It’s so fun to see new wedding, reception and party venues popping up in the most unlikely of places. Take for example, Nic and Molly’s wedding was held at a repurposed Cotton Warehouse, a unique wedding venue in Monroe, GA. The exposed brick, interesting architecture, history and incredible staff made it the perfect place for the pair to tie the knot. The photographs from Marietta, GA wedding photographer Tim Harman prove it, too! Don’t miss all of the details in the gallery below!
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our ceremony and reception were held in the same location at The Cotton Warehouse in downtown Monroe, Georgia. We were one of the first five weddings to ever be held at this new venue but the staff were like veterans and extremely professional. The ceremony was in the evening outside in a fenced in garden area and the reception was inside the space that really is an old cotton warehouse. It was a night full of friends, family, fun, dancing and most importantly, love.
Was there a specific theme or style? There really wasn’t a specific theme or style. The venue itself had so much to offer in décor so decorations on our part weren’t as necessary. We played off our flower colors and tried to incorporate as much of our own personality into everything. The only goal we had of the wedding was to make sure everyone had fun!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? I have never been a fan of guest books for the reason that I was unsure what to do with it after wedding. Instead we opted for a “wish tree”. We had a small tree in a stand on the table with tags nearby. Guests wrote their wishes for Nic and I for the day, our marriage and our life and then hung them on the tree. We have now used these wish tags to collage together and be the border around a wedding picture. It was so special to read through all the wishes once we got home from the honeymoon! One of the groomsman is a musician so instead of the traditional bridal march, I walked down the aisle to him playing “So This Is Love” from Cinderella on the keyboard. Our friend Aaron that was a major piece of the puzzle for Nic and I to meet is an ordained reverend. He was the one that married us and I would not have wanted it any other way. Our ceremony was very special to us because we didn’t just meet Aaron. He knew us as two separate people inside and out and was able to make the ceremony extremely intimate and personal. Instead of one wedding cake and a groom’s cake, we went with a small two tier wedding cake to cut and then eight other cakes of different flavors. These were used as the centerpieces on half of the tables so it gave an opportunity for guests to not only have whatever flavor of cake they wished, it also forced the guests to get up and mingle with one another.
What was the most memorable moment? The most memorable moment was seeing Nic for the first time. We chose to see each other before the ceremony. I will never forget approaching him and his face when he turned around. Our wedding party was also outside with us and taking part in this moment. At this time Nic presented me with a journal that he had bought for me that also included a letter to me about why he wants to spend the rest of his life with me and what he is excited about for our future. I loved this time together because it gave us an opportunity to pray together before the actual ceremony. Nic agrees that this was the most memorable moment for him. He says that this was the case because since falling in love with me, he had the anticipation of seeing me as his bride and this was the moment that it became a reality.
Tell us about the food and desserts: Our food was catered by Beyond Details. The owners also own our venue. It was ah-mazing, especially the macaroni and cheese! We chose to do buffet style complete with a martini salad bar. I have the world’s largest sweet tooth so naturally we had to do a candy bar as the guest’s favor complete with all of Nic and I’s favorite candy. Nic and I cut a two tier wedding cake and there were eight other flavored cakes on half of the guest’s tables.
What is the best wedding advice you received? My mom told me all throughout the planning and even the day of: “at the end of the day, you are still married to the love of your life” I repeated this to myself all week prior to the wedding as I saw that our outdoor ceremony might be a rainout. I repeated this when a groomsman still did not have his suit two days before the wedding. I repeated this to myself when we realized the florist was missing a corsage. I repeated this to myself when our original centerpieces were denied the day of the wedding because we didn’t read the contract carefully. And now, I tell this to all the brides who’s weddings I am a part of because it holds so much truth. The wedding is one day of your life, the marriage is a lifetime.
What are the honeymoon plans? The morning after the wedding we flew to a Sandals resort in St. Lucia for five nights that was a treat from Nic’s parents. It was the perfect mix of relaxation, sleep, beach and adventure. If we weren’t hanging by the pool or on the beach we were ziplining through the rainforest, riding horses bareback in the ocean or sharing a romantic candlelit dinner for two on the beach. All-inclusive resort was the way to go for a honeymoon because it literally left you with absolutely nothing to worry about. Our engagement was a week shy of six months long so by the time the honeymoon came, our brains were working overtime and ready for this relaxation.