The Honest Reason This Bride Decided On A Red Dress May Surprise You

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Hannah has been a graphic designer for Once Wed for years, so when she got engaged, she turned to us to plan (and share) her big day. Of course, we were delighted!

Hannah chose a bright red dress, gold headpiece, and antique details for her rustic wedding. Luscious flowers, pretty paper pieces, and exposed brick all made for a simple, yet stunning, wedding and reception that definitely made a statement.
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Of the totally stunning — yet very non-traditional — dress the bride has plenty to say: "The one thing I’m always asked is why I chose red for my wedding dress. And quite simply, it was my vanity. I thought red would be the most slimming color. While looking trim was important, I also chose red because it’s powerful and majestic. It was such a privilege to work with Emily, Joy, and Cheryl on my dress. From our first meeting to the last fitting, I was so grateful and blown away by the creativity and skill these ladies possessed. When talking about the dress, phrases that I kept repeating were 'I want to look decorated,' 'it should be a talisman,' 'have wings,' and 'texture.'

"For anyone else, this may have sounded like a hot mess. But to Cheryl, Joy, and Emily, they took exactly what I was hoping for and made it a reality all the way from the gorgeous antique German crown (that Cheryl generously let me borrow), to my ten-foot-long veil, the sculpted shoulders, and long, red train."


Hair and Makeup: Rachelle, of The Halcyon Agency.
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The bride asked for texture, and she definitely got it.

Dress Design: Joy Thigpen. Wedding Dress: Cheryl Taylor.
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Although Hannah admits that people wouldn't call she and Andrew an emotional or sentimental couple, as she was planning the wedding, the word "emotional" kept popping up.

Vintage Headpiece: Cheryl Taylor. Head Dress: Krystle Loudermilk.

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Wedding Planning: Ginny Au.
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The couple realized a little late that they had no rain plan. Fortunately, a friend, Amy Osaba, generously offered her studio.

Hannah says, "Without her, we would have been melting in the southern humidity and rain. Its huge windows and warm brick walls were the perfect complement to our intimate evening."


Arch Construction + Florals for Arch: Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba.
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Coordination: Kaela Rawson for Ginny Au.
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You can only see a glimpse of the headpiece here, but it was a really important part of the bride's dress. She wanted "something that was incredibly special and ceremonial. Krystle, the artist who created it, is so incredibly talented and patient. She let me get all my thoughts out on paper and took each of my requests into careful consideration. It is definitely something I wear to any and all celebrations now."

Floral Design: Victory Blooms.

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Talk about making a statement with that headdress.

Creative Direction: Emily Newman.
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Rentals: 12th Table.
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Hannah's sister Emily is thrilled with the union. "When she met Andrew, I could tell they shared something special. My sister is a lot of woman to handle (I know!), but his calm and kind heart is the perfect match for Hannah. He does a wonderful job of loving my sister well."

Videography Jorge & Jessica of Quintana Creative.

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