Picturesque pastures married with rustic details makes me one happy wedding blogger. Especially when said farm feté happens to have the talented MARROW By Glass Jar Photography behind the lens. From the stable side ceremony (with a bird seed exit) to the reception, each moment is the definition of Southern romance and you can see it all here!
From MARROW By Glass Jar Photography… A romantically rustic southern style wedding in Rome, Georgia. This gorgeous barn/farm wedding was full of great inspirations for future brides looking for a rustic yet elegant vibe day.
Starting out getting ready in the a white marble room inside an old barn style home, followed by a Stable side ceremony with a bird seed exit to the reception.
From the beautiful Bride… My dream was to find a farm location with lots of green spaces and a rustic charm that was also able to accommodate our family and friends for a whole weekend getaway. By chance, we came across this beautiful farm property in Rome, Georgia and instantly fell in love with the photos. As we currently live in NYC, we had to plan from a distance and ended up booking The Farm without ever having visited! We could not have made a better choice – The Farm was everything we could have hoped for and more. From the rolling green pastures, to the huge barn, and the many unique cottages scattered throughout the property, this was the perfect location for us.
Throughout the planning process, our talented friends and family were our biggest source of help and inspiration. A friend of ours who is a graphic designer worked with us to create a custom invitation suite that helped set the tone for the wedding. The invites included a watercolor image of the barn made by another very talented friend/bridesmaid. Greens and whites were our unofficial colors, keeping things simple and natural as the surrounding scenery was beautiful on its own. I let my bridesmaids pick their own white/off-white dresses and they all turned out lovely together. The groomsmen wore matching slacks, grey suspenders, blue gingham bow ties, and fun socks that were given as a gift. My mother made my veil and I pinned an antique blue broach that belonged to my grandmother on my bouquet. A friend hand painted a welcome sign and the wedding program sign.
It was very important to us that the ceremony be deeply personal and unique to us as a couple, so we skipped any traditions or rituals that were not meaningful to us and focused on what we felt mattered most. My youth minister, who has known me and my family for years, married us; we wrote our own vows; and the maid-of-honor sang the Beatles song “In My Life” as I walked down the aisle with my parents. The ceremony was very emotional, everyone cried (and laughed!), and it was definitely my favorite part of the whole day.
For reception décor we kept it simple with single stems in vases and jars and greenery scattered throughout. The same dear friend who painted the watercolor made us a huge map pointing out all of the locations that have been part of our relationship – this was a fun way to tell our guests more about us. Instead of a guest book, we let everyone take Polaroid photos of themselves and write a little message across the bottom. I highly recommend this; the photos are way better than a name in a book and many of them are hilarious! For our food we wanted to represent our respective hometowns (Atlanta and Houston), so we had a huge southern spread with BBQ and a mashed potato bar. One of the highlights was the beer we served. One of the groomsmen is a talented brewer, so he made us three unique wedding brews, each with their own special labels, which were a huge hit. Also at the bar were local Texas and Georgia beers; our signature cocktails, the Manhattan and French 75, were classic nods to our current home. Neither one of us are big wedding cake people, so we opted for a two tiered pound cake (made by a friend), a chocolate groom’s cake, and lots of PIES! The reception was a blast and flew by way too fast. Luckily, many of our friends were staying on the property so there was an unofficial after party that went well into the night!
Oh, and one more thing: bury the bourbon! We buried ours two months before the wedding date, and the whole week leading up to the day the weather was looking terrible. I’m talking thunderstorms and hail kind of bad. But we dug up our bourbon after rehearsing the day before, shared it with the wedding party, and low and behold, on our wedding day we had no rain and the most beautiful diffused light. Yes, it’s a somewhat silly southern superstitious tradition, but it was totally fun and made for some good memories – plus, no rain!
Photography: MARROW By Glass Jar Photography | Floral Design: Adaptation Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane Yasmin Gown | Invitations: Meaghan Murray Graphic Design | Brides Shoes: Nina Payne | Rings: Greenwich Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nanette Lepore | Catering: The Sweet Bar | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Topshop | Wedding Venue: The Farm | Rome, Georgia | Groom Pocket Square: Bo Clothing | Grooms Shoes: Allan Edmonds