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Emily and I were just talking the other day about how hard it is to find a single bridesmaid’s dress that looks fab on everyone. Cee Cee’s ‘maids have taken on the challenge and they all look gorgeous in their grey one-shoulder frocks! It’s the bride, however, that looks positively radiant in her glamorous dress and dotted veil. She and her mom agreed to keep the dress a secret until the big day and we love the sweet photos that resulted from the surprise! We’re giving out big hugs to KT Merry who shared Cee Cee + Chad’s wedding with us!

Isn’t this shot of Cee Cee’s gals all seeing her for the first time so sweet? That’s what friends are for :)

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) We were introduced by mutual friends when Cee Cee moved home from college. We were friends for a few years before we started dating.
Describe the proposal. Chad called me one Monday morning and told me we had a charity event to attend that Thursday evening. Thursday came, and we left for the event that I knew was taking place in a hangar at our small private airport. As part of the event, they were giving quick sunset flights over the coast and then dinner back at the airport. Chad and I boarded the plane and took off, flew out towards the beach and along the coast. As we approached our favorite beach, “Will You Marry Me” was written hugely in the sand. At first I thought how lucky the other girl was, and then turned to show Chad. As I turned around, he had my ring in his hand. I was so shocked the message was for me that I didn’t see all of our friends standing on the beach waving at us in the plane. The best part was there really wasn’t a charity event back at the airport and we were able to go celebrate with our family and friends!

In what month did you get married? February
How many guests attended your wedding? 240
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: When I was young, my mom and I agreed that when it was my time to find my wedding dress, it would be just the two of us. When the day finally came, we went to a friend’s store, Tie the Knot in Naples to just start looking. The sixth or seventh dress I tried on was absolutely perfect. My mom and I both got tears and knew it was “the one!” We decided that day to keep the dress a secret. No one had any idea what my dress looked like until I put it on for the wedding! It was so much fun and so special to share that once in a lifetime experience with just my mom.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Chad and I both knew exactly what were looking for in a husband and wife and waited patiently until we found the perfect person. “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison was the perfect wedding song for us, then.
Describe your wedding flowers: Simply elegant. I wanted lots of candle light in the reception so I went with simple tall arrangements of baby’s breath with white taper candles. For the low centerpieces we had large full arrangements with white hydrangeas a bit of soft greenery and soft pink roses.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our cake was a beautiful and traditional white, five-tiered cake with a simple white flower topper. The only dessert we ever eat is cheesecake, so we decided to have a raspberry cheesecake at our wedding. It was different than the traditional wedding cake but came as a pleasant surprise to all of our guests!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our band, The Headliners. The most important thing to us was that our guests were comfortable and had a great time. The Headliners were amazing and kept all of our guests out on the dance floor the entire evening, regardless of age!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time in church. There is simply no other feeling like it!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax, have fun, and make it your own. Be sure to enjoy the planning process because once your wedding day arrives, it will go so quickly you’ll be sad when it’s over!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are excited to continue building our careers and begin growing our family.

Photographer: KT Merry Photography // Videographer: Elite Weddings // Planner: Nancy Goldzsak // Ceremony venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Grey Oaks Country Club // Florist: Grace Lakes Florist // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Mikkelsen’s Bakery // Lighting: Jack Black Productions // Paper Products: Paper Lantern // Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza, style RK2010931 // Bride’s Shoes: Elie Tahari // Bride’s Belt: Lazaro // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier Bridesmaids style 450002 in platinum

KT Merry is a member of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    That ruffle gown is just too cute!

  2. avatar molly stillman reply

    OHMYGOLLY i love her dress. i am obsessed.

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    We love chic beach weddings! And that bouquet is to-die-for.

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    The hair and makeup for bride and bridesmaids was beautiful!! Loved the dresses on all the ladies too! Thanks for sharing!

  6. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Her shoes are so stylish! I need a pair… :D

    And those bouquets – both the bride’s and the bridesmaids’ – are way gorgeous! I love that the bride has a bouquet of different flowers! :)

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My sister and I just booked our hotels for our March trip to Paris! It made me extra excited, then, when Emily told me we’d be featuring Natalia + Levi’s wedding on the blog this week. When Natalia + Levi planned their Georgia plantation wedding, they had one thing in mind: the shabby chic combo of the style of Parisian flea markets and the warmth of Southern cotton fields. If Parisian flea markets look anything like this wedding, then I’m already a fan! I love how the couple’s pink and gold invitation suite was the perfect hint at what’s to come and how glitz and glamor still made an appearance in the small details — whether it was the gold foil envelope liners or the bejeweled bridesmaids’ dresses. I say this about a lot of things, but I really mean it when I say I’m completely smitten with N + L’s altar setup. The fireplace mantel and rug were finds that created the feeling of home at the altar and were repurposed after “I do.” We can’t thank Melissa Schollaert Photography enough for sharing!

Want to see more of this Real Wedding? Pick up a V4 to take a look at their feature on pages 190-198.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
Levi and I met our senior year of high school during a college tour at the University of Georgia. We immediately fell in love, but not with each other (that comes later!). We both fell in love with Athens, Georgia. Four years later, we both graduated from UGA and started planning a Southern affair in the same town where we met and built our relationship.
Describe the proposal: In December 2009, Levi took me on a ski trip in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for my Christmas present. Being the Christmas freak that I am, Levi humored me by walking around the streets with hot chocolate in hand, enjoying the lights, decorations, and carolers. We walked along in the snow and next thing I knew, Levi was down on one knee! I, of course, acted like a doofus and kept asking him if he was joking. I hadn’t seen it coming! He reassured me that he was, in fact, not joking and for me to please stop asking if he was. I think his exact words were “Darn it, Natalia, it’s a real diamond! So, yes?” My answer was somewhere along the lines of “uh, YEAH!” (Alas, I’ve never been one with words).
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Personal, romantic, and surprise-filled.
How many guests attended your wedding? 125
Favorite design element of your big day: I’m still completely in love with the antique mantel that we used at the ceremony. Anything with white chippy paint pulls at my heart strings and the mantel is no exception. I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it in our house. Combined with the heirloom rug, pitcher, pillar candles, and various floral elements, the end result couldn’t have been more romantic.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding my wedding dress was by no means an easy process! I was completely jaded by wedding dress television shows. I probably tried on about 100 dresses and became extremely frustrated that I wasn’t crying or having any of the other emotions you see on TV. When I got to La Raine’s, my consultant gave me advice that completely changed my outlook on the process. She told me that sometimes you don’t have an “ah-ha!” moment. Sometimes, the dress becomes truly special because it’s yours. She was right. I bought a dress that day and made it my own by ordering a custom belt from Etsy.
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: The flowers were simply amazing! The personal flowers were exactly what I had envisioned. Pat was able to maximize my budget by using flowers with full blooms to create the biggest impact. She used peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus, anemones, tulips, and baby’s breath throughout the reception. She knocked it out of the park! My co-workers in the floral department of Epting Events, Bart Scott and Leigh Frazier, provided the beautiful wreath and log arrangement for the mantle at the ceremony. They took my vision and propelled it to new heights
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: Our entire ceremony was perfect. From the aisle mowed out of the tall grass and antique fireplace mantle as the altar, to the mixture of bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides of the aisle, the entire ceremony was very “us.” I was also able to surprise my mom, a huge fan of gospel music, with a choir performing “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” for the recessional. They sat among the other guest and surprised everyone at the end, Love Actually style!

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography // Planner: bride, Epting Events // Designer: bride, Epting Events // Venue: Tucker Plantation // Florist: MG Floral // Wedding Cake Baker: Classic City Confections // Caterer: Epting Events // Bridesmaid Dresses: Paul & Joe Sister // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca // Hair Stylist: Scoobie West // Makeup Artist: Scoobie West // Bride’s Shoes: Max Studio // Bride’s Jewelry: earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane // Bride’s Veil or Hair Accessory: veil by Brenda’s Bridal Veils, hair flower by DK Designs // Bride’s Other Accessories: belt from Daniel Design // Groom’s Fashion: Indochino // Groomsmen Fashion: groomsmen’s own // Paper Goods: Red Table Stationary // Rentals: Epting Events // Linens: Epting Events and Cloth Connection // Table runners: screen printed by Satisfactory Print Shop // Reception Décor: cake mugs from Anthropologie, heart pine table tops from Epting Events // Lighting: monogrammed gobo from Epting Events and Live Event Solutions

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ashley reply

    What kind of flowers are those in the first picture?

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  3. avatar caroline reply

    Absolutely love the invitations!! Can I ask where they are from??
    xxoo! Caroline

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Caroline! Natalia’s invitations are from Red Table Stationery ( Hope that helps!

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  9. avatar Michele reply

    Can you tell me more about the altar rug? I think it’s a beautiful detail and would love to find something similar. Thanks!

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