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Monday, April 12, 2021

Our Wedding Day: House in the Trees

We always knew we wanted to get married at our house. And with COVID postponing ceremonies and shutting down courthouse nuptials, our house made even more sense as the perfect wedding venue. We bought the older-than-me home in early 2020 and spent the better part of a year fixing it up. Granted, it didn't need a ton of work, but it did need to be brought into the 21st Century with my modern farmhouse style. We held the ceremony on the first day of spring in 2021 in our yard. Tyler cut down a small tree to make our wedding arbor, and me and my friend decorated it.

A couple days before the ceremony, Tyler's family helped move our furniture to the basement, and my family helped decorate the tables and chairs for the reception. This was not a traditional wedding. Instead of having a wedding cake, we had a variety of cakes and cheesecakes from our favorite local bakery, Zukerino Pastry Shop. There were no groomsmen or bridesmaids, but we did have our nieces and nephew walk down the aisle. My childhood friend officiated the wedding -- after getting ordained just two days before the ceremony.

Photography by: Ruzin Cunningham -- we were already following each other on Instagram before I asked her to be my photographer. She takes gorgeous, moody pictures, and also specializes in elopements and small weddings.

Dress by: Bhldn -- I initially fell in love with their Willow by Watters Hearst gown. Saw it online, loved it, tried it on in store, bought it in silver. But then I saw their Willow by Watters Capricorn gown on the website (sold out now). I knew I had to try it on. So, there I was, an owner of two wedding dresses. I ultimately decided on the Capricorn gown.

Makeup by: Leslie Reid Makeup -- since I'm no makeup artist, I decided to leave this to a professional. She came to my home, masked and shielded, and proceeded to beat my face for two hours. The end result was beautiful.

Hair by: Dionne James of Essence of Braids -- my hair was done by my local hairstylist who has been doing my hair since I moved to Atlanta. I went with my signature side braids, of course.

Bouquet by: Bridal Wish on Etsy -- my bouquet and other decor pieces for the wedding came from Etsy. I went with this vendor because they had what I was looking for in a bouquet: dried flowers, silk roses, pampas grass in earth tones.


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  1. OH MY GOSH You look GORGEOUS!!! What a stunning dress! These photos are breathtaking. You both look so happy <3 Congrats!!

    Lizzie
    www.lizzieinlace.com

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  2. What a beautiful ceremony and dress! Congratulations Cheryl! Wishing you and Tyler a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness together <3

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. I'm very happy with the dress as well.

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  3. Cheryl...oh my gosh! Congratulations, girl! Everything about your wedding sounded perfect. So awesome your friend officiated the ceremony, and love the idea of not having an actual wedding cake...brilliant:) So cool how you were able to work things out despite having the ceremony during these crazy times.
    XOXO

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    1. Glad everything worked out as well. And yes, having 4 different cakes was way better!

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  4. oh wow, what a beautiful wedding! And you looked so so gorgeous. Congratulations! What a great idea to have it at your home!

    Life is a Shoe

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    1. Thanks! Now we can look at our wedding arch every day and get nostalgic!

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  5. Congratulations! Everything looks beautiful! You look stunning in your wedding dress and the pictures are incredible! Wishing you both a happy married life!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. Thank you so much. The pictures really turned out great.

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  6. Congratulations!!! This is such a beautiful, sweet wedding and everything about it is just breathtaking. I love that you chose to get married outside your home. Intimate weddings like these are my favorite anyways. And WOW everything is just such wedding goals!! I'm swooning (and suddenly wanting to have a wedding all over again hehe)

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    1. You're too sweet! We're happy we kept it small and intimate as well.

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  7. Congrats on your special day! Gorgeous photos and that dress is absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful bride! xoxo, Sarah

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  8. Congratulations!! What a beautiful wedding! It's so special that you were able to get married at your home and the photos are stunning!

    Tracy
    https://www.findyourdazzle.com

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    1. So true -- we can always have those memories right here at our home.

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  9. What stunning pictures. Congratulations to the both of you! Why shouldn't our homes which we love also be the same place we get married in? Love it

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    1. Indeed. We're happy it worked out that way for us.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Wow, every detail was stunning! Like I said in IG, you looked beautiful and your dress is gorgeous!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  11. Beautiful!! . . Best Wishes for a Very, very, very HAPPY Life to you Both.
    XOX

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  12. You are such a beautiful bride! It looks like the most amazing day.

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  13. these photos are so beautiful! your wedding was so beautiful! I absolutely love that you had it at your home and how you styled everything - so sweet and meaningful! congratulations lady!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com

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    1. Thank you, Laura Leigh. Happy that we did it at our house as well.

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  14. You already know my thoughts about these pictures and your wedding. But I can repeat - :D - You looked ABSOLUTELY stunning and everything is perfect! Congrats again!!!

    ❥ tanvii.com

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  15. OMG it is so perfect!!! I love everything about your wedding, thank you for sharing this special day with us through your blog.

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    1. So glad that you loved everything about the wedding, hun!

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  16. Omg, these pics are STUNNING and you made the most beautiful bride! Congratulations and what an amazing feat + memory holding the wedding at your house! So special!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thank you, Ashley. And yes, definitely great for memories!

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  17. Such a lovely wedding! Congrats!

    Cheers,

    Alexandra, 10 Tips to Get Healthy Hair

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