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I love it when a bride and groom look to their venue as their biggest source of wedding inspiration–especially when that venue is a particularly meaningful place to them! Matt proposed to Deirdre at The Waterfall Club (read the sweet story below!), making it a natural choice for their celebration. With the help of Tailor and Table, they completely embraced the rustic setting, mountain views, and their fall wedding date, creating the perfect opportunity to show their guests why they love this part of Georgia, as well as where that special proposal moment occurred!

Thanks so much to Rustic White Photography for sharing this beautiful day with us!

Wedding dress shopping was hands down my favorite part of the wedding planning process. My mom, maid of honor, and I planned a girls’ weekend in Chicago, where my parents had a condo. My maid of honor is a total fashionista, so she booked dozens of appointments at all of the fun boutiques. We had an absolute blast zipping around all the boutiques, drinking champagne, and trying on dresses. We found both the bridesmaid’s dresses as well as my dress during the trip. There were three dresses that I liked a lot during the process, but, as soon as I put on my Judd Waddell dress, I lit up and knew it was the one.

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 Canon in D. It was the song that my mom used at her wedding, and I remembered listening to it when I was a little girl. I also had the song “For the Beauty of the Earth” in our wedding from Little Women, which was my favorite movie growing up.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The Waterfall Club at Lake Burton was where Matt proposed to me. I wanted to have an elegant wedding, while also creating a relaxed and rustic feel to the day. Matt and I both love the lake, and we spent a lot of time getting to know each other during our first summer together there. I wanted to share the beauty of Waterfall with all of our friends and family for the weekend. For the ceremony, I had always wanted to get married in a traditional Catholic church. The quaint chapel we were married in fit the vibe of our laid back, yet elegant, wedding.

When choosing flower types, we wanted to pay homage to our surroundings–Lake Burton and the North Georgia Mountains. Tailor and Table mixed native greenery like oak leaf, ferns, huckleberry, and smilax with an abundance of roses, astrantia, gomphrena, hellebores, astilbe, scabiosa, crane kale, snowberries, veronica, chocolate lace, rosemary, green millet, moss, and lichen, resulting in arrangements that perfectly complemented our surroundings. We chose to keep the flowers in the church and club to shades of white, ivory, and green. In the tent, we surprised our guests by adding flowers in shades of “thistle” (a pinky-purple) to complement the plaid linens!

Our wedding cake was spiced vanilla chai cake with a berry filling from Pylon Cake. It was absolutely delicious, and perfect for a fall evening.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I met Matt during my first summer internship in college. A month or so into the internship, a fellow intern invited me to an Atlanta Braves baseball game, where I was shocked to find out there had been other young people in the office the entire summer that I had no previous knowledge of. Matt and I spent the majority of the game talking, and during our conversation, I mentioned that I was flying to Vegas the next day for my friend’, 21st birthday. Matt and another intern, Thomas, joked about showing up in Vegas…but of course, I did not believe them. The next day, when I landed in Vegas, I got a text from Matt saying he and Thomas were on their way…and the rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! My family and I were having our first Thanksgiving at my parents’ new lake house at Lake Burton. Matt works for Amazon and told me he was not going to be able to make it home due to it being “peak time” for Black Friday. Matt hadn’t made it home for the past two Thanksgivings, so I didn’t think too much about it. I was overjoyed to have my cousin Kathleen coming, and as soon as she got to the lake, she, my dad, and I went on a five-mile walk. When we got back, my mom was making a big “to do” about having to take a Christmas picture at sunset, since we were all together. I was annoyed about having to be ready for dinner at 5:00 P.M. to take the picture. When we got to the parking lot at the club and there wasn’t anyone there, I made a comment about how we had even beaten the old crowd for dinner. When my family and I walked into the Waterfall Club, Matt and I’s song was playing (which didn’t really register right away). My mom led us to the balcony where we were going to take our Christmas picture, and I immediately saw Matt. My family left us on the balcony–I was in complete shock and even tried to hug him several times when he was down on one knee. It was an unbelievably sweet proposal and Matt had thought of everything. The Waterfall Club was actually closed for the winter, but Matt had it opened specifically for the proposal (hence the empty parking lot). He had also planned for my entire family to be there. After Matt proposed, we came back into the club and celebrated with my parents, brothers, and Kathleen, while Matt played a slideshow he had put together of the two of us from when we were little through our courtship. It was an amazing surprise and the happiest night of my life…up until our wedding.
When did y’all get married? October 24, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I grew up in Atlanta and Matt grew up in Southern Virginia. I went to Georgia Tech and Matt went to the University of Tennessee. We had a Southern vibe all throughout our wedding, from the guests’ welcome baskets that included fun lake goodies from the South, to the signature drinks (named the “Southern Belle” and the “Virginia Gentleman”), to Matt’s beloved Rocky Top song, which was sung many times throughout the night.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The dancing! We had an absolute blast dancing the night away with all of our closest friends and family. My uncle told me on my wedding night that this is the closest you’ll ever get to understanding what heaven is like, and I really think that rang true. Having all of the people you love in one place to celebrate with you and share in your joy and happiness is an overwhelming feeling.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We just bought our first home together. Working to make it a home together has been an absolute blast. I’m excited for all of the adventures we will have together moving forward.

Photographer: Rustic White Photography | Videographer: Munn Brothers Films | Planner: Kristen J. Scott | Ceremony Venue: St. Helena Catholic Church | Reception Venue and Caterer: The Waterfall Club | Florist: Tailor and Table | Cake Baker: Pylon Cake | Rentals and Lighting: Professional Party Rentals | Band: Adrian Duke Project | Welcome Baskets: The Sweet Trend | Paper Products: Jack & Gretel | Bride’s Gown: “Marguerite” by Judd Waddell | Hair Stylist: Some Claudia Girl | Makeup Artist: Becca Whittinghill | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” in Mink Gray by Jenny Yoo | Menswear: Menguin | Linens: La Tavola Linen and BBJ Linen | Cocktail Hour Band: The Jody Hughes Band | Ribbon: Adorn Company

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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    Rustic White is always right on par, gorgeous wedding and images!

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By day three of Bridal Market, we were feeling a little bit exhausted, but thanks to the gorgeous fall weather, we woke up energized and ready for another exciting day! We saw a huge range of styles on Sunday, from sweet and classic to edgy and ethereal–further confirmation that there is a dress perfectly suited for every single bride!

Our wonderful photographer for the weekend, Briana of Divine Light Photography, snapped a few shots of our outfits in between capturing all of the bridal fashion–I wore a Lilly Pulitzer tunic that I bought during their summer sale, a J. Crew skirt, and Badgley Mischka heels. Emily borrowed Morgan’s adorable French Connection shirt, which she paired with Gap cropped pants and Express ankle boots.

Along with runway shows and private presentations, the main attractions of Bridal Market are the two convention center-type venues that house tons of amazing dress, accessory, and even shoe brands. We started our Sunday at one of them, The Piers, to check out the Nouvelle Amsale collection. If you love all things Amsale (like we do!), but have a lower budget set for your gown, we can’t recommend this line enough!

A few other favorite stops at The Piers were Elizabeth Dye (who designed the gorgeous gown Marissa rocked during our V7 team shoot) and Olia Zavozina. The buttons on the back of the last Olia Zavozina gown are actually pearls–Olia’s right hand gal, Somer (who the dress is named after), wore a similar design at her own wedding, and is having a necklace made out of the pearls. Such a great idea!

One of our favorite Bridal Market discoveries was Jane Summers–an adorable line of cocktail and little white dresses! Each gown is inspired by the trifecta of classic style icons, Grace, Audrey, and Jackie, and is complete with a few sweet surprises, like their signature “Carolina melon” lining. We wanted to pack up the entire booth and bring it back to our closets!

The Judd Waddell collection was such a delight to see. Classic brides, this is a designer you won’t want to miss–the silhouettes were timeless and the detailing was incredibly lovely and subtle. We couldn’t get enough of the sweet point d’esprit and scalloped lace he used!

The Ivy & Aster collection was inspired by travel and adventure. The Game of Thrones-esque hair and makeup were certainly adventurous on their own, but the gowns were also beautiful and artistic. Some of the simpler designs were our favorites, and the flower girls who kicked off the show were cute as can be!

Our last show of the day was at the incredibly gorgeous London Hotel, where Sareh Nouri was showing her new collection in the penthouse. The view was almost as gorgeous as the dresses! Sareh worked with famed lace maker, Sophie Hallette, to source the most luxurious lace and tulle, and the quality and craftsmanship of both the materials and the design were evident in each gown.

We ended the day at the Tassels and Tastemakers party, hosted by our sweet friends at Be Inspired PR and Lover.ly, which was so much fun! We loved seeing old friends, making new ones, and of course, posing in the photo booth!

We have one more day of Bridal Market to recap for y’all, but first, which gown is your favorite from day three? I love the pearl buttoned fit and flare at Olia Zavozina and the scalloped lace dress at Judd Waddell, and Emily’s top picks are the low back gown with floral appliques and the 3/4 lace sleeve gown, both from Sareh Nouri!

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  1. avatar ROSA NOVIAS reply

    Love these wedding dresses!Amazing

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Hello, my pretties! Can you believe how jam-packed our schedule was? We fit as many gorgeous gowns and fabulous friends (new and old) into our three days in the city as possible. It’s certainly making my head whirl!

Marissa and I began day three in Judd Waddell’s beautiful showroom. This collection was most definitely a favorite of mine. I was swooning over the rows of tiny buttons up the backs of many of the designs. Each dress was simple, timeless, and utterly perfect for Southern brides. It was wonderful to chat with Judd after the showing. He’s quite the gentleman!

We spent much of Monday morning jumping from booth to booth at the Piers. Marissa and I were overwhelmed by the hundreds of fabulous designers there. While we didn’t have time to stop by every booth (if only!), it was wonderful to see some familiar faces and make new friends.

We ran into the gorgeous and super trendy Lindsie at Haute Bride and I was so tempted to try on all of her fabulous beads and baubles. We also said a quick hello to Coren Moore, whose lovely ad is featured in Southern Weddings V4.

One of the best surprise finds of the day were Veronica Sheaffer’s stunning gowns. Her newest collection is inspired by weathered white-washed fences. You can’t get much more Southern than that!

After many a tweet back and forth, we finally met up with SW favorite Kristy Rice of Momental Designs. What’s that she’s holding? Only a copy of Southern Weddings V4!

While at the Piers, we had the opportunity to squeeze into the Watters show. The Watters collection featured fun veils and beautiful gowns (of course). I fell in love with these printed bridesmaid dresses. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a garden wedding?

Before we left the Piers, we made sure to stop by and chat with the lovely ladies at Ivy + Aster. They are sweet as sugar and cute to boot!

Who took these fabulous photos? Mr. Trent Bailey, of course!

Be sure to drop back in this afternoon for the very last part of our Bridal Market adventure. Believe me, you won’t want to miss it. Want a hint for what’s ahead? Marissa and I may have had a chance to play dress-up. Just wait till you see what we got to try on!

Written with love by Whitney
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  1. avatar The Friday Fresh Squeeze | Floridian Weddings reply

    […] Thank you! I simply love this Judd Waddell dress they posted about yesterday. Check out the link here to see the new gowns for Fall 2012! There are so many beauties! Wow, what a beautiful inspiration […]

  2. avatar nina {nina renee designs} reply

    Wow…looks so exciting! I really *need* to be there next year!

  3. avatar Kelsey reply

    That Watters gown is an exact copy of the Amsale Dahlia.

  4. avatar Announcing Spring 2012 Collection | My Hands Made It reply

    […] Southern Weddings Magazine included me in their Market recap […]

  5. avatar rebekah reply

    WHITNEY. that red lipstick is SMASHING on you. and i die over that first Watters gown…

    • avatar Whitney reply

      Why thank you, Rebekah! It was my first attempt with that daring shade and I’m glad to hear that you approve! xoxo

  6. avatar Christy reply

    Is this not the Amsale Dahlia? I mean, it’s almost an identical copy! I think Amsale has a lawsuit to pursue – for realz!

    http://www.yourblissblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/amsale-dahlia.jpg

  7. avatar more wedding fashion inspiration from New York | Illustrations and Inspirations reply

    […] though the designer was apparently inspired by weathered white-washed fences {see Southern Weddings Magazine blog post}, the collection seems to also pair a sweet sense of whimsy with Parisian inspiration and fashion […]

  8. avatar Rebecca reply

    I’ve looked all over for the 1st dress in this post! the one with the boatneck collar and lace back that buttons. I’m probably the only girl in the world like this – but it’s seriously one of 3 wedding dresses that I’ve ever seen that I like. Can someone point me in the right direction? I looked at Judd’s collection, but didn’t see it. help! :) and thank you!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Rebecca! Since these dresses are from collections that haven’t debuted in stores yet, you wouldn’t find these styles on websites yet, either. Look for that beauty in spring 2012!

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