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Intimate Dahlonega Forest Summer Wedding

Deep within the lush woods of the Dahlonega Forest, an intimate guest list gathered to celebrate one stunning union. Sprinkled with glowing woodworked candles, this earthy yet elegant enchanted forest fête is captivating to say the least. Captured beautifully by Cluney Photo, every detail illuminates a fairytale evening, and it’s all right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We knew from the beginning that we wanted our wedding to be a cozy gathering of family and close friends. We didn’t want the event or the planning process to be high-strung and over the top. The feel we wanted to go for was a refuge in an ‘enchanted forest’, which is why our venue was perfect for us – made to hold a smaller number of guests, a very natural and woodsy exterior and interior, and best of all in the middle of the woods of North Georgia. We wanted the location and the wedding overall to feel lush and natural.

Tony loves woodworking (which most definitely helped us with our forest theme), and I love arts & crafts, so a lot of our wedding was DIY. He created all of the wooden drawer centerpieces and the food stands as well as 100 candleholders that were strung all throughout the venue.

We had a blast, and we’re so happy with how everything turned out. Looking back, the wedding was really us.

Photography: Cluney Photo | Floral Design: Adaptation Floral Design | Catering+ Day Of Coordination: Events By Dezine | Music: Bella Musica Strings | Wedding Venue: Juliette Chapel

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Classically Elegant Georgia Estate Wedding

This wedding is the one I used to dream of as a little girl. The horse-drawn carriage. The tuxedo-clad gents. The lace Marchesa gown made just for the Bride.  It’s a fairytale wedding if I ever saw one, and Amy Osaba brought every stunning design detail to life. The gallery from Our Labor of Love is one perfect image after another, and don’t miss the film from Dave Pileggi. Happy Friday!

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From the planner… Both born and raised in the South, this true Southern couple had the sweetest love story for all to witness on their big day. Jana from Knoxville, Tennessee & David, from Fairhope, Alabama, met at the University of Alabama and after several attempts to get Jana as his fraternity date to a football game, Jana finally gave David a chance and the two immediately bonded over a Bama victory and the rest is History! The power couple both settled in Atlanta after graduation. David works in Logistics and Jana landed a job in media, publishing luxury magazines. After 9 LONG years of dating, David finally popped the question at his sister’s baby shower in Atlanta that Jana was hosting. Jana was hard to keep secrets from so David figured he would have to surprise her at someone else’s party to swing it- plus what perfect timing with friends/family surrounded.

Choosing the venue was the easiest part for these two- their long-term relationship has touched so many people so they had guests coming in from all over, even her Maid of Honor from Australia, so they wanted a destination wedding close to Atlanta and immediate fell in love with Tuscany-inspired winery, Montaluce Vineyards & Estate in Dahlonega, Georgia. It seemed like the ideal spot to finally bring together friends and family who have known each of for so long throughout this relationship to celebrate in unity.

Publishing veteran, Jana, has profiled many weddings so she knew exactly what she wanted and custom curated her own special day. From her customized Marchesa gown to hand selecting different dresses from all over for each bridesmaid, every little detail of this fairytale wedding was so unique and personalized. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with strawberry water and Blueberry adorned Prosecco from the vineyards in antique glasses as they took their seats at the gorgeous ceremony site situated on a hill overlooking the N. Georgia mountains and Montaluce Vineyards underneath a tall oak tree with hanging chandeliers. Jana custom designed all 11 flowergirl dresses with one of her bridesmaids’ mothers and they all strolled down the aisle in their bohemian styled floral headpieces with Perse, the couple’s 9 year old chihuahua they got in college together.

The Bride and her father made a grand entrance on a white horse drawn carriage and placed a beautiful moss covered cross on her mother’s chair at the end of the aisle in remembrance of her Brother who passed away just before David appeared in Jana’s life- impeccable timing for a guardian angel! David’s Father was even able to stand by their sides and officially pronounce the couple as a Chief Clerk. So many other special touches throughout the evening brought this true romance to life, especially the 1976 convertible Ford Bronco completely restored by David’s Father- for their wedding day- that awaited the couple at the end of their sparkler exit.

Photography: Our Labor Of Love | Videography: Dave Pileggi | Wedding Dress: Custom Marchesa From Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Wedding Dress: Custom Marchesa From Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Wedding Cake: Montaluce Winery | Wedding Shoes: Something Bleu | Jewelry: BHLDN | Band: Drive Train | Favors: Wine Tote Bags | Tux: Ralph Lauren | Flowers/styling: Amy Osaba | Hair / MU: Karen Filos | Jewlery: Tiffany & Co | Table Assignment Board + Place Cards: Confetti Press | Wedding Invites: Erica Loesing | Winery: Montaluce Winery And Estates

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Georgia Engagement Shoot from Cottrell Photography

I think we can all agree: love at first sight is a beautiful, beautiful thing.  And when that amazing emotion overcomes two sweeties like this adorable duo, it’s an “I love you” on the first date, engagement within months kind of love story.  One that accumulates in an ohhhh-so-pretty engagement sesh captured by Cottrell Photography and features a whole lot of frolicking through fields and rivers + stylish everything.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride-to-Be… Love at first sight does exist, and I was able to experience it with the greatest man alive. So, doing what any smart girl would do, I jumped in head first without any hesitation. January 24th marks our first date, first kiss, and first I love you’s. I think about how vast this universe is, and I had the privilege of meeting Brett.

Shortly after our relationship began, we knew marriage would come quickly, and we couldn’t wait for it. I would often talk to my friend Michael about Brett and the plans we were making. As a photographer, he would always say, “Well I better be your photographer.” September 13th we were engaged, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with Michael, mainly because I could not wait to ask him to shoot our wedding. I adore and appreciate his patience when it comes to capturing moments through pictures. He used his knowledge along with God’s gifts of light and His creation to tell our story. Our engagement session was full of fun and joy. Expressing the love we share for others to see was such an experience. Michael’s knowledge of photography is so evident with the precious moments he captured. People get a glimpse of the love we share through these exceptional pictures. I am grateful that many years to come Brett and I will have these beautiful reminders of exciting love and the beginning of our journey together.

Photography: Cottrell Photography | Flowers: The Flower Mart | Photography - Assistance: Kayna Clemons

Wolf Mountain Vineyards Wedding from Amy Arrington Photography

If there is a guaranteed way to start a work week off on the prettiest of foots, it’s with a wedding by the beyond talented Amy Arrington. Her images have a way of making any day feel a bit more lovely, and this wedding at Wolf Mountain Vineyards definitely ups the ante on gorgeous. It’s 100% perfect and captured in a way that will leave you weak in the knees, making this Monday pretty darn fabulous. See why here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding at Wolf Mountain Vineyards was literally a dream come true. Dustin and I could not have imagined a more beautiful and perfect day. The venue is set in the North Georgia Mountains, giving it a breathtaking view. Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband look at me with tears in his eyes was the most special moment in my life. The staff at Wolf Mountain literally made the day effortless and Amy and her husband did such a great job capturing all of our special moments! We will always cherish that day and the life-long memories that we made.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Florist: La Petite Fleur, Corrine Siegel | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Catering: Wolf Mountain Vineyards | Hair: Alexa Kelly | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Montaluce Winery Wedding from Amy Arrington Photography

Montaluce Winery is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in the world to say “I do.”  Maybe that’s because every.single.wedding we see coming from this Georgia wonderland seems to exude the perfect combo of Southern elegance and old-world charm, with just a dash of rustic sweetness.  It’s perfection. Which is why it took this darling duo just one visit to know that Montaluce was THE place to celebrate their union, complete with pretty, pretty florals from Boukates, darling DIY touches and the ever-amazing Amy Arrington Photography on hand to capture every love-filled moment.  Join me in the gallery to take it all in.

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From the bride… I have always heard people say that after you find your wedding venue, everything else just falls into place. Bo and I certainly found this to be true. We knew we wanted a place that felt elegant yet rustic, so Montaluce Winery was just what we were looking for. The quaint, Southern town of Dahlonega was the perfect place for a Fall wedding, and we loved that guests could enjoy a weekend browsing the shops and enjoying the beautiful weather.

The ceremony took place in the Wine Production room with big barn doors that were opened to let in the sunlight. The string quartet played special hymns and songs to set the mood for our very meaningful ceremony.

Besides the perfect venue, my favorite things about our wedding were all the small details that made it special. Bo and I are both very close to our families, and we wanted them to be represented that day. In the ceremony, we displayed a large wooden cross that was built by my cousin from old barn wood belonging to Bo’s grandfather. Antique Mason jars were also prominent in both our ceremony and our reception. Each of the jars we used were collected from our family- our moms, cousins, and grandmothers. Perhaps my favorite detail, though, were the earrings that I wore. They had belonged to my grandmother, and each granddaughter in my family has worn them on her wedding day.

We wanted classic flowers and neutral colors as the backdrop for our wedding so that all of the other details could be showcased. The white hydrangeas the bridesmaids carried complemented their navy dresses, and I loved the way the hypericum berry boutonnieres fastened together with twine accented each groomsmen’s gray tuxedo.

I must say that one of the things our guests still comment on most is the food. We had especially delicious beef short ribs, as well as a scrumptious cakes- two tiers of chocolate ganache, two tiers of carrot cake, and a groom’s cake with strawberry and lemon filling. To thank our guests for coming to celebrate with us, we gave each of them a jar of North Georgia honey.

We wish that we could relive this day over and over. We feel so blessed that we were able to celebrate with the family and friends who mean so very much to us. It was a magical day!

Wedding Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia | Floral Design: Boukates | Wedding Cake: The Frosted Pumpkin | String Quartet: Lark Chamber Music | DJ: Complete Music and Video | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Southern Sisters | Hair: Pure Class Hair Design | Makeup: Timeless by Paula