Romantic Georgia Warehouse Wedding: Ashley + David

Atlanta Wedding

Happy Monday + hope your weekend was great! It was SO much fun to meet so many of you face to face yesterday at The Cream (be sure to check out some of our photos on Instagram)! Thanks so much for popping by to say hi + talking weddings with us. And for those that couldn’t make it, we will be sharing all the goodness —  plus lots of rad DIYs we created — in the next few weeks.

Since we’re admittedly still in a festive mood, we think Ashley + David’s romantic Georgia warehouse wedding, photographed by Luke Bugenske, is going to be just the thing to get this week started off with a bang! Seriously, never have we seen peach + blush look so good. And from the gorgeous + perfectly imperfect celebration space (The Brickyard at Marietta Station) to the ridiculously amazing florals by Lindsay Coletta, we think you’ll agree that A + D’s big day is not only stunning, but also packed with so many pretty ideas + steal-worthy details!

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Ashley + David exchanged their vows in front of this romantic cluster of cherry blossom branches, lanterns + moss, and underneath the most jaw-dropingly beautiful floral garland, which you’ll see in just a sec!

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Oh so many! It's hard to pick the most memorable moment out of a day that included getting kicked out of our first look spot, hosting a sock draft, and a crazy fun dance floor. But honestly, our most memorable moment was the actual ceremony when our family and closest friends laid hands on us and prayed for our marriage. It will forever be one of the most special moments for the both of us - to know that we have so many caring and supportive people in our lives.

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Don’t the ‘maids looks so cute in their blush lace Modcloth dresses + flower crowns?!

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And def don’t miss their super sweet wedding film by White in Revery! It’s just too good.

Music: If you're doing what we did (created playlists on Spotify), pick music that is personal to you. In our case, we also selected some songs the girls sang at karaoke during the bachelorette party. These songs are winners. Keep tempo in mind!

If you're unsure of what you want for your processional music, go traditional. Sometimes the traditional things are the most comforting because many others before you have shared in a similar experience. For most of our wedding, we stuck with tradition - the sequence, the vows, etc. It's always good to be open to new ideas though as the group prayer came as a suggestion and is now one of our most memorable moments!

photography: Luke Bugenske // videography: White in Revery // venue: The Brickyard at Marietta Station Marietta, Georgia // event design + florals: Lindsay Coletta // wedding dress: Marisa Bridal // shoes: Badgley Mischka // bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth // hair + makeup: DIY by bride // groom suit: Ludlow suit by J.Crew // groom shoes: To Boot New York // groomsmen socks: Richer Poorer // paper goods: DIY by bride & groom, David Lu Online // guestbook illustration: Teagan White // catering: Louis Kingsley // cake: Joyce Lau

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Playful Ghost Town Engagement Photos: Kamila + Zac

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We’re heading off into the weekend with the sweetest little engagement sesh, sent over by our friends at Chaffin Cade Photography! Kamila + Zac are such a stylish + good-natured duo and they wanted their engagement photos to reflect their playful + unique personalities. They were in luck because Justin + Emily (from Chaffin) had the perfect location in mind; a quirky California ghost town that’s played host to tons of well known tv shows shows like The X Files, The A Team, Murder She Wrote and Highway to Heaven, just to name a few. Pretty rad, right?

Kamila + Zac made themselves right at home amid the historical backdrops and the results are just as fun as can be!

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Can’t get enough of these two? Us either! Their save the date video is full of smiles + sweet moments! And we love the idea of sending out a fun, little film  instead of a traditional paper save the date. Newly engaged folks, what’s your take?


Let’s hear how Zac proposed to Kamila!

Sometimes, perfection is hidden behind huge stormy clouds and pending monsoons. The perfect moment on the peak of a mountain is followed by a “let’s get the hell outa here” and a ramble down the hill beneath torrents of summer rain. And, so was our engagement. 

Zac proposed during a weekend away in Sedona. He insisted on hiking a particular peak despite the weight of the weather over head. I was worried about being caught in it, you might even say I was annoyed. But that day, he was determined – insistent on making it to the top where the 360 degree view he’d read about was going to “blow our minds.” Further still, he was emphatic about waiting until everybody had cleared from the peak before we got our moment to “take it in.” When eventually we did, we felt tiny amongst the vastness of Arizona’s fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Then, as the sky rattled above us, and those first smells of rain tapping dirt hit us, Zac dropped to one knee. We sobbed and laughed simultaneously, even before the ring made it from his pocket.

The sweetest! Congrats you guys + best wishes for your wedding next month! :)

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryChaffin Cade Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Chicago Backyard Foodie Wedding: Lissa + Ben

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Lissa + Ben are total foodies with a relaxed and organic sense of style. For their charming Chicago backyard wedding, they wanted a truly communal celebration that would reflect their love of food + family. They styled a setting with all of the rustic charm of a casual summer dinner party and called upon the talents of those closest to them to help make their day all the more memorable. The succulent centerpieces were grown by Ben’s mom, all of the wooden serving boards and spoons were made by the two of them + the incredible-sounding menu was handcrafted by the people they love!  Seriously sounds like the best of days! Here’s even more from Lissa about how everyone came together to make their dream wedding a reality:

Neither Ben or I love the idea of putting on a wedding, but we both loved the idea of inviting dear friends and family into the backyard I grew up in for dinner, drinks and good-for-your-soul dancing. So we took this approach, and everyone jumped aboard. My entire neighborhood freely volunteered for the grungy leg-work. The meal was prepared in my parents’ kitchen by colleagues of mine. My brother built the table that our families ate around. The whole day felt effortless and abundant.I felt like I couldn’t help but be completely present to the beauty and joy that everyone brought with them, shared and lingered upon. It was difficult to stop dancing and leave at the end of the night.

Sarah Culver, thanks so much for sending these pretty photos our way + big congrats to Lissa + Ben!

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Processional: We Move Lightly – Dustin O'halloran / Fly – Ludovico Einaudi

Recessional: Untitled – Odessa Rose

First Dance: Trust in Me – Etta James

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Right after the ceremony, as soon as Ben and I got to the end of the recessional, he lifted me off my feet and we both burst into tears. I've never experienced joy and relief so tangibly.

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Doesn’t everything look amazing? What a treat to have such talented friends, who can cater your wedding like pros!

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Enlist the help of those around you. Asking for help can feel like burden-sharing. And it is - which is brilliant! Make use of the gifts and talents of the people you love. My favorite part about our wedding was that it felt like a true collaboration of our friends and family and in that way the day became participatory for everyone and much less overwhelming.

photography: Sarah Culver Photography // ceremony: Knoch Knolls Park Naperville, Illinois // reception: Bride’s parent’s home // farmhouse tables: Chicago Farmhouse Tables // dress: J.Crew // suit: Banana Republic // men’s pants + ties: J.Crew // bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS, Anthropologie // flower crowns/wreathes: Jill Fecht (mother of bride) // florals: Tessa Richardson (friend of bride) arranged them – they were picked at Weichart Farms // menu recipes: Lissa Fecht (bride) // catering: Sandra Costa, Annie Ittersagen, John Thorpe (friends of bride) // dessert: Yolanda Peterson (friend of bride) // caramels + favors: Anna Chleboun (sister of groom) // planted succulents: Mary Chleboun (mother of the groom) // head table + gift table: Fecht Design (brother of bride) // menus, program + invitations: Lissa Fecht / Krista Chael (painting on invitations, programs) // handmade linen napkins: Robin Hersma (friend of bride) // hair + makeup: Shannon Smith // art design: Krista // shoes: Macy’s

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