Traci + Anthony | Jun 20, 2020
Intimate backyard wedding with baby blue tones, an abundance of white blooms and greenery, and rustic-meets-elegant decor in Kennesaw, Georgia
In 2013, Traci moved to Colorado for an internship where she made a friend - a local who roamed around the new town with her. One weekend, a couple of his friends came down to visit him, and one of them was Traci’s future husband.
“My first impression of him was the epitome of tall, dark, and devilishly handsome,” said Traci. “His first impression of me was short, blonde, and magnetic.”
Neither being from Colorado, she and Anthony explored together and built irreplaceable experiences. From then on, they spent all the time they could together - eventually moving to Georgia and welcoming a little girl into the world.
“Our story and timeline is unconventional, but it oddly fits us,” said Traci. “Being the first to move out of state, he showed me how to make a home away from home, and I showed him how to live on the edge of adventure and to love fiercely without hesitation.”
When the pandemic decided to change their wedding plans, they rode the wave and didn't let it break their spirits. So instead of the beach wedding in Florida they had planned, they shifted to somewhere more fitting for the family: their charming backyard.
“We've spent days on end under the trees in a hammock, we've had picnics in the grass, we've run miles in laps around the trees, we've had two birthday parties for our energetic little girl, we've spent cool summer mornings and breezy evenings on the porch,” said Traci. “This is where our family thrives.”
Traci spent the morning inside the house with close family, preparing for her backyard wedding, getting ready and making finishing touches to hers and her precious daughter’s wedding looks. For her bridal look, she wore a breathtaking, ivory cap-sleeve gown with lace detail, a chapel train and a stunning Mandarin collar.
It wasn’t just any gown - but a reconstructed version of her mother’s wedding dress. A family friend and seamstress took the dress apart, carefully placed the lace detail, and brought it back to a new life. The label she sewed into the back brought tears to Traci’s eyes, as it showed the two wedding dates it was worn.
“My mom is a real-life hero,” said Traci, “so having this sentimental piece meant the world.”
She completed the look with a pair of lace and pearl-embellished ballet flats, a dainty pair of pearl earrings, and a pearl-encrusted hairpiece in her twisted updo. Anthony looked effortlessly handsome in a white dress shirt, a pair of stone blue slacks and brown leather shoes. His wedding boutonniere was a tiny cluster of mixed greenery, paired with a single white flower.
Stepping into the backyard, the space was truly magical. Wispy, ivory fabric was draped over the trees to create a wedding altar, with rustic white lanterns hanging from the branches. Glass candles were scattered around the base of the tree, and there were florals overflowing from the lanterns - including white roses and massive blue hydrangeas from their front yard.
“We were able to make every detail personal,” said Traci.
For the florals in her bridal bouquet, the arrangement included silver dollar and willow eucalyptus, mixed with creamy white roses and gardenias. They set up industrial Marais chairs for their guests, which gave the atmosphere a farmhouse-meets-modern feel.
“We also knew some of our family members are vulnerable to the virus,” said Traci. “With this change in venue, we were able to see more silver linings than we had before.”
All eyes were on Traci as she walked gracefully down the aisle to Harry Potter scores, with her cathedral-length lace-trimmed veil fluttering delicately behind her. The intimate ceremony was officiated by her cousin, and they were able to write and share their own vows. Also, having their own little flower as their flower girl couldn't have been more perfect.
“I've always written little love letters to him throughout the years,” said Traci, “but when Tony shared his vows through teary eyes and choked up sentences, his purity and power blew me away.”
A soft glow of sunlight shone in through the trees as everyone took their seats at the table following the service. The dinner party reception was dreamlike, and the tablescape design was the forefront of the inspiring set-up. Behind the table, there was a white picket wall adorned with twinkle lights, greenery, mason jar candles and a heart cut out of wooden panels reading, “Best Day Ever, 6.20.20.”
“Tony's favorite part was seeing it all come together,” said Traci. “Everything led up to that moment in our lives, and even though it wasn't our original plan, it was perfect for us.”
Running along the center of the table, there was a combination of soft blue cheesecloth, glass candles and greenery. At each place setting, a stone-gray ceramic charger was layered with a blue and white China plate and a gauzy white napkin. Bringing it all together, there were sets of modern stiletto flatware and sharp-angled glassware.
Traci’s younger sister, a talented baker, graced the crowd with her delicious lemon blueberry cake. It was a petite, single-tiered buttercream cake with blueberries and blue floral garnishes around the top and real ivory rose accents at the base - accompanied by a tray of mini cupcake versions!
The family talents continued on the dance floor, where Traci’s brother-in-law handled the DJing. Traci also shared the sentimental first dance with her dad, which took her back to their father-daughter dance days.
At the end of the night, Anthony took Traci in his arms under the night sky, surrounded by their loved ones and the soft glow of market lights and candlelight.
“Unconventional tends to define us as a couple and our lives together,” said Traci, “but we wouldn't have changed anything about our perfectly improvised wedding day.”
Congratulations, Traci and Anthony!
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