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This festive, rustic-chic wedding comes to us from Tara Marie Photography, based in Charlotte, NC! Here’s Tara to tell us more:

Olivia and Ryan met in college and were actually roommates and good friends. Through spending the years connecting over the house dog, studying, finals, and everything else college entails, a relationship sparked. They spent a number of years dating, establishing careers, and growing together, before getting engaged while on a family trip to Hawaii!

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These two are really the salt of the earth. In all of my dreams, I could not have dreamt up a lovelier couple to work with. They dedicate so much of their time to helping and rescuing animals, helping friends and family, and working with children. These are the type of people that will give you the shirt off their back, even if it means they will no longer have a shirt themselves.

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It was important to Olivia and Ryan that their wedding was comfortable, relaxing and casual, while still having that small sparkle of elegance. The wedding was held in the backyard of a close family friend. This backyard was no ordinary backyard, it was almost like a secret garden. This little hidden Oasis in the Saratoga hills of California. They had bocce ball, corn hole, and dancing to fill their reception time.

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Another intimate detail of this wedding that as a vendor, I just loved, is how much they involved their friends and family. It really took a village to put together this wedding. A good friend made the homemade moonshine as favors, friends and family put together the flower arrangements, and the bride herself orchestrated the entire event design that was brought to fruition by her loved ones.

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Congratulations Olivia & Ryan and thank you Tara for sharing! For more information about Tara Marie Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.

What do you think of today’s real wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Dress Designer: Hayley Paige
Bridesmaid Dresses: LHC Couture
Tux: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Costco purchase, family member assembly
Caterer/event staff:  Anna Seymour of Fresh Catering
Dessert/cake: Nothing Bundt Cake
Venue: Private Residence
Dj/lighting: Penguin Productions : Brandon Carwinn
Day of Coordinator: Kristan Shamus of Cora Bella Weddings & Events
Event Design: Bride, Friends, and Family
Photographer: Tara Marie Photography
Brides hair: Kaycee Griswold
Bridesmaid hair: Rosanna Rathvern
Make-up: Chelsey Cueva


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