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A Magical Military Wedding

Logan + Matt | Jun 23, 2019

Simple and soft outdoor wedding with blush and gold tones at the Ritz Carlton Lodge in Reynolds, Georgia

Matt and Logan began dating shortly after meeting each other during Logan’s senior year of high school, and it wasn’t long before they fell in love. Between studying at different colleges and Matt’s time spent serving the country, the distance truly made their hearts grow fonder of each other. After six years of five minute phone calls and many miles separating them, the couple celebrated the end of being long distance on a beautiful summer day in Georgia.

“That morning I had this surreal feeling knowing that the distance was no longer going to be between us and we were going to be able to live life together,” Logan recalled. “Matt and I had always talked about the day we would be in the same place, and it was the craziest mix of emotions as the day that we had hoped for became a reality.” 

The inspiration behind their wedding day came from the couple’s love of being outside in the country, so it was only fitting for the celebration to be at a barn. Logan wanted to enhance the rustic feel of the barn by sticking to a soft color scheme. The lush greenery and wood accents gave a touch of elegance to the simplistic venue. 

Logan started her day on the second floor of the barn, where she slipped into her sheath A-line gown. The dress had a cap-sleeve with an open back and lace detailing along the bodice. The scalloped V-shaped neckline, along with her loosely curled updo and diamond drop earrings, added a sophisticated touch to her classic look.

The bride grabbed her bouquet to take a few soft, naturally-lit portraits near the barn window. Her extravagant arrangement was flowing with vibrant greenery and white roses. Nestled among the greenery were a few brown leaves and thistle, all hand-tied and wrapped in blush ribbon. After the portraits, the bride went to see the two most important men in her life.

Being so close with her father, the bride knew she wanted to share a special moment with him before the ceremony by doing a first look with her biggest fan. 

“As my dad walked up the stairs to see me, he had to take a second to collect himself before I turned around,” she recalled. “He gave me the biggest bear hug and told me how proud he was of me. That moment is one I will treasure forever.”

After an emotional embrace, Logan revealed the wedding gift she decided to give her dad: a pair of personalized cufflinks. On one there was the couple’s wedding date and the phrase ‘Father of the Bride,’ while the other sported one of her father’s favorite pictures of the two of them from when Logan was a little girl. 

Behind the doors, Matt anxiously anticipated his turn to see his bride. As he approached her from behind, his smile lit up the room. The couple took a few minutes to themselves before heading outside to snap a few pictures with the bridal party before the ceremony. 

The white ceremony chairs were lined in front of the barn, which gave off the rustic feel Logan wanted. The outer edge of the barn was lined with stone. Along the center of the aisle were deep red sliding French doors, adding a pop of color to the ceremony backdrop. On each of the furthest doors, there was a greenery wreath. 

On both sides of the aisle, there were stone pillars filled with the same greenery as the bride’s bouquet. Guests were welcomed with signage in a wooden frame. On top of the antique table that was placed in front of the aisle laid a book where guests could sign their names. 

When the last guests took their seats, Logan’s bridesmaids made their way down the aisle wearing floor length dresses with sweetheart necklines. The light pink shade of each dress matched perfectly with the long ribbon that was used to tie Logan’s bridal bouquet. 

As Logan made her way down the aisle arm in arm with her dad, the groom could hardly hold back his tears. In true military fashion, the groom (along with a few of his groomsmen) wore their military uniforms with pride, complete with their badges and matching black bowties. 

The couple’s heartfelt exchange of vows was simple and meaningful, and before they knew it the bride and groom were sharing their first kiss as husband and wife. 

As guests made their way towards the reception tent next to the barn, the couple stayed behind for a private feet washing ceremony in front of the barn doors. In an emotional and intimate moment, the couple cherished their first minutes of marriage together. 

“We wanted our first action as husband and wife to be an act of service to each other, as our entire relationship has been centered around service,” Logan said. “The act of washing feet was so raw and unrehearsed that it could not have been more perfect.”

Inside the tent, guests took their seats for a plated dinner. Each round table was draped with light pink linen, with folded napkins at each place setting to match. The centerpieces varied from table to table, with arrangements placed within round and square metal vases. Along with the greenery, small candles were positioned on each table in different types of antique candle holders. 

Towards the far end of the tent, a long head table was set for the bridal party and close family. There was a gorgeous table runner filled with lush greenery that had a few yellow leaves and white flowers to mimic the bride’s bouquet. Along the outer edge of each placesetting was a long white candle paired with dainty silver and gold candles to add in the extra ambiance as the night went on. Each seat at the head table was complete with a gold charger and a delicately folded blush napkin. Placed on top of each napkin was a single leaf of greenery and a piece of thistle. 

After dinner, guests followed the couple inside the string-lit barn for their special military entrance. Matt’s groomsmen organized the processional by creating an arch with swords for the couple to walk under, adding a personal touch to the start of the reception. 

With the first dances completed and toasts given, the couple headed across the room to the dessert table for the cake cutting and used one of the military swords from their entrance! The four tiered cake was placed on top of an antique gold cake stand and covered in traditional white fondant. Small bundles of white roses were pinned at various spots of the cake to add an elegant touch. Behind the main cake sat two smaller cakes with blush fondant swirled in the shape of a rose, tying the color scheme together. 

The rest of the night was full of music, dancing and fun! As the sun set on the perfect day, the couple and their guests lined the outside of the barn for a grand sparkler exit. 

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Creative Team

Jos A Bank
Hayley Paige
Wedding Angels Boutiques

Z. Grant Design

Debra Adams Cakes

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge

No Regrets Events

Taylor Square Photography

Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

Kevin Hursh Films

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