Google+Ali Harper Archives - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Tag: Ali Harper

Choosing a wedding venue is no small task–the location and your surroundings set the tone for your entire wedding day, and as a result, this decision can be one of the hardest for brides to make (it certainly was for me!). For Caroline and Will, however, their venue was a no-brainer: the stunning home that Caroline’s great-grandparents built in the 1920’s. Her parents had been married there as well, and along with the gorgeous property and its landscape, the history that the house held served as Caroline and Will’s biggest source of inspiration. Caroline’s family poured their hearts into renovations prior to the wedding, and the sweetness of the memories that it held were palpable as Caroline and Will became husband and wife. I can only imagine how special this place will continue to be for generations to come!

Thank you so much to Ali Harper for sharing this incredible day with us!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We were married in the front yard of my grandfather’s house. I’ve always wanted to be married there because my parents were married there as well, and it’s the most special place in the world to me. My great-grandparents built the house in the 1920’s, and just before I got engaged, my parents decided to buy and move into the house. This was no easy undertaking! My grandfather had recently passed away and the house was in major disrepair. The entire year before the wedding, my parents were up to their elbows in renovations, on top of wedding planning. Will and I are both so grateful and humbled by the fact that my parents would put in so much work to make our wedding dreams come true, and without a doubt, everything was more incredible than we could have imagined. One of the most amazing parts of the day was getting to share this place with all of our loved ones. There is an incredible warmth about the house, and it proved to be the perfect wedding venue. We wanted our wedding to have a reverence to it, but we also wanted people to feel comfortable and at home. Nothing achieves that more than a backyard wedding at your own home!

It doesn’t get much more Southern than an outdoor wedding under 100+ year old oak trees, does it? But more than that, one of the things I love most about the South is how much we Southerners value our heritage, and to Will and I, that meant honoring our families in details throughout the wedding. Of course, we were married in my family home, but we also tried to bring in other sentimental touches throughout. Will’s aunt gave me some Victorian, wax roses, which she and Will’s mom had both worn on their wedding days, that had belonged to their great-grandmother. We tied them to toasting goblets to use while we cut our cake. My grandfather loved bow ties and was always sporting some kind of festive tie, no matter the occasion, so we asked our guests to wear bow ties, and of course, the wedding party all wore mix and match green ties, too! The details like that, that most guests probably never noticed, served as little reminders that while this day was all about us, there are so many wonderful people who have made us who we are, and who we needed to honor on such an important occasion.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? The decision to do a first look really came down to timing and pictures. We wanted to go straight to the reception from our ceremony, rather than taking photos during that time. Plus, we knew that getting to see each other before the ceremony would help calm our nerves, and it might be the only alone time we’d get all day.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We chose the traditional Episcopal marriage rite, but our officiant was Will’s step-grandfather. He did such an amazing job of speaking to our relationship during the homily. It was such a gift to have someone we know so well marry us, and he made our ceremony so moving and magical.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We chose a variety of readings–scripture, a wedding prayer I found, and a poem by E.E. Cummings. It’s very overwhelming to choose readings that represent your relationship, but we decided to choose things that spoke to us, regardless of tradition.

I think what made our wedding day special was that we were in this gorgeous space that has so much history in my family and a personality all its own. It meant that every detail of our day was so personal, and our guests could really feel that love and warmth, not only between Will and me, but the love of all the family members who have spent time in this house, and all of the happy memories that have happened there. It was a dream come true for me, and since Will knew how important it was to me, it meant a lot to him too. The best part is that we’ll get to bring our children home to THEIR grandparents’ house one day, and we’ll get to share with them about all the great times that have been had there. It’ll be such an honor to pass along that tradition.

For both of us, our ceremony was simply magical. The sun was shining down through these gorgeous old oak trees, the breeze was blowing, the birds were chirping, and we had all of our loved ones right there with us. It was truly breathtaking to feel all of that love around us, and it made our whole day magical. I think every guest felt that–many of the male guests have admitted to me that they cried during our ceremony! And, of course, during the reception, there was great music playing, amazing food, loving friends and family, and endless bottles of champagne. What more can a bride and groom really ask for during their wedding reception?

Describe your wedding flowers. First and foremost, I wanted our wedding flowers to feel like they could have been gathered out of the yard. I wanted them to be unfussy, with lots of greenery, and I wanted to include flowers that smelled nice! My bouquet included garden roses, lily of the valley, sprigs of lavender, and seeded eucalyptus, and Will’s boutonniere had roses, lily of the valley, lavender, and rosemary.

I was a very decisive bride from day one, and I knew exactly what kind of cake I wanted and where I wanted it to be in the house! We have this great photo of my parents cutting their wedding cake in the dining room, exactly where our cake was, and that picture served as my inspiration for our cake. We chose a classic, three-tiered almond cake with buttercream icing and white flowers in between the layers. It was unfussy, but elegant. Will wanted a decadent chocolate and peanut butter groom’s cake, so that’s what he got!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at a mutual friends’ wedding! Will walked me to my seat in the church, and the rest is history. Even though we lived in different states at the time, we visited each other as often as we could, and became inseparable immediately.
Tell us all about the proposal! After asking my dad, Will knew he had to pop the question fast before the news got–secrets don’t last long in my family! He took me to our favorite restaurant in Atlanta, called ahead to secure my favorite table, and as soon as we sat down, they brought us champagne. I have no idea how he asked because my head was spinning, but I said yes! It was so special to have a few hours to ourselves before calling all of our friends and family and sharing the good news!
When did y’all get married? April 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had always dreamed of wearing my mother’s wedding dress, which is just the epitome of classic elegance–an a-line, off-the-shoulder satin gown. But when I tried it on soon after getting engaged, I didn’t get that magical feeling I always thought I would. I agonized over whether to look for my own gown or wear my mom’s for months, until finally, my mom convinced me to go dress shopping. If I didn’t find anything I liked better, the decision would be made for me. One weekend, my mom, mother-in-law, and I all planned to spend a Saturday trying on dresses in Atlanta, but the second I put on the first gown at our first appointment, I knew it was the one. It seemed like the entire store went quiet, and it just went perfectly with everything we’d already planned for the day. We cancelled all the other appointments we had made and never looked back!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was that we were planning a wedding in a construction zone, so it was easy to let nerves and worry creep in. A month before the wedding, the house still had a long way to go, but we just had to stay calm and decide that no matter what came together at the last minute and what had to be left off the list, we were going to run with it. Throwing a wedding in your own home is not for the faint of heart! It’s worth it, but terrifying!
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? If you’re getting married in a non-traditional wedding venue, especially a private residence, throw whatever budget you may have found online out the window! You’ll have a lot of expenses most brides don’t have to worry about (like renting chairs, glasses, dinnerware, a dance floor, and lighting), but you’ll also get to save money in places, too. For example, if you get to hire your own bartenders and don’t have to go through a venue’s bar, we found a lot of savings in places like that. First and foremost, we made a point to look at all of our vendor options before making a decision, and I think that’s where we were able to be the most conscious of our budget.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? If you have the opportunity to choose a venue that you truly love and that speaks to you, it’ll pay off in spades. For one, you won’t need to do as much decorating in the space, and having a venue with personality will help guide all of the decisions you make. Our venue had gorgeous old oak trees and lush greenery everywhere, so we knew that all of the other details needed to have a similar feel. Also, if you’re getting married in your own home, you need to hire a day-of coordinator. This was an expense that my mom initially thought we didn’t need, but our coordinator, Jenna, was amazing and really enabled my parents to be parents of the bride on the wedding day, rather than owners of the wedding venue. I’m so grateful for that. Also, something WILL go wrong, and you don’t want to have to fix it yourself.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Our big project right now is turning our little 1920’s bungalow in Atlanta into our cozy sanctuary in the city. We both love creative projects, and we have big plans for our little cottage!

Photographer: Ali Harper Photography / Videographer: Mehran Moin / Day-of Coordinator: Wedding and Events by Jenna Laine / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Ron Barrett / Cake Baker: Couture Cakes / Caterer: Clifton Morrissette Catering / Rentals: Mobile Popcorn Company / Ceremony Musicians: Atkinson Duo / Band: Square One / Bride’s Gown: Reem Acra / Hair Stylist: Cameron Bush of Cara & Company / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

lisa Written with love by Lisa
3 Comments
  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Such a sweet wedding! Loved the dress! one of my favorite Atlanta weddings featured. :)

  2. avatar Belinda reply

    This wedding has all the elements of an almost perfect wedding!! From the venue to the colors, flowers, cakes…everything was done so tastefully, sweetly, and comfortably…yet such a breath of sophistication…I’m sure no one in attendance will ever forget this young couple’s special day!!

  3. avatar Caroline’s proud Dad reply

    It was my honor, to be invited, to your wedding. You have always been special, but never more than the day that we gave you to Will.

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

For the last two years, working with this talented Atlanta crew has been a highlight of my summers. As I’m sure you’d agree if you’ve taken a peek at our wildflower or Fine Feathered Fete shoots, these people are crazy talented! We had the most beautiful August day at Serenbe to stage this shoot, and we’re so grateful Blue Ribbon Vendor Anna K Photography was on hand to snap these behind the scenes pictures!

Yes, Sun in My Belly created that delicious food out of the back of their SUV! My mind was blown :)

We’ll do anything to get the right angle, including climbing into a tree house!

Thanks to Paul Moody of Before Your Eyes who set this beautiful day in motion with his behind the scenes film!

See the final photos and full list of vendors right here!

emily Written with love by Emily
3 Comments
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Such a fun day!! This team is so amazing!

  2. avatar Maureen (@SheisMoments) reply

    I love the Paul Moody video! It’s always so fun to see you guys in action behind the scenes. I feel like I was there almost! :)

  3. avatar Dana reply

    my absolute favorite!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

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
38 Comments
  1. avatar Morgan reply

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

  2. avatar Southern Weddings V7: In Full Bloom Behind the Scenes – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] a highlight of my summers. As I’m sure you’d agree if you’ve taken a peek at our wildflower or Fine Feathered Fete shoots, these people are crazy talented! We had the most beautiful August […]

  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!

  6. avatar Board#302: Forest Folly | magnolia rouge reply

    […] from top left; Couple with van CLAYTON AUSTIN / Groom ALI HARPER via SOUTHERN WEDDINGS / Cocktails DANIELLE POFF / Desserts on stand CLAYTON AUSTIN / Wooden Spoons / Calligraphy Bride […]

  7. avatar Wildflowers & Springtime Inspiration » Garnish Boutique – All Things Dressed reply

    […] credits: left – Anouschka Rokebrand, bottom right – Love By Serena, top right – Ali Harper for Southern […]

  8. avatar Blush and Navy Wedding Inspiration The Bride Link reply

    […] Wedding Sparrow | Stationary: by  Yes Ma’am Paper Goods Photo by  Ali Harper via Southern Weddings | Wedding Cake: Cake by  Elegance On Display Photo by We Heart Photography via Style Me Pretty | […]

  9. avatar Wedding Trends 2015: A Floral Perspective | crazyforus reply

    […] by heline bekker photography / image 16: photography by heline bekker photography  / image 17: photography by ali harper photography / image 18: photography by birds of a […]

  10. avatar UNIQUE WEDDING IDEAS « Curly Designer reply

    […] garden full of flowers’ it is so obvious you will want to use flowers on your wedding , but this couple made it their inspiration for all. Simple yet very gentle and […]

  11. avatar Bridesmaid Dress Trends for 2015 | The Fete Blog reply

    […] image via Southern Weddings […]

  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

  13. avatar St. Patricks Day Spring Wedding Inspiration Green Leather | Storyboard Wedding reply

    […] from top left: Ruffled, Etsy, Style Me Pretty, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Etsy, Southern Weddings, I love Wednesdays, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, Green Wedding […]

  14. avatar Unique bridesmaid style ideas to make your bridal party stand out on your big day – Wedding Party reply

    […] Ali Harper via Southern Weddings […]

  15. avatar 10 Ideen zur Deko der Kirchenbank und Trauungslocation | Hochzeitsblog – The Little Wedding Corner reply

    […] 4 – Ste­fan Roehl; 5-, 6– Hunter Ryan Photo via  every last detail; 7 Ali Harper via South­ern Wed­dings; 8 und 9; 10 – Ann-Kathrin Koch; 11– via Real Sim­ple; 12 – Matthew Mor­gan – Wed­ding […]

  16. avatar Courtney reply

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

  17. avatar 10 Ways To Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever reply

    […] Photo by Ali Harper via Southern Weddings […]

  18. avatar Ashley reply

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

  19. avatar Watercolour Wonderful Wedding Inspiration | SouthBound Bride reply

    […] row (l-r): Watercolour bridesmaids {Ali Harper}; cake {Alexa Loy}; ribbons {Jose Villa/Kate Holt Of Flowerwild } Row 2: Reception […]

  20. avatar 20 Watercolor Wedding Ideas for the Summer – MODwedding reply

    […]  Featured Photography: Ali Harper via Southern Weddings […]

  21. avatar 20 Floral Print Wedding Cakes | SouthBound Bride reply

    […] Shop via The Glitter Guide; 13- Cake Power via Huffington Post; 14- Ali Harper/Sugar and Slate via Southern Weddings; 15- Melissa Biador/Hey there, Cupcake! via The Cake Blog; 16- Cake Ink via Polka Dot Bride; 17- […]

  22. avatar Tuesday Trends: Unexpected Florals | The Dandelion Patch reply

    […] Featured Below: Southern Weddings […]

  23. avatar 10 Stunning Bridesmaid Dress Looks – Blush and Bowties reply

    […] Image Via Southern Weddings  […]

  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

  25. avatar 10 WAYS TO BE THE BEST BRIDESMAID EVER | Smart Bride-to-bes reply

    […] Photo by Ali Harper via Southern Weddings […]

  26. avatar #fridayfaves – august 28 reply

    […] 1. This gorgeous floral wedding suite featured on Southern Weddings. […]

  27. avatar Top 4 Bridesmaid Dresses Trends Your Maids Will Love in Fall/Winter | Smart Bride-to-bes reply

    […] credit: Ali Harper via Southern Weddings | Jose Villa via Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Bek Grace via Ruffled Blog | Nicolai […]

  28. avatar 5 Stunning Modern Vintage Summer Bridesmaids Looks reply

    […] ~ Bridesmaid Dresses Eden by Charlie Jade via ShopBop Photography Ali Harper via Southern Weddings, 2 ~ Lauren Fair Photography, 3 ~ Bridesmaids Dresses Forever New Photography Bek Grace via […]

  29. avatar 5 Spring 2015 Bridesmaids Trends Your Ladies Will Love reply

    […] ~ Bridesmaid Dresses Eden by Charlie Jade via ShopBop, Photography by Ali Harper via Southern Weddings, 2 ~ Photography by Jordanna Marston via LMD, 3 ~ Bridesmaid Dresses LindyBop, Photography […]

  30. avatar Blush pink and Navy Blue Wedding Inspiration reply

    […] credits : Stationary: by  Yes Ma’am Paper Goods Photo by  Ali Harper via Southern Weddings | Blush wedding dress – JessicagoldPhotography | drink […]

  31. avatar Frock + Flowers // Floral Print Dresses | Ultimate Bridesmaid reply

    […] Image credits: Top left: Elizabeth Anne Designs | Top right: 100 Layer Cake | Bottom left: Wedding Wire | Bottom right: Southern Weddings […]

  32. avatar In Full Bloom: Pretty Floral Print Bridesmaid Inspiration reply

    […] 4) ASOS; 5) & 6) Show Me Your Mumu; 7) & 8) Plum Pretty Sugar; 9) ASOS; 10) Ali Harper via Southern Weddings; 11) Lisa Dawn Photography via Bridal Musings; 12) Show Me Your Mumu; 13)  Shane and Lauren […]

  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!

  34. avatar 12 Hermosas Invitaciones de Boda con Diseño Floral y Caligrafía | El Blog de una Novia reply

    […] Hermosa Invitación de Boda. Imagen de Souther Weddings. […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close
Top