For Karen and Michael, the most important part of their wedding day wasn’t perfecting a theme or style, but rather surrounding themselves with family and friends as they committed their lives to one another. Surround themselves they did, inviting guests to spend the wedding weekend enjoying the natural serenity and unmistakable beauty that is found at The Inn at Serenbe, a wedding venue in Palmetto, Georgia. Karen wanted the natural beauty of Serenbe to dictate the details, as evidenced in both the ceremony and reception sites, where warm yellow, ivory, light grey and navy abounded. Choosing the Inn for both the ceremony and reception locations was one way the pair hoped their celebration would more closely resemble “family camp: spirited, fun and full of lasting memories.” And with hay rides, bocce ball, relay races and more, it looks like plenty of memories were made. For the bride and groom though, it wasn’t only fun and games. “The weekend was playful, but the ceremony was reverent and worshipful,” said Karen. “Committing our lives to each other and exchanging our vows in front of our friends and family was truly the most memorable moment.” Images by Peachtree City, Georgia wedding photographer Peachtree Photography.
Much like meeting the man of your dreams, brides often have that gut feeling when it comes to their gowns. “I saw [my dress] at a Watters trunk show and it fit perfectly right off the rack,” said Karen. “This dress was made for me! In fact, I was the first person to buy the dress and even got to meet the designer.”
“While discussing different ideas we realized pretty quickly we wanted to create a weekend family camp. From there it was easy!” said Karen. “The fried chicken rehearsal dinner and welcome social, the relay races on Saturday, the outdoor ceremony and reception by the lake, and a bonfire and marshmallows under the full moon. It all just fell into place!”
Upon arrival at the reception, each guest found a cowbell with his/her name and a farm animal on it. As a pseudo scavenger hunt, guests had to match their farm animal to the table with the corresponding picture! A great way to encourage mixing and mingling amongst your guests, and infuse even more personality into your party.
FOOD AND CAKE
Karen and Michael put together a menu based on their favorite dining spots in Atlanta. Their focus was on fresh and local ingredients with added Southern flair. Sweet potato biscuits with shaved ham was a crowd favorite, but the real scene stealer was the cake. A buttermilk pound cake with praline frosting and amaretto filling. It was, according to Karen, “ridiculous!”
Venue: The Inn at Serenbe | Photography: Peachtree Photography | Catering & Decor: Gloriosa | Murals and Custom Painting: Mad Rose Studio | Band: Kingsized | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Lori | Hair & Makeup: Ann Jacobs | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Cake Topper: Country Squirrels-R-US on Etsy