Dahlonega Wedding from the long farewell
October 23, 2012
Classic Weddings

I can always count on a good vineyard wedding to spread a wide smile across my face and warm my heart with the romance and grandeur of it all. And this little number from the long farewell is no exception, lovelies. Not only is this bride gorgeous beyond belief, but the floral arrangements, candlelit dinner, and breathtaking views of Montaluce Winery & Estates truly made this wedding an absolute stunner and I just can't.get.enough. Find even more of this vineyard beauty in our gallery right here.

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From the Bride... When Brett and I got engaged, we were really undecided on the location of our wedding. We searched through what felt like hundreds of venues and then finally found the perfect spot in Montaluce Winery & Estates. Brett is from Ohio, and my extended family was coming all the way from South Africa and England, so Montaluce was a perfect special getaway that felt a little bit like a destination wedding.

Our family friend offered to do all of our flower arrangements for the wedding, so our DIY wedding was truly that. We worked together to decide on a color scheme and chose georgia peach as our accent color, since we moved to Atlanta, Georgia from South Africa after I was born and still call it home! Our family and friends all pitched in to make this wedding the beautiful affair that it was. Brett's brother Ryan designed the gorgeous wedding invitations which also influenced our programs and other paper products. On the wedding day we had a team of people lighting candles, laying out the handmade burlap aisle runner, cleaning lanterns, setting out flower arrangements, decorating the table tops and laying out the bags of almonds on each place setting(a special tradition from South Africa). I collected antique postcards from South Africa through Ebay and Etsy to make our table numbers, which was a surprise for my parents and a little slice of home. Our wedding absolutely would not have happened without the love and care each and every "worker bee" put into it.

The weather was absolutely perfect (75 degrees in Georgia in June?!) on our wedding day, creating a wonderful backdrop to our candlelit ceremony in the production room of Montaluce. We then ate family-style dinner with the winery sunset as a backdrop and danced under the stars. Altogether, our day was one I will never forget and really was a tribute to all of the hard work that everyone involved put into making it happen. Finally, our photographers have put together an amazing collection of photos that we will have forever to remind us of the day. Chad and Tina of The Long Farewell are genuinely wonderful people who made everyone feel at ease and comfortable all day. We could not have asked for two better people to spend the day capturing our wedding. A million times thank you!

Wedding Photography: the long farewell / Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery & Estates in Dahlonega, Georgia / Floral Arrangements: Martin Lawrie, A Family Friend of the Bride / Personal Flowers: Katie Lloyd of Boukates / Wedding Day Coordination: Laura Godfrey of Godfrey Wedding Design / Wedding Cakes: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Ryan Willi, Brother of the Groom / Invitation + Program Printing: Sam Flax / DJ: DJ Hal Mealor of Halco Services, Inc. / Transportation: Wacky Taxi / Wedding Dress + Veil: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair + Makeup: Danielle Shlien Dungan / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew