This intimate outdoor vineyard wedding by KATIE GIBBS PHOTO took place in the beautiful hills of Agoura, California where two families from different cultures united and became one big loving family. Marina comes from Miami and a Cuban background and Steve, comes from Michigan with an all-American background.
Kari, the wedding planner, from FEATHERED ARROW EVENTS knew this wedding was going to be one filled with love and fun, unique details from the initial meeting especially as Marina started crafting her own decor and showing Kari her amazing calligraphy skills. Marina and Steve set out to make it special with their own touches while having an intimate ceremony and reception staffed by a wonderful team of vendors.
Many decor pieces and calligraphy were made by Marina and Steve themselves, from the programs, to the menus, to the place cards, to the DIY Photobooth. So many details went into making this day special and intimate with just their family and closest friends and it was all captured by the talented Katie Gibbs Photo.
The bride’s bouquet even held her husband’s mother’s wedding ring to have a special way to remember her. These two exuded love not only for one another but for the joy of their families coming together. The ceremony took place outside under a large tree complete with a hanging chandelier and a vineyard as the backdrop. The cocktail hour ensued with family photos, games for kids, Polaroid pictures at the DIY photobooth, appetizers and cocktails along with some of the best wedding food (we’ve ever had!) by LA Roots Catering. The reception was family style seating mixing the two families together to get to know one another. Dinner was shared over toasts and stories from friends and family. Dancing continued with a first dance by the new couple and some salsa dancing and lessons from Marina’s family. The night ended with a grand exit of sparklers and cheers as the new couple drove off to start their life together.
Leslie & Bryan chose to get married at the end of autumn whilst the last of the seasons colour clung onto the trees and the ground was covered in a carpet of golden leaves. This wedding from ABIGAIL BOBO is a great example of timeless elegance combined with nature. Wanting the backdrop of their photos to be outdoors, luck was on their side when an abundance of yellow gingko leaves had dropped the night before and presented them with a vibrant walkway underneath the magnolia trees.
The gorgeous bride shares with us; “Bryan and I’s faith has orchestrated our lives thus far and we each have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our center and truly the reason the two of us love one another the way we do. We wanted our ceremony to be a time of worship and a time to thank and praise the author of our story. It was amazing having the opportunity to commit ourselves to one another and in turn, giving the Lord glory. We were able to do that with all our family and friends taking part.”
HOW DID YOU MEET?At our church, Judson Baptist in Nashville, TN. Bryan essentially grew up there, except for his brief time in school and graduate school at MTSU. He’s an accountant, I’m the untamed artist… as Rocky would say, “we fill gaps…” I had eventually followed my family to Nashville a couple years after graduating design school at Florida State in Tallahassee, FL. We met and the rest is history…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL:Bryan and I’s story was such a blessing. The song, Multiplied by Needtobreathe, was a song we viewed as a testament to our relationship and the way we felt the Lord had shaped it. So when Bryan proposed in the living room of my little house surrounded by candle light, the song played gently in the background. It was perfect. Intimate, sweet, and truly a time of worship and thankfulness… we cried and laughed, and couldn’t wait to experience marriage and life together.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS:The first one I tried on. My mom cried. It was everything you imagine as a little girl.
ANY DIY ELEMENTS?Well, since I have a background in interior design and a passion for aesthetics, I couldn’t give up the reins of the event. Thankfully my mother, who is an artist herself, helped transform the space for the ceremony and reception. It was my dream from childhood to create an event so beautiful and personal and she helped make that a reality. Since the magnolias were in bloom in Nashville, we were able to forage from friends and neighbors. We covered the church the entire site in huge garlands of magnolias and balls of hydrangea. It was magical!
FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY:The many sweet, intimate moments with family, friends, and of course my groom.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOU A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?Enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to express the things most important to the two of you
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? My brother sang an arrangement of the song, Multiplied by Need to breathe, while our parents prayed over us at the end of the ceremony. It was a moment of worship I will never forget.
Tara and Phillip are your quintessential southern sweethearts. They grew up in the same south Georgia town, and are now living together as newlyweds there! According to photographer LINDSAY COX of LETTERS & LIGHT, Phillip is entirely taken with his bride, so naturally the camera loved them and she had no problem capturing their love for each other on their big day.
“When Tara initially contacted me about their spring wedding, I knew it would be completely gorgeous. Tara has an eye for crafting and creativity, and she is surrounded by people like Roxie Seale who know how to take a dream idea and make it happen! As the plans continued to set, Tara told me about the historical church with the original white pews and peeling paint, the evergreen decor, the southern touches – and I knew I would be in heaven. I completely was. Mt. Zion is so strikingly beautiful, when I walked in for the first time I had to stop and pause for a moment. It truly served as beautiful frame for a holy union, fitting for two who love simplicity and the south. The reception at Lundy Creek Lodge, acres of rural Georgia bliss, was no less. We cannot forget about the ‘biscuit bar’, or the sweet tea station. Tables were dressed with vintage china plates, greenery, roses, and succulents in small glass jars that guests could take home as a gift.
Beyond appearances, I so enjoyed seeing the family and friends come together to honor Tara and Phillip by assisting in set-up, lending a hand here and there. It was a classic southern town played out; fun to see how everyone was intertwined and made this day happen. From long-time friends chatting as they set china on the table, some of the musicians hanging greenery, a close friend making sure a family member had what they needed, hospitality was everywhere. I always say it is my honor to photograph couples that are in love and that are kind. Tara and Phillip’s wedding day involved those things and so much more, which makes a special occasion like a wedding come alive.”
HOW DID YOU MEET?Phillip and I met when I was 16 and he was 17. We quickly became friends and it wasn’t long before he asked me to be his girlfriend. He was my high school sweetheart. I moved off to college and we didn’t see each other for a while. After graduating, I decided to move back home, and Phillip had no idea. A few days into my new job, in walks Phillip. We exchange a quick smile and go on about our business. I later find out he tells his mom that when our eyes met, mine went “Sparkle, sparkle!” If you know Phillip, you know he doesn’t usually say things like that. I still think about him saying that and it makes me smile. We soon began dating again and it all seemed just right. He asked me to marry him, I cried, said yes, and started planning a wedding!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DETAIL? Tiny touches that I had dreamed of for years all came together thanks to my great friends and family. The mis-matched china gave the tables a sense of character, and more importantly our style. A sweet friend by the name of Mary Lou is a lover and collector of fine china–perhaps this is the reason we have bonded so quickly. She graciously offered to let me use any pieces I needed to make our big day so special! I’m not sure if you can tell by now, but Phillip and I love old things.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS VENUE?We found Mt. Zion Church while searching for old churches in Georgia. When I saw it, I fell in love. When you enter these doors, the paint peeled walls tell a story, the original pews give you rest, and the 24 pane windows welcome the light. It was an honor and a blessing to commit ourselves to each other in this simple, yet stunning, building while it’s foundation sung the majesty of our Lord.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FLOWERS: The simplicity and colors of the church called for simple flowers. Green is my favorite color and I felt that it fitted the natural feel of our wedding. Roxie, the owner and designer of The Shoppes at Fourth and Cherry, understood my vision and outdid herself. The people of Fourth and Cherry made my wedding just beautiful and perfect in every way. I couldn’t have asked for more beautiful and perfectly executed floral pieces. My Nana has always grown succulents at her home and I was so proud that they were able to incorporate them into Phillip’s boutineer and my bouquet!
Our cake was exactly what I pictured to celebrate the occasion! It was a combination of two of my favorite recipes I learned while working at Silver Lining Cupcake Company in Athens, GA. Mr. Terry, Roxie’s father, offered to make my cake for me! I showed him a picture of what I liked and he made it happen. Everyone said the simplicity of our wedding was reflected beautifully in the cake – not to mention it was delicious!