Bright and colorful Georgia wedding: Laura + Ben

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For Georgia couple Laura and Ben, hosting your average Southern springtime wedding wasn’t going to fly. After coming across a single piece of inspiration early on (a butterfly hairpiece, more on that in a minute), Laura had the grand vision for her big day:  a casual, garden party wedding packed with warmth and romance.  Her friends and family rallied around her ideas and helped her create a stylish, graceful party full of antiques and ribbons and other pretty details we all love.

Let’s start with a most fairytale-esque element…. piles of cascading ribbons. So dreamy.  Don’t you just want to run through it?

Her butterfly hairpiece was the inspiration for the entire look of the wedding, a detail the very talented Amy Osaba was able to work into the centerpieces and other flower arrangements.

Laura was so in love with her bouquet, she cried when coming home from her honeymoon to find that it had died. Coral peonies can do that to a girl.

RIbbons and willow trees, such an amazing ceremony set up!

Antique touches were an obvious choice for the bride, who adores thrifting and visiting antique shops.  The shutters, found in a local antique market and distressed by the bride and her friends, were a perfect home for escort cards. Seriously, such a cute idea Laura!

The bride and her mother collected white hobnail milk glass vases during the year of planning.  What an ideal companion for the colorful blooms that added a big pop to the otherwise simple tables.  And as a bonus the collection of vases will always remind them of their wedding day.

Laura and Ben used an antique ice box as a perfect spot for guests to drop off well-wishes and cards for the newlyweds. How amazing are those pitchers for holding sparklers? Incredible find.

We always love a good sparkler send off. Nothing makes for better photos, right?

Congratulations you two! Your wedding was gorgeous and romantic and yummy and hopefully everything you hoped it would be. We’re so excited to be able to share it.

Venue: Park Tavern Garden Tent / Photography: W. Scott Chester Photography / Flowers and Decor: Amy Osaba / Hair and Makeup: Raney O’Keefe / DJ: Beats and Bells / Photo Booth: Majestic Photobooths / Cupcakes: Cami Cakes / Doughnuts: Sublime Doughnuts / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca / Bridesmaids Dresses: Arden B / Officiant: Tyler Thigpen / Maid of Honor Dress: sohomode / Cupcake Toppers: Goose Grease / Hair Piece: Which Goose / Ties: Tux & Tulle / Poms: Pom Love

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F and S @ sanebrideadvice on Jul 8, 2010

Wow, so beautiful! I adore the first is definately a perfect moment..We will link to you if we share it!! Thanks for giving us inspiration so early in the morning : )

[email protected] on Jul 8, 2010

i love that first photo - what beautiful colours and perfect timing with the wind ;)

Parks on Jul 8, 2010

The color palette for this wedding is gorgeous - the bridesmaids dresses have to be my favorite!

sylvie of silver lining on Jul 8, 2010

lovely & amazing. laura is an inspiration for all of us diy bride-to-be's! i will cry too when my coral peonies have lived their life.....they're the star of the show at our upcoming beach wedding :) xo, sylvie of silver lining

Britt on Jul 8, 2010

Oh, I wish I had been a guest at that wedding. So beautiful, warm and lovely. Made my day. :)

Britt Chudleigh on Jul 8, 2010

Oh, I wish I were a guest at that wedding. So beautiful, warm and lovely. Made my day. :)

Debbie - on Jul 8, 2010

Ahh, love the ribbons! Definitely had to have them for my own wedding.

Kirstin @ Weddings Unveiled on Jul 8, 2010

gorgeous wedding and the photography is spectacular as always! we absolutely adore the Chester's.

[email protected] on Jul 8, 2010

Love the ribbons, love the colours... and that sign about the bird with the french fry made me LOL

Andrea on Jul 8, 2010

WOW! That is a BEAUTIFUL wedding. I am IN LOVE with all of the amazing details! :)

Hilary / Lovely and Gracious on Jul 8, 2010

"today I am happier than a bird with a french fry!" - what a great sentiment!

Laura ((the bride)) on Jul 8, 2010

Thanks for featuring us! We had such an amazing team behind our big day and I had a lot of fun planning. Since a few people mentioned the "bird with a french fry" sign, its from dazeychic on etsy. Etsy was def one of my favorite resources for wedding planning!

Emily on Jul 8, 2010

Oooo. What a fun wedding! I just used a ton of milk glass for a wedding two weeks ago. We had such a great time gathering the milk glass from thrift stores and estate sales.

Melissa on Jul 8, 2010

How wonderful that this gorgeous photography and this beautiful wedding was featured!! It was surely a wedding full of the BEST vendors. The Chesters, Amy Osaba, Rainey O'Keefe....AMAZING!!!!

Tino&Pip Photography on Jul 8, 2010

What fabulous colours and details- WOW!

Caleb on Jul 8, 2010

Pure magic! Love it! Props, Laura, props...

Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on Jul 8, 2010

There are so many great things about this wedding! I love the "Bird with a French Fry" detail!! Word!

eliza on Jul 8, 2010

A gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous, normal-sized bride. Hooray!

Anne on Jul 8, 2010

What perfect colors for a spring wedding! The bridal bouquet was not only unique, it was absolutely gorgeous! When I get married, I would love to have something similar. I thought the streamers were a great idea, too, and you're right. They did make me feel like I should run right through them. Excellent wedding! Anne

wendy-liondance on Jul 9, 2010

Another beautiful and happy wedding!

jeanofexuma on Jul 9, 2010

I have never been married!!! However if the occassion should arrive, that's what I would love to have. Wonderful colours, and simplicity of th it all. Congratulations from The Bahamas

amy osaba on Jul 9, 2010

Thank you so much 100LC ladies, i am thrilled to be featured on your blog. one of my favorites. Laura was such a sweet bride to work with. the moment i saw her inspiration board i knew it would rock. congratulations Laura & Ben. thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.

Megan on Jul 9, 2010

This wedding is gorgeous! Congrats Laura! I just adore the centerpieces and planning to use milkglass myself! Any chance you want to sell some of it? I can be reached at [email protected] if that is a possibility!

Becoming Mrs. Ford on Jul 9, 2010

oh man oh man oh man. SO colorful and lucious. They look so happy. Im swooning.

jessica on Jul 9, 2010

doesnt get much happier than a bird with a french fry. Shabby chic is my thing so I am loving this set up!!

AlternaBride on Jul 9, 2010

Amazing, alternative ideas. Love all that yellow, love the shabby chic.

Daniel on Jul 11, 2010

I love the yellow with the gray suit. What a fantastic combination.

Jamie on Jul 12, 2010

Absolutely lovely!! The colors are gorgeous!!

Tonia Conger on Jul 14, 2010

Gorgeous blog! My company just made an exciting announcement with Martha Stewart that should be very exciting for the DIY wedding guru. Email me if you'd like more information. Best! Tonia Conger [email protected]

Lo on Jul 15, 2010

I think I was at Park Tavern the day of your wedding, I remember the ribbons! Beautiful... best wishes :)

Rems on Jul 19, 2010

So lovely! The colors were combined so well. How I wish I could have a wedding like that...

mariana on Jul 21, 2010

i loved this wedding sooo much! and it gave me a lead on a wedding dj! thanks!

Shirley Kelly on Jul 21, 2010

You are right, these pictures are absolutely beautiful. I have never seen bridesmaid dresses like that. I was loving the unique style of those.

Charles David on Jul 22, 2010

I can't keep up with all these beautiful weddings. Lovely tones, btw! I love the bride and groom, they have that retro feel about them, something i have always admired. Their outfits are so damn sexy and well tailored! Laura and Ben, you knocked me out! W. Scott Chester, you rocked it! Congrats!

cristen chester on Jul 22, 2010

thanks so much for the lovely feature! we just love 100 layer cake! laura + ben were a dream to work with and her vision for their celebration was perfectly executed by the ultra talented amy osaba! i love that 'bird with a french fry' print, too : )

Lora on Aug 2, 2010

These are beautiful! I just stumbled across this blog - and added it to my bookmarks. Great resource! Thanks! Lora

jackie on Jan 31, 2011

I love the ribbon garland. Does anyone know how to make them or is there an etsy seller?

Laura on Mar 10, 2011

Jackie - our florist (who is truly so much more than a florist) made ours... but I think you could def make it yourself. It was made from strips of torn fabric just tied around a rope that went from tree to tree.

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JLynn on Jul 9, 2012

May I ask what types of ribbon or material you used for the streamers? They are just beautiful and I'd like to do something similar in my apartment instead of curtains. The streamers seem so light and airy!

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