Bridal Bliss: Julie and James

Bridal Bliss: Julie and James
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 04, 2011

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Georgia couple Julie and James choose the Montaluce Winery for their wedding venue.

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“While I likely tried on more than 50 dresses, I knew that I could not commit to anything without my mother seeing it first,” recalls Julie when telling us about how she settled on this lovely Martina Liana gowns.

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beautiful bride Julie shows off her bridal style on her wedding day, September 4, 2011.

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Julie chose pretty shades of pink for her bridal party, which provided a lovely pop of color against the greens on the vineyard. Plus, their mini-bouquets make the look timeless.

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Groom-to-be James says a prayer on his wedding day.

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“Each day I thank God for the blessing of James in my life,” says Julie.

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Julie is framed by her beautiful bridesmaids in this lovely portrait.

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A beautiful “moss” “J” and “G” to represent the couple’s new shared initials. The couple didn’t miss a detail.

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Julie and her father arrive in style and prepare to make their debut down the aisle.

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We just adore the white ceremony chairs and pretty pink and green flowers hanging from mason jars. It’s organic and lovely all at the same time.

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One the smaller guests of the day instructs everyone to keep it down.

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The bridal party bows their heads in prayer.

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“Putting the wedding band on James’ finger. I looked down and was like “wow, this is the moment.’ I just got so excited that I yelled out to everyone ‘this is AMAZING!!!!!’” — Julie

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Moments like these captured on camera are absolutely priceless. “Thank you God for bringing us together,” says James. “And for blessing us as only You can.” The groom’s father officiated the ceremony.

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Julie and James looked happier than ever as they stood together at the altar.

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“I knew very early on that Julie was the one that God had sent for me,” says James.

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We’re in love with how much Julie and James seem to adore one another — and her super chic vintage birdcage veil too!

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The bride-to-be waves to friends and family as she rides off into the sunset (parasol in hand!) in style!

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Portrait perfection!

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James wipes a tear of joy from his beautiful bride’s eye. #blacklove

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Julie and James sport matching smiles as they bask in the glory of their special, special day.

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Now this is what we call wedding photo perfection!

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Julie and James nuzzle noses….aww! We just can’t get enough of these two

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Gaskin enter their reception with big smiles.

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Finally, James gets a chance to take his new wife Julie for a spin on the dance floor. “We barely practiced,” says Julie. “Time just got away from us, so we got out there and decided to wing it! We still laugh because everyone keeps telling us they were so impressed…we’re like, ‘if you only knew’”

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What a creative way to present the menu to guests. Julie and James sure paid attention to detail.

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Stacks of books and pretty painted cards helped guest find their dinner tables.

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Southern belle Julie just couldn’t resist serving sweet tea (a regional favorite) to her guests.

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Julie and James cut into their lovely wedding cake.

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Julie boogies with her girls on the dance floor. Boy, what we wouldn’t have given to have been at this party.

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Julie and her dad cut a rug at the reception. Check out those lovely Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Gorge!

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Julie’s pretty pearl necklace was the perfect accessory to compliment her vintage style.

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Guests wave sparklers as the happy couple makes their grand exit after the reception.

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The newlyweds ride off into happiness with a custom “Just Married” sign decorating their vintage ride. Event design and flowers by Melanie Herqnuist of Lucky and Lovely.

See even more lovely photos from this fabulous wedding over at The Bride’s Cafe.

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