Crystin + David | Mar 2, 2019
Intimate chapel wedding with a blush and green palette and succulent accents at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia
While attending school in Tennessee to become a physician’s assistant, Crystin met David at her new church where he happened to be preaching. After graduation, Crystin moved back home to Georgia and David followed, securing a job at Cystin’s home congregation to be closer to her.
When the time came for David to pop the question, he knew he wanted the proposal to feel like home, so what better place to do it than at their local church? He took Crystin out to the church courtyard and got down on one knee as they were walking through the memorial gardens. With the help of a friend, their special moment was secretly captured, and it could not have been more perfect!
For their spring wedding, the couple knew they wanted to keep things simple and classic with light tones.
“Our color palette was blush pink and sage green,” Crystin said. “We used succulents and garden roses to complement the scheme we wanted.”
The wedding took place on the campus of the bride’s alma mater, Berry College. Since the beginning of her freshmen year there, Crystin knew she wanted to tie the knot at the chapel and her dreams became a reality on that special day.
As the ceremony space was being set up, the bride and her bridesmaids got ready in one of the small cottages near the chapel. After their hair was pinned in place, the girls stepped outside in their matching baby blue monogrammed shirts for a few pictures.
Once inside, the bridesmaids slipped on their mismatched floor length dresses. Each bridesmaid wore a different shade of pink or gold, tying in the bride’s color palette perfectly. Each chiffon dress had a different pattern and neckline, complementing the bride’s vision seamlessly.
As the bridesmaids patiently waited in the other room, Crystin stepped into her sleeveless satin A-line gown. The dress had an open back with rhinestone detailing and buttons lining the skirt. An intricate rhinestone and pearl belt completed the look.
“I bought the dress at the first dress shop I went to and only had my mom with me,” Crystin explained. “Before trying it on I didn’t like satin style dresses, but once I put it on I felt like a princess.”
Crystin fully embraced the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” tradition by adding a handful of accessories to her look. Her something new was a diamond pendant necklace gifted by her groom and her shoes had a Tiffany blue sole as her something blue. The something old and something borrowed pieces were placed on her bouquet. Crystin attached both a pin and a charm bracelet given to her by her grandmothers to the arrangement.
Before heading to the chapel, the bride met her father outside the cottage for their first look. As Crystin’s father turned around to face his daughter, he could hardly hold back his tears.
Inside the chapel, guests admired the stone walls, high wooden beams and stained glass windows behind the altar. The wooden pews were lined with lanterns filled with baby’s breath and greenery tied with white fabric.
On both sides of the altar, there were two tall antique candelabras, adding a vintage touch to the classically decorated venue. Placed on top of the altar was a small arrangement filled with white florals and greenery, surrounded by a few more antique white lanterns.
Once guests took their seats, David and his groomsmen made their entrance in matching gray suit. Each groomsmen wore a blush pink tie and a boutonniere complete with a small succulent and blush rose, while David opted for a gray tie and white rose boutonniere. The groom completed his look with a pair of socks gifted to him by his bride and embroidered with the couple’s initials.
As the ring bearer made his way down the aisle in his blush pink suspenders and matching bow tie, Crystin collected her emotions outside of the chapel as she prepared to meet her groom.
“Beforehand, I started getting very nervous and had started crying,” Crystin said. “As soon as the doors opened and I saw David, an immediate sense of calm flooded over me and walking down the aisle towards him was one of my favorite parts of the day.”
After an exchange of vows led by David’s father, the couple began a unity ceremony by pouring salt into a single vase; which symbolized that their love for one another could not be separated. Crystin and David’s love was felt across the room, and the ceremony could not have ended in a more special way!
Once the ceremony ended, guests made their way over to the reception while the couple walked the campus for a few portraits. Thanks to Mosaic Photography, their first moments as newlyweds were perfectly captured.
Before taking their seats inside the reception, guests stopped to snap a Polaroid picture of themselves (and their plus one) and placed it inside the couple’s personalized guest book with colorful tape.
Once the book was signed, guests picked up their mini succulent favors and headed to their seats. Each favor was wrapped in a white paper doily and hung from wire framed with white and silver wood.
Inside the reception space, guests were greeted with lots of natural light from the stained glass windows. The rafters along the high celling were in the shape of an arch and had metal light fixtures hanging from the dark wooden beams.
Before the bride and groom made their entrance, guests took their seats in wooden chairs at the round, white linen draped tables. The centerpieces on each table alternated between antique black lanterns and a vase filled with pink roses and baby’s breath. Surrounding each centerpiece were more miniature succulents and a few blush pink rose petals.
Crystin and David made their way to the reception and mingled with guests as they all enjoyed light appetizers. Once they finished making their rounds, the couple headed over to the cake table.
The traditional three-tiered cake was a simple all white cake decorated with fresh blush roses, eucalyptus and additional succulents. On top of the cake, the word “love” was spelled out in gold script. The cake itself was placed on top of a clear glass charger supported with small glass vases. Each vase was filled with clear marbles and a miniature succulent, tying in the rest of the theme perfectly.
Along with cake, guests could take their pick from an assortment of pastries by the coffee bar the groom wanted in leu of a groom’s cake.
Once their stomachs were full, guests ventured outside for Crystin and David’s official send-off. Guests tossed dried rose petals as the couple made their exit, and the day couldn’t have ended more beautifully!
Congrats to Crystin and David!
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