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A Timeless, Garden Fairytale

Jennifer + Woodrow | May 11, 2019

Elegant and romantic outdoor wedding with touches of pink and lavender at the Variety Works in Madison, Georgia

Jennifer and Woodrow met in elementary school through Woodrow’s family, although they didn’t start dating until the end of high school. When Woodrow decided it was time to pop the question, he had planned a special trip to Callaway Gardens only to find the couple had just missed the azaleas in full bloom. In a change of plans, Woodrow asked Jennifer to marry him on the way home instead and it couldn’t have been more perfect. 

On their seven year anniversary, the couple planned a romantic, outdoor wedding that looked like it came straight out of a fairytale. The color palette mixed with shades of blush and lavender helped to bring the bride’s soft and elegant vision to life. Every detail represented their unique love story, right down to their storybook ring holder. 

“May 11th is such a special and sentimental day for us because it marked seven years of us dating and now it’s also our wedding anniversary,” Jennifer explained. “I would describe our day as an elegant and romantic southern party. Our inspiration came from things we enjoy doing, like exploring the outdoors.”

Jennifer spent the morning getting primped in her bridal suite with the help of her bridesmaids and one of the cutest flower girls we’ve ever seen! Their floral monogrammed robes fit the garden theme perfectly. After her makeup look was complete, the bride slipped into her backless, beaded ballgown that was truly fit for a princess. 

“I always knew I was a ‘Pnina’ bride, so I traveled all the way to New York City for my wedding dress at the exclusive Kleinfeld Bridal from TLC’s hit show ‘Say Yes to the Dress.’  I felt like Cinderella in my blinged out ballgown, sparkly hairband and cathedral veil,” Jennifer recalled. 

Her bridal bouquet kept with the romantic theme and complemented her gown perfectly. The arrangement featured white roses with hints of lavender thistle and lush greenery, adding a touch of elegance to her overall look. 

As the bride posed for her portraits, the groom arrived outside in his grey tuxedo and blush bowtie to await seeing Jennifer for their first look. Even as he sported a more formal look, he still found a way to incorporate his casual style into his attire. 

“Woodrow would’ve worn khaki shorts, a tuxedo t-shirt and crocs if I had let him,” the bride recalls. “He was still super sneaky and wore his crocs for our first look and all the photos!”

As Jennifer approached him from a fence-lined path, she looked simply regal. They shared the intimate moment surrounded by lush greenery in the middle of a bridge, representing the path they took to find one another. 

The ceremony space didn’t need much decorating, as the natural scenery did all the talking. The greenery that flowed down from a wooden arbor was a perfect complement to the stone steps the bride climbed to be joined with her groom. 

Towards the center of the platform laid a beautiful antique chest full of blush and lavender flowers. On top of the chest there were vintage ivory lanterns with candles placed inside. The rustic piece added just enough southern flare to the whimsical ceremony background. 

Once the ceremony began, the bridal party made their entrance. The flower girl and ring bearer, dressed similarly to the bride and groom, paved the way for the bride. Jennifer’s bridesmaids lined the altar in blush floor-length dresses with varying necklines. Woodrow’s groomsmen sported matching blush bowties and grey suits that were just a shade lighter than the groom’s suit. 

As guests rose to their feet, Jennifer made her way down the aisle. She locked eyes with Woodrow, and the rest was history. A friend of Woodrow’s officiated, which gave their ceremony a personal touch. Their exchange of vows was simple and sweet, and they soon shared their first kiss as husband and wife. 

Despite the weather being unpredictable throughout the day, the rain held off for the bride’s dream outdoor ceremony.

“It had been raining all day, stopped for most of our pictures and then started back again just before the ceremony. Woodrow and I decided to take our chances and keep the ceremony outside,” said Jennifer. “We really could not have asked for a more perfect day!”

While the bridal party stopped in the gardens for those rain free pictures, guests made their way inside for the reception. The open hall was draped in white chiffon curtains lining the space from floor to ceiling. The hanging chandeliers mimicked a ballroom fit for a princess. 

Each table was draped in either a textured taupe or glittery gold tablecloth. On top of the tables were a variety of floral arrangements displayed in antique candleholders. The lavender and blush roses carried the color scheme from the ceremony into the reception space.  

The couple’s cake was simple and traditional, displaying the same blush and lavender roses found in the other arrangements on top of three tiers. The timeless cake rested on an antique gold holder surrounded by a stand of greenery. After guests enjoyed dessert, they headed to the dance floor to witness the couple’s first dance and garter toss. 

“Having all our family and friends come together to celebrate our marriage was the best part of our day,” the bride stated. “We are so blessed to have so many people who support us and it was truly special to see them all there.”

The night was filled with music, fun and even a visit from the Georgia Bulldogs mascot! As the reception came to a close, the couple made their way outside to be sent off with sparklers.

We wish Jennifer and Woodrow a lifetime of happiness! 

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