Kristi and Ryan were married at Sunny D Farms in Williamson, Ga. on October 4. “The simplicity of it all,” Kristi said. “It didn’t need much to be everything I had visioned my day to be.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of comy flats, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a striped bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-tone dresses, accessorized with cowboy boots, and carried bouquets of carnations, silver brunia balls, and craspedia. “My florist Cyndi, owner of Twigs, Leaves and Flowers, took my vision and made it a reality with only using three real flowers,” she said. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The pews’ aisles were lined with wooden tree stumps, an altar adorned with a fireplace mantle, monogram decal, and vintage boxes and wash pans. “The moment when I lost it, and I couldn’t control the tears,” Kristi said. “I had asked Coleton our preacher to ask Ryan and I before the wedding, ‘why do you want to marry him/her?’ separately. It’s one of those answers that you could go on and on about, but putting it into words was so hard! When Coleton came in my room, I automatically lost it. At that moment, I knew what he was going to ask. I cried (a happy cry) all the way through my answer — no matter what Ryan makes me the center of his world. You can just tell when he looks at me how much he loves me.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, with almost 135 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception inside the barn. Tables were decorated with yellow linens, chevron runners, mason jar centerpieces, and lanterns. “Everything reflected Ryan and I’s personality,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, tags attached to keys were written with well wishes. Concluding dinner, a two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert. “The perfect mix” table was open for a late-night snack too. Bonus: cookie baking sheets from the Great American Cookie company! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Any decor that you buy for the wedding think: ‘how is this going to look in my house when the wedding is over?'” Kristi said. “‘Why spend a ton of money on things you can’t reuse?'” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Meg and Brandon were married at Vinewood Plantation in Newnane, Ga. on November 16. “The stables and grounds at Vinewood Plantation had that perfect relaxed charm we were looking for,” Meg said. “I knew the day would be beautiful, even if I had no money left to spend on the decor!” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with striped tie. “I wore my great aunt Margaret’s earrings for my ‘something blue,'” she said. “She was my mom’s favorite aunt, and I was named for her. My mom gave me the earrings years ago — they were special then, but it meant so much to include them in my wedding.” Bridesmaids wore short patterened dresses they picked out themselves and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods, and succulents. “Our guests were greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival,” Meg said. “My mom made 150 felt coffee koozies and 150 of her famous caramels for cider stirrers. The handmade touches from our family and friends made us feel so loved and supported.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Of course, tears were shed! “I will never forget the look on Brandon’s face when we first saw each other,” she said. “It was such an emotional moment, even with our small audience standing 50 feet away. Planning a wedding is such a long and laborious process, but in that moment it was so clear why we were here. I was so full of joy (and relief) that the day had finally come.” The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree with everyone sitting in mix ‘n’ matched chairs. Afterwards, the reception was held inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, vintage plates and goblets, and votive candles. Dinner was a traditional Southern fare, BBQ! “I loved having individual cakes on each table,” Meg said. “They served two purposes: table numbers and desserts. They were rum cakes, made using grandma Guynelle’s famous recipe. I made the bunting toppers and my mom scoured flea markets and goodwill stores for a year buying up cake stands.” For late-night snacks, s’mores could be roasted over an open fire too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every last detail,” she said. “We loved Google docs to track everything. Then, turn it over to someone you trust and let it go.”
Brittany and Blake were married at the Washington Grass Inn in Greensboro, Ga. on October 11. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of cowboy boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a matching tie and vest. Bridesmaids wore short gray lace dresses and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, dahlias, daisies, and fiddlehead fern curls. Notice the statement necklaces too? There wasn’t one flower girl or two, but four! Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. Guests were greeted to the 13-acre historic property (circa 1852) with a chalkboard sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, please sit together. There is plenty of room.” Brittany was escorted down the aisle by her father through two doors. Aisles were lined with tree trunks topped with mason jars. The vows were sealed with a kiss just as the sun was setting. And in perfect time for formal portraits on the swing! The reception took place in the “cottonball room” otherwise known as the pavilion. Tables were decorated with brown linens, orange napkins, and wheat centerpieces surrounded by pine cones. Koozie favors were passed out as the dance floor got packed from entertainment of the band. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of handmade ribbon wands.
Kady and Drew were married at The Wheeler House in Ball Ground, Ga. on June 28. “It had everything!” Kady said. “The historic home, rustic barn, and beautiful outside arbor to hold the ceremony underneath.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down, a fingertip-length veil, and a pair of patent leather high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and berries. While getting ready, they gifted each other presents. Kady received a Bible, and Drew received a watch with an attached note that said, “It’s almost time! See you at 3:30,” for the first look. Guests were encouraged to choose a seat not a side. The entire bridal party gathered in a circle around the wooden cross for a prayer before they were officially announced husband and wife. Cocktail hour followed with a fresh lemonade stand and lawn games such as corn hole. Inside the barn, tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces lined with sheet music atop wooden tree slices. “We had someone come and teach the crown line dances too,” she said. Favors were homemade jars of jelly. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to have awesome photographers to capture your day because that is the only thing left to remember the memories by when it’s over,” Kady said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and rode off in a Chevrolet truck.
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.”