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Rustic Refinement in an Industrial Mill

Cassie + Parker | Jan 26, 2019

Rustic and industrial wedding with an off-white, mauve and navy palette at the historic Empire Mills in Madison, Georgia

As young athletes, Cassie and Parker first met at Young Harris College. Parker was a golfer and Cassie was a cheerleader. When Parker asked Cassie to set him up with one of her cheerleader friends, she flipped the script and told Parker he wouldn’t be dating anyone else but her. The rest is history!

As the holidays rolled around, Parker planned the perfect proposal with the help of a furry friend. When the couple arrived at Cassie’s parents’ house, their dog Cooper was waiting on the front porch with a big red bow around his neck. When Cassie took a second look, she realized a ring box was tied to the bow! Parker popped the question on the porch, and the new fiancés headed inside to celebrate with family. 

For their January wedding, the couple chose an elegant feeling palette full of muted navy, gray and mauve tones. The couple kept it simple with gold and off-white accents along with touches of greenery. 

“We wanted to keep our décor classic and not overpowering,” Cassie said. “The industrial look of the venue was something that we both loved, and we didn’t want to overshadow it.”

The wedding was located at a historic mill, adding to the industrial feel of the day. The brick walls, wooden doors and antique fixtures complemented the rustic and elegant theme perfectly.

Cassie spent the morning in the vintage-styled bridal suite with her bridesmaids, who sported matching hunter-green flannel shirts and leggings. After her girls put on their mismatch mauve floor-length chiffon dresses, it was time for Cassie to slip on her off-white gown. 

The sleeveless A-line dress had a high neckline and a sheer lace bodice. The back of the gown formed a deep V-shape, with small buttons just above the waistline. As the finishing touches were put on Cassie’s simple makeup look, her mom helped her into the most comfortable part of her look.

“My favorite part of my ensemble were my shoes,” Cassie explained. I’m a self-proclaimed runner, so I wore white Nikes with a touch of Tiffany blue for my ‘something blue’.”

In place of a veil, Cassie chose a hairpiece decorated with pearls. The dainty accessory was the perfect touch to tie Cassie’s elegant look together, while keeping her tight updo held in place. 

With bouquets in hand, Cassie and her bridesmaids gathered outside the mill for a few portraits. Their elegant white bouquets included roses and wax flowers with guinni and silver-dollar eucalyptus. For Cassie’s arrangement, she added in white lisianthus and veronica florals with touches of plumosa fern. 

As the bridesmaids headed inside to prepare for the ceremony, Cassie made her way to the other side of the mill to meet her groom for their special first look. Parker stood in his navy suit and burgundy bowtie, holding back his tears as his bride turned the corner. 

“I was so happy to finally get to see him all dressed up, but it was even bigger surprise than I expected because he was crying,” Cassie said. “Looking back, that moment is definitely our favorite and always makes me tear up a little.” 

As the couple wandered the mill for a few portraits, guests began to gather inside the open hall for the ceremony. The brick background set the tone for the industrial and rustic style, while the hanging crystal chandelier added the right touch of elegance to the space. 

The aisle had a few small candles in cylindrical vases and there were greenery aisle markers tied on the chairs with ribbon. At the end of the aisle was a wooden stage with two gold lanterns holding candles surrounded with eucalyptus. Behind the stage were two wooden sliding barn doors and a wooden arbor in the shape of a cross - the couple’s ‘something borrowed’ thanks to a family friend. For one last touch of elegance, the couple draped the arbor in off-white fabric and added a bit more greenery. 

Guests took their seats and the ceremony began. As Parker and his groomsmen lined the aisle in their matching suits and wooden watches that Parker gifted them, the bridesmaids followed behind. Once the flower girl made her entrance, Cassie climbed the wooden stairs to join hands with her groom. 

A family friend officiating the ceremony and it couldn’t have been more heartfelt and personal for the couple. With love in the air, the rings were exchanged, and Parker and Cassie shared their first kiss as husband and wife!

After the ceremony, the couple headed to the field behind the mill for a few pictures while the finishing touches were put on the reception space. Hanging from the ceiling were a few metal light fixtures lined with string lights. The large windows inside the banquet hall brought in lots of natural light, adding a softer element to the hard textures of the space. 

Each round reception table was draped in white linen and surrounded by wooden cross back chairs. In the center of each table, there was a small vase with a candle placed on top of a gold charger and surrounded by greenery. 

In the far corner of the room, there was a long farmhouse table decorated with greenery and gold votives used to seat the bridal party. The bridesmaid’s placed their bouquets in vases along the center of the table, which made for a beautiful centerpiece. 

Before dinner, all eyes were on the dance floor for the couple’s first dance. After the heartfelt dances with their parents and the toasts, Cassie and Parker headed back out to the field at sunset to for some special newlywed photos. 

After the magic was captured, the couple headed back inside for the ceremonial cutting of the cake. The three-tiered cake was displayed on an antique silver stand and decorated with small white roses and peonies. The icing was striped along the perimeter of the cake, adding a bit of texture to the simple look of the cake. 

Placed on top of the cake was a gold topper spelling out the couple’s last name. Along with the letters were silhouettes of the couple and their dog, and it was a great way to include Cooper in the festivities! 

Once guests enjoyed dessert, they joined the couple on the dance floor for a night full of music and dancing. At the end of the night, everyone gathered outside for the couple’s grand sparkler exit, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to the day. 

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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