This Fall wedding at Cherry Hollow Farm in Georgia features the sweetest little Southern touches, like cotton in the bridal bouquet!
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A: My inspiration behind the wedding day was a country, rustic feel with a touch of simple elegance. We were both born and raised in the South, so we definitely wanted to incorporate our lifestyle into our big day while keeping it traditional. Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A: Our venue was so beautiful on it's own, we didn't want to overdo it with the décor! I wanted natural wood elements, simple lighting and soft touches of color with the flowers. We made some DIY lanterns to place around the ceremony and reception, I had friends and family help with signs, and a good friend of ours cut beautiful wooden stumps to line the aisle. We put a more personal feel on the décor with lots of pictures around the venue of our love story and journey as a family so far! Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A: Florals were my favorite part of the decor for the wedding! Since I was going with a more Southern theme, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to incorporate magnolias and cotton into the bouquets and other design elements. My florist Sheridan was amazing! I explained to her my inspiration and vision and she went above and beyond. My bouquet was filled with magnolias, roses, baby's breath, greenery and touches of cotton. I wanted the bridesmaids to have a similar bouquet, so we went with a single magnolia and greenery. I also loved the idea of flower crowns with their dusty rose bridesmaids dresses, and it came out so beautiful and added a more soft, delicate touch. I wanted a more masculine look for the guys' boutonnière , so we went with a cotton piece with light greenery.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A: My favorite part of the wedding was being surrounded by so many friends and family that have watched our progress and journey over the last few years and how far we've come! We're an easy going, laid back couple, so we wanted the wedding to reflect that and just be fun. We wanted everyone to move about freely, eat when they were ready and enjoy themselves. Our BBQ food truck was a huge hit and made the dinner process an easy one.There were fire pits at the venue as well, so we set up a S'more bar outside for dessert. I wanted a more traditional look for the wedding cake, so I went with a 4 tier strawberry champagne cake with roses and cotton décor. My husband is a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, so of course I had to go with a Georgia inspired mint chocolate chip groom's cake. GO DAWGS! Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail. A: I wanted a very soft, natural look. I never had a distinct vision of what I wanted my dress to look like, I just knew I wanted a sheer back with tons of lace. I also wanted a timeless look that my daughter could wear one day if she chooses to do so. So, when I tried on my ivory Essence of Australia gown, I knew it was the one! I wanted make up to be light, yet noticeable so we went with neutral tones and a soft lip. Since my dress had a sheer, buttoned up back, I wanted to keep my hair up to show off that part of the dress. I wanted the groom and groomsmen suits to compliment the bridesmaids' dresses and floral arrangements, so we went with a navy blue Michael Kors suit with a khaki vest and tie. Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A: We have a "not-so-traditional" love story! We met about 10 years ago through mutual friends and always knew of each other, but it never went anywhere past that. I started working at a local restaurant and he started coming in more and more often, and always found a way to start conversation. After a few months of casual friendship, he asked me if I wanted to get together outside of work, and we hit it off. After the first two weeks of dating, I knew he was The One. It's true, when you know, you know! A few months into dating, we found out that we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl! I worked full time during my pregnancy with a long commute, so I was always exhausted. One Thursday night while I was 5 months pregnant, I came home from a very long and tiring day to Josh telling me that he had painted the nursery for me. Almost annoyed that he had done this without including me, I stormed into the room just to see "Will You Marry Me?" painted on of the nursery walls, and him down on one knee and proposing to me with my Great Grandmother's wedding ring given to him by my Grandfather. It will always be one of my most cherished memories!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A: The most special moment of our wedding day was definitely watching our 18 month old daughter walk down the aisle. She is our pride and joy and being able to include her in our wedding day made it so much more special to us! Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day? A: To all the couples, it is YOUR day, so go with what you like! Don't get wrapped up in what's expected or what everyone else does, make it your own. As far as marriage advice, never go a day without saying "I Love You”!