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Party Favors - Local Favorites 8 Using a Wedding Planner 10 Reception Activites The Details in the Dress

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“Joyfully Participating in the Wedding Experience with our Lovely Brides for more than 35 years!”

Photography by Mintwood Photo Co., Athens, GA

I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique is a full-service bridal salon. We offer moderately priced bridal gowns from several Nationally Acclaimed Designers along with gowns and tuxedos for the rest of your bridal party.  2045 West Broad Street • Athens, GA 30606 (706) 546-8586 • idoidobridal@gmail.com idobridalathens.com Open Tuesday - Sunday 19803.1.2.003.IdoIdo.indd 1

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contents

CLASSIC WEDDING MAGAZINE | Issue 2 | Spring 2016

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12 8 { ON THE COVER } 9 Oaks Plantation www.9oaksfarm.com (678) 635-7157 Photo by Matthew Coleman Photography www.matthewcolemanphotography.com See more about 9 Oaks on page 16.

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Remember...

Thinking of trying to do it all yourself? Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using a Wedding Planner

FROM THE EDITOR

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PARTY FAVORITES

Looking for unique party favor ideas with a local feel? Check out these Athens favorites.

PARTY PLANNER

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RECEPTION ACTIVITIES Ideas to make your Reception or Engagement Party Unique

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DRESS IN DETAILS

Trying to get a better price for your dream dress online? Maybe, Maybe NOT...

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Resource Guide

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509 Highway 254 • Cleveland, Georgia 30528

Located in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia mountains, Sanctuary Estate provides the most elegant setting for your weddings, receptions, private parties and corporate events. Thirty-two acres of extreme privacy, accompanied by an exquisite barn and estate, make for breath-taking photography on your big day. Our beautiful landscape, amenities and dedicated staff make Sanctuary Estate the ideal location for your next event.

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FROM

the editor Publisher Susan Alvarado

FROM the editor

Editor Meg Bullock Contributing Editors Brandy Turner Brandy Turner Events Patty Oropeza Bridal Boutique

Publisher I Do I Do Susan Alvarado

Editor Creative Director Meg Bullock Mike McDaniel

Remember

If you are a new bride holding this

magazine, congratulations! You are

Celebrate

I’ve always loved weddings! Whether it was as a bride, providing flowers for a

holding a wedding and event resource

friend or coordinating dozens throughout

that can help you begin your planning

the Southeast; I am now able to channel

As with any bride planning a wedding, it

for this classic city. I’ve always loved

process in this Classic Possibly, my awedding planning energy a canCity. consume you. You are holding new weddings! Whether it was into as a bride, just like you, I too gotwedding engaged the publication that Iflowers hopefor will inspire and over event magazine that has providing a friend or and consumed me and myof team as help we gotyou as coordinating dozens holidays. Christmas morning, in front you plan yourthroughout special the day! our first issue ready to hit the streets of

Southeast; I am now able to channel

Athens, Georgia. I have a passion

my wedding planning energy into a

my family and the tree, he knelt down on one knee. By saying “yes!” I was

Get readypublication to see what Athens and the for love stories, weddings, events and that I hope will inspire and

overcome with joy andkeeping excitement…and have offer. the “ever after” as funsurrounding as helpareas you as you planto your specialWe day!will possible.I And that, Athenshighlight was Get ready toprofessionals see what Athens and the the need to start planning! hadwith seen wedding along missing a niche’and magazine for the areas have offer. Wethat will countless of my friends married with their surrounding creative gifts andtotalents everyday girl planning her dream day,

highlight wedding professionals along

and so The Classic Wedding Magazine

with their creative gifts and talents that

helped with details behind the scenes.

are ready to make you special day one to

Surely I knew what I wanted? But, it’s remember. was born! Whether you are a bride are ready to make your special day one amazing how your think you know what planning your special day, or still

to celebrate.

Contributing Editor Web Kaitlin Hawthorne

Design Loek Baak

Creative Director Rachelle Ledford Advertising www.rachelleledford.com

706.224.4284 Web Design meg@classicweddingmagazine.com Loek Baak

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The Classic Wedding Magazine is published quarterly by McMahan Productions. The opinions The Classic Wedding Magazine is published quarterly byexpressed McMahan Productions. The opinions writers are not by contributing expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of the editor, the publisher or necessarily those of the editor, the publisher or ofClassic The Wedding Classic Wedding Magazine. No part of this of The Magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced magazine may without be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher. of the publisher. prior consent

waiting to The meet that special someone… you want until it is your turn! ideas or you’re simply like me who just likes to (and pinterest) will create endless throw a party at any given opportunity.

possibilities. Deciding who “we” were as

Meg Bullock

This magazine is your new go to

a couple was most important…and also wedding and event planning resource

Meg Bullock

what we could afford.

I discovered I’m actually planning two weddings the one inspired by Pinterest and the one I can afford. Headshot courtesy of Nicole Flores Photography Co.

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party

planner

LOCAL FAVORITES

Condor Chocolates is Ecuadorian chocolate

Covenant Valley Farm began in 2009 and is a

As a seasoned local Wedding Planner and

which was started by brothers Peter and

family-owned and operated farm that began in

Event Designer, Liz Messick has seen

Nick Dale. Located in the historic Five Points

Colbert, Georgia. At the farm, they use organic

succulents grow in popularity for weddings

neighborhood of Athens, Georgia, Condor

principles, and raise their animals without the

over recent years. At a reception this Fall, she

Chocolates produces and sells bean-to-bar

use of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics.

used mercury-glass vases of various sizes,

chocolate bars, truffles, sipping chocolate,

They currently offer honey, handcrafted lip

added moss, and topped each with different

hot cocoa, coffee, iced beverages, gelato and

balms and beeswax candles. They integrate

succulent varieties. Grouped together at

a variety of confections. Condor Chocolates

their farming practices and manage their

different heights or woven through eucalyptus

exclusively sources their cacao from Ecuador,

lands in a manner that creates a healthy

garland on long farm tables, they made

the birthplace of their mother and home of

environment which benefits all of their bees,

charming centerpieces, but are also able

the finest cacao in the world. The small shop

poultry, cattle, and soil together as a whole.

to be gifted to guests as party favors. She

is both a chocolate factory and a café. The

The beekeepers, Nolan and his wife Annie,

also suggests potting them in inexpensive

brothers invite you to come and watch the

commonly known as the “honey lady” at the

terracotta pots, adding a shimmery stamped

chocolate making process yourself. Custom

Oconee’s Farmers Market, has helped provide

monogram, and placingthem in tiered rows for

chocolates and packaging are available for

many brides with a unique wedding flavor and

guests to take home. The best part of using

your wedding and event.

use as a wedding favor. Brides like to add

succulents for your wedding? You can easily

personal stickers with sayings such as “Bee

plant them after your big day for a unique

Mine” or “Meant to Bee”.

wedding day memento.

706.850.4803 www.CondorChocolates.com Condor Chocolates photo courtesy of Andie Freeman.

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706.206.7105 www. CovenantValleyFarm.com

404.369.3915 www.lizmessickdesign.com

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It’s Always 5 O’Clock at J’s

New Selections

Wedding Discounts

Wine Club

Loyalty Program

Every Celebration Begins with J’s Bottle Shop! Wine Specialists and Event Specialists are always ready to make every event an unforgettable celebration.

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Events:706-338-5746

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top 5 reasons to hire a wedding planner Stress:

Budgeting Advice:

If you speak to any wedding expert who has worked

A professional wedding planner is familiar with what

with Do-It-Yourself brides or brides that hire well-

the expected and fair costs will be. An experienced

known professional wedding planners, they will tell

wedding planner can help you to navigate around all

you that the difference in stress levels between the

of the misunderstandings of wedding vendor price

two brides is substantial. When it comes to your

tags and help create a budget that revolves around

wedding day, one of the most important things to

what is important to the bride and groom.

remember is that you should be able to relax and enjoy the fruit of all of your labor. You are the bride and you should not act as the go-to person for day-of

Mediator:

issues and things that inevitably come up. The same

A wedding planner can also act as a mediator

goes for your parents. You should all be enjoying

when sticky family or relational situations arise. It

the moment and leaving all the stress and weight

is absolutely impossible to please everyone all the

on the planner’s shoulders. Hiring an experienced

time when it comes to planning your wedding. A

wedding planner allows you and all of your cherished

wedding planner is the neutral party to whom it is

guests to live in the moment and watch your wedding

safe to point to for direction. It is much easier to

day unfold beautifully. Remember, your wedding will

say to your soon to be mother-in-law, “the wedding

be one of the most unforgettable moments of your

planner thinks it is best for us to…”, or to have your

entire life!

planner contact guests who have abused their RSVP with more individuals than invited. It’s the wedding

Knowledge Base:

planner’s job to be the scapegoat.

For most brides, this will be your first time planning a wedding. A well connected and established wedding

Day-of Coordination:

planner will know the industry experts and can tell

The successful flow of your wedding day depends

you who is professional, creative, and trusted within

upon the mutual collaboration and efforts of various

the industry. Wedding planners are well-informed

wedding vendors and professionals working together

when it comes to wedding day protocol, etiquette,

effortlessly. Your wedding planner will understand

and what it takes to put on a successful event at any

how each vendor’s responsibilities will overlap and

magnitude.

rely upon each other. The wedding planner will act as a liaison between the vendors, the bride, and the family to make sure everything flows smoothly throughout the entire event.

See Brandy’s Ad on Page 24.

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595 HIGHWAY 255 • CLARKESVILLE, GEORGIA 30523

Bridal Open House on February 7th, 11am-5pm, Sunday.

404-985-7859 | www.sauteemountainretreat.com/weddings Kathryn Vazquez | weddings@sauteemountainretreat.com

GTM Hair Designers

710 Gaines School Rd. | Athens, GA 706-654-1777 | www.gtmhairdesigners.com

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party

planner

RECEPTION ACTIVITIES

It used to be that a wedding reception was complete with cake and dancing. But now the goal is to put your stamp on every part of your event to make it uniquely yours and one that your guests will remember! We recommend sticking with your theme but get creative with what is true to the bride and groom; after all, they are here to celebrate the two of you. Natalie Bradley, a local Athenian offers creative and fun large-in-scale games such as this Jenga set. This allows your guests to pass by and play a plank‌until the last person needs to pick it up! Soire’e by Natalie Bradley Events www.nataliebradley.com

Melissa Prosser Photography

Melissa Prosser Photography

Matthew Coleman Photograhy

Or simply ask your Uncle Bubba if you can borrow his Corn Hole set

Everyone loves fun food at a reception for after the dancing has begun and your guests begin to get the munchies! Consider offering something that your guests can serve themselves such as having this popcorn machine. You can do a full popcorn bar of salt and toppings, or a simple grab your own bag. These popcorn containers can be picked up at your local dollar store for an additional wedding favor to your guests.

For rental information: www.barronsrental.com and see their ad on page 12.

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We cover it all

Party Supplies, Wedding and Event Rentals, Construction and Homeowner Equipment Rentals. Serving Athens, GA & the surrounding areas since 1965

Party Supplies, Wedding and Event Rentals, Construction and Homeowner Equipment Rentals. Serving Athens, GA & the surrounding areas since 1965

706.543.3486 or info@barronsrental.com We pride ourselves on the fact that “we cover it all” with our wide range of rental equipment and services available to the area -- we provide everything to make your event great including party supplies, wedding supplies and services, tents, tent accessories, equipment rental, lighting and much more!

We pride ourselves on the fact that “we cover it all” with our wide range of rental equipment and services available to the area -- we provide everything to make your event great including party supplies, wedding supplies and services, tents, tent accessories, equipment rental, lighting and much more!

706.543.3486 340 Hawthorne Ave. | Athens GA 30606 info@barronsrental.com | www.barronsrental.com We currently are the Best Party Rental Company, as elected by the Georgia Elite Bridal Association. We have also earned many badges from being published on major blogs, such as Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Ruffled, and many many more.

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Wedding YOUR

Checklist

A TIMELINE OF THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE BIG DAY

6-12 Months -

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Discuss the budget and who will pay for what Choose the kind of wedding you will have – theme, date, and time o Start your (private) pinterest board Decide on your venue o Begin your search at www.classicweddingmagazine.com o It’s hard to sometimes be concrete on date until you confirm venue! o Find out church/venue requirements to plan remainder of big day Look at reception locations and reserve Hire a wedding consultant Choose the honored roles – bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl, ring bearer Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families Discuss honeymoon and reservations o Give plenty of time to get passport if needed o Contact Global Escapes on page 29 Develop an organization system for contracts, ideas, photos, invitations, gifts, and thank you notes Start looking for a wedding gown, veil, accessories and your attendant’s attire Start customizing and looking at invitations Finalize Guest list Begin to send out save-the-date cards Select your photographer, florist, caterer, and/or videographer and band/DJ

4-5 Months -

Place wedding announcement in local newspaper Order wedding stationary (invitations, envelopes, programs) Start shopping for the bridal party’s attire Book limo/transportation Finalize arrangements with a florist Select a caterer Select wedding cake Start planning wedding decorations and book rental items needed Decide on wedding favors to go with theme or personalize a gift Set time, date and location for rehearsal dinner Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests Select and book honeymoon night suite

o Schedule engagement photo’s Sign up for your gift registry

Photo by Matthew Coleman photography

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2-3 Months

1 Week

- Buy the cake knife, guest book, toasting glasses and garter - Choose gifts for bridal party, parents and helpers - Host a “invitation writing party” and send out invitations - Customize your wedding vows, if you plan to do them yourself - Check state/county marriage license requirements - Plan rehearsal/dinner, ceremony, reception, menus, and all music involved - Buy wedding bands - Trial run of hair and makeup; bring your headpiece (veil) o Get formal bridal portrait - Begin putting together your ceremony program

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Give reception/caterer final number of guests Confirm ALL vendors you have hired and give them the number of your wedding consultant Pick up men’s formalwear and your wedding gown Pack for honeymoon and wedding night Clean engagement ring Arrange mail collection and pet for while you are on honeymoon Remind wedding party and families what time they need to show up for rehearsal

1 Month - Confirm honeymoon reservations - Meet with your photographer and videographer for last minute details - Discuss final details with wedding consultant - Maintain a record of RSVP’s - Pick up marriage license - Confirm all final payment amounts, dates and times with vendors - Select ushers to seat your guests - Mail invitations for rehearsal dinner - Select something old, new, borrowed and blue

2 Weeks - - - - - - - - -

Write seating cards and place cards for the reception Call guests who have not yet responded to wedding and rehearsal dinner invitations Decide on rehearsal/receptions toasts – who you would like to speak Final fittings for yourself and bridesmaids Make a wedding day itinerary Pick up wedding rings Give photographer a photo checklist Give musicians a list of your music selection Confirm honeymoon plans

1 Day before - - -

Drop all wedding accessories and décor off at ceremony and reception locations Get manicure and pedicure At rehearsal, confirm wedding party and family knows time to be ready for pictures

Wedding Day - - -

Send groom special notes and/or gifts throughout the day Switch engagement ring to your right hand before the ceremony Make sure the Maid of Honor has the grooms ring and Best Man has brides ring

Photo by Claire Diana Photography

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Claire Diana Photography

9OAKS FARM

Contact Us Today! 678.635.7157

2425 GA HIGHWAY 83 MONROE, GA 30655 Matthew Coleman Photography

9oaksfarm.com

9 Oaks Farm is located in rural Good Hope, Georgia. It is only 20 minutes away from Athens & a short drive from Atlanta, making it a good location for any special occasion. The authentic 1900’s barn has been renovated into the perfect place for any wedding or special occasion from rustic to elegant. 9 Oaks includes an Entrance Hall, Reception Barn, Bridal Suite & multiple outdoor ceremony locations. With so many options, you can create your dream wedding day. 9 Oaks Farm can seat 250 guests with indoor seating only & 300+ guests with indoor and outdoor.

Claire Diana Photography

Claire Diana Photography

Matthew Coleman Photography

Matthew Coleman Photography

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the Thompson house & GardENs

The House was built in 1880 by Mr. and Mrs. Thompson and is considered a vintage Victorian farm house. The Thompson House and Gardens has two venues for your consideration. They include the exquisitely appointed Main House featuring a 4,000 square feet Banquet Hall that can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Garden area is the second option. Events held at either location will leave your guests with a feeling of true southern Victorian sophistication. Visit our website:

www.thethompsonhouseandgardens.com

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Anna Criss Photography

The Details are in The Dress

Beware of Counterfeit Wedding Gowns

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Photos courtesy Anna Criss Photography

Venue Location Neverland Farm

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Gown available at I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique - see our ad on page 3

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Photo by Keith Hammock

The Details Advice from Patty Oropeza I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique Athens, GA

Shopping for your wedding gown will likely be the most memorable experience of your wedding planning journey. It should be fun and exciting, shared with friends and family and when you find “the one� you should have an immediate image of yourself walking down the aisle, stunningly beautiful in your designer wedding gown, full of anticipation for the look of awe and unadulterated love from your soon-to-be husband!

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But wait! Enter the pragmatic and frugal bride (traits sure to be appreciated by said husband-to-be AFTER the wedding!). You have the experience you hoped for at your local boutique, the authorized retailer for the designer gown you chose for your amazing walk down the aisle. Being internet savvy, you google the designer and style number and YES!! You find a picture of YOUR wedding gown for $399.00 Instead of the $1500.00 you were quoted by that lovely consultant who worked so hard to help you find this gorgeous gown! More money for the party! You want to call this fantastic company (to ask just a couple of questions to verify this amazing deal) but there’s no number to call, only an email address. But what the heck, you are paying way less for your designer gown and instead of waiting 20 weeks like the boutique told you it would take to ship your gown, this site says you’ll receive your gown from them in 6 weeks! More good luck! You happily place your order and move onto the next item on our wedding checklist. Six weeks later you receive a package at your door. You excitedly open the plastic wrapped, folded item (is this really my wedding gown??) you shake it out, oops, were those crystals and pearls that just fell off? You pick them up…these look like plastic, not Swarovski crystals like the sample you tried on and why do they look gray? Still optimistic, you finish shaking out the crumpled gown, hang it on the hanger and behold, the gown before you isn’t champagne, it is PINK! The “crystals” are scattered across a bodice with some “weird” boning, the fabric is so limp you look for the crinoline that maybe fell out…you quickly try it on and just as quickly, you take it off. You realize that you have been “duped” by one of thousands of internet companies engaging in the illegal production of counterfeit wedding gowns… The very sad truth is, the appeal of saving money in the era of internet shopping has left thousands of brides scrambling to replace their poor quality, counterfeit purchase. These companies post illegally obtained images from the REAL designer sites so unsuspecting brides believe it is the same gown. Here are some other ways to spot a counterfeit dress site: • Site is not listed as an authorized retailer on the designer’s website • Misspellings and grammatical errors on site • No working phone number • Refunds with restocking fee (this is actually how they make their money) • Unbelievable deals! Wedding gown retail pricing is controlled by the designers. You should never see much deviation in new gown pricing. Most bridal boutique owners have a passion for the industry. While these counterfeiters hurt the brick and mortar store business, they also take it very personally that an unsuspecting bride’s dream may be ruined. At I Do I Do Bridal Boutique, we have an abiding respect for the designers and the creative processes that produce two bridal seasons per year. We appreciate the many hours of hand sewing and cutting that goes into creating these gowns. But more importantly, bridal consultants truly take great pride in guiding a bride in choosing the most beautiful gown for her wedding day; one that suits her personality, her venue and budget! Fulfilling a bride’s image for herself, on the most important day of her life, is equally fulfilling for those of us who help her! Gown available at I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique - see our ad on page 3

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Photo by Keith Hammock Event Planning Brandy Turner Brandy Turner Events 770-355-6835 www.brandyturnerevents.com info@brandyturnerevents.com

Floral & Event Design & Wedding Coordination Sheila Rivera Sheila Rivera Weddings 706.255.9870 www.sheilariveraweddings.com sheila@sheilariveraweddings.com www.facebook.com/weddingsbysheilarivera/

Photography Keith Hammock Keith Hammock Photography 478-731-1251 www.keithhammock.com info@keithhammock.com

Russell Stafford RWStaffordJr Photography 706-498-0312 www.RWStaffordJr.com russell@RWStaffordJr.com

Beauty Perris Hull Sebastian Salon 706-224-8114 www.sebastianinternationalmua.com sebastianmuastyles@gmail.com

Aleasha Hardin Make-Up by LeashaRae 678-927-0237 www.styleseat.com/leasharae mualeasharae@gmail.com

Gown available at I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique - see our ad on page 3

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Bridal Gowns I DO, I DO Bridal Boutique 706-546-8586 www.Idobridalathens.com

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Photo by Keith Hammock Event Planning Brandy Turner Brandy Turner Events 770-355-6835 www.brandyturnerevents.com info@brandyturnerevents.com

Floral & Event Design & Wedding Coordination Sheila Rivera Sheila Rivera Weddings 706.255.9870 www.sheilariveraweddings.com sheila@sheilariveraweddings.com www.facebook.com/weddingsbysheilarivera/

Photography Keith Hammock Keith Hammock Photography 478-731-1251 www.keithhammock.com info@keithhammock.com

Russell Stafford RWStaffordJr Photography 706-498-0312 www.RWStaffordJr.com russell@RWStaffordJr.com

Beauty Perris Hull Sebastian Salon 706-224-8114 www.sebastianinternationalmua.com sebastianmuastyles@gmail.com

Aleasha Hardin Make-Up by LeashaRae 678-927-0237 www.styleseat.com/leasharae mualeasharae@gmail.com

Gown available at I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique - see our ad on page 3

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Bridal Make-Up

Lash Extensions

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Sebastian Salon

706.224.8114

Commercial Enhancements (Hair Extensions)

Bridal Consultant: Brandy Turner - 770.355.6835;Perris Hull:Muah; Latoria Greene:hair; Kit Antonio:hair; Leasha Rae:makeup; Cache Taylor:makeup; IDoIDo:Bridal Gowns; Photographers: Keith Hammock & Russell Stafford

Hair Styling

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Picturesque

Fair Havens Plantation

706-208-8900

75 Old Edwards Road, Arnoldsville, GA 30619

www.fairhavensplantation.com

Fair Havens Plantation is only 8 miles east of the classic city of Athens, Georgia.

Fair Havens was designed to elegantly host it’s guests with spacious rooms reflecting the splendor of a bygone era. Built in 1812 this 5,000 square foot home blends elements of it’s past history, including Federal, Victorian, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival architectural styles. In 1825, a ball was held in this home for the french General the Jean Marquis de Lafayette honoring him for his assistance in the American Revolutionary War.

All Photography by Melissa Prosser Photography

Melissa Prosser fell in love with photography in college. Since completing her degree, she is rarely seen without a camera in hand. Weddings are her number one passion. She focuses on capturing the day as it actually happens. Clients often look at her photographs and wonder “where was the camera?” Melissa’s discrete style of capturing a wedding results in true wondrous moments that couples will look back and remember for a lifetime.

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ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES BUFFALO’S CARL HOUSE CAFE | 770-586-0095 196 AlpsAtlRdanta #49, Athens, GA 30606 1176 Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 (706) 354-6655 | events@buffaloscafe.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com The Big Back Room of Beechwood (located inside of Buffalo’s Cafe) is a popular venue for your wedding ceremony and reception as well as all of your wedding related events. We can prepare a buffet, limited menu or plated meal, customized to fit your taste and budget. Contact our Events Coordinator to schedule your consultation and see how one of our private rooms would be perfect for your special day.

CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 1176 Auburn, GA GA 30011 1176Atlanta Atl antaHighway, Highway, Auburn, 30011 carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Extraordinary.Memorable.Events Warm Staff, lush gardens, gorgeous historical mansion, elegant ballroom with curved staricase, exquisite cusineand florals, attention to detail and sterling reputation. This is Carl House.

CHATEAU CARL HOUSE ELAN | 770-586-0095 | 678−425−0900 x 45 100 1176 RueAtl Charlemagne anta Highway, Dr, Braselton, Auburn, GA GA 30517 30011 chateauelan.com carlhouse.com | weddings@chateauelan.com | info@carlhouse.com Our lux¬u¬ri¬ous Atlanta, Geor¬gia wed¬ding venue fea¬tures both indoor and out¬door loca¬tions at our win¬ery and hotel. From intimate and elope¬ment wed¬ding pack¬ages to large ball¬room recep-tions, we can cater your wed¬ding day. Addi¬tion¬ally you and your guests may expe¬ri¬ence ameni¬ties at our lux¬u¬ri¬ous spa, rounds of cham¬pi¬onship golf, or enjoy many din¬ing options at our awardwinning wed¬ding loca¬tion in north Atlanta, Georgia.

FAiR HAVENS CARL HOUSE |pLANTATiON 770-586-0095 75 OldAtl Edwards RD, Arnoldsville, 1176 anta Highway, Auburn,GAGA 30011 706-208-8900 | fairhavensplantation.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Fair Havens is a historic southern antebellum setting that makes for a memory filled wedding event. Located just minutes from downtown Athens, we have several different wedding packages to fit every budget. Let us make your wedding memorable.

THE GRAdUATE CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 295 ST, Athens, GAGA 30601 1176East Atl Dougherty anta Highway, Auburn, 30011 706-433-1941 | graduateathens.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com With historic spaces that date back to the 1830s, we are unrivaled when it comes to romantic Athens wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. As Athens’ premier event venue, Graduate Athens embodies the history, hospitality and exclusivity of a private residence.

SANCTUARy CARL HOUSE pLANTATiON | 770-586-0095 | 706.969.9296 509 Highway 254, Highway, Cleveland, Georgia 1176 Atl anta Auburn,30528 GA 30011 www.sanctuaryplantation.com | robinkin@windstream.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Located in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia mountains, Sanctuary Estate provides the most elegant setting for your weddings, receptions, private parties and corporate events. Thirty-two acres of extreme privacy, accompanied by an exquisite barn and estate, make for breath-taking photography on your big day. Our beautiful landscape, amenities and dedicated staff make Sanctuary Estate the ideal location for your next event.

SAUTEE HOUSE CARL MOUNTAiN| |404-985-7859 770-586-0095 595 Highway 255, Highway, Clarkesville,Auburn, Georgia 30523 1176 Atl anta GA 30011 sauteemountainretreat.com/weddings weddings@sauteemountainretreat.com carlhouse.com ||info@carlhouse.com Sautee Mountain Retreat is a perfectly serene, intimate, naturally beautiful setting for North Georgia weddings and receptions, vow renewals and rehearsal dinners. Tie the knot in our luxuriously rustic Mountain Lodge or outdoors in our beautiful Serenity Garden with flowing streams, cascading water features, and romantic arbor. There is also a large group fire pit just outside the Mountain Lodge which is great for socializing, telling stories, making toasts and s’mores.

SEBASTiAN SALON Perris Hull 706-224-8114 sebastianinternationalmua.com | sebastianmuastyles@gmail.com Sebastian salon is an upscale and professional salon that offers an array of services including Bridal makeup and hair styling.

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ALEASHA HARdiN | Make-Up by LeashaRae 678-927-0237 | tyleseat.com/leasharae | mualeasharae@gmail.com GTM HAiR CARL HOUSE dESiGNERS | 770-586-0095 710 1176Gaines Atl anta School Highway, RD, Auburn, GA 30011 Athens, carlhouse.com GA | info@carlhouse.com 706.354.1777 gtmhairdesigners.com Making Athens Beautiful for over 30 years!

CATERING, CAKES, COCKTAILS AND RESTAURANTS BUFFALO’S CARL HOUSE CAFE | 770-586-0095 196 AlpsAtl Rdanta #49, Athens, GA 30606 1176 Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 (706) 354-6655 | events@buffaloscafe.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com The Big Back Room of Beechwood (located inside of Buffalo’s Cafe) is a popular venue for your wedding ceremony and reception as well as all of your wedding related events. We can prepare a buffet, limited menu or plated meal, customized to fit your taste and budget. Contact our Events Coordinator to schedule your consultation and see how one of our private rooms would be perfect for your special day.

J’S BOTTLE CARL HOUSE SHOp | 770-586-0095 1452 1176 Prince Atl antaAVE, Highway, Athens,Auburn, GA GA 30011 706-338-5746 carlhouse.com| |jsbottleshop.com info@carlhouse.com J’s Bottle Shop is known for customer service, unbeatable prices and the finest selections. We are happy to suggest wine to compliment a bridal party, wedding, rehearsal dinner or any celebratory occasion. Member The Athens Wedding Professional Network.

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EVENT PLANNING BrandyHOUSE CARL Turner| 770-586-0095 | Brandy Turner Events 770-355-6835 | brandyturnerevents.com 1176 Atl anta Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 info@brandyturnerevents.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Brandy Turner Events is a full service wedding and event planning company that specializes in elegant and traditional weddings, vow renewals, birthdays, anniversaries, an d any event worth celebrating! We’re all about an event! We provide clients guidance wherever they are in the planning process. We thrive on providing our clients with a stress-free experience from beginning to end, so happy planning!

TAILORED CARL HOUSE EVENTS | 770-586-0095 478-550-1491 1176 Atl anta Highway, | mytailoredevent.com Auburn, GA 30011 mytailoredevent@gmail.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Tailored Events cordially invites you to a better planning experience. With a range of Athens-based vendors, Tailored Events will be able to design your ideal event from start to finish — venue options, catering, floral, music. If you can imagine it, Tailored Events will do everything in its power to make it happen. There is no event too large or too small.

FLORIST & EVENT DESIGN SHEILA RIVERA | Sheila Rivera Weddings 706.255.9870 | sheilariveraweddings.com sheila@sheilariveraweddings.com | https://www.facebook.com/weddingsbysheilarivera/

PHOTOGRAPHY Claire Diana Claire Diana Photography 16 N Main St, Watkinsville, GA 30677 | (404) 421-5908 clairedianaphotography.com | info@clairedianaphotography.com Keith Hammock Keith Hammock Photography 478-731-1251 www.keithhammock.com | info@keithhammock.com MaTthew Coleman Coleman Photography (706) 338-0856 matthewcolemanphotography.com } matthewbarrycoleman@gmail.com Melissa Prosser Melissa Prosser Photography 425 Ansley Dr, Roswell, GA 30076 | (678) 687-5734 melissaprosser.com | melissa@melissaprosser.com

RENTALS BARRON’S CARL HOUSE RENTALS | 770-586-0095 340 1176Hawthorne Atl anta Highway, AVE, Athens, Auburn, GA 30606 GA 30011 706-543-3486 carlhouse.com| |barronsrental.com info@carlhouse.com info@barronsrental.com Having been in business since 1965, Barrons is the Athens community’s oldest and most established rental store. We are pleased to serve our customers throughout the Northeast Georgia area by supplying high quality wedding and party supplies.

SPECIALTY ITEMS AND GIFTS CONDOR CHOCOLATES 1658 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606 (706) 850-4803 | condorchocolates.com

COVENANT CARL HOUSE FARMS | 770-586-0095 | 706-206-7105 1752 Colbert,GA GA.30011 30628 1176Crawford Atl antaSmithonia Highway,Rd,Auburn, covenantvalleyfarmandgifts.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com covenantvalleyfarm@gmail.com At Covenant Valley Farm, we use organic principles, and raise our animals without the use of chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. The pastures for our cattle are free of pesticides/ herbicides, and free of synthetic fertilizers. We currently offer Certified Naturally Grown honey, which our Honeybees produce without the aid of chemicals or antibiotics, handcrafted lip balms and beeswax candles, and grass-fed Angus beef.

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Global CARL HOUSE Escapes | 770-586-0095 | (706) 549-1164 697 Milledge Ave # 1, Auburn, Athens, GA 30605 1176S Atl anta Highway, 30011 globalescapes.com carlhouse.com | info@globalescapes.com info@carlhouse.com Planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon on the heels of planning your whole life together can be a bit stressful…and disastrous if not left up to the pros. A Global Escapes Specialist can help you plan the Destination Wedding or Honeymoon of your dreams so that throughout this special time in your life, your focus can remain on what is most important—each other.

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REAL ESTATE AnnieHOUSE CARL kennedy | 770-586-0095 COLDWELL BANKER UPCHURCH REALTY 1176 Atl anta Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 2405 W. Broad ST, Athens, GA 30606 carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com athensrealtorannie@gmail.com I strive for satisfaction through developing personal, professional relationships with each and every one of my clients. Collaboration and communication are the keys to guiding those I represent to their end goals. As a first-time home buyer, my application of real estate fundamentals will help to ensure that your experience is a positive one.

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The Big Back Room of Beechwood (located inside of Buffalo’s Cafe) is a popular venue for your wedding ceremony and reception as well as all of your wedding related events. We can prepare a buffet, limited menu or plated meal, customized to fit your taste and budget. Contact our Events Coordinator to schedule your consultation and see how one of our private rooms would be perfect for your special day. Call 706.354.6655 or e-mail events@buffaloscafe.com.

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The new Graduate Athens and Foundry, a reimagined hotel and venue that celebrates both past and present. Striking historic interiors, a head-of-the-class spa, remarkable cuisine, exemplary service—the perfect backdrop for your big day.

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