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Katie + Brian described their wedding as “classy Southern fun.” I love it! The daytime wedding was complete with a bright color palette. Yellow made its appearance on the couple’s invitations from Ink Parade Paperie, the bridemaids’ shoes, groomsmen’s ties (who were also bedecked in seersucker pants!) and flowers. A special twist? The florist at The Greenery who arranged Katie’s wedding flowers also arranged the flowers at her parent’s wedding! A special thanks to Bella Grace Studios who shared this sweet wedding with us!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I spotted Brian in the biomedical library when we were both in graduate school at Vanderbilt and thought he was the cutest med student around. I figured out his name but didn’t think I’d ever meet him until one summer night at a mutual friend’s party. I caught his attention, got his number, and the rest is history!
Describe the proposal. After three years into a long distance relationship with Brian in residency in Michigan and me finishing up graduate school in Nashville, we were vacationing by driving up the coast of California. After a day of visiting wineries, Brian proposed at sunset at a bed & breakfast at Morro Bay.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Classy Southern fun.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: This is hard! We put so much time into so many of them! Probably the mason jars for Brian and the lanterns for me. Honestly though, so many of the details were a labor of love – we wrapped the bamboo utensils in napkins, assembled the lantern lights & batteries, tied ribbons on flip flops, made chalkboards, made the playlists, decorated the flower girl basket, etc. all ourselves in the evenings while watching our favorite TV shows.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew I didn’t want a strapless gown or a lot of bling, so this one was just perfect. It even fit without any alterations other than the bustle!
Describe your wedding flowers: The same florist who did my parents’ wedding did our wedding flowers! I fell in love with the simple bouquet of yellow mini calla lilies and other than that, just wanted yellow and ivory for the bridal party.

Photographer: Bella Grace Studios // Coordinator: Allure Events // Ceremony venue: Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church // Reception venue: Historic Locust Grove // Florist: The Greenery // Wedding Cake Baker: friend // Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes // Donuts: Krispy Kreme // Caterer: Terri Williams // Paper Products: Ink Parade Paperie // Bride’s Dress: I Do Too Bridal // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Hair flower from midoridesigns, clutch from KellysKeepsakes // Accessories: Bridesmaids’ earrings by J Gorkowski Jewelry // Hair & makeup: Joseph’s Salon

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Josh reply

    Love it! Thanks so much.

  2. avatar Budget Wedding Invitation reply

    That bride and bridesmaids pic looks gorgeous!

  3. avatar Christening Invitations reply

    Really like the simple wedding invitations design.

  4. avatar Lydia reply

    So awesome! A couple that’s willing to have the groomsmen wear something totally different from the groom!

  5. avatar Hens Night Invitations reply

    Some really nice photos!!!

  6. avatar Party Invitation Templates reply

    A truly lovely couple.

  7. avatar Wedding Invitations Sydney Online reply

    I love the simple wedding dress of the bride.

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I loved the pops of blue from Part I of Michael + Charlie’s wedding, but the vibrant green accents at their reception make me fall even more in love. The centerpieces that decorated the tables were the work of Glenn Yee Designs and play off the name and colors of the reception venue, the Moore Building and Bamboo Garden. I love when couples throw something unexpected into the mix and these newlyweds did just that by choosing to go the untraditional—but super cute—route with Cake Pops! Another surprise? The visit paid to the groom by the Miami University mascot! Thanks again to Captured Photography for sharing!

Describe your wedding flowers: From Glenn Yee of Glenn Yee Designs: “Michael was very specific in her choice of flowers. She wanted them to reflect her modern style but still wanted the romance. We chose greens and whites for freshness and vibrancy. Green orchids balanced with the softness of hydrangeas. Roses, anemones, hyacinth and tulips created texture. She loved the uniqueness of green cymbidiums and the black eyes of the anemones. She is a modern but classic bride”
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was not your traditional wedding cake. It was made up of individual cake pops arranged in tiers to look like a cake. The cake pops on the cake were key lime, in honor of my key lime pie at the proposal in Key West. The cake pop cake was quite awesome and a big hit at the wedding. We also had the cake pops in monogrammed cones served to our guests. These cake pops were red velvet, chocolate and vanilla cake.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of the wedding day for me was seeing Charlie’s face when Sebastian, the mascot for Miami University, came out to surprise him. His face was priceless; it was such shock and surprise for Charlie, who is a huge fan. For the both of us, the reception was pretty memorable. From soft serve ice cream and the flipbooks to the band and then how beautifully the venue turned out made this night one of the most amazing times of my life.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We might be moving to North Carolina sometime next year. We’re also looking forward to having children and I am possibly going back to school to get my masters. There is so much to look forward to for the both of us but right now we are both loving being married.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Captured Photography by Jenny reply

    Some of our favorite shots! This reception was so unique! Thanks SW for showing off Michael and Charlie’s hard work :)

  2. avatar Jeannine @ Small and Chic reply

    I LOVE the cake pop cake! That’s so cute!

    It is horrible that I want the UVa Cavalier to come to my wedding? I didn’t even go to UVa, but i work there. :)

  3. avatar Nicole reply

    Wow. I love this wedding. It is so different! Thank you SW for showing a wedding like this. I love all of the pics!

  4. avatar Peggi reply

    Please put a wedding like this in the printed magazine! Or better yet… even this one :) I love everything about it!

  5. avatar NC reply

    Beautiful! I’m not even engaged and these pictures inspire me to begin planning a wedding. I love the navy and pops of lime green!

  6. avatar Lydia reply

    The cake pop cake is such a cute idea!

  7. avatar Candice reply

    The pictures came out beautifully! Thank you posting :o)

    Candy’s CakePops

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  10. avatar Catherine reply

    All of the details are beautiful! I would love to see this in the magazine! Can someone tell me where the cake pop cake is from?? I want one!! :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Catherine! Michael + Charlie ordered straight from the source —! Hope that helps!

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Today’s bride has got some serious style! A look through these shots by Captured Photography and you’ll agree! Though her dress and shoes may look familiar, she makes it all her own. Those bold blue Manolos were made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, but we love how they match the J. Crew bridesmaids dresses and pop against the white florals by Glenn Yee in this wedding. Everything came together beautifully at the Miami Beach Community Church ceremony, didn’t it?

Fun fact: the bride looked gorgeous in Vera Wang, giving Khloe Kardashian and Hillary Duff, who wore the same dress at their weddings, some competition!

How did the two of you meet? Charlie and I have known each other for 13 years. Charlie was Sigma Chi fraternity brothers with my brothers, Patrick and Kris, at Furman University. Charlie was also college roommates with Patrick for 3 years at Furman. In 2005, Charlie moved to Miami after living three years in Atlanta after college. Shortly after his move, we started hanging out socially, and then started dating. The rest is history. Charlie has always been very close with my brothers and my parents so we had both their blessings on our marriage.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) Michael and I took a trip to Key West (one of our favorite spots). The original plan was to propose on a secluded beach during the sunset. When we got there, Michael decided that it was not a good location to see the sunset, so we went to dinner instead. The backup plan was then to propose during dinner, but Michael and I did not enjoy the food, the wait staff or the atmosphere. After talking Michael out of getting dessert at the restaurant, we stopped to get some key lime pie and eat it while enjoying wine on the porch of the bed and breakfast we were staying at. After opening the wine, I slipped the ring on my pinky finger and offered Michael a glass. I don’t know if it was the five years of waiting or just the total disbelief that it would ever happen, but she was in shock and immediately started crying. I guess she said “yes” because we are now married.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, amazing, elegant.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The bridal table that seated 34 – it was breath taking. The lighting contractor took the damask pattern that was on the table’s runner and mimicked it over the entire table and center flooring of the room.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mother, my aunt, my mother’s best friend, my friend, my sister-in-law, and my wedding planner and I all went to NYC to find the perfect dress. We went to several designer’s showrooms and stores and found the dress on the very last day at Vera Wang. I tried on several gowns and I finally decided on a mermaid style, very simple with a bit of drama on the bottom on the gown. We added a Vera Wang crystal belt to add some bling. It was perfect, and I felt beautiful in it. The gown was actually worn by Hillary Duff and Khloe Kardashian in their weddings, but our choice to include the belt and restructure the top of the dress made it my very own fairy tale dress!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kristen reply

    This wedding is beautiful (I’m probably biased because navy is my favorite color!) That flower girl is precious and in exactly the style of dress I’m looking to get for her!! I would love to know where she got it!

    • avatar Michael Bertalan reply

      Kristen: Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for the awesome comment. Our wedding was amazing and wish we could do it all over again. We actually got the dress made for little Ellie from the website etsy. The web address is . This is the sellers direct link. If you are not familar with Esty, it is a great website. We actually got a lot of things from esty. Such as the purses nd earrings that I gave thebridemaids for gifts and the cake pops holders. this website is a great tool for brides! Thanks for the comment again.

    • avatar Kristen reply

      Michael Bertalan: Oh my I love Etsy! I’m on it at least 2-3 times a week! I am definitely going to check out her shop – Thank you for the tip! I’m having the hardest time finding something for my sweet flower girl to wear!! Thanks again! :)

  2. avatar Whitney reply

    This wedding is absolutely gorgeousl. I am using navy in my wedding as well. I was curious where the she got the clutches for her bridesmaids? Congratulations!

    • avatar Morgan reply

      I LOVE this wedding! Kudos to swmag for featuring different styles of weddings. Some sites I frequent post basically the same weddings (outdoor, vintage, tons of mason jars everywhere) over and over. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with that style….but I like a little variety :)

      Thank you!!

    • avatar Michael Bertalan reply

      Whitney: Hey Whitney, Congrats on Your wedding. Navy is such a great color for weddings. I got the clutches for the bridesmaids from the website etsy. Here is the direct link for the seller Etsy is a great website and actually got a lot of things from etsy. It became my BFF. Well congrats again for the big day. Enjoy every moment because it goes so fast.

    • avatar Whitney reply

      Michael Bertalan: Thank you so much.

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  4. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Morgan! We definitely try hard to post a variety of weddings, so I’m thrilled to hear you love this one! It’s super helpful for us to hear which weddings you love so we can better choose future content, so keep it up!

  5. avatar Sharon reply

    Wow. I absolutely adore this wedding. Way to go Southern Weddings for putting up something new and different. This is such a classic South Florida/Miami wedding! Elegant, Modern, and just downright GORGEOUS! Captured Photography you are amazing!!! What beautiful shots!

  6. avatar Captured Photography by Jenny reply

    Thanks SW for featuring Michael and Charlie’s wedding. I know they put a ton of work in to it and it was such a lovely day. We had a blast being there! :)

  7. avatar Sarah {A Paper Proposal} reply

    I LOVE a good navy blue wedding….and the shoes…oh, the shoes! Stunning! :)

  8. avatar Tiffany reply

    I love your wedding! We’re doing navy and green as well, with the girls in navy dresses. I LOVE the belts with the girls dresses, what a great idea…where did you get those?

    • avatar Michael Kibler reply

      Tiffany: Thank you so much for the comments. I actually got the bridesmaids dresses and belts from J-crew. The belts were a big hit with the girls and it made a simple dress look amazing. I highly recommend it! Congrats and enjoy planning!!

  9. avatar Lydia reply

    The bridesmaid shoes are to die for, and the color combination is fabulous!

  10. avatar Lauren reply

    Just curious where the reception and ceremony took place?
    It was lovely. I live in FL and Im having such a hard time finding some place different..I really like the photo from above, Im guessing that was of the bridal party table? Love it, congrats!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! So sorry for not including that information! Michael and friends got ready at the W Hotel in South Beach. The ceremony took place at the Miami Beach Community Church. And the reception took place at the Moore Building and Bamboo Garden. Hope that helps, and I’m glad you loved the wedding!

  11. avatar Grace McKinney reply

    I love the colors in this wedding and the bride is beautiful!! The reception table decorations are absolutely gorgeous! A very beautiful wedding in every aspect!

  12. avatar Meggan reply

    I absolutely LOVE this wedding! So beautiful!

  13. avatar Kristen reply

    What a stunning wedding! I especially love the blue Manolo Blahnik shoes and the studded belt on the bridesmaid dress. These details really make the wedding unique and beautiful!

  14. avatar Carissa reply

    love, love, love this wedding!!

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  16. avatar Catherine reply

    What a gorgeous wedding!! Just wondering where you found the groomsmen’s ties? They’re fabulous!

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