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Sarah & Dawn


* Sarah, Artisan and Owner of The Small Object & Dawn, RN in the Medical Intensive Care Unit * Sarah’s Wedding Undergrad post “Everyone Deserves A Moment” * Photographer: LeahAndMark.com (APW Sponsors) * Soundtrack for reading: “Anna Sun” by Walk The Moon *

One sentence to sum up of the wedding vibe: A weekend in the woods with forty awesome people, five log cabins, three late nights, and one damn good wedding.

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

Sarah & Dawn | A Practical Wedding

The Info—Photography: LeahAndMark.com (APW Sponsors) / Venue: Mistletoe State Park in Appling, GA / Food: El Burrito and handmade / Sarah’s Dress: Free People / Sarah’s Shoes: Vintage Bastad clogs / Dawn’s Shirt: Diane Von Furstenberg / Dawn’s Jeans: J.Crew / Dawn’s Shoes: H by Hudson / Custom Cake Topper: The Small Object, made by Sarah / Cakes: Icing Cake Design / Ring Pouch: Mimi Pong / Invitations: Racing Snail Press / Plants and Flowers: Pike Nursery / Gold Glitter Heart Pins: The Small Object, made by Sarah / Canoe Decoration: Handmade by Sarah’s sister Beth (she surprised us!) / Temporary Wedding Tattoos: Printed by Sarah & Dawn, using this paper

Favorite thing about the wedding: We had all of our guests walk down in a single line to meet us for the start of the ceremony to create a circle with us. That was hands down our most favorite moment. We were overwhelmed. We cried. We couldn’t get it together and had to stumble through the beginning of the ceremony as we continued to cry. That is what made it awesome. Not our flowers or our clothes or our decorations or the location. We didn’t have a dance floor, we didn’t have a reception, we didn’t wear veils, we didn’t carry flowers, we didn’t do a toast, we didn’t have a honeymoon, we didn’t have a bridal party, and we didn’t have a marriage license. But we had a wedding. We made a commitment to each other that did matter. We asked each of our guests to celebrate, acknowledge and bless our marriage at a time when our government does not. That moment was so empowering and so full of joy.

Other cool stuff we should know about: We were married on both Cinco de Mayo and Vesak (celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death) with the Supermoon that night. Seeing that moon come up over the lake on our wedding night was ridiculous and so full of good energy. The weekend was pure magic.

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  • http://www.melissaleighephotographs.com melissa leighe

    so much fckn joy. and cute hair. and georgia!

    congrats, ladies.

  • http://bettencourtchase.blogspot.com Helen

    I love it. I love it so much.

    And THIS: “But we had a wedding. We made a commitment to each other that did matter. We asked each of our guests to celebrate, acknowledge and bless our marriage at a time when our government does not. That moment was so empowering and so full of joy.”

  • Liz F

    This looks incredibly beyond awesome.

    Also? The girl with the hot pink, ruffled swimsuit eating cake with abandon? Let’s be best friends.

    • Sarah

      That’s my niece! She can throw down with you happily!

  • one soul

    SO MUCH GOODNESS HERE.

    *I* want to marry these people. Oh my word.

  • http://www.koruwedding.com Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    “The weekend was pure magic.”

    Congrats! From the photos, you can see the wedding was full of love & magic!! Also, I’m digging the decorated canoe :-)

  • Lily

    absolute perfection.

  • Claire

    Oh wow. This gave me goosebumps. And those smiles. I’m so glad you had your moment. The joy and raw emotion captured in your photos hints that it was a truly beautiful moment, too.

  • kathleen

    oh my. this is a very, very special wedding.

  • Rachel

    so f’ing beautiful. Congratulations x a zillion!

  • ElisabethJoanne

    Love the American Girl Felicity dress in the first picture.

  • Ambi

    Sorry if this is shallow, but I LOVE the black tights! I have always toyed with the idea that, if I wear a short wedding dress, I’ll wear black tights – because they are my uniform from October through March. They are just so me. And now I know it looks great as a bride,too!

  • http://themoderngal.com The Modern Gal

    Y’all look so incredibly happy! What a beautiful celebration!!

  • sarahrose

    So much joy! All the best to both of you.

  • Lucy

    Sometimes seeing pictures of super scenic and utterly stylish weddings makes me feel bad…. but this one makes me feel AWESOME. Yay for you guys!!

  • DNA

    What an awesome wedding! I love the joy in all the photos, the canoe, the pink jeans, and that cool octahedron thing (is it a pinata?).

    Also, another federal court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional today so I hope that it’s only a matter of time before the government will recognize your marriage and those of other LGBTQ couples.

    • Sarah

      I was so stoked about this!! When we returned home from the weekend was when Obama came out publicly to back gay marriage so we took that as a wedding present, too. :)

  • Denzi

    Love your music choice. Love how joyful and relaxed everyone looks. And of course you know I love your cake toppers. (And the canoe, omg!) Congratulations!

  • Lisa

    This wedding so clearly represented the couple, it made me cry just looking at the pictures. And hot damn, I so want a wedding canoe!

  • Tre

    Amazing. Congratulations on celebrating who you are, because it’s wonderful!!!

    [This post helped me realize that, through photos, I can create a narrative of the parts of our wedding I want to remember while conveniently leaving out others : P]

    I had to cap it off by saying that your photos ooze with love. Happy Marriage.

  • Lauren

    I actually saw your wedding home video on LeahandMark.com and cried my eyes out. and immediately sent it to my finace and mother. The canoe, the single file line of love, the balloons, the woods. It’s all total perfection and so, so touching. So thank you for sharing it with us all, because its seriously heartwarming stuff.