Alanna + Jacob | Aug 25, 2019
Intimate wedding with lavender hues, an abundance of florals, and DIY elements at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia
Jacob met the love of his life, Alanna, on social media when they were both in high school. They lived in different cities, so it took a few months for them to convince their parents to allow a visit - but it was worth it. Years later, Jacob took her back to Tybee beach where they shared their first kiss and asked her to marry him!
“It was December and pretty cold, so there was not a good opportunity for him to do a romantic proposal in those conditions,” said Alanna. “But I was very happy anyway, because I had been asking him to propose for about nine years!”
Exactly ten years to the day after their first date, Alanna and Jacob tied the knot at a historic courthouse in Georgia. They had initially been planning a large wedding but decided on an impulse to have an intimate celebration instead!
“Purple is my favorite color, so that was the official color of the wedding,” said Alanna, “although we allowed it to be loosely interpreted.”
For her bridal look, Alanna chose a gorgeous ivory ball gown with a full skirt and lace overlay. The gown featured a stunning illusion bodice with a sweetheart neckline and long, sheer sleeves. She wore her hair in an easy updo and completed the elegant ensemble with a pair of satin ballet flats, natural wedding makeup and minimalist jewelry.
“The design was exactly what I envisioned for myself,” said Alanna, “a Duchess of Cambridge-inspired look with lace sleeves, lace overlay, and a full skirt.”
Her bridesmaids wore violet and lavender mismatched floral gowns, while Jacob and his groomsmen sported classic tuxedos. They each wore a different shade varying from black to navy to gray, paired with vibrant purple vests and bow ties. In tune with the color palette, they wore boutonnieres made of soft lilac rose buds.
“It all worked well together!” said Alanna.
Right outside the courthouse, Jacob waited eagerly to see Alanna for the first time in her bridal look. Needless to say, it was an emotional moment they would never forget!
“My most anticipated moment was reuniting with Jacob for our first look,” said Alanna. “I was eager to be by his side on our extremely special day.”
When guests first entered the historic courthouse for the ceremony, all eyes were drawn toward the unique architectural finishings. Outside, the space boasted a turret balcony, clock tower and an outdoor gazebo on a meticulously manicured lawn, and inside, there was exquisite chandelier lighting, expansive ceilings, wood-carved moldings, Palladian windows and faux fireplaces.
They took their seats in classic King Louis chairs, facing the arbor draped with dramatic white fabric and cascading floral installations. The arbor held a very sentimental meaning for Alanna, since her father built the wooden structure and the florals brought the room to life with greenery and roses in feminine shades of lavender, blush and berry.
“My bridal bouquet was gorgeous, and the arbor was a fantastic centerpiece,” said Alanna. “They brought my vision to life perfectly.”
With her fingertip veil in place and her bridal bouquet in hand, overflowing with soft purple and pink blooms, Alanna made her way down the aisle to meet her forever partner. During the service, they exchanged the vows they wrote to each other, and shared their first kiss as newlyweds in the presence of their loved ones.
“Their closest family and friends were present,” said their wedding photographer, “and the tears flowed all day.”
The space was transformed for the reception, and all of the decor elements came together so beautifully. After the couple shared their first dance, they were joined on the dance floor by all of their friends and families where they celebrated the day away.
Around the room, there were tables set with soft ivory linens and gorgeous centerpieces - created by the bride’s sister. In the center of each table, there were rustic twig wreaths intertwined with greenery and loose lavender and cream florals, with floating glass candles sitting in the middle.
“Our wedding decoration was a combination of DIY and professional,” said Alanna.
Their wedding cake was a petite, two-tiered work of art with textured buttercream frosting, floral garnishes and the perfect topper to represent the couple: a pair of newlyweds and their two cats! Alanna’s sister baked and decorated the cake, which was the sweetest detail of all.
Finally, their loved ones gave them the most beautiful send-off - creating a sea of snow-like confetti for the couple to run through. It was an enchanting ending to their perfect wedding day!
“Everything came together beautifully,” said the photographer. “The weather was perfect, and smiles were abundant.”
We wish Alanna and Jacob a lifetime of happiness!
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