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Merry & Mark


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

I think this is my new all time favorite wedding, photographed by my new photography crush, Our Labor Of Love, in Atlanta. I really hope that at the end of all this planning, we are able to pull together a wedding this personal, stylish, and authentic. And yes, affordable.
Let me count the ways I love this wedding:
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingThe bride made her super stylish dress (this dress makes me want to shelve all my lace ideas and do something like this).
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingClassic cars! Classic cars! Why would you ever use a limo when you could use a cool car like this?
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingDid I mention I love the dress? And the photography?
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingI. Love. These. Flowers. Jewel tones? Simple? Hip? Yes please.
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingThey had their wedding at home, and it looked beautiful. I really think we underestimate how fantastic and personal a wedding at home can be. And no I don’t mean a tented wedding in the backyard of your family estate.
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingThis sweet personal picture makes me want to dash all of our plans and get married at my parents house, which actually looks a lot like this house. For those of you still figuring out what kind of wedding you want, you should consider doing a at home wedding. It’s so affordable that you can afford things like stylish flowers and a kick *ss photography team.
Merry & Mark | A Practical WeddingIt’s official, I’m obsessed with Our Labor Of Love. They take pictures of such wonderful creative weddings, and their photographs are stunning while being really unpretentious. Love! Love! Love! Go check them out, and see more pictures of this awesome wedding here.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • P

    Oh how charming! Love your blog, keep them coming!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14294905792971060858 Melanie

    Oh, I wish I could get married at home–my huge family could never fit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12095127115348973647 Jessamyn Harris

    oh my gosh, I now totally have a photo crush on them too! lovely photographer team and great website.
    I really wanted to have a small wedding party at my parents’ house, however, 1. they don’t drink and wouldn’t allow alcohol (we’re not big drinkers but that was kind of a deal breaker with some of our alkie friends in mind) and 2. just overall I knew it would be too much for me to let my mother have that level of control. In the end, she threw us a very lovely engagement party on their front lawn, which we enjoyed immensely but didn’t help plan, so we couldn’t be freaked out that it was so much her style.
    Part of me really hopes that by our 10 year anniversary, we own our own big house with a sprawling lawn so that we can have a big celebration ourselves.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06381901832544729136 Katelin

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress! Such a beautiful wedding!

    And (sidenote) I LOVE this blog! I don’t know how I hadn’t found it earlier, but I am so happy! Thanks, Meg!

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    I love Our Labour of Love, their photos are perfect.

    We very nearly had an at home wedding as when we got engaged we had absolutely no money, we couldn’t even afford the marriage license! But gradually our situation improved (slightly), my Mum decided she wanted to pay for a venue and we realised that it would take us about 10 years to get married if we did it at home as we’re renovating a very buggered building and we’re pretty slow at it!

    I love at home weddings though, they have the ultimate charm and romance.

  • http://fivethousandonly.blogspot.com Jasper

    Okay I know this post was ages ago, but I just saw it today (we are having our wedding in 3½ weeks at our home) and I’m a regular reader – just not a regular commenter. ANYWAYS…..
    I bought my gown at a brides again breast cancer sale and its just like hers but lace all-over. I’ve never found a photo of my dress online or at the Watters website, I even emailed them to send me a photo of a model in it so I could get an objective view but…no response.
    So I’m pleased as punch to see the closest thing to my dress, even better looking than my dress and the bride made it? Incredible!
    Gorgeous bride, gorgeous wedding, makes me happy!

    • meg

      Yeah, me too.