The moment I laid eyes on this stunning Serenbe Farm wedding by Carla Gates I knew it needed to grace the pages of SMP Georgia ASAP. It has that level of lovely that is sure to inspire everyone who scrolls through this gorgeous gallery of images, and it’s topped off with so much sweetness you can’t help but smile. It’s pure prettiness from start to finish, and you can see why I was so excited to share it right here.
As we eagerly began planning our wedding day, we knew we wanted a location that would give our family and friends a chance to get away for the weekend and enjoy spending time together. When we visited Serenbe it was love at first sight! From the beautiful Inn and cottages that made it easy to have our friends and family stay for the weekend, to the on-site locations available to host our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, as well as activities like daily animal feedings and bonfires, it was perfect! Michael and I love being outdoors, and were thrilled to find a venue that allowed us to host the entire event outside. Our vision for the wedding was “casual elegance” to maximize the natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere of the venue while incorporating beautiful romantic touches throughout the décor. I love neutrals, but also wanted to add a splash of soft pink to the color pallet to match the pearl design on my dress, so we added it in with the bridesmaids’ dresses and subtly into the flowers, invitations and programs. It came out so lovely!
We were so fortunate to have such wonderful family and friends to help with the planning and decorations as the wedding got closer! My mom and sister added so many sweet touches by putting ribbon around our invitations, creating bags for the guest rooms, creating labels for the favors, making hanging flower vases for the ceremony and much more. My dad even designed a wedding themed corn hole game for use throughout the weekend and purchased glow stick necklaces and bracelets, which were a huge hit at the reception! We were also blessed to have creative family friends to help with the artwork for our guestbook and signage!
Before long, the wedding day was upon us and the weather was absolutely amazing! The morning of, Michael and I were able to separately enjoy a relaxing breakfast with our family and friends at The Inn, and then spend more time with them getting ready. I had been a little concerned about being nervous when walking down the aisle, but seeing the faces of so many family and friends instantly calmed me and made me excited to have so many of our loved ones in one place. It was such an amazing day, even down to the reception where everyone danced all the way up until the sparkler exit, and we were so fortunate to have an incredible photographer who helped us capture beautiful pictures to remember it by forever.
Photography: Carla Gates Photography | Event Design: Gloriosa Design | Wedding Coordination: Ashley Baber Weddings | Floral Design: Gloriosa Design | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Lori | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Cake: Gloriosa Design | Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup Artist: Veronica Sitterding | Band: Francisco Vidal | Groom's Attire: Allure Bridals | Grooms Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Wedding Venue: Serenbe | Bridal Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Bride's Veil: Something Tulle Bridal | Confetti, straws, and fondest memories cards: BHLDN | Garter: Something Tulle Bridal | Hairstylist: Alixx Hetzel | Placecards: BHLDN | Programs & Table Numbers: Paper Daisies Stationery | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Wishing Tree: Etsy