Dani and Mike's wedding day was Sunday, October 8 in Sugar Hill, Georgia. The town is located 30 miles northeast of the city of Atlanta. Their venue, Ashton Gardens, was romantic and perfect.
Pampering and prepping began at their hotel during the morning hours. I loved the shot of Hillary's mixed metals makeup brushes. So glam! ;)
Mike is an Army Captain. He and Dani started dating 4 years ago while he was at Fort Benning for IBOLC (Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course). They have been together his entire Army career.
The brides mother helped her get into her stunning gown! You wouldn't believe the number of buttons lining the back of the dress! I've never seen such an intricate, gorgeous design!
This sixpence belonged to Dani's grandmother and was her "something old" she carried with her on her wedding day, symbolizing good luck. Many women in her family have carried this coin with them on their wedding day, making it that much more meaningful.
Dani and Mike decided on a first look before traveling to their venue... It rained the entire day of their wedding so they opted to share the moment inside the hotel lobby. There was a few cool things we realized about the rain. On the day we did their engagement session, it was raining. The day she found her wedding gown, it was also raining. It must be a sign of good luck. ;)
Once we arrived at Ashton Gardens, the ladies spent a few moments touching up in the bridal suite before the ceremony started. Their adorable ring bearer loved his Ring Security Pin. I mean really, how cute is he?!
Following the ceremony, the guests were invited to a cocktail hour. As was everything about the day, the cocktail hour was thoughtfully and beautifully decorated.
While the guests mingled and enjoyed the start of the evening, Mike and Dani spent time getting photos with their VIP's...
Sharp dressed men!
Before the reception, Chase and I had the opportunity to spend a little extra time with the newlyweds...
The reception space was dazzling. So many elegant elements, it truly felt like something you'd see in a fairytale!
Each setting on the table had a miniature pie box with the guests name printed on them. The pumpkin on the label signifies a tradition between Dani and Mike. On their first date, they carved pumpkins together. Every year on that date in October, they carve pumpkins as a way to celebrate that early time in their relationship!
Instead of a traditional signing book, Dani and Mike used an Instax Mini instant photo camera to document the guests at their wedding...
As the newly married Mr. & Mrs. Sheahen entered their reception, they were greeted by a Saber Arch, an Army wedding tradition. To pass through, the couple must kiss, then one of the men tap her on the butt and say, "welcome to the Army, ma'am." Dani recalled the moment, laughing, "Bill smacked me really hard and it made me jump!"
Their love is beautiful... so is the back of her dress!!!!
One of my favorite moments of the evening... After cutting their cake, Mike fed Dani a bite but she was so focused on her bite of cake, she forgot to feed him his. Her expression once she realized it was priceless!!!
A toast to their closest friends and families...
The groom shared a dance with his sweet mother...
The love that surrounded this beautiful couple was infectious...
Dani also shared a special dance with her stepfather, a man who's been a part of her life since she was a young girl... so sweet!
And it was time to shake it out on the dance floor! The flower girl and ring bearer were ready to celebrate!
Nothing like tossing the groom into the air and almost dropping him... haha
The groom and his beautiful sister...
I couldn't stop obsessing over the brides bouquet, the table settings and how it all looked together... it was magical!
Bouquet tossing to a group of beautiful ladies!
Sharing their last dance on their wedding night...
Time for a bubble exit! These bubble wands were handcrafted by none other than the bride and groom, the night before the wedding!
Mike was a fan of the bubbles... ;) POP!
To Dani & Mike, thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming Chase and I into your lives to capture such an incredible day! We wish you nothing but the BEST in your years to come and look forward to seeing you again in the future!!!!
A special thank you to the amazing team that brought this incredible day to life!
Venue: Ashton Gardens Atlanta
Photographer: Heather Dettore Photography
Wedding Gown: Blush Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie.com
Hair: Shear Faithfulness Salon
Makeup: Hillary Lynn Makeup
Florist: Abby's Floral Designs
Cake + Mini Pies: The Baking Grounds
Brooks and Parks wedding day was September 30 in the small southern town of Albany, Georgia. The Coach House was the perfect venue for pampering and prepping the bride and her bridesmaids.
These gorgeous robes were ordered from this awesome Etsy shop.
This bride was beaming with joy from the start of the day!
Brooks had the sweetest bridesmaids!!! Look at the love and excitement radiating from them as she steps out in her dress for the first time...
While the girls had their time at The Coach House, the guys were doing their last minute prepping at the church where the two would have their ceremony.
Parks and his groomsmen were sharply dressed in their black tuxedos.
The ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church in downtown Albany. Arguably one of the most beautiful churches. I may be a little biased since I grew up at this church and was a member for many years, but I digress ...
Before the ceremony began, Brooks and Parks spent time with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. The room for Brooks and her girls was a very special room dedicated to her grandmother.
In the moments before walking down the aisle, Brooks stood with her ladies as they prayed over her.
Mr. and Mrs. Parks Pace!
Brooks and Parks had their reception at the Creekside Center of Chehaw Park. Before being introduced to their guests as newlyweds, Brooks and Parks left a little bit of time for photos during golden hour. Seriously, such a fun wedding party!
How sweet these two are...
I'm still in love with her stunning wedding gown...
The sunset was kind to us for the bride and groom portraits, and once the sun had settled behind the trees, the newlyweds made their way to the reception! Everything was decorated so beautifully. The feel of elegance continued throughout.
The evening was full of entertaining dances, lots of awesome music and beautiful people! To end their wedding reception, Brooks and Parks exited through a long line of family and friends holding sparklers. Always a fun time! :)
To Brooks and Parks, thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming Chase and I into your lives to capture such a sweet day for you! We wish you nothing but the BEST in your years to come!!!! Thank you to the amazing team that brought this incredible day to life!
To see more wedding day photos of Mr. and Mrs. Pace, click here!
Getting Ready Venue: Coach House
Reception Venue: Creekside Center of Chehaw Park
Photographer: Heather Dettore Photography
Wedding Gown: Uniquely Yours
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung of Dessy
Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse
Hair: Ann Tomlinson
Makeup: Megan Watkins
Florist: Kay Thompson
Nika and Dewitt said their vows on Saturday, September 23 at Macon Terminal Station, one of the coolest venues for a wedding.
Nika and Dewitt first met through Nika's best friend, back when they were still in high school. Remember the days of having a group of friends all on one phone call on the landline? Nika and Dewitt ended up on one of those together and were the last ones still talking at the end of the call. They officially met at a bowling alley a month later.
It was only a matter of time before the two became best friends. Sharing things with each other they hadn't shared with anyone else was the foundation of their friendship and relationship.
"One thing that we've always bonded over is music. When we were in college we would travel back and forth to Carrollton and Atlanta. During these car rides we would make up different music games to play to make the time pass by. For one game we would put our phones on shuffle and make up a story for the songs. So each song that played had to tie in with the last. When it rained we would turn the radio off sometimes and take turns singing songs. The person not singing would be in charge of the windshield wiper speed. The person singing would use the windshield wiper speed to dictate the tempo that they sang the song at. Of course the tempo changed at various points of the songs. We're weird and we love it." - Dewitt
Nika and Dewitt even graduated from the University of West Georgia together in December of 2013. Following the graduation, they celebrated with their loved ones at the clubhouse of the apartment complex Nika had been working at. After they opened a few gifts, Dewitt began what seemed to be a few kind words to thank everyone for coming, but it wasn't that at all. He was actually proposing to Nika.
The ceremony and reception was beautifully constructed by the incredible team of m&h Decorating and Design. We can't say enough how wonderful they are at creating a dreamy atmosphere for a wedding.
The seats were full and it was time to begin. Y'all. The flower girl and ring bearer stole everyone's hearts!!!
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