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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

Gracie Blue Photography is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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

    Beautiful photos! And her dress is just darling!

  2. avatar Charmaine reply

    Adore her wedding dress!

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The Southern Weddings girls absolutely, positively adore Ivy and Aster. Let us count the ways:

~Their whimsical website full of gorgeous pictures from Elizabeth Messina draws us in and keeps us involved with their darling story.

~The products themselves are gorgeous. The intricately beaded accessories could add that certain wow-factor to any dress.

~Ivy and Aster is receiving praise left and right. Most recently in Lucky Magazine!

~Maybe we love them so much simply because they make some of the most breathtaking dresses on the market. Yep, that’s definitely our main reason for all this love.

We asked readers to step right up for the Style My Ivy and Aster and it seems that y’all agree that Ivy and Aster is something special. Dozens of readers answered which Ivy and Aster sash they preferred and counted the ways that the sashes could complement their wedding ensembles.

Congratulations to Lindsay, who picked the Starburst sash!

Definitely without a doubt I would pick the starburst sash. It would go so well with my ivy and aster dress! I wanted to get it but was going to see if I had room in my budget to do so. But winning it would definitely solve that problem. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

Enjoy your new sash! I know it will look stunning with your Ivy and Aster dress!

Another fab giveaway coming up next!

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Jubilee Lau reply

    LOVE the sashes! I have kept my eye on Ivy and Aster lately too; thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Alison reply

    Any idea who makes the shoes in the picture above?! I love them!!!

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Every little girl dreams of living a fairytale with perfect gowns and princes galore, but Ivy and Aster brings the fairytale to life. Just read Ivy and Aster’s delightful story book to learn more about how two best friends found their happy ending designing beautiful gowns for other real life princesses! Their bridal line is full of charm and a touch of whimsy, and the photographs by Elizabeth Messina perfectly display how gorgeous the Ivy and Aster collection truly is.

Today we have a something special for you… a challenge, if you will. Are you up for the challenge? Are you ready to win a fabulous prize from one of the most original, pretty wedding dress companies out there? Are you ready to live the fairytale? If so, then I suggest you keep reading!

Welcome to the Style My Ivy and Aster giveaway challenge! One beautiful bride has modeled four different sash styles from Ivy and Aster and we need you to pick which style is the most fabulous of them all. Are you more of a ‘velveteen rabbit’ or a ‘starburst’? Do you prefer the ‘icicle’ or are you ‘tying the knot’?

To Enter: Take a gander at the four B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L Ivy and Aster sashes above and tell us which sash is your favorite (and why) by leaving a comment for us. Ta da!

Win: Your favorite Ivy and Aster sash could arrive in your mailbox just in time for your big day!

The Style My Ivy and Aster giveaway challenge will end on Tuesday, March 15th at midnight!

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Claire reply

    I was immediately drawn to D! The pink braided sash with the accents intertwined makes for a beautiful and modern affect. Any bride would look gorgeous with this detail! It looks like you could wear it in a bunch of different ways! In your hair would be another great possibility! I love the tone of the pink as well! Would look perfect with our colors!!

  2. avatar Elyse reply

    I love “B” the Starburst. I simply adore big floral statement pieces. On headbands. As broaches. I just love this style. And nothing would be more me on our special day than walking down the aisle in an equally charming, attention grabbing accessory. Adore!

  3. avatar Elyse reply

    I simply adore “B” the Starburst. I love it because it looks like a flower, and floral accents are some of my very favorite accessories. On headbands, hair clips, belts and brooches–I just LOVE big, floral statement pieces. And I couldn’t think of any other type of accessory being more me on my day. Adore!

  4. avatar courtney reply

    could we vote on the hottest shoes instead ;) the pinkish sparkly ones would be great for my rehearsal dinner!!!

  5. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I am in L-O-V-E with the velveteen rabbit sash!! The color is perfect–and one of my wedding colors!! It has been really hard to find how to incorporate the right shade of blue/green into wedding party attire (still looking for the right frock for my maids). This sash would look so pretty in the fall with my off-white gown! And its something blue… :)

  6. avatar Corrie reply

    Oh, that is hard to pick, but I have to say the Starburst! So very fun!

  7. avatar Bea reply

    I am absolutely drawn to the Starburst (B) sash. The dark color accent on top of a white dress is such a great contrast that shows off the waist line! Not only do I love the color, but the flower burst accent on the sash gives it a real pop that can make any wedding dress unique to the bride. I would be proud to wear this sash on my big day!

  8. avatar Jessie reply

    I like the icicle the best. :)

  9. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I adore the Starburst! It’s just he right amount of color and drama.

  10. avatar toviah reply

    i love the velveteen rabbit sash! it reminds me of greece or mermaids.

  11. avatar Becca C. reply

    It’s hard to choose, but I love the Velveteen Rabbit because it’s in my wedding colors! :)

  12. avatar Kim reply

    Totally torn…love the Velveteen Rabbit AND the Starburst. Do I have to chose just one?

  13. avatar Lori reply

    The starburst is my favorite… The contrast with the dress is great and the flower adds a fun, whimsical touch to balance the look.
    It was definitely hard to choose. If I were getting married in the winter the icicle would be a must!

  14. avatar madelynne reply

    I love velveteen rabbit! It’s a small touch of blue to add to the gown and I like the subtle sparkles infused in it! Lots of different textures!

  15. avatar Jennifer reply

    I LOVE the symbolism of the Tying the Knot sash. Intertwining love made so beautiful by an intertwining sash that you could wear for years to come and in so many ways. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  16. avatar Kelly reply

    Starburst – it is beautiful on the dress and would be a wonderful detail to incorporate into other aspects of the wedding. The brown would work for any season and the whimsy of the flower adds feminine flair.

  17. avatar ashleyryan reply

    My wedding is May 21st and I have yet to find the perfect “something blue.” I would absolutely love love love it if the velveteen rabbit was it!

  18. avatar Bella reply

    I love the glamour of the icicle sash! (D) I am wearing a wedding gown without any sequins or beading, so it would be the perfect accessory for some sparkle!

  19. avatar Allyson reply

    I love the icicle sash because not only will this look beautiful with a wedding dress but it could be used with other outfits as well and it would look so cute in the winter.

  20. avatar AshleyHH reply

    LOVE the Starburst. I love big flowers on things, and the contrast of the dark color on the white is stunning!

  21. avatar Kelley reply

    I love love love B) The Starburst!

  22. avatar Jennifer S reply

    I like B. I think it’s pretty! The flower makes it very bride appropriate and it accents the waist nicely.

  23. avatar Jenny reply

    Style A would match my color scheme wonderfully!

  24. avatar Natalie reply

    Hi all! I think the clear winner is the Velveteen Rabbit! That perfect aqua/robin’s egg color has always been a favorite of mine, and the velvet fabric and delicate design really fits well with the I&A aesthetic. I would adore receiving this! I would wear it with my I&A dress “loving thoughts” for the rehearsal dinner!

  25. avatar jessica reply

    Definitely the Starburst! It is feminine and elegant with just the right touch of simplicity…would be perfect for “something new” to wear on my wedding day:)

  26. avatar Kaitlyn D reply

    I’m definitely a Velveteen Rabbit! I love the lush velvet and the pretty pearl details.. just gorgeous!

  27. avatar Katelyn reply

    Oh I absolutely love the “icicle” on this bride. It is so feminine and sparkly! This adds a great detail to the dress without making it too busy. The icicle looks so delicate with all the beautiful beads on it, this is the perfect sash! (especially for a Winter wedding!)

  28. avatar Natalie reply

    I love the starburst sash. So many people do not think black is appropriate for a wedding day but I think it can really add a splash of color and look very elegant. The starburst sash reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would wear in My Fair Lady. Pair it with a updo or a hairpiece and you would look so elegant. I would love to wear this on my wedding day and hope to goodness I win.

  29. avatar Nicole W reply

    I’ve been looking for a delicate sash for my dress and Velveteen Rabbit couldn’t be anymore perfect in more ways than one. Margery Williams’ Velveteen Rabbit holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first childhood story I remember my grandmother reading and it became a part of our bedtime story routine. Wearing that sash would be a beautiful reminder and a wonderful way of honoring her on our wedding day.

  30. avatar Jessica reply

    What a gorgeous giveaway! I adore the Velveteen Rabbit – I’m hoping to get a non-white, knee length dress, and it would be great to have such a pretty belt to dress it up for the wedding! My fingers are crossed.

  31. avatar Jenny B reply

    I love the Velveteen Rabbit sash! It matches my bridesmaids dresses perfectly…I have been on the hunt for something just like this for ages!

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  33. avatar laura reply

    The starburst is my favorite. I’ve been looking for a black sash to go with the dress I have yet to buy. =) Hopefully, tomorrow will be the day.

  34. avatar Marilyn Lobos reply

    C) the icicle is definitely my favorite! It would be great to wear for a winter wedding. Add some snow, champagne and wonderful family and friends and you have a beautiful bride with a beautiful sash to add on to a gorgeous dress! What a beautiful and amazing day that would be!

  35. avatar emily f. reply

    I’m in love with The Icicle! I can just imagine it for a winter wedding! GORGEOUS!

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  37. avatar Audrey reply

    My favorite is B) The Starburst. The flower is just so whispy and pretty. I love it! I plan on wearing a flower similar to this in my hair on my wedding day, so I think that if I had this sash it would go great with the whole ensemble!

  38. avatar Courtney reply

    D) I love it! Simple and modern but still has a bit of an organic feel.

  39. avatar Jeannine @ Small & Chic reply

    The velveteen rabbit! I love that it’s thin, but has texture and a little bit of bling. I would compliment almost any color wedding gown. :)

  40. avatar kasey reply

    Definitely C, love the icicle! The cream color is simply pretty.

  41. avatar Alissa reply

    I thought it was obvious…the icicle! All are amazing but that one made my jaw hit my desk. Stunning!

  42. avatar mila reply

    I really like “tying the knot”! It would fit my rustic, outdoor themed wedding. I also think it would symbolize my bond with my fiance’- strong, tight, and able to uphold anything.

  43. avatar Allison reply

    I just love the starburst! it looks like it will make any dress just a little more flattering. i’m only dress shopping in a few months, but i’m sure i could find one that would love having this added to it!

  44. avatar Amy reply

    I absolutely love the velveteen rabbit!!! It just matches everything we’re planning into our wedding here in Sweden so well! The colors, the slightly vintage look to it, the coziness of the velvet. I’ve been trying to find velvet ribbon in that color for my bouquet. And the little flowers are so sweet! It looks a bit like lilly of the valley is embroidered in which is one of my favorite flowers and obviously one we’ll be using a lot throughout the wedding. I’ve ordered a beautiful dress from Sarah Seven but have been looking for a sweet little sash like this to give it a little something special. Great job Ivy and Aster!

  45. avatar Cristina reply

    I really like the ‘velveteen rabbit’ sash. It’s a great way to incorporate your “something blue” into your dress!

  46. avatar whitney freeman reply

    My favorite is B, the starburst!
    I love how it has a vintage look & would look amazing with the dress i have picked out!!!

  47. avatar laura reply

    the starburst sash would look perfect with the nicole miller wedding gown i purchased yesterday.

  48. avatar kelly reply

    That velveteen rabbit sash has the best name AND design!!! Love love love.

  49. avatar Laura P reply

    I LOVE the starburst! It’s modern, yet feminine. But they’re all gorgeous!

  50. avatar Sonia A. reply

    The C – icicle! It has the right amount of sparkle and winter “look” to it! It would go along perfectly with my winter wonderland theme! I would feel so unique wearing the gorgeous sash!

  51. avatar noelle reply

    i love the tying the knot stunning colors and would look awesome on any dress

  52. avatar Adrienne reply

    Considering that my wedding colors are black, white, and blush, tying the knot is the only sash for me. It’s delicate and intricate and down right lovely.

  53. avatar Erica reply

    I love option B, tying the knot, as it’s very symbolic and super sweet in those colors!

  54. avatar Dana reply

    I love C, so much pretty in one band — without being “too much”

  55. avatar Lindsay reply

    Definitely without a doubt I would pick the starburst sash. It would go so well with my ivy and aster dress! I wanted to get it but was going to see if I had room in my budget to do so. But winning it would definitely solve that problem. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  56. avatar Sacha reply

    I love the ‘tying the knot’ sash. So simple, sweet and pretty!

  57. avatar Jessica reply

    I love both velveteen rabbit and the starburst.. the velveteen rabbit would be the best thing for a something blue to add to your wedding day but the starburst would be better being from Charleston & having a Charleston wedding it reminds me of a magnolia flower which would be great also to add to my wedding to incorporate that southern charm…I go with the starburst!

  58. avatar Kelly reply

    The starburst gets my vote! It’s such a fun and elegant piece!

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  60. avatar Natalie reply

    I like the velveteen rabbit because it adds just a hint of color and texture to the dress. It doesn’t detract from the traditional bridal look, but rather accentuates the waist and the dress as a whole.
    Love it!

  61. avatar Micah reply

    I love the starburst! It’s soft like a fairytale but also fun and funky…. adds a little pizazzz

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