Classic Wedding Magazine Winter 2021

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Steampunk Theme

Love and Humor




Personalizing Your Wedding




REAL WEDDING Intimate Wedding







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TIPS FROM A PRO Wedding Wellness


REAL WEDDING Lakeside Wedding


REAL WEDDING Mountain Wedding


One and Only Love


Intimate Boho Wedding



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FROM the

editor Publisher Susan Alvarado Editor Kaitlin Hawthorne

Get Creative With Thank you, dear Your Love reader, for picking up our magazine.

Congratulations on the next step in your lives. This year certainly didn’t go as any of us planned. Whether you are newly engaged or looking for inspiration for a different way to do

Contributing Editors Alicia Hilaire Andrée M. Kosak Mary Ellen Baker Creative Director Mike McDaniel Web Design Kaitlin Hawthorne Advertising 770.364.7491 McMahan Productions PO Box 897 Suwanee, Ga 30024

things, one thing remains the same; weddings are a partnership between two people. The joining together of two people in love is still a beautiful thing no matter what challenges, restrictions, or changes come our way. This is an opportunity for all of us to become more creative, take time to realize what’s important, and come out stronger than ever. We are all in this together. In this edition, you will see ideas that can be adapted no matter how larger or small the celebration. See something you like or

The Classic Wedding Magazine PO Box 897 Suwanee, GA 30024 The Classic Wedding Magazine A McMahan Productions publication McMahan Productions, LLC All rights reserved. The Classic Wedding Magazine is published quarterly by McMahan Productions. The opinions expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of the editor, the publisher or of The Classic Wedding Magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher.

have an idea for a future feature? We’d love to hear from you!

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Kait & Mike Kait moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for work and landed in an intentional community, where she and sometimes up to 15 housemates lived. Although Mike was warned by other housemates “not to scare off the new girl,” their first conversation was a night long debate on various operating systems for specific use case scenarios. (There was at least agreement on an anti-windows front). They became close friends, often found huddled in deep conversation, earning the nickname “the twins”. From friendship bloomed love and a few years later, on a hike up to Berry Falls, Mike proposed. Initially, they planned to have a small wedding in the mountains, but realizing a 2- 3-hour hike would exclude most guests, they decided to marry in Kait’s home town near Atlanta. Still wanting to do something uniquely them, they decided to blend their love of science, history and story-telling into a steampunk themed wedding. Finding just the right vendors for such a theme was essential. On the way to Bake Rattle and Roll (who miraculously found a covalently-bonded atom cake topper), Kait was about to give up and ask a farmer to rent one of their fields, when they serendipitously passed 9 Oaks farms and booked the venue. The next challenge was finding someone who would collaborate on a wedding dress to fit the theme. Someone recommended April Abernathy, and the 2 deconstructed a “base layer wedding dress” and reconstructed it with ornamental details and antiques. 11 19803. 2

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Vendors Venue: 9 Oaks Farm Flowers: Flowers By ON Cakes: Bake, Rattle and Roll

Catering: Blue House Cafe Dress: April Abernathy Photographer: Chase Lanier for Mike Moon Photography

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Personalizing Your Wedding Business Partner: Mary Ellen Baker, Georgia Grace Weddings What makes your love story special? If you are unsure, start with how you fell in love. Where did you meet? Do you have similar interests in traveling, sports, food, and/or movies? All these unique facts make up your love story and should be incorporated into your wedding. Let’s start with the day before your wedding. A welcome bag is the perfect beginning to your guests’ experience. Include items such as your favorite snacks, a list of your favorite local restaurants, and even a map of the area with special locations marked such as where you got engaged or had your first date. How about decor? Go beyond just using your favorite colors or flowers. When guests arrive, have either a personalized wedding sign or program. Think about incorporating some fun facts about yourselves on the program, and/or include a general timeline of the reception. This way guests know what to look forward to throughout the evening. Table numbers and escort cards are another great way to add an untraditional and fun twist. At each table, put a picture of yourselves or name the tables after special places you’ve been. One of our couples named each table after a different hole at the Masters. Another named each table a different spot in Athens. Use golf tees set up on fake grass, personalized Cokes, planted succulents, magnolia leaves, or even small pieces of driftwood as the escort cards. Remember, you and your fiance aren’t the only VIP members at your wedding, so incorporate your family. At the cake table, put pictures of both sides of your parents cutting their own wedding cake. Serve your grandmother’s famous cookies with dessert. Make sure the DJ plays the polka to show appreciation to your Polish heritage. And let’s not forget our fur babies...make them the star of cocktail hour by naming your speciality drinks after them. Food is a perfect way to show guests they are attending YOUR wedding. Have a pizza station, incorporate a make your own taco bar, or have a late night tater tot station. What if you aren’t a cake fan? No problem...serve pies, doughnuts, crepes, or have a candy bar. If you love it, there is a way to have it at your wedding. Finally, have your guests depart with a favor that screams you and your fiance. For one wedding, the couple gave away coffee beans from Costa Rica where they first met. Another couple, did his & hers treats by giving away small bottles of whiskey in honor of him and jelly preserves in honor of her. Our goal as wedding planners is for the guests to walk away remembering they attended YOUR incredible wedding. Personalizing your wedding should be fun and special. Let your wedding location & the time of the year guide some of your choices. Your guests are there because they love you, so make sure you show them what makes your love story worth celebrating! Mary Ellen Baker Georgia Grace Weddings Event Planner Georgia Grace Weddings See Our Ad On Page 25

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Sarah & Jordan Jordan was 13 and Sarah was 12 when they met at the ice rink. Jordan fell in love with Sarah immediately and told all his friends that he loved her. Sarah found out and thought he was completely weird so she tried to keep her distance and would hide when Jordan came over. Years later when she was 16, Sarah started to take an interest in Jordan when they started to talk. Soon, they were always together. A week before her 18th birthday Jordan asked Sarah’s parents if he could ask her to be his girlfriend. Jordan surprised Sarah with a poster saying “ will you be my girlfriend”. They often talked about getting married and Sarah picked out the ring she hoped to wear. On Valentine’s Day, Sarah went to her sister’s basketball game and then after thought she was going to a restaurant. Instead, they went to The Cotton Mill and there was Jordan on one knee with the most beautiful ring in his hand and on the brick wall were rose gold balloons spelling out “will you marry me” and of course she said YES!! Sarah and Jordan were thrilled and excited to start this new adventure together but then COVID happened. Wedding plans changed a couple times and the couple made many of the props for the wedding. They did not have any bridesmaids or groomsmen but did have their best friends help them throughout the whole process. Their wedding day was very intimate, they just requested their pastor sing a song and have that time of worship and prayer. It was such a special day with the people who were the most important people in their lives who truly made a huge impact throughout their lives. After the wedding, the couple went to their favorite restaurant for an intimate dinner. Vendors: Venue: Wayfarer Hotel and Event Center Flowers: JL Designs Dress: Asos Photography: Sophie Brendle Photography

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Trending... Healthy Food Trends

Heal ier Food Choices

by Andree Kosak, Trumps Catering There really does seem to be a shift in the way that people are eating. Health seems to have become a concern when it comes to menu and food choices. Brides working with caterers are faced with menu adjustments for guests with dietary restrictions. Gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, pescatarian, and even vegan are just a few of the requests looked at when finalizing menus. By the way, pescatarians don’t eat meat, but do eat fish – I did have to look it up. This "trend" doesn't seem to be going anywhere so I did a little bit of research online and found some pretty interesting facts about healthy trends in food. I recently read a fascinating article about a California dairy farmer that is converting his land to almond groves so he can produce almond milk instead of cow’s milk. What? Why? Consumers are switching over to plant based milks to avoid dairy allergies, growth hormones, antibiotics and animal fat. Fact … since 1970 Americans consume 37% less dairy and in the past year alone, consumption of lowfat milk plummeted 13%. I also learned and not surprised to hear that fast food sales are down nationally. It appears that people are trying to use or learn kitchen skills. Haven’t you noticed the 1 minute quick videos for food preparation on Facebook? Those fascinate me. If only you could create a

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meal in 1 minute … right? The other trend is the assembled boxes delivered to you with cooking instructions, like Blue Apron or Purple Carrot which are just a couple of the companies that are growing like crazy. Tom Brady has even put his name behind the Purple Carrot. Then there are hundreds YouTube instructional videos on how to prepare fresh food at home. And finally there are dozens of smart phone apps such as Yummly or All Recipes with hundreds if not thousands of recipes. Of course, as a Caterer, I cook, so I’m happy to have so many resources. Another new trend, people are trying to cut down on the amount of meat they are consuming. I’m sure you’ve heard of meatless Mondays? There are even now meatless meats available in the grocery store found in the health food section where you will find meatless ground beef crumbles to put in your pasta, hamburgers made with black beans and breaded chicken cutlets made with soy products … all designed to taste like meat.

vocabulary such as sustainability, GMO’s, environmentally conscious, animal friendly, health-conscious, micro brand, plant-based – I could go on and on.

What does this mean for me as a caterer? Well I think people still like their mac & cheese but they’re just as likely to order a Mediterranean salad station with fresh baked focaccia breads and fresh marinated vegetables and actually be interested in where our ingredients come from than ever before in the past. They’re ordering hand squeezed lemonade and forgoing soft drinks and they are asking for local artisan beers and coffees. Yes there’s a shift … a trend … I kind of like it. Makes my job rather interesting.

People are not eating less; they are choosing the brands that mirror their needs and values. Reading and understanding food labeling is a new skill and people are paying more attention to what they’re putting into theirbodies. New food

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9 Oaks Farm is located in rural Monroe, Georgia, only 25 minutes from downtown Athens and a short drive from Atlanta. The sprawling landscape and rustic barn sets the scene for an intimate wedding surrounded by cultivated gardens, towering trees, and pastoral fields. With a capacity of 200 guests, an in-house florist, a variety of decor and onsite tables, chairs, and linens, 9 Oaks Farm handles the heavy lifting of wedding planning!

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Amelia & Matthew

Laughter and tears set the mood for their cool autumn wedding. After all, Amelia and Matthew had channeled Zach Galifianakis during their engagement session, so the wedding had to be quite a ride. During her father’s remarks at the reception, he teared up as memories flooded in and family and friends marveled at how far these two had come. Transformed from a mere wedding to a celebration of life, family members donned their Billy Bob teeth (a family tradition) as the couple turned around from their “I do’s” and guests held life-size childhood cardboard photos of the couple to their faces as Amelia and Matt took the dance floor for the first time. Surprises and joy overflowed underneath the tent as the evening came to a close. The biggest joy of all came as Amelia and Matt walked into the night, hand-in-hand, heading into the rest of their lives full speed ahead. 23 19803. 2

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Venue: The Cottages on Mergendollar Wedding coordinator: Sherry Pellegrino Hair & Makeup: Kayla Walters Hair Caterer: Radhe Cuisine


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Tips From a Professional

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The Georgia Club is a county club wedding venue with a variety of banquet spaces, delectable cuisine, and superior facilities. It is the perfect setting for your upcoming wedding ceremony and reception. The Georgia Club offers multiple scenic indoor and outdoor customizable wedding spaces to accommodate up to 300 wedding guests. Let our professional event planning staff help guide you through the wedding planning process and create a seamless, memorable experience for you and your guests. Located in Statham, Georgia and minutes from downtown Athens, there simply is not another venue like it. Call us today to schedule a tour 770-725-3110.

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Savannah & Chris Chris and Savannah met during her junior year of high school. Whenever Chris messaged Savannah to go on a date, Savannah knew instantly that her parents would not approve since he is five years older than her, so she brushed it off. Fast forward to Savannah’s freshman year at Piedmont College... Savannah and Chris reconnected on social media and it felt like they had known each other for years. Chris went on a family vacation with Savannah’s family and after a long day of fishing in the Apalachicola bay, they went for some dinner at St. George Island. Little did Savannah know that Chris had a very special event planned. After dinner, Chris took Savannah and her family toSt. George Island lighthouse to meet some family friends (also on vacation there). As evening was approaching, Chris went closer to the lighthouse and was requesting a picture with Savannah since it was her first time at St. George Island. As they were taking photos, Chris knelt down and proposed to Savannah... with tears flowing down her face she said “Yes”. As that vacation drew to an end, it was time to start planning a wedding! Savannah and Chris discussed the details that they both wanted for the wedding on April 4, 2020. However, God had better plans for that date. The Coronavirus pandemic began and the couple because they knew that they would have to postpone their beautiful wedding. After many tears were shed and hard decisions were made, June 6, 2020 was determined to be the new date. Planning a wedding is stressful, but planning a wedding during a pandemic is much more stressful. Their new wedding day came faster than they would have ever imagined. All of their close family and friends came to celebrate the matrimony of them becoming one.Yes they were very anxious, but at the same time they were getting married! Without God, their family, their friends, or each other they wouldn’t have been able to have the wedding of our dreams. At the end of the day, the husband and wife will still become one and it will be more perfect than anyone could imagine.

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Venue: Bass Lake Farms Hair: Bonnie Haley @ Head Games Hair Salon Makeup: Alexa Hill @ Head Games Hair Salon Floral: Emma Huff


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DJ: Larry Bolton @ XL Entertainment Officiant: Dr. Wayne Phillips Photography: Focused Photography by Beth Videography: Crosby Aerial Media

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Samantha and Garrett As most fairytales go, the meet-cute (first encounter) was rather unexpected. With assistance from their dogs, Samantha and Garrett met outside their apartment complex where both were living during college. With Garrett from Canton, Georgia, and Sam from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, it was destiny their paths would cross. They dated for three years and as their relationship grew, they realized that God’s purpose for their lives included marriage. In October as Sam’s grandfather officiated the union, they, along with friends and family, began their forever journey together. Surrounded by beautiful fall colors and underneath the porch of the farmhouse, the couple and guests shared a meal together. As the full harvest moon loomed overhead, the evening ended with a wood fire and roasting marshmallows. Such an inspirational couple, Sam and Garrett put God in the center of their home, relationship and hearts. “The more we cling to Him, the stronger we are,” says Sam. “We appreciate each other deeply.” Obvious to all who are lucky enough to know these two, their love is palpable and inspirational. Their dreams for the future include a farm and family in the North Georgia mountains.

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Vendors Venue, floral and dĂŠcor: Melody Lothridge, Mountain Laurel Farm, Cleveland Coordinator: Georgia Holley, Georgia Peach Weddings Hair and Make-Up: Anna Claire, Jolie Day Spa

Music: Violin Duet, Emese Vas and Benjamin Jobson Caterer: Just Right Photography: Seeing Southern Photography, Watkinsville

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Upcycle Your Wedding? Courtesy of Little Light Company

Wedding Ring Design: Amy Pieroni Design

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We all know the age-old saying about bridal traditions. But, your something old doesn’t have to look old! Upcycling is a great way to incorporate something old and something new into your wedding.

grandmother. She made it her own by adding sleeves and removing some of the volume from the skirt. Changing a family wedding dress to suit your taste is a great way of honoring family tradition.

China: Use as your head tables place setting, or spread as centerpieces and fill with flowers. Have some mismatched pieces or only want to keep one as a sentiment, turn them into candles.

Besides dresses, here are some other ways to upcycle at your wedding:

According to the Oxford Dictionary as to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Princess Beatrice made headlines this summer with her upcycled dress, borrowed from her

Jewelry: Have the stones from a ring reset for a great way to use an heirloom. Turn grandma’s old broach into a neckless, bling for your gown, or have it refashioned into a headpiece. Or use it to tie your bouquet together.

The possibilities are endless to make heirlooms fit the style of your wedding. Send us in your bestupcycled pieces!

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Jessica and Joe

Jessica and Joe are high school sweethearts and first and only loves. They were introduced by mutual friends in high school that ended up as the DJ in their wedding!. In December Joe proposed to Jessica down by the river behind her parents house, where they first told each other they loved each other. They found the tree that they had carved their initials into back when they were teenagers. The day of their wedding, the weather was rainy and windy. That did not prevent Jessica from wanting to take outdoor pictures. She was only going to wear the dress one time and wanted to have beautiful pictures to remember her special day. Because the wedding was in the winter and the ceremony was right around sunset time, photos had to be taken before the ceremony. They shared a sweet first look and read private vows to each other. During the ceremony, they did a beautiful blessing of the rings where they passed the wedding rings amongst the families and friends. Jessica’s grandmother made her wedding cake, making it extra special and sweet. All in all it was a truly incredible day for this sweet couple. 45 19803. 2

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Venue: Historic Smithonia Farm Planning and Coordination: Georgia Grace Weddings Make up:Jenny Sue Make Up Florist: Gardenia Floral Videography:BEV Weddings


Bartending: Clack Bartending Ceremony Music: Athens Wedding Music DJ: Chris Rogero Hair: Lacey Patton Catering Dominics - Watkinsville

Rings: JWR Jewelers Dress: Belfiori bridal Photography: Claire Diana Photography

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Rehearsal Dinners & Welcome Parties Indoor & Garden Ceremonies Wedding Receptions Beverage Catering Entertainment Booking Best place to get married in Athens! I can't say enough good things about Live Wire Athens. If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would. Live Wire was the first venue we visited after getting engaged, and after leaving that day, we didn't bother looking at any otherswe were in love! -Mackenzie

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Boho Outdoor Chapel Elopement

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Venue: White Fox Cottage Photography: Bella Noche Plan and Design: Ashlie Muller Celebrations Floral design: Rhapsody In Blooms Video: Film & Fable Portraits: E. Stokes Creations


Invitation: Tiger Lily Invitations Cake: Sugartopia Cocktails: Fuzzy ATL Furniture: Milieu Décor Hair and Make Up: Courtney Whitfield Earrings: Daisy Holsenbeck Dress: Victoria Grace

Suit: Generation Tux Shoes: Prada Vow books: Wedding Story Writer Pews: I Do Pews Models: Hannah Payne, Matt Payne Charcuterie Board: Dreams to Reality

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Off Broad Rentals & Design, LLC.

Simply I Do wedding officiants and wedding planners 678-963-6649

Let us bring the wedding of your dreams to life. We take the wedding preparations off your shoulders but never out of your hands. Start your planning with us to receive loads of information, ideas and even local vendor suggestions. We are available to assist you in every step of the way with full service planning to everything in between.

Let Simply I Do officiate and/or plan your upcoming wedding. We do small intimate weddings, traditional weddings, elopements, courthouse/justice of the peace weddings, theme weddings and vow renewals. Our goal is to make your day special. Just the way you want it!

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6-12 Months _ 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

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Begin your search at


It’s hard to sometimes be concrete on date until you confirm venue!


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


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 _

Schedule engagement photos

_ Sign up for your gift registry

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4-5 Months

2 Weeks

_ Place wedding announcement in local newspaper

_ Write seating cards and place cards for the reception

_ Order wedding stationary (invitations, envelopes, programs)

_ Call guests who have not yet responded to wedding

_ Start shopping for the bridal party’s attire

_ Book limo/transportation

_ Decide on rehearsal/receptions toasts –

_ Finalize arrangements with a florist

_ Select a caterer

_ Final fittings for yourself and bridesmaids

_ Select wedding cake

_ Make a wedding day itinerary

_ Start planning wedding decorations and book rental items needed

_ Pick up wedding rings

_ Decide on wedding favors to go with theme or personalize a gift

_ Give photographer a photo checklist

_ Set time, date and location for rehearsal dinner

_ Give musicians a list of your music selection

_ Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests

_ Confirm honeymoon plans

_ Select and book honeymoon night suite

2-3 Months

and rehearsal dinner invitations who you would like to speak

1 Week _ Give reception/caterer final number of guests

_ Buy the cake knife, guest book, toasting glasses and garter

_ Confirm ALL vendors you have hired and give them the number of

_ Choose gifts for bridal party, parents and helpers

_ Host a “invitation writing party” and send out invitations

_ Pick up men’s formalwear and your wedding gown

_ Customize your wedding vows, if you plan to do them yourself

_ Pack for honeymoon and wedding night

_ Check state/county marriage license requirements

_ Clean engagement ring

_ Plan rehearsal/dinner, ceremony, reception, menus,

_ Arrange mail collection and pet for while you are on honeymoon

_ Remind wedding party and families what time they need to show up

and all music involved

_ Buy wedding bands _ Trial run of hair and makeup; bring your headpiece (veil)


Get formal bridal portrait

_ Begin putting together your ceremony program

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

your wedding consultant

for rehearsal

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

_ Select something old, new, borrowed and blue

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Intimate Weddings

Small intimate gatherings are what’s trending now. If you had your heart set on getting married this year, adjust don’t cancel. Here are a few ways to get married now. Virtual weddings: Allow your family and friends to attend your intimate ceremony by having a videographer capture it all. Live stream it so that even those who can’t travel can feel a part of the action. Bonus, you can have the video of your nuptials forever. Beautiful locations: Intimate might mean you have more options in venues. Contact your dream venue about smaller gatherings. Make it your own and make it beautiful. Save for an epic vow renewal: If having a large party is important to you, you can have an intimate ceremony now and an epic vow renewal for when larger gatherings are allowed again. An intimate wedding allows you to truly make it your own and allow your creativity to shine. We’d love to see your intimate celebrations this year. Send us your pictures and story for a chance to be featured on our website and social media.

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ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES 1947 Waterside 404.815.8989 1947 Waterside Circle Bethlehem, GA See Page 27

ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES (CONT.) In The woods 770.634.3216 2173 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153 Fall Issue 32-33; Winter Issue 31

2425 Warehouse at 9 Oaks Farm 706.296.0945 2425 Highway 83 Monroe, Georgia See Page 49

jefferson civic center 706.367.5754 65 Kissam St, Jefferson, GA See Page 2

255 milledge HARDEMAN-SAMS HOUSE & Gardens 255 South Milledge Avenue, Athens GA See Page 30

Live Wire Athens 706.543.8283 227 W Dougherty St, Athens, GA See Page 47

9 oaks farm 678.635.7157 2425 Ga Highway 83 Monroe, GA See Page 21

McDaniel-Tichenor House 770.267.5602 319 McDaniel St, Monroe, GA See Page 26

Dresses and tuxedoes Victoria Grace Bridal and Formal Wear 706.423.9701 2355 N Elm St, Suite 104, Commerce, GA See Page 15

Brady Inn 706.342.4400 250 N 2nd St, Madison, GA See Page 37

The Cottages On Mergendollar 770.881.1099 1651 Mergendollar Road Good Hope, GA, 30641 See Page 42

ENTERTAINMENT carrie scruggs harpist 706.369.1902 www.CARRIESCRUGGS.COM See Page 51

Bunkhouse @ J & J Farm 706.342.4400 250 Hawkins Ave., Rutledge GA See Page 37

The factory at walton mill 678.699.0733 600 South Broad Street Monroe, GA 30655 See Page 9

hyoun joo song, keyboardist 770.363.3443 See Page 41

COMMERCE CIVIC CENTER 706.335.6417 110 State St, Commerce, GA See Page 14

THE GEORGIA CLUB 770.725.8101 1050 Chancellors Dr, Statham, GA 30666 Fall Issue 31; Winter Issue 32-33

DOUBLE OAKS GOLF CLUB 706.335.8100 3100 Ila Rd, Commerce, Ga See Page 25ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES (cont.) hightower falls 770.748.8588 771 Hightower Falls Rd, Cedartown, GA See Page 64

The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia 706.542.1244 2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA See Page 51 The Thompson House 770.725.6252 1431 Atlanta Hwy, Bogart, GA See Page 7

ZubCakes 678-837-5497 See Page 41

EVENT PLANNING DUNCAN & COMPANY 706.543.9700 3810 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA See Page 41 GEORGIA GRACE 706.255.4713 See Page 25 Jackson & June Events 706.871.8523 See Page 27

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Spa and wellness spa li cia 706.760.4800 345 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Ste 1201, Suwanee, GA 30024 See Page 29 SPECIALTY ITEMS AND GIFTS plain jane designs 706.369.7006 1059 Baxter St, Athens, GA See Page 33 TRAVEL Global Escapes 706.549.1164 697 S Milledge Ave # 1, Athens, GA See Page 51

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