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SANCTUARY ESTATE

706.969.9296 | www.sanctuaryestate.org Sanctuary Estate has been awarded one of the Top 20 Most Romantic Venues in the USA by Wedding Wire

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Hays-McDonald Farm

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 1:00 - 4:00 1145 WH Hays Road Jefferson, Georgia 30549 FREE Admission 30+ Local Vendors Catering Tastings Signature Drinks Door Prizes & More!

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Weddings • Corporate Events • Private Parties • Proms • Birthday Parties Retirement Celebrations • Reunions • Fraternity/Sorority Events & More!

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CLASSIC WEDDING MAGAZINE | Issue 3 | SUMMER 2016

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Melissa Prosser Photography

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Melissa Prosser Photography

Happy Everything Company Photography

{ ON THE COVER } sanctuary estate www.sanctuaryestate.org 706-969-9296 Photo by Happy Everything Company See more about Sanctuary Estate on pages 16 & 17.

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FROM THE EDITOR Embrace...

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PARTY FAVORITES

Looking for a unique party favor with a local feel? Check out these Classic City favorites.

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unplug your wedding

Enjoy your day, let guests be guests and let the professionals do what they do best. Top 5 Reasons to Consider Using a Professional Photographer.

Melissa Prosser Photography

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FATES & FLORALS

College Classes introduce a bride, a groom, a photographer and a wedding planner.

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next stop the honeymoon

Now that the wedding is over, it is on to the honeymoon. Advice on using a travel agency to get the best deal and extra perks to create memories of a lifetime.

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Luxurious Southern Wedding Venue With A European Twist

Katie Bryant Photography

Katie Bryant Photography

Scobey Photography

Katie Bryant Photography

Katie Bryant Photography

Scobey Photography

Scobey Photography

Spread over 400 acres, the Farm at High Shoals offers multiple “venues areas.” The property features two enclosed event spaces: the Villa, a luxurious period-Italian mansion, and the Stables, a 15,000 square foot reception barn. Other notable areas to host an outdoor event include a working vineyard, the Villa’s well-kept lower lawn, and multiple spots along a private lake. Spread over 400 acres, the Farm at High Shoals offers multiple “venues areas.” The property features two enclosed event spaces: the Villa, a luxurious period-Italian mansion, and the Stables, a 15,000 square foot reception barn. Other notable areas to host an outdoor event include a working vineyard, the Villa’s well-kept lower lawn, and multiple spots along a private lake.

5470 High Shoals Road • Bishop, Georgia 30621 www.highshoalsfarm.com • info@highshoalsfarm.com • 706-286-4732 19803.1.3.005.HighShoals.indd 1

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FROM

the editor

FROM the editor Publisher Susan Alvarado Publisher Susan Alvarado

Editor Bullock

Editor Meg Meg Bullock

Embrace Celebrate

Soak up the day and make the memories If you are a new bride or any woman planning an event holding this magazine, ones that you will cherish forever. congratulations! You are holding a local I’ve always loved weddings! Whether it wedding and event resource guide that can help you begin your planning process was as a bride, providing flowers for a As with any bride planning a wedding, it for this classic city. I’ve always loved friend or coordinating dozens throughout in this Classic City. I’ve recently had can consume you. You are holding a new weddings! Whether it was as a bride, northeast Georgia; I am now able to the honor to be involved in advising wedding and event magazine that has providing flowers for a friend or channel my wedding planning energy into two couples in planning their wedding consumed me and my team as we got coordinating dozens throughout the a publication that I Iam hope will toinspire day; which is something that I never our first issue ready to hit the streets of Southeast; now able channel you for your special day! get tired of! But even Athens, as an Georgia. advisor, it I have a passion my wedding planning energy into a has reminded me of ALL thestories, details for love weddings, events and publication that I hope will inspire and keeping the “ever after” as funGet as readyhelp you aswhat you plan your special to see Athens and day! the that go into planning the perfect event. And with that, Athenssurrounding was Get areas ready to have see what thewill toAthens offer.and We Whether the event is possible. a wedding, shower, missing a niche’ magazine for the surrounding areas have to offer. We will birthday or life celebration…a party takes highlight wedding professionals along everyday girl planning her dream day, highlight wedding professionals along planning and delegation. The best advice with their creative gifts and talents that and so The Classic Wedding Magazine with their creative gifts and talents that are ready to make your special day one I always offer; is to plan everything so was born! Whether you are a bride are ready to make your special day one that you are able to truly be present and to truly Embrace. planning your special day, or still to celebrate. enjoy the day yourself.waiting Yourtoguests will meet that special someone… be able to enjoy your or event when you’remore, simply like me who just likes to throw partyparty at any given they see the host apart ofathe and opportunity. Meg Bullock This magazine details. is your new go to Meg Bullock not frazzled about uncompleted wedding and event planning resource

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Contributing Editor Contributing Editors Kaitlin HawthorneProsser Collazo Melissa

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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.thethompsonhouseandgarden (770) 725 6252 1431 Atlanta Hwy Bogart, Ga 30622

Photos by CLaire Diana Photography

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Claire Diana Photography

Claire Diana Photography

Claire Diana Photography

9OAKS FARM

Claire Diana Photography

Claire Diana Photography

Contact Us Today! 678.635.7157

2425 GA HIGHWAY 83 MONROE, GA 30655

Matthew Coleman Photography

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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 Claire Diana Photography

with indoor seating only & 300+ guests with indoor and outdoor.

9OAKS FARM

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2425 GA HIGHWAY 83 MONROE, GA 30655 Matthew Coleman Photography Claire Diana Photography

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LOCAL FAVORITES

Established in Athens, Georgia, Little Light Co. is a southern soy candle company designing all-natural, sophisticated candles. Beth Hughes, the founder of Little Light Co., creates the distinct scents in her home, finding inspiration from the natural surroundings of the South. These little lights are paraffin free, handmade with a clean-burning blend of coconut oil and organic soy wax, and finished with 100% cotton wicks. Every batch is blessed in hopes of bringing light into your home and life. The candle line includes a Signature Scent Collection; Ginkgo, Marmalade, Porch Song, Clothes Pin, Honeysuckle and the very popular Lavender & Lace. Due to demand, the once seasonal Longleaf Pine is now available year-round. In addition to our candles, Little Light Co. has an exclusive refill option for weddings and special events. Using your grandmothers Milkglass or Tea Cups for your special day? Little Light Co. can fill them in one of our Signature Scents, adding that personal touch to your special event. Little Light Co. candles are currently available in boutiques around Athens and Madison, GA, Auburn, AL and in Highlands, N.C. Follow the story of our little lights on Instagram and Facebook #littlelightco. Little Light Company littlelightco.com (404) 202-1769 hello@littlelightco.com #littlelightco

“Every Celebration begins with J’s and it’s always 5 o’clock!” J’s Bottle Shop is a locally owned, customer service focused, Classic City Liquor Store across from UGA’s Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown. J’s staff consists of many knowledgable experts. Jane Hixson, J’s Wine Specialist, has been working in the industry for 20 years. Jane’s attention to quality, unique, globally represented and competitively priced wines set her apart from the rest. Rebecca, J’s Event Specialist, coordinates a time to personally meet and discuss selections, quantities and pairing options for weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners and events. The entire staff at J’s Bottle Shop ask the right questions and commit to going above and beyond to exceed customers’ expectations. Luscious, J’s sister company, is conveniently located right next to J’s Bottle Shop on Prince Avenue. Luscious is a new art, chocolate, retail, gift and wine tasting venue. Their motto: “Taste. Talk. Savor.” Luscious encourages patrons to pause, shop and enjoy their cell free environment. All information regarding wine tastings, art and products can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Luscious can also be reserved for small private events. Contact Rebecca Shah for details.

J’s Bottle Shop and Luscious 1452 Prince Avenue Athens, GA 706-353-8881/706-338-5746 facebook.com/jsbottleshop instagram @jsbottelshop

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FOR U D

RESSES FORMAL WEAR

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LOCAL PROFESSIONALS

5 Reasons

to have an unplugged wedding 5. Control of your images:

2. Be present:

There is nothing worse than seeing a bunch of

This goes hand in hand with guest enjoyment,

photos that you don’t like posted on social media

but don’t you want your guests to simply be able

without your consent. Bad angles (nobody likes

to witness the ceremony? Watch you cry as you

a double chin), poor lighting, and a bunch of

walk down the aisle, ooh and ahh at the little

“derp” faces aren’t what you want representing

flower girls as they enter the space. It is SO

your wedding day!

hard to enjoy all of these special moments if

4. Less stress on you: It’s a bit daunting to see a ceremony full of

you are taking photos with your phone the whole time.

staring at you! The cameras can also get in the

1. You have hired professional photographers:

way of you actually getting into the ceremony!

Time and time again, phone photographers

guests with cameras, Ipads, phones, whatever

3. Guest enjoyment:

(moms and dads included) get in the way of the professionals that you have hired to capture your

It’s really annoying to be a guest at a wedding,

wedding day! No offense to Aunt Sally, but her

and be sitting next to someone who is leaning

shot of you exiting the ceremony is not going to

into the aisle trying to get “the shot” on

be the quality that a professional will take. Let

instagram. It really takes away from the moment

the pros do their job, and let the guests simply

of the guests just being happy for you!

be guests.

Article and Photos By: Melissa Prosser Photography • 678-687-5734 • www.melissaprosser.com

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Madison’s Most Exquisite Wedding Venue

Merchant’s Hall

• Conveniently located in Madison’s Historic District • Perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers and celebrations • Accommodations for 300 guests within 10,000 square feet of beautifully appointed space filled with sparkling crystal chandeliers, a stunning staircase, outdoor veranda, on site kitchen and more!

Events Coordinator - 248-705-5010

200 W. Washington Street • on the Town Park • www.madisontearoom.com

595 HIGHWAY 255 • CLARKESVILLE, GEORGIA 30523

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

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YOUR

Wedding ecklist Ch

A TIMELINE OF THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE BIG DAY

Photo courtesy Bee’s Knees Bakery

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

Photo by Claire Diana Photography

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 Anna K. Photography

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2-3 Months

1 Week

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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

1 Day before

2 Weeks -

Photo by Claire Diana Photography

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

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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

KAYE M. COPELAN

The Proposal

Wedding & Event Planner

706-473-0582

kmcopelan@gmail.com

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509 Highway 254 • Clevelan

Photo by Kim Kinsell Photography

SANCTUARY ESTATE has been awarded the incredible distinction of

Photo by Kim Kinsell Photography

Top 20 Most Romantic Venues in the USA by Wedding Wire.

Located in the foothills of the Nor Sanctuary Estate provides the most ele receptions, private parties a Thirty-two acres of extreme privacy, acc and estate, make for breath-taking p Our beautiful landscape, amenitie Sanctuary Estate the ideal loca

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• Cleveland, Georgia 30528

Photo by Kim Kinsell Photography

Photo by Happy Everything Co

the Northeast Georgia mountains, most elegant setting for your weddings, parties and corporate events. vacy, accompanied by an exquisite barn -taking photography on your big day. amenities and dedicated staff make deal location for your next event.

Photo by Clayton Brannon

Photo by Clayton Brannon

Photo by Happy Everything Co

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Elegant Bed & Breakfast for special events and Weddings

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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Five Reasons

LOCAL PROFESSIONALS

our Honeymoon Y n a l P o t t to Enlist a Travel Consultan By Betsy Harter, Marketing Director, Global Escapes

Couples often become so focused on their wedding day that their

3. They have access to benefits you cannot get otherwise

Booking your honeymoon online is easy, but extra perks are virtually

honeymoon planning gets placed on the back burner. The time that

nonexistent when you do. Your honeymoon specialist can secure

a couple spends together after they say their vows truly sets the

those little extras, such as a room upgrade, a spa credit, or chilled

tone for their life together, and it should be given the same level

champagne upon your arrival.

of consideration as the ceremony and reception. When pressed for time, it’s easy to get online, read some reviews, and book something quickly; but before you do, here are five reasons to consider hiring a travel consultant who specializes in honeymoons.

4. They often beat any other price Your travel consultant works directly with suppliers, and they know the ins and outs of getting the best deal without sacrificing quality.

1. They look out for your best interests Your best friend and her husband enjoyed the hottest new resort on the Mexican Riviera last Spring, and she guarantees that you’ll love it. Then you remember that your friend and her husband love to plop on the beach, lounge at the spa, and drink by the pool all day, while you tend to be more active and enjoy hiking, biking, and climbing. A travel consultant gets to know you as a couple…your travel style, your likes, and your dislikes. They rarely recommend the same itinerary for any two couples, as each has different preferences and priorities.

2. They know more

5. They provide a safety net No one wants to think about an emergency occurring on their

A reputable travel consultant doesn’t rely

honeymoon, but it is assuring to know that your honeymoon specialist

on the Internet for information. They visit

has your back. If, for instance, your flight is cancelled, one call to

the destinations, stay at the resorts, and

your consultant can have you rebooked, often more quickly than if

ensure that the areas they recommend are

you were to wait in line at the airline’s customer service counter.

places they would send their own family. They consistently meet with resorts, hotels,

So before you think about Googling “honeymoons,” set up a

tourism boards, cruise lines, and guided

complimentary consultation with a reputable honeymoon specialist.

tour operators so that they are up-to-date

You will soon be enjoying the vacation of your dreams with your loved

on changes and know when special rates

one by your side.

are on the horizon.

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Who knew that taking college classes together at Valdosta State would lead to a marriage, a forever bond with a talented photographer friend, and a wedding planning business!!! In 2010, Rachel Burk, Chad McLeroy, and Anna Klapp, of Anna K. Photography, all enrolled in the same college class. To make a long story short, that decision led to a fairy tale ending for the three of them. Chad and Rachel got engaged and asked Anna, who already had a successful photography business, to photograph their wedding! As fate would have it, Chad’s Aunt, Kaye Copelan was a wedding planner and designer living in Eatonton on a 200 acre farm near the shores of Lake Oconee. The wedding was hosted at the Copelan Family Farm, and Anna’s photographs tell the story of a magical beginning for the bride and groom.

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Kaye spent the majority of her adult life working in the legal field for her husband, Judge Jesse Copelan, Jr. and decorating and planning weddings in her spare time. When Jesse retired to enjoy life on their farm, Kaye knew she was not ready to slow down. With love and encouragement from two very good friends, Kent Duffey, floral designer at the Ritz Carlton; and local photographer, Robin Bish; Kaye decided to turn her business up a notch and become a full-time Wedding Planner and Designer, which resulted in The Proposal being born. Kaye has always loved weddings and states she loves people even more! She has lived in the Eatonton/Lake Oconee area all of her life, and has spent a lifetime building relationships with her preferred vendors, which she also considers her friends. This affords her clients the opportunity to share in a special and unique bond with her “cream of the crop� florists, photographers, caterers, pastry chefs, musicians, rental companies, and many other specialty vendors. She prides herself in creating professional and tasteful events so that the brides can focus on their special day with friends and family.

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Kaye has a God-given talent for design and an eye for detail. Her commitment to her clients, passion for perfection, and her true natural “Southern hospitality,” all contribute to The Proposal’s success! No matter the size of the wedding, the location of the venue, or the services needed, Kaye and her staff work tirelessly to bring her clients’ vision to life. Kaye’s wedding planning and design business specializes in a one-of-a-kind event for each of her clients at many premier wedding venues. These venues include some of Lake Oconee’s premier resorts, such as The Ritz Carlton at Reynolds-Lake Oconee, Cuscowilla, and Harbor Club; Goodwin Manor in Greensboro, Bridge View Barn in White Plains, Variety Works in Madison, The Plaza Arts Center in Downtown Eatonton, as well as the quaint chapel located at Rock Eagle 4-H Conference Center, just to name a few, and also many other local home sites, churches, and farms in the surrounding areas.

Photos by Anna K. Photography

The Proposal looks to each new client with excitement and anticipation for the opportunity to transform the bride’s dream wedding into a reality. Kaye’s clients become lifelong friends’ one wedding at a time! - Flowers by Designs by Kent - All photography by Anna K. Photography

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resource guide ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES 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.

BEAUTY CARLBRITE BODY HOUSE | 706-468-3298 | 770-586-0095 191 1176Alps Atl Rd, antaAthens, Highway, GA Auburn, 30606 GA 30011 www.bodybriteusa.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Our lives are hectic, and sometimes when you look in the mirror, perhaps you don’t see who you know you really are. Our innovative treatments and professional staff of certified estheticians will replenish and renew your whole being, and you won’t need to spend thousands of dollars to do it.

ELISA GRAGG HAIR DESIGNS 706-296-9542 GRETA CARVER MARY KAY 706-296-9542 | www.marykay.com/gretacarver SEBASTIAN SALON Perris Hull 706-224-8114 sebastianinternationalmua.com | sebastianmuastyles@gmail.com Now located in the Georgia Square Mall!

Sebastian salon is an upscale and professional salon that offers an array of services including Bridal makeup and hair styling.

CARL HOUSE CHATEAU 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 luxurious Atlanta, Georgia wedding venue features both indoor and outdoor locations at our winery and hotel. From intimate and elopement wedding packages to large ballroom receptions, we can cater your wedding day. Additionally you and your guests may experience amenities at our luxurious spa, rounds of championship golf, or enjoy many dining options at our award-winning wedding location 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.

HARDEMAN-SAMS HOUSE | 255 South Milledge Avenue, Athens GA 30605 706-549-1116 | www.hardemansamshouse.com | www.facebook.com/hardemansamshouse HAYS-MCDONALD CARL HOUSE |FARM 770-586-0095 | 706-202-6779 1145 1176W.Atl H. Hayes anta Rd., Highway, Jefferson, Auburn, GA GA 30011 www.hayes-mcdonaldfarm.com haysmcdonaldfarm@gmail.com carlhouse.com | |info@carlhouse.com The Hays-McDonald Farm venue was created by and for families. We believe in the celebration of relationship and bringing people together. Our mission is to make every event a dream come true.

SANCTUARY CARL HOUSE ESTATE | 770-586-0095 | 706-969-9296 509 Highway 254, Highway, Cleveland, Georgia 1176 Atl anta Auburn,30528 GA 30011 www.sanctuaryestate.org carlhouse.com ||robinkin@windstream.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.

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CATERING, CAKES, COCKTAILS AND RESTAURANTS BEE’S KNEES | 706-353-3633 1850 Epps Bridge Parkway, Athens, GA BEESKNEESBAKERYANDGIFTS@GMAIL.COM From simple butter cream with delicate flavors to fondant-covered confectionery masterpieces, we work with you to create dessert flavors and designs that inspire and meet your exact need.

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 of The Athens Wedding Professional Network.

MADISON CARL HOUSE TEA| ROOM 770-586-0095 200 1176W.Atl Washington anta Highway, Street Auburn, GA 30011 248-705-5010 | www.madisontearoom.com carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Located in the historic district, the Madison Tea Room is a destination of grace and elegance. With an outdoor wedding garden and deck to host your ceremony and reception, in addition to our Garden Terrace Room, your event will be enchanting.

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BOOTS, ETC. | 30465 US-441, Commerce, GA 30529 706-335-2668 | www.boots-etc.com DOWNTOWN TUX | Downtown Jefferson, GA 706-367-5285 DRESSING DREAMS | 95 Depot St, Hartwell, GA 30643 706-376-4598 | www.dressingdreams.com FOR U DRESSES CARL HOUSE |FORMAL 770-586-0095 WEAR Now in Georgia Square Mall!!GA 30011 1176Open Atl anta Highway, Auburn, 3700 Atlanta Hwy ||(706) 548-7538 carlhouse.com info@carlhouse.com For U Dresses is your local dress shop! We have any style,color and size you are looking for! We provide dresses for group events as well.

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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, and 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!

HYDRANGEA HOUSE EVENTS CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 Floral 1176&AtlEvent antaDesign/Rentals/Catering Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 (706)202-6779 carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com www.hydrangeahouseevents.com Email: cissy@hydrangeahouseevents.com Hydrangea House Events specializes in a “One Stop Shop” approach to Wedding Planning. Our professionals work closely with the bride and groom to make their wedding day dreams come true! We work within you budget to provide quality vendors that are reasonably priced and always dependable! Call us today for a FREE consultation!

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.

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ANNA K PHOTOGRAPHY www.annaphotography.com CLAIRE DIANA Claire Diana Photography 16 N Main St, Watkinsville, GA 30677 | (404) 421-5908 clairedianaphotography.com | info@clairedianaphotography.com CLAYTON BRANNON PHOTOGRAPHY 706-344-7785 www.brannonphotography.com | Clayton@Brannonphotography.com HAPPY EVERYTHING CO | 678-549-5127 happyeverythingco.com | info@happyeverythingco.com KATIE BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHY kaitiebryant.com | hello@kaitiebryant.com KIM KINSELLA PHOTOGRAPHY | 706-219-3267/706-969-9835 www.kimkinsellaphotography.com | kikikinsella@yahoo.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

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 CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 I strive for satisfaction through developing personal, professional relationships each and every one ofAuburn, my clients. Collaboration 1176 Atlwithanta Highway, GA 30011 and communication are the keys to guiding those I represent to their carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com 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.

SPECIALTY ITEMS AND GIFTS 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.

LITTLE HOUSE CARL LIGHT CO | 770-586-0095 | 404-202-1769 littlelightco.com hello@littlelightco.com 1176 Atl anta |Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Hand-poured candles in small batches in Athens, GA and made with 100% organic soy wax & essential oils. Available in six distinctive southern scents.

TRAVEL 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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NICOLE CARL HOUSE FLORES | 770-586-0095 PHOTOGRAPHY 1176 Atl anta Highway,CO. Auburn, GA 30011 404-791-0973 carlhouse.com| |www.nicolefl info@carlhouse.com ores.co hello@nicoleflores.co Capturing life and love inATHENS & ATLANTA, GEORGIA We are located in Athens, Georgia and love to photograph weddings and create beautiful portraits for our lovely clients in Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, and just about anywhere in the South.

RUSSELL STAFFORD RWStaffordJr Photography | 706-498-0312 www.RWStaffordJr.com | russell@RWStaffordJr.com SAM BEAUCHAMP PHOTOGRAPHY 678-863-0651 SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY | 770-518-4480 www.scobeyphotography.com | info@scobeyphotography.com

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Upcoming Local Event Calendar May 1st Hays-McDonald Farm Bridal Open House www.hays-mcdonaldfarm.com Twilight Criterium Athenstwilight.com

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