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When I think of New Year’s Eve, I think of the gold and gilded, the sparkly details, and celebrating with friends and family. Lizzie + Greg must have been thinking the exact same thing — their December 31 wedding rung in the New Year with winter wedding style. Lizzie went monotone with her dress and flowers, opting for a round bouquet of white roses to blend in with her lace Enzoani dress, while her bridesmaids carried dark purple calla lilies to match their black ensembles. Lizzie + Greg exchanged vows at the Blessed Sacrament, where poinsettias and Christmas trees wrapped in lights provided a festive backdrop. I love that Lizzie kept a fur stole handy for the winter weather — perfect for snuggling next to her new hubby in these photos by Nate Henderson and for being whisked off to their reception.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a mutual friend’s apartment at a small party. We started talking and the rest is history.
Describe the proposal. I came home from work on a Friday and there were rose petals lining the hallway into the living room. On the dining room table there were red roses and a bottle of champagne. Greg got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, exciting, loving
In what month did you get married? December
How many guests attended your wedding? 200
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We both agree it was the reception location. The Telfair is such a beautiful historic place and really added a special element to the affair.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? All of the venues during the wedding weekend were rooted in Southern tradition. Our rehearsal dinner was held at Garibaldi’s Café, in which we had the famous Crispy Flounder as an option. The reception was held at the Telfair Museum, one of the oldest museums in the South. We also had a Saturday night party thrown for us by my maid of honor, Ellen Williams, at the Oglethorpe Club. Other than the location, the food was the only real Southern touch at the wedding. We had food stations, instead of a seated dinner, which tends to be a Southern tradition. The Southern foods included fried green tomatoes, low country grits, pulled pork and collard greens egg rolls, and brown sugar and bourbon ribs, among other things.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew exactly what I wanted, but couldn’t find it. Then I saw a picture of Paula Abdul (who typically dresses horribly) in a black lace dress. I knew that I needed it in white. It turns out that it actually was a wedding dress and she dyed it black! Even better, a coworker of mine’s husband worked for the dress designer, so I got the dress at cost.
Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a ball of white roses to blend into my dress and the bridesmaids carried dark purple calla lilies to blend into their black dresses. When it came to flowers, I wanted all white balls with no leaves or greenery at all. As for the centerpieces, they alternated between balls of white roses and hydrangeas, as well as giant gold branches with candles hanging off of them with roses and hydrangeas at the base. The museum was so beautiful that I didn’t want to bring color into it to distract from the natural beauty.

Photographer: Nate Henderson // Videographer: Savannah Wedding Films // Planner: Tricia Huddas and Co. // Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament // Reception venue: Telfair Museum // Florist: Garden on the Square // Wedding Cake Baker: Two Cakes // Caterer: Cape Creations Catering, Inc. // Rentals and Linens: Ranco // Lighting: Stage Front // Paper Products: Sarah Salvatoriello // Bride’s Dress: Enzoani // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: earrings from Badgley Mishka, bracelet from J. Crew, veil was custom made, crystal sash from J. Crew // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Enzoani

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Alex reply

    Dying over her earrings! Can’t find them on the Badgley Mischka site, but jeez her ensemble is stunning!

  2. avatar Handmade Wedding Albums reply

    Love the black bridesmaid dresses, such a stunning contrast to the beautiful white wedding dress. Classic and beautiful.

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  4. avatar Alicia reply

    Where can I find the details on these black enzoani bridesmaid dresses?? I am in love!

  5. avatar Michele reply

    I am in love with the gold engagement ring pictures above. Any details on the designer or collection? Thanks!

  6. avatar Heather reply

    I would also love to know more about your bridesmaid dresses, I am in love with the belt detail.

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Looking through these photos from Lauren Larsen, you would never guess that the ranch where Lauren + Tommy were married had caught on fire two months before the wedding. Thankfully, this Oklahoma event was the work of a community who cleared out charred trees and made Lauren’s family ranch beautiful. Guests took in the landscape over blackberry cobbler, champagne and other Southern treats. I love how the reception came together with a hay bale lounge area, orange florals and big wooden furniture. What’s even better is the last photo of the bride and groom on the dance floor. Big thanks for Lauren Larsen again, for sharing this beautiful wedding!

Describe your wedding flowers: Bright orange with apple green accents. My bouquet was a combination of softer orange and white hues. There were lots of peonies, hydrangeas, anemones, cabbage roses, and tulips.
Describe your wedding cake: We bucked tradition on this one, serving homemade blackberry cobbler instead of a wedding cake. The blackberries were meticulously picked and preserved throughout the year by my aunt and uncle, and my aunt proceeded, over the course of several weeks, to hand craft each cobbler served.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Roughly two months before the wedding, an arsonist lit a portion of the ranch on fire, resulting in a swath of charred trees and grass that covered much of the actual site of the ceremony (though, thankfully, the local volunteer fire department was able to save the barn and the ranch house). My father, family, and other helpers worked exhaustively to clear the charred areas and re-seed/fertilize the burned areas. By the day of the wedding the ranch was picture-perfect. What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? A good photographer whom I had known since junior high. She made everyone feel comfortable, despite the 40 mph wind and 103 degree heat. The photos were spectacular!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Toward the end of the evening, we looked out at a dance floor full of our friends and family, all dancing the night away. Having traveled from all over the country to the depth of a small town Oklahoma, we were thrilled to see how much joy they had brought to the most important day of our lives, and how each one seemed to have also found their own joy in the occasion.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did, though we kept them short, simple, and traditional. We also had a good friend sing “Amazing Grace” a capella, which was incredibly moving.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just moved into a new apartment in New York and are looking forward to starting our lives together. I have one more year of graduate school, before embarking on a new and exciting career. Though there’s no telling what the next few years will bring, we look forward to facing the unknown together.

Photographer: Lauren Larsen // Planner: Gibson Events // Venue: Bride’s family ranch // Florist: Poppy Lane // Wedding Cake Baker: Bride’s aunt // Caterer: Abbey Road Catering // Paper Products: Dauphine Press // Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang // Bride’s Reception Dress: Alice & Olivia // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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