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Georgia Barn Wedding from One Nine Images

When it comes to weddings, I consider myself a little bit of a contemporary lover.  But show me a drop-dead gorgeous barn wedding and I turn to some serious wedding lovin’ putty.  Especially when that drop-dead gorgeous barn wedding is rich in DIY details and some of the prettiest rustic stylings you will ever lay your eyes upon.  That’s the kind of affair that can make any modern lady or gent reconsider (believe you me)… and you can see it all captured by One Nine Images right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… I grew up in the horse country of the northern suburbs of Atlanta and had always dreamed of having my wedding reception in a barn. Soon after our engagement, I had given up hope of finding one in our area that hosted events until I stumbled upon a link to The Reid Barn. When my fiance and I visited it for the first time, I instantly fell in love. With a pond, a pasture and plenty of indoor and outdoor space to accommodate our 300 guests, we knew it was the place for us. I immediately began brainstorming all of the DIY decor that would compliment the Barn’s rustic yet elegant yet simple aura and we spent the next eleven months making them a reality. My brother-in-law cut slabs and branches from fallen trees and he, my fiance and I spent countless hours drilling and sanding them to make centerpieces. I scoured every thrift store in a ten mile radius for mason jars and my family and friends saved wine bottles and miscellaneous jars for months. I purchased 100 yards of burlap from a discount online store and used it to make table runners, bows for the church pews, table numbers, bean bags for Corn Hole, a bulletin board for photos and many other decor elements. (We still have so much burlap left that we joke we’ll be making burlap crafts for our grandchildren some day!) We wanted our wedding to have as many personal touches as possible and nearly everything was created by one of us or one of our friends or family members. From our toasting glasses hand painted by my aunt, to my bridesmaids’ hair flowers made by a friend, to the wedding programs and escort cards designed and printed by me, to signage hand painted by my mom, our wedding was certainly a labor of love made possible by countless loved ones. My cousin, Marjorie, volunteered to be our day-of decorator and she did an outstanding job offering ideas and bringing my wedding dream to life. I wish I could list out each project and each person who contributed to our decor, but the list would go on and on! I love looking back at the pictures and having the ability to say “We made that. And that. And that. And it’s beautiful.”

It was important to me to also honor the natural simplicity and beauty of the Barn and its surroundings and to keep a more casual vibe to the day. We opted for a simple white cake with no topper to allow the Barn’s beauty and our own DIY decor to do the talking. I loved the lace-like look to a cluster of plain baby’s breath and decided to use it as the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. The groomsmen wore vests instead of full suits to allow them to be more comfortable and casual on a warm Georgia October day. My bridesmaids chose from a selection of dark purple Bill Levkoff dresses and chose their own shoes and jewelry so they could feel comfortable and beautiful in their own style. Our flowers at the reception were a combination of baby’s breath, green mums and white carnations– lovingly arranged by my cousin. They didn’t overpower the decor but added a touch of simple elegance. The neutral tones of the burlap and wood, the green tones of the mums and groomsmen ties and the classic white of various flowers grounded the day in the aura of the Barn I had first adored. And the glimpse of a purple bridesmaid dress here and there provided some definite pop!

It took me six months to decide on a wedding dress and I ended up choosing the first one I had tried on. I loved the simple lace, the lovely neckline and the stunning train. I toyed with the idea of other dresses along the way, but ultimately decided on the first and only one that I had fallen in love with. I like to compare my dress buying experience to my relationship with Arthur. We met when we were 14 at church and he has always said that the first time he saw me, he knew I would be his wife. We were friends for several years and then began dating when we were 16. We broke up at 19, but stayed in touch and had a long saga of reunions and then more break ups. When we were 26, we realized we were both still crazy about each other and decided to give it one final try. Ten months later, we were engaged. Much like my dress, Arthur was the first and only one I ever loved. I’m so glad I followed my heart and ended up with the perfect dress… and husband!

The most special thing about our wedding was that we actually got married at the church where we met. I grew up in that parish and his family became very involved there in high school. We met as children in the very same building where we said our vows and committed our lives to each other as adults. It’s such a special place for both of us as individuals and as a couple and we couldn’t imagine starting our marriage at any other place. Sitting with him and holding his hand during the ceremony was such a powerful experience for me and my favorite part of the entire day.

Fun Fact – I practically placed the bouquet in my best friend’s hands, knowing she was hoping for a proposal very soon. She caught the bouquet and got engaged a week later! I was a bridesmaid in her wedding in June.

Photography: Andy Brophy of One Nine Images | Cinematography: Avalanche Entertainment | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: The Cake Shoppe | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic | Reception Venue: The Reid Barn | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Tam's Backstage | DJ: Avalanche Entertainment | Men's Attire: Perry Ellis | Men's Attire: Dillards | Bouquets + Boutonnieres: Amazing by Amanda | Bridal Boutique: I Do I Do Bridal | Bride's Hair: Davao Hair Salon | Bride's Make Up: Make Up Couture | String Light Rentals: North Georgia Party Rental

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Atlanta Wedding from Paula O’Hara Photography

Let me start by saying I couldn’t possibly fit all of the heart-stoppingly romantic photos by Paula O’Hara into one short post and thankfully we’ve got an entire gallery overflowing with beauty! This Atlanta-born bride met her Irish groom while traveling abroad, and since their future would bring a move to Europe for her, they decided on a Georgia wedding surrounded by family and friends. Southern charm + rustic details in the most perfectly muted palette can be found everywhere in this stunner of a celebration designed by the bride with the help of some incredibly creative vendors. See the rest right here!

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From the Bride… I’m Alise and I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Conor and I met in Ireland July of 2011 while I was traveling around Europe. We locked eyes in a pub on my last night there, and I was instantly smitten with his accent and good looks! We never thought we’d see one another again because I was flying out to London the next day. I’ve always believed that if something is meant to be, it will be. We ended up seeing one another again and after months of skyping and emailing, I flew back to Ireland for two weeks the following October. During those two weeks, we fell crazy in love. We knew we could make this relationship work, no matter the distance. Conor shockingly proposed in December of that year and the wedding planning began! After a whirlwind romance and months of being separated, we finally tied the knot on April 28, 2012!

At the start of the planning process, we held two things very important: photography and the incorporation both of our cultures and traditions. We decided that since I was moving to Ireland, we would have our wedding in Atlanta, where I’m from. Our wedding was a mixture of ‘old world’ southern elegance mixed with a bit of Irish charm. I was the events planner at our reception venue for over two years, so I witnessed many weddings there, and I knew exactly how I wanted mine to look. I’m a very detail-oriented person and wanted everything at our wedding to have special meaning. With the help of Style Me Pretty and other wedding blogs out there, I decided to take on most of the decorating and details myself. The women in my family are all antique lovers, so I had quite a collection to choose from to create our centerpieces. I am also immensely blessed with very talented friends who devoted much of their time helping me make all the DIY elements of our day. One of my favorite details are the jam jar favors, which I handmade and put together with my dad and sweet grandma who wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to her health. I also wore my mom’s veil that she wore on my parent’s wedding day 29 years ago. The planning itself was stressful at times, but in the end it was worth it to see all the hard work come together for such an amazingly beautiful day. I’m actually now a budding wedding stylist here in Ireland, hoping to bring America’s fresh and beautiful creative ideas to this side of the Atlantic!

After being apart for so long, our wedding day was a perfect beginning to the rest of our lives together, but also a heartbreaking goodbye with all my dearest family and friends as I just moved to Ireland. The pure joy and love that surrounded us that day was incredible. It was truly like a dream, and we couldn’t have wished for anything better! None of that would have been possible though without our amazing family and friends, we are truly blessed and thankful for them! Also, Paula O’Hara made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and is such a joy to work with. She truly captured the beautiful and emotional moments of our day, as well as the in-between ones too. She has given us such beautiful images that we will always hold dear!

Wedding Photography: Paula O’Hara Photography / Ceremony: Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia / Reception: Windermere Golf Club in Cumming, Georgia / Floral Design: Laurens Norton of Laurens “Floral Art at its Finest” / Wedding Design, Planning + Decor: The Bride / Wedding Cake: Natalie Roth of Cake Envy / Cake Topper: Weddingstar Inc. / Wedding Invitations: Maggie Dunstan, A Friend of the Bride / DJ: Matt Osbourne of Spectrum Entertainment / Favors + Ring Bearer Pillow: DIY / Wedding Dress: La Sposa via Sweet Elegance Bridal / Bride’s Veil: Her Mother’s / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani via Dillards / Hair: Analea Murray, A Friend of the Bride / Makeup: Jasmine Farahdel of Collage Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Tuxedo: Kenneth Cole

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Cumming, Georgia Wedding by Happy Everything Co.

Get ready to be WOWED by yet another Georgia beauty marrying her handsome beau in all out southern style. It just never gets old. Swoon-worthy, steal-worthy all out southern perfection snapped up by Happy Everything Co., it’s hard to not love something so darling. So kick off your boots and get acquainted with all the lovely in the full gallery of images!

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From Kaylan of Happy Everything Co.Stacey and Greg had a gorgeous southern wedding at The Reid Barn in Cumming, Georgia. This charming wedding included every handmade detail you could image. The bride chose to design and make lanterns for her and her bridesmaids to hold instead of the traditional flowers. Each centerpiece was carefully crafted out of old wood, lanterns, and florals. All DIY was done by Stacey and her two sisters Shelly and Stephanie. The couple had a candle-lit ceremony topped off with one of the most fun receptions we’ve been two. Hats off to the creativity and thought this southern couple put into there fairytale wedding!

From the bride… Our wedding was at a barn on a BEAUTIFUL day. We had all homemade decorations with a touch of both of our styles but kept everything very simple. We had our family and closest friends there and loved EVERY minute of it! My favorite part of our decorations was our beautiful altar!

Wedding Photography: Happy Everything Co. / Wedding Venue: The Reid Barn in Cumming, Georgia / Flowers, Lanterns + Decor: DIY / Event Design: The Bride, Her Sisters + Her Mother / Event Planning: Carmen Smith (carmsmith@comcast.net) / Wedding Dress: Custom-Made in China / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allure Bridals via Jillian’s Bridal Loft