Jasmine + Christian | Jun 2, 2019
Enchanted and elegant wedding with earthy tones at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia
A love of nature brought them together, so it only made sense for Jasmine and Christian to incorporate their shared passion in to their wedding earlier this summer. And what better spot to do that than in a botanical garden!
The venue served as their inspiration for the day, choosing a color palette of muted, earthy tones. From deep burgundies to lush greens, the entire day exuded a natural and simplistic feel that was brought to life by their planner Jackson & June.
From the start, the invitation suite featured airy tones and traditional fonts to match the elegant feeling of the day. The envelopes were lined with blush cardstock, complete with fine outlines of the floral designs also featured on the invitations themselves. The blush and ivory color scheme carried into the ring boxes the bride chose to hold her wedding bands, which were placed on top of silk pink ribbon.
The wedding morning kicked off for Jasmine with her best gals by her side, as she got ready in the bridal suite. The bride and her ‘maids laughed and enjoyed each other’s company as they had their hair and makeup done.
As flowers were pinned into Jasmine’s hair, her soon-to-be mother-in-law handed her a bag. She opened the gift and found a personalized keychain with three charms: one for their wedding date, one with “daughter-in-law” written on it, and a third that said, “Christian gave you his heart and now you have ours.” The sweetest gift ever, if we say so ourselves!
While Jasmine admired her gift, her bridesmaids slipped into their burgundy, blush and taupe dresses (and jumpsuit!). The mismatched outfits worked perfectly, especially when paired with their bouquets. The best part of the bouquets was the meaning behind them. Each arrangement varying in size was mixed with burgundy and blush colored wildflowers picked by each bridesmaid, adding the right personal touch.
“The girls handmade their bouquets all together the night before and honestly, I was so impressed,” Jasmine’s planner, Sammy,recalled. “The groupings of muted-color wildflowers were tied with flowy ribbon and complimented their dresses perfectly.”
As the bridesmaids gathered their bouquets, Jasmine stepped into her A-line gown. Her sleeveless V-neck dress was a bohemian dream, mixed with champagne tulle, floral accents and hints of lace. There was a white ribbon across her waist and a few dainty buttons along the back, adding a touch of elegance to her look.
After the last button was fastened by Jasmine’s mother, the rest of Jasmine’s bridesmaids joined her for a special first look. With smiles on their faces, the bride embraced her best ladies, and the love was felt throughout the room. Once her floral flats were tied, Jasmine was ready to meet her groom.
The groom and his groomsmen started off the day by slipping on their matching white collared shirts, blush ties and striped socks. After enjoying some light refreshments indoors, they gathered outside their getting ready spot for a few silly pictures before making their way to the ceremony venue.
One of the most touching aspects of Jasmine and Christian’s day happened before the ceremony even began. The couple, having written their own vows, wandered into the woods within the botanical garden for a private exchange of words.
“They didn’t see each other but read their vows back-to-back on one of their favorite hiking trails,” their planner, Sammy, explained. “The pictures from their special moment are breathtaking.”
Meanwhile, guests began to arrive at the ceremony. They were greeted with an acrylic welcome sign with white script lettering. With the natural light and lush greenery inside the greenhouse, it didn’t take much to make the space beautiful.
The couple added their personal touch by utilizing a wooden arbor, built by Jasmine’s father, lined with greenery as the ceremony focal point.
“It looked like we were in an enchanted forest, completely immersed in nature,” said Sammy.
Once the groom took his place next under the arbor, he anxiously awaited the arrival of his bride so he could see her for the first time that day. Jasmine was joined arm in arm with her father as she walked to the end of the aisle to meet her groom. The officiant led a family prayer, and soon the couple shared their first married kiss.
After the heartfelt ceremony, the couple met their bridal party at the stone patio to snap a few pictures. Once those were finished, the couple walked the grounds to capture their first portraits as husband and wife before heading to the reception.
Inside, the couple’s planner worked to flip the ceremony space for the reception. Round guest tables were covered in white linens and the ceremony chairs were placed at each table. At the center of each table, there were mismatched bud vases of various sizes that held wildflowers and greenery. A wooden table number, complete with the same white calligraphy as the rest of the wedding signage, finished off each table.
As the sun set through the glass windows, the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance. The night carried on with toasts from the bridal party and a southern, buffet style dinner.
No wedding night is complete without dessert! The dessert display was set up across the way, featuring a variety of chocolatey desserts. The highlight was a three-tiered naked cake, which sat atop a small cutout of a tree stump to compliment the outdoor elements of the day. Each tier was complete with a few wildflower accents, adding a soft touch to the texture of the cake.
Next to the cake was a stand full of delectable donuts. Guests could choose from a variety, as each was sprinkled with bits of candy and cereal treats.
Once the cake was cut, Jasmine and Christian spent the rest of the night dancing and laughing with their guests on the dance floor until the very last moment of wedding day.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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