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There’s so much to say about Ashley and Christopher’s wedding, but honestly, the photos and video, along with the bride’s own words, tell it best…

I always had a lot of ideas about what my wedding day would be like, from the setting, food, dress, and especially what it would be like for my dad to walk me down the aisle. Yet all those ideas flew out the window when my parents died two years ago in a plane crash. Their lives deeply inspired me during the planning as I wanted to share this special day with them. I think one of the main reasons I have experienced so much joy in knowing and loving Christopher is because I have experienced the depth of pain in losing the two people I love the most on this earth. As Kahlil Gibran wrote, “The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” We wanted to acknowledge both joy and sorrow on this day because the two are inseparable.

Bridesmaids wore neutral dresses of their choosing. The bride carried a locket with photos of her parents on her bouquet.

Christopher constructed the gorgeous flower arrangement that hung over our heads, and hung three antique beveled glass windows at the entrance to the ceremony site.

Christopher’s ring was made from the promise ring my dad gave me. My gold band engagement ring was Christopher’s great-grandmother’s, grandmother’s, and mother’s. My canary yellow diamond earrings were my mother’s.

Thirty minutes after the ceremony, my dad’s friend and flying buddy did a Missing Man flyover at the reception to acknowledge the deep absence of my mom and dad that day.

Signature drinks were Champagne with a hint of vanilla and blueberries, and our favorite Yazoo Brewing Company beer from Nashville.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted an intimate setting, in nature, a place we could go back to, that was unique to us. We decided to have our wedding ceremony on some property my family has had for many years on Lake Martin. We found a clearing created by three huge pine trees on the point of the lot looking out onto the water and we knew we wanted to get married right in between the three trees. We see our relationship and marriage about the triangular relationship between ourselves and God, and the three trees represented the theme of our wedding: I and Love and You. To prepare the space, Christopher and a few friends cut down trees, built a platform, planted grass, and created a welcoming walkway down to the site. Christopher’s hard work and preparation of that site showed me his love and commitment, which is the best wedding present I could ask for.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Ashley: Ah! I have so many, but one moment that stands out is during the reception when I was dancing on stage with the band to “Rolling on the River.” As I threw my hands up, Christopher snuck behind me and threw me up into the air. With a scream coming from my mouth I looked out over all our friends and family of all ages dancing their booties off. To see everyone else feeling and sharing in the incredible love, joy, and celebration of that day was a powerful gift. // Christopher: There is no one moment but a string of them. I remember stepping up on the platform with my soon-to-be wife next to me and in that moment everything stopped. There was no sense of time, just us feeling the wind on our faces, and the mystery of our spirits becoming entangled in one another. As passages were read and words given to one another, I felt the purest gift of love.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A friend told me to stop throughout my wedding day and take in a deep breath of everything around me. Because I took those moments to breathe, the day doesn’t seem like a blur but rather an endless, timeless joy with details I can remember.

What advice do you have for other brides?  1. Be authentic to you. There are so many wonderful and beautiful ideas out there right now about weddings – you can have a eco-friendly, citrus-colored, parade-themed wedding in Antartica, but is it you? Don’t do things because you find them on Pinterest; do them because they represent you and your groom. 2. Prepare for your marriage, not just your wedding. The best thing Christopher and I did during the engagement season was marriage counseling. It’s easy to be distracted by all the details of the wedding, but remember, your wedding is one day, and your marriage is a lifetime.

 

See more photos from Ashley and Christopher’s lakeside wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Clark Brewer / Videographer:  Eric Staples / Event Planner: Mariée Ami / Venue: private property on Lake Martin, Alabama / Bride’s Gown: Lela Rose / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Floral Design: Grace’s Flowers / Catering: Shindig’s Catering / Ceremony Pews: P.E.W.S / Cake: Venable’s Sweet Shoppe / Stationery: Social Graces / Calligraphy: Hardink Calligraphy / Music: The Undergrounders / Officiants: Jennifer Fouse, Trey Wince
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  • Touching Lakeside Wedding in Alabama

    27 February 2013
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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

     

    This backyard wedding from photographer Christine Sargologos really captures the feel of springtime in Texas – the use of pale blues and purples against a grassy green backdrop feels just like a field of wildflowers! And Christine’s photos of the day are so lovely, they make me wish I was there!

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    Says the bride, “My husband and I spent a lot of time discussing our ceremony. When initially talking with our planner, we discussed that we wanted the reception to be fun, beautiful, and memorable, as that is what guests will remember, but also that the day is really about our commitment to each other. We chose pieces of the ceremony that joined both of our religious upbringings as well as pieces that represented who we are as a couple.”

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    The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits from Jos. A. Bank and heather blue-gray bow ties from J.Crew.

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    Says Landin, “I ordered my wedding dress online without even seeing or trying it on in person. I also didn’t wear a veil – I think this goes to doing what fits with who you are. When I walked down the aisle I felt authentically me; I don’t know if I could say that if I was in a ball gown, long train, and veil. Those can all be beautiful, they’re just not me.”

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    Signature drinks were the “Southern Gentleman” (bourbon, ginger, orange bitters, orange twist) and the “Better Half” (cucumber, jalapeño, simple syrup, lime, tequila, triple sec).

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    Landin on the wedding venue: “Our reception was in my parents’ backyard – we wanted a venue that was meaningful and comfortable, but also accommodated about 200 guests. Additionally, we wanted to make it unique to us. Through our venue search, nothing seemed to fit. After a few conversations and a little bit of arm-twisting, my dad was on board and worked tirelessly for six months grooming the yard.”

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    “For dinner we served Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork to represent our two families,” says Linden. “I am not a huge fan of icing, so our cake was a naked wedding cake; we also served pies.”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Pinterest is such a great resource for inspiration, once you know what to search for. I’ve always been the girl that dressed a little more casual, valued comfort over show, but still wanted a little bit of spice. I have fond memories of dove and deer hunting with my dad, working in Papaw’s garden, attending musicals with Nannie, and debutante and Girl Scouting with my mom. I wanted both perspectives to show.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I’ve had many people ask this, and I think I have given a different answer each time… mainly to give credit to so many amazing memories. At the risk of sounding cliche, the entire day really was surreal. If I had to pick one moment (with permission to change my mind next time I’m asked) I would say the 10 minutes leading up to the ceremony. I had been worried that I would be nervous, but I felt so peaceful. It really set the stage for the rest of the evening. Looking back, I’d have to give a lot of credit to Melanie (our planner). I didn’t have to answer one logistical question all day, my mom was calm and wasn’t worrying about any details. I also had my dog in the wedding – she was right by my side until we all started walking down the aisle. Having her around kept those moments real.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes, but I also left some out, some to my mom’s chagrin. Traditions I included were the something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I wore a necklace that comprised a collage of a few memorable pieces: my mom’s cross, cameo and gold coin, and Papaw’s wedding ring. So all of those were borrowed. I also carried a handkerchief given to me by my Oma – it was old and blue. My dress and shoes were new, but not too traditional. We also had first dances, cutting the cake, and a fairly traditional ceremony.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We wanted Kinley, our six year old Vizsla, to be a part of the wedding. She was the “Dog of Honor” and was up at the altar for the entire ceremony. Our first dance was a song I will always connect with my dad’s parents, Oma and Opa… a good ol’ Randy Travis favorite.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Understand that it will go by so fast. Try to take in as much as you can in the moment, but make sure you have a really good photographer to capture moments you will miss, and to help relive the day.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  It was authentic. I’m sure brides will look at our wedding and find some pieces that are awesome and some that don’t fit their style; I know I did this when looking for inspiration. I look back at our amazing photos or talk about memories with my husband, and I am so pleased that everything was simply “us.”

    Menu
    Appetizers: Fried Shrimp / Deviled Eggs / Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos / Deer Sausage with Cheese, Pickles and Crackers // Entrees: North Carolina Pulled Pork / Texas BBQ Brisket and Oma’s BBQ Sauce // Sides: Macaroni and Cheese / Fried Asparagus with Bacon Jam / Vinegar Slaw / Ciabatta Rolls

    Photography: Christine Sargologos / Event Planning, Design, Styling:  Mayhar Design / Venue: Private Estate in New Braunfels, Texas / Church: New Braunfels Presbyterian / Officiant: Rev. Kenneth Peters / Dress: Goddess V-Neck, Ann Taylor / Shoes: Gloriee by Steve Madden / Necklaces: Sea and Cake / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Shirt: Charles Trywhitt / Suspenders: Dana Eckert / Tie: J.Crew / Shoes: Frye / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Stationery: Hyegraph / Floral Designer: Without Wax, Katy / Rentals: Sweet Sunday Rentals / Music: Merchants of Moonshine / Catering: Clear Springs Catering / Cake: Betty Jane Bake Shoppe / Chalkboard Signs: Roxanne Spradlin / Hair: William Edge Salon / Favors: Tcho Chocolates / Dog of Honor’s collar: Grimm’s Leather
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  • Backyard Wedding from Christine Sargologos

    18 June 2014
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    Lisa and Benjamin’s wedding looks like it was just as fun as their rehearsal dinner! So much personal style and laid back fun, plus gorgeous photos from Jillian Mitchell

     

     

     

    Says the bride, “We knew that we wanted a simple, outdoor, family-oriented wedding that was suitable for all ages from the much loved children in our family to our grandparents. Our folks, who enjoy bringing family together at their home, knew we were on a budget, so after our engagement they offered to let us use their beautiful backyard as our venue. We were so excited about this venue, because it had a sentimental family feel in a beautiful mid coast Maine town that we were happy to invite our friends and loved ones to share with us.”

     

     

     

     

    “We were surprised to find that we were more traditional than we thought when it came to rings and vows, and even the first dance and cake cutting. Yet everyone remarked to us that although there were elements of tradition in our ceremony, no one knew what to expect next. Everything was very off the cuff and unrehearsed.”

     

     

     

     

     

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    Bridesmaids wore dresses in every style and color.

     

     

     

     

    Lawn games added to the relaxed, playful vibe of the summer wedding. Centerpieces were assembled from the groom’s father’s antique collection. Almost every element in the wedding was a collective effort of friends and family, from the picket fence ceremony backdrop to the tablecloths and bunting to the fireworks.

     

     

     

     

    The signature cocktail was a Vodka Raspberry Lime Rickey. Cupcakes were white buttermilk cake with pineapple filling, cream cheese frosting and a cherry on top.

     

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the venue itself being a beautiful old farm house in the Camden Hills. We were excited to throw a party to celebrate our love and to bring our families and friends together, but we did not want to get wrapped up in pointless details and did not want to feel on our special day as though it was something outside of us. We wanted it to represent our own unique styles.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceremony. Marrying my best friend in front of our families and friends, in a symbolic ceremony was the most that any bride could ask for.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice that anyone gave me came from my sister. While planning the wedding she reminded me to let others help with the details, to not be afraid to delegate tasks. Let go of the worry that you are burdening your loves ones and realize that they truly want to help make your day special, and in return it truly will be.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  For us we decided to make a list of details we’d like at our wedding before looking at Pinterest. That way the ideas were all personal and meaningful to us rather then just randomly picked from someone else’s dream wedding. It was really important for our day to reflect us. Also, don’t be too particular or obsessive about the way it all ‘must’ be.  We  had so many particular ideas at first and planned on doing them all ourselves. When others wanted to help, we realized that these ideas may turn out different from what we originally imagined. This may have made me nervous at first being one who likes to be in control.  Then you realize that although the details may not look the way you first arranged them in your mind, everything has much more meaning and is more perfect being a mix of the tastes and talents of everyone who loves you.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The groom’s pocket watch was custom engraved with a Tom Waits quote: “Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends,”

    Photographer: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: private residence in Lincolnville, Maine / Dress designer: Ann Phaneuf / Reception dress: Anthropologie / Shoes: Koi Couture / Jewelry: J.Crew / Ring: Mona Lisa Jewelers Boston / Veil: Gracefully Girly / Apron: Pretty Little Pearl / Makeup: Boston Vintage Factory / Hair: Kimberly Riposta of Glow / Shirt, pants: American Apparel / Tie: Olivia Paige Clothing / Shoes: Rokit Vintage / Hat: Coal / Pocket watch engraving: Danger!Awesome / Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung / Floral Designer: Kate Hall-Roy, flowers from Millie & Bemp’s organic farm / Rentals: Wallace Tents / Music: Steve Jinx / Caterer: Sandy Boddomer / Cake: Bunny’s Warm Oven

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  • Rockabilly Camp Wedding in Maine

    5 November 2013
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    We’re on a short break, but in the meantime, we’re posting some of our favorite spring and summer weddings from the archives…

     

    Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.

    This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.

    Says the bride: “For the details of our ceremony, we took inspiration from our history as a couple, from our families, and from aspects of recent weddings we had attended (take notes!).”

    What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”

    Raj Tents added an extra touch of magic to Anna and Matt’s celebration.

    Guests found their table numbers on cards attached to the spokes of an old bicycle.

    Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR TONS MORE IMAGES FROM THIS WHIMSICAL CARNIVAL-INSPIRED WEDDING AT BEAR FLAG FARM.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.

    Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Designer: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Alterations: Michael Sommerfield, Miosa Couture / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, WHBM, J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black Tie Tuxedo and Formalwear / Officiant: Joshua Greene / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Tent: RAJ / Lighting: Got Light? / Videographer: Koda Pictures / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Getaway Car: Wine Valley Convertible  Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Music: Baguette QuartetteFil Lorenz Orchestra / Ice Cream Truck: Twirl and Dip / Live Event Painter: Agnes Csiszar Russo / Wooden Flower Place Cards: CompanyFortyTwo

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  • Bear Flag Farm Wedding from Lisa Lefkowitz

    8 April 2014
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    What is it about this garden wedding from Sarah Gawler?! From the whimsical venue, to the wildflower-inspired bouquets, to the bride’s gorgeous curls… everything about it has me feeling like I’m in a dream!

    Speaking of dreamy… the bridesmaids wore vintage nightgowns!

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    Says the bride: “My something old was the bridesmaid’s dresses which were all vintage; my something blue was the little flowers in the bouquet; my something borrowed was a beautiful little beaded purse my bridesmaids gave me on the day (which I haven’t actually given back – whoops!); my something new was my veil.”

    After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails (the signature drink was an Aperol Spritz) on the lawn before heading into the barn for dinner and dancing.

    In addition to the barn, Preston Court boasts a Georgian manor, numerous historic farm buildings, a wedding temple, ornamental lakes, and a carousel.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We instantly fell in love with the barn. We knew we wanted the day to be centered around a big feast and the barn was the perfect setting.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flowers headpieces. It kind of worked with the gardens and lake at the venue.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Walking into the barn with Freddy and seeing the beautiful smiling faces of everyone we loved all there together.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Let others help you! It saves money and takes some of the stress off your plate. Freddy’s mother made the beautiful cake, friends helped with catering and supplies, other friends did the music, and everyone was there on the morning helping to dress the venue.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  I became utterly addicted to blogs, saving pictures and making mood boards for food, dresses, location dressing, hair, make up. It helps to define your vision and be clear with suppliers about what you want.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things that matter the most to you and spend the money on those things. The guests aren’t obsessing over every tiny detail like you are.

    Photographer: Sarah Gawler / Venue: Preston Court in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom / Event Planning, Design: Renee Cecile / Dress, Accessories: John Zimmermann / Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Veil: Angelica Bridal / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: Acne / Shoes: John Simons / Floral Design: The Real Cut Flower Garden / Folk band: Patch & The Giant / Caterer: Stella Grove / Hair, Makeup: Michelle Marsh / Videography: Cinereportage
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  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Preston Court

    19 February 2014
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