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Happy Monday!  We’re kicking off an exciting week with Paisley + Godfred’s beautiful big day.   Photography by Sarasota, FL-based {Heartistic Photo}.  Check out their {BLOG} for more of this Philippi Mansion fete. Godfred is loving the camera in these fun portraits…

Occupations: Paisley is a high school special education teacher in NYC and aspiring photographer. Godfred works as a Business Intelligence project leader for Louis Vuitton North America.
The weather was: The weather was AMAZING, blue sky and cool breeze.
Did you have a theme for your wedding? I really just wanted everything to be pink and romantic and a bit vintage-y.
Describe your wedding cake: Pink with ivory accents from Publix. They did not have an interracial cake topper couple, so we went with a penguin couple (the bride’s favorite animal).
How did the two of you meet? At Moe’s bar in Brooklyn. Paisley walked up to Godfred and said ‘hi’.
Describe your engagement: I returned from 9 days in Ecuador, and Godfred had missed me so much he greeted me with roses and a ring.
What attracted me to my husband was: He is a genuinely fantastic human being. Plus, he has a hot accent.
What attracted me to my wife was: the way she looked at me the first time she saw me. I knew I was going to marry her.
A date we went on that well always remember: Losing our money in Atlantic City
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning? It is difficult to plan a Florida wedding from New Jersey. Fortunately, the mother of the bride turned out to be an exceptional wedding planner and went above and beyond in making this day perfect.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When we had the bridal party dance (to ‘Just Like Heaven’ by The Cure), I looked around and saw our closest friends dancing and having fun. It felt perfect.
Scariest moment? We wrote our own vows. I decided to say mine in Godfred’s language (Ga), so I had his brother translate for me. I was extremely nervous about getting this part right.
Funniest moment? While walking me down the aisle, my father lost his pants. Seriously. He was wearing a rented tuxedo, and the pants were too large.
What were your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue items? Old: my great-grandmother’s earings and bracelet, New: my dress, Borrowed: my grandmother’s necklace, Blue: Blue lace underwear
How was your wedding different than the way you’d always imagined it would be? Honestly it was more amazing than I ever imagined. The only thing I regret is that it went by so fast. People always says that, but it is true. The whole evening felt like a 20 minute blur of vows and food and wine and friends and family and lots of pictures.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: joyful, romantic, and PINK
Did you write your own vows? Yes, and it was a wonderful surprise to hear what Godfred had written.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Make sure all of the tuxedo pants fit properly!

A few more of our favorites…

Congratulations Paisley + Godfred!

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  1. avatar Maria @ {ritzy bee} reply

    I love how gorgeous the spanish moss hanging off the trees looks as s backdrop…

  2. avatar Danielle @ Bliss Event Group reply

    I’ve been waiting for this one to be posted. I adore this collection of images and this couple. Each one has so much depth, I feel like I know exactly what is going on and what they are thinking. Great work and beautiful Southern touches…does it get any better?

  3. avatar Jessica Lynn reply

    every single image is striking! i especially love the one where they are framing eachothers faces!!

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Paul Lowe’s aptly-named blog, {Sweet Paul}, takes readers on a magical journey through delicious images, delightful food musings, and recipes to die for! The 42 year old food and prop stylist/crafter has written 18 cookbooks; the latest, {SLURP}Paul’s work can be seen in Country Living, Real Simple, In Style, People, Essence etc.  Originally from Oslo, Norway he now lives in New York with partner Otis and dog Tanner.  SWS gets the skinny from the oh-so-very-sweet Paul.

You must be dreaming of beautiful settings/images/creations every day.  What are you swirling around in your head right now that you would just love to bring to life?  My head is at all times full of ideas about what I can create next. What I do is that I create an “idea wall”, where I put up all the ideas I’m working on at the moment. The wall changes from week to week, all depends what Im into that week. Right now Im working on ideas for a new craft book about old fabrics. {photo by Paul Lowe}

What inspires you?  Anything can inspire me. A book, a movie, food packaging, a picture etc. I have all these little notebooks that I write down ideas in. I always have one at hand, including on my night stand. But the place I get the most inspiration is in the bathtub. Im driving my partner Otis crazy with my hour long baths.

DIY tricks for the bride: Don’t buy the ready made favor boxes and those horrible chiffon bags. Get all your friends together for an evening of favors and wine. Buy some cheep boxes and cover them with beautiful paper. A good tips is to buy a roll of a beautiful wallpaper. You will have a fun evening!

What project are you most proud of?  I’m most proud of my doilie story for Country Living. I bought a box of old doilies on ebay and turned them in to craft projects.  I love to take something that most people would not look at and turn it into something cool. I also think your readers would love this, its kinda wedding’ish.

Most challenging project? Every project is challenging, all in different ways. But trying to make some foods look great can sometimes be quite hard. Esp ice cream; you have to work super fast. And its really bad for your hands to make like 200 ice cream scoops a day.

Favorite Blogs, Magazines, Sources:  I love {Design Sponge}, {Housemartin} and {The Bedlams of Beefy}.  I loved Blueprint, very sad they closed it down, but I buy Australian Vouge Home, Elle Decoration, Gourmet and Country Living.

What’s next for you?  Next for me is more books. I’m working on some ideas for some cool craft books at the moment. 

Isn’t Paul’s work delightful?!  How about the ice tea in Mason jars, coconut cookies, or leaf-wrapped raspberry drinks for your southern soiree?  Lovely!  Thank you, Paul, for sharing these details with our readers.  We can’t wait to see what’s next on {Sweet Paul}.

[Photo Credits (clockwise from top left): knitted tea pic {Steve Guiralt},  next 6 images {Frances Janisch}, blue cookies {Colin Cooke}, cupcakes {Frances Janisch}, pink drinks {Dreyer Hensley}, ice cubes {Dreyer Hensley}, coconut cookies {Steve Guiralt}.

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  1. avatar sweetpaul reply

    You guys make me blush!So many kind words.Thank you, it means a lot to me.Paul

  2. avatar Julie reply

    These are some fabulous details! It amazes me that brides pour so much thought into every detail of their wedding. It truly makes me as a photographer even more consciencious about getting all those details in print. With so many fabulous things to photograph, the truth is the brides sometimes make us look good.

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Here is a great collection of simple bridesmaid’s bouquets from John + Stacy’s wedding yesterday (photographed by the incredible {Marie Labbancz})… all the same color, different textures, different flowers.  It’s modern and perfect.  Which is your favorite?  Congratulations John + Stacy!

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  1. avatar Danielle @ Bliss Event Group reply

    Are those peonies I see? ALWAYS a winner in my book!

  2. avatar Leah Harrison reply

    Love the Gerber daisies ~Leah

  3. avatar Rae Leytham reply

    I’m with Danielle on this one!! Peonies ALL THE WAY!

  4. avatar melissa @ the inspired room reply

    Your posts are so lovely and inspiring! Thanks for all your hard work to put them together!melissa

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