Photos By Crystal Stokes Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 27, 2016 at 1:00 am in
Rebecca Foye, a legal marketer, and Jason Pugh, a financial advisor, met and fell for each other in their final year at Florida State University during a month-long Greek festivity that brought their respective sorority and fraternity together. From the get-go, Jason pursued Rebecca ardently, and was always scheming up ways to score more time with her. Post graduation, the two settled down in Georgia, where Jason soon popped the question on a weekend hike at Amicalola Falls, asking to spend all his days with the girl who never failed to set his heart aflutter.
The outdoorsy duo decided they wanted a secluded backyard wedding with “great food, good music, and no set end time,” so when a college friend graciously offered to host their spring nuptials on the waterfront lawn of the home her parents had built on Lake Norman, in Charlotte, North Carolina, they jumped at the chance. In a beautiful coincidence, it was the same lake where the couple had often summered, and where Rebecca’s grandparents had, quite touchingly, renewed their vows on their golden anniversary.
“Filled with memories, it was the perfect spot for our relaxed yet elegant celebration with loved ones,” Rebecca says. “It was exactly what we hoped for, only better!”
The work of Flowers by Lingky, Rebecca’s ruffly bouquet included hot-pink peonies, ‘Campanella Peach’ garden roses, succulents, and seeded eucalyptus.
“One of the best things I did was ask vendors I had already hired for their recommendations on other vendors,” Rebecca said. “I wouldn’t have found my amazing videographer or makeup artist if it weren’t for my awesome photographer, Crystal Stokes, and I wouldn’t have found Crystal had my florist not suggested her.”
Members of the bridal party looked flawless in teal chiffon dresses with mismatched silhouettes. The bride wore her grandmother’s pearls and, for the ceremony and formal photos, her mother’s bridal gown from 1988.
A bridesmaid with a penchant for penmanship hand-lettered all of the day’s signage.
To display childhood photos at each table, the bride and groom fashioned holders out of wires bent into the shape of hearts and corks from wines they had enjoyed together throughout their courtship.
The father of the bride baked the four-tiered cake, which was adorned with a cascade of fluffy peonies in different shades of pink.
“Every moment of our big day was special, but I especially loved sneaking away from the dance floor with Jason to view our party from the outside looking in,” Rebecca says. “I would definitely recommend taking a two-minute moment with just your new spouse at some point in the night.”
Photography > crystal stokes photography / Videography > brian bunn films / Ceremony Venue > / Reception Venue > / Day-Of Coordination > Posh Affairs / Flowers > flowers by lingky / Catering > the capital grille / Officiant > / Rentals > cooke rentals / DJ > all the right grooves / Bride’s Dress > Mother’s Gown for Ceremony and Watters for Reception / Hair > Myers McKenzie of Salon 42 / Makeup > erin ashley makeup / Invitations > Minted / Photo Booth > Shutterbooth Charlotte / Transportation > CLT Express
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Photos By Olya Vysotskaya
By Lauren Kathryn on May 25, 2016 at 2:00 am in Vintage and Bohemian
For Blythe Sobol and Patrick Salland, a pair of New Yorkers and art historians in want of a wedding venue that hearkened back to an earlier era, only the Metropolitan Building in Queens would do. No other site in the city held the kind of allure that drew them to the antique-filled edifice, a labor of love for owner Eleanor Ambos, an 80-something interior decorator who purchased the turn-of-the-century factory nearly four decades ago, when it had long fallen into a sad state of disrepair, to house her vast collection of furnishings. Though the once forgotten gem has been burnished anew, it retains all the sepiaed charm of its origins, with a timeworn elegance that beguiles the eye, a wistfully faded beauty that speaks to couples seeking a nuptial space permeated with yesteryear nostalgia.
An afternoon tea affair, Patrick and Blythe’s intimate celebration reflected a shared passion for breathing new life into old traditions. Their day was marked by thoughtful touches and refreshed family heirlooms, from a chuppah hand-fashioned out of a hodgepodge of passed-down textiles to handwritten vows borrowed from the bride’s mother, who had penned them for her own ceremony many years back.
“We fell in love with the Metropolitan Building and its charming owner, Eleanor Ambos, immediately,” Blythe says. “The space hardly needed any adornment.”
Blythe and Patrick designed the invitation suite themselves. A beloved handwritten font, Vermandois by Magpie Paper Works, was used to approximate the fancy calligraphy that the couple couldn’t fit into their budget. The back of each invitation was printed with an 1845 salted-paper photograph of lace from the collection of the George Eastman House. To spruce up the envelopes, Blythe collected vintage stamps depicting things that she and Patrick love.
The overgrown look of Brittany Asch’s floristry suited the setting beautifully. Blending shades of mauve, aubergine, dusty purple, and dusky red, her artfully unruly arrangements included peonies, roses, saucer magnolias, scabiosas, hellebores, lilacs, orchids, and olive branches.
“The flowers blew my mind,” Blythe says. “I still get choked up when I think about them.”
“Passionate about the history of photography, we put a great deal of time and thought into our search for a photographer to document our day, and it was particularly important to us to find someone who works with film,” Blythe says. “We discovered Olya Vysotskaya and had to have her. We could not be more thrilled with the results, which captured not only how the day looked but how it felt—a gift that cannot be measured with mere words. Filled with emotion, the photographs are timeless (truly!) and unforgettable.”
Blythe’s bouquet was tied with various silk and velvet ribbons that she had collected over the years, as well as decades-old lace ribbons from her mother’s own wedding posy.
The couple’s vows were largely borrowed from the interfaith (Jewish–Catholic) wedding ceremony of the bride’s parents. “Their vow cards were fortuitously discovered the previous spring in a dusty filing cabinet,” Blythe says. “It felt as though they had been tailor-made for us, expressing our hopes for the future while honoring our respective religious backgrounds.”
“I wanted to be married under a chuppah to honor my mother’s faith, so we decided to make one ourselves,” Blythe says. “Intending for the canopy to become a keepsake, we sewed it from a selection of textiles handed down from family members—a motley assortment of handkerchiefs, pillowcase scraps, a piece of lace made by Patrick’s great-great grandmother, lace crocheted by my great-grandmother, and even a fragment from a shirt sewn by Patrick’s mother for his first Civil War reenactment in 1994.” The chuppah also included bits of fabric collected by Blythe and her mother over years of assiduous flea marketing.
The ceremony music was performed by pianists Alden Gatt and Alana Murphy, friends of the couple who played some of their favorite pieces by Chopin and Couperin. Blythe walked down the aisle to an a cappella arrangement of Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major. For the recessional, Patrick’s mother’s wife, Andrea Falconieri, performed a jaunty rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on her ukulele.
“To honor those who had come before us—and to show off some fabulous fashions—we displayed a number of family wedding photos on a dresser near the entrance,” Blythe says.
Fittingly, the couple made their getaway in a 1969 Checker cab. “It was a last-minute decision that ended up being one of our favorite moments from the most magical day of our lives,” Blythe recalls.
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Photos By Rustic White Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 23, 2016 at 3:00 am in Classic and Whimsical/Playful
Dan Fisher, a sports marketer from Atlanta, first wooed Nicole Pruet, a health insurance specialist from Houston, by serenading her with a lip-synched version of “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Intrigued by the “tall, goofy guy with crooning bravado and unusual dance moves,” Nicole agreed to give him her number, not imagining that the chance encounter in a Washington Avenue bar would lead to “I dos” down the road. But love, of course, is funny like that.
A year later, Nicole moved to Atlanta to be with Dan. And a year after that, Dan proposed to his Texas belle during a sunset stroll on a favorite stretch of beach. Since love had brought Nicole to Georgia, the Peach State was an “obvious choice” for a wedding locale. Without much ado, she and Dan decided to hold their summer nuptials just outside the A at Foxhall’s Legacy Lookout, a timbered lodge with sweeping views of the sprawling green grounds and Chattahoochee River beyond.
The couple’s chief concern was creating a thoroughly enjoyable experience for their guests. “Dan and I share a contagious kind of love that makes everyone around us feel happy and at ease,” Nicole says, “so when it came time to plan our special day, we felt that the most important thing was bringing together all of our closest friends and family for a fun celebration.”
A fun celebration calls for a fun color scheme, and Dan and Nicole’s playful palette was partly inspired by “blush and bashful,” the matrimonial hues of Shelby Eatenton Latcherie, Julia Roberts’ endearing character in the Southern classic Steel Magnolias.
“I was totally in love with the palette they picked,” says floral designer Juli Vaughn. “When Nicole first came into my studio, she said she wanted peonies and ranunculi in every shade of pink I could get my hands on, plus sunny yellow accents and blueberries. As if that weren’t enough to make me swoon, she also let me sell her on the crazy notion of an unclosed, asymmetrical wedding arch. The affair turned out to be a beautiful blend of the classical and the whimsical, perfectly captured by Rustic White Photography.”
Photography > rustic white photography / Ceremony Venue > foxhall resort & sporting club / Reception Venue > foxhall resort & sporting club / Event Design and Planning > / Flowers > juli vaughn designs / Cake > metrotainment bakery / DJ > lethal rhythms / Bride’s Shoes > kate spade / Bridal Boutique > bridals by lori / Hair > IO salon & spa / Makeup > kimberly mack beauty studio / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > Jos. a. bank
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Photos By Artistrie Co.
By Lauren Kathryn on May 18, 2016 at 2:00 am in Classic
Greg and Trisha Hammond, both now legal analysts, met as undergrads at the University of Illinois. In autumn 2013, Greg brought Trisha back to their alma mater to pop the question at an old collegiate haunt: the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where they had first caught each other’s eye while working as hosts. “Tears commenced, followed by loud sobs that reverberated throughout the large and empty lobby,” Trisha recalls. “Greg was pleased.”
Two Junes later, the pair tied the knot in Winnetka, an architecturally distinguished village just north of downtown Chicago. After a traditional vow exchange at the Sacred Heart Parish, whose nature-inspired interior is based off a marble panel carved with vines and branches, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Winnetka Community House for a candlelit reception within the ivied-walled gardens on the rambling grounds.
It was a picture-perfect setting for the elegantly intimate gathering that Greg and Trisha had envisioned, a celebration rich in merriment, flecked with gold, and brightened by “little bursts of fresh, springy color.”
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Photos By Jordan Brannock Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 17, 2016 at 2:00 am in Pastel
Fittingly held in North Carolina at Winston-Salem’s Graylyn Estate, a historic boutique hotel where everything is said to transcend the ordinary, this flower-filled spring shoot is a showcase of the extraordinary, with the work of two artists—Jordan Brannock, a photographer who paints with light, and Meristem Floral’s Anna Passarelli, a horticulturist turned florist who paints with petals—on full display. The pair’s finished piece has a soft, dreamlike quality and a light-washed pastel palette that would please Monet.
At every turn the eye is delighted by a wild luxuriance of flowers and foliage, from romantic rose crowns to spring-fresh arm sheaves in tempting sherbet shades. “Anna, whose love for her medium is clear, proudly proclaims to ‘think in flowers,’ and after spending a day with her, I believe that to be true,” Jordan marvels. “Her technique is intriguing and thoughtful. I’d like to hope that my photography has a pinch of that as well.”
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Photos By Jason Wasinger Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 16, 2016 at 3:00 am in Beachy and Bohemian
Of earth and sea, today’s editorial pays tribute to the Pacific Northwest’s rugged allure. Photographed by Jason Wasinger, the shoot was produced by Portland-based stationer Elli to celebrate its “Rustic Beach” invitation suite, which is marked by looping calligraphy and a wood-grain background. Elli’s creative team dreamed up a romantic yet easy-breezy dune picnic for two, complete with wine, cheese, cake, and seasoned salts to sprinkle atop summer bonfire bites. Loosely arranged by Christopher David to create a just-gathered look, jewel-toned blooms brought beautiful contrast to the muted hues of the natural elements, including driftwood, sand, and stone.
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