one of my favorite people ever has one of the sweetest mommas ever (well right after my momma!).

last year she hit a little milestone – middle age.  60.  the older i get, the younger that sounds. right??

check out these amazing photos from the beautiful mess.

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the birthday girl!

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my bestie and her hottie hubby.  she was the mastermind behind organizing this secret soiree!

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photography: the beautiful mess  |  venue:  the mint museum, uptown  |  planner / designer: ivy robinson events

florals: lily greenthumbs  |  rentals: afr (chairs) + classic party rentals (china/tables)

linens: nuage |  paper / stationery: olive paper

I will have to admit – this is one of the top 5 weddings I have had the pleasure of working on with a bride.  However this one is more special to me because it was the wedding of my sweet cousin, Kayla who’s more like a sister than a cousin to me. She made a simply stunning bride and her groom was pretty handsome that day as well.

We share a special bond in our family . . . and some of you know how close I am to my family – so this was a huge celebration for our family to all be together in the same place for a huge party!   Kayla pulled her winter dream wedding together with the help of John Gandy Events of Tallahassee, Florida.

This weekend wedding took place at a gorgeous north Florida plantation and my favorite part of the venue was everyone stayed, celebrated and partied late into the night all on the same property!

I AM GOING TO START OUT WITH MY FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE WEDDING – Kayla’s Something Blue (and Something Old). My mom and I helped my Grandmother pick out an old blue tie that my Grandfather was notorious for wearing . . . and it still smells like him 13 years later. My sweet Aunt Jan (who’s a talented seamstress) cut out a heart shape from the tie and stitched it in Kayla’s wedding dress.  Our Grandfather was an amazing man and this was a PERFECT way to incorporate him into her big day . . . . insert the tears!

Vendor Love Below ~ ENJOY!!

xoxo ~ Deb

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custom tie cutout from my grandfather’s tie

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custom monogrammed envelope liner ~ monogram used throughout the wedding design

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mirror escort board + details // custom monogrammed pillows for soft seating areas

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my beautiful family!

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i might be a little biased, but isn’t my nephew just the MOST ADORABLE????

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Wedding Planner: John Gandy Events

Photographer: Woodland Fields Photography

Venue / Catering: Honey Lake Plantation

Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers

Cake: The Cake Shop

Videography: Unique Video Creations

DJ: Scully

Stationery: Olive Paper

Bride: Vocelle’s (Pronovias)

Bridesmaids: Chica’s Bridal (Allure)

Groom/groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse (Vera Wang)

Hair: Jordan Cosgrove

Makeup: Melissa Peters

(stationery photography by Olive Paper // all other photography by Woodland Fields)

If you know anything about me, my best friends are like my family. So when my sweet wedding planner friend, Anne, wanted to start a family I was SO super excited . . . . as if it were my own sister having a baby! I might have squealed.

Some of you know Anne’s story – she’s shared it on it on her blog over at http://www.favormeeventsblog.blogspot.com/ – but I will just say that little Charlie Markey was prayed for pretty hard. He took his time getting in that belly . . . and gave his mom and dad a little scare when he arrived.

BUT – before he was born, I was so honored to co-host a shower with my friends Sara Shelor and Lauren Rosenau at the beautiful Johnson Carriage House. One thing I remind my clients when designing their invitations is to keep their venue in mind. So, taking my own advice, we embraced the equestrian style of the venue and pulled together a baby shower for the books!

Check out these amazing photos captured by Lauren Rosenau Photography! Also :: Vendor Credits listed below!

And one at the end I snagged from Anne of Charlie . . . . he’s a handsome little man, isn’t he?!!?!?

xoxo

Venue: Johnson Carriage House
Photographer: Lauren Rosenau Photography
Caterer: La-Tea-Da’s
Rentals: Party Reflections
Invites/Stationery: Olive Paper
Florals: The Bloom Room
Cake: Got What It Cakes
Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup

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THE BEAUTIFUL MOMMY TO BE … ANNE!

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(L to R) Sara Shelor, Lauren Rosenau, Anne Markey, and me . . . Deb!  Excuse the hot mess – it was raining:)

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COULDN’T YOU JUST E A T THIS LITTLE GUY UP!?