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Rustic Golf Themed Georgia Wedding

When a theme is done well, the outcome can be fantastic. And that is what we have here with this couple’s love of golf represented perfectly at their summer celebration. No Regrets Events incorporated tees, golf markers and clubs throughout the rustic wedding with The Reason capturing every detail. These pics have me ready to dust off my clubs and get outside with my fiancé for a session of our own.

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Summer
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Country Club
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Rustic

From No Regrets Events… Amanda’s family has called Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia home for a long time so she and Bill knew that Lake Sinclair and the beautiful golf course of the Milledgeville Country Club would be the perfect backdrop for their August wedding. Their lifetime love of golf brought them together and they enjoy spending their off time on the fairways. It was only reasonable that their wedding ceremony should take place on the 18th tee box overlooking beautiful Lake Sinclair and that their reception would be on the 16th tee of the same course.

Amanda’s presented Zeb Grant of Z. Grant Designs with a unique wedding challenge…no cut flowers in the bride’s bouquet and any used for centerpieces should be kept to only seasonal locally grown items! Of course, Zeb rose to the challenge by incorporating beautiful succulents, vintage furniture and golf clubs, live plants and trees that have to be repurposed on the club’s golf course in honor of the bride’s father, and Zeb even incorporated a monogrammed golf club marker into the groom’s boutonniere and the bride’s bouquet. Since blue hydrangeas are in abundance this time of year in Georgia he used blossoms cut from his yard in the buffet centerpieces. We did sneak a single white rose into Amanda’s grandmother’s tussy mussy in remembrance of her grandfather.

We are certain many golfers have said a prayer or two on the 18th hole, but the beautiful pews by P.E.W.S. gave the tee box the feel of a sanctuary. The antique door alter was created by Vintage Rentals and framed the couple with the lake in the background. Vintage golf clubs served as pew markers and lovely urns set the alter off perfectly.

For the reception, Amanda and Bill were all about comfort foods made with fresh, local products, with a southern flair. The Chef at the Milledgeville Country Club went above and beyond to source products and to beautifully present them.

Amanda and Bill are huge sports fans and their favorite game watching food is boiled peanuts and craft beer. They wanted to share these favorite items with their guests so they presented a beer in a koozie with the couple’s logo and peanuts in a Weck jar as favors.

Amanda and Bill chose to remain at the reception until its conclusion rather than having a grand send off. They wanted to spend as much time as possible with their family and friends.

Photography: The Reason Photography | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Debra | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony Music: Mark Maxwell | Boutique: Kelly's Closet | Bride's Gown: Jenny Packham | Ceremony Pews: P.E.W.S. Purly Elegant Wedding Statements | Floral and Decor: Z. Grant Designs | Furniture: Southern Vintage | Linens: I Do Linens | Milledgeville Country Club: Milledgeville Country Club | Planning: No Regrets Events | Printing: Simply Put Paper | Reception Entertainment: Amp'd Atlanta | Rentals: Goodwin Event Rentals

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Ford Plantation Wedding with Southern Elegance

When these Southern sweeties began planning their Big Day, representing family roots was an absolute must. Surrounded by Spanish moss and starlight, Caroline Carter planned an evening around Southern specialties served family style accented by wild grass Garden On The Square blooms. TimWill and Artworks Wedding Cinema beautifully captured the joy felt, and you can see it all here!

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Fall
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…We wanted our wedding day to feel full of warmth and joy. The kind of warmth and joy that overcomes you after you share a delicious meal and wine with your oldest friends and family. That’s the good stuff. We wanted that same joy and warmth to permeate through every aspect of our day. Sort of like a thank you to our guests for giving us the same happiness our entire lives.

There was no question when planning the wedding that we would get married at The Ford Plantation, a place that is truly special to our family and us. For years Will and I would tell our friends about this amazing place and we couldn’t wait to share it with them. We wanted our guests to experience the same magic that enchants us about Ford. As an interior decorator, surroundings are very important to me. I wanted our décor and flowers to enhance the breathtaking beauty that surrounded us, almost like they could have always been there. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more magical. Will’s sister delivered a heartfelt and personal homily, the soft evening sun beamed through oak trees as we exchanged vows, and we made our way down the aisle as a married couple to Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”.

We dined under the stars surrounded by the swaying Spanish moss covered oak trees that lined the property. We drank a variety of bourbons curated by our fathers, and Schramsberg, an ode to our engagement. We shared buttermilk fried chicken (my grandma’s specialty!), shrimp and grits, and biscuits and cornbread. We insisted on eating family style to give that feeling of friendship and warmth. We danced under sparkly chandeliers and ended the evening with glittery gold pom poms during our favorite wedding song, “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Not a single person strayed away from the dance floor that night.

After eight years of dating, we finally had all of our family and friends in one place and could finally call each other “husband” and “wife”. It was the most joy and warmth we’ve ever felt. It was certainly worth the long nights of DIY and a very patient husband dealing with a garage covered in gold glitter and spray paint.

We were so grateful to work with such an amazing team of vendors. A big thank you to Caroline Carter who personally harvested wild grasses for our flower arrangements off the side of the highway (and was questioned by the highway patrol, talk about a superstar!) and to Tim Willoughby who beautifully captured exactly what our hearts felt that day: WARMTH and JOY!

Photography: TimWill Photography | Videography: Artworks Wedding Cinema | Coordination: Caroline Carter Events | Flowers: Garden On The Square | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Minette Rushing | Stationery: Lauren Pendleton Design (Bride) | Ceremony Venue: The Ford Plantation | Reception Venue: The Ford Plantation | Catering: The Ford Plantation | Lighting: JLK Lighting | Officiant: Reverend Steve Schulte | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Band: City Hotel Band | Envelope And Signage Calligraphy: Emily Norman Calligraphy | Invitation & Monogram Calligraphy: Plurabelle | Macarons: Maison De Macarons | Reception Band: Bobby & The Aristocats | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals

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Rustic Outdoor Georgia Wedding

We’ve seen our fair share of weddings, but an “I do” that takes place literally right on the river? That’s an unbelievably cool first. It’s just one of the many noteworthy moments of this intimate, rustic affair (planned in 8 weeks!), and the flowers by Lindsay Coletta add the perfect balance of texture and style. Read on for the story that brought these two adorables together, and see the whole day through the lens of Laura Gordon.

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Fall
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Rustic

From The Bride… When I was 7 years old and lugging my softball gear around the rec fields near my house, I never dreamed that my groom- to-be was the lanky little boy with dark hair play-wrestling with my brother on the side lines in the grass. And thats how our story began – we spent our whole entire childhood visiting the same athletic fields, restaurants, banks, and grocery stores but always just barely missing one another. Fast forward to October of 2007, Will was a freshman in college at SPSU and came back to his Alma Mater for the homecoming football game. I had just transfered to Landmark and his best friend Sam “introduced” us. In the words of Will, he was smitten. Shortly thereafter he sent me this little snippet in a love note, “I don’t know your favorite color or favorite ice cream flavor or favorite song, but I do know that those ocean blue eyes dance when you smile at me and that is enough to completely capture me.” SWOOONNNN.

I wasn’t even allowed to date though and knew my parents would never go for me dating a boy in college. So, we kept in touch every once in a while, but the flame burned out. Fast forward to to March of 2011, I was going with my brother to a college orientation at ABAC in Tifton. I mistakenly thought this was the school Will now attended and sent him a text telling him I was visiting his school that day. He responded and said ” You’re coming to SPSU?” Whoops, I didn’t even know where he went to college. (Face to palm!) We shared a laugh and a good conversation and I decided to look him up on Facebook afterwards. I couldn’t help but noticing how handsome he was. Handsome + sweet + he loves the Lord? Score. I told my mom that night I was going to get that boy to take me on a date ;)

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of ladies pursuing men, I genuinely believe that this is the man’s responsibility. Well, I here I was pining for this man and reminiscing over how sweet he had been in days past, but I had no way of “being pursued” by him. He was clueless that I was interested, we never saw each other. He lived an hour and a half away, and to make matters worse when he had liked me years ago I just brushed it off and quit talking to him. I obviously had nothing going for me here. So what did I do? I kinda broke my rule and decided I would text him once a week and if he was interested and it was meant to be he would get the hint…my gosh that took forever! This one text a week went on for a solid month. I would text him, we would have these awesome conversations, he would be so sweet & fun and then…crickets. I wouldn’t hear from him until the following week! Finally after four weeks of this I was about to say, ” Oh well!” on the whole idea when Will asked me if I would like to spend a Saturday with him! YAY! Finally!

The following week he came and picked me up and I hopped up in his truck and we rode country roads and went fishing at Lake Raymond. The whole day was just fun and easy. I never was nervous or worried what he thought. It was just easy like two old friends just having the best day. That is until he suggested we watch the sunset from the bed of his truck while we slow danced and he sang to me. DOUBLE SWOON. My heart was totally gone. I came home that night and told my mom that I was going to marry that boy, I was sure of it. From that night on we have been pretty much inseparable. There have been ups and downs and we have faced many trials, but through it all we have grown closer and our love for one another has grown deeper. I couldn’t ask for a more kind, caring, loving or Godly example to lead me. Isn’t it so amazing how God works things out if we just trust in His Sovereign plan!

As wedding photographers we see how easily couples can become consumed in the wedding planning process and as a bride I knew I didn’t want all that that encompassed. We talked about eloping in the mountains, but after we bought our new home, Simply Sarah Farms, we knew it was the perfect place for a small intimate wedding. Will proposed and we planned the whole affair in exactly 8 weeks. My vision for the wedding was simple elegance. Our farm has a cabin in the woods so I wanted to play off of the natural elements that was offered there and lots of elegant organic touches.

For starters, I had this picture in my head of all 100 of our guests eating off of one big long farm table under the trees. So off to work my dad and his friends went making 12 ten foot long wooden farm tables. Our amazing florist, Lindsay Coletta decorated these tables with greenery garland that she foraged the morning of the wedding, pomegranates, figs, and then she added in pops of bold red and white floral buds. These florals paired with tall taper candles on bronze candlesticks and pillar candles made for a table scape prettier than I ever imagined.

The second thing I knew I wanted but was a little difficult to make happen was getting married in the river. Since we bought the farm we spend nearly every weekend out on the river kayaking, tubing and fishing. Everyone thought I was crazy when they heard my plan but I knew we could make it happen. We started going down to the river weeks ahead of time and making a flat path for guest to stand and walk, changing the course of water up stream, and cleaning up tree limbs and debris. My talented dad handmade a beautiful arbor for us to get married under and we used ferns as aisle markers down into the shallow banks. We used a canoe for the getaway from the ceremony. It was perfect! I am so pleased with how everything turned out and so very thankful for all of our friends, family, and amazing team of vendors who made our day a possible!

Photography: Laura Gordon | Event Design: The Bride | Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Ceremony Venue: Flint River- Thomaston, Georgia | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bride's Shoes: Hunter Boots | Bride's Shoes: Antonio Melani | Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Car Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder | Reception Dress: JS Collections

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