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One (very true) realization that I’ve come to over the years is this: You can’t have every wedding on every budget, but you can have a wedding on any budget. With less than $10,000 to spend and 200 beloved family members and friends attending, Haylee + Frank crafted a wedding that was perfect for them: sweet, simple, homemade, and Southern. Camp Shenandoah Springs in Virginia was a beautiful backdrop to the humble celebration, and Sarah Matozzi was there to capture the fun.

Haylee’s ladies all chose their own neutral dress to wear for the day, and brightened the overall look with colorful accessories. As for Haylee, she stumbled upon the online shop Grace Loves Lace a few months before the wedding. When she locked eyes on the “Emme” style, she instantly knew it was the something different and special she had been looking for.

Frank and I took communion during our ceremony. It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding — a special moment for me and my husband to honor the one who brought us together. I walked down the aisle to “A Place Only You Can Go” by Needtobreathe, and while we prayed together we had “Beautiful Things” by Gungor playing. Both songs were performed by talented friends of mine.

That’s their first kiss ever, folks – pretty sweet.

I wanted our cake to look simple but beautiful, and to taste delicious, and that’s what we got! We also served little pies in mason jars and caramel-dipped apples made by Frank’s Aunt Cheri.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Frank went to high school with my best friend and sister-in law Olivia. It wasn’t until about a year after graduation that she got to thinking we might get along great. We started talking online when I was 16 and he was 18 (when Myspace was cool!). Right away, we began to fall in love. Shortly after that, he came to my church to meet me, and we’ve been together ever since!
Describe the proposal. After four years together, the time had come! Frank, my sister Emily and I went hiking one Saturday. After a long hike, we reached the top, where Frank pointed out a huge rock, noting it would be a good spot for a picture. I, being the fan of heights that I am, said NO WAY am I climbing up there! After a bit of persuasion, he pulled me up onto the giant boulder. I was scared to death and clinging onto him, but we posed for a picture, taken by my sister. After that, I begin inching my way back down when he said, “wait, wait, don’t you want to think about how you’re going to get down?” I stood back up, turned around, and saw him getting down on one knee! My sister got great pictures, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way he asked.
In what month did you get married? May
Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. We both were so looking forward to that moment when we would see each other down the aisle.
Describe your wedding flowers: Wildflowers all the way! I wanted them to look freshly picked.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was very Southern. It went perfectly with our Southern décor, which included vintage hankies as napkins, and mason jars and all different colors and sizes of vases filled with fresh and dried flowers. We had fresh raspberries on our cake, burlap table squares, and vintage table cloths.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Bridesmaids dresses. There were so many girls I wanted by my side that day, and we were all on a budget! I wanted them all to love what they were wearing, and for it to be practical. I’m so happy with what we decided on, as they all looked stunning!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Kissing my husband for the first time.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy this time with family and friends. It will all come together in the end! I’m so thankful I was able to have such a joyous wedding day without stressing, but it was because I chose not to.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Starting a family and living happily ever after with my best friend.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar tammy reply

    love, love, love this wedding!! How very precious to save thier first kiss. Love the sweet and beautiful loveliness of it all!! Thank you so much for sharing this wedding with us.

  2. avatar Megan {Bayside Bride} reply

    What a sweet wedding! Love the bride’s dress, the lace adds beautiful detail!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I am so honored to have shot this wedding and to be featured on this beautiful blog, thank you for sharing, Emily! :)

  4. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    That little boy (in the first kiss pic) is precious! Great moment captured :-D

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  6. avatar Jennifer reply

    This is more like me. I loved her wedding and im trying to plan mine. We dont have much for a big wedding. but our love for each other and our family love and bond. We are both humble and we want our love lo shine in our special day just like your or theirs did. Love it. God bless them always

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Spring has sprung, y’all! Do you know that moment that occurs at at the beginning of the season when you find yourself suddenly confused about the state of your health? Have you come down with a cold or is it just your allergies that have (blast them!) returned? I had that moment a few days ago. Sadly, this time, it was the cold that won.

I’m working from home today, but y’all, Meg + Jeremy’s wedding is actually making me feel better! Their June wedding looks fresh and cool, especially with the addition of some smashing seersucker suits! And see those crisp white tables lined up for the reception? If that’s not perfection, I don’t know what is. The biggest thanks to Melissa Schollaert for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

I share my favorite detail of this wedding with the bride, who had her girlfriends lining the stairs leading to the aisle. They handed her the blooms that ultimately comprised her bouquet! I’m blown away by this sweet and unique detail.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Like my father and his new wife and my brother-in-law and his wife, Jeremy and I met on Jeremy had just moved to Atlanta from Orlando and was looking to meet new people, and I had just decided to start dating again after a terrible break-up. After our second date, I knew that Jeremy could be someone I could really fall in love with. And fall in love we did!
Describe the proposal. It was two days before my father’s wedding, and knowing that all of my family, especially my sister, would be in town, Jeremy popped the question on the sidewalk of our favorite neighborhood, which at the time was adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. It was beautiful and romantic. He had already made dessert and champagne reservations for later that night at a beautiful restaurant in Atlanta. We toasted our engagement and looked forward to telling the family the next day. It was the perfect proposal–one that was heartfelt and sincere and reflected the type of man Jeremy is and the kind of relationship we have.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Elegant, simple and fun.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? About 135
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My girlfriends who, instead of being official bridesmaids, lined the stairs leading to my processional. They held flowers to hand me, which ultimately comprised my bridal bouquet. The last girl in line tied them together with an ivory sash.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The hospitality. We wanted all of our guests to feel welcome and included as much as possible. All guests were invited to the rehearsal dinner, and everyone stayed on site at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. It was truly a wonderful weekend.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding the wedding dress was a bit of a feat, I have to say. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, but I had a hard time finding it. I knew I wanted something a little different from the typical bridal gown, but at the same time something very simple and classic. Something fit for a garden ceremony and that reflected my personal style, which is anything but flashy. Ultimately, I got exactly what I wanted. I wouldn’t change a thing about my dress.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Delicious and beautiful! It had ivory buttercream icing with sea grass detailing over alternating square layers of vanilla and chocolate pound cake separated by lemon curd and chocolate ganache.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Finding the dress…and the right undergarments to go with it!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We spent between $25,000 and $50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Hands down, photography.

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography // Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Crane Cottage // Dress: J.Crew Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Bride’s Earrings: J.Crew // Bridesmaid Dress: J.Crew // Men’s Suits: Paul Frederick // Flowers: A Courtyard Florist // Catering: Jekyll Island Club Hotel // Invitations: Sweet Lemon Paper

Melissa Schollaert is a member of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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Lizzie + Mile’s darling Jekyll Island wedding here and here
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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar La Fleur Vintage reply

    This is BEAUTIFUL, what a ceremony location! The color palette is gorgeous as well.

  2. avatar Kelli Ahern reply

    Those guy suits are the best I’ve ever seen! LOVE them!

  3. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Super nice! I love seersucker!

  4. avatar Deva @ Fresh Pastry Stand reply

    LOVE the seersucker suits + the dramatic shot of the Spanish moss. The table settings were delightfully simple and elegant!

  5. avatar lisa reply

    Hi Nicole! I love the groomsman ties. Any idea where they purchased them from? They would coordinate well the tan suites and blue bridesmaid dresses.

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