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A Simple, Intimate Desert Wedding
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The desire for small, intimate weddings or elopements seems to be increasing in popularity with our newly engaged readers. And, we love it. We love when couples choose unique and authentic ways to express the most sacred vows they take whether it be in a luxurious ballroom or the beautiful desert—choosing what is most meaningful to them. Here is what photographer Gaby Jeter had to share with us regarding Kitaro and Alexa's desert ceremony:

Kitaro and Alexa, from Switzerland, always wanted to get married in Vegas, as they both don't like big flashy and traditional weddings where everything is according to a fixed plan and everyone is stressed (they've attended a few of those, and it's not their style). 
Instead, they opted for an intimate, simple and beautiful ceremony in the desert. They wanted their day to be about love, friendship, laughter and overall FUN. They wanted to make sure that celebrating their special moment of becoming husband and wife was joyful with those they feel closest to.

Photography by Gaby J Photography  Pop Up Ceremony + Flowers, Flora Pop Hair & Makeup by Ruby Finch Salon dress by BHLDN Getting Ready Location, Palms Place

Romantic Coastal Elopement in Charleston
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill
Romantic Coastal Charleston Elopement now on Cottage Hill

I'll never forget when my newlywed husband and I visited Charleston together for the first time. We spent some time in Savannah first, then drove to Palmetto Bluff to stay for a few days before exploring the city. It was February in the South, so early morning bike rides were crisp, but by the time we finished breakfast the sun had warmed our handles as we meandered around our cottage and along the coast.

There's something peaceful and romantic about Lowcountry. The water, the Spanish moss, the food--oh, Lord, the food!--all create this perfect setting for new adventures. Or, as we are sharing today, new love with an elopement-inspired shoot.

This elopement shoot combines simplicity with Southern charm. It is an intimate setting, yet still, respects traditional style. And, one of our favorite details, other than this beautiful real couple, is the celebration of color in the details.

Design & Coordination by Cayleigh with Sage Innovations Photography by Emily Ann Hughes Photography Venue, Runnymede Events Florals by Branch Design Studio Wedding Dress by Emily Kotarski Bridal Rentals from Snyder Events Hair Piece by Emma Katzka Bridal Makeup Artist, Charleston Makeup Hair Stylist, Hand Crafted Hair & Makeup Runner from Silk & Willow Invitation Suite by The Silver Starfish Water Color Crest by Sweet Magnolia Paper Cake by ABCD Cakes Sign by Paper Birch Designs Calligraphy by Hooked Calligraphy Models, Joe & Jenna Semsar

Las Vegas Desert Elopement
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill
Las Vegas Desert Elopement, Cottage Hill

From the photographer: Bea + Ray, from the UK, have been dating for 12 years. Bea, being a wedding photographer herself, enjoys documenting over the top weddings but never felt that it suited both her and Ray's personalities. They wanted something short and sweet, and just the two of them alone. In a couple of months after shortly being engaged, they booked their tickets to Las Vegas, NV. They both were wed in the vastness of the Mojave desert with the strip faded in the background.

Photography by Gaby J Photography  | Officiant,  Peachy Keen Unions | Dress by Ghost London | Film Lab, Goodman Film Lab

Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill
Creating a Meaningful Anniversary Session now on Cottage Hill

Celebrating the first year, or any year of marriage, can be special with simple documentation. We love the couple's session with photographer Mary Doughtery. Our favorite details include eating the top layer of their wedding cake, from Scratch Bake Shop, and donning their wedding dress and suit for a few romantic moments. Here is what Mary had to share with us:

An anniversary session was something they knew they wanted to do, for reasons important to them, and you would likely have your own reasons to take the time for photos – anniversary session or not. It was not just a chance to get in front of the camera, but a chance to celebrate where they had been in the last year. Life was different and yet very much the same. As high school sweethearts, they had a long history. Their lives were connected and intertwined in a beautiful way. To love someone and be loved in return is one of the greatest parts of the human experience.

Ali + Zach's anniversary session was split into two parts : one that was relaxed and at home and the second part of the shoot was dressed up with Ali in her gorgeous Sarah Janks gown and Zach in a linen suit.

Romantic South Carolina Wedding
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill
Romantic South Carolina Wedding now on Cottage Hill

If you've been reading Cottage Hill, even for a short time, you know we treasure meaningful details. This sweet Southern wedding cherishes both. We love the combination of grand and simple details of Lewis and Kate's wedding. Here is what their photographer Josie Derrick had to share with us:

This beautiful South Carolina wedding took place in the bride's hometown. Old Cokesbury College was the perfect backdrop for this romantic garden wedding. Nestled in the tiny town of Hodges, Lewis and Kate each said 'I Do' in front of their closest family and friends. Their beautiful, laid back day was followed by a reception at beautiful Sundance Gallery in downtown Greenwood, SC. Both the ceremony and reception were filled with heirlooms including a sterling silver wine bottle cooler included in previous weddings in the groom's family. Their day was full of love, joy, and the most beautiful emphasis on what weddings truly are, the start of a new family.

The bride's dress is by Paloma Blanca with hair by Kelly Stowe and Makeup by Shantel the Artist. The bridesmaid's dresses are by Lulu Kate from Bella Bridesmaids. Floral Design is by Ellen Courtney, Catering by Inn on the Square and the Harpist is Emily Waggoner and Band is Fantasy Band

Happy October! Enjoy 50% Off Past Issues Until 6:00 pm CST Today!
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Happy October! To celebrate fall, we are offering 50% off all past issues for 24 hours! Hurry now to snag your favorite Cottage Hill issue to complete your collection before this offer closes tomorrow at 6:00 pm CST!

And yes, you guessed it, we're making room for The Grace Issue! Pre-orders and cover reveal for The Grace Issue coming later this week!

Grab you Homecoming or Captivated issues here!

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A Real Surprise Proposal
 
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill
A real Surprise Proposal, now on Cottage Hill

We often receive surprise proposal stories, but rarely does the bride seem truly surprised. When photographs Shayla and Todd of Shayla Renee Photography sent these images and this story, though, we could feel the surprise and the love between these two - we had to share it with you!

Here is what Todd had to say about capturing Jared and Claire's moment:

Jared's proposal to Claire was absolutely breathtaking! It was July 20th on one of the brightest and best days Portland had seen this summer. The location was at one of Portland's premier restaurants, Noble Rot Wine Bar.

Jared decided to propose to Claire on the roof of Noble Rot where a beautiful garden full of vegetables, flowers, and a magnificent view of the city awaited. Jared hired Moorea Masa & the Mood to sing while he asked the big question. As Jared and Claire walked up the ladder and made their entrance Moorea Masa & the Mood began to play beautifully and Jared got down on one knee and asked the question they had been waiting, unknowingly, for fourteen years to be asked. With tears in her eyes (as well as his) Claire said yes! 

What I didn't know at the time and later found out is that Jared and Claire had been best friends for fourteen years and had only been dating just over a year at this point. But the entire time they had been dating Jared knew and even vocalized that he would marry her! They had watched each other fall in and out of love with other people for fourteen years and it was finally their turn, and this love wasn't a love you fall out of but a love you fall deeper into. 

After the proposal Jared and Claire climbed back down tot he restaurant where they finished their glasses of wine and then headed out to an after party where thirty of their friends and family were waiting to celebrate their love.

 
Soil & Stem Floral Design Workshop
Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Class with authentic, natural flowers arrangements now featured on Cottage Hill
Beautiful use of carnations, an often ignored flower, in a natural flower arrangement from Soil & Stem's Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Nicole Land of Soil & Stem preparing for her Spring Floral Design Workshop for flower artists now featured on Cottage Hill
Beautiful assortments of Frou Frou Chic ribbons curated by Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for her Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Nicole Land of Soil & Stem teaching flower artists at her Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Beautiful Frou Frou Chic ribbons utilized by Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for her Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
The daintiest pansy used for a unique and natural boutonniere now featured on Cottage Hill
Whites, creams, peaches and light corals for this student's arrangement at Nicole Land's Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Blooming or even non-blooming branches provide depth, height and authenticity to a flower arrangement as seen her at Nicole Land's Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Blooming or even non-blooming branches provide depth, height and authenticity to a flower arrangement as seen her at Nicole Land's Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
Nicole Land of Soil & Stem adjusting a flower arrangement at her Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill
We love the use of carnations in Nicole Land's (of Soil & Stem) arrangement - beautiful for any season, now featured on Cottage Hill
The small bursts of reds, pinks and corals the ranunculi provide in this arrangement more life a joy to a rather traditional palette. See more from Nicole Land's Soil & Stem Spring Floral Design Workshop now featured on Cottage Hill.
Blooms by Nicole Land of Soil & Stem and ribbons from Frou Frou Chic, now featured on Cottage Hill
A simple, light palette takes on modern simplicity in this natural bridal inspiration featuring Soil & Stem, Alexandra Grecco, Frou Frou Chic and Tess Comrie - now on Cottage Hill
A bride waits. See more from Soil & Stem's Spring Floral Design Workshop now on Cottage Hill
The lace on this Alexandra Grecco gown is breathtaking, now featured on Cottage Hill
Tess Comrie perfectly captures movement, fluid movement, from this beautiful bride. See more now on Cottage Hill
A bride in and out of focus, moving, dreaming, anticipating - see more now on Cottage Hill
Simple joy. We love seeing a happy bride. So many editorials are so serious in the name of 'fine art.' Fine art can also capture joy; actually, we prefer it! See more captured by Tess Comrie at Soil & Stem's Spring Floral Design Workshop now on Cottage Hill
One of our most romantic moments. Blooms by Soil & Stem and captured by Tess Comrie now on Cottage Hill
The most adorable flower girl and bride moment. Beautiful blooms by Soil & Stem, captured by Tess Comrie, now on Cottage Hill.
The most adorable flower girl twirls in Frou Frou Chic ribbons, Soil & Stem blooms and captured by Tess Comrie, see more on Cottage Hill

Florists and flower enthusiasts gathered together to learn from Nicole Land of Soil & Stem. Nicole is known for her natural approach to floristry. She sources many of her blooms locally and prefers outdoor-grown product. She believes that flowers cultivated in a natural environment contain a character and story that greenhouse mass produced flowers do not. 

Nicole spoke with attendees about the use of color, texture, depth, and shape of our designs. While spring offers us an abundance of life: blooming branches, hellebores, and flushing roses, allowing us to create pieces that contained color, moments of growth and gesture.

Nicole paired designs with accents of oatmeal grey linen and dove grey dress from Alexandra Grecco along with plenty of clean natural light as well as a candlelit scene. All photographs by Tess Comrie.

Wedding Editorial Inspired by Vows
Cottage Hill - The Vows

We are so delighted to read your responses and reviews of The Homecoming Issue. Nothing brightens our day more than hearing how a story has deeply impacted you, and I hope, encouraged you to close our pages and go live your legacy. That is our goal - to encourage you to slow down and live your life.

Cottage Hill is about celebrating life through all of its chapters, that is why the magazine is divided into three. Chapter One is dedicated to life. These stories are about finding your life's most honest work, becoming your truest self and recognizing what really matters in life. Chapter Two is dedicated to love. Perhaps the most beautiful celebration in life is marriage, and we wholeheartedly believe your wedding day is just one page of this chapter. Chapter Three is all about legacy. We believe an elegant legacy is not one full of accomplishments, but full of selfless moments, beautiful moments and purpose accumulated into something that extends beyond yourself.

Today's feature is from Chapter Two of The Homecoming Issue and features Silver Cup Artist Michelle Boyd. This story elucidates the traditional wedding vows, explores their purest meaning and how these sacred promises translate into marriage. You can read more, and see more, from this story by purchasing The Homecoming Issue here

Creative Styling and Design by Mayhar Design :: Photographs by Michelle Boyd Photography :: Located at Lost Mission :: Floral Design by Bricolage Curated Florals :: Calligraphy by Whitney Farnsworth :: Bridal Gown by Rivini via Julian Gold :: Tuxedo by Billy Reid Austin :: Silk Ribbons and Hand Dyed Fabrics by Silk & Willow :: Hair Styling by Vanessa Rios :: Make Up by Mandy Morrison :: Decorative Rug provided by A Little Room via Rooms and Gardens

Santa Barbara Rooftop Rehearsal Dinner
Cottage Hill

I’ve decided that rehearsal dinners are like going back in time to when you were ten years old on Christmas Eve. There is so much joy and excitement wrapped up in that day, and it is truly a time to meditate on the beautiful relationship of two about to become one. These images from Chloe Moore Photography truly capture the excitement of this couple and loved ones.

The beautiful rooftop was chosen over looking downtown Santa Barbara, a place the bride loved visiting as a child, and included touches from the bride and loved ones. The bride and groom were married the following day on their seven year anniversary.

Photography by Chloe Moore Photography :: Venue: Canary Hotel :: Florals by Eileen at Grassroots :: Place Cards from Rifle Paper Co. :: Bride's Dress from Dolce Vita :: Bride's Shoes from Nordstrom :: Bride's Jacket from H&M :: Bride's Purse from Kate Spade 

Downtown Oklahoma Wedding
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill

Rebecca and Miles’ joy radiates in every one of their wedding photographs. But Rebecca’s favorite moment wasn’t one captured by the photographer. The morning of their wedding Rebecca and Miles had breakfast alone, just the two of them. They cuddled, giggled, and soaked in each other’s presence. They slowed down and appreciated the little things - like the barista writing “love” in Becca’s latte. Small moments of love seem to be the ones that make the biggest impacts on our hearts. 

From Rebecca: “The older I get, the more I see God's love in every person, place, situation... It is so far beyond 'inclusive'- it is everywhere.”

Rebecca is obviously smitten with everything about Miles.  She sees the absolute best in him and would tell anyone who will listen that he’s her hero. What’s the thing Miles does that makes Rebecca swoon? When he hand washes her blender and her nice knives. Proving that love is everywhere, even in the dishes.

With weddings that are becoming more like events, we seem to think that every act of love must be this grand. When in reality, it’s the little things that matter the most to us. It’s the walk around your neighborhood holding hands and talking about your dreams, it’s the random note of encouragement, it’s the prayer journal you’ve kept for your spouse, it’s these simple things that matter the most. 

We live in a world that says bigger is better. We’re expected to want more of everything instead of being content with what we have. Love wins over the ways of the world, and proves time and time again that we don’t need big romantic gestures to feel its goodness. 

Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill
Melissa Green Photography Oklahoma Wedding | Cottage Hill

Photography by Melissa Marshall :: Elizabeth Dye gown and Sarah Seven belt from a&be bridal :: Shoes from Ancient Greek Sandals :: Make-up by Niccole Wyatt :: Hair by The Beauty Shop :: Flower girl dresses from Marilyn Tov :: Florals by Tasha Bartholic :: Cakes by Ann's Bakery :: Macarons by Antionette Banking Co :: Event planning by Adrian Events

Poetic Wedding Inspiration in Montana
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Ever wonder how creative teams come up with new ideas and new sources of inspiration? Today not only do we have beautiful, poetic wedding inspiration for you by way of Montana, but we also have the story behind these beautiful images provided to us by Samantha Lord of Orange Photographie. Read more below.

The moment we stepped inside the old abandoned hotel in the historic ghost town of Bannack, Montana, it felt like we’d entered into a forgotten dream world. I knew we had to create something special in it. Ideas began swirling around that involved the concept of dreaming, which seemed fitting as the hotel is a place where many people had rested their heads and dreamed in days past.

After a while, I stumbled upon this quote, which seemed like the perfect poetical inspiration for this editorial: "As midnight came, he named every star in the sky after her.” I was captivated by the idea of a boy loving a girl so much that he would go to the extent of naming every star with her name. I began imaging this girl drifting into a slumber under a sky of stars named after her and dreaming of her true love and their wedding day. So quite literally, this is our vision of a dream wedding. A quiet romance, full of soft, mysterious moments between the bride and groom.

Habitat Events and Florals perfectly executed the design and florals, with her the pièce de résistance being the floral and candle installation on the grand staircase. The Little North Sea studio created a stunning invitation suite, which included a calligraphed piece with the quote that inspired this editorial. Whipped went beyond our wildest dreams and designed one of the most original and captivating cakes inspired by the milky way and constellations of the night sky. The bride wore a gown by Anna Campbell from the dress boutique Velvet Bride as well as a custom rose gold ring by Susie Saltzman. These talented vendors were able to bring our dream to life and we are beyond thankful for them.

Artistic Credits: Photography by Orange Photographie Florals by Habitat Events Dress by Anna Campbell Dress provided by Velvet Bride Ring by Susie Saltzman Invitation Suite & Calligraphy by The Little North Sea Studio Cake by Whipped Hair & Makeup by Fumi Makeup 

Intimate Lakeside Wedding in North Carolina
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When pouring through the countless wedding submissions we receive each day, it is heartwarming to see photographs capturing not only the happy bride and groom but also the excited and supporting wedding guests. In Sammie and Davey's intimate wedding, you can feel the love from the entire family and friends gathered around. See more below and be sure to check out their video at the end of the article.

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Artistic Credits: Photography by Maggie Colletta Photography Videography by Colletta Films  Floral Design by Springvine Design Calligraphy by Bohemian Ink Styling & Design by Jordana Nicholson Brides Dress by Carol Hannah

Golden Hour Engagement
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There's a reason why your photographer asks to shoot your engagement session during the late afternoon, during the 'golden hour.' Because it truly turns everything golden and beautiful. We love this session designed by Janna Brown and captured by Rylee Hitchner for real couple Beth and Lance not only for the glorious light but also the sweet and meaningful details. Our favorite? The Silk & Willow ribbons adorned with words calligraphed by Linen & Leaf to be wrapped around the bride. Just stunning.

Artistic Credits: Photography by Rylee Hitchner Creative Direction + Styling + Florals by Janna Brown Design Co. Gown by Gossamer Silk and Silk Ribbon by Silk & Willow Hair & Makeup by Lynsey Richardson Calligraphy by Linen & Leaf Ring Box from The Mrs. Box Film Scans by Richard Photo Lab

Picking Your Venue with Southwind Hills

When searching for the perfect wedding venue, brides and grooms will encounter a variety of styles from one location to the next. Some simply offer a blank canvas while others are completely equipped to stand beside you every step of the way to make your wedding day dreams come true.

Of course, it’s important to ask questions regarding seating capacity, coordination, food minimums, décor, payments, cancellation policies and so on, but too often, a couple will get wrapped up in the planning process that they soon forget they should be investing in their relationship the most. Some venues will pull you in many directions or completely leave you alone to do all the work yourself until you are completely stressed out. However, choosing a venue, such as Southwind Hills, who believes in doing things that matter, will ensure you have a team of caring professionals to guide you with their expertise.

Southwind Hills in Goldsby, Oklahoma will amaze you and your guests from the moment you step foot into this peaceful corner of Oklahoma. Set amid 120 acres of rolling hills and quiet ponds, the estate boasts a picturesque rock waterfall leading up to a 20,000 square foot luxurious full-service barn. Additionally, nestled in the woods you will soon find a brand new charming chapel which will offer the same standard of excellence for those seeking a more intimate space. With an Enchanted Forest outdoor ceremony option, incredible on-site catering services, modern floral and décor, experienced event planning expertise, and even a secluded Honeymoon Cottage, Southwind Hills provides a true one-of-a-kind experience.

Southwind Hills is a family owned and operated venue like no other. With a dream to combine their family’s love of country flair into an elegant, upscale space, the end goal is not simply to focus on one date but to develop a relationship with each couple throughout the engagement process. With plans to host marriage conferences and other events that will nurture and build up relationships, Southwind Hills’ motto is to let them focus on the details so that you can focus on what truly matters: Your Marriage.

Wedding photographs by Josh McCullock.

Black and White Bridal Inspiration

Black and white photography always evokes a sense of elegance and timelessness. We fell in love with this inspiration sent to us from photographer Jeremy Jackson, and have always loved the idea of a bride embracing black and white photography. Here is what stylist and planner Handley had to share with us regarding her inspiration:

This photo shoot comes from a desire within me to create images that you feel, not just see. Something so beautiful that it transcends time and resonates within you for years to come. That is what true love does to you. You witness it and feel a comfort. These images lead you through a day of preparations and leave you with baited breath. I designed this in a way that you would be left with a hope for love — so that the viewer could create their own fairy tale ending in their mind. The photography style paired with the intricate details were the perfect combination, and brought the vision in my mind to life.

Artistic Credits: Styling by Handley Breaux Designs Photography by The Jacksons Photography Hair & Makeup by Hair and Makeup by Lynsey Wardrobe provided by Ivory & White Bridal Boutique Robe and Veil by Girl with a Serious Dream Gowns by Hayley Paige, Encore Slip by Sarah Seven Calligraphy by Sealed Florals by KG Designs Rings by Brombergs

Elegant and Traditional Bridal Inspiration

Simplicity is key for us. We love being able to see a bride on her wedding day and not be distracted by the design around her. But that the design supports her and reflects her neatural beauty, emotions and hope on the day. Claire Duran shares her inspiration for today's inspiration with this in mind.

Often times a single element provides all the inspiration that we need. In this case it was one of Gossamer gowns. Its unique beauty communicated what else would be needed to bring the gown to life. And the answer was very little. This bridal portrait session reminds us how simple beauty and elegance do not equate to over-doing. Our bride, minimum jewelry, natural makeup, her side bun, soft florals, a solitaire, a vintage ring box, and the amazing beauty of the marble columns at the Jefferson Memorial came together to perfection with our inspiration element. This shoot, beautifully captured by Elizabeth Fogarty, is still a celebration of simplicity; a celebration of when less makes more.

Artistic Credits: Photography by Elizabeth Fogarty Planner, Claire Duran Events  Gown from Gossamer Flowers by Petals by the Shore Makeup by Tmak Artistry  Hair by Melissa Elbert Model, Jackie Tara

Modern & Simple Wedding Inspiration

The style of your wedding should reflect your personal style. Today's inspiration is for the bride and groom who appreciate clean lines, uncomplicated palettes and modernity. We love the mix of strong and delicate textures and focus on simplicity. Here is what photographer Jake Anderson was hoping to capture with this inspiration:

"The idea for our concept came from a noticing of the influx of a soft and ethereal style into our industry. We wanted to create a conceptual shoot which depicts more of a modern feel, with clean lines and minimal styling. We focused on the clean lines and cuts of the dress, the minimal variation in colors of the bouquet as well as tablescape. To compliment the feel, and introduced aspects of gold in the model's accessories, as well as the tableware."

This very same group of vendors will be part of Jake Anderson's workshop this coming June! A large part of using this team was to use this shoot as a team building activity, and to inspire our creativity for the upcoming workshop. Click here to learn more.

Artistic Credits Photography by Jake Anderson Florist Design and Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbons by Studio Fleurette Stylist, Emilie Szabo Venue, LAB MPLS Gown provided by The White Room Gown designed by Houghton Calligraphy by Hooked Calligraphy Jewelry by Kiki Koyote 

The Joy and Simplicity of 'Motion'

Motion can transform an image into a living, breathing moment. It can be an extension of emotion, changing the story from internal to a shared experience. And accompanied by gowns from Leanne Marshall, these moments are especially enchanting. Tomorrow we will be sharing part two of this shoot with a beautiful, simple table.

Artistic Credits: Photographer by Benicosa Weddings Floral Design by Tinge Floral Stylist, Gatherist MUAH by Bella Cosa Beauty Dresses by Leanne Marshall Model. Emma Kelly

Southern Wedding on Daufuskie Island

You can feel the sweetness and sincerity between Candace and A.D. at their elegant, Southern wedding on Daufuskie Island. We love the Spanish moss, beautiful chapel and how each detail feels familiar, almost home-like at their reception. Bride Candace shared their love story and some wedding planning tips with us. Enjoy below!

How did you and your husband meet?

A.D. and I first met in college, where we both attended Georgia Tech, and while we had a lot of mutual friends we did not know each other very well at the time. Years after graduating, I was at a local bar in Atlanta with friends when A.D. approached me at the jukebox with a huge smile. My first impression of him that night was happiness. We ended up talking and catching up for the rest of the night, and he eventually asked for my number. I still remember going home with the biggest smile on my face; he asked me out to dinner later that summer and we were inseparable after that. 

How did you know he was the one?

I knew he was special from our first date; that night we went to dinner and after the plates had been cleared and the check had been paid, we still sat at the and just talked for hours. I had butterflies with him but felt natural at the same time. We had a lot in common, being from smaller Southern towns and finding our way to the big city, where family and home meant the world to us but so did finding adventure. Before I met A.D. I had no interest in getting married anytime soon, so I do not say this lightly, but once we met each other’s families, I really could see my life with him and a year later we were engaged. 

How did he propose?

I will be the first to admit it was a huge surprise to me! On one of our earlier dates, we had created an Atlanta bucket list full of restaurants and different activities we wanted to do – from the Atlanta Skywheel and Georgia Aquarium to attending an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert. Hiking Stone Mountain had been on our bucket list, so I did not bat an eye when A.D. suggested we go there one Saturday. From the top of Stone Mountain you can see all of metro Atlanta, so I was taking pictures and walking along the mountain top as A.D. was getting more and more quiet. We were about to leave, then he told me to come to a certain spot and look at the skyline with him, and that’s when he proposed. 

I asked him later why he picked Stone Mountain to propose, and he said it was so we could look out and see the city we had conquered. 

What was most important to you both in planning your wedding?

We got engaged at the end of March 2015, yet really wanted a Fall wedding, so we picked a date in October the same year even though that was not a lot of time in the wedding world. However, we did not sacrifice the most important things to us while planning on a short timeline—we knew that we wanted a unique venue, quality vendors and a bluegrass band. Those were our priorities, and we booked Sea Oak Manor, our incredible photographer and band in the first weeks of our engagement. It really helped all other plans come into place. 

I had never been to Daufuskie before we got engaged, but I had heard it was beautiful and I liked how it is not connected by bridge to any mainland – you can only reach the island by boat, and most people use golf carts to get around the island. That is really difficult to stumble upon in the modern day. 

When we got there, both of us fell in love with the island. A.D.’s home is the woodlands of Vicksburg, MS and my home is coastal Savannah, GA, and the island was like the joining of both of those worlds to us. There were gorgeous oak trees lined along winding dirt roads, and the most spectacular beach views all along the coast. It was perfect for us, and though we knew it would be a lot of work, we wanted our guests to experience that and the start of our marriage to begin there. 

We were originally going to marry outside of Sea Oak Manor, until we made another visit to the island and visited the church. Built in 1881, it is the oldest building on the island and felt so special when we entered. We decided to get married there just two months before the wedding – I emailed our invitations contact on the way home that night! – and it was one of the best decisions made throughout the planning process. 

How would you describe your wedding's style?

What drew us to the island was its natural beauty, so I wanted our wedding style to flow with that and really embrace the Southern Lowcountry. Our decorations were more natural elements, using vintage items and items of our family members. We had brought over several of our family members’ wedding photos to decorate tables, and for florals we used seasonal blooms with lots of greenery. Our palette was blush, white, gold and lots of eucalyptus green.   

What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding?

Since it was a destination wedding, many people ended up staying the entire weekend with us on the island, and my family actually came to Sea Oak Manor a week before the wedding along with A.D.’s family. Spending the days leading up to the wedding all together was really special. Our rehearsal dinner was an oyster roast on one end of the island, followed by many of us going to a band party on the other side of the island, and we really loved getting to spend time with our family and friends then. Dancing in the living room of Sea Oak Manor with everyone was a blast as well. Since we had been staying at Sea Oak the whole week, it felt like a really grand yet cozy home party. A.D.’s best man was his brother and my maid of honor was my sister, so hearing their speeches and our fathers’ speeches was really special as well. 

One of our favorite moments was right after the wedding, taking pictures on the beach with the bridal party and looking across the yard at the house to see all the people coming. Excitement was building, the sunset was perfect and it was a great moment to soak it all in before the night began. 

What have you most learned about each other or marriage since getting married?

We have learned that teamwork makes the dream work! As cliché as that sounds, we really saw that first hand with our wedding planning. Planning a wedding on a remote island in six months is not easy, and it could not have been done without both of us helping out. A.D. helped in so many ways—he secured the band, created our website along with several other things, and was incredibly supportive when I had trouble making any decisions. Those great qualities in him persist in our marriage—he is my partner, my confidante and best friend. Some of the best advice I received while engaged was to always give your partner 110%, and I believe that advice will always hold true. Having each other’s back and being supportive of one another is critical. 

What advice do you have to other engaged couples planning their wedding?

Make wedding planning a team effort! It makes the process all the more enjoyable, too. It can be a little overwhelming when you’re starting to plan as well, so both of you should pick out your top three priorities, then plan everything else out from there. 

Also, it is easy to get bogged down with the little things and details, but remember that the wedding is just a day, and your marriage is a lifetime. That helps to keep things in perspective when you are stressing out over types of invitation fonts. Best of luck and wishes!

Artistic Credits: Location, Daufuskie Island, SC Church, First Union African Baptist Church Reception at Sea Oaks Manor Photography by Alea Moore Photography Planner and Floral Designs by Improvisions Savannah Bride's Attire by Ivory and Beau Suits and Ties by The Black Tux Bluegrass Band, Green Levels Paper Goods by Emily Kathryn Designs Dinner provided by Marshside Mamas