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North Georgia Wedding at Montaluce Winery from Heather Cook Elliott

When I first locked eyes with this Montaluce Winery wedding from Heather Cook Elliott, I would have never, in a million years, guessed it belonged on the Georgia blog! The gorgeous rolling hills and lush vineyard locale took my mind directly to Tuscany, Italy, not Dahlonega, Georgia! It was at this little gem of a venue, in the North Georgia Mountains, where the sweetest couple became Mr. and Mrs. surrounded by family + friends. See it all right here! 

From Heather Cook Elliott… Andrea & Ray were married overlooking a vineyard in the North Georgia Mountains where most folks don’t know that a little slice of Tuscany exists. Their outdoor wedding was preceded by one of my favorite first looks ever – Ray was nervous then calm, nervous again and then finally, completely and for the rest of the day perfectly calm once Andrea tip toed up behind him between rows of grapes on vines. He seemed to exhale a breath he didn’t know he was holding and she giggled. She glowed. She looked amazing. And she would soon be Ray’s wife. Andrea’s minister brother officiated the nuptials and the wedding party was intimately small and included Ray’s dad as one of the groomsmen. The details were plentiful and festive and just basically joyful – sweet flowers from the fields set off by rustic wood tables, delicious cuisine from the award winning dining room at Montaluce, a rich his and hers set of cakes, and then the sparklers – so many sparklers to wish them well at the end of the night.

Wedding Photography: Heather Cook Elliott / Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery & Estates in Dahlonega, Georgia / Floral Design: Corrine Siegel from La Petite Fleur / Officiant: Reverend Brad Hood, the Bride’s Brother / Wedding Cake: Publix / Harpist: Carolyn Lund / DJ: Andre Peterson from DJ Dre 1800 / Wedding Invitations: Reaves Engraving / Wedding Programs: Wiregrass Weddings / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani via J Andrews Bridal / Veil: the Bride’s Mother’s / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker + TOMS / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Alfred Sung via Formally Yours / Hair + Makeup: Brushworx Hair & Makeup 

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Dahlonega Wedding from the long farewell

I can always count on a good vineyard wedding to spread a wide smile across my face and warm my heart with the romance and grandeur of it all. And this little number from the long farewell is no exception, lovelies. Not only is this bride gorgeous beyond belief, but the floral arrangements, candlelit dinner, and breathtaking views of Montaluce Winery & Estates truly made this wedding an absolute stunner and I just can’t.get.enough. Find even more of this vineyard beauty in our gallery right here.

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From the Bride… When Brett and I got engaged, we were really undecided on the location of our wedding. We searched through what felt like hundreds of venues and then finally found the perfect spot in Montaluce Winery & Estates. Brett is from Ohio, and my extended family was coming all the way from South Africa and England, so Montaluce was a perfect special getaway that felt a little bit like a destination wedding.

Our family friend offered to do all of our flower arrangements for the wedding, so our DIY wedding was truly that. We worked together to decide on a color scheme and chose georgia peach as our accent color, since we moved to Atlanta, Georgia from South Africa after I was born and still call it home! Our family and friends all pitched in to make this wedding the beautiful affair that it was. Brett’s brother Ryan designed the gorgeous wedding invitations which also influenced our programs and other paper products. On the wedding day we had a team of people lighting candles, laying out the handmade burlap aisle runner, cleaning lanterns, setting out flower arrangements, decorating the table tops and laying out the bags of almonds on each place setting(a special tradition from South Africa). I collected antique postcards from South Africa through Ebay and Etsy to make our table numbers, which was a surprise for my parents and a little slice of home. Our wedding absolutely would not have happened without the love and care each and every “worker bee” put into it.

The weather was absolutely perfect (75 degrees in Georgia in June?!) on our wedding day, creating a wonderful backdrop to our candlelit ceremony in the production room of Montaluce. We then ate family-style dinner with the winery sunset as a backdrop and danced under the stars. Altogether, our day was one I will never forget and really was a tribute to all of the hard work that everyone involved put into making it happen. Finally, our photographers have put together an amazing collection of photos that we will have forever to remind us of the day. Chad and Tina of The Long Farewell are genuinely wonderful people who made everyone feel at ease and comfortable all day. We could not have asked for two better people to spend the day capturing our wedding. A million times thank you!

Wedding Photography: the long farewell / Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery & Estates in Dahlonega, Georgia / Floral Arrangements: Martin Lawrie, A Family Friend of the Bride / Personal Flowers: Katie Lloyd of Boukates / Wedding Day Coordination: Laura Godfrey of Godfrey Wedding Design / Wedding Cakes: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Ryan Willi, Brother of the Groom / Invitation + Program Printing: Sam Flax / DJ: DJ Hal Mealor of Halco Services, Inc. / Transportation: Wacky Taxi / Wedding Dress + Veil: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair + Makeup: Danielle Shlien Dungan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Dahlonega Wedding at White Oaks Barn from Amy Arrington Photography

Oh White Oaks Barn, how we love you so! With your super picturesque vistas and you’re pretty little barn, you’ve totally changed the game for Georgia brides looking for rustic perfection. And for that, we love you! Amy Arrington Photography captured all the pretty details including those adorable mason jars wrapped with twine and doilies. There’s nothing not to love about this one and you can click right here to see even more!

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From Amy Arrington PhotographyBrannon and Emily’s wedding in the mountains was so sweet! Most of the decoration details used at their wedding were of sentimental value. The hair flower that Emily wore was made with lace from her mother’s wedding gown. A few bible verses were also sewn into the inside of her wedding gown. Emily gifted all of her bridesmaids an oh so cute Plum Pretty Sugar robe to wear while they got ready.

The couple opted to do a “first look,” which we love! During their first look, Emily gave Brannon a special journal that she began when she first started dating him, which she kept it until the day that they got married. I love that! Their ceremony was held in a pasture in the mountains at White Oaks Barn in Dahlonega. White Oaks is such a beautiful place. The mountain landscape and vast grassy land is just breathtaking. To the right of the ceremony, we could see a distant rainstorm hovering over the mountain, which was pretty cool. My favorite part of the ceremony was when Emily’s dad walked her down the aisle. Emily’s father has Lou Gehrig’s disease, and it was an honor to get to see him walk her down the aisle.

Inside White Oaks Barn, their reception was decorated with tables dressed in burlap and lace. The centerpieces consisted of hydrangea and baby’s breath arranged in mason jars. Outside, guests enjoyed playing corn hole. There were two sets of corn hole — one for Georgia fans and one for Auburn fans. There were also two cakes. The bride’s cake held a wedding topper that was used at her parent’s wedding. And the groom’s cake consisted of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Brannon chose doughnuts for his cake because he and Emily had their first date at Krispy Kreme. My favorite detail at their reception was the photos that were strung on a line with clothespins on a set of two antique window panes.

Wedding Photography: Amy Arrington Photography / Wedding Venue: White Oaks Barn in Dahlonega, Georgia / Floral Design: Fairview Florist / Bakery: C&N Cakes / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Bridals by Lori / Bride’s Hair Flower: From Her Mother’s Wedding Dress / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Makeup: Brushworx / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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Dahlonega Wedding at White Oaks Barn from Ben & Colleen Wedding Photographers

If this couple isn’t the cutest ever, then I don’t know who is! They planned and DIYed their little hearts out and created one heck of a pretty wedding. Held at the beyond pretty White Oaks Barn and photographed beautifully by Ben & Colleen Wedding Photographers, this wedding has tons and tons of charm. From the rainbow of green and blue bridesmaid dresses to the glittery gold cupcake signs, this wedding will have you swooning in the full gallery all weekend!

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From the Bride… I married my best friend, Chris Fenner, a month ago in Dahlonega, Georgia, at White Oaks Barn. Our photographers were Ben and Colleen of Pure Gold Photography. I got each of the bridesmaids a kimono as their gift to wear while we were getting ready day-of! My dress was a champagne ballgown, and my birdcage veil was homemade. Each bridesmaid got to pick out their own dress in a color palette ranging from mint to teal. During our first look, Chris gave me a very special necklace made from the diamonds from my mother’s engagement ring The sweet little junior bridesmaid is Chris’s youngest sister. My dad married us, and my mom was my matron of honor! Chris’s dad was his best man as well. I painted a re-creation of the mountain and house from the movie UP! (one of our faves!), and the guests put their thumbprints on it like balloons. The reception was in the barn and the ceremony was outside on the hills. I made each centerpiece by hand by vintage postcards with cute sayings (example: “We’re having and H— of a time!” There really were dashes after the “H!”) and hand-dipping each bottle. I got the milk glass vases at thrift stores, along with the succulent pots. Friends volunteered to make cupcakes instead of us having a cake. My grandmother, Julia, my namesake, made our little cake to cut: red velvet from scratch. I made the cake plates from vintage plates from Goodwill and candlesticks! I made hearts on the cupcakes and the big “F” too! In the reception shots, you’ll see the ribbon chair backs I made for Chris’s and my chairs. I painted small mirrors black and wrote “bride” and “groom” on them with chalk! I got “FOREVER” engraved into his ring because that’s what he texted me the night we got engaged. :)

Wedding Photography: Ben & Colleen Wedding Photographers / Wedding Venue + Catering: White Oaks Barn in Dahlonega, Georgia / Decor: DIY by the Bride / Cupcakes: Friends / Wedding Dress: Wtoo via Bride Beautiful / Bride’s Veil: DIY / Hair + Makeup: Friends

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Montaluce Winery & Estates Wedding from Artstar by Laura Stone

When I look (and when I say look, I mean gaze in awe and wonder at every click) through the pretty pretty pretty photographs from the lovely Artstar by Laura Stone, I’m caught up in all of the beauty and splendor of these two gorgeous lovebirds at the Montaluce Winery & Estates. The talents behind Lovelee Affairs have made this pink, yellow and gray color palette one that I simply can’t.get.enough.of. From the invitations from Alee and Press to the to.die.for Vera Wang number, this wedding is all things charming and splendid. Take a look at the full wedding in our gallery, right here.

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From the Bride… I often call David my better half. He’s got traits I sometimes lack: patience, athleticism and a sense of humor that makes me giggle every day. We met less than a year after I graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago. I had moved to Atlanta for my first-ever real job as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and I didn’t know a soul. Little did I know, two years prior, my future husband graduated from Virginia Tech and moved to Atlanta to work at a software company. After our first date over fondue and South African wine (we both had spent some time there and loved the country), the chemistry was instantaneous. We’ve talked every day since that date four and a half years ago, and he has become my best friend. David proposed on October 3, 2010, after work on a Friday. He tried to convince me to go on a walk to Piedmont Park. He had planned to propose at our favorite spot we like running by, a small spot overlooking the water where you can see the Atlanta skyline. But I was tired and stubbornly made my way upstairs where I found champagne and rose petals everywhere. The next thing I knew, David was on one knee asking me to marry him. The answer was obvious!

Because our family and friends live all over the world, we thought it would be the most convenient to host the party in Atlanta. Of course, we also selected Atlanta for its sentimental value: It’s where our relationship deepened and evolved, both as a couple and personally as we transitioned into grownups. This wedding meant so much for our families; especially mine since I am the first of all my siblings and cousins on both sides to get married. My parents came to the U.S. from Taiwan, so this was their first American wedding. I wanted to create a romantic but modern feel for the wedding by using vintage items. I’ve also always had penchant for details, so we made sure to add vintage family photos of ourselves and families, as well as incorporating a homemade map that reflected the adventures we love in our lives. I selected yellow because it reminded me of warmth and happiness and added gray to balance out the brightness. The shades of pink satisfied my girly side, and I had always wanted pink in my wedding! I worked with our florist to pick out gorgeous pink peonies that really added to the softness I wanted in the wedding. I’m also a huge fan of simple, clean lines and fonts. The letterpress invitations I designed were all hand-pressed by David at a local vendor with a great old-fashioned machine!

We wanted to bring a bit of both of our cultures (Taiwanese and Italian) to the wedding. We incorporated a Taiwanese tea ceremony during the reception and used my great-grandparents’ tea set. It’s customary in Taiwanese culture to pass tea to your elders, and in return, they hand you a red envelope with your wedding gift and give you a piece of advice for your life ahead. We also selected Montaluce, which featured Tuscan architecture, to add in David’s Italian roots. We served an assortment of fresh Italian pastas and dishes for the main course. My most vivid memory from the wedding day right after our officiant pronounced us husband and wife. The moment of walking back down the aisle with David, hand in hand, was a sweet memory I’ll have forever. I can remember our friends and family smiling at us, the music playing in the background and how the best party of our lives was about to begin. David and I both spent three years volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, and the experience really meant a lot to us. We decided to donate to the charity, and we had the kids come help us assemble all the favors.

Wedding Photography: Artstar by Laura Stone / Wedding Venue: Montaluce Winery & Estates in Dahlonega, Georgia / Wedding Planning, Floral + Event Design: Jade Lee of Lovelee Affairs / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Publix / Wedding Invitations: Alee and Press / Menus: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Earrings: Tiffany & Co., Borrowed from Her Sister-in-Law / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Ceremony Music: Lark Chamber Music

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Dahlonega Wedding at Wolf Mountain Vineyards by Amy Arrington Photography

When you’re a lover of wine and the great outdoors, it makes total sense to get married in a vineyard. And that’s exactly what this adorable couple did. Every detail from the cute as can be flower girl’s floral head wreath to the simple mercury glass centerpieces was captured perfectly by Amy Arrington Photography. And lucky for us, there’s an entire gallery just full of images to inspire! Click here for more!

From the Bride… As soon as Bryan and I saw Wolf Mountain Vineyard, we knew that this was the venue that we wanted to get married at. Beyond being wine enthusiasts, Bryan and I have a deep passion for the outdoors … especially mountains. Bryan has lived in the North Georgia mountains his whole life, and we have enjoyed many hiking trips together. I am thrilled to say that our wedding day was perfect. I was expecting some flaws along the way because of all the horror stories I have heard from other weddings. Lindsey and Linda from Wolf Mountain were terrific making sure that the day went according to plan and that our whole family was looked after. We got married on May 5, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. It was also the night of the super-moon, so our guests got an amazing view from the back patio. Bryan and I are more than pleased with the vendors that we chose for our wedding, and if we were to do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Wedding Photography: Amy Arrington Photography / Wedding Venue: Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega, Georgia / Floral Design: The Flower Post / Officiant: Durwood Snead / Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin / Wedding Invitations: Paper Affair / Harp: Lisa Handman / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Hair: Alisa Lawson / Makeup: Lindsey Bryant Carter / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse