As I put these real weddings and events together week in and week out, my hope is always that you are 1. inspired and 2. that you look forward to viewing new features. With today’s real North Georgia wedding, I feel confident that you’ll be both. This wedding is thoughtful and beautiful, and in my humble opinion, those are the best kind. Atlanta wedding photographer Melissa Hume encapsulates the love this couple shares…and all of the sweet details that make it one to remember!
Can you give us an overview of the event? Jacob and I were married on June 3, 2011 at The Chimneys at Big Canoe, a wedding venue located in North Georgia. We had an outdoor ceremony, and our reception was both indoors and outdoors. Our color scheme was very simple, southern, and had a natural feel to it because of the venue location.
Was there a specific theme or style? Sweet, southern, and natural feel. The colors were peachy-pink, mint green, dove grey, and ivory. We all joked that it was a “sweet,burlap-themed wedding.”
What inspired the theme or style? I think the venue definitely set the tone for our theme with the trees and beautiful sceneries. I’ve always been drawn to simplicity and vintage-inspired pieces, and would like to think that’s how our wedding decor turned out!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? Well, for starters, my Maid of Honor turned her speech into a rap with her brothers as her backup singers. Very unforgettable moment to say the least, haha. We also had a tree that we literally cut down from my parents’ backyard and hung cookies shaped like peaches on it for our guests. I also surprised Jacob with chocolate covered donuts during the cake cutting! I tried to make each detail memorable, as well as complimentary to our personalities. I had many friends tell me “This wedding fits your personality perfectly!”
Did you DIY any of the details? I made a sign reading “Kelley and Jacob”, and two arrows pointing in opposite directions – one read “I do”, the other reading “We did.” I also designed the ‘For You’ tags used for the favors, our wedding invitations, and save the date cards. I carried our peachy-pink theme throughout each of the designs. Lastly, I made our “Thank You” wooden sign to turn into “Thank You” postcards for our guests!
What was the most memorable moment? The most memorable moment for me was seeing Jacob for the first time, noticing him crying as I walked down the aisle, and knowing for certain God had brought us to this point.
Tell us about the food and desserts. We had wonderful food at the wedding(though Jacob and I didn’t eat until we were in the car)catered by Talk of The Town Atlanta. We had a mashed potato bar where guests took a martini glass, filled the glass with either regular or sweet potatos and added toppings of cinnamon sugar, chives, marshmellows, etc. We also had cuban sliders that were my personal favorite, and a great vegetable spread. Our wedding cake was made up of miniature cupcakes (flavors: funfetti, red velvet, and vanilla). We did have a top of a cake that was funfetti – my favorite! And of course the chocolate donuts, Jake’s favorite.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be? Hm.. I would have worked on my Thank You notes the week we returned from the honeymoon and gotten them out sooner than I did. Whoops.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever? Jacob and I met through a mutual friend while playing volleyball during Maymester 2009 of undergrad. I was fond of him from the get go, but was leaving for the entire summer. We talked over the summer apart, and he even visited me while I was away! When we returned to undergrad the following semester, we were friends for a while and decided to begin dating soon thereafter! That is, after I accidently called him my boyfriend and he replied, “Since you mentioned it..” Romantic, we know.
We want to know about all the wedding details. Was it small and intimate or big and traditional? The wedding was pretty large – 200 people, but it still felt very intimate because it was outside and we were able to go around and talk to people easily. We had our pastor (who helped with the proposal) marry us. We also had communion as a couple.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore. My gown was an Impression gown. It was ivory with a sweetheart cut top, ivory sash, and the bottom half had rosettes made out of ribbon throughout. The bridal party wore dove-grey dresses from J. Crew, as well as crocheted flower pieces in their hair from Munclefred Art (a great Etsy vendor. The grooms party wore dove-grey dress pants, black belts, shoes, and black skinny tie with a white long sleeve dress shirt.
What were the honeymoon plans? We traveled to Folly Beach, SC. We stayed in a sweet little cottage and visited Charleston a good bit. It was great!