Classic Garden Party Wedding

by Audrey on 07.29.16

in Real Weddings

by Audrey
07.29.16

This classic garden wedding is Southern charm at its finest!  Pale blush pink and white in outdoor venue with greenery and blossoms galore.  The bride designed the watercolor invite with its bold color and is our favorite detail.

Here’s the inside scoop on this sweet couple and their symbolic wedding from their photographer, Jessi Nichols:

Thomas and Rachel’s story was truly told throughout their wedding day. Their steadfast love for one another is what they strove to share with their guests. Every single detail had a purpose and meaning. Each detail that played a role in their wedding day was either a family heirloom, handmade by the couple, or borrowed from a special family member. The bride’s father suddenly passed away from a rock climbing accident when she was in high school, so Rachel wanted to honor him and include his details throughout.  She gifted her groom with a pair of her father’s cuff links, his wedding band, and her father’s last pocket square.  Among other family heirlooms was her Great Grandfather’s bible as well as her mother’s garter and the communion table. The cross for the ceremony was built by the groom, just another example how every single detail of this day was special and significant. There were tears, prayers, and deep breaths throughout the day.  Rachel was walked down the aisle by her two brothers, tears streaming from all of their eyes, and her grandfather met them at the end to give her away in honor of his son who had passed. As she approached, Thomas couldn’t help but let all of the emotion flood out.  After 6 years of dating, it all lead to this moment.

             

Photographer: Jessi Nichols Photography | Venue: Robert Mills House | Rentals: 428 Main Vintage Rentals | Bride’s Dress: Adrianna Papell | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Alyson Taylor Events | Lighting: Ambient Media | Cinema + Video: Austin Koon | DJ: Best Carolina Dj | Rentals: Charmingly Southern Vintage Rentals | Second Shooter Photographer: Courtney Price Photography | Catering: Ed's Bartending Services | Floral Designer: Floral Elegance by Jourdain | Cinema + Video: Max Huggins | Rentals: Party Reflections | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Rentals: Snyder Events

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Light + Airy Home Tour

by Audrey on 07.20.16

in Lifestyle

by Audrey
07.20.16

We’ve always been fans of the beautifully curated weddings featured on Southern Weddings, so you can imagine our delight when Emily March sent over these images of editor, Lara Casey’s lovely coastal inspired home.  For more beautiful images, and all the fun details about this easy and breezy home design, be sure to check out our first ever Lifestyle Issue.

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by Audrey
07.19.16

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When a Mediterranean garden is at your fingertips, little else is needed to make it super pretty.  Here, the photographer explains her creative process:

We were inspired by the lush flora of the Meditteranean gardens. Soaking in warm light, and overflowing with a plethora of roots and tubers, citrus fruit, viticulture, herbs, and flowers used for perfume extraction.  The color and tonality are emphasized by the hardscape, with patios, courtyards, low walls and overheads. Earth tones are punctuated by bright accent colors like fuchsia, lotus-orange, purple and yellow. The Mediterranean garden can host a most romantic wedding, and serve both as a shooting-session backdrop and an incredible venue. The shoot location, the Parparoussi Estate, which also includes a family-sustained winery, provided the perfect setting. We did not employ any extra decorative pieces, as the urns, terra-cotta pots and stonework pretty much decorated the place. The weathered look was key; a true Mediterranean garden is where you live, not just something you view. It should show some wear.  We imagined this wedding to reflect exactly that: continuance, longevity, energy and emotion. Nothing spells Mediterranean like tile, by mixing tile patterns popular in the Adriatic and the Aegean, they brightened up the tablescape. We set the table with Roman style glassware and tile-inspired stationery, menus, invitations, cake and treats. We incorporated a little delicate embroidery, fresh fruit and a crystal candelabra set on a 1920’s mahogany buffet.  The fauna of the estate did not hesitate to make its way into the session, which created a fairy tale feel complete with peacocks.

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Photographer: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography | Event Planning + Styling: La Fete | Venue: Ktima Parparoussi | Bride’s Dress: Katia Delatolla | Bride’s Shoes: Femme Fanatique | Cake Baker: Sweet Talking | Flowers & Decor: aktypis flowers | Bride’s Jewelry: Prigipo | Hairstylist: Antonis Houmouritis | Makeup Artist: Vasiliki Zorba | Styling: Elisavet Fakou | Model: Katya Tarabanko | Special Thanks: Nick Tsakanika

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A Sketchbook Workshop for Creatives

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Inspiration in an Oregon Backyard

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