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Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan Tuesday, August 16, 2011 ~ 10:18 a.m.

Honestly, I never thought I'd see the day when I would be more surprised to come across a modern and truly glamorous wedding than a sweet and rough-around-the-edges rustic one, but I've gotta say, that day is finally here. I mean, think about it. At least 60 percent of the real weddings I see featured nowadays are either rustic or vintage, filled with sentimental floral hankies and charming homemade wedding cakes. There's nothing wrong with either wedding style, by the way! I feature vintage and rustic style weddings very often, but the one I'm featuring today is not like those ones. Actually, including this one, I can probably count on one hand how many especially luxe weddings I've featured on A Paper Proposal. There was the winery wedding shot by Jillian Bisinger back in March, the astounding wedding up at SF City Hall, the feathered winter wedding in San Diego and the classic white 4th of July affair. So yeah, four especially fabulous weddings, not including the one that I'm featuring here today. Kind of crazy! Just thought I'd point that out :)


Well, I scoured my thesaurus to pick out the perfect adjective for today's real wedding designed by Just say YES! Your Event Solution. I was so excited (yes, I'm sort of a nerd that way) when I finally did come upon the perfect word to describe it: "Sumptuous". One of the things that I actually love most about this wedding is the great use of fabrics. All of them just scream luxury and sophistication to me...they're really sumptuous. The flowing white fabric used to decorate the ceremony altar? I literally want to curl up in it and take a nap. The striking table linens at the reception really do a wonderful job of complimenting the entire look and feel of the wedding, as well.


Fun fact: Today's bride and groom, Dawn and Robbie, actually met in high school! How often do you end up marrying someone you know from high school? Not very often where I come from, at least. The couple reconnected again a couple of years ago, and were eventually married this past May at the perfectly grand Chateau Elan winery in Braselton, Georgia. I think Photographer Katherine Birkbeck did a fantastic job of capturing this wedding at such a stunning venue, don't you think? The evening ceremony began at sunset, with 150 guests in attendance seated outdoors on the property's immaculate grass lawn. The white garden chairs were decorated with blue bows, along with white floral pomanders and rose petals, which decorated the main ceremony aisle. I already mentioned one of my favorite details of the ceremony (that fabric!), but another highlight for the couple was when they released two white doves in honor of Dawn's grandmother and Robbie's mother.


All of the guys in the wedding party were decked out in black tuxedos with grey and white accents, while the bridesmaids wore floor length, silk taffeta Periwinkle dresses by Jim Hjelm. The bride wore a white strapless gown by 2 Be Couture, along with her late grandmother's engagement and wedding rings and a fun custom made garter by LilBittyThings.


After the ceremony, Dawn and Robbie's guests moved inside for the remainder of the evening, where the wedding reception venue was filled with silver Chiavari chairs for the guests and monogrammed lucite chairs for the bride and groom. All of the tables were generously decorated with Periwinkle blue linens and striking crystal vases filled with white roses and hydrangeas. I also loved the decor overhead - modern crystal chandeliers dangled over the tables, with the ceiling swagged with more of that cuddle-worthy white fabric and hundreds of tiny white lights!


Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan
Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan

Sumptuous, Modern Wedding at the Chateau Elan - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Katherine Birkbeck Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateau Elan
Event Design: Just say YES! Your Event Solution
Wedding Cake: The Baker's Man
Entertainment: Band X


The bride's custom made garter was created by LilBittyThings.

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Shelby (Arizona)

Aug 16, 2011 10:40 AM

Everything is beautiful! I love the color scheme and the photographer did a great job. The pictures with the grape vines are my favorite! Beautiful location!

Aleah + Nick (San Diego + Seattle)

Aug 16, 2011 10:43 AM

What a dreamy venue and setting and the bride's look is incredible!

Christina (Austin, TX)

Aug 16, 2011 11:13 AM

Stunning!

Alicia@CharityWedding (Arizona)

Aug 16, 2011 12:23 PM

GORGEOUS! The venue is stunning and those chairs are amazing!

Diana (Philadelphia)

Aug 16, 2011 12:54 PM

STUNNING!! Everything just looks so amazing, her dress, the vineyard photos, the lighting, the tables! LOVE everything about it!

Vow Floral (Ireland)

Aug 16, 2011 1:08 PM

Wow this really is our kind of wedding,modern & glamorous is still huge in Ireland

Allie@HoneyBeeInvites (Atlanta, GA)

Aug 16, 2011 2:18 PM

I love this venue! I've been to their winery a number of times (and in that same ballroom), but I have never seen it look quite so gorgeous! And you're totally right, their use of fabric is really creative and adds a beautiful element to the wedding.

Jessica (Sonoma County, CA)

Aug 16, 2011 4:05 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!!! This pictures are so pretty!

Melina (United States)

Aug 16, 2011 7:38 PM

Oh wow! The ceiling decor is perfect! I am in love with the chairs too, oh and the venue! I had two friends marry guys we graduated with in high school, didn't date in high school, but found love after which is all too cute! An instant connection when you have the same background :-)

Spun Sugar Suite ~ Neallie (Bellingham)

Aug 17, 2011 8:12 AM

Oooh, hydrangeas are one of my top two flowers ever and I love that they used them everywhere! Just beautiful!