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2+7 Wedding: Grayson + Chandler

By July 28, 2015 2+7 Series, 2+7 Weddings, Real Weddings

We had a chance to chat with Chandler Flack about her sweet friendship turned love story. If there was ever a bride to take advice from, it’s Chandler. She planned her wedding in four months! It was beautiful and romantic in a gorgeous Decatur, GA. More on her love story, tips and some tips and tricks.

IMG_3071 copyOur Love Story

Grayson and I officially met the day we moved into our freshman dorms that just so happened to be next door to each other. We both recognized each other and quickly realized we had grown up about 15 minutes from each other, gone to rival high schools, and had many mutual friends. We even went to the same church camp in seventh grade—and we have an awkward middle school picture to prove it!  My friends, his roommates, and I became instant friends, called each other a “family”,  and did not do much without each other during freshman year. Grayson and I often referred to each other as brother and sister—because we were so much alike that we could often read each other’s mind, could talk about just about anything together, had to “approve” of each others boyfriends and girlfriends, and always laughed at one another’s sarcasm. I valued his friendship, he valued mine. But apparently there was a lot more in store than brotherly/sisterly love. (And all of our friends called it from the start.)

Our junior year of college was no different than the previous years, except that we both started to realize just how much we really really liked being around each other. And while sweet Grayson was praying for the right time to tell me his feelings, I was busy begging my best friends to NEVER TELL A SOUL that I may just have feelings for him. And apparently the right time was the night after Grayson’s 21st birthday, when we stayed up until 4 AM sitting in my kitchen, talking and laughing about every single moment that had led us to that night. I was supposed to get up at 4:45 AM for clinicals, so the best night of my life consisted of no sleep and all smiles. And I don’t think we have stopped smiling since.

On July 2, 2013, after three long night shifts at work, my family convinced me to go to The Sunflower Farm Festival to take family pictures while my niece was in town.  After a lot of convincing, probably way too much attitude, and a nap in the car on the way to Rutledge, Georgia, where I was surprised to see my favorite person in the middle of my favorite sunflower field. Surrounded by my favorite people, I said “YES!” to Grayson’s proposal.

The past two years had been such a fun and happy adventure that I thought it couldn’t get any better than right where we were at. The idea that you get to go through life with your favorite person is unlike any other feeling in the world.  And we loved the idea so much, that just four short months later (If I can plan a wedding in such a short amount of time…anyone can!) on November 2, 2013, in a little chapel in Decatur, Georgia where my parents got married 26 years before, we became The Flacks!


What was your favorite part of the wedding?

The whole entire day. I woke up in a room with my best friends, drank mimosas for breakfast, got to play dress up all day long, walk down the aisle with my daddy, had a really cute boy waiting at the alter, we promised life together, then danced the night away with our most favorite people. It doesn’t get any better than that.


How did you prevent or deal with stress during your planning process?

BUDGET. Do not even entertain the ideas of venues, dresses, bands, decorations, etc. that do not fit into your budget. This will help you appreciate what you can afford a whole lot more!

Your wedding day is the greatest, most fun, and important day of your life.  But it is one day. Planning can be get very overwhelming, especially if you have a short amount of time. It helps to take it one step at a time—nail down the big stuff first that you have to reserve the specific date for such as the venue, photographer, band/DJ, etc. and the rest is just fun details!

There will be bumps along the day. And that is okay. You will be just as married at the end of that special day, no matter what happens in the process..even if you realize you forgot the crochet tool to loop the buttons all down the back of your dress, that you have to cut the loops off about five minutes before you walk down the aisle. (Yes, that happened!)

Delegate tasks. And make lists. Your MOH will be there to help. And moms are the bomb at wedding planning.

Don’t let planning consume you! Make time to go on dates and do fun things with your fiancé that do not involve the wedding.  Our biggest goal during engagement was to not become so consumed in planning that on our actual wedding day we hardly knew who we were standing across at the alter. After all, you are planning a big day to celebrate a lifelong marriage together!





Do you have any advice for our brides out there?

Your wedding day is probably the only time in your whole life that every single one of your favorite people will be in the same room at the same time. Savor that! And don’t waste that night on any other emotion but happiness.

Plant yourself on the dance floor. It will not only get the party started, but will also allow you to spend time with all of your family and friends—and have fun at the same time!

A lot of girls have been planning their wedding days since they were little, and know exactly what they want the day to be like. I was not one of those girls, but I had several things that I really wanted: sunflowers as many places as possible, to wear yellow shoes, to have both of my sisters as my maids of honor, and to have a band play at the reception. And I made sure all of those happened. You will learn quickly that there will be a lot of hands, advice, and opinions involved in planning your big day.  You will have to compromise some, but if there are details that you have always dreamed of—it is worth it to make it happen.



Hair: Brooke Cothern, Taylor Brooks Salon in Johns Creek, GA

Makeup: Jordan Holland, Taylor Brooks Salon in Johns Creek, GA

Engagement: Sunflower Farm Festival, Rutledge, GA

Dress: Le Dress Boutique, Sandy Springs, GA

Church: Decatur First United Methodist Chapel, Decatur, GA

Reception Venue/Food: Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Resort at Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA

Cake: Sugar Kneads Cakery

Flowers: Lily of the Valleys designs by Lynne Wells, Lilburn, GA

Photography: Brian Dean Photography (Brian and Tiffany Dean)

Band: The Moxie Band

Videographer: Olive Studios, Jordan Flores

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2+7 Wedding: Costa Rican Love Story

By May 6, 2015 2+7 Weddings, Real Weddings


For their first vacation as a couple, Lauren and Austen, traveled from their homes in Laguna Beach, California to Costa Rica. In between eating fresh fruit and surfing the breaks, they trekked through the lush jungles, sun bathed on the shores and dozed off in hammocks.

Three weeks in paradise and they fell in love with not just the country, but with each other. And how could they not? Austen asked Lauren to marry him in Sydney, Australia, while on another one of their globetrotting adventures together. For a couple who has traveled the world, with friends and family scattered throughout the states, Australia, Europe and Asia, a destination wedding was inevitable for their upcoming nuptials. They hoped to find a place where their 60 closest friends and family could feel like they were on vacation in a small exotic town with access to warm weather, beaches and excursions.



Narrowing down their list, Lauren and Austen, had one place on their minds and hearts – Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. As veteran explorers with a simple flare, this remote 3-mile surf village on the Nicoya Peninsula would host their most cherished memories.


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Venue options and event suppliers are hard to come by in this remote part of Costa Rica, but not impossible. “We’re going all the way down to Costa Rica to do this. We might as well go all the way and do it right.” Lauren explains of their decision to use Florblanca Luxury Eco-Boutique Hotel as the venue for their ceremony and reception, where lush gardens, ocean views and tropical trees play as the perfect backdrop. “In our humble opinion, there is no better place. They’ve built a gorgeous hotel that seamlessly blends luxury and nature – it’s a fantastic experience. They catered to our every want and need, treated us like family and greeted us by our first names. We felt like we were at home.”


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With a destination and venue selected, Lauren and Austen next sought out to find a local wedding planner who could blend their California style with the romance and magic of Costa Rica. With a few weddings at Florblanca under her belt, and Santa Teresa being her hometown, they knew they had struck bridal gold with Marianne of Bliss Weddings. From look and feel, fabrics, flowers, and everything in between, they collaborated 2,000 miles apart for two years.

“She was incredibly helpful, patient and calming. She took care of every detail and I never felt overwhelmed.” – Lauren raves of Marianne.

Now in expert hands, the rest of the details would fall into place, allowing for Lauren and Austen to celebrate with their closest friends and family, showing them where they first fell in love 8 years ago on that first Costa Rican vacation.

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As the venue for the big event, Florblanca Luxury Eco-Boutique Hotel also provided guest accommodations in their 11 Eco-friendly Villas, oceanfront Surf House and Honeymoon House, which can host up to 35 guests. For those not staying on property, Florblanca assisted with accommodations at nearby hotels and private home rentals. Cody Dillon, General Manager of Florblanca and her tireless team attended to the entire wedding group, coordinating airport transfers, arranging surf lessons, and booking treatments at their award-winning Bambu Spa.



Florblanca’s Nectar Restaurant which hosted Lauren and Austen’s barefoot reception, takes a sustainable approach to their menus, sourcing from the local fisherman’s village and nearby organic farms. The restaurant’s chef worked with the couple to design a menu that highlighted the local flare and access to fresh ingredients.




Choosing a photographer would prove to be the hardest decision for Lauren and Austen. “My husband is a photographer and we are really picky. We do not like a lot of wedding photography. We were looking for someone with a lot of talent, that shoots in a photo-journalistic style.” Lauren expresses of their concern. Fortunately, they stumbled across Jonathon of Costa Vida Photography. “He put everyone at ease, was off doing his thing and took photographs without any of us noticing. It was like he wasn’t even there! He captured every moment naturally. It was such a lovely experience.”

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Classic Romance: David + Paige

By October 8, 2014 2+7 Weddings, Atlanta, Real Weddings

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Friends and family gathered from all over the country to see David and Paige get married in the chapel at Ashton Gardens in Atlanta. We had a chance to chat with Paige about her favorite parts of her wedding, tips to share and a few funny experiences along the way!

Our Love Story

I met David when I was only 20 years old, David at the time was working for the sheriff’s office in Valdosta and I was a sophomore in college. He had just moved from Athens to Valdosta, and came over to hang out with my roommate when he noticed me, and began to immediately pursue me. We dated in Valdosta, Atlanta, and than I followed him to Dallas, Texas where we got engaged in May 2013. From May 2013 to May 2014, I was planning the entire wedding from Dallas relying on trips back and forth with the help of my family and friends. Fun fact, David never saw the venue until our wedding day.

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What was your favorite part of the wedding? 

I loved the photographer, and the cake. I wouldn’t change anything about the things that I chose. I think my absolute favorite thing was the string quartet for the ceremony. They really created a special environment.

Tips for preventing stress during your planning process? 

  • Do any DIY things at least one month out.
  • Do not leave for the honeymoon the very next morning.
  • Do not do your wedding invitations yourself. I did and I would never do that again. Leave those things up to the professionals!




Advice: Let’s get real..

  • We got pulled over on the way to the wedding.
  • Don’t invite too many people to the wedding because you won’t be able to visit with everyone.
  • On your wedding day, don’t feel the need to apologize to anyone for things not going according to plan. Stuff happens, and it’s your day so don’t feel like you owe anyone an apology, unless you’ve been a bitch lol.
  • Have sex on your wedding night regardless of how tired you are, your husband is expecting it.
  • You’re hair will take a good 30-40 mins to take out, have your man help you on the car ride to the hotel so you don’t spend time taking your hair down when you could be romping.
  • Bring cash with you on your honeymoon, when you go to these Caribbean Islands they value american dollars over their caribbean currency, and they will charge you a fee to get money from the ATM’s.

After your wedding was done, did the most important things in the beginning stay the most important at the end?

Yes! My three most important items on the list were photographer, open bar, and honeymoon. I would not have changed a thing about any of those and was happy I spent the extra money.

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The details

Photographer: Sarah Esther

Ceremony Venue – Ashton Gardens

Wedding Cake – The Baking Grounds

Florist – Abby’s Floral Designs

DJ - DJ Josh Whitlock

Dress- Casa Blanca 2048

Paper Goods – I made all the invitations and wedding paper goods including table numbers, Thank you’s to the guests with our monogram, and wishes for the bride and groom

Bridesmaid Dress - Jill Jill Stuart Cutout Front Silk Chiffon Halter Gown, Color: SEA BREEZE, Style: 681683

Hair – Joi Petty

Engagement photographer: Merari Teruel

Honeymoon-Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Transportation – Signature 1 Transportation

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Keeping Tradition: Alysha + John

By September 22, 2014 2+7 Weddings, Atlanta, Real Weddings

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Today’s real wedding is with love birds Alysha and John. These two made sure their wedding and love story was all about tradition, family and love for each other. Incorporating a bit of their hometowns and each wearing “something borrowed” pieces makes this wedding an exciting story to tell! Big thanks to photographer Haley Sheffield who shared her gorgeous capture of this romantic wedding.

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Our Love Story

Most people are surprised to hear that John and I met on a blind date. John was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and I am an Atlanta Native. John went to Washington & Lee in Virginia for undergrad and I went to Auburn University. Seems unlikely that our two paths would ever cross, however, John’s profession brought him to Atlanta where he was completing a 5 year surgical residency and I headed home after college to teach. A few years later, is when fate set in. Our first official blind date, John actually canceled! Blame it on residency, we rescheduled for a few weeks later. Flash forward to our “first date”, I agreed to go on a “second” dinner date (Loca Luna in Buckhead) provided my friend Morgan (sorority sister and MOH) and her now husband James (John’s residency friend and groomsman) came along. We met at James’ Buckhead apartment before dinner where John introduced himself by shaking my hand. As silly as it may sound, that’s the moment I knew he was “the one.” The following weekend we had a whirlwind REAL first date with dinner at Agave, drinks at JCT Kitchen, and late night dancing at Northside Tavern – anyone that knows me personally, knows dancing is not my forte so friends and family knew John was a keeper just based on the fact that he got me out on a dance floor… on a first date… two years later John proposed in a helicopter over the Atlanta skyline.

The Proposal 

1238044_2405807100593_1603791305_nTHIS TIME LAST YEAR! We went down to the beach for labor day weekend and I was convinced that THIS was THE weekend. My closest college and high school friends had been texting me all weekend with “well….?” because everyone was sure that THIS HAD TO BE THE WEEKEND. Monday rolls around and we’re making the five hour trek back to Atlanta with no ring and no cool beach proposal story.

I’m pretty sure every girl who is on the brink of engagement has had this feeling at some point. 

Tuesday after labor day weekend, it was back to work for both of us and for me it meant taking my students horse back riding. Before we left for horse back riding, I received a text from John saying we had to go to dinner tonight with Dr. so and so and so and so because they were interviewing a new Dr. for a position at the hospital. Being naive, I didn’t think this sounds suspicious at all and I say ‘ok’ At the end of my school day, I receive another text saying I need to be ready at five. Reservations are at 6. I start to panic (not because I realized what was happening) but because it was 4:00pm, I had been around horses, dirt, and dust all day with my class and 5:00 would mean no shower for me. I rushed home and barely have time to wipe my self down with baby wipes and change in to a dress. I am not happy at this moment.

John picked me up promptly at five and off we go in to rush hour Atlanta traffic to pick up Dr. Dong (yes, that was his real name) for an interview dinner at Bones. John says Dr. Dong is staying in a hotel somewhere past Atlanta Med Center. I complain about the traffic and why someone else couldn’t have picked him up, blah blah…at one point John fakes a phone call to his program director to tell him we would be late for dinner, traffic was awful, and we were nowhere close to Dr. Dong’s hotel. Before I know it we are down past 6 flags and red flags (in a good way) start going off. John then says, we are not going to pick Dr. Dong up, the whole story was made up, and we’re doing something else…ensues tears because I finally figured out what was happening. We pull off in to a warehouse parking lot and I spot a helicopter! Our helicopter pilot is one of John’s good friends from the hospital. Up we go in to the helicopter…coolest thing I have ever done to this date. We flew all over Atlanta, and just as the sun was setting, John proposed!

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The Wedding

We began planning right away (with the help of Chancey Charm!) and knew that we wanted to be married in Atlanta as it holds such a special place in our hearts. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted our wedding weekend to also feel like a vacation for our guests. The Ritz Carlton Buckhead was an easy choice for a reception venue because of the elegant accommodations and because John had asked my father to lunch there to ask for my hand in marriage. Tradition is important to both John and I and we wanted that to resonate through the day. One of my most favorite pieces of the day was wearing my grandmother’s wedding dress from the 40′s. My mom wore it back in the 80′s and with the help of some fabulous vendors, I had the dress preserved and (slightly) redesigned for my day.

Three generations and one dress is a pretty spectacular thing!

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Advice: Let’s get real..

The day is such a blur. Everyone tells you to breath, take snapshots, enjoy every moment. The truth is everything happens so fast, it is impossible to remember to do all of those things, you’re lucky if you remember to breathe.

Budget talk – First off, have a budget. It’s difficult to know how much to spend on what but things really add up quickly. A good friend had given me the advice to focus your budget on the three things that are most important to you.(Mine were photographer, band, and food). I wish we had gotten a videographer (because the day does go by so fast, it’d be nice to look back on the parts I don’t remember) but I didn’t allocate for one in my budget. Honestly, that was one of the best pieces of advice I was given during my planning process.

Let go of control – If you’re anything like me, I wanted to be in control of my wedding 100%, but quickly learned for the sake of my sanity that was not going to happen – delegate tasks and jobs to bridesmaids and family, wedding planners were lifesaving (and in many ways $$$ saving because of their connections with other vendors). It was such a life saver having a matron of honor who was on top of her game and bridesmaids who dropped anything to help me with even the most mundane tasks (like stuffing welcome bags). My mom was a rockstar during the whole engagement process and made phone calls and emails when I was at work – let people help you!

ETSY is your best friend. Enough said. 90% of our welcome bag was done with vendors from etsy and bridesmaids gifts too.

Take dancing lessons, but don’t necessarily choreograph your first dance – made us feel so much more comfortable dancing in front of everyone because we at least knew how to do a basic step..

Incorporate things that are special to you, one of the things I loved most was being able to incorporate things that were special to John and I (i.e. my grandmother’s wedding dress, our guestbook was a map of New Orleans and Georgia, John wears his grandfather’s wedding band, John’s from New Orleans so we chose to enter our reception with a Second Line Parade led by ARG (a New Orleans wedding tradition) guest favors included a custom second line hanky to wave as we entered the ballroom, we based our menu around southern foods since we’re both from the south, just to name a few…

Wedding planners are helpful (chancey charm rocks!)

Start writing thank you notes as soon as gifts arrive and DON’T forget to write one.

A million things can go wrong on your day and all of the little details start to blur together, i.e. the day of I realized I didn’t have the blusher on my veil, we forgot the knife to cut the cake, we forgot to eat during the reception, I didn’t get to say hi to some people that I wanted to, etc…but at the end of it all, it is about you and your groom and your love for each other and that’s all that really matters!

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad to the love of my life. It’s in indescribable feeling. I wish I could relive that moment everyday.

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The details

Event Design & Planning by Sarah Chancey and Marilisa Schachinger for Chancey Charm

Photographer: Haley Sheffield

Ceremony Venue - Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Venue, Catering & Wedding Cake - The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Florist - Beth Wheeler Clatersbaugh for Stylish Stems

Lounge Furniture - Crush Event Rentals

Linens - Linen Hero

Band - Atlanta Rhythm & Groove (East Coast Entertainment)

Paper Goods - Paper Source

Calligraphy – Love, Louise Designs

Bride’s ceremony gown was worn by her grandmother in 1948, again by her mother in 1983 and preserved and restored to it’s original beauty by the Professional Cleaners of Sandy Springs and redesigned by Rodica Lazarian Couture Bridal Salon

Reception Gown - Nicole Miller

Bridesmaid Dress - Wedding Angels

Hair – Jennifer Roberts of Scandals the Hair Salon

Make Up - Samantha Reese

Transportation - Atlantic Transportation

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