Lauren + Brian |
Whimsical and glamorous styles mix with navy, gold and fuchsia at the rustic Walnut Hill Farm in Dalton, Georgia
After meeting online, Lauren and Brian had their first date at a restaurant where their dinner conversation flowed for hours. After a few months of dating, Lauren suspected a proposal soon but not as soon as Brian had it actually planned.
Lauren had worked a late shift, so Brian cooked for her that morning at her house. What she didn’t expect him to serve up was him dropping to one knee and proposing.
A mix of whimsical and glamour styles played into their wedding plans, from the attire and ceremony choices to their colorful and sparkly send-off. Their wedding venue, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offered the best of both worlds for their outdoor ceremony and more formal indoor reception. And Lauren’s color choices—navy and gold—offered the same.
“I knew that I wanted to get married outside, but I still wanted a fun formal reception with a band. This was the perfect venue for us because of the gorgeous backdrop of the mountains and the barn was the perfect backdrop for a fantastic reception,” explained the bride.“I chose to use navy and gold for our colors. I have loved everything that sparkles since I was a little girl and blue has always been one of my favorite colors.
”The morning of the wedding, Lauren’s bridal suite was full of sparkle and sentiment. Her bridesmaids wore short-sleeved, full-length gold sequin dresses, while her honorary bridesmaids wore their choice of cocktail dress in navy.
Once the girls were all dressed, they helped Lauren get into her dress. It was a showstopping off-the-shoulder ball gown with an embroidered overlay and a sheer back with jeweled buttons.
“I wanted a dress that was formal enough for a fancy reception, but would fit in with our outside ceremony,” Lauren said.
Choosing navy as a wedding color covered the “something blue” tradition, showing up in her embroidered garters, her three-strand pearl and gold bracelet with blue stone accents, and the embroidered heart on her dress’s bustle with the couple’s names and wedding date.
Lauren brought some glamour to her look withs trappy wedges and a watch with gold mesh and diamonds. She pinned her mother’s cathedral veil in just before heading to meet her groom at the ceremony.
The groom and his groomsmen wore navy tuxedos with a satin-edge notch lapel, a whimsical play on the formal look.
“I wanted the guys in tuxedos but went with a more informal navy color to be traditional with a fun feel,” said the bride.
The groom stood out with his navy polka-dot bowtie and mixed-pattern pocket square, while the other men went with navy ties and white pocket squares.
Guests were seated on the venue grounds with a majestic view of green foliage, a sunny sky and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. The bride’s love for gardening inspired the florals that hung from the ceremony arbor and complemented all of the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
As Lauren walked down the aisle she carried a similar, larger bouquet of soft pink and white roses, fuchsia stock, hypericum berries and mixed greenery including silver dollar eucalyptus, all mounted on a family heirloom Bible. Brian locked eyes on his future wife for the first time that day and it was magical. When they met at the end of the aisle, they joined hands and Lauren’s high school youth minister began the ceremony.
“I think the ceremony was both of our favorite parts of the wedding day,” she said. “I can’t put into words how wonderful it was to be surrounded by our friends and families while we said our vows. It was priceless.
”After sharing their first official kiss as husband and wife, the ceremony ended and while guests headed inside to enjoy a cocktail, the couple and their wedding party stayed behind for some formal and fun pictures. When group shots were over, the newlyweds went off for some romantic photos in the venue’s gardens and walking paths, taking advantage of a beautiful sunset.
With the evening under way, Lauren and Brian made their way to the reception, held in a barn on the grounds. Large white doors opened to the warm glow of twinkling bulbs lighting the festivities inside.
“The barn was the perfect blank space for our big day,” Lauren said. “We had round tables with white linens and navy sequined table-runners alternating with filmy gold overlays surrounding the dance area.”
Short and tall floral centerpieces alternated between tables, along with hurricane vases lined with greenery wreaths. Extra pops of glamour showed up ingold accents around the room likethe hurricane vases’ candles, votives in a mix of styles, napkin-holders and the table numbers.
Lauren’s beloved dog, Jack, wasn’t at the wedding, but was there in spirit thanks to a couple of fun touches. Her parents made a wooden life-size cutout of the pooch to guardthe outdoor bar named for him, and Lauren added to the theme with gold paw-printed navy bar napkins. Jack also got a special place on the couple’s wedding cake.
Gold silhouettes of Jack, Lauren and Brian topped the cake—a nontraditional, chocolate delight. The five-tier cake had a square base to hold the four round upper ones, and the decoration mixed a quilted pattern with gold ribbon and gilded designs. The couple shared a toast in gold coupe glasses and then Lauren surprised Brian with tiramisu for his groom’s cake. Literally, a sweet surprise!
After watching the couple’s first dance, guests joined them on the dance floor to keep the celebration going and enjoy the six-piece live band. And no celebration would be complete without some confetti! So fittingly, the couple’s send-off featured a confetti bar with glass candy holders filled with confetti in a rainbow of colors, and of course, some gold sparkle where guests could mix their own confetti to throw for the send off.
Congratulations to Lauren and Brian!
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