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Burge Plantation Wedding from Mockingbird Photography

I have never planned a wedding in Georgia, but I can only imagine that choosing the perfect locale for your Big Day must be seriously difficult.  Difficult, because every last venue is drop-dead gorgeous, filled with Southern charm and straight from a romantic fairytale.  Take for example this beautiful Mansfield soiree held at the Burge Plantation, an amazing backdrop to play host to this darling couple’s dream of a garden party style affair, complete with mason jars, DIY florals and glorious images by Mockingbird Photography.  See so much more right here.

From the Bride… We married in my hometown of Covington, Georgia. Despite the forecasted 90% chance of thunderstorms, we were lucky enough to have a bright, sunny day with relatively mild temperatures for Georgia in June. This was great since I refused to make a rain contingency plan! Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at Burge Plantation- I wanted a wedding that felt like a summer garden party, with lots of fun and camaraderie, while still embodying southern traditions. Burge Plantation was a fabulous venue to make that a reality. The ceremony took place on the porch of an old plantation home, dinner for 175 was served indoors, and dancing took place underneath the stars. My husband built lawn games to entertain our non-dancing guests, mason jar luminaries hung from willow tree branches, and hydrangeas around the grounds were in full bloom. It was just the garden party we had in mind. The venue also had cabins for both the gents and ladies of the bridal party to get ready in that day – I was surprised by sweet, heartfelt letters from both my groom and my bridesmaids, and we sipped mimosas while curling each other’s hair all afternoon. We were able to take advantage of the lush greenery on the grounds – sunflowers, gardenias, hydrangeas, and peaches all seemed to be in bloom just for our special day.

I wanted a breezy summer pallet and landed on colors of turquoise, green, and peach. The bridesmaids wore turquoise and their well-worn cowboy boots: a true Georgia girl staple. Fathers and groomsmen wore classic black tuxes, with ties picked out by John Henry and cotton boutonnieres that I created myself.

There were several homemade components to our wedding, which made it very personal and special to us. One of my favorite memories is working on flower arrangements with my mother two days before the wedding. We designed and arranged all of the flowers ourselves, and my mother worked on collecting blue glass bottles, mason jars, and other décor elements during our engagement. My husband built our lawn games and I used scrap wood to create rustic directional signs and seating assignments, and even a cake stand. Pictures from our grandparents’ weddings adorned a fireplace mantle, and we each had a signature drink for our guests to try: White Russian for the groom, and Amaretto Sour for the bride. Guests danced well into the night, and the party continued at a nearby hotel for quite some time from our understanding.

We both agree that our outdoor, garden party style wedding turned out to be better than either of us could have imagined. It was such a blessing to spend a night with family and friends from all over the country as they helped us celebrate our new marriage.

Wedding Photography: Kaitlynn Mockett from Mockingbird Photography / Second Photographer: Laura Greenich / Wedding Venue: Burge Plantation in Mansfield, Georgia / Event Planning: Dawn Leonetti from Burge Plantation / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride + Mother / Cinematography: Eric Swanburg Productions / Wedding Invitations: Fine and Dandy Paperie / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Shoes: Ariat

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North Georgia Wedding from Leslie & Dusty Photography

We’re wrapping up another fabulously pretty week here at SMP Georgia with this vintage inspired wedding by Leslie & Dusty Photography. Planned in just nine short months, it’s filled with the prettiest touches including pops of purple and some out of this world floral displays. Click here for the full gallery!

From the Bride… As a soon-to-be bride, you know how everyone keeps telling you to give yourself as much time as possible to plan your wedding? Well, if you’re planning a remote destination wedding, or in my case, in your hometown when you live 5-6 states away, just take the advice! Luckily, as I planned our wedding in Atlanta from my apartment in Washington, D.C., I had the help of my mom, sister, cousin and aunt who all lived in the Atlanta area and played a very integral role in creating what ended up being the exact wedding I had envisioned.

My very first decision was our photographer, who just so happened to be a good friend from my high school cheerleading days. Leslie and her husband Dusty shot our wedding and as you can see from the photos, they were absolutely exceptional!! Next up was the dress. I noticed the gorgeous lace and pleated tier skirt of the Lazaro dress first, and absolutely had to try it on – even if it was exactly the opposite of what I thought I wanted. The second I had it on, I knew that was the dress I would walk down the isle and spend the most amazing evening of my life in. Using the dress as my inspiration for the rest of the wedding details, I embarked on planning a romantic, vintage-styled wedding. My beautiful bridesmaids ended up picking out the dress they all wore, providing me with more inspiration for the overall look and feel of the wedding. And, my amazingly creative cousin, Jennifer Maddox, offered to design and produce our save-the-dates, ceremony programs, place cards, guest gift notes and menu. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without her! She knew exactly what I wanted, every time.

The one major hiccup? Dirk decided to gift all the groomsmen their handmade suites (an extremely thoughtful gesture that everyone ended up really enjoying!) However, after months and months of choosing fabrics, tie patterns, shirt materials and cuts, and coordinating measurements, the week of the wedding came around and no one had their suits! Thankfully, my loving husband jumped on the issue, dealing with tailors in four different cities and coordinating the delivery of each and every one of the suits the day of the wedding.

But, everything finally ended up coming together as the magical event it was because of our florist, Mr. Paul Brummer from Rooms in Bloom. I was stressing out in a major way leading up to the wedding, because being in D.C. meant that I was unable to actually see any of the flowers that Paul would be able to use for the wedding. It was nerve racking, not being able to visualize what it would ended up looking like. However, the moment I stepped into the ballroom after Dirk and I took our “first glance” photos, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and great sense of relief I experienced. Seeing Paul’s one of a kind artwork brought to life was just perfect! And, best of all, Dirk and I enjoyed every single moment – thanks in part to our wonderful band, A-Town A-List. Not to mention all the love and support we received from our family and friends, many of which traveled from far-off places such as California and Germany (where Dirk is from). In the end, the 9 months we had to plan the wedding truly ended up paying off and I wouldn’t trade any aspect of our wedding for anything different!

Wedding Photography: Leslie & Dusty Photography / Wedding Venue: Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia / Floral Design: Paul Brummer from Rooms in Bloom / Wedding Cake: Two Urban Licks / Band: A town A List / Makeup: Shannon Jennings from Formal Faces

North Georgia Wedding at Walnut Hill Farm from Soli Photography

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I am a huge fan of love. In particular, love stories. Hearing how two people made their journey from meeting to their wedding always captures my undivided attention, and stories like this one truly show what a journey it can be. But when they made it to that aisle? It was perfection filled with sentimental touches that will make your heart melt. Like the ring bearer bringing their rings down on a bed of their love letters while the Groom was deployed. I know, it’s amazing…and there is more from Soli Photography waiting for you right here.

Can’t get enough of this couple? We can’t either. So be sure to tune to their adorable film from Sea & Sky Films

From the Bride… Andrew and I met a couple of months before he was supposed to leave for boot camp. When we first started dating I knew there was something about this guy that was completely different than anyone I had ever dated. It just felt right! He left for Fort Benning, GA, then it was off to airborne school, and then it was time for us to find where he would be stationed. I will never forget the look on his face when he told me he was going to be stationed in Alaska. Andrew was stationed in Alaska for 3 ½ years and I can honestly say when I went to visit him those were some of the best times in our relationship! His year long deployment was difficult but we made it through and in 2011 he returned home to us for good!

The day that I went to view Walnut Hill Farm I fell in love. I just knew it was the perfect place for our wedding! So on a hot spring day in May we were married at the beautiful Walnut Hill Farms. When contemplating about the overall style of our wedding we both agreed that southern elegance was the only option. We love relaxing and being outdoors and we wanted our guests to feel the same. When beginning this journey we decided to plan our entire wedding ourselves down to every last detail. First and foremost we wanted God to be the center of our celebration. It was finally real that we were getting married after being engaged for 3 ½ years! Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved family heirlooms. My dad and I both enjoy collecting antiques and many of them were passed down from previous generations. We were able to use many of them in our wedding to make it that much more personal and memorable. It was a blast to get to plan and decorate with my dad. I loved all of the personal touches in our wedding. My father in-law cut down a tree from their yard, my husband sanded and stained it, and my sister in-law was able to burn our names into the wood. Once this piece was finished we used it as the base for the grooms cake. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when our ring bearer carried our stacks of handwritten letters from boot camp and Afghanistan down the aisle.

I remember standing in the barn with my dad and the doors were about to open for us to walk down the aisle. I could hear one of our favorite songs playing and then I heard my bridesmaid Amanda start singing and playing the guitar, which was our cue. Beautiful white petals lay daintily on the stone path that was lined with shepherd’s hooks and swinging flower filled mason jars that led to the altar. In there hung antique weathered windows surrounded by our perfect wedding party waiting for us to say our vows. It was everything I had ever dreamed of and I couldn’t believe it was finally happening! The ceremony was beautiful and then the lovely barn doors opened and the fun at the reception began. I hopped into my reception dress and we danced the night away. I had so many people tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to which made me feel like all of our hard work paid off. God has truly blessed Andrew and I and we are excited for our future!

Wedding Photography: Soli Photography / Wedding Venue: Walnut Hill Farm in Dalton, Georgia / Floral Design: Humphreys / Wedding Cinematography: Sea & Sky Films / Invitations: One Little M / DJ + Lighting: Soundforce / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN

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Georgia Wedding from Audra Starr Photography + The Funky Shack

This couple? They are adorable. And it only takes one look at their wedding captured by Audra Starr Photography to know they are squeeze-worthy. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that their wedding was equally charming. Rustic with the perfect amount of sweetness, every nook and cranny if filled with love-filled details. The gorgeous Bride described her big day as “better than any board she could have pinned”, and I do believe she is right. See it all here!

From Audra Starr PhotographyBrittany White+Jacob McCullough are one of my new favorite couples, and I’m sure you won’t be able to help falling in love with them too! They have this totally disarming way about them that can put anyone at ease. Brittany is super charming and witty, and Jacob is the epitome of manly man (and is definitely the guy you want on your trivia time, he knows everything!). They live simply, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. And the best part? They are ALL about each other.

Every little piece of their wedding reflected them, and even though they wanted to keep it simple, they still managed to make it stunning and full of charm. They had their close friends and family set-up by the little lake to watch them exchange vows, and had everyone surround them in the middle of the ceremony to pray over them and their new lives together. Right as they were finishing the ceremony, the sun started creeping down, so we were able to get some drool-worthy pictures of just the two of them! They had some awesome set-up’s brought in by the Funky Shack for their reception, and they turned a little open-air pavillion into a quaint little dance hall. She made one of her own garters to out-girl the other camo garter she got in Jacob’s honor (of course). She’s also a teacher and loves all things kids, so they included a little chalk table for them to play games on and also had little mad libs and other games on each of the tables. They even had a biscuit AND mashed potato bar with toppings galore to go along with their country cooked dinner set-up. After the food fest, everyone let their hair down and danced the night away. Which of course, didn’t hurt fighting off the cold! It was really an amazing story to be told, and it was an honor coming alongside of them to be a part of it. I’m so happy for these guys!

From the Bride… Our wedding was a classic, rustic affair full of southern charm. Better than any board I could have created or pin I could have pinned. The crisp November air and fall leaves made the lakeside ceremony and candle-lit reception the perfect setting to start our life together.

Photography: Audra Starr Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Venue in Brooks, Georgia / Event Design: The Funky Shack / Floral Design: Leslie Longstreth (Family Friend) / Caterer: Teresa Carter from Southern Touch Catering / Invitations: VistaPrint / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Shoes: Dyeables


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Young Harris Wedding from Karie Denny Photography

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love Fall weddings.  And when it’s a Fall wedding chock-full of candles, twinkle lights, rustic details and a roaring fire?  I love it even more.  Which is why I am currently obsessing non-stop over this little gem of an affair captured beautifully by Karie Denny Photography.  It’s a crisp Autumn landscape meets one heartwarming detail after another meets the world’s cutest ever bride and groom.  Or as I like to call it, Fall perfection through and through.  See so much more right here.

From Karie Denny Photography… Scattered clouds and tall pines filled the skies at Brasstown Valley on November 12, 2012. We stepped out of our cabin, took a walk to the lodge and saw our bride, Elizabeth, getting ready. One of my favorite moments as a wedding photographer is seeing the bride for the first time on her wedding day. And Elizabeth was no different. She was in her “little bride” robe, cross legged, hands folded in her lap, twisting her engagement ring around her finger, while the hair stylist worked her magic. Across the lodge, Jamie, the groom was playing pool with his groomsmen. The excitement built as Jamie and Elizabeth had a private (but photographed) moment of prayer before their ceremony. They did not want to see one another before the ceremony, so we found a perfect spot for them to hold hands in prayer with one another. It was a teary/beautiful moment for all of us involved.

The location looked out onto a gorgeous display of Atlanta’s fall trees. It was the perfect backdrop for their rustic-chic affair. Flower arrangements of pink and white filled every space perfectly. The details were effortless, with twinkle lights in all the right places and a fireplace blazing. Candles and lanterns set the mood. As everyone said when they saw it, they said, “It is SOOOO Elizabeth.”

Little splashes of sunlight would peek through the clouds as the ceremony wrapped up. The light and sky could not have been better for pictures. The sky was on fire as the sun set on this couple’s afternoon. We were truly blessed to be a part of such an intimate affair.

Wedding Photography: Karie Denny Photography / Wedding Venue: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, Georgia / Floral Design: Claudia Floyd / Wedding Cake: The Cakelady & Company / Wedding Invitations: Jenny Daniels / DJ: Spectrum Entertainment / Wedding Dress + Shoes: Winnie Couture / Hair: Daniele Shlien / Makeup: Victoria Joubert / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique / Men’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank

North Georgia Mountains Wedding from Laura Barnes Photo

Georgia has the charm thing down, don’t you think? It certainly sets the bar for me with its love-filled fêtes and southern style-filled soirees. Well, Laura Barnes sent along another stunner that fits oh-so-nicely in that charming category with its bountiful fall-inspired blooms from Buds & Blossoms Florist and adorable new Mr. & Mrs. It’s lovely and then some, and it’s all waiting for you right here.

From Laura Barnes Photo Meredith and Allen had a gorgeous wedding in the North Georgia mountains. October weather can be a little unpredictable in Georgia, but their day had such beautiful fall colors and a cool breeze. Huge win! The wedding reception took place at a private airplane hanger’s resort. It was completely surrounded by a wall of windows that showed off the mountains and fall colors. These two were such a dream to work with. Meredith is very organized, and it was a huge help in making sure their day went as perfectly as possible. I’m so glad to have watched them become husband and wife!

Wedding Photography: Laura Barnes Photo / Ceremony: Clayton Baptist Church in Clayton, Georgia / Reception: Heaven’s Landing in Clayton, Georgia / Floral Design: Buds & Blossoms Florist / Catering + Wedding Cake: Valley Café / DJ: Keeping It Clean DJ Service / Wedding Dress: /  Hair: Meagan DuPriest / Men’s Tuxedos: Squire Shop