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One of BDK and I’s favorite things to do is reminisce about when we met. There is just something so fun about remembering our first date, as well as my absolute favorite, the silly get-to-know-you games we used to play while sitting in his hammock on the balcony of his college apartment! So, of course, I appreciated Jaimi and Mike’s super sweet proposal story all the more! I also appreciate how Jaimi defined a Southern wedding as a “close-knit support system filled with love and faith…your favorite people, supporting you in the biggest decision of your lives.” I don’t believe we could have said it better ourselves! Jaimi, you make the Sweet Tea Society proud!

Big thanks to Brooke Images for sharing this beautiful day with us!

From the time I started paying attention to wedding dress designers (probably about 10 years ago), I loved Monique Lhuillier lace dresses. My budget, however, was never going to allow me my dream Monique gown. Luckily for me, I have a very generous aunt, and upon getting engaged, she told me to pick out whatever dress I wanted and it would be her wedding gift to me. After the initial shock, excitement, and gratitude, I started my search. Then I found out that Monique Lhuillier was having a trunk sale at my favorite bridal gown shop in Atlanta, Joan Pillow! I had to wait two weeks, which was so hard because I was so excited! The fourth dress I tried on was THE dress. I was crying, my mom was crying, and even the sales person was tearing up. It was exactly what I was looking for, and I will never forget sharing that sweet moment with my mom.

My most memorable moment of the wedding was our first look. I had no expectation of what it was going to be like, and maybe because of that, I was so surprised by how much I loved having that personal moment. Due to the rain, our photographers positioned me in one spot and had Mike walk up to me. I loved that because he got to see me before I saw him, and when I turned around to see my groom, my heart just melted. Our eyes locked and there was so much raw emotion in that moment. He was shaking, I was shaking, and we both had tears in our eyes–it was just so cool!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Finding the perfect spot for our wedding was actually a huge challenge for me. I knew I did not want to do it in Atlanta (where we live), and I wanted a place with a destination feel that wasn’t super far away. I had heard great things about Amelia Island, so Mike and I went down to check it out. Not only was the property of Walker’s Landing gorgeous, but the space for the reception was warm and open and filled with huge windows to let in natural light. After seeing so many venues that did not work, I know when I saw this venue that it WOULD work.

We did not write our own vows, but we spent time piecing together our favorite lines from wedding ceremonies we found online and through our officiant. My favorite line was, “Mike and Jaimi, may you pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage. To talk and to listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other’s uniqueness, and to support, comfort, and strengthen each other through life’s joys and sorrows. May you promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as you build your lives together. May your lives be ever intertwined, your love keeping you together.”

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? My worst nightmare was that it was going to rain on my wedding day and my outdoor ceremony was going to move inside. Well, that happened, but you know what? It did not change the outcome of the day. I still married my best friend and we still danced the night away with our family and friends, and it was meaningful and beautiful. So, my biggest advice for a bride who is planning an outdoor wedding is to have a legit backup plan–not some small, dingy room in the basement of a hotel. Really put some thought into it. Go over the rain plan with your vendors so that everyone is on the same page. And at the end of the day, just enjoy it all!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: In lieu of table numbers, we designated a destination we had been together to each table. On each table card was a name of the place we’d been, and on the other side was a story about when we were there, and what we remembered/loved about it. Writing out these stories was such a fun walk through our memories together. I also loved the chalkboards for our food stations that I had ordered from a lovely lady I found on Etsy. There is something about hand lettering that makes me so happy, and our vendor delivered that in spades!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? To me, a Southern wedding means a close-knit support system filled with love and faith. Our day was filled with our favorite people, supporting us in the biggest decision of our lives. We are so lucky that both of our parents have been happily married for almost 30 years each. Additionally, this Southern wedding would not be complete without a slider station filled with barbecue pulled pork, classic cheeseburgers, and fried green tomatoes!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was two different flavors. One was called “For the Love of Chocolate” and included chocolate sponge cake, chocolate ganache, and chocolate truffle mousse. We added a raspberry drizzle since my groom loves chocolate and raspberry. The second flavor was something I came up with: coconut pound cake with raspberry and key lime cream and buttercream icing. It was so light and refreshing. As well as our large cake, we also served donuts to our guests!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met on a blind date! In November 2009, I got a text from a girlfriend from college (we were sorority sisters at FSU, go Noles!), who said she had a guy friend she had known since high school that I should meet. After a little Facebook investigation, I agreed. Meanwhile, Mike was doing the exact same thing (I guess there is no such thing as a complete blind date anymore with social media!). After exchanging some Facebook messages, we met in Buckhead, Atlanta at a fun restaurant called BluePointe. We immediately hit it off and the conversation was effortless–it was by far one of the best first dates I had been on. After that wonderful evening, Mike asked me out on a couple more dates, and from there, we became official and best friends (as cheesy as that sounds). During our courtship, we conquered the Atlanta restaurant scene–we both love to eat!
Tell us all about the proposal! On a Friday night, I got a call from Mike while I was at work. He said that he had made surprise dinner plans for us, but he would not tell me where we were going. Before we had dinner, I had plans with a girlfriend to get our nails done. A long time ago, I told Mike to never propose unless my nails were looking right, so he asked one of our good friends to go to the nail salon with me that evening. Between the manicures and surprise dinner plans, I had a good feeling about where this night was headed. When I arrived at our place, Mike had our favorite bottle of wine chilling for us to drink before dinner. It was a bottle of wine we had gotten in my hometown of Santa Barbara on a trip we took together in 2010. The name of this bottle of wine was called “Mrs,” and I always thought/hoped that we would one day drink it when I was his Mrs. It was December, so it was pretty chilly out, but our condo has a gorgeous view of the Atlanta skyline, so Mike suggested that we enjoy the “Mrs” outside. I had left my jacket in my car, so I grabbed his. He came out to see me wearing his winter coat and immediately gave me a different jacket (little did I know, the ring was in his coat pocket!). I could tell Mike was nervous, but we settled into our seats on our patio. He said “Let’s play a game–you tell one of your favorite stories about us, then I will, and we will cheers each time.” I LOVED this game and I started from the very beginning. We talked for two hours about everything we loved about the last three years we had shared together. When the time was just right, Mike got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I could not have been more happy and excited and speechless after the entire conversation! It was perfect and so us.
When did y’all get married? May 3, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 97
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I chose to walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. I have always loved that song. and my mom used to call me Sunshine was I was little, so the song was a nod to that. It turned out to be the perfect choice, because it rained the entire day until I walked down the aisle, when the sun came out as the song was played!
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? I talked the minimum down at our venue because we felt strongly that we were going to have a smaller wedding and did not want to have to spend a certain amount on food and beverages if our guest list would not accommodate that. I also used the bridesmaid bouquets as centerpieces on the head table, so right after the ceremony, my wedding planner scooped them up and put them into the vases that were waiting for them.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Oh my goodness, our band! They completely rocked our night! People were raving all night about how much fun they were. I’ve always said that if people are dancing so much, they forget to eat their cake, the wedding is a success–and ours was!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking for a house in Atlanta! We are excited for the adventures to come with home ownership and are soaking in the bliss of having nothing to do after work. We hope to travel somewhere abroad next year!

Photographer: Brooke Images / Day-Of Coordination: Flaire Weddings and Events / Venue: Walker’s Landing / Florist: Shea Hopely Flowers / Catering and Cake: Omni Hotels / Rentals: Jax Chair Boutique / Band: The Rivertown Band / Chalkboard Menus: Mary and Jack / Bride’s Gown: “Amaranth” by Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow Bridal Atlanta / Paper Products: Paper Daisies Stationery / Hair Stylist: Chelsea of Fifth Avenue Hair / Makeup Artist: Face by Maori / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff in Petal Pink / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Officiant: Michele Donnovan from Sensational Celebrations / Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman / Cake Topper: Better Off Wed

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Loverly reply

    That dress is stunning!

  2. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    They look so happy! Beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding!

  3. avatar Ashley reply

    Loved this wedding! Thank you so much for publishing it!

  4. avatar The Wedding Printer reply

    What a cute cake topper! And that cake was stunning too.

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  6. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    You can tell the couple really enjoyed themselves, even with the rain. Peonies are always beautiful and I love how there is a touch of yellow blooming from the soft pink in her bouquet.

  7. avatar Jenny reply

    Beautiful wedding!! Where did you get your koozies from?

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Chelsea + John met on Craig’s List. No really! That’s how John says they did, but with further reading, they actually met at a party thrown by Chelsea’s former roommate (whom she did find on Craig’s List!). I guess it’s a tomaydo/tomahdo thing! Either way you spin it, this adorable duo went from talking all night over tea to cheering for each other’s college football teams, to happily ever after — and that’s really all that matters. Throughout the photos from Brooke Images, you can see that this couple has a knack for focusing on what matters most. Chelsea said her favorite details of their wedding were “how we incorporated our family traditions.” What a great choice!

I love the wording on this sweet handkerchief! “Darling Mama,” too cute!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite details of the wedding were how we incorporated our family traditions. We decided to make mini jars of my late grandmother’s granola recipe to use as wedding favors. The granola recipe was something she made all of the time while I was growing up and has become a staple in our family, so we really wanted to share that with our guests. Another tradition we incorporated was John’s family cheese straw recipe in our Welcome Bags. John’s parents made a huge batch before the wedding and then John and I stuffed them into little mini bags to include with the rest of the Welcome Bag gifts. We thought it was important to share these personal touches with our guests.

My mom flew up to Charlotte, NC (where I live) to come dress shopping with me. It was important to me to do the dress shopping trip alone with my mom since she and I are really close and she knows my taste the best. We planned two full days of dress shopping. On the first day, we went to three boutiques and found several dresses we both liked, but didn’t love. On the second day, we started the morning at Hayden Olivia Bridal. We knew from the moment we walked in the door that we would find my dress there, and we were right! My exact dress didn’t exist, but I was able to custom design it with the help of the boutique owner, Heather. We took the base body from one of the Modern Trousseau styes I liked the most and added the lace straps, back detail, and the train. It was absolutely my dream dress!

Tell us all about the proposal! (In John’s words) My plan to propose to Chelsea started about five months before the actual day. During Thanksgiving 2011, I spoke to my sister, brother-in-law, and my parents about the decision I was making. With help and advice from my mother and Chelsea’s close friend, Courtney, a setting was selected to accompany the family diamond from my Great Aunt Pernie. That was the easy part….trying to surprise Chelsea and keep the secret was the hardest part. Knowing that Chelsea’s birthday was soon approaching, I came up with a plan that would, hopefully, divert the surprise. Chelsea’s 30th birthday was in April, and we had planned to celebrate with a trip to Aruba. I knew this would be the perfect time to take advantage of not only a romantic setting, but also a perfect diversion. Chelsea’s father decided to come visit for St. Patricks Day, just before our trip. One morning during his visit, he and I took Cooper (our dog) for a walk. I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to ask him for permission to marry his daughter…and he approved!! The day of Chelsea’s birthday, April 12th, I planned a number of special activities. First was a relaxing morning on the beach, followed with champagne and birthday cake delivered to the room for Chelsea’s “birthday”. We spent the afternoon having couples massages in the spa before heading down to a romantic dinner for two on the beach at sunset. I was calm and collected as dinner was served but got a little anxious as dessert was ready to begin. I presented Chelsea with her “birthday” card and asked her to read it out loud. As she read through the card, she still had no idea what was about to happen. As the sun was setting and Chelsea finished reading her birthday card, I got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage…she excitedly said “YES!”

We did! When we were first trying to decide whether or not to do the first look, we discussed it with a friend of ours who had recently been married. She explained to us that on her wedding day, the first look was the only moment she and her husband got to spend together, alone, throughout the wedding day. When we looked at it that way, we realized it was more important for us to share this special moment together, alone, than it was to have the “surprise” walking down the aisle the first time. We were so glad we took her advice and decided to do the first look. Seeing John ahead of time completely calmed my nerves prior to the ceremony. We knew there was a possibility for rain later on in the wedding day, so I was a little tense in the afternoon, not sure if the weather was going to hold up for our outdoor ceremony. Seeing John before the ceremony helped calm my nerves and it really allowed me to relax. In the end, it DID end up raining so we were so happy we took all of our first look photos, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten a lot of outdoor photos together.

Describe your wedding flowers. Gorgeous! This was one of the areas where we splurged on the budget. Our floral designer really went over the top. My favorite flower is the peony and she coordinated that into all aspects of the wedding. My bridal bouquet was a bouquet of ivory/blush peonies. The centerpieces in the room had hydrangeas, peonies, stock and garden roses, all in ivory, peach and coral tones. The show stopper was the floral chandelier that our florist designed & hung in the center of the dance floor. It was a giant ball of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. All of the colors and textures were gorgeous together. When we saw it for the first time it took my breath away.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had two cakes: a wedding cake and a groom’s cake. The wedding cake was three tiers: Key Lime, Strawberry, & Creamsycle, all covered in buttercream frosting. The groom’s cake was a surprise for John that was made into a Clemson theme. It was actually a cupcake tower with chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and a red velvet topper.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. John likes to tell everyone we met from an ad on Craigslist, but that’s not the full story! In the summer of 2009, I was looking for a new roommate to move into the townhouse that I owned. I posted an ad on Craigslist and found my amazing roommate/friend, Carey. Soon after moving in, she and I decided to throw a party at the house to celebrate her birthday. Carey’s boyfriend at the time (now husband) came to the party and brought some of his work buddies with them, one of them being John. John and I hit it off, but at the end of the night went our separate ways. Over the next couple of months, we saw each other multiple times and became friends. Six months later, we met out to celebrate John’s birthday. Although I was coming down with a cold, I decided to go out and celebrate anyway. We were all hanging out at a friend’s house and John heard me continuously coughing from the other room. The next thing I knew, he was in the kitchen making me a cup of tea to soothe my throat. Instead of heading home early, I stayed at the house and he and I ended up drinking tea together and talking for hours. I knew at that moment I was falling for him. After that night we were inseparable!
When did y’all get married? May 11, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 82
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did. John and I thought it was important to make the ceremony unique to us and extremely personal, so we wrote our vows to each other. We each included (unknowingly) humorous parts about cheering for each other’s football teams (I am a huge FSU fan & his team is Clemson), but also included sentimental parts as well, with vows and promises to each other.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We wanted to make sure the songs we chose had meaning to us. The song we chose to be played by the violinist as I walked down the aisle was “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. We chose “Stuck like Glue” by Sugarland as the song the violinist played as we walked back down the aisle. We both love this song and it always makes us laugh when it comes on, so it was the perfect pick. John chose our first dance song, “Take Me There” by the Rascal Flatts. When John first chose it, I had never heard of it. He urged me to listen to the words and said it always reminded him of me when he heard it. I liked the idea of him choosing our first dance song and soon loved the song as much as he did. Another important song for us was the dance John did with his mother. John’s mom is a recent breast cancer survivor. When she was going through chemotherapy, John and his sister had bought his mom an iPod and uploaded inspirational songs for her to listen to as she got her treatment. One of the most memorable songs was “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw. John chose this to surprise his mom for the Mother/Groom dance. The song represented how she lived life to the fullest and overcame cancer. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was a lace hankie John’s mom lent me that was John’s grandmothers. My something blues were my shoes and my clutch. My something old was the lace for my veil. We used the lace from my mom’s wedding dress to create the lace trim on my veil. This was very special to me and I am looking forward to passing my veil along in the family one day. My something new was my dress.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I would have to say the most Southern thing about our wedding was the setting. The venue where we had the ceremony and reception, Walker’s Landing, is located on the marsh in Amelia Island, FL. The venue is surrounded by large oak trees with Spanish moss hanging from them. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge, by far, was planning a destination wedding and coordinating all of the extra details from a distance. Having our wedding in Amelia Island and planning from Charlotte, NC made it difficult to schedule meetings with vendors. We would take weekend trips to drive the 5 1/2 hours and try to squeeze all of our meetings on a Saturday. It was a lot of schedules to coordinate & a lot of details to confirm in a short period of time.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It would be hard to choose just one. We felt as though we truly assembled the “dream team” of vendors while planning our wedding. Each of our vendors were amazing and went above and beyond to make their part of the wedding perfect.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s hard to choose just one, but one of the most memorable moments was the end of the night when John and I got on stage with the band and sang with them. I just remember looking around the room at all of our close friends and family, who were singing and dancing, and feeling so blessed and loved in that moment.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Try not to let the planning stress get to you and just enjoy the process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We bought a house together last year, four months after we got engaged, but didn’t really have time to work on it with the wedding planning. Now that the wedding is over, we are spending our weekends decorating it together and buying new furniture. We are enjoying being married and making our house into a home with our dog, Cooper.

Photographer: Brooke Images | Videographer: House of Films | Planner: Flaire Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Walker’s Landing at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation | Florist: Shea Hopely | Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake Baker: Bliss Cupcakery | Caterer: The Omni Amelia Island Plantation | Rentals: Jax Chair Boutique | Lighting: Mark Grandin | Band: The Rivertown Band | Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau | Invitations and Welcome Bag Tag: SMOCK from Salutations | Welcome Bag Stationary, Labels, Watercolor Map, Reception Menu, and Program: A & P Designs | Bride’s Flower and Bracelet: BHLDN | Veil: Custom Design by Hayden Olivia Bridal | Hair Stylist: Casey Does Hair | Makeup Artist: KimTasha | Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Misha,” “Anita,” and “Mollie” Styles from J.Crew | Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony Musician: The String Group | Officiant: Karen Roumillat | Calligrapher: Lettering by Liz | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Versona Accessories | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Love Ophelia | Welcome Bag Orange Cake in a Jar: Edible Art | Welcome Bag Fudge: Fantastic Fudge | Cake Topper Monogram: Cotswold Marketplace | Cake Stand: Sarah’s Cake Stands | John’s Tie Patch: Dana Marie Creations | Cooper’s Bow Tie Collar and Leash: Silly Buddy | Lounge Pillows: Caitlin Wilson Design | Monogrammed Trays: Southern Belle Boutique | Guest Plate: InAGlaze

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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What a dapper dog! Also loving their gorgeous flowers and all of the special songs they chose!

  2. avatar Ivy Ellen reply

    This is such a beautiful wedding. I love all the intricate details especially how the menu cards are placed into the folded napkins – congratulations to you both

  3. avatar Desiree reply

    Oh my! So much amazing goodness in this wedding! LOVE Brooke Images, Shea Hopely, AND A&P Designs – oh my! Great job everyone :) I’m totally in love with this puppy and all the sweet custom details

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    Gorgeous wedding! Loved that John likes to say you both met on Craigslist lol. If not the whole story at least it’s a funny one. Great job on the details.

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  7. avatar Cassandra reply

    Thank you so much for featuring Chelsea and John’s wedding! It was a pleasure working with them and their families on such a beautiful, happy occasion.

  8. avatar Meghan reply

    gorgeous wedding! can someone share where the bridesmaids dresses, necklaces and shoes are from? i love everything about that look!

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“We like frosting.” The banner above Jeni + Nate’s dessert table (crafted by Beaches Pastry) pretty much sums up this sweeter than sweet wedding, don’t you think? The Southern Weddings gals all adored the mix and match centerpieces full of poppies put together by Shea Hopely, and are so glad Brooke Images was on hand to capture all of the pretty!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The main things were the beautiful venues, especially the reception site with the spectacular hanging moss on the trees surrounding it.
Describe your wedding cake: I preferred the homemade cake look that has been really popular lately on the wedding blogs and in the DIY scene. To me, it looked so much more appealing and appetizing than a perfect, hard, decorative cake fondant. I found a pastry chef that was amazing and she concocted the most unusual strawberry cake, made with real strawberries. It tasted as though you were biting into a strawberry. She topped it off with a variety of frostings: buttercream, strawberry buttercream, and cream cheese. There were 3 small cakes and several dozen cupcakes for variety. What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was time. I’m in a Masters program for Interior Design in DC and my semester lasted from January to the middle of May. I had almost no time to plan! Critical elements came together in the last 2-3 weeks before the wedding (like finding the DJ, minister, baker, and florist!). I think this proves that anything is possible.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 – $25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The flowers! My florist was amazing, I could never have come close to what she did. I had a vision and I needed someone who could implement that and Shea Hopely was flawless. What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Definitely when my dad was walking me down the aisle and I was able to see all at once everything coming together, from the music and clothing to the decorations and the setting. I had so many concerns, but the whole scene was better than I had hoped and the sense of support, to have all of our friends and family in the audience, was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? I was very inspired by the traditional nature of the royal wedding, which took place about 1 month before our wedding. The content resonated with me so much that I literally transcribed every word and used it as a starting point. It turns out that a lot of it is simply traditional vows, but it also inspired other readings and aspects of our ceremony. I particularly loved the clear explication of exactly why we get married which provides a foundation for the rest of the ceremony.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are staying in DC! I recently began working for an architect firm as a designer, and Nate is continuing his job on the Hill. We’re both enjoying married life and I’m particularly excited to design our home!

Photographer: Brooke Images // Planner: Christina Kopecki // Venue: The Plantation Beach Club // Florist: Shea Hopely Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Beaches Pastry // Caterer: The Plantation // Paper Products: Paper Source, designed by the bride // Bride’s Dress: Amsale via PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Suzanne Newman // Bride’s Shoes: Classiques Entieres // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBGeneration // Accessories: earrings from MontBlanc

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