Grace and Tyler’s Wedding was filled with classically beautiful details, stunning white flowers, eucalyptus that gave off divine aromas and a gorgeous arbor of flowers that formed the perfect backdrop for the couple as they said their vows. Captured by Brandy Angel Photography, the thoughtful heartfelt details that Grace put together told the couples story perfectly. Read on to hear more about the couples day and their story.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

I wanted my theme to be classic with a little antique! I wanted everything to be gentle and subtle! My colors were variations of gray, cream, and lavender.

Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

Lanterns, handmade wooden items, and a lot of greenery! Very natural look.

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We used a wide variety of greenery, thistle, and cream roses. My idea of wanting a little purple in the flowers came from my love of thistle and plants that grow in the wild. I wanted to keep everything simple and classic and it turned out just that way!

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had an awesome wedding painter!! He painted the kiss from the ceremony the whole night. It was cool to watch the progress! Our guest book was cool as well, my dad cut a piece of pecan wood and my mom sanded it. I painted the letters on top so it was kind of a cool personal touch!

Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted the boys to be simple with ties. A black suit has always looked so handsome to me! Tyler is go with the flow by nature so it was easy to choose the guys formal wear. As far as me and the bridesmaids, I wanted them to be in flowy gowns that flattered them all. My original idea was to have a detachable cape for them to wear for pictures and walking down the aisle. But while I was looking for dresses I found that azazie actually had dresses that already had capes attached to them! So it was a win win. For my dress I knew I wanted sleeves. I originally didn’t want a “ball gown” but I’m glad I chose that one because it made me feel like a princess!

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Tyler and I met at the country club we both worked at. I was a cart girl and he was the greenskeeper. One day he just came up to me and said “hey” and that’s all it took! We went on our first date on a couple of acres of his land, we listened to music and just hung out. I really got to know him well and we shared our first kiss. 1.5 years later he asked me marry him in the same exact spot we shared out first kiss! It was so romantic and simple. I’d never trade that moment for anything!

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The first look!! I was so nervous to show Tyler my dress and I was so nervous to see him as well! It was probably my favorite moment cause we were alone for the first time in a while. It was so sweet and cute when he turned around. All he could say was “wow I can’t look at you” and smiled and cried! I’ll always cherish that moment.

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

Definitely get a head start on planning. We took about a year to plan ours and sometimes I felt like “if I just had another month!!” The weeks before is when you start to worry about little stuff. But honestly I had to keep telling myself “no one will notice if something goes wrong!” My mom and my mother in law were huge helps while planning. So if you have people close to you that want to help ask them!! Also I’m most proud of myself for keeping calm the day of! Just make sure you don’t leave little things for the last minute because that’s when it really hurts! Just get it all done and keep a written planner!!


Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux at Nordstrom

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Bakery: Sharon Maxey

Event Planner: Cassidy Carson

Floral Designer: Floral Endeavors

Beauty: Liz & Co Salon

Event Venue: Graduate Athens

This styled wedding shoot took place among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, VA. Captured by, Shanna Lorraine Photography, LLC, it features gorgeous spring florals and breathtaking views, showcasing a simplistic yet elegant chic vibe that is sure to be remembered.


Photographer: Shanna Lorraine Photography, LLC

Location: Wintergreen Resort

Event Planner & Floral Designer: The Faded Poppy

Calligrapher: Rachel Lettering

Bakery: Paris Cake Co.

Design and Decor: Another Chance Designs

Hair Stylist: Brittany Traylor Davis

Dress Store: Amanda’s Touch Bridal & Formal

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Classic Tuxedos & Suits

Emily and Matthew's gorgeous Chicago wedding captured by Emilia Jane Photography is full of all the details we love from mix matched bridesmaids dresses to the heart felt ceremony officiated by Emily's mothers co-pastor, Bunny Hughes. We caught up with the happy couple to chat all about their love story and big day.

How did the two of you meet?

Matthew went to college with one of my best friends from high school, Jared. All three of us moved to Chicago after college and we became good friends. We didn't start dating until a couple of years later! I'm pretty sure Jared still questions his decision to introduce us!

Tell us all about the proposal!

I started (very subtly!) picking up some ideas and preferences for the proposal about 6 months before popping the question. Emily might tell you that it wasn’t so subtle and resulted in a lot of anticipation, but what can I say - good things take time! So Emily and I were in the process of purchasing a home together immediately prior to getting engaged. This was our first home purchase which is stressful in and of itself but there was an added factor of trying to time the move with my secret proposal plans.

About two weeks after we moved in, I colluded with one of Emily’s friends Courtney to go to a morning workout class together so that I could prep for the proposal. After she got back and we got ready for some fake brunch plans, I went up to our private roof and waited for Emily to come find me. I was waiting for her with flowers, champagne, and some of our favorite things. I took Emily through some mementos from our three years together and explained what each one meant to me and what it said about us. Then I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Emily was crying so she never actually said “yes” but she did nod her head and I took that as confirmation.

We celebrated with champagne and called our families and some close friends to share the news. Then we got ready for our real lunch plans with our families (or so Emily thought). In keeping with the surprises and outdoor theme, I got all of our closest friends and family to meet us at a local restaurant “Homestead on the Roof” where we surprised Emily with a party on their terrace to celebrate and we kept the party rolling all night!

Describe the wedding planning process. Why did you choose the vendors you worked with?

Our wedding planner, Ali Phillips, was great! We chose her because she had a great sense of humor, seemed to match our laid back approach, and was really flexible on when she could meet with us (important, since we both work and travel a lot). Ali has many years in the business and drove a lot of our choices when it came to vendors. We would describe what we were generally looking for and she would present the best options - it was great! I call her the OG of wedding planning - everyone seemed to know her, love her, and want to do her a favor. Everything remained pretty relaxed throughout the entire process and we really enjoyed it.

How was your wedding day? The more details you can provide, the better! Please also describe your design and decor choices.

I loved everything about our wedding day! Getting ready with my best friends and family (old and new!) was honestly so much fun. Everyone was relaxed and having fun . And everyone looked and felt so beautiful! I was much more emotional than I thought I would be - I cried a lot. Like a lot (you can ask Emilia). Matthew made a book with photos from our four years together and wrote a long note at the beginning, that was really special to me - a perfect encapsulation of why I was marrying this man. Putting on the dress was like a dream! It felt so surreal - I had to keep reminding myself to be in the moment and remember as much as possible. I didn't expect how much I would want to be with Matt from practically the minute I woke up, so by the time our first look rolled around I was really excited to see him and start experiencing our wedding day together. The ceremony was done by my Mom's co-pastor, who is like family to us - so that was a really special experience. Matthew and I both wrote our own vows and I was so nervous to read mine, but having this personal connection was so nice for us. It was the perfect way to capture our feelings for one another and the emotions of the day.

And after that it was one big celebration! The reception flew by, neither of us got to talk to everyone we wanted to but we had so much fun, our hearts were so full. Fun fact: we had a sparkler exit and didn't realize until we were in our getaway car that neither of us had our phones or wallets. We had to walk up to the front desk of the Langham and ask for room keys to our hotel room in our wedding attire!

As far as decor choices: A lot of this was driven by how aesthetically interesting Revel Motor Row's space is. We kept pretty much everything to neutrals - whites, greens, and wood chairs to warm up the space a bit. The girls all picked their own dresses within a color range and had all green bouquets which I LOVED. Matt and I have very similar taste, so we agreed on everything almost right away - which was helpful.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing Matthew. Matthew's favorite moment was our first look seeing me in my dress and getting to spend the rest of the day together from there.

What is your advice for newly engaged couples?

Make sure you enjoy your engagement and wedding planning process! It can and should be a fun experience that builds memories and companionship for the years to come. And don't sweat the small stuff, the day will fly by and we promise you won't notice!


Photography | Emilia Jane Photography | @emiliajane_

Venue | Revel Space | @revelspace

Floral Designer | Revel Decor | @revel_decor

Gown Designer | Rivini @ritavinieris

Shoes | Christian Louboutin@louboutinworld

Men’s Attire | Trumaker

Hair Stylist | Juan Jose Herrera

Makeup Artist | Bridal by Aga@bridalbyaga

Cake Designer | Defloured | @deflouredbakery

Caterer | Limelight Catering | @limelightcatering

Linens | BBJ Linen Chicago | @bbjlinen

Photo Booth | I Love Photo Booth

Band | Blue Water Kings | @bluewaterkingsband

Transportation | M&M Limo

Invitation Designer | Erickson Design | @ericksondesignchicago

Cinematography | Mirar Productions