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I was excited when I heard through the grapevine of our office that we were featuring the wedding of the stationery diva behind {Miss Pickles Press}.  I thought to myself, the wedding has got to have awesome paper goods (just like in {Brooke + Nick}).  Wait till you see the fun paper details in the next post! I was thrilled to see not only amazing paper goods, but a beautiful location, birdcage veil (love!) and superb interview.  I’ll tell you what– Jen is a humorous writer and I love it.  Don’t believe me? Check out her answer for how they met through {Match.com}.   The wedding was held at {The Inn at Serenbe}. Jen’s birdcage veil was from {Something Bold}.  Photography by {Missy McLamb Photographers} and {Ashley Blecoe Photographer}.  How fun are Jen’s necklace and dress!?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story: I was living in Boston at the time, having moved there for work. I decided I would try my hand at Match.com (After all, it was winter and a Southern sister was cold!) After a handful of dates (that were not matches), I was getting weary of the online dating thing. Richard contacted me and we started writing. Writing led to talking. Talking led to dating, and, well, you know the rest. It’s funny. On paper I didn’t necessarily think we would be totally compatible. Boy was I wrong: three years later we were married.
Describe the proposal: My husband is an overgrown Boy Scout, and can’t get enough of outdoor life. So I knew a marriage proposal would most likely happen somewhere in the woods– on a mountain, on a lake, somewhere outside. Sure enough, he took me away for a weekend to beautiful Shenandoah National Park, led me on a short hike to a waterfall and asked me to marry him. (That was the easy part. Getting back up the steep trail – not so much.)
What attracted me to my husband was: Richard is the kindest, most easy-going, affectionate, emotionally generous man I have ever known. He’s very even-keeled. He gets silly with me. I also love his pretty, rich brown eyes and divine foot rubs.
Why do you love your husband? Did I mention the foot rubs? Ladies. For real.
What attracted me to my wife was: There were several things that attracted me to Jen! She’s sassy, pretty, smart and talented. Every bit the art to my science. When I finally got to meet her in person after weeks of talking, it was like a scene from a movie. Her, standing on the top of the staircase of her apartment lobby, looking pretty in her skirt and knee boots. Her blue eyes, her voice, her presence. Everything really.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: I’ll always remember our first date. Cliche, but true. He picked me up for Asian food (my favorite). I could tell he was nervous and it charmed me. After dinner, we went for a nice walk down Commonwealth Avenue – snow on the ground, white lights in the trees. (Yes, freezing cold, but magical). We went for coffee and tiramisu at a local cafe, and talked more. By the time we got back to my apartment and thawed out, I finally asked him if he was going to kiss me. That’s all the encouragement he needed!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew I would have a hard time finding a perfect dress. I didn’t want a formal gown, the traditional white or ivory color or something that didn’t feel completely unique. I also wanted it tea-length with peek-a-boo crinoline and slightly fifties in style. I opted to have my dress made by a bridal seamstress. I designed the gown, picked the fabric (champagne dupioni silk) and matched accessories like a birdcage veil with a fascinator I made myself, and a gorgeous vintage necklace. I really wanted to wear nude fishnets but it was too hot for that nonsense!
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? My Mom raised me as a single parent, and I never had any doubt in my mind that she would walk me down the aisle. Not a tradition, per se, but it was a very special moment that I will always treasure.
Funniest moment? Our officiant read a line I was supposed to repeat, and it was just too long to stay in my mind in one piece. I totally had to ask him to break it down. Hysterical? No, but it did provide some comic relief.
Did you write your own vows? Yes, we did. We scoured lots of different resources and just put together what felt right for us. We had family and friends read a few special passages and that was really nice. Our vows were so meaningful and truly authentic – it was an emotionally charged moment!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Looking at my husband, saying our vows under two huge pecan trees swaying in the breeze.

More to come from Jen + Richard…

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  1. avatar brooke @ claremont road reply

    Beautiful paper goods, indeed! I have seen parts of this wedding on a few different blogs and I absolutely LOVE all of the details. It is great to see it all together. Thanks for the shout-out for our wedding, too, Laura :-)

  2. avatar Jenifer Simpson reply

    I love her dress. It is so beautiful, simple and elegant. -Jen:)

  3. avatar Kimberly reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love her dress and the cute favors she did!

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Here’s another inpiring post from our talented guest blogger, Karen Tran!  If you’ve missed any of her previous posts, check out Part I and Part II of her lovely wedding, and don’t forget her previous posts on romance and floral detailing!

I have been receiving an abundance of requests for peacock weddings lately. Known for its grace and explosive colors, peacock has been a hot trend in today’s wedding themes and colors. The unique color combination in the feathers can be created with gorgeous teal palettes or a multitude of jewel purple shades. Here I have chosen to use deep plum color flowers such as tulips, hydrangeas, lisianthus, roses and schwartzwalder calla lilies with the teal shimmer linens. This combination, reminiscent of the strking colors in peacock feathers, creates a warm yet elegant tone. Of course, these vibrantly-colored feathers were highlighted in the bouquets as well and the guest table centerpieces. You may incorporate them into your napkin treatment or your ceremony programs. They can be more versatile then you think! How about using an organic brown linen with neutral tone flowers and accentuate everything with peacock feathers?

credits: photography by {Jennifer Dery}

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  1. avatar A reply

    Oh my god I love it. The colors are fantastic, what a great inspiration for a wedding palette!

  2. avatar Heather Sharpe reply

    TO DIE FOR!!! What an amazing color palette … these details are so over the top fabulous – love the feathers, the details on the chiavari chairs, and the stemware … BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for your inspiration!

  3. avatar Erica reply

    Where did they get the purple glasses? I am looking to add just a touch of purple at the reception and that would be perfect!

  4. avatar Marrie reply

    Wow. This is very inspiring. I have not seen it used like this before! I just love Karen Tran’s work! Awesome!

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A lot of our Southern Weddings couples have met online through dating sites and social sites.  But there is a bit of a spin to the online meeting of Brieon + Kenneth.  Through {Friendster} and a search for Full Metal Jacket, Kenneth found Brieon and an email relationship flourished.  Months later, the two went out for the first time, and when the date was over, Brieon just knew.  Calling a friend the next day, she said that she had found her husband.  The two tied the knot last fall.  The event was planned by the bride and groom with coordination by {Ashley Baber Weddings}.  The lovely reception took place at {The King Plow Event Gallery} with catering by {Bold America} and wedding cakes by {Deborah’s Specialty Cakes}.  The beautiful floral design was done by {Southern Bouquets by Tamela}.  Brieon wore a wedding gown by {Jim Hjelm} and heels by {Nine West}.  This wedding celebration was captured by {www.TheDecisiveMoment.com}.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. What can we say? We found love online and although we weren’t tested on the 29 dimensions of compatibility which have been scientifically proven to lead to “happily ever after”, we’re pretty sure that together we’ll make our way there! We met through {Friendster}, which for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a social networking site similar to MySpace. Kenneth has recently moved to Atlanta and was interested in learning more about the city and what it had to offer in terms of entertainment. Instead of picking up the latest edition of the Atlanta Guide, he conducted a search in Friendster for people who had “ Full Metal Jacket” listed in their movie favorites. (Because that’s what normal people do!) Needless to say, my profile was among those listed. Kenneth sent an email my way, said something about us having similar interests and that he wanted recommendations on things to do around Atlanta. I thought it was strange that he didn’t just conduct a Google search, but thought, who was I to deny someone who clearly was in need of my help. (Translation: Who was I to deny an attractive guy who, if nothing else, could be my friend…and very fun to look at!) Fast forward a couple of months and many emails later…we decided to meet at Front Page News in Midtown for our first date, and have been inseparable ever since!
What attracted me to my husband was: I was attracted to the thoughtful (and grammatically correct) emails he sent when we first connected online. This goes without saying, but I also thought that he was pretty cute.
Why do you love your husband? I love Ken because he loves me wholly and unconditionally.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: I will always remember my first date with Kenneth. After meeting at Front Page News, we decided to head to a quaint little dessert shop in Midtown that was a little more conducive to having a conversation. We made such a connection that we talked well in the night. I remember calling a friend the next morning and exclaiming that I had met my husband!
The weather on our wedding day was: We were a little nervous because the evening of the rehearsal dinner there was a torrential downpour. But, the gray skies cleared up and the weather on our wedding day was absolutely gorgeous!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We wanted an elegant fall wedding that captured the richness of colors that the season brings. Our main colors were cream, sage, and mocha, accented with “pops” of color like pomegranate and burnt orange. Once we picked the venue, we had to really fight the urge to go completely contemporary. In the end, we fell in love with the idea of juxtaposing the classic and feminine details of the day against the industrial backdrop that is King Plow.
Favorite design element of your big day: I absolutely loved our centerpieces. Cylindrical vases were filled with curly willow anchored in earth-toned river rocks. The curly willow was tipped with rust colored Cymbidium orchids and accented with hanging tea lights. The branches and rust colored orchids reflected the season nicely without being too “Fall”.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I visited at least 25 boutiques and tried on an ungodly number of dresses. Of course, I ended up purchasing one of the first dresses I ever saw!
Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a hand-tired bouquet of rust colored cymbidium orchids, black Bakara roses, mango mini Calla Lilies, and dark red Dahlias. The bouquet was accented with Hypericum berries, Astro leaves and seeded Eucalyptus, and wrapped with bark-wire. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of circus roses and burgundy Hypericum berries, which really looked great against their mocha colored dresses.
Describe your wedding cake: Our wedding cake was a delcious four-tiered square confection. Each tier was a different flavor (carrot with cream cheese filling, red velvet with cream cheese filling, chocolate with marmalade filling and vanilla with raspberry filling). The cake was decorated with cream colored butter cream. Speckled Mokara Orchids and birch branches completed the look.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Since Kenneth and I met in Atlanta, both attended Emory (aka Coke University), and Kenneth works for the North American division, we thought it would be nice to incorporate Coca-Cola into our wedding celebration. For our toast, we served ice-cold, old-fashioned bottles of Coke to guest in lieu of champagne. Each bottle was delivered complete with a Coca-Cola shaped bottle opener attached with a ribbon. After the best man gave his well wishes, everyone popped their bottles at the same time and drank to the happy couple!
What was the biggest challenge you has to overcome while planning your wedding? One of my biggest challenges was trying to convince my fiancé that I was, in fact, not obsessed with planning the wedding! It was difficult to get him to understand that there was a timeline to be followed, and that yes, it was necessary to start planning a year out!
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? We ended the evening with an impromptu Second-Line in true New Orleans fashion (my mother hails from the ninth ward). Everyone grabbed their dinner napkin and weaved their way through the King Plow Arts Center with Kenneth and me leading the way. We had a blast and it proved to be the perfect ending to the perfect night!
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my father. I remember walking as slowly as possible so that I could take it all in. It was such an amazing felling to be surrounded by the ones that I love. Initially, the glow of the candles on the “altar” and the rose petal-lined aisle captured my attention. As I looked around, everything was as imagined it in all of those hours of planning. As we made our way further down the aisle my eyes locked with Ken’s and in that moment everything else seemed to disappear.
Scariest moment? This is relatively benign, but a few minutes before the ceremony began, we were informed that we had a candelabra, but no tapers for the unity candle. Our planner, Ashley, worked her magic, and by the time our moms walked down the aisle, there were the candles waiting to be lit.
Hardest decision you made in planning? The toughest decision we made in the planning process was deciding not to get married in a church. Ken is Southern Baptist and I am Roman Catholic, and we thought it best to recite our vows on neutral ground.
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: I don’t know that anything unexpected happened on my wedding day. Between my bridesmaids and day of coordinator, I was pretty well insulated from any catastrophes that may have occurred.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Dream-like, radiant, exciting.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? My advice to any bride would be to become intimately connected with the wedding blogoshpere! There is so much great information out there to be shared and adapted to meet anyone’s wedding needs! I would also recommend hiring (at the very least) a day-of coordinator. Murphy’s Law was in full effect the week before our wedding…I honestly don’t know if there would have been a ceremony had it not been for Ashley. She was truly a godsend and the best planning decision I made by far!
Best advice or most memorable comment so
meone made to you during the wedding celebration?
Countless people commented on how they had never seen Ken so happy. It really felt good to know that I was part of the reason for his smile that day!
Who was your most honored guest at the wedding? Everyone who attended has a special place in our hearts. We were overjoyed, almost overwhelmed, by the outpouring of love that we felt from our family and friends on our wedding day.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Because we decided to get married in the middle of Ken’s fall semester, we were unable to take extended time off for a honeymoon. Instead, we opted for a three-day excursion to the lovely Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. We are in the process of planning for, and looking forward to, an exciting trip to Kaua’i in May.

Congratulations to Brieon + Kenneth.  We hope you have a wonderful (long awaited) honeymoon in May!

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  1. avatar PhillyBride reply

    What a WONDERFUL wedding, and I loved the bride’s description – it was so rich with detail.

  2. avatar Elizabeth reply

    What a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple!Their smiles say it all!One feature I love is the bridesmaids’ dresses – is there any way to find out where the dresses are from?Thanks!

  3. avatar Susan reply

    Very pretty!

  4. avatar April reply

    I am falling in love with that wedding cake. So adorable!

  5. avatar Brieon reply

    Thank you all for your sweet words!Elizabeth- The bridesmaids dresses were designed by Jim Hjelm. Here is the link to the site: http://www.jimhjelmbridal.com/The style numbers are JH5830, JH5787, JH5735, and JH5682. Happy shopping!

  6. avatar Alison reply

    Oh this wedding is absolutely beautiful!!! The lights falling from the ceiling add such whimsy. Best of luck to you and the Kenneth!

  7. avatar Kristina reply

    The pictures of the wedding are absolutely beautiful. Many of the details were wonderfully captured.

  8. avatar Bobbie reply

    The colors are classically appealing!! And what a charming expression of love and happiness on your special day!!

  9. avatar Ghanaughn, Adam and Eve Wedding Consultants reply

    The couple looks so adorable and I love the venue.

  10. avatar miss meme reply

    amazing!

  11. avatar Janyce Granoff reply

    I love the colors! THE SHOES… WOW! I adore the shoes. Such a beautiful wedding for a lovely couple.

  12. avatar Cassaandra reply

    This looks like it was a beautiful wedding. The photos give an essence of much love.

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