Furry Ring Bearers That Also Played Matchmaker

Mary Kathryn + Sam | Nov 18, 2018

Elegant and timeless wedding with white, gold and blush accents at Macon Terminal Station in Macon, Georgia

For Mary Kathryn, a night out for drinks with her girls (and her sweet Dalmatian pup Charlie) turned in to an unexpected romance. While meeting with mutual friends, Sam asked about “the girl with the Dalmatian” and the two immediately hit it off (it was no coincidence that Sam was a firefighter). As the night carried on the two talked, attempted to re-enact the lift scene from Dirty Dancing and the rest is history. 

Two years later, Sam proposed in the comfort of their home after a morning coffee run. Just days before Christmas, there couldn’t have been a more special and intimate way to ring in the holidays!

After almost a year of planning, the couple was ready to tie the knot on a crisp day in November. The bride always knew she wanted a timeless wedding, so she kept it simple with gold accents and heavy greenery. 

“I made a lot of decisions based on what would complement the venue,” Mary Kathryn said. “It had marble accents, white drapery and an altar that tied it all together.” 

When the afternoon rolled around, Mary Kathryn slipped into her strapless gown. The dress had an A-line silhouette with buttons along the back of the dress. Although the dress wasn’t originally what the bride had in mind for a November ceremony, it was a perfect fit!

“I ended up choosing the same dress I had picked out for one of my bridesmaids a few months prior,” the bride explained. “As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one and I bought it from her since we were the same size!”

Mary Kathryn kept her beauty look simple with soft makeup and a loosely-curled low bun. Once the final touches were made, she grabbed her bouquet that had a personal touch. 

“Lilies are my favorite flower, and we trimmed some willow from a tree in our backyard to use,” Mary Kathryn explained. “I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful bouquet!”

The cascading bouquet was full of muted grays and green tones. The lush arrangement was full of willow, along with a mixture of peonies, roses and lilies. 

After she took a few portraits with her bouquet, the bride headed to the top of the venue’s second-story overpass to meet her groom for their intimate first look. As Mary Kathryn approached from behind, the couple could hardly hold back their tears. 

“The night before, I wrote a letter to Sam and cried tears of joy,” the bride said. “He read it before he turned around to see me, and it was such a special moment.”

As the couple finished up some more portraits outside, guests gathered in the center of the station where the ceremony was set to begin. The ceremony backdrop was draped in white linen and had antique gold crown molding, adding an elegant touch to the simple décor. The grand station itself didn’t need much decorating, so the couple added in splashes of greenery to complement the space. 

At the end of the aisle was a moon gate, lined with lush greenery and florals that mimicked the bride’s bouquet. When the bride found it online, she knew she wanted the frame to be exposed and tie in the color scheme. 

“I’m not afraid of a little DIY, so we ordered it and I painted it gold in my backyard,” the bride explained. “It was perfect after a few coats of gold paint!”

As guests took their seats in gold Chiavari chairs, Sam and his groomsmen made their way down the aisle, looking dapper in their matching tuxedos and black bowties. Mary Kathryn’s bridesmaids took their places in front of the altar in their steel blue chiffon floor-length dresses followed by the cutest ring bearers.  

Escorted by the bride’s brother, the couple’s pups made their way towards the front with the rings, and it couldn’t have been more special!

“Besides the groom, they were the best dressed guys at the wedding in their tuxedo style collars,” the bride said. “They were so well behaved, and it meant the world to both of us to have them with us on our big day!”

As Mary Kathryn made her entrance with her father, she locked eyes with her groom. After the heartfelt exchange of vows, the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife!

While the bridal party gathered for pictures outside, the final touches were being put on the reception space on the other side of the station. 

Along the perimeter of the room were long wooden benches, reminiscent of Grand Central Station. The floor-to ceiling windows brought in lots of natural light, adding to the light and airy feel of the day. 

Towards the center of the room was a long head table where the buffet style dinner was set up. The table was draped in a white linen and had a silk blush table runner. In the center of the buffet table was a large arrangement full of hydrangeas and eucalyptus, with a few small candles surrounding the centerpiece. 

Guest found their seats in gold Chivari chairs at the rectangular reception tables that were draped in white linen. Each table had a small table number decorated in gold script. Along with the table number, there were a few small candles and scattered greenery mixed with baby’s breath towards the center of each table. 

Each placesetting had a white charger with a gold trim and antique gold flatware, tying in the color palette perfectly. On top of each charger there was a delicately folded white napkin. 

Once dinner was finished, the couple made their way to the open floor for their first dance and bridal party toasts. The love was felt across the room and many tears were shed! 

After the toasts were complete, it was time for the ceremonial cake cutting. The three-tiered naked cake was decorated with lilies, tying in the floral elements to the dessert perfectly. 

The remainder of the night was filled with more fun and dancing. When the music died down, the couple headed outside for a grand sparkler exit. 

Congrats to the happy couple! 

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