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I’m loving the soft colors in Heather + Sam’s reception. Light pink blooms backed by mint and seeded eucalyptus were made at home in blue mason jars. They look even more darling on top of burlap table linens and vintage lace doilies! The Southern details kept on comin’ with good eats and a cake buffet! Multiple sweets options? We like. But what sticks out most to me in this wedding is Heather’s most memorable moment. I adore that she remembers the post-wedding bliss that hit her as she and Sam walked back the house after the reception. Thanks again to Our Labor of Love for sharing this lovely wedding.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our ceremony and reception location, The Hill, was definitely full of Southern charm with its sunken garden and various restored historic antebellum homes. The decor was also very Southern – burlap table cloths, blue ball mason jars and vintage lace doilies. And let’s not forget the food! We had a bit of North vs. South for the appetizers (since I grew up in Pennsylvania), which were pierogies and fried green tomatoes. The highlights of dinner included smoked beef brisket, pulled pork with apple BBQ sauce, tomato bread pudding, and cheese grits – yum!
Describe your wedding cake: Sam and I opted to have a cake buffet rather than the traditional tiered wedding cake. Two cakes were white velvet raspberry flavored, two were Spanish lemon and one was chocolate. For the chocolate cake, the baker was able to print Sam’s family crest onto edible rice paper as a surprise.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Probably the DIY projects. I had very lofty aspirations, especially with the save the dates and invitations. Despite the fact that we had an almost two year engagement, I waited until the very end, when we finally had a concrete vision, to work on most of them.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We are so, so happy that we splurged on the photography and cinematography. Heidi Geldhauser from Our Labor of Love and Andy Jackson of Portal Films do such beautiful work and they created so many tangible memories of our day that we will cherish forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Sam said that his was seeing me for the first time in my wedding dress while walking down the aisle. Mine would have to be at the very end of the night. Sam and I were staying in another house on the property and I remember walking hand in hand down the gravel road in the pitch dark, tired and sweaty from dancing all night, perfectly content and so unbelievably happy in that moment to finally be married.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? One of our favorite lines was, “In the name of God, I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband, secure in the knowledge that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner in life, and my one true love.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? In my husband’s words, we are looking forward to “going through the adventures of life as best friends”

Photographer: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love // Videographer: Andy Jaskson of Portal Films // Planner: Diana Ryan of Consultants Unlimited // Ceremony venue: The Hill (Epting Events) // Reception venue: The Hill (Epting Events) // Florist: Epting Events // Wedding Cake Baker: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes (via Epting Events) // Caterer: Epting Events // Paper Products: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge, Purchased from Kleinfeld’s // Bride’s Veil: Anne Barge, Purchased from Kleinfeld’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid // Hair and Makeup: Ariane Turner of Pretty Girl Group // Wine Box: Mike Pendleton of MP Custom Made (etsy shop here); Lid design by bride, laser etching by MP Custom Made // Fingerprint Tree: Bleu de Toi // Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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I’m loving the paper products in Heather + Sam’s wedding. A handkerchief in each invitation, completed with a belly band, some twine and a wax stamp sounds like a beautiful, but simple idea. Even cuter? The “Will you be my bridesmaid?” card! The rustic and vintage touch was brought over into Heather’s bouquet. Epting Events artfully crafted a bouquet which was filled with peonies, astilbe and, my favorite part, mint. It was carried down the aisle with another handkerchief by Heather who wore a lacy Anne Barge dress. The couple exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony shaded by trees and surrounded by a low brick wall. We think it’s gorgeous! Big thanks to Our Labor of Love for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Sam and I met during our final semester at Elon University through mutual friends. It was actually a plan hatched by some of my sorority sisters. Despite the fact that we were consistently ending up at the same parties and get togethers, we were never formally introduced. Luckily, Sam decided to chat with me online and ask me out on a date. If you ask Sam, he’ll tell you that I rejected him. The real truth, though, is that I just postponed things until the week after my birthday and Valentine’s Day. What guy needs that kind of pressure? I was just looking out for him! Needless to say, everything worked out for the best!
Describe the proposal. After just having moved into our first apartment together, my parents were visiting for the week to help us get settled. I was working from home with my mom for company, while the guys went golfing one day. Unbeknownst to me, Sam was asking for my father’s blessing on the 17th hole. Later that evening, after dinner, it was suggested that we all take a walk around the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Conveniently, my parents wandered off on their own. Sam tried to get me over to “our bench” so he could propose, but I was not cooperating. After one failed attempt, he finally got me where he wanted me, dropped down to one knee, said a bunch of beautiful things that I cannot for the life of me remember, and proposed. What I do remember is incredulously asking “are you serious?” and then shaking my head yes over and over again and snatching up the gorgeous ring before he had the chance to place it on my finger. Afterwards, we stopped for ice cream on the way home and celebrated with a bottle of champagne that the men had snuck in the fridge when I wasn’t looking.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Vintage, blissful, unforgettable.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The most meaningful had to be our wine and love letter ceremony, or “The Box of Love and Promise” as referred to by our officiant. It is such a beautiful box! During our ceremony we placed the bottle of wine and letters we had written each other into the box. Along with our pastor and both sets of parents (who have been married for well over 25 years!), we nailed the box shut. It is to be opened on our 10th wedding anniversary or if our marriage encounters any hardships. So many of our guests commented on how touching that part of the ceremony was.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After an unsuccessful trip to a few boutiques in Atlanta, I flew home to visit my parents a few months later and my mom took me into the city for an appointment at Kleinfeld’s. After showing my consultant a few photos of our venue, she picked out some dresses for me to try on, most of which were from the newest Anne Barge collection. There was one dress in particular that I thought looked quite ugly on the hanger, but wouldn’t you know, it ended up being “the dress.” As soon as the matching veil was on my head, there was a rush of tears. Honestly, I think I love the veil just a teensy bit more than the actual dress and I would probably wear it every day if it wouldn’t make me look like a crazy person!
Describe your wedding flowers: Heavenly! After showing our florist some inspiration photos, I told him that I wanted a fluffy, romantic, wild and organic looking bouquet with a color palette of white, pink and green. Peonies were a must. Well it was all that, and more! In addition to white and pink peonies, the florist used white ranunculus, pink astilbe, white waxflower, ladies mantle, seeded eucalyptus, and fresh mint. I LOVED the fresh mint!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Jessica reply

    I would love to know where Heather had the “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cut-outs made. Do you know what vendor she used or if she hand-made that chain of girls?

    • avatar Heather reply

      Jessica: Hi Jessica! I actually made the “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards after seeing a tutorial by Rifle Paper Co. on the Once Wed blog.

    • avatar Lauren reply

      Heather: Did you make your invitations as well? SO beautiful! =) thank you!!!!

    • avatar Katie reply

      Heather: Yes I am dying to know if you made the invitations or purchased them somewhere?!

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