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NAVY SEERSUCKER – BRIGHT FUCHSIA ACCENTS – BEST OF ALL, A RAW OYSTER BAR!! Inspired by the lakefront and Austin’s boating culture, this chic and casual shoot featured navy seersucker fabrics, bright fuchsia accents, and best of all, a raw oyster bar! Navy blue seersucker fabric decorated every piece of paper from the save the dates to the belly button band on the invitations. Each bouquet was wrapped in a monogrammed seersucker fabric and a pop of bright pink ribbon. Lanterns filled with flowers hung from the trees at the ceremony site and a beautiful garland was draped to block off the aisle way of the ceremony. We showcased a floral monogram using rose petals at the front of the aisle. The head table was full of lush fuchsia florals and hanging globes, embellished by candle lit and gold accents. To enhance a more casual feel, we added a hammock next to a hanging floral arrangement using a captain’s wheel, which was infused with fuchsia florals. In the dining room were large windows ornamented with hanging butterflies so that the lake scenery was incorporated into this setting. Fruitwood farm tables were under our white, blue, and pink cake in the center, surrounded by petaphors held by white cake stands. An alcohol tray anchored the clear polka dotted wine glasses and wine, which was wrapped in seersucker cloth. We used the same table layout to display our red and white striped marshmallow party favors on top of monogrammed seersucker napkins. One of the biggest highlights of the wedding was the delicious raw oyster bar, which was such a clever way to deliver our theme. The blue and pink handmade escort cards were fan folded with names on the top, & a white wire boat was used to hold the gifts brought by guests, which we felt was the perfect touch of nautical to add to our Hamptons themed wedding at Bella Varenna, a new lakefront venue in Austin, TX.

Photographer: Jenny DeMarco Photoraphy | Dress Store: Alexia Gavela Bridal | Event Venue: Bella Varenna | Jewelry: BHLDN | Floral Designer: Bouquets of Austin | Makeup Artist: Erica Gray | Linens and Coverings: La Travola Linen | Mens Attire: Macy's | Cake Designer: Michelle's Patisserie | Equipment Rentals: Premiere Party Central | Other: Pretty Smitten | Caterer: Royal Fig Catering | Invitation Designer: The Inviting Pear | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Vineyard Vines | Favors and Gifts: Wondermade Marshmallows | Event Planner: xPearl Events Austin

Jena & Alex’s Wedding at Yarra Valley

Album story by Jena

We are both casual and fairly easy going and wanted our wedding day to represent that. Our love for nature and natural beauty meant that we both wanted our wedding to be held outdoors, and we were lucky enough to discover a quaint and delightfully peaceful farm to hold the ceremony. The day was informal, with many quests arriving early to get ready with us. We decided very early on that our wedding would be small, simple and personal. We invited family and close friends to share the day with us, and felt that each guest contributed a unique and irreplacable element to the experience. We had a Baha’i ceremony which took place under a 150 year old oak tree, which was perfect for providing much needed shade given that it was a 43 degree day. After the ceremony we went to a near by railway station to have some photos taken with our photographer. We were both slightly camera shy but it was lots of fun and a great chance for us to spend some time together as a newly married couple. The reception was held at Mt Rael Retreat. We always intended to have all of our guests sit at one table, and we felt it worked really well to create an atmosphere for comfort and closeness. There was no formal schedule for the evening, we just enjoyed a delicious meal, great music played by various friends, and the company of our 40 guests.

Photographer: free the bird – Dress: Handmade by Brides friend. – Flowers: Jumping Jonquils – Grooms Tux / Shirt: Ben Shirman – Grooms Shoes: 23 Tribes – Ceremony Venue: Harvest Farm, Healesville – Reception Venue: Mt Rael Retreat, Healesville – Cake: Sticky Fingers Bakery – Details: Self, sourced from vintage stores. – Stationery Designer : Becca Reid Stationary – Hair and Make up: Sammy Faye Makeup Artistry – Music : Various friends played live music

Jade’s Bridal Session

Album story by Elmer Escobar Photography

I met Jade at the Arkansas State Capitol building for her bridal session, 2 weeks before her and Drew's wedding. Jade arrived and she couldn't look any more perfect. Her dress fit her perfectly and she had a smile from ear to ear. The location is beautiful, and between that and a gorgeous bride, it made my life very easy. We started on the third floor and worked our way down. The architecture of the Capitol building is beautiful and Jade and Drew's wedding was a beautiful event!

Photographer: Elmer Escobar Photography | Location: Arkansas State Capitol Building

Vibrant Chartreuse and Imperial Wedding

Sometimes an unexpected palette is JUST what the doctor ordered. They say a beautiful wedding is all in the details, and when it comes to this gorgeous wedding decor, pops of color can have a big impact. By foregoing the traditional soft color combo that using the color white entail, Amazingly Creative Events crafted a dazzling décor in chartreuse green and imperial purple that was perfect for this vivacious couple Brenda and Shaka. Who knows, chartreuse green just might be the new pop color for summer décor. The Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida became an amazing venue for the unique details of this epic wedding.

We’ve been noticing a trend for bold elegant wedding decor of late, and while we still love the opulence of a vintage wedding, or the patterns and colors of a classical bash, there is something so elegant about fresh white linens paired with bold pops of color, and simple but colorful flowers.

Photographer: Rising Lotus Photography | Event Designer: Amazingly Creative Events | Floral Designer: Foo-te’s Flowers | Other: L & L Events | Cake Designer: Publix | Reception Venue: The Intercontinental Hotel |Linens and Coverings: Fancy that Specialty Linens LLC

Jillian & Chandler’s Wedding

Jill and I met in nursing school. Specifically, on the long drive to our first clinical. The next completely unrelated occasion, we were across the table at an Outback Steakhouse, sharing our first date. It was Valentine's Day and poor planning on my part left us without a reservation at anywhere halfway decent, but Jill didn't complain. There was magic somewhere in that bloomin' onion, because since thin Jill has kept me hooked. Chandler proposed Christmas morning 2012 while we were at home. I came home from work the week before Christmas to find a 6' by 6' x 6' box taking up what used to be our living room. For a week I tried to guess what was in the box. Finally, Christmas morning came and I unwrapped the box to find a cardboard door, opened the door and found this enormous box filled with balloons. Feverishly I began digging through the balloons, a woman on a mission, to find out what was inside that box! Inside I found a large box in the center and unwrapped it only to find a smaller box, inside that box a third smaller box, and then a fourth smaller box, with a small jewelry box opened so I could see it was a beautiful diamond ring and the words “Will you marry me?” written on the inside panel of the box.
The most memorable happening on our wedding day was the look on Chandler's face when I got up to the microphone with the band and started singing “All My Life” by The Band Perry. He was very close to tears, surprise would be an understatement. It was a beautiful moment, one Jillian will never forget.

Photographer: Weddings by Danrae Babbitt | Cake Designer: Sweet Promises | Officiant: Circle of Mercy | Event Planner: Danielle Beckstead | Jewelry:Gabriel & Co. | Hair Stylist: Maid of Honor | Reception Venue: NC Arboretum | Floral Designer: Shady Grove Flowers | Musicians:the Remedies

A Perfect Fall

This is the story of A perfect fall wedding. There were no vendors, except myself. The family did everything together. “Our love story began at LaGrange College. I saw a tall, handsome boy walk into the room at a party and was instantly interested. After eavesdropping I learned that he had a sophisticated charm that interested me even more. Unfortunately, we were both in serious relationships at the time and Brian was told by his girlfriend to stay away from me because she could tell that our attraction was mutual. Five years later I made the decision to move south of Atlanta to a community that was more suitable for the lifestyle that I wanted to live. My girlfriends and I decided to go out to eat, catch up, and listen to music. Right away I spotted Brian with some of his friends so I started plotting how I could “accidentally” bump into him and make conversation. Plus he reminded me of Ryan Philippe from Cruel Intentions which I love. My friends and I followed him and his friends most of the night and until the opportunity opened and we had a wonderful, deep conversation. We caught up on everything that had happened since we last saw each other and learned about all the things that we had in common. Brian tried to give me his phone number but, having been raised in the south, I told him that I don’t call boys. He asked me for my number and called later that night to setup our first date. We went to a small pizza place near my apartment and had a wonderful evening. After our first date he had won me over realistic, witty charm and I knew then that I could spend the rest of my life with him. After about a year and a half Brian told me that we were going to dinner in Atlanta on a Thursday night. As it turns out he had gone to a jewelry store 2 weeks earlier and picked out 5 engagement rings that he thought that I would like. When the elevator doors opened I saw the jewelry store and then knew what he was up to. I fell in love with one of the rings that he had chosen and no matter how much I tried to take the ring home that night I had to wait a week for the stone to be set. That was the longest week of my life. When we started planning our wedding I wanted to be surrounded with all the love that I had grown up with so we decided to get married on my family farm. All the decorations were made by our friends and family. My 90 year old grandmother, Mildred, made the flower center pieces by heating plastic spoons into flower petals. Over 10 months she made more than 150 flowers in different colors to match our autumn wedding. My aunt and uncle handcrafted the wooden candle holders and the cake stand. Brian’s mother made the hanging candles from mason jars and river rock. My goal was to pay tribute to the wonderful childhood I had on that farm and to share the enchanted place with Brian and our family and friends. We were so blessed to have such a large group of people that had such a wide variety of talents that were willing to help us with our special day. Our wedding was a so beautiful because it was put together and executed with love and it turned out being everything that Brian and I had hoped for. After planning it out in my head since I was a little girl I finally got to marry my husband under the oak tree that I had played under as a child.”

Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography

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