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Alabama sweethearts MarLa and Sager incorporated tons of heartfelt touches into their big day, but our favorites by far were the sweet and delicious ones! I was delighted to see a wooden cake topper from Figs & Ginger in action after spotting them at the National Stationery Show this year. Aren’t the custom silhouettes fantastic?

Perhaps sweetest of all, though, is the dessert bar Sagar’s mom made every single item, all favorites from his childhood! I love the vintage display containers almost as much as the goodies themselves.

Big thanks to White Rabbit Studios, their photographer, for sending these images our way!

emily Written with love by Emily
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Yippee!! Just a few more weeks until V5 arrives!

Erin + Brian might have shared their first kiss on a fifth grade class field trip to the planetarium, but they had no idea they would reconnect years later. Brian even brought Erin back to the same planetarium to get down on one knee and ask her to marry him. (Aww!) Though the two were so ready to get married that they considered tying the knot at city hall, they stuck it out and used their seven-month engagement to create a barn-side wedding full of DIY details and family heirlooms. We love the combination of soft cotton and succulent plants throughout their big day and the fun projection they played against their tent at the reception. Big thanks to Morgan Trinker for sharing this one with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom and I planned an entire weekend in Birmingham to find my dress and had dress fittings scheduled at 3 different stores. I knew what type of dress I was looking for, so that helped as we walked into our first appointment at The White Room. We were both shocked when I picked the second dress I tried on. I put on a third dress, but I was dying to put the second one back on. That was the easiest part of planning our wedding!
Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. It was very important to Brian that we see each other for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. The expression on his face as I was walking toward him was so worth the wait.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had two groomsmen and two bridesmaids read a passage from “This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper as Brian and I “planted” a tree. They read pages 55-57. It was long, but filled with great words every new couple should hear!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had string instruments and a pianist playing for the ceremony. It was beautiful! I walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and walked back up the aisle to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. Our first dance was to”You and I” by Michael Buble

One of my favorite Southern details from the wedding was the actual venue! Hampstead Farms was the perfect location to celebrate our marriage. I loved how naturally beautiful the growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers looked around our tent, and the gorgeous red barn was the perfect background to every photo. I am also obsessed with crafting and creating, so I love that many Southern weddings now include DIY aspects, which helped me add personal details to our big day. I handmade our save-the-dates, invitations and RSVP cards using paper from Paper Source and custom made stamps from Antiquaria. I also put together the aisle markers using burlap bows and twig wreaths, made the ring bearer pillow, and put together the wedding favors with the help of incredible friends and family. My sweet groom and his brother also made the tree candle holders which were used on the reception tables. Throughout our engagement, I was collecting lanterns and cake plates. I also had many sentimental items used that day, like my baby bonnet which was wrapped around my bouquet, and my grandmother’s doilies, which were used on several different tables.

I am terrible when it comes to flower names, but that’s where pinterest and my incredible florist came in handy. I showed them several pictures of succulents, garden roses, and ranunculus, and asked them to make wild bouquets with similar flowers and add lots of greenery. I was blown away! We had a great mix of succulents, lambs ear (my favorite), branches, and several other flowers. They also built our centerpiece flower boxes for the reception, and they turned out even better than I imagined!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We actually had five cakes and some Greek desserts. Peggy McKinney made our two-tiered white wedding cake with buttercream frosting, and our one-tiered cakes in peanut butter fudge, strawberry, and key lime. My Aunt Jeana made her homemade pineapple upside down cake (Brian’s favorite). Brian’s mother (who is Greek) and some of the Greek women from church made some other desserts like traditional wedding cookies and baklava.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. In the fifth grade, my family decided to send me to Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School. I was assigned to Mrs. Rodopoulos’ class which just so happens to be the same class Brian was in that year. I didn’t notice Brian right away — It wasn’t until a little friend of mine leaned over in math class one day and asked if I liked Brian as a boyfriend. I said no at first, but once I found out that Brian liked me, I quickly changed my mind! We became boyfriend/girlfriend that day and permanent four-square buddies. Later on that year, our class took a fieldtrip right down the street to the Gayle Planetarium. I was so excited to sit next to Brian and watch the show. Finally, right before the show was over, Brian planted a big kiss on my left temple, and HARD! It almost knocked me out of my seat! We walked around Oak Park after the show with the rest of the class, and I could not stop smiling. My first kiss! :) We lost touch after middle school, but we would run into each other occasionally throughout high school and college. In December of 2010, Brian texted me saying, “I had a dream that we went on a date last night.” I had no idea who it was because I didn’t have Brian’s number in my phone anymore. We talked back and forth for a while until I finally said yes to a date. A few nights later, Brian pulled up to my house having no idea what to expect of the night. I was shocked at how handsome Brian had become, and even more shocked at how perfectly that night went. We laughed a lot, talked about the past, and couldn’t believe that after all this time, we were hanging out again. We have been inseparable ever since then.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) As Erin was getting ready for a “family photo shoot” with her grandmother, a vintage Studebaker pulled up at the front of the house. A chauffeur knocked on the door and whisked Erin away to the Gayle Planetarium, where I first kissed her 14 years ago. I heard the car door shut and my heart stopped. What were my lines? Where is the ring? She found her way to me and my heart began beating hard. “It’s for her, it’s always been for her,” I thought, “Every beat, every breath. I need this in my life forever.” I dropped to one knee and said, “Under these stars is where I first kissed you, and under these stars is where I want to start the rest of our lives.” It was as easy as that. We took our old seats and just stared at the stars reminiscing on things past and things to come.
In what month did you get married? September
How many guests attended your wedding? About 125
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Patience! Brian and I were so ready to be married that our 7 month engagement felt more like 2 years. We mentioned city hall several times during our engagement, but we stuck it out and it was so worth the wait. Having our wonderful family and friends there to celebrate the beginning of our lives together was the best part of our wedding day.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our photographer! Our wedding pictures are the only thing we get to physically keep from that day, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to capture those sweet moments. Morgan Trinker is creative, talented, and just a genuinely happy person to be around. I highly recommend her to any bride!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle. The look on Brian’s face was more than words could ever describe. The love he feels for me and shows me every single day was displayed in front of all of our family and friends in that moment. It felt like we were the only two people there, and I couldn’t stop looking at him. All of time, money, planning and crafting. that went into the wedding doesn’t even compare to that one moment that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy it. The planning process can be so tedious at times, but some of the sweetest moments come during your engagement. The bridal showers, engagement parties, and gifts from family and friends are such a fun part of planning a wedding. Live in the moment and celebrate this exciting time with the people who mean the most to you.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Buying a house! We are currently looking for our first home together, which is both exciting and exhausting at the same time. We are eager to find a place of our own and start our own little family down the road.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I love love love everything about your wedding, Erin! Just charming!

  2. avatar Kelly C. reply

    I love the details! Beautiful work as always, Morgan!

  3. avatar Lerissa reply

    Wow! This is such a beautiful wedding! & that proposal story was beautiful!

    Every other week my fiance and I talk seriously about pushing up our date. Why wait a year? We’ve been strong so far to keep with our October 2013 date!

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When it came to Griffin’s favorite detail of their wedding, he chose the custom mix-n-match bow ties that Shannon’s mom made for them. I’m definitely on his side – especially his houndstooth one! So dapper! Along with the bow ties, this wedding was truly a labor of love. Shannon + Griffin’s big day was full of sweet handmade details like the burlap, lace and vintage button boutonnieres, the bridesmaid’s pearls, and my personal favorite their non-traditional guest book. They had guests sign quilt squares that will be sewn into a quilt, so they’ll have a lasting memory of their celebration. What a sweet idea.

Big hugs to Shannon from Vine & Light for sharing such a lovely wedding with us!

Now those are some fine dancing shoes!

I had a vision of my perfect wedding dress and looked at probably 1,000 dresses online to find something that fit my vision, but none of them would do! When I started to try on dresses, I still had no luck. Then after a few days of trying on dresses, I walked into a bridal store and saw it! My vision! I tried it on and it was perfect! Come to find out, the designer said the dress had been discontinued, but they happened to have one left in my size and sent it the next week. It was definitely meant to be.

Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted my flowers to look very natural, like I picked them myself, nothing too structured. I also love it when a bouquet is a mixture of a bunch of different flowers. For my bouquet, I had a mixture of garden roses, dusty miller, baby spray roses, dahlias, scabiosa, ranunculus, stock, and astilbe. For the bridesmaids bouquets, I had a mix of light pink and white asilbe tied with lace. For the centerpieces, Rachel Kasie Designs took all of these flowers and made every table look different! They did such a wonderful job of making my vision a reality!

Did you write your own vows? No, we had a traditional Catholic service so we used the traditional vows.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Tobit 8:4b-8, Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22, 1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:8a
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Since we had a traditional Catholic service, I walked up the aisle to Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel and the bridesmaids walked in to Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach. It was beautiful. Our first dance was to Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” It kind of sums up our relationship. At the reception, we had so many different age ranges and I wanted everyone to like the music. During dinner, I did classic oldies like Frank Sinatra, Odis Redding, Elvis, mixed with some newer music like David Mathews Band, Michael Buble, and Jack Johnson. After dinner though, that’s when the party started!

Okay, this spunky little girl is too funny! She looks like she is quite the sassy little thing!

We had a dessert table with an array of a small cakes, cup cakes, cake pops, cream puffs, éclairs, and cannolis. I wanted something simple for the cake and had it resemble milk glass, since I used a lot of milk glass for the centerpieces, along with a simple pink garden rose. The cupcakes were my favorite part! Paradise Cheesecake made beautiful cupcakes with roses, ribbons and pearls in lace cupcake holders. To top it all off, everything was delicious!!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We are high school sweethearts. We met our freshman year when we had almost every class together. We instantly became best friends! I always knew Griffin had eyes for me but I didn’t want to risk our friendship. I finally decided to give it a try our junior year and I am so happy I did! We have been inseparable ever since. We moved to Orlando together to go to college and both got jobs in the area after graduating. We always knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and after seven years of being together, he popped the question!
Describe the proposal. We went on a mini vacation to visit my maid of honor, Lindsey in New York. We had the best trip! We spent time to the city doing the touristy things, shopped, and went to see Cirque du Soleil. On the last day of our vacation, we went wine tasting and apple picking in the Hamptons. Right before we had to leave, Griffin asked me to take a walk with him around the vineyard. After a beautiful walk, Griffin got down on one knee and proposed! The setting couldn’t have been more perfect! When we walked back, the band at the vineyard dedicated a song to us! Our vacation couldn’t have ended any better!!
In what month did you get married? August
How many guests attended your wedding? 135
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes. Getting beautiful pictures was definitely important to me and we didn‘t want to have to rush. It also got rid of a lot of nerves! Even so, I don’t think anything could change the feeling I had at the moment of walking down the aisle. It still felt like it was the first time I saw him!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: (From the bride) Its hard to choose! I really loved all of the flowers! Also, the many DIY details we incorporated throughout the wedding! (From the groom) My favorite detail was my and the groomsmen’s bowties and pocket squares that Shannon’s mom made. They were all different so it gave everyone their own individuality.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My favorite Southern touches were the handmade burlap, lace, and vintage button boutonnieres, the weedy bouquets hand-tied in lace, the bridesmaid’s pearls, the groomsmen’s bowties, the milk glass centerpieces and burlap runners. Also, we didn’t do a traditional guest book. Instead, we had a quilt guestbook. We had all of our guests sign a quilt square so we will have a beautiful quilt with lasting memories of everyone that came to celebrate our big day!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Doing everything ourselves! A wedding planner wasn’t in the budget, so we had to design, find vendors, and budget everything ourselves! Luckily. my mom and mother-in-law are kind of amazing!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Definitely photography! It was the one thing I knew I wanted to spend a lot of our budget on because that is how you will remember your big day! Shannon with Vine and Light photography couldn’t have done more of an amazing job!! It was totally worth it!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle as a married couple surrounded by our friends and family!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Make sure you give yourself enough time to plan, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. The months fly by! And try not to get caught up in the excitement and over-spend! You don’t want to be in debt the first years of married life. You can save by doing a lot yourself.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just bought a house together and are in the process of making it a home! We are super excited for what God has in store for us in the future and look forward to doing whatever it is together!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Leah reply

    This is just a beautiful wedding, love the colours and all the detail, gorgeous.x

  2. avatar DecadesofVintage reply

    I love all of the vintage touches. The cameo, the retro argyle socks, the vintage books. Very beautiful and romantic.

  3. avatar Ashley reply

    LOVE the quilt guestbook. Thats what we’re doing also!

  4. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Gorgeous shoes!!! Such a whimsical wedding!


  5. avatar Crystal reply

    I love the color you chose for bridesmaid dresses. What company did you order the dresses from. What shade of pink is shown?

    • avatar Shannon reply

      Crystal: Hi! Thank you! The bridesmaid dresses are by Allure Bridesmaids style 1221 in dusty rose.

  6. avatar Erin reply

    Hey there I was just curious about the name of the color of the bridesmaids dresses.

    Thank you!

  7. avatar Kara reply

    I am in love with those table number frames. Where are they from???

  8. avatar Becky reply

    Hi, what is the color name of the bridesmaids Allure dresses in the pink Florida wedding? Thanks!

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