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.”
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.”