If there is one color combination that we’ll likely never grow tired of, it’s gray and yellow. Equal parts sunny youth and sophisticated chic, it’s — like the couple who choose it — the perfect pair. Meghan and Mitch are no exception, executing the personal and sweet details of their wedding at Atlanta’s unique wedding venue, The Trolley Barn, flawlessly. Shot by Photography by Shannon, we think this is one you’re going to LOVE.
Can you give us an overview of the event? Three amazing days of celebration over Labor Day Weekend – a rehearsal dinner, wedding, and goodbye brunch. The rehearsal dinner was a country fried affair at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta – sweet tea, yeast rolls, fried green tomatoes, mashed potatoes, collards, country fried steak, baked chicken, peach cobbler for dessert! It was followed by an informal cannonball contest in the pool at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel (sorry guys).The wedding ceremony and reception were held the evening at the Trolley Barn in Inman Park. To complete the long weekend, a brunch catered by Willy’s Mexican Grill was provided for the wedding party and out-of-town friends and family in the Leonards’ backyard before everyone left.
What inspired the theme or style? Mitch is from Mississippi, and I am from Georgia, so we both have a fierce love for the South that runs deep in our blood. Before I moved to Mississippi to get my Master’s in Southern Studies (yes, that exists) from Ole Miss in 2009, I was completing my undergraduate work at Georgia State University and lived in downtown Atlanta for six years, so I wanted our wedding to reflect a love for the city but also of the country since that is where we fell in love – Oxford, Mississippi. We always joke that Mitch is the country mouse and I am the city mouse, but when we are together, it is a happy medium. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of that happy medium.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? I feel like our entire wedding had playful twists – it’s just in our nature. While certainly not a unique thing in weddings lately, our photo booth and the props (blow up instruments, fake mustaches, whiteboard, etc) were quite a hit. We loved going through all the photos and seeing what crazy poses people were in and who had written what on the whiteboard. Mitch and I also have a stuffed snake named Gordon that we carry around on our adventures. He has a very long story behind him, ha, but he is half-good luck charm, half-Flat Stanley photo prop. He popped up in a lot of the wedding pictures; Mitch had him in his breast pocket during the ceremony. People finally asked, “Ok, what’s with the worm?!”
Tell us how you met: A few months after I started graduate school at Ole Miss, Mitch and I met at a bar in Oxford, Miss. called Two Stick. I was there with Novelette (my MOH), and Mitch was there with his roommates at the time: his best man, Aaron Pullen, and Aaron’s girlfriend, Lindsey Hearn (one of my bridesmaids). We all got to talking, and somehow it came out that I hadn’t yet been to an Ole Miss football game. Mitch looked at me and said, “Well, we need to change that.” It just so happened that Ole Miss was playing UAB the next day, so we exchanged numbers and he went on a (successful) late-night search to find tickets. We met in The Grove the next day for some pre-game tailgating action, and it was INSANELY cold for an October day in Mississippi – like, in the 30s during game time. We cuddled up at the game, he bought me hot chocolate, Ole Miss won (highly unusual), and the rest is history.
What were the honeymoon plans? We went on a 10-day tour of Spain. We spent 3 days in Madrid (lots of museums), 3 days in Seville (lots of food and wine and one gory bullfight), and 4 days in Barcelona where we went to a FC Barça game at Camp Nou (Mitch’s favorite moment) and kayaked up the Costa Brava in the Mediterranean (my favorite moment).
Venue: The Trolley Barn | Caterer: Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q | Photographer: Photography by Shannon | Floral & Decor: Stems Atlanta | Boutonnieres: FayeMarie Etsy shop | Rental Equipment: Peachtree Tents and Events | Entertainment: Bitsyland | Stationery: Minted | Event Planner: Unforgettable Soirees | Bridal & Mother of the Bride Makeup: Scoobie West | Cakes: Paul Westin, friend of family | Dessert: Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes