Jessie and Justin were married at Serenata Farm in Madison, Ga. on August 2. “The day before we signed our contract on our venue, I saw a flyer for a yoga retreat,” Jessie said. “I went home and watched the video, and I almost fell out of my chair. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Eighty-four acres of pristinely-kept gardens, pools, and a Southern historic mansion to die for. It was exquisite, and I wanted our wedding there! Immediately, my mom and I drove to the property and begged the owners if we could have it on the property . . . finally they agreed.” The bride wore a custom-made v-neck a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore one-shoulder short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, ranunculus, cleamtis, and stock. “We had our ceremony in front of the original porch that dates back to the 1800s,” she said. I arrived in the coolest ’55 Chevy to make a wow factor entrance.” Cocktail hour was held inside, but the reception was held outside underneath a pole tent lit with crystal chandeliers. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall candelabra centerpieces, charger plates, and glitter wooden numbers. “The cake was six layers of gourmet heaven,” Jessie said. “I even was able to help make some of the fondant petals.” Fun fact: Jessie is a model and Justin is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks. “With my modeling jobs and Justin’s hockey schedule, we didn’t have time for a proper honeymoon,” Jessie said. “But we had the most memorable mini-moon. We went to Savannah, only a short drive from where the wedding was held. We had a horse-drawn carriage take us through the roads lined with Spanish moss trees.”
Courtney and Cody were married in a traditional church ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King followed by a reception at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Ga. on August 31. “The one thing about our venue that told us it was the one was that it felt like stepping into a different world,” Courtney said. “The Summerour architecture firm transformed the studio from a printing company into a breathtaking space with an al fresco courtyard reminscent of a Tuscan villa all in the heart of industrial West Midtown.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Kate Spade peep toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery. “There were so many elements of my family that accompanied me as I walked down the aisle,” she said. “From my grandmother’s wedding gown lace wrapped around my bouquet to charm-sized photos of my father and grandfather that had passed away two years before. And, of course, having my brother give me away made the moment all the more special too.” Flower girls even handed out stemmed white roses to guests during the processional and recessional. Following cocktail hour, dinner and dancing began. “After grappling between two songs, [our first dance] was a Jason Mraz song, but later in the evening, an Adele song played, and we were able to share another more intimate, private dance,” Courtney said. Farm tables were decorated with pink runners, tall centerpieces along with trailing antique vases and vessels, wine bottle numbers, and peach cake pops, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. “The one piece of advice that resonated with me before my wedding, and that I continue to pass on, is that things will not go wrong on your wedding day; they will go differently,” she said. “This helped put changes in details and plans into perspective, and allowed me to not be too deeply invested in any one element of the day. A couple puts so much thought, time, money and emotion into planning a wedding, and no single erroneous detail should eclipse that.”
Jennifer and Michael were married at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Ga. on June 2. “We knew we wanted to get married outside and have a tented reception,” Jennifer said. “Our location, Pebble Hill Plantation, had so many beautiful ceremony spots that, at first, it was hard to choose. During our tour of the plantation, I described wanting a ‘secret garden’ feeling. We stopped at an old tennis court covered in grass with beautiful ivy-clad brick walls. It fit perfectly with our vision.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with illusion straps, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a khaki suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents. “We had an amazing moment before the ceremony,” she said. “We had both finished getting ready and were just waiting for the ceremony, so Michael came to find me just as I was starting to get nervous. He walked up to a window with his back turned and his eyes closed. We just talked for a minute. I felt much better afterwards. Before he left, he gave me a kiss, and the next time I saw him, he was standing at the altar.” Fun fact: the groom’s father was the officiant! “It was nice to have him be such an important part of the ceremony,” Jennifer said. “He immediately reminded us of the love from our family and friends that supported us.” Following the nuptials, guests were escorted to their seats inside the pole tent. Tables were decorated with burlap linens, birdcage centerpieces, and Full Moon farm’s famous honey jars at each place setting. Instead of a DJ, there was a bluegrass band! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Many couples, often mostly the bride, have an exact vision of the things they want for their wedding day,” she said. “They struggle to let go of details they’ve been dreaming over for years. I would say to couples planning their wedding that the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason behind the celebration, the love that you and your partner have for each other. If you keep this at the forefront of planning, it will help to relieve some of the stress you might feel when things aren’t lining up exactly.”
Maria and Mark were married at The Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “The grand staircase at the entrance – that’s what initially caught our eyes, but the overall service, ambiance, and reputation it had is what made it a clear choice for us,” Maria said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with feathers, accessorized with a ballerina bun and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Notice those two-toned pink strappy platform pumps? Hello, sexiness! “My mom gifted me small pendants to pin inside my dress,” she said. “They were my dad’s. I pinned them close to my heart, so he could be there to walk with me down the aisle.” Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, ranunculuses, and astilbes. “The ceremony as a whole, especially our vows, was by far my favorite moment,” she said. “I was so incredibly happy, and still am.” Reception tables were surrounded by chiavari chairs, decorated with tall centerpieces, and love salts at each place setting, which served double duty as favors. “Absolutely ALL of the floral arrangements, especially the real cherry blossoms that we were so lucky to have!” Maria said. “Thank you for blooming at just the right time.” Guests were encouraged to guess the locations of the honeymoon. Eventually, they were told it was Paris, France, and Spain. The newlyweds’ best advice? “If anything or anyone gets you stressed, anxious, or nervous on your wedding day (or during the planning process), just remember what your wedding day is really about – you and your fiance’s love for one another,” she said.
Emmy and Brian were married at the Greystone at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “It was a place we spent a lot of time when we started dating,” Emmy said. “Brian and I used to love walking there to watch the dogs and attend concerts. When we found out they had venues in the park, we knew we wanted to add ‘the place we got married’ to the list of memories made there.” The bride wore a mermaid wedding gown with a jeweled shoulder and flutter cap sleeve, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of tulips, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were asked to grab a pair of sunglasses to fight against the glaring sun during the outdoor ceremony. Inside the the reception space, known for it’s original granite walls, tables were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels, vintage books, and votive candles. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was marked with all the places they should travel together too. The newlyweds’ favorite moments? “Our wedding party dance to ‘The Evolution of Hip Hop’ that opened the reception,” she said. “The views of the city at sunset, and the amazingly delicious food and cake.”