For bride-to-be Kendal, the wedding (and man!) of her dreams had always been a fairytale in the making. So after meeting and falling in love with half of that equation, Swayze Waters, it seemed only fitting that he propose in the most storybook location, Disney World! Her dreams continued to be realized though, when the couple began planning their spring wedding on the historic Berry College campus. The old world, romantic charm was just the atmosphere the couple were after. On a sunny day in April, Kendal and Swayze stood before 400 of their friends and family inside the Berry College chapel and said I do, but not before a tuxedo clad ring bearer happily chimed the hour! Ivory chiffon was draped throughout the chapel, while bouquets of white hydrangeas, roses and other soft blooms accented the intricate architecture. A vintage inspired reception followed soon after at Berry Ford Hall, where the bride and groom took center stage for their first dance. After a night filled with toasts, dancing, a towering five-tier cake and many memories made, Kendal and Swayze headed off for their honeymoon in the tropical oasis of St. Lucia. Images by Atlanta wedding photographer Paris Mountain Photography.
Kendal’s wedding dress was a real show stopper, and serves testament to the resurgence of more traditional gowns. The french lace, A-line gown featured a Victorian sweetheart neckline, delicate satin detail at the waist and a dramatic keyhole back. We loved her look paired with her bridesmaids dresses in one of our favorite colors of the moment: cappuccino. So romantic and modern.
Founded in 1902 and boasting more than 26,000 acres, it’s easy to see why Kendal and Swayze chose Berry College for both their wedding and reception at Ford Dining Hall. Rich history and stunning architecture dominate both spaces. Originally used for student dining, Ford Hall’s sweeping windows and buttressed ceilings make for a stunning reception. Berry College is also home to Frost Chapel, another option for a scenic ceremony.
Choosing the most special moment of the day can be difficult for some brides, but not for Kendal! “I’ll never forget the look on Swayze’s face when the doors opened and we saw each other for the first time as my dad led me down the aisle,” she said. “We were both so excited and happy to know that in just moments we would be united as one!”
A 1920 Ford Model A served as Kendal and Swayze’s car as they made their way from the church to the reception, and again as their getaway car. At the reception, friends and family signed and decorated a “Just Married Kendal & Swayze” magnet that stuck to the car’s rear bumper, with a trail of tin cans and pink hydrangeas following close behind.
Venue: Berry College | Catering: Two Can Do | Photography: Paris Mountain Photography | Floral: Busseys of Rome | DJ: Scott Productions | Musician: Sam Hunt | Videographer: Jody Caldwell | Cake: HoneyMoon Bakery