truly would not have been complete without!

We can’t forget about the sweets! We served up berry ice cream and a hummingbird cake, with decorations reminiscent of the invitation suite.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes photos of this lovely day by Anna K. Photography!

Photographer: Ali Harper / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Prop Styling and Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonder / Videographer: Before Your Eyes Cinema / Florals: Victory Blooms / Bride’s Gown: “The Forest” by Lela Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlie Jade from ShopBop / Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Stag Handmade / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle and Raney O’Keefe / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Cake: Sugar and Slate / Paper Goods and Table Runner: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods / Venue: Serenbe

Ali Harper and Blue Eyed Yonder are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
37 Comments
  1. avatar Morgan reply

    Oh, my favorite! So many beautiful and meaningful details!

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  3. avatar Dana reply

    so many things to love: dresses, bow ties, flowers, invitation, flower crowns! My favorite V7 shoot!

  4. avatar lena reply

    My goodness, every detail is more stunning than the last–though I’m particularly fond of those lovely invitations!

  5. avatar Jadzia reply

    Everything….and that cake!

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  12. avatar Mary reply

    Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses are from? I would love to order them!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Mary! They are by Charlie Jade from Shopbop. It looks like they are sold out right now, but maybe try calling Shopbop to see if they have any in their warehouse? Good luck! http://www.shopbop.com/eden-dress-charlie-jade/vp/v=1/1533186665.htm

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  16. avatar Courtney reply

    just love that wedding gown! Any idea as to the designer or where I could find it??

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  18. avatar Ashley reply

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to know where the bridesmaids dresses were purchased.

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  24. avatar Candace reply

    where are the floral bridesmaids dresses from? Designer? I adore them and would love to have them in my wedding.

    Thanks in advance,

    Candace

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Candace! They’re by Charlie Jade from Shopbop, and while the exact dress isn’t available anymore, they have some other pretty, colorful styles! You can find them here: http://bit.ly/1KkL6N9

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  33. avatar Shayla Silva reply

    Where can you find those bridesmaid dresses??

    Thanks!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Shayla, these fabulous dresses are from Charlie Jade and were purchased from ShopBop. xo!

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After a long distance romance, Amanda and Adam took to planning a beach wedding that told the story of their love! They mixed Southern touches in honor of their roots with chic vintage decor to create a lovely bohemian vibe. The contrast of the dapper gents in black bow ties and the organic handpicked wildflowers play off each other perfectly! I must say, I love Amanda’s advice for folks planning a wedding: “You can’t avoid the craziness, so just embrace it!” Such sage advice that can be applied to all aspects of life!

Special SW thanks to Kaytee Lauren for sharing this gorgeous day with us!

Could these fellas get any more dapper? So very GQ!

Since our wedding encompassed a vintage and bohemian vibe, I knew immediately that I wanted organic, handpicked wildflowers to complement the antique and rustic decor. We had every type of colorful wildflower you could imagine, with pops of pink peonies and bright billy balls. My favorite floral detail was the magnolia leaf garland we hung from our driftwood arbor and our sweetheart table. It was absolutely stunning.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The Outer Banks is one our favorite places in the world. We have both spent a lot of time there over the years, but more importantly, it was the first place we visited and spent time together as a couple, almost five years ago to the day that we got married.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We decided to recite traditional vows, though we exchanged letters to each other prior to the ceremony that expressed our love to each other in our own words.

No first look for us. As much as we wanted to shy away from a lot of the formalities of a traditional wedding, there were still a few traditions that we wanted to retain. There’s something truly romantic about waiting to share that first look moment right before the ceremony–we will cherish that for the rest of our lives.

Adam’s late grandfather was a Baptist minister, and he had married countless couples over many years. He had a prayer he said for every ceremony that we incorporated into ours. It was beautiful.

Both of our rings hold special meaning. Mine were custom-made by a small, family-owned jeweler in NYC. They symbolize the start of our marriage in one of the greatest cities in the world. Adam decided to use his late grandfather’s wedding band. He and Adam’s grandmother were married for over 60 years. Adam had the inside of the band engraved with his grandfather’s initials, followed by his own, with the intention of passing it on through our family.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We did a simple buttercream cake for cutting, but also wanted to offer a variety of our favorites desserts for our guests to enjoy: key lime pie, glazed doughnut holes, and cupcakes.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. From Adam: Amanda and I met in 2008 through work and mutual friends. Just as we began to feel our relationship could be something more, Amanda moved to Nashville, Tennessee to finish school. Almost six months after she moved, I flew to Nashville with a buddy for a weekend. Amanda and I reconnected and I ended up canceling my flight home so that I could stay an extra day. From then on, we traveled to see each other whenever we could, and lived for the moments that we got to spend together, even if they were only a weekend at a time. We knew that if we could make that situation work, we could get through anything together.
Tell us all about the proposal! My family was vacationing in Virginia Beach, where I was raised. The night before we headed home, we went out to dinner and then decided to take a walk to enjoy our last night of vacation. When we got to the street I grew up on, Adam took my hand and we walked out onto the beach. The sun was going down and it was gorgeous. We stood there together just looking out at the ocean when Adam turned to me and dropped down on one knee. The next few moments were a bit of a blur, but it was incredible to be able to say YES!” in a place that means so much to me.
When did y’all get married? June 7, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 85
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I think finding my wedding dress was the easiest part of the whole wedding planning process. From day one, I knew the exact vibe I was going for and I immediately fell in love with a Sarah Seven gown I had seen online. I booked an appointment at Lovely Bride in NYC, and after trying on the “Practically Perfect,” I was sold. It was the perfect beachy boho dress.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We wanted to stay true to our Southern roots without going over the top, and we knew that food was the easiest way to get that right. We served Carolina BBQ, coleslaw and potato salad–as traditional as it gets. Burlap and vintage doilies covered the tables and we used mason jars for glassware. In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had our guests sign vintage postcards from our favorite Southern cities.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We saved money by choosing our venue, Pelican’s Landing. It’s the perfect classic beach house located on the oceanfront in Corolla. It’s a one-stop shop that includes everything from ceremony benches to place settings. The property owner also owns a local catering company, which we used to cater our wedding, and our guests couldn’t stop raving about the food.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy every second. You can’t avoid the craziness, so just embrace it! You’re getting married and that is the most important thing. Also, don’t skimp on a day-of coordinator–they are life savers!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are enjoying life in New York City and looking forward to what the future holds. We’re getting the chance to begin our journey as husband and wife in a place neither of us had ever imagined, so we are living for the moment and making the most of each day.

Photographer: Kaytee Lauren Photography / Planner: A Premiere Event / Venue: Pelican’s Landing / Florist: Bells & Whistles / Cake Baker: Hibou Pastries / Caterer: Coastal Provisions / Rentals: Metro Rental / DJ: Outer Banks Music Masters / Bride’s Gown: “Practically Perfect” by Sarah Seven / Bride’s Accessories: Ivy & Aster / Makeup Artist: Rebecca Wood / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: Zara / Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew / Ties: The Tie Bar

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Alisha reply

    Kaytee is my photographer too! She did such an amazing job on this wedding and I can’t wait until mine in September! :)

  2. avatar kristin partin reply

    yeah kaytee get it girl!! these are incredible.

  3. avatar Loverly reply

    Absolutely stunning! Looks like a dream-come-true wedding!

  4. avatar chapel2chapel reply

    Wow! Loved this. The groom’s suit–fit, texture, the whole nine–was absolutely amazing!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    Reminds me a bit of the portraits at my wedding – also black tie on the beach! Of course I love :)

  6. avatar katelyn james reply

    Awww! So fun!!! Small world! This is Michael’s cousin and his beautiful bride!! :) Yay!!! Love this Marissa!!!! xoxo

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    I love the concept about this black tie beach wedding, looks like a music video with a happy ending, lovely couple and the beach just make the day perfect

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One (very true) realization that I’ve come to over the years is this: You can’t have every wedding on every budget, but you can have a wedding on any budget. With less than $10,000 to spend and 200 beloved family members and friends attending, Haylee + Frank crafted a wedding that was perfect for them: sweet, simple, homemade, and Southern. Camp Shenandoah Springs in Virginia was a beautiful backdrop to the humble celebration, and Sarah Matozzi was there to capture the fun.

Haylee’s ladies all chose their own neutral dress to wear for the day, and brightened the overall look with colorful accessories. As for Haylee, she stumbled upon the online shop Grace Loves Lace a few months before the wedding. When she locked eyes on the “Emme” style, she instantly knew it was the something different and special she had been looking for.

Frank and I took communion during our ceremony. It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding — a special moment for me and my husband to honor the one who brought us together. I walked down the aisle to “A Place Only You Can Go” by Needtobreathe, and while we prayed together we had “Beautiful Things” by Gungor playing. Both songs were performed by talented friends of mine.

That’s their first kiss ever, folks – pretty sweet.

I wanted our cake to look simple but beautiful, and to taste delicious, and that’s what we got! We also served little pies in mason jars and caramel-dipped apples made by Frank’s Aunt Cheri.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Frank went to high school with my best friend and sister-in law Olivia. It wasn’t until about a year after graduation that she got to thinking we might get along great. We started talking online when I was 16 and he was 18 (when Myspace was cool!). Right away, we began to fall in love. Shortly after that, he came to my church to meet me, and we’ve been together ever since!
Describe the proposal. After four years together, the time had come! Frank, my sister Emily and I went hiking one Saturday. After a long hike, we reached the top, where Frank pointed out a huge rock, noting it would be a good spot for a picture. I, being the fan of heights that I am, said NO WAY am I climbing up there! After a bit of persuasion, he pulled me up onto the giant boulder. I was scared to death and clinging onto him, but we posed for a picture, taken by my sister. After that, I begin inching my way back down when he said, “wait, wait, don’t you want to think about how you’re going to get down?” I stood back up, turned around, and saw him getting down on one knee! My sister got great pictures, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way he asked.
In what month did you get married? May
Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. We both were so looking forward to that moment when we would see each other down the aisle.
Describe your wedding flowers: Wildflowers all the way! I wanted them to look freshly picked.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was very Southern. It went perfectly with our Southern décor, which included vintage hankies as napkins, and mason jars and all different colors and sizes of vases filled with fresh and dried flowers. We had fresh raspberries on our cake, burlap table squares, and vintage table cloths.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Bridesmaids dresses. There were so many girls I wanted by my side that day, and we were all on a budget! I wanted them all to love what they were wearing, and for it to be practical. I’m so happy with what we decided on, as they all looked stunning!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Kissing my husband for the first time.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy this time with family and friends. It will all come together in the end! I’m so thankful I was able to have such a joyous wedding day without stressing, but it was because I chose not to.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Starting a family and living happily ever after with my best friend.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar tammy reply

    love, love, love this wedding!! How very precious to save thier first kiss. Love the sweet and beautiful loveliness of it all!! Thank you so much for sharing this wedding with us.

  2. avatar Megan {Bayside Bride} reply

    What a sweet wedding! Love the bride’s dress, the lace adds beautiful detail!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I am so honored to have shot this wedding and to be featured on this beautiful blog, thank you for sharing, Emily! :)

  4. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    That little boy (in the first kiss pic) is precious! Great moment captured :-D

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