written by Dolly Marshall

Just like a watercolor painting was the sweet pastel garden wedding of Christie and Arik. Accents of pink and blue gorgeously complemented the grounds of this amazing outdoor venue while the bride’s ruffled blush wedding gown enhanced her beauty and seemed to give an almost ethereal quality!


From the photographer, Tami & Ryan Photography: “Christie & Arik’s Loft at Sweet Water County Club Wedding was so perfect! When I first saw Christie’s dress, I gasped at how beautiful it was! All her little details were the perfect additions to complete her look! Right before we left the house to head to the venue, I got some photos of Christie at her piano. She looked so radiant and beautiful. Once we arrived at Sweet Water Country Club, Christie & Arik were SO ready to see each other! She practically ran to him! Sweet Water Country Club has such beautiful grounds! From the beautiful trees to the bridge to the lake… we could have photographed there all day and found new spots over and over!”

bride and bridesmaids in pastels
bride and groom pose on bridge
groom and groomsmen wearing gray suits
bride plays piano in wedding dress

How They Met

Arik was working with both of my parents while I was attending college in Pittsburgh. Arik was going to Pittsburgh pretty frequently on business trips, and my mom decided to give him my phone number in case he got too bored out there by himself! It took him a few trips to actually call me, convinced that I wouldn’t really want to and would only hang out with him to be nice but we really hit it off once we got to know each other.

bride and groom outside in grass
bride wearing floral crown
groom getting ready for wedding
pastel blush pink ruffled wedding dress
pastel pink and pearl wedding shoes
white wedding invitation and pearls
bride and bridesmaids wearing floral robes
bride wearing roses in hair
bride poses with white dog
bridesmaid helps bride into wedding dress
mother of the bride get ready for wedding

The Proposal

Arik proposed while we were in Universal Studios in Orlando, in front of the Hogwarts castle – our favorite vacation place! He had quite the nerve-wracking time getting the ring through security without me noticing it, but he managed it and pulled it out at the perfect moment.

rose gold and diamond wedding and engagement rings
bride poses on piano
bride and family outside house
bride in car

Wedding Planning

I had the easiest time planning my wedding! My entire family was a massive help, and made everything perfect for me (thanks especiallymom!). Besides a few hiccups my day went perfectly. I only had about 9 months to get everything together, so I definitely had my stressed moments, but it all came together.I had the easiest time planning my wedding! My entire family was a massive help, and made everything perfect for me (thanks especially

bride and bridesmaids
bride with parents
bride with parents at garden ceremony
garden wedding
garden wedding ceremony
garden wedding
bride and groom's first kiss

The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club

I chose The Loft at Sweetwater Country Club for a few reasons. The outside and inside were both beautiful and I knew I would get amazing pictures. It was also the right size for the number of guests that I was planning on (60). A lot of the venues I was looking at were too big, and I knew that they would feel too empty without 200 people in them. Sweetwater was the perfect size for everyone to be comfortable while still feeling more intimate.

the loft at sweet water country club
country club wedding
white table seating cards
table number on wedding table
bridal pearlized cake servers
country club wedding reception
wedding reception table

Wedding Inspiration

fun and light-hearted state of mind. I didn’t have any specific inspirations, so I wasn’t set on a specific theme or have a lot concrete ideas. I just kind of pulled together things that I liked. A lot of people told me that I was the easiest bride they ever worked with, as I was very open to my vendor’s ideas and opinions – after all, they are the professionals!

white wedding cake with roses
bride and groom wine glasses
bride and groom's table
garden wedding ceremony
pink roses on wedding chairs

Best Moment

My favorite part of our wedding was dancing with Arik! Arik doesn’t really like to dance, so we took lessons and practiced our routine for about two weeks before the wedding. We got such a great reaction from our guests after the dance that it gave Arik the confidence to dance with me all night, even surprising me with some of his moves! It was wonderful and so much fun, without a doubt the best night of my life.

groom spins bride
bride and groom dance
groom spins bride on dance floor
bride and groom dance at wedding
groom dips bride on dance floor

Wedding Planning Advice

Do what you want! Its your day. People will give you lots of opinions and tell you what you should do, but if its not your vision, a polite “no thank you, I’m actually doing this” is all it takes. At the same time, the day of the wedding you’re not going to even notice little things so don’t worry too much about making everything perfect!

bride and groom cut cake
groom dances with mom
bride dances with dad
bride and groom dance at wedding reception
bride and groom at wedding

Vendors

“All my vendors were amazing – they all were extremely helpful and reliable. I put my trust in them to help me pick out the best options for my wedding and they came through! A few that I would like to especially thank are Alice at Always Beautiful Floral Design Studio, Tami & Ryan Photography, and Cathy at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Alice was wonderful, from helping me pick my flowers to working inside my budget so I could have everything I wanted. Tami & Ryan were super reliable and our pictures came out breathtaking. We couldn’t be happier! And Cathy choreographed our whole first dance and taught it to us in just 2 lessons. It was the perfect dance for us and she was so supportive and fun.”


Photography: Tami & Ryan Photography | Venue: The Loft at Sweet Water Country Club | Hair Stylist: Up Your Do | Makeup Artist: Cheekadee Makeup | Bride’s Gown: Stella York | Bridesmaids Attire: Morilee | Groom & Groomsmen Attire/Rentals from: The Country Bride & Gent | Florals: Always Beautiful Floral Design Studio | DJ: VIP DJ Entertainment | Cake: Amy’s Creative Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: Lazer Limousine | Officiant: Kimberly’s Blessings