Cory + Tyler | Oct 14, 2018
Rustic barn wedding in the fall with cowboy boots and greenery at Deep South Farm in Ellijay, Georgia
Cory and Tyler can thank Instagram for their love story. The couple met on the social media platform and the rest is history. Tyler later proposed at the top of a falls the couple hiked after telling Cory he was just setting the camera up for a picture. In truth, Tyler set the camera to record and got the whole proposal on video.
The couple planned their rustic and whimsical wedding during their favorite season at one of their favorite places. They planned the wedding in a small town in North Georgia where Tyler’s parents have a cabin and were inspired by the fall season in that area.
“Our inspiration came from North Georgia, we really wanted to incorporate all that Georgia’s fall season brings,”explained Cory. “Ellijay holds a very special place in our hearts, Tyler’s parents have a cabin there and with my family not being from Georgia we really wanted to show my family a piece of this place.”
From the fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, cinnamon flavored cake and natural accenting greenery, Cory’s cowboy boots and the bridesmaid’s completely mismatching dresses, everything came together to create the perfect fall themed, whimsically styled rustic wedding.
Like any good fall day, it started off with the ladies in flannel shirts and leggings while getting ready. They all had their hair and makeup done before getting dressed.
Cory stunned in her form fitting lace gown. It had an illusion back with button detailing and a V-neck to bring some drama.
“I knew I wanted my dress to have lace and an open back,”said Cory. “My dress was actually the last one I tried on and the woman who was helping me actually picked that one out. I am so glad she had me try it on!”
With her dress being new, she added something borrowed with a pair of chandelier earrings from her sister-in-law, an old ring from her grandmother and a blue charm attached to her rose and greenery filled bouquet. The cowboy boots added just the right amount of rustic feel to her bridal look.
To keep the rustic feeling flowing throughout everyone’s looks, the bridesmaids paired their mismatching, whimsical feeling dresses with cowboy boots, as well. With all the different soft, but rustic colors, and even a floral designed dress, the look as a whole was nothing short of beautiful.
As guests found a seat at one of the benches outside at the ceremony, overlooking the property’s pond, across the field Tyler and Cory were standing back to back reading letters they wrote for one another.
“We choose to do a first touch before the ceremony where we exchanged letters we wrote to each other. It was an extremely special moment to see each other for the first time that day walking down the aisle,”the bride said.
Once the couple went their separate ways, the groom and groomsmen headed over to the shaded site and took their spots at the front of the drapery wrapped wooden altar. They were all in matching tan pants, suspenders and bowties that enhanced the natural feel to the day.
After the bridesmaids took their places, Cory began walking down the aisle and once Tyler saw her, nothing else mattered. When she made it down the aisle, they took each other’s hands and were ready to be joined as husband and wife.
A close friend officiated the ceremony and Cory’s mom did a reading, making it all the more special and personal. Before they knew it, Cory and Tyler shared their first official kiss as a married couple and walked back down the aisle, still hand in hand.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a signature cocktail, the Tatum Mule, while they played a big wooden Connect Four game the groom made himself. They also signed one of the two state pallet guest books – one to represent the bride’s home state of Illinois and one to represent the groom’s home state of Georgia.
Meanwhile, the bridal party and newlyweds took full advantage of all the amazing spots the venue had to offer for pictures. From the greenery in front of the pond, to the old school trolley they rented, to the greenery lined wooden swing, each spot was just as cute as the next!
Once pictures were wrapped up, guests were invited to join the group inside the barn. When everyone entered, they found round and wooden rectangular tables dressed up with eucalyptus and white wooden lanterns.
In the front of the room was a wooden pedestal table for the couple decorated with eucalyptus, wooden candle holders with pillar candles, wooden lanterns with greenery spilling out of it and a backdrop of twinkling fabric behind it. Talk about a romantic spot for a first meal as husband and wife!
On the other side of the room was a photo booth set up and favor display. The favors were mason jar mint candles the groom made himself displayed on a wooden buffet decked out in pictures and greenery next to a hanging love sign whimsical display. Believe it or not, majority of the décor was done by the bride herself.
“Besides the tables and chairs all the decorations were DIY,”said Cory. “I got my craft on making the programs, all the signage, the table arrangements, frames, the photobooth backdrop and the state signs we used for our guest book.”
Once everyone took their seats and enjoyed dinner, the couple got up to cut their three-tiered, semi-naked cake decorated with roses and greenery. The cake sat on a rustic aluminum styled cake stand and was next to the most amazing looking, fresh apple cider donuts.
After everyone had their share of cake and donuts, the outside dance floor opened up and kicked off with the couple’s first dance as husband and wife.
“With us both loving the outdoors we chose to have the dance floor outside under the string lights and stars,”said the bride.
The couple was joined by the rest of their guests after their first dance and the dance floor stayed full for the rest of the night. When it was time for things to come to an end, all of the guests lit the exit with sparklers for a perfect sendoff to the perfect day.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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