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This is my last week here in California and I have to say I am getting pretty sentimental.  In the two and a half years I’ve been here, I’ve married the man of my dreams (at the Bellagio at left), been introduced to Navy life (Ari is a flight surgeon at Point Mugu), worked on some phenomenal  weddings, seen my husband survive his tour in Iraq with flying colors and published this magazine.  Quite frankly, this magazine and SWS editors Danielle and Amanda got me through his long deployment.  In one short week we will say goodbye to California and the Navy.  My husband will start his residency at Chapel Hill and I will be back home in the South!  Such amazing things to come!  So, I have to say thank you–to our team, to the amazing people I have worked with since I’ve been here, and to the dozens of people who have emailed recently to welcome me with open arms to North Carolina.  I am so excited to meet all of you!

In honor of my last week here in Ventura, CA, here is a GORGEOUS wedding from my beautiful neighborhood.  Shot by {Leigh Miller}, Sarah + Mike were married at {Eucalyptus Lane}.  Design by Rebecca Stone of {Duet Weddings}.  For more from this fabulous fete, visit Leigh’s {BLOG}.  Enjoy!  ~Lara

 

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  1. avatar jenna walker reply

    a huge congrats on the move and good luck in having sweet goodbyes! may life always be filled with grand adventures!

  2. avatar Kellie Kano reply

    Congrats Lara! You’re going to love North Carolina! Everything they say about southern hospitality is so true! Best of Luck in your new adventure!

  3. avatar cristen chester reply

    good luck with the move! i know it will be hard to say goodbye to sunny california but all of us southerns are glad to have you on our side of the world!

  4. avatar leigh miller reply

    hey lara thanks so much for the feature! as a southern gal (born and raised in memphis) currently living in CA i know youre going to love your new home. i hope to be back in the south one day myself! i keep telling my husband i will go all paula deen on him i get to move back :) best wishes – leigh

  5. avatar rebecca stone reply

    Hi Lara!Best wishes to you on your big move- how exciting! Thank you so much for posting Sarah & Mike’s special day. :) I adore your blog and look forward to following your adventures from North Carolina!~Rebecca :)

  6. avatar melissa @ the inspired room reply

    Best to you on your move and thanks for all the wonderful inspiration here!xo

  7. avatar Ashley @ Bliss Event Group reply

    So now that you are back in this part of the world..hows about helping me check off that teeny goal of getting all the Bliss girls to Global Grill for a lil gals night out!?! Whata ya say.

  8. avatar Brandi reply

    I’m in love with the details of this wedding! Have a safe move!!

  9. avatar Sarah + Mike reply

    Thanks so much for featuring our wedding! It was such a magical day. Best of luck with your move back home!!

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I love this couple!  These two are truly meant for each other and the love just pours out of these incredible images from {Paul Johnson Photography}.  Cake by one of my favs Debra Spurlin from Confections on the Coast (her cakes taste as phenomenal as they look!), wedding coordination by {It’s a Shore Thing}, flowers by {Nouveau Flowers of Grayton Beach Florida}, location {Rosemary Beach, FL}.

The weather was: Amazing! It was a beautiful, clear, cool day. We were so blessed!!!!
What colors did you choose for your wedding? Chocolate Brown, Sage, Coral
Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was an assortment of hydrangeas, hellebores, white freesia, and orchids. The bridesmaids had small bouquets of green cymbidium orchids and red coral orchids. The florist did such a wonderful job keeping them simple, but beautiful and tying all of our colors in. To be honest, I knew nothing about flowers. I just told the florist I like orchids and hydrangeas and to use any flowers that were in our color scheme.
Describe your wedding cake: I am such a sweets fanatic! Our cake was 6 tiers and each tier was a different flavor. We had lemon, carrot, pistachio, strawberry, chocolate, and repeated pistachio as our topper to keep! It was decorated with orchids cascading down the cake with brown ribbon at the base of each tier.
How did the two of you meet? We met at a local sports bar and grill in Tallahassee out with our friends. Wilson got on stage and played the guitar and sang me a song and he had my heart!
Describe your engagement: He proposed at a Christmas Tree Farm when we were cutting down a tree. The tree he lead me to had a sign that read “Please Pick Me: on one side and “Will You Marry Me” on the other.
What attracted me to my husband was: Everything! His kindness, his sincerity, his humor, his talent, he’s a family man, and of course his good looks!
What attracted me to my wife was: Her personality, her amazing talents, her looks (ha!), her family and friends, I could go on and on…..haha!
A date we went on that we’ll always remember: A funny date we had was….. Wilson tried to be romantic and surprise me with a horseback riding date. What he didn’t know was that I hate riding horses and the date was a group lead trip down some power lines and we all had to wear orange because of hunters! It was not what Wilson had in mind.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It is so hard to pick a favorite, but the ceremony being in the round and the style of the reception was perfect for us.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Dealing with all of our family members (my parents are divorced and both remarried and all of our parents live in Tallahassee). We wanted to make sure everyone was happy and involved. The lists were so difficult too!!!
Where there any special family traditions you included in the wedding?  I loved that we added a special part in for my step-father. When I got to the end of the aisle I stopped and he gave me a flower to add to my bouquet. I thought that was neat! I also had both of my step parents do the readings. That was really special to both of us.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It would have to be walking down the aisle and seeing Wilson….Wilson said me walking down the aisle to him was his favorite moment too.
Scariest moment? One of the flower girls came running into the house minutes before the line up and had black tire marks all over her white dress from playing near a car. We all freaked out for about a second, then laughed, and then the wedding planners fixed it!!!
Funniest moment? When the preacher asked “What do you bring to this marriage” and we just paused and no one said anything (because we didn’t know what we were supposed to say!!) and the preacher whispered to us….the rings….and everyone laughed.
What were your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue items? Old and Borrowed: The necklace I wore was a family heirloom. New: My dress and Shoes Blue: My sister in law had a ribbon monogrammed with my new initials that we tied around my bridal bouquet.
Why do you love your husband? I could go on and on…..He is such an amazing man. He is a true friend to others, a family guy, treats me and everyone around him with complete respect, he is fun, honest, funny, so talented, adventurous, and truly makes me happy every day.
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: There was a wedding crasher!! But the planners found them and kicked them out! We never saw them until our wedding photos and video!
How was your wedding different than the way you’d always imagined it would be? I never imagined something as beautiful as the day turned out with all of our family and closest friends there. It is so hard to really picture what it will be like and it is overwhelming when you see the most important people in your life participating in such a special day for you and your husband. We went outside of the box with the seating in the round and gospel singers….but it turned out better than we ever expected.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Make it you! Wilson and I talked about every decision to make sure it was what we wanted. Our parents had so many great ideas and suggestions, but we waned to make sure it came down to us. We did not want to ever look back and say I wish we had done it differently. If we made all the decisions and something went wrong, then we were ok with it because it was what we wanted to begin with. We could not blame anyone else for pushing us in a certain direction. So I would say to make it your own!

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  1. avatar Annette@Swanky Tables reply

    What a gorgeous weddng! Love the flowers and the structure over the bar! You can see the love pouring out of the pictures!!

  2. avatar Dani Ross reply

    i like the simplicity of the table setting–gorgeous wedding.

  3. avatar Cassie reply

    The bridesmaid dresses are so cute and flatering, do you know where they are from?

  4. avatar kristin @ the fairmount bride reply

    Another beautiful wedding, and they just look so happy! Any idea where the groom bought his suit?

  5. avatar Ashley @ Bliss Event Group reply

    This is a delightful couple. I adore the pic of them after they’ve walked down the aisle..they seem genuinely ecstatic.

  6. avatar David [C+D Photography] reply

    Those are some seriously crazy-swank awesome photos. I’d try to come up with more adjectives to describe the coolness but I’m fresh out. :)

  7. avatar mecheal Johnson reply

    wow! This looks amazing, thanks SWS! I LOVE Brittany and Wilson, they are both amazing people and so sincere. I have to say that Its A Shore Thing out of Grayton Beach Florida did a fabulous job on this HUGE and stunning wedding. I will see if Brit can post answers to the questions asked so far. Thanks again, SWS!mecheal Johnson

  8. avatar Brittany reply

    Hey!! This looks great!! Paul Johnson Photography was amazing and we are so excited to have all of these incredible images from our big day!! Thanks for all of the compliments! The grooms suits were from Nic’s Toggery in Tallahassee and the bridesmaids dresses were Badgley Mishka. Hope this helps and answers your questions!!

  9. avatar Gini (Mom) reply

    I must admit this wedding was magical but everyone involved did an unbelievable job making this day soooo special. And it is true that the love Wilson and Brittany share absolutely flowed over onto everyone attending their special day! They are both so genuine in their affection for each other that I think that was THE special ingredient that made this wedding exceptionally beautiful and one to remember. Our family and friends are still talking about it! Paul Johnson was priceless in capturing every moment in such a special way, the food was delicious, the flowers were stunning and "It’s A Shore Thing" made it stressfree for Brittany as the bride! I knew her dream had come true when she was able to say, the very next day, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! It didn’t hurt that she married such a wonderful man who makes her so incredibly happy!

  10. avatar Events by Evonne reply

    Beautiful colors and wonderful photos!

  11. avatar Rodgh reply

    Hi, I was just browsing the net and found this amaizng and beautiful site (Actually, got the link from stylemepretty.com ; ) Anyways, I find your wedding gown so pretty and would just like to ask where did you get it from. if you could email your answer at madam_prexy@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.

  12. avatar Ashley (bridesmaid) reply

    It was an absolutely magical wedding!! Everything was perfect! and the wedding planners were fantastic!! What life savers!!

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How amazing is this ring shot!?  Photography by Atlanta-based {W. Scott Chester Photography}.  For more of Ashley and Eric’s sweet southern soiree, click {HERE}.  SO many great things to come this week!  Happy Monday! 

 

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  1. avatar cristen chester reply

    WOW! thanks so much for highlighting a few details from ashley + eric’s wedding! that is one of my personal favorite ring shots that scott has ever photographed!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    I love those bridesmaid dresses. Do you know what brand they are??Thank you!

  3. avatar Critsey reply

    Is it just me? or is that bouquet shot upside down? ; )Awesome ring shot!!

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