Garden Wedding at The Nasher Sculpture Center

Michael and Murphy met in the summer of 2005 while training for a triathlon and began dating shortly after. The two however split ways after three years of dating as Murphy moved to France and Michael started his MBA at Indiana University.

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I guess you can say distance truly makes the heart grow fonder! Murphy goes on to say, “Three years after splitting, we both ended up in the Midwest and reconnected over tacos in Chicago. That was four years ago and the rest is history.”

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Michael planned to propose to Murphy at their favorite park but, Murphy derailed the plan as she wouldn’t stop talking about a movie she had just seen. Michael finally got Murphy to stop talking and took to bending knee right in front of a neighborhood bar before they were about to enter for drinks.

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From there the two planned a simple yet beautiful wedding. With invitations created by Needle in a Haystack; the couple invited guests’ to join them and witness their love at the stunning Nasher Sculpture Center.

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Murphy made her way down the aisle in very simple sleek dress sewn by Jamal at Richard Brooks Fabrics. Murphy’s dress was recreated from a dress designed and worn by Danielle Sherman, Creative Director of Edun, which Murphy saw in an issue of Vogue Magazine. The team at Michael Flores Salon helped her achieve her look of effortless beauty.

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After a lovely ceremony guests’ moved to the cocktail reception and were greeted by local artists playing fun upbeat music as they mingled around the water feature of The Nasher garden. Guests’ went on to find their escort cards that hung on the boxwood hedge wall by Ducky Bob’s, who also provided the tables and chairs for the evening.

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Everyone absolutely loved the foliage wall as it went so well with the garden. Their favorite part was the beautiful custom acrylic monogram by Artifacture.

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The reception was absolutely gorgeous with sleek linens by BBJ Linen. The organic floral arrangements by Garden Gate Floral, who also did the ceremony floral pieces, looked stunning against the white linens and natural elements of the gardens.

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The couple kept their décor very simple and focused on elements that would enhance their guests’ experience and not take away from The Nasher’s beauty. “Ultimately, we wanted our décor choices to suggest that our wedding was a special event but also to put people at ease” says Murphy.

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Wolfgang Puck catered an amazing family style dinner creating the opportunity for their loved ones to interact and get to know one another. Murphy shares with us, “My favorite moment was hearing the chatter of loved ones getting to know each other and friends have a good time as we ate dinner. Almost all of our guests came from out of town so we really wanted to the focus of the wedding to be on showing them a good time. I was so happy to watch everyone enjoy themselves.”

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What’s a great dinner without great cake? Sugar Bee Sweets created “naked cakes” for both the bride and groom. These cakes were as tasty as they were beautiful!

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The night took off into full swing with tons of dancing to some great tunes being spun by DJ Mike with LeForce Entertainment. And we are so happy that Ben & Chrys of Ben Q Photography were there to capture all of these special moments.

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The two ended their night and were whisked away in style by a luxury car from Silverwest Limos. But, no special night would be complete without a pit-stop at Dallas’ world famous Fuel City for their first late night taco date as a married couple.

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Michael and Murphy’s wedding day was everything they could ever dream of. We are so grateful to have been a part of this special day.

Rustic Chic Spring Wedding

When Trent and Lindsey met it was not all heart eyes and butterflies at first. They met on a plane that was owned by Lindsey’s friend’s family and Trent was their pilot. Lindsey’s best friend stayed in touch with Trent so they ended up seeing each other several times after that. Then a few years later Trent finally asked Lindsey on a date. They dated for 2 years before Trent popped the question on January 31, 2014.

On that chilly winter day, Trent and Lindsey were at the lake and decided to take a stroll after unpacking like they usually do. They were sitting at a picnic table enjoying the view when they realized it was 5:55pm. “Time to make a wish!” and yes, they still do this tradition. After they both made their wishes Trent asked Lindsey what she had wished for. To his excitement her response was, “to spend the rest of my life with you.” This set him up perfectly to ask her to marry him, so he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring! Once Lindsey realized what was going on, she gave him a big “yes!”

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Trent and Lindsey wanted a rustic chic spring wedding look. The ceremony was held at the Perkins Chapel and the reception was at Times Ten Cellars. They used ivory, gray, greenery and pops of peach to give it a farm to table, industrial style. Lindsey loves lights so they used a lot of cafe lights and candles. It was simple and romantic.

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Lindsey’s gown was designed by La Sposa and she purchased it at Patsy’s A Bridal Boutique. The gray suits and dresses really complimented the look of the wedding. The colors are very aesthetically appeasing.

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Ben Q Photography did an amazing job at capturing all the lovely smiles and precious moments from this beautiful day for the couple to remember for a lifetime.

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The delicious cake was baked by Sugar Bee Sweets; whom also baked the cake balls the couple chose as their party favors. The food that was served was done by Grace Cafe.

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Entertainment for the evening was mixed and mingled by DJ Seth Bohlman.

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Growing up Trent was always in love with the “velvet Elvis” that his parents owned, so as a wedding gift Trent’s parents gave them the coveted portrait of Elvis Presley in all his velvet glory. Undoubtedly there was great laughter and big smiles from everyone. What a fun and memorable gift!

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Lindsey said her favorite part of the wedding was their first look. Trent’s favorite part was being able to sit down to have dinner and by themselves. It was the alone times where they really got to absorb the excitement and joy for that day and for each other.

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The couple said that their wedding turned out just the way they wanted it. The wedding resembled them and their relationship which made the day so amazing. It was a blessing to work with these two love birds and to be asked to help them with this journey. It turned out wonderful! Thank you for letting us be apart of such a beautiful day as we watched you become husband and wife.

 

Romantic Wedding at Ashton Gardens

What says “romance” more than a garden themed wedding? We could not think of any. These love birds, Lori and Bryan, are college sweethearts who recently got married at the gorgeous Ashton Gardens. Their story starts when they met at Brookhaven College where Bryan was playing baseball and Lori was studying her basic courses. They dated for five years before they got engaged. At this point, Bryan had transferred to Northwood University and that is where he proposed to Lori. It was during his last home game as a senior. The announcer had called all the seniors out to the field and then Lori heard her name called as well. She went to the field to find him with a half cut baseball open with a ring in it. In front of everyone at the baseball game Bryan got down on one knee and asked Lori to be his wife.

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The theme for their wedding was “romantic garden” which they executed quite well. Lori wanted to use a lot of hydrangeas in honor of her late parents who had huge bushes of them in front of their house. Gro did a wonderful job with their arrangements and giving the room the garden feel that the couple was looking for.

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Lori wore a beautiful gown by Anjolique Bridal which she had received from Bliss Bridal Boutique. The use of pastel colors mint, blush and ivory gave the wedding a soft, romantic feel.

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In asking what their favorite moment from the wedding was, they said that it was a very short moment right after they walked back down the aisle together. Before the bridal party could catch up to them, Bryan picked Lori up and spun her around. When he sat her down they high-fived and said “OMG we’re married!”

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Another special moment for Lori was in the morning after she woke up to start her day. She sat in the window seat of her room at the Wildwood Inn staring out onto the beautiful grounds with her coffee to have some alone time before things got crazy. She knew she would be missing her parents deeply on this day so she wanted to have some time to reflect and talk to them. She said that she had asked them to give her strength and to walk with her that day. Once she felt their presence, she knew she was ready. She said, “I knew that they were with me all day and that my daddy was on my other arm helping my big brother walk me down the aisle.”

An awesome addition to their romantic wedding was the cigar bar created on Ashton Gardens patio. The cigars were provided by Cigar Frog’s.

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The simple yet elegant cake was baked by the delicious Sugar Bee Sweets. It fit well with the garden theme and really completed the look. To add a special touch that has Lori & Bryan all over it, the baker created silhouette cats & laid them on the cake.  To say that they LOVE cats is an understatement.

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These lovely pictures were taken by Shannon Skloss Photography and their videographer was Lynn Films. The entertainment and lighting for the evening was executed by ES Events. The reception was full of people dancing the night away and enjoying cigars. It was certainly a party!

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Lori and Bryan made this wedding such an awesome experience for us and everyone else who was apart of it. Their love can be felt for miles. A beautiful couple with beautiful hearts. Thank you have allowing us to join you both on this day to remember. We are happy to announce that they are expecting the arrival of baby girl, Haven, in May. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kinard, we know you will make amazing parents!

See more of Lori & Bryan’s special day captured by Lynn Films ::

Bryan + Lori from Lynn Films on Vimeo.

Southern Spring Wedding at Gleneagles Golf Club

John and Caroline met through their best friends in college at the University of Georgia and immediately hit it off. They dated for five years leading up to John nervously getting down on one knee, bouquet of roses in hand, and asking Caroline to marry him. She was so excited that she almost forgot to say yes!

Caroline knew she wanted a spring wedding with a southern flair to incorporate the couple’s roots. The beautiful ceremony took place at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 26, 2014, the perfect time for a spring wedding.

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Caroline’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous dresses designed by LulaKate. Caroline wore a stunning Elizabeth Fillmore bridal gown. She was breathtaking.

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After the ceremony, guests arrived to Gleneagles Country Club and were greeted by the elegant Dallas Wedding Music string quartet playing. John and Caroline had a cocktail menu filled with fresh orange infused water, red and white wine, and two southern style signature drinks of Arnold Palmers and Mint Juleps. The hors d’oeuvres were to die for….tomato & mozzarella skewers, fried artichokes, crab cakes, bacon wrapped dates & apricots, and coconut shrimp. So yummy!

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For the reception, Caroline continued her southern, natural, airy feel. Tables were decorated with champagne shantung linens accentuated with classic gold chiavari chairs from M&M Special Events. The incredibly beautiful floral arrangements were done by the amazing Branching Out Floral Design and were accompanied by an array of candle collections to tie the whole look together. Beyond did an awesome job with the lighting to create a romantic atmosphere for the reception. Caroline’s vision for her wedding absolutely gorgeous to say the least.

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John and Caroline chose “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke, one of their favorite songs, for their first dance as husband and wife.

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Sugar Bee Sweets did such a phenomenal job with the cakes. I mean look how gorgeous they are!  Caroline wanted to surprise John with a special UGA cake to represent their alma matter and favorite team. Go Bulldogs! A hobby of theirs is to brew beer. It was the perfect special touch to this tailgate style cake.

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As the evening went on, everyone danced the night away to the band Tenacity!

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To keep the energy going strong, John and Caroline came up with the fun idea to pass one of their favorite treats, Chicken Fried Honey Biscuits, as a late night snack. They were such a hit!

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A favorite Kaufman family treat of homemade toffee was given to guests as favors.  We’re a bit of toffee connoisseurs so we can tell you firsthand that this was some delicious toffee.  Thank you, Beth & Caroline!

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As guests gathered outside for the departure they were given handfuls of rose petals to toss over the happy couple. Blomberg Photography did an amazing job capturing every sweet and happy moment of this spring wedding.

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When asked what her favorite part of the evening was, Caroline said, “It was how in love I felt. John and I aren’t a very mushy-gushy couple, but the whole night, we couldn’t take our eyes off each other. We danced and mingled and ate and laughed…and hardly left each other’s sides. Looking back, I still get the feeling of bliss I had that night. It was really perfect!”

We couldn’t be more pleased to have been apart of your first steps in your new life together, Caroline & John!  Cheers to living “Hoppily Ever After”!