Sep 18, 2010

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Our ceremony will be held outdoors at sunset on at Lake Lanier Islands Resort on The Venetian Pier. The Venetian Pier is a venue that is actually ON the water! It's a beautiful pier with cloudlike tents. We will have white ceremony chairs with ivory rose petals and lanterns aligning the aisle.

The Venetian Pier (on our wedding day)

Here are some of my inspirations!

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We are having an acoustic guitarist play during our ceremony.


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Guitar Playlist

Seating of the grandmothers/mothers
Prelude in C Major, Bach

Wedding Party Processional
Ode to Joy

Bride’s Processional
Canon in D, Pachelbel

All You Need is Love, The Beatles



{first reading}
We had one reading during our ceremony. It was read by my younger sister.

True Love

True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.




{wine ceremony}
We are having a wine ceremony (in lieu of a unity candle, sand ceremony, etc.) 

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The Rose is the symbol of love, and the blending of the red and white wine creates a light pink Rose Wine, celebrating the love of the new couple.

Before the wedding begins, red wine and white wine, each in a small carafe, are placed next to a larger empty carafe with one or two wineglasses on a small table near the couple. The center carafe, called the "Marriage Carafe" is usually a bit larger than the two outside "individual" carafes. The Wine ceremony usually takes place after the ring exchange. Music during the wine ceremony can add a nice touch, but is always optional.


The Officiant announces "To symbolize and celebrate the blending of your two lives into one, I invite you to perform the Wine Ceremony". The couple proceeds to the table and each takes an individual carafe and pours some wine into the larger carafe. The Groom then takes the larger filled carafe with the combined wine and pours some in a glass for the Bride.

The Bride then takes the larger carafe with the combined wines and pours some into a glass for the Groom. He may now toast his Bride with, "Now our lives are one" or "To our lives together” or “To us” and drinks from the glass. This is a great place to add some special words to each other. The Bride then toasts the Groom with the same.

They place the wine glasses back and turn back to the officiant, who states: "This ceremony represents your two individual lives, combined like the two wines into one single life. The drinking of the combined wine signifies the commitment you now make to live your lives as one family. May you remember this day of commitment you have sealed with drinking of the new wine joining your lives as one."

The Officiant may also announce that immediately after the service others may drink the new wine of their commitment to one life if they so desire, or Rose Wine may be served at the reception to mark this ceremony.

THE READING FOR THE CEREMONY (by our Officiant, Gale York)

The ritual we are about to perform represents the two separate lives of
GROOM and BRIDE. The two individual carafes of wine before them will
help us visualize in a very unique way the symbolism of these two
beautiful people who are now becoming one.

GROOM and BRIDE, as you pick up your individual carafes, we are reminded
of your very own individuality, the life you are leaving behind.
As you gently pour the two single carafes of wine together into the third
carafe, the individual swirls of wine will no longer exist, just as your
single life will no longer exist – but you as the wine will be joined together
as one forever. Just as these swirls of wine can never be separated and
poured again into the individual carafes, so shall your life be.  

Now, as you slowly pour from the larger carafe into the one single glass
and share your newly create wine - be mindful of the commitment
you now make to each other - to live your lives forever as one life.

May you always remember this symbol of your marriage commitment.
It is a day in which you have sealed the joining of your lives as one,
with this new wine. As you set out on a new beginning as one,
the happiness and love you hold within your hearts today will help guide
you through life’s many challenges.  Always remember to hold dear the
little things that make you both so very special to each other.

  • Last updated on May 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm
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I love the look of romantic and tousled waves, so I'm going with that and a half up-do style. I'm going to have a rhinestone hair comb as well, with my veil. :)

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{hair bling}
I will be wearing a hair comb/brooch with my veil. Mine is the one below, but it will have white pearls. I purchased it from Etsy seller, Lottie-Da Designs (I also bought my beautiful earrings from her store!)

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I love the soft & romantic look with a bit of a smokey eye.

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  • Last updated on May 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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We have three flower girls. Charlotte is 4, Francesca is 2, and Carli is 2. They are adorable and I can't wait to see them all dressed up! They will be wearing tutu dresses in lilac with eggplant purple tulle underneath. I bought them from Etsy seller, Laurie's Tutu Boutique (credit for the tutu photo goes to her). You can find her creations on on Etsy at & her website They will be carrying a flower pomander in eggplant purple.

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They will each wear a barrette made up of purple vanda orchids.

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Shopping for bridesmaids dresses was so much fun! The girls tried on tons of dresses and we all really fell in love with this one! My maid of honor is my sister, Lisa and my two bridesmaids are my good friends Taylor & Anne. They will be wearing Bill Levkoff dresses, style 537 in plum. The dress is so pretty and looks amazing on each of them! It's chiffon and very greek goddess-like and flows beautifully when they walk. It will look so nice outside at sunset!

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They will be wearing black peep toe heels.

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{will you be my...?}
I thought it would be a cute idea to give my girl's cards asking them to be in the wedding. The cards were a hit! I purchased them from Etsy seller, alamodebride (

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My wedding dress is by Brides By Demetrios. Style 9712 from the "Princess" collection. The color is ivory. I tried on a lot of dresses that I thought would be the style I wanted (lace, minimal beading/crystals) but none of them felt right. One of the consultants recommended a dress with a different look and it ended up being THE ONE! As soon as I put it on I KNEW it was the one! It's really crazy how people say, "You will just know when it's the right dress", because it's true! It's a sweetheart neckline and it makes me feel like a princess! It's actually from the "Princess" line, haha. My veil has pearl and crystal accents around the edges (it's in pictures 2 & 3).

{on the model}
I won't be wearing the straps.


{on me!}
Trying on the sample before I ordered it.

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Purchased from Etsy seller, Lottie-Da Designs

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Purchased at Macy's; Designer: Givency - Silvertone Crystal Cluster

Purchased from Etsy seller, JLWeddings

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This was a tough decision for me! With only 2 weeks until the wedding I finally settled on a pair of Chinese Laundry heels that I ordered through

Chinese Laundry - Daisey in Ivory

{something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue}
Just following tradition!

Something Old: Lace from my mom's wedding veil used to wrap my bouquet.
Something New: My wedding dress.
Something Borrowed: Hanky that belonged to my MIL's mom.
Something Blue: My garter.