Modern Elegant Georgia Wedding: Emily + Jon

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A little more than a year before Emily + Jon’s wedding, they moved to Sweden from Athens, Georgia. But they wanted to celebrate their love back home, with all of their closest friends + fam, who were by their sides as their relationship grew. They kept things simple and hosted an intimate, modern-meets-elegant wedding at a beautiful Georgia chapel, followed by a fun reception at the Georgia Museum of Art. And in the end, their day felt like the best-ever homecoming; a big celebration of the Athens part of their lives!

Thanks so much to Heidi of Our Labor of Love for sharing these super gorge images with us today + big congratulations to Emily + Jon!

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Doesn’t Emily’s bouquet, by Rosegolden Flowers, have the softest, sweetest feel? Loving all the romantic, muted hues!

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first look

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wedding party

wedding party

wedding party

fur coat bride

fur coat bride

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Madly in love with that big, modern bow! Em’s dress by Nicole Miller is definitely a new fave!

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bride and groom

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Processional: Bridal Party: To Know Him is to Love Him – The Trio + Hoppípolla – Sigur Ros; Bride: Vitamin String Quartet Arrangement

Recessional: Everlasting Love – Love Affair

First Dance: Into My Arms – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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ceremony

ceremony

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ceremony

ceremony

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More flower love! Such a pretty contrast to the clean-lined, modern surroundings.

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first dance

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We had pretty strict restrictions on our options for the final getaway at the end of the reception so we decided we would just walk out and say good bye to everyone, but as we walked outside there were floodlights lighting up a gorgeous 1960's car. One of our ushers had secretly set it up with the wedding coordinator and it was a huge surprise!

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Since we were planning from a distance it was important for me to hire someone local to help. Kristine from Simply Charming Socials helped keep me on track time-wise and was great for reminding me of things I wouldn't have thought about. She also served as a day-of coordinator, something I can't recommend highly enough. No bride should be thinking about anything other than spending time with her guests and enjoying the day.

Finally, it was really important for me to really trust that all my vendors "got" my vision so that I could relax and let them do their jobs. I was so happy with the outcome and was able to enjoy it all.

photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love // ceremony venue: The Cecil B. Day Chapel | State Botanical Garden of Georgia // reception venue: Georgia Museum of Art Athens, Georgia // event planning + design: Simply Charming Socials // catering: Home.Made Catering // florals: Rosegolden Flowers // rentals + linens: Goodwin Events // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // hairpieces: Ben Amun // shoes: Pour La Victoire // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // hair + makeup: Tame Style Bar // groom’s suit: Tiger of Sweden // paper goods: Natasha Murphy of Nicely Built // signage + decor: Simply Charming Socials // cake: Heirloom Athens // dj: Jon Swint

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryOur Labor of Love is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Beautiful Wahclella Falls Elopement: Holly + Aaron

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We’re pretty sure we’ll never tire of sharing beautiful elopements in beautiful places! And when you see something like Holly + Aaron’s sweet and intimate celebration in Wahclella Falls (just outside of Portland), it’s probably pretty clear as to why! Eloping amongst the lush, moss-covered mountains + waterfalls was not only the perfect way for these busy med students to take away the pressure of throwing a big, expensive + traditional wedding, but it also fulfilled a childhood dream of Holly’s. Let’s hear a bit about that now before we get to all of the stunning images by Dylan and Sara:

I am from a small town in south Louisiana. I am 27 years old and my first flight was last year so it is easy to see that my travel experience is limited. All I have ever wanted to do is explore the world. As a little girl, I remember seeing my best friend’s vacation photos of gorgeous mountains covered in lush moss and I was obsessed. We thought about what was most important for our wedding; it was simple: love, a little romance, and photographers that could make our pictures look like art. Aaron was supportive right from the start. If I did not know any better, I would think that he always dreamed of eloping near a waterfall in lush mossy mountains, too! 

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wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

Everything was perfection. We both agree that exchanging our vows in front of a waterfall was the most romantic experience of our lives. Aaron is a man of few words so when he read his vows, I was overwhelmed by the depth of his commitment. I whispered my vows in his ear so they could forever be a secret between the two of us. It was such a pure celebration of our relationship and love to elope surrounded by serenity.

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wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

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Holly’s vintage 70’s dress felt like it was made for the whimsical, timeless setting. Looking for something similar? We love the Nanette Dress from Ruche!

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wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement


The mossy backdrop made for such epic portraits of the darling newlyweds!

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wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

wahclella falls elopement

1. Elope!! If it feels right for you then just take the plunge. Go somewhere you have always dreamed of. Do things you have never done. It is a magical adventure.
2. If you find a photographer that you love, book them and never doubt your decision. Finding artistic photographers that could capture the essence of our wedding was crucial.
3. If you have a friend or family member that is interested in becoming ordained then truly consider it. It was so special for us to not feel like we were sharing one of our most romantic moments with a stranger.
4. Plan ahead to have your flowers preserved. I had the most fabulous bouquet and wish so much that I could have kept them. That was my only regret.

photography: Dylan and Sara // location: Wahclella Falls, Oregon // florals + hairpiece: Starflower // wedding dress: vintage 70s Gunne Sax by Jessica Ivory purchased from Shop Vintage Eclectic // hair + makeup: Aimee J’adore

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Romantic Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

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Who doesn’t dream of running off to Tuscany for a romantic Italian elopement or wedding? We know we’re certainly guilty of the thought! The team behind today’s stunning editorial, led by Create Events + captured by Arina B photography, love the idea, too, and wanted to inspire couples who share the vision of getting married among grape vines in a small Italian town.

Europa Village in Temecula, California was the perfect place to stage a setting where fragrant Spring blooms, a neutral color palette, and classic Italian design elements could intermingle and give off the most romantic of feelings! And isn’t it nice to know, SoCal couples, that if traveling abroad just isn’t in the cards,  you can get a beautiful European look right in your own backyard? 

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italian inspired bride


We’re in major love with that pretty, poppy-filled bouquet by Third Bloom ! Sometimes sticking with classic white is the way to go!

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Such a perfect tablescape!

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italian tablescape

italian inspiration

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italian inspiration


Feeling a bad case of wanderlust coming on! Big thanks to everyone below for putting together this beautiful + inspiring shoot! Any lucky couples out there traveling overseas for the real thing?

photography: Arina B photography // planning + design: Create Events // venue: Europa Village Temecula, California // florals: Third Bloom // rentals: Farm Tables and More // stationery: Four Things by Cablue // tux rental: Friar Tux // gown: Bridal Couture // hair: Amanda Cain // makeup: Janice Makes Faces

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