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There is something so incredibly sweet about Libbie and Alan’s Georgia wedding, and I think it all stems from the fact that they kept their guest list super small. Childhood friends-turned-sweethearts, I’m sure it would have been easy for them to invite anyone and everyone they grew up with, but instead, they kept their guest list to just extended family and eight close friends. This meant that every single person at the wedding knew the two of them well and was ready to play an active role in encouraging their marriage in the years to come. Especially with their own little belle on the way now, I can only imagine how grateful Libbie and Alan are for their loving community!

Thank you kindly to Eliza Morrill for sharing this special day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I looked and looked, found a dress, and then started having second thoughts. I’m a very whimsical/ethereal type of gal and the dress just didn’t fit the bill. My stepmother and I, with very little time to spare, stepped into an adorable wedding dress shop, Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, and there it was…the most perfect dress. It fit like a glove–all we had to do was hem the bottom and add the bustle! It was fate!

My favorite detail was the flowers, because they were simply perfect, but another favorite was that our dog LB, aka Lady Blue, was there to spend the day with us. She is a blue pit/lab mix and was my something blue. She is the sweetest thing you will ever meet and knew this day was a special one to be a part of. She smiled like a good girl for the pictures and sat quietly with my best friends for the ceremony.

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Four of my closest friends and four of his, and then just our aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, and immediate family members! It was a very intimate wedding.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Both of our families had spent Thanksgiving at Barnsley Gardens on separate occasions and it is truly a magical place. We knew we wanted an outdoor, destination wedding and my stepmother even remembered me saying I wanted to get married there during our visit many years before. When we returned, I just knew it was the perfect place for Alan and I to be married–there were flowers upon flowers, beautiful trees, and rolling hills.

The wedding flowers were definitely one of my favorite details of the day–they were stunning. I carried a whimsical bouquet designed with all white and green blooms, which included ranunculus, white Veronica, white stock, Queen Anne’s lace, white larkspur, white scabiosa, mini green hydrangea, mixed succulents, Green Jade roses, and a variety of eucalyptus. My bridesmaid’s bouquets were smaller, but equally as stunning, using the same flowers. My flower crown (I wish I could wear it every day of my life!) was designed with small succulents, larkspur, ranunculus, and mixed greenery.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My father’s speech was so unbelievably heartfelt–he could barely get through it, he got so choked up. He said things he had been trying to say for years and spoke about my mother, who passed away when I was 13 and would have given anything to be there that day. He had the whole wedding party in tears. It was beautiful.

We had a simple, three-tiered vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries between the layers. My florist added flowers cascading all the way down the cake. Honeymoon Bakery in Rome, Georgia hit it out the park! I could eat this cake for every meal, and I am counting down the days until our first anniversary!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Eliza Morril Photography, for sure–we went to school together since we were very young, played soccer together, and our big brother were great friends! She did an outstanding job, and as someone who hates posing for pictures, she actually made it pretty fun!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We went to school together since we were six years old and have always been such great friends. However, we didn’t start dating until about two years ago, and the minute we stared dating, we just knew it would last forever.
Tell us all about the proposal! He put the ring under his family’s dog’s collar and said “LuLu has a present for you!” She was so excited, it was like she knew she was delivering something very special. He then said, “I have loved you since the fifth grade and have known I wanted to marry you since the moment we started dating.” The ring he gave me was my deceased mother’s wedding ring and it is the most beautiful thing I own. Wearing it every day is an honor. I get to carry a piece of her with me for the rest of my life.
When did y’all get married? April 17, 2016
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The string quartet played as the bridesmaids and mothers walked down the aisle to different songs by The Beatles, and I walked to “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard. We walked back up the aisle together to the upbeat part of “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros. It was all simply perfect!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The groom’s best man was his father, which is just about as Southern as you can get! The location of the wedding, Barnsley Gardens, is also right in the heart of Southern Georgia.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My stepmother is a woman of many trades; she cut the little birchwood place holders for the reception, sewed the burlap tablecloths for the reception, made the wedding programs, made the dog’s flower collar, and sewed the junior bridesmaid dress herself!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t let the details stress you out too much, and take things day by day. The vendors know what they are doing, so let them help you and trust them!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We have a baby coming soon, so we are now planning for her arrival! We are also moving to Nashville in September!

Photographer: Eliza Morril Photography | Videographer: Peerless Films | Planner: Heather Rabinowitz | Venue, Catering, and Rentals: Barnsley Gardens | Florist: Bloom | Cake Baker: Honeymoon Bakery | DJ: Gresham Cash Trip | Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN and Donna Morgan | Menswear: Collared Greens

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Dana reply

    Those pictures in the flowers, omg!!!! And the doggy :)

  2. avatar Catherine reply

    Love her gown! Beautiful!

  3. avatar Elle reply

    That dress is to die for!

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One of our best pieces of advice for planning the design of your wedding is to work with your venue, not against it–if you try to throw a rustic celebration in a ritzy ballroom, chances are, it’s not going to look quite right. With the help of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Leigh Pearce, Katie and Doug followed this advice to a tee–every detail, color, and even flower at their Adaumont Farm wedding fit their surroundings perfectly. Nothing distracted from the true purpose of the day: Katie and Doug saying their vows and becoming husband and wife. As you can read in their love story that Doug shared below (so sweet, y’all!), these two have approached their entire relationship with prayer and intentionality, and their wedding day was no different!

Thank you so much to Alisandra Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. From Doug: We met at Elon University. It was Katie’s first year at Elon, and I had just started working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the university. As a campus minister, dating a student was not exactly encouraged, but it was hard not to notice a special woman like Katie. I remember the first time I really “noticed” her–it was at a retreat to the beach the fall of her junior year. She had coordinated the entire weekend for the 150 students in attendance. Once everyone arrived, Katie got up front to welcome folks and set the tone for the weekend. I don’t even remember the specifics of what she shared, but it was tender and heartfelt and so sincere. I remember thinking to myself that she was a really special woman, and began to notice how attractive she is as well. The rest of that weekend, I tried to subtly end up around Katie so I could spend as much time with her as possible. Over the next year and a half, we had many more opportunities to spend time together and develop a friendship. My attraction to her and feelings for her deepened consistently through that period of waiting. It wasn’t until January of her senior year (at this point, she had finished her leadership role in the ministry) that I was finally able to share my feelings with her. Her response was one of complete shock and surprise. After a week of praying and seeking advice from older women, she decided to spend some time going on dates with me to get to know me outside of our staff and student roles. And, as they say, the rest is history.

My mom, my sister, my now mother-in-law, and I spent a day in Raleigh at two different stores. I had pinned a few dresses on Pinterest to give people an idea of what I liked. At the first place, I tried on four dresses and loved the fourth one. I decided to go with that one, but we still had another appointment. While I was unsure about going, my mom made the point that we only had one opportunity in my life to go wedding dress shopping, so we decided to go. The woman who helped us at the second store was so nice and let me pick out a dress or two that I thought I would like. Since, in my mind, I already had the dress I wanted, I picked a dress that I thought I would never wear, just for fun. Sure enough, I tried that dress on and my mom cried. I totally fell in love with it!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The song I walked down the aisle to was a mix of Trumpet Voluntary and “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Doug liked the classical-style music more than I did, so we ended up compromising. We were googling “songs for brides to walk down the aisle to” when this mix came up, and we loved it! We had a guitar and violin play at our ceremony, and we asked them to do something along those lines. It turned out great!

During the ceremony, a huge rain cloud was slowly making its way toward us. As we finished the ceremony, the cloud was practically sitting on top of us! Doug and I were rushed out of the ceremony so we didn’t get rained on, and since the ceremony site was a bit of a walk from the reception site, people starting running to get away from the rain that came in as a torrential downpour. All Doug and I could do was laugh from the safety of our car as we watched all of our wedding guests run away. Fortunately, everyone had a great attitude about it and it got everyone’s energy up for the reception!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We chose our venue mainly based on location. We wanted it to be near where we lived, because that was where the bulk of the people coming to the wedding were coming from. We researched a few other places that allowed us to do the ceremony and the reception in the same place, and we were really blown away by the beauty of Adaumont Farms. Plus, the people there were so friendly!

My bouquet was a mix of peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, veronica, eucalyptus, and amaranthus, just to name a few! We went with a hand-tied look that felt natural but lush. The dinner tables showcased three different stories: low, lush compotes filled with florals and greens; towering urns overflowing with the same mix of florals and greens; and planted runners of greens, blooms, and over a hundred pillar candles.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had our friend Liz Marrota from Elizabeth Ann Pastry make our wedding cakes, and decided to go with three different cakes. The one we cut was pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, which was styled as a naked cake. The other two were chocolate with buttercream filling and lemon with raspberry filling. They were all so amazing!

Tell us all about the proposal! From Doug: As I started thinking about the ideal proposal for Katie, I knew that what would mean most to her is for her friends and family to be involved. I had a conversation with Katie’s parents in mid-December to ask for their blessing (which they gladly gave!) and talk with them about my plans. I was able to arrange for Katie’s parents, her sister, and three of her best friends to all be a part of the night, along with my parents, too. The day finally arrived, and I suggested to Katie that we go out for a nice dinner. We both dressed up a bit, then as we were about to walk out the door, I told Katie that I had a little surprise for her and handed her the first clue to a scavenger hunt. The eight locations we visited were all significant places in our relationship, and then we arrived at Elon’s campus for the final three clues. It was here that I left Katie to wait for her at the final spot. But Katie wasn’t alone for long–she found her college friends waiting for her! Finally, Katie arrived to the final location, Irazu Coffee Shop. It was where we used to meet each week while she was a student leader in InterVarsity. I had the room decorated with about 60 luminaries, and was waiting for her with a single red rose. She had already cried more than a few tears that evening, but there was really no holding them back at that moment. I dropped down on one knee, told Katie how much I loved her, and asked her to marry me. She said yes! We had about 15 minutes for just the two of us to savor the moment, then I surprised Katie with our families and her friends, all joining us in Irazu. We took a bunch of pictures and Katie showed off her ring. It was such a sweet moment.
When did y’all get married? June 20, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We went with the traditional vows. We thought there was something deeply meaningful and poetic about using vows that have been used for centuries.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was a silver bracelet of my grandmother’s that my mom often wears. For my something blue, I wore a sapphire ring of my mom’s, because sapphire is my birthstone. I tied lace from my mom’s and grandmother’s wedding dresses around my bouquet for my something old. And for my something new, I bought plain white canvas TOMS shoes and painted them with verses that were meaningful to me.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Because we were really fortunate to have a wedding planner, Leigh Pearce, we got to spend more time preparing for our marriage! We met with the pastor who married us multiple times for premarital counseling, and we also had a chance to read several books on marriage like The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller, The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason, and Intimate Allies by Allender and Longman.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were really concerned about bridesmaids and groomsmen spending a lot on the wedding, so specifically for the bridesmaids, my family and I offered to pay for a portion of the bridesmaid dresses as a gift.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Our advice would be to have a talk right after you get engaged about what is important to you both during your engagement time, as well as for your wedding. Remember that you have limited time and resources. Hold each other accountable in pursuing the vision that you have for your time of engagement and your wedding, and don’t get caught up in things that are not the most important to you.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Doug and I recently began working together with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Elon University, where we met. Through InterVarsity, we mentor college students and connect them to a fun, vibrant community, where they form deep friendships and grow in their faith. While we both have different skills in our jobs, we are really looking forward to working together as a team and learning how we complement each other.

Photographer: Ali Williamson / Videographer and DJ: K2 Productions / Planning and Event Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings / Venue: Adaumont Farm / Florist: Just Priceless / Cake Baker: Elizabeth Ann Pastry / Caterer: Painted Plate / Rentals: Party Reflections, Partymakers, La Tavola / Lighting: Kenneth Eller / Ceremony Music: Rob Massengale Entertainment / DJ: Mario of DJ Complex NC / Vintage Car: Fantasy Limo / Bridal Salon: Traditions By Anna / Hair and Makeup: Carla White / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Menswear: J. Crew / Invitations: Smitten on Paper / Day-of Paper: Confetti Grey / Welcome Box Cookies: Details Cake Design

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Maureen reply

    I love the shoes! Such a sweet touch. :)

  2. avatar Ashton Dreyer reply

    The dessert table is fabulous!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    love the flowers in her hair! so pretty!

  4. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    What an amazing couple! Thanks SW for sharing K+D’s big day :)

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There’s nothing better than celebrating an engagement with a sweet bride-to-be via Instagram or our Engaged Reader Round-Ups, and then seeing her wedding a few months later! Such was the case for Nicole and Todd, who shared their adorable proposal story with us last year for this post. As you can read below, it’s quite the memorable one, and I must say, their Charleston wedding, complete with a buried bottle of bourbon, Nicole’s lace gown, and the loveliest monogrammed napkins, is pretty darn memorable as well!

Thank you so much to Jenn Hopkins for sharing this lovely day with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! Todd and I had been dating for a little over three years and Christmas was coming up. I really wanted to send out photo Christmas cards that year because receiving them is one of our favorite things about the holiday season. I contacted our favorite photographer (Jenn Hopkins) and asked if she could do a quick session with us–but nothing too mushy because we were just dating. Todd had given me a little grief because he had to come home from work early to get ready for our pictures (little did I know, he was just trying to cover up what was about to happen!). We are both awkward in pictures, so as soon as we met up with Jenn and she started taking “test shots,” the jokes started coming. I remember saying “I don’t know what to do with my hands” and then looking at Todd, wondering why he was kneeling in the dirt. I immediately thought, “Really funny Todd, acting like you’re proposing just to make Jenn laugh.” And…I tried to push him over. Only after I noticed he was digging in his pocket and he pulled out a ring did I realize he was being serious! The bonus is that Jenn got pictures of the whole thing–I love that!

I knew exactly what style of dress I wanted–all lace, a high neckline, and some sort of cap sleeve. I made appointments at a few bridal stores in town and took my sister with me for a second opinion. At the first store, I found a dress that fit all my requirements, but it was almost twice my budget! I ended up finding my gown on the sample sale rack at the second store. It was made of a beautiful guipure lace, and after a few small alterations to bring the neckline up and create a little sleeve, it became exactly what I wanted! And, it was less than half my dress budget!

Curious about the Southern tradition of burying the bourbon? Check out our post about it here!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, we did. Our venue is part of a state park that does not allow events to start until the park is closed at 5:00 P.M….just when the sun is fading fast in November. We had to do a first look if we wanted to use any natural light for pictures. I must say, our first look was one of my favorite parts of the whole day. For those few moments, we felt like we were the only two people for miles. This whirlwind of a day just seemed to stop and it was just the two of us. I am so glad that we had that time together, and I can promise you, it won’t make walking down the aisle to your groom any less special!

Todd and I love Charleston, so it was an easy decision to get married there and share it with our families, but finding a venue was a little more challenging. There is no shortage of gorgeous venues in the Holy City, but I wanted to simplify our wedding day by having the ceremony and reception at the same location. I also wanted our wedding to feel like an alfresco dinner party at a beautiful home, rather than an event space. Not only is the Legare Waring House a beautiful home, it is also surrounded by the most amazing old oak trees that gave us plenty of places to take pictures. When you have such a beautiful backdrop, you don’t need a bunch of decorations, which helped keep our budget in check.

Our pastor and good friend (who came from Florida with his wife and newborn!), Matt, performed the ceremony, and it was truly tailored to fit us. He did an amazing job explaining our roles to each other as they relate to our lives in Christ; starting with our call to leave our parents, cleave to one another, and weave our lives together as we form our family. Following the vows, we were told over and over that this was one of our guests’ favorite parts of the entire wedding!

Describe your wedding flowers. Flowers are one of my absolute favorite things. I chose shades of white garden roses and ranunculus with lots of dusty greenery. Our florist surpassed all of my expectations–they were truly the most beautiful (and best smelling) flowers I have ever seen. After our wedding, my green-thumbed husband rooted a few of the clippings from my bouquet so I can always have flowers from our wedding.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I purchased a vintage monogram from my favorite monogram shop, Number Four Eleven, in Savannah. I used it for the wax seal and stamps on our invitations, cocktail napkins, and our linen dinner napkins. The vintage monograms from Number Four Eleven are so elegant, and I plan on using it forever. Our food was classically Southern: crab cakes, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens. We knew both of our families would love it! We also buried a bottle of bourbon. I think we probably broke some park rules by burying a bottle of Maker’s Mark on the property, but it worked–there wasn’t a single drop of rain on our wedding day.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our day-of coordinator (and florist), Beth, was like a fairy godmother. I truly do not know how anyone has a wedding without her. If anything went wrong, I didn’t hear even the slightest hint of it. Without her, I don’t think Todd and I would have been able to relax and enjoy our wedding. Also, our photographer and her second shooter were truly amazing. They traveled from Florida for us and we couldn’t be more thankful. It was such a relief to have a photographer that we trusted with such an important day!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My groom was my favorite wedding detail! Months after our wedding, I still can’t believe I got to marry him. He is my husband! Isn’t that just the craziest thing!?

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Todd and I met through a mutual friend when he was living in Georgia and I was in Florida. We talked on the phone for about three months (that Alabama accent of his did me in on the first night!) before he made the six-hour trip to take me out on a date. I don’t think we’ve spent more than two weeks apart since then!
When did y’all get married? November 21, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 90
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We went through several weeks of premarital counseling, which was recommend by our pastor. We were both a little apprehensive in the beginning, but we were amazed by how much we learned about our relationship. We actually really enjoyed it.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? A few months after we started wedding planning, we found out that the house I had been renting was going to be put on the market. We had both grown to love that house (and neighbors!) so much and had planned on making it our home once we were married. Paying for a wedding and buying a house in the same year wasn’t part of the plan, but neither was moving! My dad told me, “There is never a perfect time for anything” and it’s true. Life is filled with things that happen at the worst possible times (or so it seems), and if you wait around for everything to become perfectly aligned, you’ll probably miss out on some great moments. We compromised, adjusted our wedding budget, made a lot of tough decisions, and had many stressful days (did I mention it was a six-month short sale?), but in the end, we got both our house and a beautiful wedding.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Todd and I figured out which things were most important to us, splurged on those, and saved on the rest. Something as simple as using the plastic cups the bartender provides versus renting wine glasses can save you a few hundred dollars. There isn’t a single plastic cup in any of our pictures either! We also got married on a Friday, which saved quite a bit on our venue, and more vendors were available and willing to work with us since it wasn’t a Saturday.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are going on a delayed honeymoon in a few months–we haven’t picked a location yet, but we’re thinking about Switzerland or France. We also have a mile-long list of things we want to do to our house!

Photographer: Jenn Hopkins Photography / Day-of Coordinator, Florist, and Lighting: WildFlowers Inc. / Venue: Legare Waring House / Cake Baker: D’Lish Dessert / Caterer: Lowcountry Eats / Rentals: Snyder Events and EventWorks / DJ: EPIC / Paper Products: Scotti Cline / Bride’s Gown: “C249” by Allure / Bride’s Accessories: Nordstrom and Ann Taylor / Hair and Makeup: Ash & Co / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “D568” by Alfred Sung / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, and Cole Haan / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank and Brooks Brothers

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  1. avatar Allyson-Happy Planning reply

    This wedding is adorable! I love the navy bridesmaids dresses, cake table and menu sounds deliciously Southern.

  2. avatar Claire Cowman reply

    That wax seal! I love how they implemented the monogram into so many small details. What a sweet momentum to have and to hold after the wedding!

  3. avatar FDH Limousines reply

    WoW Amazing! Bride looks so gorgeous, beautiful and clear capturing really love the ideas, Have seen a good art of capturing.

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