One word to describe these nuptials? Lovely. And that’s not a word I use lightly! That word for me describes something with an extra-special delicacy and softness, two qualities that this celebration possesses in abundance! Ashley and Sean’s springtime wedding took place in the fresh green Georgia countryside at Chattahoochee wedding venue Serenbe. The bride glowed with happiness in her pure white gown of silk taffeta, and a hydrangea blue was chosen for the dresses of her bridesmaids. Sean bore an almost old-fashioned charm (Gilbert Blythe, anyone?) in his khaki pants and vest, bleach white shirt, and striped tie as he stood before 150 guests awaiting his bride, and the sweet sound of acoustic guitars filled the air as Ashley’s father escorted her down the aisle. Sunshine filtered down through the tree limbs above them as the sweethearts made their vows, and after the ceremony everyone made their way inside to enjoy some classic country cuisine including barbecue, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, and Brunswick stew! Capo 3, the three person acoustic band from the ceremony, played a variety of tunes for guests to groove to at the reception, from The Beatles to Lady Antebellum! Savor this truly lovely Southern celebration with these photos by Atlantic wedding photography Rustic White Photography!
Tell us about your wedding gown.
The dress I wore was form Bel Fiore Bridal, in Marietta, Georgia. It was a silk taffeta, Essence of Australia ballgown. The dress was off white and had a sweetheart neckline. There were three floral embellishments at the waistline. It made me feel absolutely gorgeous on our wedding day.
In a wedding, it is definitely worth splurging on the venue and the flowers. These two things combined absolutely made our wedding! The venue is what gives your wedding the feel or theme that you are going for. It sets the stage for the type of wedding you want. It was unbelievable to me what a difference the flowers made to the venue. They are what made it even more gorgeous than it already was standing alone. If you are going to splurge anywhere in your budget, I would definitely recommend doing it in these two places.
Don’t sweat whether or not the flower girl or ring bearer is going to make it down the aisle. They are adorable if they do make it and adorable if they panic and don’t! It’s not worth the stress of worrying over. We had a 5 year old herald that carried a heart sign that said “Uncle Sean, Here comes your girl!” He made it down the aisle but was using the sign as a gun to shoot at birds and stuff in the middle of the ceremony. Everyone thought he was cute as could be, so don’t stress over the little ones in your wedding!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
I would have to say that our officiant, Chad Sipes, as well as Sean’s best man, his brother, Patrick, really made our ceremony. Both were able to give the ceremony a little bit of humor while keeping it a serious time of holy matrimony. At one point, Chad was having Sean repeat after him for our vows. He had to remind Sean that it was okay to look at me, as he was marrying me, not Chad (I think Sean just got caught up repeating what he was saying)! Then we went on to exchange the rings. Sean turned to his brother to get the ring from him. He checked his pockets and pulled out a ring pop while saying, “man, this is all I’ve got!” He did actually have my ring, but it lightened up the mood which was a great thing for us!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Sean and I met through a mutual friend. I worked with him at the time and Sean was living with him. He invited me to go to church with him and his fiance. There I met Sean. We ended up going to Cracker Barrel the next weekend and talked for hours. We stayed very close friends and hung out frequently. We started dating a few months later.
Did you DIY any of the details?
We definitely had a few DIY projects for the wedding. My mom got a great deal on some mason jars with the handles. Sean’s mom, Catherine Schinella, used her Cricut Machine to print out a monogrammed S and the date of the wedding. We took the time to stick both on every mason jar. We added a tag to the handles for people to write their names and everyone used a mason jar for their drink that night and was able to take it home as our favor as well. We put Sean to work by adding chicken wire to the back of an old screen door. Here we clothes pinned our seating assignments for all of our guests when they arrived to the reception. We had several other DIY projects too. I have to say that we had no problem keeping ourselves busy throughout the year we were engaged!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
The best wedding advice we received was not to go to bed mad at each other and to make an effort to go to bed at the same time at least 3 times a week. Having the same occupation, Sean and I are actually able to do this almost every night. It is something that I absolutely love about our relationship, and I would encourage every couple to try to do this. It just gives you a time everyday to be together and talk about life. It is a time to share and be there for each other. I think this really helps strengthen our relationship.
Photography: Rustic White Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Jamie McPherson | Venue: Serenbe | Entertainment: Capo 3 | Cake: Sweet Caroline’s Cakes | Floral: Mollie Cushing | Bridal Gown: Bel Fiore Bridal | Catering: Simply Catering