Vesuvius Vineyards

Anniversary: Brandy + Greg

Hard to believe it's been just one year since Brandy and Greg said I do on a simply beautiful day at Vesuvius Vineyards! Working with this sweet bride was a dream come true! I love a girl that knows just what she wants. We created a truly unique design with Brandy's inspiration of Southern charm meets vintage, and all the details came together perfectly.  The bride and groom wanted to add as much fun and whimsical details as possible. So we dreamed up special touches like musical instruments for each guest for the ceremony send-off, Izze sparkling soda escort cards, and county fair-inspired cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake.

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I absolutely loved this wedding! (Click here for more photos.) How fun it is to relive such an amazing day! Cheers to one year of bliss ... and wishing you many, many more years!

XO,
A.

Engaged: Lindsay + Ben

I love working with this awesome couple - they are two of the sweetest individuals ever! We are currently hard at work putting the final details on Lindsay and Ben's October wedding at Vesuvius Vineyards (oh my stars, I cannot wait for their big day!), but I couldn't wait to share their sweet engagement session from Lauren Rosenau Photography. Since they are both huge animal lovers and animal rescuers, it only makes sense that the "fur babies" get involved with mom and dad's wedding, right?! I hope you enjoy this bit of lovely as you start off the week!

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Many thanks to Casey Lombardi of Dollface Skin & Makeup Lounge for makeup and Lindsey Pizzuti of Mirror Bomb Studios for hair - y'all made this beautiful bride even more beautiful! Who knew that was possible?!

XO,
A.

Featured: Vintage Southern Charm Wedding

I am jumping for joy with excitement because Brandy and Greg's romantic Southern wedding has been published in the Winter 2014 issue of Charlotte Wedding magazine!  I seriously love seeing our gorgeous brides and handsome grooms in PRINT - Oh, it just never gets old!  And, Ron and Briana with Love Shutter Photography are just insanely talented.  These two captured our bride and groom's personalities and told the story of their wedding so perfectly! Brandy was absolutely incredible to work with.  Like, every designers dream!  This girl knew what she wanted, and at our first meeting came prepared with inspiration photos and amazing design concepts.  And, you know I love a girl that isn't afraid to do something a little different and play with color.  Together, we collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind design that fit these two reconnected high school sweethearts to the letter!  The overall inspiration was Vintage Southern Romance.  A concept that incorporates a lot of different styles and details, right?  Well, that was the idea.  Brandy was all about the details, so we made sure to incorporate as many personalized details as possible.  The gorgeous venue, Vesuvius Vineyards, was the perfect setting for a romantic Southern plantation style wedding.  We added in vintage and whimsical touches throughout the design by using oversized framed chalkboards, garland lining the aisle, and market lights strung along the ceiling of the pavilion.  Brandy and Greg also wanted their guests to really have fun - like every bride and groom! So, we gave guests noise makers - tambourines, triangles, and kazoos - to use as the bride and groom said "I Do".  We provided bottles of Izze sparkling soda as escort cards to add in pops of colorful fun during cocktail hour.  Needless to say, our individual styles clicked instantly and I'm so thankful for the faith that Brandy put in me to create her dream wedding.  On the day of the wedding, I could not have been more happy with how everything came together after months of planning.  But, most of all I love how perfectly the evening represented Brandy and Greg.  From the twinkle lights to the bluegrass band, and from the organic floral design by New Creations Flower Company to the carnival inspired cupcake flavors by Just Baked.  Everything was absolutely magical!

Thank you, Brandy and Greg, for working with The Graceful Host! I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of your wedding planning! I wish you and your hubby nothing but happiness as you take on the world together.  (And, enjoy being a model, Mrs. Honeycutt - you look stunning in every photo!)

My iPhone DOES NOT do this gorgeous print feature justice, so be sure to pick up a copy of Charlotte Wedding magazine today to see it in person! Want to see even more photos from Love Shutter? We thought so!  Check out a few of my favorites from Brandy and Greg's wedding.

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 Huge thanks to all the talented vendors that made Brandy and Greg's wedding so amazing:

Photography: Love Shutter Photography
Flowers: New Creations Flower Company
Catering: Armin's Catering
Venue: Vesuvius Vineyards
Make-up: Dollface Skin and Makeup Lounge
Hair: Mirror Bomb Studios
Ceremony and cocktail hour musicians: Unspoken Traditions
Reception Entertainment: Split Second Sound
Cupcakes: Just Baked of Cornelius
Linens: Party Reflections and Connie Duglin

XO,
A.