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Natalia + Levi’s wedding was a beauty despite the couple’s not-so-extravagant budget. It’s really an inspiration to many of us (myself and Emily included!) who love shopping flea markets for great surprises. Many of our favorite details were items that Natalia and her mother found while scouring flea markets and antique stores. French doors that displayed table assignments were a steal for $20! Natalia’s mother saw an old house being torn down and paid someone to have the doors delivered to her house instead of being discarded. We love how Natalia + Levi paid homage to the South with their dessert fare. A cake buffet and a “white spot,” a Krispy Kreme donut with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle, paired with Coca-Cola filled tummies all night until the gorgeous sky lantern send off. It’s food that we won’t see anywhere in Paris, but honestly, who’s complaining? That’s why we love the South. Thanks again to Melissa Schollaert Photography for sharing!

Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding: (From the groom) I thought the old cotton warehouse where the reception was held was really cool. I loved seeing how all of the wedding décor complimented the original architecture. Oh, and Hairy Dawg was awesome. Like, REALLY awesome. Go Dawgs!
What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? My mom likes to tell me that I have champagne taste and a beer budget. With our big ideas and strict budget, she and I were forced to get creative. We scoured antique markets and found beautiful things in unique places. For example, she saw a construction team tearing down an old home and offered a guy $20 to deliver the beautiful old French doors to my parents’ house. We used the doors at the wedding to display table assignments. It wasn’t always easy, but we had so much fun together on our adventures!
Did you try anything new or untraditional? My godfather, who is like my second father, walked me part way down the aisle and then handed me off to my dad. It was a surprise to me and really touched my heart. My florist and I devised a plan to surprise the mothers. She left two peonies detached from the rest of my bouquet. When I got to the end of the aisle, I was able to pause and present each mother with a peony and a hug before stepping forward into the altar area. We mixed up our bridal party and had both bridesmaids and groomsmen stand on both sides of the altar. I didn’t want it to feel like they were here for only the bride or the groom, but rather for us as a couple.
Describe your wedding cake: Classic City Confections baked the most delicious assortment of cakes! Levi and I cut into a two-tiered red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting in a rosette design. Other flavors included French vanilla with raspberry and pistachio, coconut with lemon curd, chocolate hazelnut with sea salt caramel icing, strawberries and cream, and a chocolate turtle groom’s cake baked by Levi’s sister. Guests also had the option to have Coca-Cola floats and Krispy Kreme donuts – our homage to Atlanta!
Tell us about your grand exit. Our exit was one of my absolute favorite details. Our guests gathered outside the barn and formed a circle around Levi and I and we all released sky lanterns. The view of the sky lanterns floating across the night sky was nothing short of magical!
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Hire vendors that you trust implicitly. Working with people who you know will follow through will save you so much stress. Also, never forget that the process is supposed to be fun! If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Don’t let anyone tell you a wedding has to have or be anything. Want to wear a purple dress and serve cotton candy instead of wedding cake? Do it! A wedding, as traditional or untraditional as it may be, should always celebrate the couple.

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography // Planner: bride, Epting Events // Designer: bride, Epting Events // Venue: Tucker Plantation // Florist: MG Floral // Wedding Cake Baker: Classic City Confections // Caterer: Epting Events // Bridesmaid Dresses: Paul & Joe Sister // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca // Hair Stylist: Scoobie West // Makeup Artist: Scoobie West // Bride’s Shoes: Max Studio // Bride’s Jewelry: earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane // Bride’s Veil or Hair Accessory: veil by Brenda’s Bridal Veils, hair flower by DK Designs // Bride’s Other Accessories: belt from Daniel Design // Groom’s Fashion: Indochino // Groomsmen Fashion: groomsmen’s own // Paper Goods: Red Table Stationary // Rentals: Epting Events // Linens: Epting Events and Cloth Connection // Table runners: screen printed by Satisfactory Print Shop // Reception Décor: cake mugs from Anthropologie, heart pine table tops from Epting Events // Lighting: monogrammed gobo from Epting Events and Live Event Solutions

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

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Laura reply

    I love absolutely everything about this wedding. From the cotton bouts to the sky lanterns to Krispy Kreme! Gorgeous, and so much inspiration for planning my own wedding.

  2. avatar Amy reply

    Absolutely beautiful wedding! I’m planning a southern destination wedding in Charleston, SC and I love every single detail! I hail from Colorado but I think I’m really a southern girl at heart. I am wondering what the source is for “The South” sign? That is a detail that I would love to incorporate into my own wedding if possible!

    • avatar Natalia reply

      Hey Amy! There are several online sellers, but this was the first website that came up. Hope this helps! :)

  3. avatar {chicago wedding photographer] Caroline Ghetes reply

    Wow! I love that table runner. And the bride’s hair is so beautiful! She has a stunning face!

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Beautiful wedding! The last few photos are gorgeous!

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  6. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    SOOOO CUTE! Love the cotton place markers. We have cotton!

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  8. avatar Dorijean reply

    I absolutely love the personal touches. I am doing similar things and was wondering about the lanterns. I have always wanted to do it and thought my wedding would be perfect since we aren’t really doing a send off. So I was wondering if there was any laws you had to follow. Or if there were restrictions as per say a fire hazard or something? Thanks for the info and pictures.

  9. avatar Savannah Perkins reply

    Were the table numbers purchased or DIY?

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I confess, I want to be friends with Katie + Nathan. I love how they incorporated old items like vintage keys, tins, and picture frames into their garden-like reception to give their wedding a classic Southern ambiance without being themed. The newlyweds wanted their wedding day to be about spending time with family, and the backyard reception gave them the perfect space to do so. When we talked to Katie as our Southern Bride of the Month, she said she was invested in having good food. The couple delivered! Guests chowed down on good ole Southern food, complete with pie bar courtesy of Wild Flour Pastry, and ended the meal with a slice of Katie + Nathan’s cute and simple lemon cake from The Cake Stand— love those little bird toppers! My favorite part of reading about this wedding was hearing how the newlyweds stole a few minutes away from the party to reflect on how far they’ve come.

See all of the photos from Katie + Nathan’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: Fluffy peonies paired with mint, lavender, and sprigs of stock. I love how our florist incorporated flowers that were not only stunning, but smelled amazing!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Sometimes we would become so entrenched in the wedding planning that it was hard to see the big picture – getting married! In those moments, we had to put away the spreadsheets and the glue gun and take a break from the planning. Spending time with each other and remembering why it was that we wanted to get married helped us regain focus and momentum.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Hiring a videographer was one of the initial items on the “if we have room in the budget list”. We decided to go for it and, looking back, it should have been on my “must have” list all along. The day rushes by so fast. I was so overcome with emotion and joy that I hardly remember certain moments. We cannot wait to receive our video in the mail and be able to relive those precious moments for years to come.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We were well into the reception when I went upstairs to powder my nose. I walked past the groom’s room and noticed Nate standing by the window that led out onto the second story porch. When he saw me, he took my hand and led me through the doorway into the porch. I cherish those few moments that we had together, out of view from everyone, they were the only minutes we had alone all day. We just kept looking at each other, saying, “Wow, we made it!”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are already busy living the life we have built. Spending lots of time with friends, visiting family, and saving up for some fun travels are all priorities for us right now. We are really looking forward to our first Christmas together as husband and wife, complete with our very own tree!

Photographer: Veil and Bow // Videographer: Life Stage films // Planner: Sara Hosch, Southern Protocol // Ceremony venue: Private Residence // Reception venue: Private Residence // Florist: Charleston Stems // Wedding Cake Baker: The Cake Stand // Pie Bar: Wild Flour Pastry // Caterer: The Crazy Dutchman Catering // Paper Products: Invitations by Studio R Design, Programs and other paper goods from the bride // Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: hair fascinator Powder Blue Bijoux, veil from Atlanta Bridal Couture // Bride’s Shoes: Capparos // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kelly reply

    ooh ooh!!!! this wedding is all kinds of lovely! those cake toppers are DIVINE. also loving: the signage, her hairpiece, the twisty-straws, and the back of her dress!!!! ahhhh!!!!!

  2. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    Gorgeous. Her dress is breath taking and the cake topper is precious. Your site makes me want to get married again and again! : )

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      Just wanted to say that this is my all time favorite wedding out of all the ones I’ve seen on sites everywhere in the last year! The dress is amazing, the tuxes and ties, the vintage style dance floor, the beautiful centerpieces and table numbers, the cake topper…..the list goes on and on. Thank you for the inspiration as I plan my wedding for next June!!

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