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Confession: I definitely found myself wishing I could have attended Sarah Beth and Ryan’s wedding–and not just because of that delicious looking cake buffet! These two have such a sweet, joyful relationship, and they chose their wedding details with great purpose, always focused on things that would best welcome their guests and share how much their families mean to them. A few of my favorites? Sarah Beth’s dad officiated the ceremony (so special!), the cakes were displayed on a table handmade by her late grandfather, and the favors were a tasty jam that was whipped up from Grandma’s recipe!

Thanks so much to Emily Ann Hughes for sharing this lovely day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I knew exactly what I didn’t want, so the hunt took awhile (and it was absolutely a hunt). I went to five different stores before trekking into Neiman Marcus in Dallas with my best friend. I knew I had found a designer that kept working for me, so I went straight to Reem Acra when we got there. Those dresses were so dreamy, and the experience was so fun! I loved when I finally said yes to the dress.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, my husband and I are both very emotional people. We wanted those special emotions to be experienced between the two of us before we shared our evening with loved ones. I was so nervous, and knew I would be able to enjoy the time before our ceremony more if I got to see his face.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we did. One of our favorite lines was, “I wish I could quantify the joy you bring. Your charisma is overflowing, and my life is filled with laughter because of you.”

We wanted a venue that provided beauty all on its own. I had an ethereal aesthetic in mind, complete with natural and beautiful elements, so it only made sense to settle on the Rose Garden and Conservatory.

Describe your wedding flowers. Oh my word, so dreamy! We used shades of blues, greys, and magnolia leaves to complement the copper and green. They were full of texture and shapes!

We used a table handmade by my late grandpa for my sister’s wedding to display our cakes on. We had eight or nine cakes in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors. They were so tasty–Cuppies & Joe knocked it out of the park!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Unknowingly, I was his “gym girlfriend” from afar. We had a few mutual friends who facilitated our setup, but we must give credit to divine intervention. God directed each step toward each other along the way. After spending some time exchanging glances at the gym, he finally asked me on a date, which I declined; however, he was persistent and asked me on a second date. We were inseparable from our first date!
Tell us all about the proposal! Our first summer together, we spent almost every day at the lake! Our first kiss happened right there among the peaceful surroundings on the swim deck. The following summer, he invited all of our friends onto the boat for a normal afternoon on the lake, or so I thought. After ignoring my friends’ suggestions to maybe pick another swimsuit or possibly fix my hair, I found myself on the swim deck of our boat with my charming, now-husband, on his knee. I was in shock and had to contain my urge to jump on him for fear that my ring might fall into the lake! It was the best day of the year until we actually became one.
When did y’all get married? November 14, 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? We had a traditional Christian ceremony that was officiated by my dad. At our reception, Ryan’s fraternity brothers went to the center and did their dance number. Other than that, I felt it was pretty traditional all the way around–great food, great drinks, and great people!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We read “Love & Respect” and went through marriage counseling with my father. We also read “The Meaning of Marriage” and went through counseling with my former pastor. We were very intentional about preparing our hearts and minds for the covenant we were entering into.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I love stationery, but was realistic about where invitations ultimately end up, so we kept our paper goods simple. We also chose two beers and two wines as opposed to an open bar. I felt like both of those areas saved us quite a bit of money.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When my dad announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Campbell!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We enjoyed our honeymoon, and now have twins on the way! We are looking forward to our first home together and bringing two beautiful lives into the world.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? It was a blast, but being his wife is so much better!

Photographer: Emily Ann Hughes Photography | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Planner and Florist: XO Events & Design | Ceremony Venue: The Will Rogers Rose Garden | Reception Venue: Ed Lycan Conservatory | Cake Baker: Cuppies & Joe | Caterer: Cafe 7 | Rentals: Conventions and More and Mood Party Rentals | Band: String & Sound | Paper Goods: The Sign Shop | Bride’s Gown: Reem Acra | Bride’s Accessories: BHLDN | Hair Stylist: Hannah Miller | Makeup Artist: Lovewell Boutique Salon and Blush for Days | Bride’s Shoes: ASOS | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale and Joanna August | Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Prim Bridesmaid Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Tom James Clothier | Groomsmen Attire: JC Penney | Bouquet Ribbon: Silk and Willow

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Beautiful! Love the colors so much, as well as the velvet linens on the cocktail tables!

  2. avatar Miranda Tassi reply

    What a precious wedding! I loved the special details of incorporating her Grandmother’s jam and late Grandfather’s handmade table. Her flowers were STUNNING yet so simple! Such a great idea to minimalize the bar selection to cut costs; most guests won’t even notice or mind. Great post! xo

  3. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    Absolutely smitten with this gorgeous wedding! I love how they kept things simple, elegant and romantic. Her dress is to die for!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    awww they’re presh

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Happy Valentine’s Day week, belles! We’ve been saving some of our most fabulous pink weddings for this week, and we hope y’all love them as much as we do!

When it comes to meaningful venues, Catherine and Kyle hit the jackpot. They were married at the incredibly beautiful Swan House, which was built in 1926 by Catherine’s great great grandparents, and has since been the venue for many special family memories. The Swan House is an iconic landmark in Atlanta, and it was the perfect place for Catherine and Kyle to combine their New York City sensibilities and Catherine’s Southern roots at their stylish wedding.

Thanks so much for Pink Shoe Photography for sharing Catherine and Kyle’s wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. This was my favorite part–I wish I could do it all over again! I found my dress in New York at Mark Ingram. The designer was having a trunk show and I decided to try on my dress. It was perfect and so unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.

We decided to do a first look because we knew we were both going to be really nervous. We felt it would help us relax and enjoy the ceremony.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No we did not. It would have been too nerve wracking!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My good friend read the E.E. Cummings poem “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in).”

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The location. It was very special to me because my great great grandparents built the house in 1926. My father spent time there, and since he is no longer with us, I wanted to honor him and have his presence with us that day.

How amazing are these linens? The stripes are such a unique touch, but the neutral colors keep the overall look classic and elegant.

Our wedding cake was amazing! My friend had the same lady make it for her wedding three years ago, and the moment I tasted it, I knew that it had to be my cake. The lady is the head baker at Ingles grocery store in northern Georgia and she makes a mean buttercream!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Being with all of our friends and family for the whole weekend. Our guests traveled from all over the USA and we were so thankful for that. We loved celebrating with everyone and getting down on the dance floor.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met on a cold, snowy January night at a bar in New York City, where we were both attending separate birthday parties. I approached him because I thought he was good looking, and we ended up hanging out all night! At the end of the night, I realized I left my credit card at the first bar I went to that evening, and since it was too late to go get it, Kyle asked me if I wanted to meet with him this week so we could get it together. Since then, we have been inseparable.
Tell us all about the proposal! I went to happy hour with my girlfriends after work and told Kyle I would be home at 9 p.m. He was nervously waiting in our apartment for me to come home, and I ended up staying out until 10:30. When I finally walked in the door, he had balloons, fake cocktail rings and Full House’s Jessie and the Rippers song “Forever” playing in the background. It was an amazing moment that I will never forget.
When did y’all get married? April 6, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and we left to The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.” Our first dance was to Nikki Bluhm’s cover of “Danny’s Song.” We had a very difficult time agreeing on what our first dance song should be, and the week before our wedding, we went to see Nikki Bluhm in concert. She and her husband sang “Danny’s Song” and we fell in love with it!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? All of the food was traditional Southern food. Not living in the South has me constantly craving Southern food, so I thought it would be the perfect way to honor my heritage. Plus, I wanted the out-of-towners to experience the best food in the world!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Two of Kyle’s sisters became pregnant and were due around the day of our wedding. They were unable to attend, and it was really heartbreaking not to have them there. The older sister ended up scheduling an emergency c-section and gave birth during our rehearsal dinner. So thankfully, they were at home in Brooklyn and not at the dinner!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Elope! Just kidding! Surround yourself with good people, don’t get caught up in other people’s drama, and don’t stress too much. Everything will end up perfectly.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are still living in New York City and hope to eventually move back down South. We are excited to see where life takes us!

Photographer: Pink Shoe Photography / Planner: Debbie Felker, by Special Arrangement, LLC / Venue: The Swan House / Florist, Catering, and Rentals: Keith Robinson, Gloriosa / Cake Baker: Tammy Aldridge / Bride’s Gown: Junko Yoshioka-Rio / Paper Products: Peggy Peel and Paces Paper / Bride’s Veil: Saks / Hair Stylist: Debbe Myers / Makeup Artist: Page Luther / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG / Groom’s Attire: Red by Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Band: Anita

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Wedding Rental Supplies @ Apex Tent and Party reply

    Absolutely gorgeous and touching wedding! Loved this beautiful place and also the beautiful details.

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I adore Catherine’s gown, and of course the romantic Swan House is a jaw-dropping backdrop for their wedding! So fun to hear more of its history. Also, I just found out that scenes from Catching Fire were filmed here, which makes this an even more exciting venue! :)

  3. avatar Amanda {Planning It All} reply

    Gorgeous venue!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    the flower in the cup is an adorable detail!

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  7. avatar Sarah G reply

    So lovely! I’m thinking about having my wedding here as well. Do you know where the reception was held? Thanks!

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A bright spin on Virginia fall colors make Megan + Joe’s wedding stand out on a computer screen, but what’s special about this wedding is how much of the details were brought to life with the creativity of the bride and the helping hands of dear friends. Little hints of family and that good ole Southern charm were planted all over M + J’s wedding — in the handmade signage (made by the bride’s grandfather!), the monogrammed flower girl sashes and the burlap details. I love that Megan’s gown was a custom creation — designed and sewn by the same woman who made all of her homecoming and prom dresses! Big hugs to Kate Triano for sharing this day with us!

My dress was designed and made by a family friend (Kim Trombly) who also made my homecoming and prom dresses when I was growing up. When I got engaged, I knew she had to make my wedding gown! We spent about three months trying on dresses and getting an idea of what I liked. She sketched an endless amount of dress designs and once we were happy with it, we set out looking for fabric. We traveled to New York City in August 2011 in search of lace and fabric. We found both at the very first store we walked into! Kim worked on my gown for a little over 100 hours total and it was worth every bit of that. The lace was all hand sewn and cutout, so there were no gaps of empty space and she even had my wedding date embroidered in blue on the inside of my train! She also made my headpiece, which was a flower made from my dress fabric with my lace cutout and placed around the flower! I absolutely loved it! Throughout the whole process, I had total faith in Kim and knew the end result was going to be perfect!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
They were absolutely amazing! I wanted our wedding to have a rustic feel with slightly modern details all brought together by Virginia fall colors. I had the hardest time finding linens that I liked and I happened to stumble upon the yellow chevron fabric and napkin fabric while at the fabric store. I immediately texted Kim and asked, “What if we make table linens?!” With arms wide open, she dove headfirst into my crazy idea no matter if it meant sitting at her sewing machine for additional hours. The florist fell in love with the colors and patterns of our linens and did a fabulous job with my flowers. I wanted flowers that were loaded in texture and had unique elements. We used dahlias, red James story orchids, orange and green coxcomb, yellow billy balls, succulents, ranunculus, amaranthus, scabiosa pods, celosia tips, gerbera daisies and fiddle head ferns. My bouquet featured burlap ribbon that Holly found in Holland! All of the flowers were so full and luscious and completely embodied the theme of the wedding!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes. After debating back and forth, we did decide to do a first look. We wanted those special first look photos between the bride and groom without an audience, even though we had an audience watching us from inside the estate!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
Colossians 3: 12-17 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, 13

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
We had a local string quartet during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Since our ceremony was traditional, we had them play very traditional ceremony wedding music. Cannon in D played during the seating of the parents and the bridal procession. Bridal Chorus played during my entrance, and the Wedding March during our recessional. We had a nine-piece band for the reception that was awesome! They played everything! We sent them a CD of our first dance, father-daughter and mother-son dances and they learned the music in a month for our wedding! Our first dance was to “God Gave Me You.” From the moment I first heard this song, I always told Joe that it would be our wedding song. It has the most perfect lyrics! The father-daughter song was to “I Loved Her First.” I told my dad the day this song came out years ago that we would dance to it at my wedding. He absolutely loved it. He even used it at the end of his speech, telling Joe, “as the song says, always remember I loved her first!” For the mother-son dance, we played “A Mother’s Song.” Joe’s mom had searched forever for a song because she wanted it to be special and finally found this one. So cute!

Did you have something borrowed, something blue, and something new? Yes! My something borrowed was Joe’s grandmothers’ wedding ring that I wore on my right hand. She passed away seven years ago and left it to him. It was supposed to be my engagement ring, but Joe decided that he didn’t want to alter the ring at all, so he got me something different. To this day, I wear his grandmothers’ ring on my right hand—it fits perfectly! I also had a borrowed pearl bracelet to wear, too. My something blue was a pair of earrings as well as the wedding date embroidered on the inside of my train. My something new was a pair of Jimmy Choos! They had the perfect amount of sparkle and made me feel like a princess the minute I put them on!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
The burlap and chevron runners along with the napkins were our favorite detail. With the Kim’s help, we cut, frayed and sewed all the runners and table napkins for the wedding. Even though it was a fairly simple part of the wedding, it’s something we were able to do together that completely changed the look of the otherwise plain white tablecloth and white dish setting for the table. The napkin fabric was so unique we were sure no one would have a table setting quite like it!

We had SO many Southern details! We had lots of burlap draped in the barn, on the tables, on the candy bar, on the lounge area and in the burlap balls! We included our signature drinks served in mason jars with red stripe straws. To tie in with our rustic feel, my dad brought in old fence boards that had fallen down on our farm. My 86-year-old grandpa is very artistic and he actually hand painted all of our signs for the wedding. I LOVED this detail. In addition, Kim put monograms on my flower girls’ dress sashes and she made bowties and suspenders for the ring bearers out of the bridesmaid dress fabric! Our wedding was very Southern as it was held at an old stone estate on the bluffs of the Potomac River. In addition, the reception was in a barn draped with burlap and Edison lights! It made for a Southern, yet intimate venue. The menu was truly Southern, as we did not want a traditional chicken/steak dinner option. We decided we wanted to do something different and ended up doing a Southern barbeque. Our guests absolutely LOVED it. Everyone raved about the food. To this day, we still have people say to us that they have never had barbeque that tasted as good as it did at our wedding. Lastly, we had a cigar bar that was revealed about two hours into the reception. They were hand rolled on-site and everyone loved being able to enjoy them outside the barn, while still enjoying the band. Kim and I created a hay bale lounge area for people to sit and enjoy their cigars and drinks. It was a huge hit!

We wanted to do something different than a traditional wedding cake. Since we both love cupcakes, I thought it might be a fun and unique idea to have a giant cupcake as our cutting cake! I found a local baker who, with my help, came up with the perfect design for our cupcake! We had a giant cupcake placed on top of a small square cake that featured a yellow chevron pattern. She then made a burlap pennant banner that read “Mr. & Mrs.” and hung from two sticks above the cupcake. We actually cut the square cake and saved the giant cupcake for our one-year anniversary! For guests, we had four different flavors of Georgetown Cupcake — our favorite cupcake bakery!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
We met through mutual friends at a local restaurant called Magnolia’s at the Mill. We both had moved back home from college. Joe was studying for the CPA exam and I was back in school for nursing. Despite having gone to rival high schools within 10 miles of each other, we had never met. Joe had told our mutual friend he had a crush on someone and I actually got mad until I found out it was me! The rest is history from there!

Tell us all about the proposal! 
Joe planned to propose outside at our favorite Loudoun County vineyard, Sunset Hills. Unfortunately, while we were inside tasting it started raining outside and his plans for an outdoor vineyard proposal were ruined! After enjoying some wine, we planned to head to Joe’s parents for dinner. He had already let his parents and mine know his plans, so when we arrived they would all be there, expecting us to be engaged. Joe ended up pulling the car over on a country road on the way to his parents and asking me to get out to look at something, he got down on his knee outside in the rain to propose!

When did y’all get married? 
September 22, 2012

How many friends, family, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
175

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Letting vendors take over and trust that they would design something that matched my vision.

What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
$50,000-$75,000

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
If you ask Joe, the band. If you ask me, I’ll say Kim and the florist. Without Kim, I wouldn’t have had a wedding gown or headpiece, table linens, flower girl dresses, ring bearer outfits, burlap balls, and so many other small details! Without Holly, I wouldn’t have had the beautiful flowers that tied the wedding together.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
The moment when Joe and I were standing at the alter saying our vows to each other. We were making a commitment of a lifetime and nothing made it more special than being surrounded by our closest family and friends on a beautiful day in a beautiful setting.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always make it. Never give up. It’ll all be worth it in the end.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
We just bought a house and are finally starting to settle into it. We look forward to traveling different places in the world before we have kids. We’re going to Italy for our first anniversary! Within the next five years, we hope to start a family and have them baptized in outfits made by Kim! We have extra fabric and lace from my gown left over and she said she would make me baptism outfits when we have little ones!

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    Beautiful wedding! Who was the 9-piece band they chose? Looking for recommendations.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hey again, Laura! I’m delighted to let you know that the band is Rollex. Here is the website: http://www.rollexband.com/ Best of luck!

  2. avatar Erin (Elizabeth Anne Designs) reply

    Loving all the rustic details and the pretty flowers by the incomparable Holly Heider Chapple!

  3. avatar Megan reply

    Thank you SO much for the feature! I absolutely love it! :)

  4. avatar Meghan Boyer reply

    Beautiful Job Kate! These photos are fabulous! :)

  5. avatar Karen reply

    This wedding is just beautiful. It’s given me so many ideas! I love all the table linens and would dearly love to know the name of the fabric used for the napkins.

  6. avatar Marissa reply

    Hi Laura, we’ll check into that, and let you know. Thanks for reading! xx

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  12. avatar Jennifer reply

    Where can I get the mason jar napkins? Love those!

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