by: Lauren

Melissa and Marshall’s navy and white wedding was rustic, elegant, and so full of love. Captured by Rustic White Photography, this couple was inspired by the love of the outdoors and their families, and the outcome was a beautiful, meaningful Southern fete! Melissa is here with us today sharing her wedding insights- she has some great tidbits, so don’t miss them!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Jennifer Lackey with Storybook Wedding Consulting :) The couple that owned Rustix Manor, Steve and Karen Marcinko, were also super helpful and made some very helpful recommendations. They really knew their stuff.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

The venue was by far the most important decision. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, and we wanted a unique venue that allowed us to showcase our personalities. A lot of weddings you see in Atlanta seem very “cookie cutter”and it’s probably because most venues want you in and out so they can generate more business. (I was shocked to hear that some hold 2 weddings a day!) The day we toured Rustix Manor, I knew we found the place. Karen and Steve were passionate about making the day special for each and every bride and groom – they only do 8 or so weddings a year because they treat each couple as if they are family. We felt right home. And the place was absolutely stunning. So many great picture opportunities, places to explore, and options to make the day your own. It was perfect.

I would say the second most important decision for us was our photographers. It was the same feeling that we had when we met Karen and Steve – as soon as we met Robert and Tiffany with Rustic White, we knew we found our match! Of course not only were the pictures they took were beautiful, but Rob and Tiff were also so easy to work with. They put us at ease almost immediately, took control when needed, and captured our fondest memories of the wedding. I highly recommend them!!

Marshall and I LOVE to dance. At any party or event, we are usually the first on the dance floor and the last to leave. We wanted a band that we knew would play great music that appeals to all generations. Nelson Brownstone sure did deliver. They actually played at Marshall’s sister’s wedding and well as at his cousin’s wedding… So we knew they were good :)

 

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When choosing a wedding coordinator, we wanted someone who was detailed oriented so I didn’t have to sweat the small stuff on the big day. Jennifer was great because she kept the whole wedding party in line (literally and figuratively speaking), organized our vendors, made sure our guests were taken care of, and let us enjoy our day without any stress! She was patient, organized, and a lot of fun. Thankfully, she also had a great sense of humor to put up with my crazy fiance who usually doesn’t always like to follow all the rules :)

Also, we love food. We cook together every night and love trying new dishes. Most of our world revolves around food. So, as you can imagine, it was really important that we pick a caterer that not only makes great food, but presents it in a fun and creative way. The same goes for cake. We were MORE than pleased with both (Affairs to Remember catering and Frosted Pumpkin cakes). Everyone loved the mac n’ cheese bar, and both the wedding and grooms cake were to die for.

Tulip, the company that did our flowers, were recommended made by the folks that own Rustix Manor. I told her I wanted gorgeous white arrangements with “touches of fall” to go with the autumn theme we had going (we got married October 25). Since they were the expert on flowers, and I didn’t know much, I told her to go with her best judgement and be creative. I really picked a winner because the flowers were GORGEOUS! I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but somehow she read me like a book and picked things that I didn’t even realize that I would like.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

The biggest inspiration for our wedding was our family. Both of our families have shaped who we are today and taught us how to love unconditionally. We all love the outdoors and knew we wanted to get married outside (thankfully the weather was perfect…and I mean perfect). We also have some “green thumbs” on both sides, so instead of lighting a unity candle, we decided to plant a tree. We used soil from each of our parents’ homes where we grew up to “plant” the tree (that was done before the ceremony…in a planter) and then watered the tree together as a married couple during the ceremony. It was such an emotional moment that symbolized the joining of two families. We also gave out baby trees as party favors for our guest to help “let love grow.”

There was also a little bike theme going on. We had used my Dad’s old bike (it was my Grandfathers, and Dad restored it) in our engagement photos. We decided to bring it to the reception and Tulip put flower arrangements and directional signs on it so guests knew where to go. Marshall’s Dad loves to ride, so there is where the family inspiration comes into play. We also had a picture of a tandem bike on our koozies with the quote “Let’s have adventures together”…to bring it all home, we rode off on a tandem bike at the end of the night (instead of a get-away car). It was epic.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

It’s hard to say just one thing, but if I had to sum it up, I would say how much fun it was! The venue was great, the people were having a blast, the day was perfect. The huge bonfire was a big hit! The band got everyone on the dance floor! I loved being surrounded by all my favorite people and celebrating one of the best days of my life.

(If you asked my husband this – he would say (1) the bonfire (2) the band – especially when we all sang Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and Marshall got to pass around the mic like he was some super rock star)

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Use a wedding coordinator! We had Jennifer for the “day of” planning, but she was also available to answer any questions we had leading up to the wedding. She was just what we needed so I could enjoy the day stress-free :)

Also, remember at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you are marrying the love of your life. Don’t worry about what other people think – just make the day your own and enjoy every second. Don’t try to do something because you feel like you have to…if it doesn’t feel right, forget about it! We didn’t do assigned seating for that reason – it felt to formal!

Such amazing advice! Thank you for sharing with us Melissa!

I love how Melissa and Marshall had a focus on their families for their wedding day. What are you planning on doing to incorporate your family into your day?

 


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Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Rustic White Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Storybook Wedding Consulting / Reception Venue: Rustix Manor / Catering: Affairs to Remember Caterers / Flowers & Decor: tulip / Cake Baker: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet Inc. / Band: Nelson Brownstone / Bride’s Dress: Amsale / Bridal Salon: bridals by lori / Bridal Salon: Bel Fiore / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group / Men's Attire: JoS. A. Bank


by: Lauren

Being that my wedding anniversary is tomorrow, I can’t help but think of the days leading up to my wedding day. With that, I also can’t help but think of the things that I should have known and been prepared for on my wedding day. And so, I thought I would share a few things that you need to know for your wedding day- both things to do beforehand, as well as things for the day-of! So no matter where you are in your planning, save this, and don’t forget to come back to it so you can make sure you’ve done everything you possibly can to ensure you have a great wedding day!

20+ Things You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day

1. You are marrying your best friend…

and the best part of a wedding is what comes in the days, months, and years after! :)

2. Everything will not go completely according to plan- it never does.

However, chances are good that you won’t even know about it (unless you don’t have a wedding planner), and it’s going to be amazing no matter what. :)

3. Create a timeline for the whole day.

Your wedding day timeline is going to be one of the most important things needed for your wedding day to run smoothly. [Read more here: Creating A Wedding Day Timeline]

4. Keep your bridal party and family members in the loop.

I recommend sending out an “itinerary” the week of the wedding containing important times and places for them to know about. Your wedding planner should do this if you have one!

5. Assigned seating is a good thing.

An easy way to make sure your wedding will run smoothly is to ensure that your guests know where to sit. How will your guests know this? You assign them to a table and tell them where to go! [Read more here: Why Alphabetical Order Is So Important!]

6. If DIYing, have everything finished before your wedding week!

Have all of your projects “just about” done 2 weeks before your wedding, and absolutely completed 1 week before. You definitely don’t want to be working on things the night before your wedding (like I was, making menus until 2am with my best friend)!

7. Know what the transportation situation will be for your guests and your bridal party.

Difficult parking, traveling together in a limo, leaving the wedding… all things that you need to think about and take care of beforehand! [Read more here: Wedding Guest Transportation]

8. Don’t forget about transportation for yourself!

Know the transportation situation for your guests and bridal party, but also know how you are getting home (or to your hotel) after the reception!

9. No one wants to bug you for money on your wedding day!

Try to make all of your payments before the wedding day. One less thing on your mind just means more enjoyment for you!

10. Tipping vendors- it’s nice, but not expected.

The question of whether or not to tip your vendors is probably going to come up. There’s really no right or wrong answer to whether or not you tip your vendors- it’s just based on the quality of your experience with them! It helps to be prepared to tip them on your wedding day, and then you can base your final decision on your experience with them on the day. Or, you can always send a tip after the wedding!  [Read more here: Tipping Vendors]

20+ Things You Need To Know For Your Wedding Day

Image by The Hons, via CHIC MODERN & INDUSTRIAL WEDDING INSPIRATION

11. Don’t forget to pack a bag for your wedding night!

You’ll probably be getting ready somewhere other than where you’re spending your wedding night, so make sure to either have someone drop your bag off there, or ask someone to remember to send you away with it.

12. The Marriage License… Who’s responsible for it?

Once married, your officiant will pull you aside so you can sign your marriage license. Know beforehand whether or not the officiant will turn it in, if you’ll have to, or if your planner will. [Read more here.]

13. Weather cannot be controlled- know your backup plan!

Even if you hope and pray and just try not to think about it, there is always a chance that it might rain (or snow or hail or whatever). Have a backup plan in place!

14. Vendor Meals… Do you need them?

It’s nice to feed your vendors a meal if they’ll be working longer than 4 hours at your wedding and are present during meal time. [Read more here.]

15. Do some prep for your family photo time

Enlisting the help of trusted family members can be a huge help in moving the pictures along. You can create a photo list complete with who’s needed for what picture, and leave it to your “wrangler” to get everyone ready.

16. Know where your presents and cards will be going.

Have a person designated to take your presents and/or cards for you if you’re not going right home. I always prefer to send the cards with the couple, since they’re easy to carry- plus you get to open them that night or the morning after!

17. Take a breather and just get away from all the people for a few minutes.

A wedding reception is overwhelming. There are lots of people, and lots of things to do, and it’s totally okay if you take a breather and just hang out with your new spouse for a few minutes.

18. Have an extra pair of *comfortable* shoes.

Flip flops, flats, sneakers- I don’t care what they are, but have a pair of comfortable shoes so you don’t have to sit out on dancing just because your feet are killing you! Take it from the girl who bought shoes that were half a size too small just because they were the right color and on sale -also don’t do that either!

19. Stick to your normal drink.

This might be the age-old wedding day recommendation, but it really is true. I don’t care if it’s Bud Light, wine, gin, whatever- oh but not red wine! Sure, try the signature drink, but if you’re not used to it, don’t drink it all night.

20. Bring some snacks!

It never fails- you or your fiance are too nervous to eat before the ceremony, and then afterwards, during photos, you’re starving! If you have a bag with you, pack some snacks, or give them to a bridesmaids or your wedding planner.

+ More things will be added!


Because I know that there are SO many other things, I want to hear from YOU! If you have already been married or if you’re a wedding pro, what things do you think brides and grooms need to know to prep for their wedding?

Comment below to share your recommendations and they might be added to the post!

 



by: Michelle

Hints of rustic southern charm mixed with an elegant style created the perfect peach and white wedding for Kellie and Cliff. This gorgeous couple has known each other since childhood, and something about their wedding details, captured by Korie Lynn Photography, truly makes you feel their love. Kellie is here with us today sharing more about her wedding and the planning process…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My matron of honor (who was also coincidentally my photographer, Korie Lynn) helped me most throughout the entire wedding/planning process- ESPECIALLY on our wedding day.   She is AMAZING and wore so many hats that day.  I’m blessed to have her as a friend.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I just really wanted to work with people who had a clear vision of what we wanted our wedding day to look like (both aesthetics and scheduling).  Making an awesome Pintrest board definitely helped with sharing our vision.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Ultimately our inspiration was to have a day that my husband and I could look back on and remember how beautiful it was- not because of the “stuff” or the physical beauty of it all, but because it was the day we chose to commit ourselves to one another for the rest of our lives.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

That’s a loaded question!  I definitely loved our venue and the flexibility we had to really tailor each detail to who “we” as a couple are. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

I believe that your wedding day is about one thing only.  Unfortunately it can be hard to see the “one thing” through all the planning, scheduling, financing, and (let’s face it) tears; however, your big day is about the new life you are about to start with your husband.  For us, we believe that if you trust God first, then love each other, you can defeat any challenge or fear that may come your way.

Beautiful advice Kellie, I couldn’t agree more! Your wedding is supposed to be all about love and the new life you and your spouse are about to embark on. Although the perfect centerpieces may seem like the most important thing while planning, be sure to remember what its all about and really enjoy your special day.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography / DJ: Daulong's Mobile Music / Event Designer : Events to Remember / Cake Baker: Ginger Robertson and Suzannah Gabriel / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Flowers & Decor: Kingwood Flowers / Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Second Shooter : Rachel May Photography / Calligrapher : The Weekend Type / Catering: Triple A Cookers / Event Venue : Olde Dobbin Station


by: Lauren

So, exciting news- my 6 year wedding anniversary is this weekend- this Saturday to be exact! On one hand, it feels like it was just yesterday that we were married (I think we’ve established that time flies by SO fast for me), but on the other hand, it feels like it was so long ago! And speaking of hands… (getting a bit more literal about things) the engagement ring on my left hand is more sparkly and gorgeous than ever… because it’s a whole new ring!

That’s right friends- I had my engagement ring reset, and I don’t regret it one bit!

 

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

I know what you’re thinking- how could I look past the sentimentality of my engagement ring? I didn’t think I’d be able to do it either. Because yes, the engagement ring is a symbol of the love that your spouse has for you at the time that they propose, stating to you and the world that they want to spend the rest of their life with you. And yes, it’s something that you imagine you’ll have for forever and ever and pass down to your children or grandchildren. But when it came to my ring, I wasn’t super attached to it. It screamed “2007” to me. Not only that, but to make a long story short… my husband (then fiancé) and I went ring shopping just to look, I picked it out on a whim, and my husband felt rushed to purchase it- even though he didn’t actually propose until months after. Plus, it was my husband who had the idea in the first place to have my engagement ring reset into something that would be more suited for me! Needless to say, neither he nor I had too much sentimentality towards my engagement ring.

The beauty of the fact that I had my engagement ring reset is that it was fast and easy- because I used Gemvara’s new Stone Reset service! We had been talking about reseting my engagement ring for a while, and when I heard about Stone Reset by Gemvara, I was definitely intrigued. Stone Reset by Gemvara is a simple way to transform your jewelry or loose gemstones into a new design. The process is concise and easy, they stay in contact with you throughout the whole process, and the result is amazing!

All you have to do is request a shipping box. Your box will be sent to you within a few days, and you just enclose the jewelry that you want reset, seal it up, and use the shipping label included to send it back. You will get an email from a Gemvara representative when they receive the box with your jewelry, and then they will get to work! They measure and evaluate all of your gems, and then within a few days, they send you the potential options for resetting your jewelry. Then you ask any questions or give the go-ahead, and in about 2 weeks your new jewelry will arrive on your doorstep (with you signing for the package of course)!

 Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

As you might be able to tell, my former engagement ring had channel set diamonds with a princess cut diamond. I wanted there to be have less metal on my ring, so Gemvara took my same princess cut diamond and added it to a new setting (their Carrie setting that you can see here). The result was something that is more delicate, and way more “me”… I love it! (I feel like I’m newly engaged again, looking at my ring all the time!)

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

This process isn’t just for rings though- it’s also perfect for resetting old jewelry that isn’t quite your style anymore, if you have a piece of jewelry from a relative, or even a loose stone that needs a setting. It’s really SO simple, and such an incredible service. Stone Reset by Gemvara makes it easy to give new life to your old or loose gemstones!


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So friends, tell me- do you think I’m crazy? Do you think that you would ever want to reset your engagement ring like I did? Or do you have a piece of old jewelry that you don’t wear anymore that you would want reset? 

 

Why I Reset My Engagement Ring… and How You Can Too!

This service review is sponsored by Gemvara. All opinions, thoughts, and experiences are the author’s own.