Holly + Blake | Jan 11, 2020
Classic, black tie affair with a neutral color palette and a colorful pop of florals at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, Georgia
Holly and Blake are the epitome of hometown sweethearts. They went to elementary, middle and high school together, and started dating when they were just 14 years old. About a decade later, Blake popped the question over the holidays when Holly least expected it.
She had plans that morning to have breakfast with her best friend, before she and Blake were to finish Christmas shopping and head to the lake to meet his family. On the way up there, they got out at a special spot to take a picture by the lake. After a few pictures, Holly turned to retrieve her phone from the lady taking their photos, when she noticed Blake had gotten down on one knee.
“It was the perfect day, the perfect man, the perfect ring, the perfect proposal,” said Holly.
Located along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, a historic stone stable and a sprawling lakeside lawn created the most romantic wedding day setting. The black tie affair was classic and glamorous, inspired by a neural color palette paired with a colorful pop of florals. With the help of Marmaros Productions, every detail worked to bring Holly’s dreamy winter vision to life.
“I wanted a winter wedding, so that’s just what we got!” said Holly. “Our theme was winter wonderland.”
Surrounded by her bridesmaids in matching black silk pajama sets, Holly sipped champagne in a chiffon white lace robe, while her hair and makeup team got to work. The ladies put on their gray, beaded gowns to add some winter sparkle, and eagerly awaited Holly’s bridal look.
“I loved the time I spent with all of my favorite women getting ready all morning,” said Holly. “I was truly showered with pure love and joy from all of my closest friends and woman family members.”
Holly emerged in a soft ivory ball gown with a stunning, long train and thin beaded straps. It was fitted through the waist with an embellished belt line, which paired perfectly with her delicate crystal teardrop earrings. She wore her hair in a sleek low bun, and on her feet a pair of embellished lace-up heels.
“I fell in love with how comfortable it was and the way it moved when I walked,” said Holly. “The train was gorgeous and the simple beading was the perfect amount of detail to the plain, white style I wanted.”
Blake and his groomsmen wore simple, classic black and white tuxes with a black bow tie, black cumberbund and white pocket square. His boutonniere was made from a few sprigs of greenery, a single violet flower and a single cream rose bud.
Inside the romantic stable, rustic architecture paired with florals and elegant décor created a beautiful, versatile setting to tie the knot. The lushly landscaped stable featured vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams, a wrap-around veranda overlooking the lake, and a paddock courtyard connected by a stone walkway.
The florals overflowed with fresh greenery, including pine for winter, paired with blue thistle and roses in shades of cream, peach and blush. There was a statement arrangement on the wooden cross at the altar, bouquets at the ends of the aisle, bundles of greenery affixed to Chiavari chairs and more greenery framing the white chiffon drapery behind the cross.
“The flowers were very important to our big day,” said Holly. “It was the only thing I allowed some color to be in, so they complemented every picture and setting so well.
Falling on the date of the bride’s late grandmother’s birthday, every detail of the ceremony carried a special meaning. Before the ceremony began, Blake prayed over his and Holly’s special day that was about to unfold. Although they couldn’t see each other, they held hands and shared that special moment. Shortly after, Holly was walking down the aisle by her father’s side, her cathedral length veil cascading down her back.
They had a beautiful, traditional ceremony officiated by their pastor who read bible verses and spoke a prayer over the couple and all of their family and friends. Blake led everyone in communion, symbolizing unity, and they tweaked the traditional vows to make them their own. After saying their “I do’s” and sharing the much-anticipated kiss, the guests threw white flower petals on the aisle as they walked back down as Mr. and Mrs.
“My most anticipated moment was those big, wooden doors opening revealing me to my groom…” said Holly, “and it was everything I imagined and more!”
The moment Holly, Blake and their wedding party walked back in from taking photos outside, the bottom fell out of the sky and a bolt of lightning struck the lake. Lucky, the rain held in until the reception - which was all indoors.
“Thunder, lightning, strong wind, heavy rain and some barn doors hitting the side of our venue made for quite a show to kick off our reception!” said Holly.
Inside, grand chandeliers and candlelight lit the space, boasting floor-to-ceiling drapery, rounds with white linens, and a main farm table. The head table had two statement floral arrangements on tall brass stands, silver candle votives and more sprays of greenery that ran the length of the table.
At each place setting, there was a black charger with a textured gold rim, a white porcelain dinner plate, silverware and classic glassware. On top of each white linen napkin, there was a sprig of myrtle and a clear acrylic engraved name card in the shape of a hexagon.
Once the newlyweds made their entrance, they went straight into their first dance, followed by parent dances. The moment was so sentimental, with toasts by loved ones to add even more magic. It didn’t take long for the dance floor to be transformed into a party that lasted all night long!
“We had an amazing DJ who took our party from slow dancing with every couple in the room, to partying in seconds!” Holly said. “We are biased, but we were told by many of our friends that it was their favorite wedding they’ve ever been to.”
Much like the rest of the evening, the wedding cake was nothing shy of magnificent. It was a four-tiered cake with textured white frosting, with fresh blooms and greenery cascading down the side. The main cake was accompanied by a smaller, two-tiered chocolate cake adorned with a wreath of greenery.
They cut the cake and continued to dance the night away, when before they knew it, the clock struck 9 PM and it was time for their fairytale sendoff. Holly and Blake ran through a sea of sparklers and loved ones, into the getaway car that awaited outside.
“I loved seeing the joy on everyone’s faces around us,” said Holly. “It was all amazing...it was truly the best day ever.”
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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