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If “classic Southern wedding” were an entry in the dictionary, this wedding would surely provide the accompanying picture. There are so very many heartwarming family moments and such lush surroundings… Thanks to the incredible Heidi of Our Labor of Love for sending this party our way!

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From the bride, Kristen: We live in North Carolina, which is away from all of our family and friends in Georgia. So we wanted a little bit of a smaller wedding (exactly 100 guests), but do a whole wedding weekend. Everyone stayed at Barnsley Gardens in their own private cottage throughout the weekend. Due to the beautiful, but slightly more rustic nature of our venue, we decided we wanted an old southern charm feel– we called it vintage romance with elegance.

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Our wedding was soft, romantic, nature, vintage, southern. Aspects in the wedding that reflected those adjectives were: the primary color was pewter–it is classic and worked perfectly with the morning coat tuxedos the groom and groomsmen wore. But it was the color incorporated into the beautiful china used at all the place settings and the tons and tons of mercury glass candles and vases; we did a lot of DIY: We put together our ancestor table with lots of different pewter and silver “found frames” over the year of planning. We also did our Table Seating Chart in 10 different large, old silver frames (each table had it’s own frame).

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georgia black tie wedding

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georgia black tie wedding

Blogs! There are so many unique ideas out there, that I could not stop searching the blogs and coming up with more ideas to be incorporated into my own wedding. What makes a wedding great are the unique, personal touches–searching blogs and seeing the other unique ideas out there helped drive me to think outside the box, and come up with other unique touches.

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georgia black tie wedding

First Dance Song:
Etta James: At Last. Our first date was when we were both 15 years old, and we are now 28. You can see the symbolism. :)

View the rest of the wedding here

Wedding vendors (Adairsville, GA)

Wedding venue: Barnsley Gardens / Wedding photographer: Our Labor of Love by Heidi / Wedding coordinator: Louise Hanlon of Classic Weddings / Florist: Catherine Walther from Arrangements / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Wedding Shoes: Vera Wang / Wedding Sash: Original Design from Lazaro, all from Bridals by Lori / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaid Dresses: Dress Style: Jim Hjelm (JH5070); Color: Graphite / Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Morning Coat Tuxedos / Band: Complete Desire / Super 8 Film Videographer: Craig Johnson / Transportation: Everyone was staying at Barnsley Gardens the whole weekend! We did not need to drive anywhere! / Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin / Groom’s Cake: Blackbird Bakery / Caterer: Barnsley Gardens did all food and beverage / Wedding Invitations, Programs, and Menus: Paces Paper in Atlanta.

  • beautiful wedding! i love the cake and the centerpieces are so cute!

    love the blog makeover too – looks great!

  • Love the ‘photo’ table, something i’m doing for my own wedding! This is such a beautiful wedding, very classic

  • Love the socks and the bridesmaids dresses! Has sort of “polished” look about it, very put together! :)

  • nikki

    loooooove those shoes. i need to find them!

  • Heidi

    Thank you ladies for featuring this wedding! xoxo.

  • So, so pretty. Those bridesmaids must have felt like princesses, too!

  • Anna-Maria

    Absolutely beautiful – that dress is amazing!

  • This wedding is just gorgeous! The bridesmaids dresses are fun and so elegant!

  • Ali B

    I love this venue!!! and your wedding looks beautiful!

  • It was a pleasure to work with the bride on her save the dates, stationery, guest cottage packets and custom wedding monogram that was used throughout the wedding. What a beautiful day and stunning couple!

  • Annette

    I’m in LOVE with the light pink shoes (Vera Wang?). Can anyone point me in the right direction for finding a pair of my own?

  • Rose

    I hate to be a nitpicker, but the title for this showcase is a bit inaccurate. The wedding is gorgeous; don’t get me wrong! However, they’re in morning dress, which is completely different from black tie. I was a bit confused by the mismatch there.

    • Amanda

      Rose, you’re totally right. Thanks for the heads up, it’s fixed!