Real Brides & Weddings

Illuminating Weddings!

By Tania Hossain of Wedding Stories by Tania  As usual, the Pantone Color Institute has a knack for feeling the mood all around us and announces the perfect color for us to embrace each year.  We have two gorgeous colors for 2021 – Illuminating & Ultimate Gray.  PANTONE 13-0647 is known as “Illuminating,” for its bright yellow hue that has the highest visibility emoting hope and brightness.  PANTONE 17-5104 is known as “Ultimate Gray” which is quietly assuring and evokes the feeling of a firm foundation of reliability, wisdom, and experience.  These two colors and a combination of them certainly feel like just want we need to boost the human spirit. Jenny & Victor ran with Illuminating for their October wedding at The Atrium at Meadowlark in 2020. Their wedding was a ray of sunshine for their family, friends, and …

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A Colorful Southern Fruit-Themed Wedding: Jacey & Jacob

Photos and story by Kimberly Harrell Photography Jacey and Jacob had their Hidden Pines Wedding this week! Ring the bells because this is a match made in heaven and has been in the works since 5th grade! (Cue all the heart emojis) Carson, the best man, told of how these two exchanged gifts that year and how his big brother gave Jacey earrings even though she didn’t have pierced ears. “Real Smooth” Carson quipped “Glad she gave you another chance” They said I do at Hidden Pines Chapel in Highland Village. I loved the pops of color splashed throughout their ceremony and reception. The chapel where they had their ceremony is absolutely breathtaking! Light-colored walls, high ceilings, huge windows, amazing light, gorgeous florals everywhere- it’s a total dream! They even managed to look great despite a freak thunderstorm! Nothing could …

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Industrial Chic North Carolina Wedding

Photos captured by Summer Brooke Photography Submitted by Tier & Co. The focus of this shoot was to really focus on the intimacy between the couple and portray that through the décor and the photography. The couple actually had to cancel their reception due to COVID, so they didn’t have any sort of real wedding photos to look back on. Once I found this out, I was so glad that we were able to give them some true wedding photos signifying their love and how special their wedding day still could be!

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Glamorous Cathedral Wedding: Mary and Marc

Captured and submitted by Adam and Keli Photography Mary and Marc met in college and a romance started to form. This love story is one that’s been in the making for years and what a sweet day to watch (finally) happen. This was a day for the books, truly. Mary and Marc are so incredibly sweet and madly in love. Mary was a stunning Bride and is just as sweet as can be. They had their wedding ceremony at the beautiful St. Francis de Sales Church. Mary and Marc’s family and friends were just the most wonderful group to be surrounded by and the whole day was just touching moment after touching moment. Mary’s dad’s toast didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. Telling us just what battles we don’t know others are fighting. They closed out the evening …

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Destination Wedding in San Diego

Photos and story by Paul Douda Photography Travel bugs a.k.a. Jordan & Mirtza have spent their relationship traveling the world together. They have seen so many sites and Jordan even planned a romantic scavenger hunt around Italy to propose to Mirtza. Being from Louisiana, Jordan & Mirtza had never been to San Diego but have always loved the ocean and the idea of having an intimate seaside wedding with their closest family and friends. It was beautiful to see how many people traveled across the country to witness their special day. Especially during a pandemic! Instead of a traditional guest book, they opted for their guests to sign a globe which they will use to plan future trips and wives. Jordan and Mirtza hosted a simple and beautiful wedding overlooking Sunset Cliffs followed by a reception dinner at the historic …

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Falling in Love Chic Wedding Styled Shoot

Photos and story by Quamina Image Ghartey of Events By Lady J, and Floral Designer, Patricia Sterling of Sincerely PS Events and Design, along with a talented team of industry partners. The combination of fall scenery with beautiful details of bold and vibrant colors added a touch of sophistication to the shoot. We fell in love with a beautiful bold orange chair and built the theme of the shoot around it. We combined bold color palettes of orange, dusty blue, light blue, gray, and accented it with gold. With the autumn weather, we thought we could emphasize the scene by setting up a chic table with an autumnal and glamorous touch. We played with autumn colors in the flowers, invitations, menu cards, and custom macaroons to emphasize the look. To add to the shoot we incorporated a whiskey and cigar …

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COVID-19 Micro Wedding: Lyndsey & Landon

Photos by Tracy Townsend Photography Story by The Event Company Lyndsey & Landon are Bethune-Cookman University college sweethearts. They got engaged in December 2019 and wanted to wait until Lyndsey graduated from grad school before they were married. June 5th was just after she was due to graduate. Wedding plans were in the works when Covid-19 hit. Lyndsey and Landon made the decision to postpone their wedding to December 2020. They then decided that even though the wedding moved to December that it was important to them to move forward with that date (this decision was made two weeks before the date). The plan was to do a small vow exchange in a small neighborhood park. I reached out to some local friendors who willingly offered their services. This included a full video production livestream from Omarvelous Productions through Facebook …

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A Day of Love and Peacocks

Story by The Diva Wedding Planner Photos by B & S Photography Shauntavia met Jamie in the 10th grade. He came to her hometown (Hemingway, SC ) with his cousin for a girls and boys basketball camp, he was already out of school just trying to find his way, came down just to help his cousin with the camp. From the Bride:  I was all into basketball and did not even have boys on my mind. So, Jamie approached me and asked me for my number. At first, I was like nope, I don’t want any boyfriend and he was like okay cool. The next day at camp Jamie asked again, and once again I turned him down. Jamie was determined to get my number so, he asked again, and I finally gave it to him on the last day …

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Glamorous Sri Lankan Fairytale Wedding: Shanika & Abir

Story and photos by Haley Shandro of Shandro Photo When Shanika and Abir met, Abir was working as an intern at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Brisbane, Australia in the Psychiatry ward, and Shanika had just started her Psychiatry placement as a third-year medical student in the same ward. Their impressions of each other when they first met were quite the opposite of how they actually feel about each other now. However, their senior colleagues felt that they had a ‘natural chemistry’ and that chemistry developed into a relationship a year later, once they got to know each other better outside of work. Abir proposed on Shanika’s birthday weekend. He surprised her by organizing a romantic date night at the Stanford Plaza in Brisbane, which is situated near the Brisbane River and the Botanical Gardens. The evening started off with …

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Romantic Virginia Waterfront Garden Wedding: Shai & Jacob

Photos and story by Ariel Moriah Photography Shai and Jacob’s romantic waterfront garden wedding was an absolute dream! Located in the heart of Virginia, these college sweethearts tackled all obstacles of the pandemic and celebrated their love with their closest family and friends! Shai and Jacob Q&A: Q: Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet? A: Jacob and I met at the beginning of our first year at the University of Virginia. We were both attending an event for a Christian fellowship called Cru. Even though we met during the first week of classes, our friendship truly began later that year, and we didn’t start dating until the Spring of our third year. Q: What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique? …

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