It could be said that in the case of Courtney and Evan, the great outdoors is the third person in their relationship. Having spent much of their time hiking, biking and exploring together (Evan even proposed on the beach), it was no surprise that this couple would want to celebrate the happiest day of their lives outside. With a mutual love for the fall, they chose an October wedding, selecting a color palette of chocolate brown and warm oranges, golds and reds to reflect the season. On October 23, 2010, friends and family of Courtney and Evan gathered at the scenic Adairsville wedding venue Barnsley Gardens for the ceremony. Courtney and her father entered the ceremony by horse drawn carriage; it was one of the day’s most memorable moments. The reception was celebrated under the stars inside a clear tent, delicately strung tea-lights offering a warm amber glow. Before the night ended, the newlyweds snuck out of the tent to savor an outside view of the celebration. “It was so neat to step back and take that private moment,” said Courtney. “We truly felt so loved and blessed that night.” Images by Atlanta wedding photographer The Decisive Moment.
Courtney wore a fit to flare Monique Lhuillier gown that featured intricate lace detailing and a delicate ribbon around the waist. She also wore a matching chapel length veil by the same designer. Of her dream dress, Courtney says, “It was love at first sight! The dress fit me like a glove and was the most comfortable thing I have ever worn.”
Courtney handmade the simple wooden signs placed throughout the Barnsley Gardens property to direct guests to the ceremony and reception, lending itself to the weekend’s southern charm. She also crafted individual wooden chip place cards for each guest, a natural element that continued into the rest of the reception decor.
Peachtree Tents and Events provided a stunning clear tent that allowed the beauty of nature that Courtney and Evan love to be a continued element at their reception. The softly lit tea-lights both enhanced the setting and set the ambiance for the intimate but festive celebration.
Venue and Catering: Barnsley Gardens | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | Photographer: The Decisive Moment | Stationery: Paper Affair and Bumblebee Press | Decor: Parties to Die For | Music: The Dickens and Arms Akimbo | Rentals: Peachtree Tents and Events | Ceremony Music: Poulenc String Quartet | Hair & Makeup: Jamison Shaw Hairdressers | Horse and Carriage: Back In Time | Day of Planner: Emily Roselli