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Amber + Aaron: Sunflower-Inspired Rustic Lakeside Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography;Flowers: Field of Flowers; Gown: Gown Boutique of Charleston; Men’s Attire: J.Crew and Belk; Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; DJ: Mr. Music DJs; Cake: Sherricake;  Venue: Bott Cott Family Lakeside Cottage; Hair and Makeup: Andrea Wallace

Amber and Aaron were married at the Bott Cott Family Lakeside Cottage in Lake Leelanau, Mich. on September 20. The bride looked lovely in a fitted lace gown with a keyhole back and cowboy boots. Her hair was curled to one side and adorned with a sunflower. Her ‘maids donned short dresses in various shades of blue with different necklines, which they picked out themselves. “This was a challenge because they are all spread out across the U.S., but the colors and textures just seemed to work perfectly,” Amber said of their attire. The groom and his men opted for a more casual, laid-back look by donning jeans, white button down shirts, and tan and brown vests. The pair tied the knot on the lawn of the groom’s family cottage, which was built by the groom’s great-grandfather. “When we were choosing where to have our wedding, it just seemed like the right place,” Amber said of the venue. “We wanted a place where we could start our lives together and then go back year after year to visit and even take our children some day.”  100 guests looked on as they exchanged vows under a wooden arch adorned with sunflowers and greenery. A tented reception followed and featured lots of handmade details. Guests typed a note to the newlyweds on a vintage typewriter in lieu of a traditional guestbook. Family and friends took their seats at tables with white linens and tin can sunflower centerpieces. “The location has a natural beauty all of its own, so we wanted to capture the rustic, serene lakeside with minimal decor,” Amber said of the reception. After dinner and dancing, guests indulged in a three-tier cake adorned with sunflowers, as well as cupcakes. “I had so much fun that I want to have my wedding day every day,” Amber said. See the full board here.

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Sunflower Chic Real Wedding by Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

This love story is so. sweet.  My heart is literally melting.  Amber and John met in high school, eight years before they started dating.  They socialized in the same circles, attended church and several mission trips together, but it wasn’t until Amber’s last year of college until they had both developed strong feelings for one another.  They are both deeply devoted to their faith and currently work together doing campus ministry at the University of West Georgia.  The part that really made me melt:  As the unity portion of the ceremony, Amber and John washed one another’s feet as a vow to serve one another before themselves for the rest of their lives. The day was bright and cheerful, full of happy sunflowers and sweet sweet love.  A big thanks to  Nathan Abplanalp Photography for sharing with us!


Amber wore a beauty of a gown by Anjolique (that lace is super unique- love)! Her bridal party complemented in black lace frocks by ModCloth and carried bold sunflower bouquets.  It was sunny and warm in North Carolina; perfect weather for a summertime ceremony at The Arbors.   

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Under the Tuscan Sun
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Sometimes simple is really just so beautiful.  When I received these photos from Jessica and Jordan’s outdoor wedding in Tuscany, I fell in love with the Italian countryside… the olive branches… the simple sunflower florals…the very happy couple… and the sweet simplicity of their day.  The wedding was planned by Weddings in Tuscany and photographed by Lisa Poggi.  The couple’s interfaith ceremony was followed by an reception overlooking the stunning landscape.  Oh, to wed at an Italian villa…

Photographs by Lisa Poggi

Wedding Planner: Weddings in Tuscany

Venue: Villa Tuscany

Dress: Bride’s mother

Makeup & Hair: Parrucchieri di Antonella

Officiant: Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Florist: Fiorista Nicoletta di Agraria

Caterers: Valerio


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Real Wedding: Brie + Dan
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Our friends at The Marin Studio sent over photos of Brie and Dan’s relaxed, country summer style wedding … Enjoy these vibrant and scenic photos and read on for more details about the day!

Dan and Brie held their casual and modern country wedding in beautiful, rural West Marin County- just North of San Francisco. Despite a potential threat of light rain, the ceremony was held outside under tall pine trees with about 100 close friends and family members looking on. The scenery was breathtaking.  Colorful wildflower arrangements threaded the summer country motif throughout the day.  The couple posed for portraits in front of a vintage bicycle decorated with a basket of flowers.

During the reception, friends and family dined on a delicious meal and drank whiskey sour sweet tea with lemonade.  It was a relaxed day- Dan read a toast from his Blackberry and later, guests enjoyed cupcakes and pies.

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