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Gracious, how absolutely Southern and stunning is Rosa? With her chic dark hair, classic Lela Rose gown, and WishPiece belt, she’s reminiscent of a modern Scarlett O’Hara! And that caplet? Le sigh! Beyond obsessing over her wedding day style, I am completely taken by the sweet details of Rosa and Vincent’s wedding, many of which were created by their friends and family. I especially love their ceremony arch–the wood was donated by their dear friends, then carefully constructed by the Vincent and his father, and finally, lovingly decorated with flowers by Rosa’s family. It’s no wonder Vincent wanted to place it in their home after the wedding!

Thanks so very much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Gracie Blue Photography for sharing this sweet day!

My dress was the very first wedding-related purchase I made. I showed Vincent pictures of dresses from a particular designer I kept gravitating toward, Lela Rose, and he was really impressed by one in particular. One that, of course, wasn’t as exciting to me, but I figured I probably couldn’t afford any of her dresses anyway, so it didn’t matter. I looked up the only boutique in Georgia that carries Lela Rose dresses, and found out they were having a sample sale…that was ending in ONE day. Talk about pressure! I went to the boutique by myself and tried on all kinds of designers, styles, and silhouettes. Lo and behold, the dress my fiancé had picked out was not only at the boutique, but was the one that spoke to me the most when I tried it on. I went back the next day to try it on again and bought it, almost immediately feeling remorse. For months and months, I drove my fiancé nuts about my dress indecision. It wasn’t until a few days before the wedding, when it all came together after alterations and with the accessories, that I absolutely fell in love with all of it. My mom’s reaction helped seal the deal.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did. We both have large families, and we wanted to have some nice private time before the wedding to get good pictures in. We also wanted to have pictures of our reactions to one another. We anticipated it being pretty emotional, but it was actually quite the opposite. Our first look was literally a matter of me tapping Vincent’s shoulder, him turning around, us both exclaiming, “You look great!”, and giving each other high fives for putting together really excellent outfits.

Late in the evening, while we were dancing, the 4-year-old daughter of a friend was dancing nearby. I knelt and touched her hand to dance with her, and the moment I touched her, she squealed in total fan-girl excitement. There were a few little girls there who thought I was a “real princess.” It was absolutely hilarious and unforgettable!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: From Vincent: The ceremony arch. Some friends had some raw cedar logs laying in their backyard, which they generously donated. I hauled them to my parents’ house, and my dad and I spent an evening cleaning them up and figuring out how they would go together. My dad managed to put the cleaned and cut logs together into this beautiful, rustic arch, and then Rosa’s family and friends decorated it with flowers. Their hard work created a beautiful, memorable frame around us during the ceremony. It turned out perfectly. I sort of want it at our house.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We took a day trip all around North Georgia and all the way to Chattanooga to take a look at a few venues. We found a couple of contenders, but none seemed quite right. On our drive back home, we drove by a friend’s property in rural North Georgia, and the decision seemed so simple. Our friend’s property was just as beautiful as some of the venues we had looked at, and it provided the flexibility we wanted in terms of time and catering. We knew having our wedding there would be a HUGE undertaking, but my family was up to the challenge.

We ordered tiny wooden pencils with our wedding hashtag (#rosaplusvincent) embossed in gold. We put them at every place setting, along with a fill-in-the-blank card. We got to see so many wedding pictures on social media from our friends and family because of the hashtag. I’m glad we did it!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We cut costs in as many ways as possible. Almost every detail at our wedding was DIY, or made by friends and family, from the beautiful flowers to the arch. It was such a blessing to have so much help and support. One of the biggest ways we cut costs was by using a restaurant that we love and frequent in Atlanta for our food. We also bought salad greens and dressing in bulk at a wholesale food mart. We had enough food to feed 125-150 people and it cost us just under $1000.

From Vincent: I was most surprised by the fireworks during the reception. When friends of ours asked for our approval to buy fireworks, I thought that they meant sparklers or something. When that first burst hit the horizon, I was absolutely awestruck. All I could do was hold my bride’s hand and watch the lights explode and twinkle above us. It was a symbol to me of all the trouble and expense people had gone through on our behalf, and it was absolutely humbling.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at party at a mutual friend’s house. We instantly wrote one another off romantically–neither of us thought we were compatible! However, we’re both web designers, so we grew to be good friends over the course of a year or so. Eventually, we both realized we got butterflies when the other walked into the room! Neither of us had seen it coming. We started dating, and the rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Vincent proposed a year after he told me he loved me on a blue bench in the town square. Unbeknownst to me, Vincent designed a ring, composed a song for me, and with the help of his family, maneuvered me onto that very same blue bench. He and his four brothers performed the song while I sat there with red roses in my lap, staring and laughing and crying. The song ended with Vincent on one knee.
When did y’all get married? May 3, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 115
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We walked away from our ceremony to Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True”–it was such a fun little moment to leave the ceremony arch to one of the happiest love songs ever. It set the tone for the dance party later on that included dance hits from the 80’s and 90’s. For our first dance, we chose “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies. It’s a classic song that’s emblematic of our relationship and our lives. We’d waited awhile to find one another, but this was finally our year!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. The cake wasn’t a huge priority for us, but it turned out incredible. A friend of a friend put it together. It was a naked cake garnished with strawberries and white buttercream on top. While we didn’t get to eat any at the wedding, we took a piece with us and enjoyed it the following night at our cozy cabin.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The sheer volume of things we had to do. We didn’t hire a planner, and we had a pretty small budget, so getting everything done on time and on budget was a challenge. Planning a wedding with a demanding full-time job is no fun. Thank goodness for the friends and family members who helped along the way!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? It’s so hard to choose because we didn’t hire many things out, but the few things we DID hire out ended up being great decisions. Our photographer, Gracie Blue, was such a pro. We didn’t have a coordinator, and at times, she stepped in to make sure people were in the right place at the right time, especially if it meant getting the right shot (and often, it did). We hired her a year ahead of time, and it was a really great decision.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Rely on your support group–friends, family, and vendors. Do not try to do everything yourself; you will go absolutely nuts if you try to keep up with it all. Delegate, delegate, delegate! On the day of, please, just enjoy yourself. Don’t stress about last-minute to-do’s; let things happen as they happen. It’s a celebration, so celebrate!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? After over a year of planning and sweating details, it is so nice to just relax and be together, without wedding plans looming over our heads! We are looking forward to merging our skills as web and graphic designers and starting our own business together!

Photographer: Gracie Blue Photography / Videographer: Sam Nagele / Cake Baker: Cakes by Pinks / Catering: GIO’s Chicken / Rentals: Suburban Rental / Bride’s Gown: “The Boulevard” By Lela Rose / Bridal Salon: Kelly’s Closet / Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN / Bride’s Sash: WishPiece / Hair Stylist: Mally Maglione / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Groom’s Jacket and Shirt: Suitsupply / Groom’s Pocket Square and Pants: J.Crew / Groom’s Bow Tie: Penguin / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Tent Rental: Amerevent / Home-Brewed Beer: YayBrew

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Beautiful photos! And her dress is just darling!

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    Adore her wedding dress!

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Anyone who has been to South Carolina can attest to the fact that the Lowcountry is easy to fall in love with. Ever since a memorable summer Leah spent in Charleston, she and her family had a hunch that her wedding would someday take place in that neck of the woods! Leah and Tripp met while both visiting their alma mater, Auburn University, and after talking a little, then found out that they both lived in Atlanta and he drove past her street daily. The cherry on top? Tripp is a South Carolina boy, making Leah’s dream wedding destination even more of a reality. The talented ladies of A Charleston Bride (including Haley, whose wedding was featured in V6!) helped bring their sentimental Southern vision to life at the beautiful Brookland Pointe, and Leah and Tripp loved hosting their nearest and dearest there!

Thank you to Tim Willoughby for sharing this sweet day with us!

Tripp and I went to college at Auburn University, but we didn’t meet until after we both graduated. We met on October 23, 2010 after the Auburn vs. LSU football game. I had a hard time finding a place to park for the game, so I decided to park my car by Tripp’s old fraternity house. After the game was over, my friend and I went back to get the car, and Tripp and his friends were there hanging out at the house, celebrating his birthday. Although we had a drive ahead of us, he convinced us to stay and hang out for a little while. Tripp and I began talking, and quickly realized that we both now lived in Atlanta–he actually drove past my street each day on his way to work! After he walked us to our car later that night, he made sure that he had my phone number!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed came from one of my matrons of honor the day of the wedding–a gorgeous hair comb that she had worn in her wedding seven years before! Something old was my grandmother’s diamond bracelet, which had diamonds in a quatrefoil design–so perfect! I wore blue on my garter, which was very special. The garter had two layers of lace, with lave from my mom’s garter underneath, and new lace on top, with the same peach material on the elastic band that my matrons of honors’ dresses were made of. My mom also collected small charms of different Charleston landmarks and had them sewn all around the garter. It is topped off with a small blue bow from her original garter. I’m saving it in case Tripp and I have a daughter one day! My something new came from Tripp; it was a beautiful silver necklace with a square charm on it showing a palmetto tree on one side and a picture of the scrolling gates that you see all around Charleston on the other side! These days, I’m rarely seen without it on!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I spent a summer in Charleston while I was in college, and the memories I made with my roommates there will last a lifetime. I think my family and I always knew that I would get married in a Lowcountry setting someday. Tripp is from South Carolina and spent many summers vacationing on Edisto Beach. Brookland Pointe was the first venue we visited, and we felt like it encompassed all of the elements we both wanted.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We decided to go traditional with our vows. Tripp thought he might have a hard time handling his emotions if we wrote our own. :)
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We chose Colossians 3:12-17 for our ceremony. We want this to be the foundation on which we build our marriage, and our lives! We wanted our relationship with the Lord to be the focus of our wedding, acknowledging that He was the one who brought us together and we give all thanks to Him!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: For me, it would probably be the aisle signage we had, with the words from the hymn “How Great Thou Art” painted on them. For Tripp, it would probably be the three types of beer that he brewed and prepared himself, with the help one of his groomsmen and closest friends, for our reception! He had a honey witbier, a blueberry cream ale, and a rosemary IPA. They were all a huge hit! We also were in LOVE with our tent–it was a clear-topped tent with gorgeous peach draping and two wagon wheel chandeliers hanging from the top of it. It was the perfect representation of both of our styles!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had magnolia blossoms and leaves draped over our seats at the reception, which I loved because I am obsessed with magnolias! Our food was amazing, and undeniably Southern! It started with passed hors d’oeuvres of mini fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, bacon-wrapped quail, and mini she-crab soups (my personal favorite!). We had the most delicious shrimp and grits I’ve ever tasted, a four-cheese mac and cheese station, and a pulled pork barbecue station with three different sauces–a South Carolina mustard-based sauce, a North Carolina vinegar-based sauce, and a honey bourbon sauce!

Our wedding cake was unbelievable! It was four layers, with a gorgeous spearmint-colored background and a white quatrefoil design on two of the layers, and two white layers. The top and bottom layers were yellow almond cake with buttercream filling. One middle layer was marble with buttercream filling, and the other was sour cream pound cake with whipped cream and strawberry filling. We used quatrefoil as a theme in all of our printed items, so our cake was the sweetest addition!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our favorite moment was probably our departure, when all of our family and friends threw paper airplanes as we walked down the dock and left on a boat! This was a nod to Tripp, who is finishing up flight school to become a pilot.

Tell us all about the proposal! Tripp really surprised me! One Friday night, after a long day at work, Tripp came over with our favorite Thai food. I noticed that he wasn’t eating much, which was unusual for him, and that we were eating very early. After we finished, he said he hoped I had room for dessert. I was so full, but since it was just a fortune cookie, I had to have one! My fortune read, “Will you marry me, Leah? -Tripp” I immediately asked if this was some kind of a joke–I was completely shocked–but then Tripp got down on one knee, holding my ring!!! Once I realized it was real, I said yes!! He then suggested we go out to celebrate at our favorite spot, JCT Kitchen, where a group of friends and family were waiting to surprise me. In true fashion, I took forever to get ready and dressed, because I had a feeling our friends might be there!
When did y’all get married? April 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 150
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? After a lot of consideration, we did decide on a first look! I originally didn’t want to see Tripp before the ceremony, because I love watching the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, but Tripp felt that it would help calm pre-wedding jitters, and it did. We had our first look under some gorgeous trees, and the light was just perfect! I also don’t think it took anything away from when he saw me walk down the aisle–that moment was filled with emotion, and some tears!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We stayed pretty traditional with our song choices for the wedding. I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, and then we recessed to Trumpet Voluntary. A dear friend of mine, Sarah Kuhlers, sang a beautiful song, “Captivate Us,” by Watermark, during our ceremony. Our first dance was to a song called “Dancing Shoes” by Green River Ordinance, and is so sweet. Our wedding planner, Haley, actually said it reminded her of us, and when we first listened to it, we knew it was our song! Our band learned it for us, and they nailed it!!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We cut costs by cutting out things that were not “must-haves” for our day. I was set on a clear tent, so we spent money on that, but other things, like a lit-up sign spelling out LOVE that we would have liked but didn’t need, we ultimately removed.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our wedding planner, Haley, and the ladies from A Charleston Bride were our best decision! Most of our vendors that were a part of wedding day were recommended by A Charleston Bride. We were over the moon happy about all of our vendors, and because of them, we were able to enjoy our day with the people we treasure the most!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I think it’s important to remember that if you do have to remove things to cut costs, those things will never be missed by your guests. They will just be happy to be there to celebrate with you! Invest in a good photographer and videographer because the day really does go by SO quickly, and you will keep your pictures and video for a lifetime!

Photographer: Tim Will / Videographer: Life In Rewind Films / Planner: Haley Kelly, A Charleston Bride / Venue: Brookland Pointe at Brookland Plantation / Florist: A Charleston Bride / Cake Baker: Ashley Bakery / Caterer: CRU Catering / Rentals: Event Works and Snyder Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Lighting: Technical Event Company / Band: The Root Doctors / Bride’s Gown: “Laren” by Pronovias / Bride’s Getaway Dress: Rebecca Taylor / Paper Products: Smock and Lytle Fober / Bride’s Veil: “V2753” by Pronovias / Bride’s Earrings and Reception Bracelet: J. Crew / Bride’s Brooch: Twigs & Honey / Hair Stylist: Carrie McLeod of Paper Dolls / Makeup Artist: Elina Mille / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Laura” and “Julie by Donna Morgan in Peach Fuzz and Spearmint / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Day-Of Assistance: Cacky’s Bride Aid

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Dana reply

    love sooo many details of this wedding! It is beautiful!

  2. avatar Julie reply

    How elegant! It is so beautiful. It is elegant southern charm at its best. Charleston bride knows how to produce a classic wedding!

  3. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the flowers and bridesmaid dresses! And their exit was awesome!

  4. avatar Christina reply

    I can’t get over this sweet story! Also, her dress is stunning!

  5. avatar Mikkel reply

    Great post, Lisa! I love so many details! The cake, of course, the magnolia garland, the amazing clear tent, and even the sweet napkins. I did spy a bacon-wrapped shrimp. :-) Yum! Congrats to Leah and Tripp!

  6. avatar Beth reply

    Would love the information about the South Carolina map. Where can I get one? Would love a North Carolina one created for a wedding in Highlands at Old Edwards Inn- Hutchinson House

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Having your wedding somewhere that isn’t traditionally a venue comes with its fair share of challenges, but if a place has special meaning to you and your beau, all of the headaches that come with tasks like mowing lawns and renting generators can be so very worth it. Charlotte and Zachary have been visiting Zachary’s family farm together since they started dating, and especially after he chose the location as the place where he proposed, they knew it would be the most meaningful place for them to become husband and wife. As you can see, all of the work they put into preparing the farm for their 225 guests paid off, and every sweet bit of it was captured beautifully by our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Mint Photography!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Zach and I have known each other since we were children. We were both born in Temple, Texas, and grew up there. My family and I moved to the Dallas area in 2001. After relocating to Austin with my family in 2010, Zach and I reconnected. Our romance blossomed at a summer concert in Belton and we started dating.
Tell us all about the proposal! Zach proposed in March 2012 during a picnic on the bluff overlooking the river at his family’s farm in Temple, Texas, where we were later married.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The Baird family farm, where Zach’s grandfather lives, has a special place in the hearts of the Baird family. It is where Zach proposed to me, and where we have spent many happy times fishing and kayaking.

The long walk with my dad across the pasture to the ceremony site was so memorable. During that walk, it seemed that everything had come together, even despite the threat of rain. I could finally relax and enjoy the moment.

The rustic setting–the farm’s pecan orchard and hay barn–was very Southern. We loved serving Southern foods, from the fork-tender barbecued brisket, sausage, and turkey, to the pies displayed on vintage cake stands and topped with Blue Bell ice cream. The bridal party, as well as many of our guests, wore boots, and we gave away jars of Texas honey as favors

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Choosing a venue where we had to bring in generators for electricity, lighting, tables, chairs, a dance floor, decor, restroom facilities, etc. proved to be more work than we had anticipated, but my family and friends pitched in to help set up, decorate, and clean up. All of the hard work was worth it to have our wedding and reception at the Baird family farm, a place that means so much to me and my husband’s family.

When did y’all get married? April 27, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225
Describe your wedding flowers. We were married in the pecan orchard on the bluff overlooking the river. Two towering pecan trees wrapped with billowing tulle bows and two large, flower-filled garden urns framed the wedding party during the ceremony. White ceramic vases hung from shepherd’s hooks along the aisles of white chairs. My bouquet was a natural gathered bouquet of white and ivory flowers and the boutonnieres for Zach and his groomsmen were made of white lisianthus blossoms. Tables at the reception were decorated with simple flowers displayed in vintage vases, milk glass, and jars. Hay bales covered with burlap provided extra seating for the children to have a better view of the ceremony, and additional hay bale couches draped in cloth served as extra seating at the reception.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We both love pie, so we had 27 assorted pies instead of a wedding cake. The flavors included Southern pecan, peach, apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, buttermilk, and Almond Joy.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The fact that everyone seemed to have a great time. The barbecue, pies and band were great, and it was so much fun to see generations of family members dancing together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We built a new home together in Salado and moved in after our wedding. We are enjoying settling into married life and our new home, and we are looking forward to building a family and future together.

Photographer: Mint Photography / Planner: Michelle Jones Meeks at Majestic Time Wedding & Event Planning / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Creative Innovations / Pie Baker: Texas Pie Company / Caterer: Louie Mueller Barbecue / Rentals: Marquee Rents, Party Rentals of Texas, and Best Memories Tent & Dance Floor Rentals / Lighting: Action Rental / Band: Sloppy Joe Band / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bridal Salon: Serendipity Bridal / Paper Products: Studio W Designs / Hair Stylist: Christopher Rodriguez at Allure Salon / Makeup Artist: Timea Peterfia / Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank / Transportation: Fairway Sports Vehicles

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Breanna reply

    What a beautiful wedding! How blessed Zach and Charlotte must feel to have been able to get married in such a special spot with so much meaning to the two of them and the groom’s family. I love the idea of pies in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. The photographs are unbelievable! And, of course, I have to mention how stunning the bride looks!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    such a lovely farm wedding! And a beautiful bride!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Adore those sweet flower girls :)

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