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Amsale Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Apr 152014

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Jennifer Aniston has been engaged to Justin Theroux since August 2012, giving her plenty of time to pick out a wedding dress right? You would think! We had designer wedding dress sketches commissioned for her as soon as the news broke — after all, this is one of the best-dressed ladies in Hollywood. And yet, news on the gown front has been relatively quiet. As our favorite former Friend plans her second trip down the aisle, we're more than happy to offer her some insight into finding the right wedding dress.

Aniston is a well-known fan of slinky, streamlined silhouettes that showcase her perfectly-toned body. She also favors strapless and halter necklines — and can you blame her with those arms? But it's most exciting style-wise when she mixes it up with a short, funky cocktail dress or a princess-worthy ball gown like the one she wore when she brought Theroux to the 2013 Oscars. And it's anyone's guess what her favorite wedding dress style is since she never released a full-length photo of the dress she wore to her 2000 wedding to Brad Pitt.

With all of this in mind, we looked to the recent Spring 2015 runways to find Aniston a few dream wedding dresses fresh off the runways.

Jennifer Aniston Amsale wedding dress

Photo: George Chinsee

If any wedding dress designer is Aniston's spirit animal, it's Amsale. Filled with clean lines, sheath silhouettes, and minimalist detailing, every gown in the designer's most recent collection would be a knockout on Aniston. This one in particular stood out to us because of how it would spotlight her enviable figure. It's sleek, modern, and refreshingly simple — so very Jen.

Jennifer Aniston Vera Wang wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang

This ballerina-inspired Vera Wang gown embodies Aniston's occasional desire to step out of her comfort zone. (This is a woman who wore dreadlocks to the Emmys once, after all.) This one has a neckline she'd love, and the voluminous tulle skirt is whimsical and festive, exactly how anyone would want to look on their wedding day.

Jennifer Aniston Houghton wedding dress

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Speaking of necklines Aniston would love, this delightfully refined Houghton wedding dress is an arm-flattering halter. It's reminiscent of her trademark style, with its figure-hugging shape and unadorned material. We especially love how the model has a small braid woven into her hair — just the kind of hippie-meets-surfer-cool-gal vibe that Aniston's perfected since she got together with Theroux.

Jennifer Aniston Marchesa wedding dress

Photo: Robert Mitra

Aniston knows how to flaunt what she's got, and she has a lot to flaunt. To her credit, she always picks one asset and lets it shine, whether it's her arms, her shoulders, or her legs. This sophisticated Marchesa is ideal if Aniston is planning a low-key or City Hall wedding. The illusion lace neckline is conservative and ladylike, but that short hemline would make her legs look amazing.

First Look: Amsale’s New Bridal Collection

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Apr 122014

Amsale's latest wedding dress collection is one of "understated glamour," as the design house's inspiration statement outlines. Known for sleek lines and minimalist details, this season, the bridal powerhouse infused some romantic lace and delicate details including the thinnest of illusion straps.

Staying true to its simple cleanliness, all of the ethereal elements introduced were done within the confines of a modern aesthetic: illusion necklines were crafted from ultra-sheer and thin tulle, while lace was lightly draped over a slinky, slimming silhouette. The effect? Nearly floating florals on dresses that appeared strapless, but weren't. Another addition to Amsale's arsenal was color. Soft pinks and vanilla's were mixed to create a "sense of chic romance."

With the use of a barely-there neckline, the floral lace appliqés look as if they're floating, while a tulle overlay creates a dreamy finish.

A scoop neck and body-skimming mermaid dress would make one minimalist bride very happy. We love how the petal-embellished veil adds a dash of romance to the otherwise sleek look.

Last but not least, Amsale sent their tropical guava hue down the runway in a silk chiffon dress with a swoon-worthy draped shoulder.

As always, there was an inherent lightness to the entire collection. Yet again, Amsale proved that no one masters fresh femininity quite like they do.

Want to see more of the newest looks from Amsale? Stay tuned for the entire slideshow!

For more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week, follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google +.

A Sophisticated Late Summer Wedding In the Mountains of Jackson Hole

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Jan 102014
Bride and Groom in Jackson Hole

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Though this New York-based couple met as teenagers in boarding school and were friends for years, it wasn't until they reconnected in 2009 that their friendship evolved into the romance of a lifetime.

When it came time to plan their wedding, Catherine and Brian knew that her family's home in Jackson Hole would be the perfect place to celebrate their union. "It's not only a special place for my family, but also a retreat that Brian and I have loved throughout our relationship," says Cate. "The grand scale of Jackson Hole, combined with the intimacy of our family's 'Elk Camp', really demonstrated why this place is so special to us."

Brian and Catherine's goal? "To create the best dinner party we'd ever thrown," says the bride. For their wedding on August 25th, 2012, the couple juxtaposed the casual beauty of Jackson Hole with the modern sophistication of an event planned by self-proclaimed die-hard entertainers. But with only six months to plan, the bride and groom turned to Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events to bring all the details together. "She kept our perspective focused on the right place: each other," says Catherine.

Modern Invitations and Welcome Bags

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's invitations were playful and modern, with an elegant twist. They used an elk's silhouette to decorate their guests' welcome bags, and carried the playful script throughout the printed materials.

Bride's Cameo and Blue Earrings

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine's something old was her great-grandmother's cameo. Her something blue? "Brian gave me a gorgeous pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings as my wedding gift," she says.

Soft Bridal Bouquet

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The bride's bouquet was left in the hands of florist Matthew Robinson, who created something soft and unique for the mountain-top ceremony. Roses, flowering basil, scabiosa pods, and begonias gave the bouquet lush texture.

Bride in a Lace Vera Wang Gown

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine chose her Vera Wang gown for the fabric. "There are five different types of lace and fabric used for the gown, and it's so incredible to look at. I fell in love with the texture," she says. A beaded belt added another layer of ornate detail.

Wedding Party in Blush Gowns and Tuxedos

Car in Jackson Hole

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The bridesmaids wore blush gowns from Amsale, and the groom and groomsmen were outfitted in classic tuxedos. Before the ceremony, the wedding party drove out to the top of a butte for photos that took advantage of the incredible views.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Jackson Hole

Rose Petals at a Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The outdoor ceremony was incredibly simple, with two oversized arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, and greenery to anchor the altar. Guests were given soft pink rose petals to throw after the couple said "I Do."

Bride and Groom at an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"Brian and I have loved E.E. Cummings since boarding school, so we had to use 'i carry your heart' in the ceremony," says Catherine. They also included readings from the Dalai Lama and Rogers and Hart.

Escort Card Display with Fresh Herbs

Unique Escort Card Display

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Catherine and Brian's florist used copper trays overflowing with fresh herbs as a unique, textural display for the escort cards.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The reception took place on the property's front lawn. "We tried to give guests a tour of the property throughout the day, moving from the ceremony's mountain views to riverside cocktails to the reception by the creek and woods," says Catherine. Textured linens contrasted elegantly with assorted vintage silver vases, lush blooms, and gray taper candles.

Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Textured Linens

Personalized Wedding Menu

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, Andromeda, and fresh herbs like basil and oregano gave the centerpieces lots of visual interest and unique pops of color. Each guest's place featured a printed menu and sprigs of lavender.

White Wedding Cake with Sugar Flowers

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's wedding cake was "perfect for both of us," says Catherine. Layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry jam were enrobed in Tahitian vanilla buttercream and topped with sugar flowers.

Tented Wedding Reception in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photo: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

"One of my favorite parts of the evening was just before the reception," says Catherine. "We snuck away and watched as our guests excitedly filed into the tent. It was so touching to see them all come together for us." An evening full of laughter, delicious food, and lots of dancing was the ideal way for Catherine and Brian to begin their life together.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Family Home in Jackson Hole, WY || Wedding Planner: Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Vera Wang || Hair & Makeup: Edvina Sarukhanyan of Fekkai Soho || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Paul Stuart || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Matthew Robbins Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mr. Boddington's Studio || Music: Cracked Ice || Catering: Bistro Catering || Cake: Jackson Cake Company || Rentals: Sperry Tents Seacoast, rEvolve, || Photography: Shawn Connell and Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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Watch: Amsale’s Fall 2014 Bridal Runway Show

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Dec 232013

The sleek and structured designs we've come to know and love from Amsale took a feminine turn this season with corded lace appliqués, gently tied bows, and glistening jewel accents. The bridal design house's most recent range proved to be both modern and ultra romantic—a killer combo if there ever was one!

Illusion necklines, defined waists, and a beautiful blend of hard-hitting fabrics like a thick taffeta and silk magnolia and ethereal silhouettes made of light-as-air tulle also graced the Amsale runway. An extra-special and sparkly touch was found on some gowns as well, which featured bejeweled necklines and beaded tulle overlays.

"Softness is in the air for Fall 2014, as the always classic and perfectly polished Amsale collection is injected with a decidedly more delicate and feminine hand," said Amsale Aberra of her Fall 2014 collection in her inspiration. "Holding true to the core principles of simplicity and cleanliness, elements like French Alençon lace, softly layered tulle, and a detailed focus on precision and brilliance add newness and modernity. Constructed bodices reveal exquisite bare backs, either open or illusion, breathing in an air of lightweight effortlessness. Miniature crystals add shimmer and jewelry-like embellishments bring an optimistic brightness and relaxed formality to the season."

Watch the romantic collection walk the runway in our exclusive video above and don't forget to browse Amsale's 2014 wedding dress collection in our slideshow.

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—Lauren Frankfort

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Amsale Fall 2014 Wedding Dress Collection: First Look

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Oct 122013
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Amsale's Fall 2014 wedding dress collection was a slight departure from the sleek and modern designs we've come to know and love from the bridal house.

"Softness is in the air for Fall 2014" the designer described. "[This] Amsale collection is injected with a decidedly more delicate and feminine hand."

Of course, this stroke of romance on the runway wasn't without a polished Amsale touch! Structured bodices contrasted delicate Alençon lace and lightweight, draped tulle.

See more snaps of the stunning gowns below, and don't forget to check out the full Fall 2014 collection in our slideshow!

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—Lauren Frankfort

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An Upscale Wedding in a Relaxed Outdoor Setting

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Aug 082013

It was a friend—one determined to play matchmaker—that brought Erin and Brett together. He riddled Erin, a then-student Kalamazoo College, with so much information about Brett that she felt she knew him long before they met. "The moment we met, I knew Kevin was right," she says now of their mutual friend. "To this day Kevin takes all the credit, and he was deservedly the best man in our wedding."

Six years later, Brett was set on surprising Erin with a proposal, but his plans to pop the question at The Cloisters—The Metropolitan Museum of Art's gardens in Washington Heights, Manhattan—were foiled when Erin accurately pegged his unusual behavior as part of a larger, more romantic scheme. "Brett told me that he would figure out another day to surprise me," Erin says. But after a romantic dinner, Brett proposed anyway. "He still managed to surprise me. The proposal did not go as perfectly as Brett had planned, but that is what made it so perfect."

Though the couple calls New York City home, they're Midwesterners at heart—so when it came to planning their September nuptials, it was important to "represent" their Ohio and Michigan hometowns, the bride says. "We brought our love for upscale city elegance to a casual and relaxed outdoor setting," she says.

With dozens of their 95 guests coming from out of town, the Hudson Valley's Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa"had everything we were looking for and more," for a miniature-destination wedding, Erin says. "The exquisite gardens, winding paths, quaint yet modern and luxurious cottages, and an on-site full service spa provided a charming and breathtaking location for our wedding weekend."

Erin considered designing her own wedding dress—but in the end, the bride chose a ready-to-wear gown that "reflected my aesthetic by a designer that I truly admire," she says. Her Vera Wang dress' drop waist and raw-edged organza skirt combined for a "soft yet architectural modern silhouette that photographs beautifully and looks different from every angle."

Erin's asymmetrical bouquet of white phalaenopsis orchids, fuchsia dendrobium orchids, garden roses and hot-pink ranunculus was tied with a pleated gray ribbon and adorned with a blue brooch that the bride's great grandmother, grandmother, mother and sister each used on their wedding days.

Fuchsia Bridesmaids Shoes

Photos: Style Art Life

Bridesmaids who wore short gray dresses from BCBG and Amsale also carried hot-pink bouquets made of dahlias, garden roses and ranunculus. "It was important to me that everyone felt beautiful and comfortable on my wedding day," Erin says.

In honor of Brett's undying love for the Detroit Tigers, groomsmen donned argyle socks bearing the baseball team's logo.

Rustic wood signs led guests to the couple's ceremony.

Held on a lawn near Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa's Swan Pond, Erin and Brett's ceremony was personal, they say, from the pastor's touching sermon to their handwritten vows. Music also played a large role in their nuptials, with a friend playing an acoustic guitar from the time guests arrived until the couple recessed to The Beatles' Here Comes The Sun.

The asymmetry of the bridesmaids' bouquets complemented some of the bridal party's one-shoulder dresses.

Bird Seed Toss Short Gray Bridesmaids Dresses

Photos: Style Art Life

Guests and attendants alike tossed pink rose petals into the air as the couple recessed down the aisle.

A cousin's bulldog, Frog, traveled from Ohio to attend the couple's wedding, donning a vest and pink bow tie for the occasion, "so we had to include him in the ceremony as our junior groomsman," Erin says. "He was so well-behaved and the highlight of the wedding weekend!"

As guests left the ceremony and headed toward the couple's reception tent, they were served pink Kir Royales in rustic mason jars. Staff with Oliver Kita Fine Catering also passed eight hors d'oeuvres, including risotto cakes topped with bitter chocolate beef ribs; lobster brochettes with a Panko-crumb and caramel glaze; and shooters of pear veloute soup.

"Throughout the wedding styling process we added details that truly represented us," Erin says. The couple labeled tables with numbers meaningful to their relationship—the address where they first met, the date they moved to New York City, and the number of Brett's favorite Detroit Tigers pitcher.

The bride "wanted the decor to reflect my own personal style and artistic aesthetic," she says. A blend of grey driftwood tables, mercury glass containers and fuchsia centerpieces created "a juxtaposition of clean architectural lines with subtle rustic and feminine details," she says.

Oliver Kita Fine Catering nicknamed the rustic farmhouse buffet "The Edible Hudson Valley Table," displaying local-farm cheeses, artisan breads and seasonal fruits for guests to enjoy.

The couple's white chocolate cake was covered in buttercream and layered with lemon and thyme flavors. White chocolate shavings gave the three-tier confection "a simple and modern look," the bride says.

The couple chose Barry White's Can't Get Enough Of Your Love for their first dance as husband and wife. "We chose fun and lighthearted songs for our special dances," Erin says.

Despite what the bride describes as hot and humid weather, guests danced all night to the live music of Live Wire Entertainment. "We are still receiving compliments about the amazing band," Erin says.

"The entire day was relaxed, intimate, flawless and exceptionally fun," Erin says of the couple's wedding celebration. "The night ended with our guests singing and dancing to New York, New York under a full moonlit sky. You could definitely feel the love stemming generations."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Events That Matter and Erin Braun Design || Ceremony Venue: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa || Reception Venue: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Bride's Veil: Bride's Head Revisited || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bride's Accessories: Erin Braun Design and Erwin Pearl || Bride's Wedding Ring: Linhardt || Groom's Tux: Ticknors || Groom's Wedding Ring: Linhardt || Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG and Amsale || Bridesmaids' Accessories: Alexis Bittar || Groomsmen Attire: Ticknors || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Emmelle || Florist: Steven Bruce Design || Caterer: Oliver Kita Fine Catering || Stationery: Gourmet Invitations || Cake Baker: Oliver Kita Fine Catering || Favors: Bell's Inspired Brewing, Two Little Red Hens and Russell Farms || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Lighting: Stortz Lighting || Entertainment: Levi Schmidt and Live Wire Entertainment || Photography: Style Art Life

Aug 072013
Elbow Length White Veil

Photo: Kate Headley

A hard hat might not be every girl's best look—but the bright yellow helmet certainly worked for Elizabeth when she met Louis for the first time in a construction zone. "Louis was working as a contractor for a sustainable school project I was managing," explains Elizabeth, a financial manager at the World Wildlife Fund, Inc. "Even though we were both wearing hard hats, there was an instant connection at the coordination meeting."

For their June nuptials, the couple enlisted the help of Ritzy Bee Events to orchestrate a pale pink and green event that was at once "soft, romantic and simply sophisticated," the bride says. "Ritzy Bee Events took our scattered, disconnected thoughts and preferences and turned them into an absolutely perfect wedding."

Matching Robes For Bridesmaids

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth and her four bridesmaids shed matching floral-print robes to slip into their formal attire.

Crystal and Organza Wedding Jewelry

Photo: Kate Headley

"Jewelry was a long struggle for me," the bride laments. "Much more involved than finding the dress." In the end, Elizabeth fell for sparkling baubles by Erin Cole "to complement my simple dress."

White Rose and Peony Bouquet

Photo: Kate Headley

The bride's simple sheath was made by Amsale. The A-line gown included the "perfect pop of interest," as Elizabeth says: A vertical bow down its back.

Pale Pink Bridesmaids Dresses

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth carried a winter white bouquet of roses and hydrangeas tied with pink satin ribbon. Bridesmaids wore duponi dresses by Lula Kate, which each attendant chose herself. "I liked the look of short dresses for a summer wedding," the bride explains. "They are a little less formal, which worked for our overall look."

White and Pink Hydrangea Bouquet

Photo: Kate Headley

Bouquets of white hydrangeas and pink peonies popped against the bridesmaids' pale pink dresses.

Polka Dot Bow Tie

Photo: Kate Headley

The pale pink ribbon wrapped around Louis' white rose boutonniere matched his pink polka dot bow tie.

Pink Rose Boutonnieres

Photo: Kate Headley

The groomsmen's boutonnieres "mirrored my bouquet," the bride says, because they were made from soft white and pink roses and wrapped in pink satin ribbon.

Flower Girl Hair Wreath

Photo: Kate Headley

The couple's 3-year-old niece and goddaughter, Lily Kate, served as their flower girl. The child also played a special role in Louis' proposal; it was Lily Kate who delivered Elizabeth's engagement ring. On a walk through a park, Elizabeth recalls, "I turned around to see 2-year-old Lily Kate streaking toward us wielding a juice box in one hand and a very recognizable red box in the other. She came straight over, handed me the box and showed me her shirt, which read, 'Will you marry my Nouno,'" the Greek word for godfather.

White Flower Girl Dress With Bow

Photo: Kate Headley

Wearing a hair wreath and delicate white dress from Us Angels, Lily Kate "was the highlight of the wedding," the bride admits. "She couldn't have been more perfect and adorable and well-behaved."

Pink and White Wedding Invitation

Photo: Kate Headley

Guests received custom wedding ceremony programs, tied with a pink ribbon, by Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods.

Traditional Church Wedding Vows

Photo: Kate Headley

During the couple's traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Elizabeth and Louis didn't exchange vows. "In fact, the bride and groom don't speak at all," Elizabeth explains. Instead, the service includes a crowning, in which connected ribbon wreaths are placed atop the bride and groom's heads to symbolize their union. "To help our non-Greek guests understand, we turned our wedding program into a 12-page guide to the service," the bride says.

Clear Top Wedding Reception Tent

Photo: Kate Headley

Decatur House on Lafayette Square, where Elizabeth and Louis held their evening wedding reception, was "a joyously lucky find," the bride says. The couple fell for its garden terrace and location minutes from the White House, describing it as the "best of all possible worlds."

Pin Cushion Escort Card Display

Photo: Kate Headley

At the entrance of a clear-topped reception tent, guests found a pin-cushion escort card display that revealed their seat assignments on pale pink, petal-shaped cards.

Pink Reception Bar Pink Cocktail Napkins

Photos: Kate Headley

Bartenders served custom libations from white bars outfitted with striped pink panels. Cocktail napkins and even the lampshades matched the couple's color palette.

Tall Round White Centerpiece

Photo: Kate Headley

Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design topped distressed candelabras with winter white hydrangeas and pink roses for striking centerpieces that towered above smaller arrangements.

Small White Wedding Centerpieces

Photo: Kate Headley

Each smaller arrangement of white and pink blooms was held in a glass vase tied with pink ribbon.

Silver Calligraphy Table Numbers

Photo: Kate Headley

Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods also created the couple's custom table numbers—oval-shaped cards that featured silver script and a thin pink border.

Wedding Reception Salad

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth says "an absolutely adorable watermelon and blue cheese salad that included a heart-shaped sesame seed cracker" was the highlight of the couple's wedding menu. "The guests loved it—perfect for a wedding and so delicious!"

White Round Wedding Cake With Beading

Photo: Kate Headley

Created by caterer Design Cuisine, the couple's round white wedding cake included layers of chocolate ganache and white butter cream filling.

Candy Wedding Favors

Photo: Kate Headley

But the couple's cake was hardly their only sweet after-dinner snack. Elizabeth and Louis also offered guests an ice cream bar, where they could scoop up their favorite flavor and top it with an assortment of nuts and sprinkles.

Pink Wedding Reception

Photo: Kate Headley

Elizabeth and Louis didn't want a big band crowding their limited outdoor tent space, so they hired five musicians to keep guests on the dance floor all night long. "They learned our first dance song, Grow Old With Me by the Postal Service, and they nailed it," Elizabeth says.

Props For Dancing

Photo: Kate Headley

The bride and her dad choreographed their father-daughter dance to Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, "which was extremely fun," Elizabeth exclaims.

Chandeliers In Wedding Reception Tent

Photo: Kate Headley

The couple credits Ritzy Bee Events for pulling off their flawless fete. "Ritzy Bee Events took our ideas and weaved their magic and perfected every tiny detail of the day," Elizabeth says. "I am sure it sounds cliche, but I just can't imagine a more perfect, amazing, beautiful and blissfully happy day. Louis and I were smiling from ear to ear non-stop from the moment we woke up until we fell asleep."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ritzy Bee Events || Ceremony Venue: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral || Reception Venue: Decatur House on Lafayette Square || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Bride's Veil: Erin Cole || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Erin Cole || Bride's Wedding Ring: Lambros Goldsmiths || Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers || Groom's Wedding Ring: Lambros Goldsmiths || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Teri Jon || Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels || Florist: Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design || Caterer: Design Cuisine || Stationery: Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods || Cake Baker: Design Cuisine || Favors: Simplesong Fine Letterpress Goods || Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Photography: Kate Headley

A “Chandelier and Burlap”-Themed Summer Wedding

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Jul 082013

Peyten and Stan returned to the site of their first date to celebrate their two year anniversary, yet Peyten insists she "suspected nothing" as they dined at Atlanta's Georgia Grill, then dashed off to view the city's botanical gardens lit up for the winter holidays.

The couple shuffled through the crowded park, until Stan pulled Peyten into the secluded garden and Peyten admits "at this point, I wondered." She didn't have to for long—within minutes, Stan dropped to one knee and proposed with a custom designed engagement ring. "It was one of the most romantic nights," Peyten says.

Just five months later, the couple invited more than 300 guests to celebrate their marriage in the backyard of Peyten's family home in Atlanta. The house, with its wide wraparound porch and courtyard complete with a pool, "has so many memories for me, and it is an amazing setting. It was also available on short notice," Peyten jokes.

The couple craved a "classic but simple look" for their June wedding, Peyten says. "Chandeliers and burlap, so to speak. That combination fits our personalities. Stan is more chandelier, because he likes nice things. And I am more burlap, tending to choose comfort over style. But together, we create something unique."

Stan designed the bride's engagement ring from stones taken from his great-grandmother's wedding bands. His white gold band was once his grandfather's wedding ring.

Two dresses stole the bride's affections, but in the end, a soft shift by Anne Barge won her heart. "My mother-in-law told my husband that I 'smiled bigger' in the dress I chose," Peyten recalls, "so I think it was obvious to everyone in the end which one would be the one."

"I absolutely loved my dress," the bride continues, citing its intricate top-to-bottom lace detailing and trumpet skirting as among her favorite features. Her veil—a long, delicate, lace-edged accessory—was also by Anne Barge.

The groom donned a Ralph Lauren pulled from his own closet. Groomsmen could also wear any black suit they already owned. "You couldn't tell the suits were any different," Peyten says, "and the groomsmen were very thankful for not having to shell out any money for special tuxes."

Partners Printing designed green and white ceremony programs that doubled as fans.

Peyten and Stan wed inside the same church—Trinity Presbyterian Church—in which the bride's parents exchanged their vows. "The ceremony is one I'll always remember, of course, but our preacher, Pam Driesell, gave one of the loveliest homilies," Peyten describes. "She told us about how marriage is like sweet tea—true sweet tea is not just sugar and tea, because it requires heat to mix the two separate elements into one new, better mixture. Stan drinks sweet tea every day, so her sermon is one that I'm reminded of each time I see him pour his favorite beverage."

Peyten shed tears as the couple's guests joined them in singing her favorite hymn during the ceremony. "Thank goodness my mom had the foresight to give me a handkerchief to hold with my bouquet," the bride says. "I was, at that point, so overwhelmed by the beauty of it all that I shed more tears of joy during our vows. That handkerchief got a lot of use!"

The couple's neutral color palette presented problems when it came to the floral arrangements, Peyten says. But Cathy Rainer of Parties To Die For still "put together the most beautiful flower arrangements for the day," she says. The bride even watched as the florist pieced together each arrangement at her parents' house. "That was one of the highlights of my getting ready."

Some floral arrangements in the backyard may have reached 15 feet tall, the bride says. But the pice de rsistance was perhaps the green garland that stretched across the home's iron balcony.

Black iron lanterns topped tables meant for four. Others were adorned with peach and pink blooms. "It felt like you were walking in the botanical gardens," Peyten says.

Guests noshed on a cheese and spread before digging into dinner—a hand-selected menu of barbecue sandwiches, fried catfish, mushroom ravioli and spinach salad.

Peyten and Stan love to get down—on the dance floor, that is. So the couple struggled to select their wedding band. "The band we chose, ATL Groove Factory, turned out to be the best band we've heard yet," Peyten says. "Weeks after the wedding, people kept raving about how much fun they had on the dance floor."

Each layer of the couple's five-tier buttercream cake was filled with a different flavor—strawberry, raspberry, lemon and Bavarian crme.

But the groom's cake, created by Dessert Designs, stole the sweet treat show. The caramel cake "was even more popular than our wedding cake," Peyten confesses. "It's a delicious pound cake with salted caramel icing, and people were lining up to get slices."

Champagne toasts were offered to the bride and groom, including one from Peyten's father.

The best advice the bride received while planning her wedding, Peyten reveals, was "to make sure you stop and look around every once in a while, because the day goes by so fast. Stan and I were mindful to savor every moment."

Following that precious advice, Peyten and Stan "took time to do a little bit of everything," the bride says. "We ate before we went out to see everyone, so we got to sample the yummy food. We danced for a long part of the reception, both at the beginning and the end. We got around to talk with many of our guests from out of town. And we even spent a few moments alone, away from the party, savoring the evening and how excited we were to be married."

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: Bride's family home || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anne Barge || Bride's Veil: Anne Barge || Bride's Shoes: DSW || Groom's Tux: Ralph Lauren || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Neiman Marcus || Florist: Parties To Die For || Caterer: Epting Events || Stationery: Partners Printing and Calligraphy By Marlean || Cake Baker: Tammy Aldridge and Dessert Designs || Favors: Hometown Honey || Rentals: Epting Events || Entertainment: ATL Groove Factory || Photography: Anna and Spencer Photography

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