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The Power of Winter Florals 20 Invitations to Adore 26 Something Bubbly, Something Blue 28 Honeymoon Getaways 34 All About That Base 42 Love at the Cabin 50

Hays-McDonald Farm 1145 W.H. Hayes Road • Jefferson, GA 30549

706-202-6779 Email:

Pure Honeymoons specializes in customized destination weddings and honeymoons. We interact with our clients to understand what features are important to them. Upon return, our clients take advantage of the same quality service as they enjoyed prior to departure. Let us design your dream honeymoon!

(678) 400-0260 •

Hist oric Elegance

The Hardeman-Sams House and Gardens offers a romantic venue for weddings, ceremonies and receptions.

Call 706.549.1116 or visit 255 S Milledge Ave Athens, GA 30605

Dresses provided by, I Do I Do Boutique, Hair and Makeup by Bombshell Creations, Photos by Bre Sessions Photography

THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS... A beautiful country venue offering the romance of both a charming rustic farm setting as well as plantation elegance. All Inclusive Packages – Just 45 Minutes East of Atlanta Burge is an historic site with the traditional charm and romance of its rich past yet modern in its facilities and services. Outdoor wedding options abound at this historic 1,000-acre farm located in Mansfield, Georgia.

770-787-5152 • 44 Jeff Cook Rd, Mansfield, GA




28 { ON THE COVER } FALL ISSUE Hays - McDonald Farm 706-202-6779 Photo by Carrie Jean Photography See more about Hayes - McDonald Farm on pages 30 & 31

WINTER ISSUE Photo by Mackensey Alexander Photography

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THE POWER OF WINTER FLORALS Cooler temperatures bring exciting options for bouquets and decorations. Explore the power of winter flowers!

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Now is the time to plan that exotic getaway. Have you consider these places?

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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 • Open Tuesday - Sunday

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Thompson House and Gardens is located minutes from Downtown Athens and the University of Georgia. Built in the 1800s, Thompson House and Gardens is full of old southern charm, making it the perfect place to host your wedding or event. Come experience all we have to offer with indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations. We can accommodate up to 250 guests. Visit us online to find out more, and start planning your dream wedding today! Photos by CLaire Diana Photography

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9 Oaks Farm is located right outside Lawrenceville, in Monroe Georgia Originally built in the 1900s, the 9 Oaks Farm barn has been renovated into the perfect place for your wedding! Whether you are looking for a rustic setting or want something far more elegant‌ 9 Oaks offers you a variety of outdoor ceremony locations or indoor rustic barn. The barn also holds your reception and accommodates up to 250 guests. Visit us online to find out more and start planning the wedding of your dreams today! Matthew Coleman Photography

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2425 GA HIGHWAY 83 MONROE, GA 30655 Matthew Coleman Photography

9 Oaks Farm is located in rural Good Hope, Georgia. It is only 20 minutes away from Athens & a short

The ultimate Southern venue for rustic,chic, or elegant weddings in Georgia, you’ve found the perfect location! Our outdoor open air barn and our stunning indoor wedding venue provides all the f lexibility you need to create dreamy, vintage weddings with almost any style on just about any budget.

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Farms Wedding & Special Events Venue 1960 Jett Roberts Road • Jefferson, GA 30549 | 706-296-1601 | 706-215-2238 | |

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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.

Sanctuary Estate has been awarded the incredible distinction of

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Contact: Robin Kinsey • 706.969.9296 • •

Have your special day at the historic Governor’s Mansion in Monroe filled with southern charm and elegance!

Photography by Matthew Coleman

770-267-5602 • 319 McDaniel Street • Monroe, GA 30655

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The power of wint er florals

Just as wedding styles have come a long way creatively in capturing a couple’s signature style, so has floral expression and design. Winter wedding popularity has given birth to a plethora of design options and Lindy LaMarco, lead designer at Carl House has a new playground in which to explore. Lindy’s winter floral canvas includes pinecones and evergreens with accents of stylized metal and crystal to add both sparkle and contrast. Winter floral trends also include the addition of textural natural elements such as berries, greenery and a strong lean towards loose, free-flowing and cascading bridal bouquets. Vibrant floral selections combined with subtle succulents are also a favorite. Even beloved pet ‘friends’ are becoming part of the festivities, with coordinating floral collars and accessories! Creativity abounds with these seasonal selections meant to accentuate and contribute to a couple’s extraordinary, memorable event! BB Webb is owner of Award Winning Carl House, an author, speaker and business coach. For more information on Carl House or BB Webb, visit or 20


Floral Advice

Think about including a smaller; toss bouquet in your floral order. Consider including unusual greenery plants. Asparagus fern and multi-colored colored coleus are attractive in summer bouquets. Holly and pine sprays are popular for December nuptials. Stalks of golden brown wheat are sentimental touch for harvest brides. Flowers and greenery in season are much more abundant and generally are less expensive. Some florists will rent silk altar arrangements and other pieces for a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers. Don’t forget to order flowers for your cake if you are wanting them. Ask your florist for guidance. His or her knowledge of the wedding protocol and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you’ll get a good value for your money, and have the perfect floral accents to enhance your wedding day.


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Catering Special Gift when your book your event using Promo code:WD167 Photos by: Sarah Eubanks Photography, Julie Anne Photography, Gambol Photography and jaxonphoto

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia offers a host of beautiful spaces for weddings and events both great and small.

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CLOVERLEAF FARM An Exquisite Manor House and Special Event Venue set amidst a 30-acre farm

just outside of Athens in Arnoldsville, Georgia.

Athought built in 1859 with all the expected character of an older home, the unexpected furnishings of Cloverleaf Farm give it a fresh twist. This combined with its incredible surroundings (including horse barn, pastures, pecan grove, tree-lined lanes, vineyard, flower borders and formal, brick enclosed courtyard garden) creates an event location unrivaled in beauty.


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The enthusiastic and energetic team at Adorn Invitation truly adore working with all couples – the ability to allow couples individual personality to come to life on paper is always exciting. However so far, Adorns favorite client has been Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives star, Vanessa Williams. When Vanessa and her partner reached out do Adorn to create their Egyptian luxe styled wedding invitations – the team was absolutely thrilled! With a design process that took over 2 months – the final design was a stunning and lavish golden invitation that featured real 14k gold. Drawing on her Egyptian theme and inspiration from her lavish ‘Carmen Marc Volvo’ gown, Vanessa had a very basic idea of the details she wanted but the rest was pretty much left up to the design team to pitch ideas on colour themes, invitation designs and even down to the décor such as the flowers (peonies), golden table and seat cloths, golden laser cut cake holders. The ideas resonated with Vanessa and these designs

Photo by Anna K. Photography


really trickled down into all elements of the entire wedding. The colour of Marsala (Pantones colour of the year) was chosen to combine it with highlights of gold and she really loved it. She also loved the attention to detail with including the lace feature on her dress onto the invitations. Vanessa stationery set included a wedding invitation card, RSVP cards, security information card, accommodation card, custom envelopes for invitations, reply cards and place cards. The envelope enclosure was laser cut from a bright gold, shimmery metallic paper from a curious metallic range. Adorn invitations also used a gold foiling technique for the stamp on the outside of the envelope. This contrasted beautifully against the rich Marsala base. At Adorn Invitations; they fell in love with Vanessa Williams’ custom invites (and with her blessing) they put her invitation design into production and made it affordable to everyday couples – without the 14 carat gold plated décor! Visit if you would like to order one for your own special occasion!


Photo by The Click Chick Photography


lanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux continues to gain popularity in the Wedding Community. Its delightful combination of taste, visual appeal and soothing color is what makes Blanc de Bleu the quintessential bubbly for the wedding toast. Its crystal-clear virgin glass bottle shows off the bubbly’s gemstone blue hue. This shade of blue symbolizes loyalty and faith, exactly how couples feel toward each other when they exchange their vows. When you combine its clear blue color with its classy label, Blanc de Bleu looks as stunning as the newly married couple ready to toast a new beginning.

A Dry, Crisp Bubbly with a Hint of Blueberry As sparkling wine continues to grow in popularity, Blanc de Bleu is also winning fans for its taste. Made with grapes grown in Northern California vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes, Blanc de Bleu bubbly tickles the palate with a subtle hint of organic blueberry. “The base wine of cuvee for Blanc de Bleu is the same fruit I use in our high-end, methode champenoise programs,” explains

Bob Stashak, champagne master for Blanc de Bleu. “We add just enough organic blueberry juice concentrate to make a subtle impact. People are more pleasantly surprised to find the wine dry and crisp, instead of being another overly sweet, flavored wine.” Blanc de Bleu’s beautiful blue color is different from what you will see in any other sparkling wine. The vision behind creating Blanc de Bleu was to give people a reason to celebrate. Elegant packaging for this dry, crisp sparkling wine inside a striking bottle has captured the fascination of couples everywhere. You should not be surprised when you see Blanc de Bleu at the next wedding or big celebration you attend.

Weddings Every Day, Everywhere “Every day, everywhere, someone is getting married. We want Blanc de Bleu to be the sparkling beverage of choice at all weddings,” says Fred Franzia, CEO of Bronco Wine Company, the worldwide producer and supplier of Blanc de Bleu. Blanc de Bleu is available in 750ml and 187ml bottles.

Bronco Wine Company | 855.874.2394 | Sparkling grape wine with organic blueberry juice concentrate and certified color. © 2016 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA | Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

6641 Union Point Highway Union Point, GA 30669

The Corry House was built in the 1860’s and offers unlimited parking, privacy, and beauty. Events may be held inside the home or on the expansive lawns, gardens or under the live oaks. There is also a gazebo for outdoor weddings and events. Featured this year is the magical, one of a kind, forest site. • • 706.296.1765

Hays-McDonald Farm

Brides who book before December 1, 2016 will receive a $500 venue discount! 1145 W H Hayes Road • Jefferson, GA 30549

706-202-6779 • Email: •

450 acres nestled among woodlands, pathways & pastures! 5,200 square feet barn for 250+ Guests, Bridal Suite, Groom’s Loft, Dance Floor, Catering Prep Kitchen, Floral Prep Area, Portable Bar, Fire Pits, Hay Bales, Tables, Chairs, Wagons, Whiskey Barrels, Horses, Livestock, Rustic & Vintage Props, 1840’s Historic Home, Multiple Wedding Sites & More!

Hays-McDonald Farm would like to thank the following vendors for their expertise and commitment to this photo shoot:

Alexandra & Rose Bombshell Creations Boots, Etc.

Carrie Jean Photography Classic City Chef Dena Laine’s

Downtown Tux Dressing Dreams Emma’s Wedding Loft

Ferranti’s Cakery Hydrangea House Jaemor Farms

Merry Occasions Southern Comforts The Concrete Cow

The Hunter Grayson Band Wilco Printing Zil Catering

CRAFTEDto your personal fit and style Don’t find yourself wearing someone else’s tux on your big day. Our Italian fabric tuxedos will convince you to never rent again. Connect with a local stylist at no extra cost:

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Oak trees, pine trees and a rolling hill stand as the backdrop for your wedding. Cows and mini donkeys are seen in the distance as you watch the


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Your Guide to an


Honeymoon Getaway By Betsy Harter

The pressure to pick the perfect honeymoon destination can feel overwhelming for any couple. The endless options for amazing getaways only adds to the confusion. To help narrow down your choices, here are our clients’ five most requested honeymoon destinations.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers the perfect mix of romance and adventure for the active couple. From ziplining through the Sarapiqui rain forest, to kayaking in Tortuguero National Park, to traversing sky bridges in the Arenal Volcano region, Costa Rica is an explorer’s paradise. After a long day outdoors, immerse yourself in natural hot springs or enjoy a healing massage. Many tours include transport among areas so that honeymooners can enjoy the vibrant city life in San Jose, the peaceful beaches at the Manuel Antonio Marine Reserve, and the high-adventure central regions. With dozens of beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, honeymooners can experience black volcanic sands at Playa Hermosa or the sparkling white sands of the north Pacific coast.


Whether your goal is to relax on a secluded beach, pamper yourself at a lush resort, or spend all day hiking, you can find it in Hawaii. When it comes to romance, the “magic isle” of Maui can’t be beat. Rich with aloha, the spirit of love that permeates Hawaiian culture, Maui draws honeymooners with its intimate sunrises, peaceful waterfalls and serene beaches. If you seek adventure, the “Big Island” of Hawaii and its countless craters and volcanoes may be just your style. Similarly, Hawaii’s greenest island, Kauai, is teeming with natural wonder, including parks, caves, and waterfalls. Lanai offers the best of all worlds…you can spend your day soaking in nature, then return to your four-star luxury resort for some indulgence. On the other hand, Oahu offers an unbeatable mix of history, shopping, scenery, and culture. You can spend one day hitting the city sights—touring the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor—and another day out in nature surfing the North Shore and snorkeling at Honauma Bay. 34



You don’t have to visit the tropics to experience romance. In fact, few destinations are as breathtaking as Italy. Meandering gondola rides, spectacular sunsets, rolling countryside, and savory cuisine are just some of the reasons that Italy is one of the most popular areas for honeymooners. Foodies tend to gravitate toward Tuscany, while history buffs enjoy Rome and Florence. Wherever you go in Italy, however, you can be certain of one thing: a piece of your heart will stay there per sempre.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana’s unspoiled beaches will leave you speechless. Elegant resorts are situated along 40 miles of bright white sand on this island’s eastern coast. Although lush and tropical like most Caribbean islands, Punta Cana’s Spanish influence gives everything from its architecture to its culture a European flair. If your goal is to do more than just unwind, a host of activities comes along with plenty of relaxation. From deep sea fishing, to whale watching, to some of the world’s most pristine golf courses, a honeymoon in Punta Cana is sure to be unforgettable.

Riviera Maya, Mexico Photo by Tradd Harter

Warm breezes, ancient ruins, tropical beaches, and lush resorts make Rivera Maya, Mexico, perfect for honeymooners who want the beauty and location of Cancun, but who don’t want the college-aged parties that come with it. This beach is rich with history and activities. It is just a short trip to different Mayan ruins, as well as beautiful cenotes that will leave you breathless. These swimming holes are naturally formed by limestone bedrock and are filled with transparent fresh water that has been filtered by the earth.

Our spectacular world is overflowing with natural wonders that are perfect for a romantic getaway after your wedding. Let one of our honeymoon specialists help you plan an unforgettable first vacation together.

Photo by Tradd Harter

Betsy Harter is the Marketing Director at Global Escapes, a travel consulting company based in Athens, Georgia 35

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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 - Decide on your venue o Begin your search at 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

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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

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

4-5 Months

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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

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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

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

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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

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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 Week

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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 Day before

Photo by Claire Diana Photography - 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

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706.543.3486 340 Hawthorne Ave. | Athens GA 30606 | 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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200 W. Washington Street • on the Town Park •

595 Highway 255 • Clarkesville, Georgia 30523

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830 W Broad Street, Athens, GA 30601 706-765-4789 •’s Diner’s Choice Award 2009 thru 2016

Casual Fine Dining | USDA Prime Steaks | Fresh Seafood Extensive Wine List | Two Private Dining Rooms (Seating for 14 and 22 Respectively)

THE LOFT is a 10,00 square foot event facility with seating for 30 - 500.

Romantic. Classic. Elegant.

131 Bradford Street, NW | Gainesville, GA


Nestled in the foothills of the stunning North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains, Rabun Manor is a magical place that lends itself to the making of memories that will last a lifetime.



Eat. Stay. Experience.

205 Carolina St Dillard, GA 30537


Southern Decor v

Weddings and more... “She bakes me happy�

150 E Whitehall Rd.Athens GA 30605

Donna Bradberry Brie Randall 706-614-7313


Helping customize your special event.


Let us bring the wedding of your dreams to life.

117 North Broad Street • Winder, GA 30680

Off Off Broad Broad Rentals & Design, LLC.


a party, not a performance. t he day you are married to the one you love, A wedding is

If at the end of

then everything went

260 W. Washington St • Madison, GA 30650



Did you have a unique wedding or party in the last 2 years and would like it to be featured in The Classic Wedding Magazine? Send Inquiries to

“Lose yourself in the unique and tranquil setting of Walnut Hill Farm.�

Lose yourself in the unique and tranquil setting of Walnut Hill Farm. Our staff knows how to make your wedding celebration a memorable occasion. We take pride in caring for your individual needs. Through all seasons, Walnut Hill exudes a welcoming ambience. We offer catering for the ceremony and reception, with both outdoor and indoor settings that overlook the grounds and mountains.

For information contact: Matt Barrett 706.259.6943 or

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Written by: Joshua Smith

The Cabin

The smell of a fresh lit campfire becomes nostalgic of cabin adventures, homemade meals over the fire, hiking and even kayaking. We reached out for something with a hip twist of inspiration, from camping in a cabin to classic traditional elements of a wedding. We took a traditional open fire breakfast with eggs, pancakes, sausage and a delicious succotash and served it on aged iron skillets and then garnished with fresh fruits. This delicious creation was fresh from a local Athens favorite: The Branded Butcher. Drinks were mixed by Ryan Smith of The Bourbon Bar (get recipe on CWM Website). While the cake and invitation tables are vintage 1970’s wooden stump tables from Vic’s Vintage, they’re still able to shine in their natural environment. Now take our lovely campers Eva and Trey; mix in everything we have mentioned with the wild outdoors and you’ll see all the love that was found at the cabin.

Photography by: Poppy La’Rue Photography 52


Tailored Events, Poppy La’ Rue Photography, Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Eva Gordon ( Oakley) / Trey Rayburn (Bunyan), I do I do Bridal Boutique, Sims and Company Salon ( Eva Gordon), The Branded Butcher (Trey Rayburn),

Deborah’s Specialty Cakes, Ryan Smith of The Bourbon Bar ( Macon, GA), Salt and Paper House ( Keith P. Rein), Bud & Bloom ( Ashlie Johnson ), Square Design ( Ryan & Derek Olivera), Vic’s Vintage ( Vic and Chris Peel)


weddings engagement parties rehearsal dinners bachelorette parties showers


KayHardy Events 706-654-7227

Choose the perfect setting for your special day... J & J Bunkhouse

Brady Inn B&B & Wedding Gardens

Kick up your heels in Rutledge, GA

Dance under the stars in the heart of historic Madison, GA



Contact the Brady Inn 706.342.4400 250 N. Second Street Madison GA 30650

You found the perfect spouse...

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Let me help you find the perfect house! Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Upchurch Realty 2405 West Broad St. Athens, GA 30606

Specialties: First Time Buyers, Existing Home, Farm And Ranch

Weddings • Birthdays • Showers • Holidays • Special Events


rtful akery BY JULIE

770.315.1555 •

Annie Kennedy

Realtor® Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty

Office: (706) 543-4000 Mobile: (706) 248-8702


T HEY T HEY COULD SO, T HEY Saturday, February 11


Tickets on sale November 1 through The Classic Center box office

Experience the magic of ESP as individuals leave their disabilities in the wings & shine on stage in a heartwarming show.



9 oaks farm | 678.635.7157 | 2425 GA HIGHWAY 83 MONROE, GA | See Page 11 Brady Inn | 250 N 2nd St, Madison, GA | (706) 342-4400 | See Page 54

The Corry House | 6641 Union Point Hwy, Union Point, GA (706) 296-1765 | See Page 27 The Farmhouse at 30542 | 4613 J M Turk Rd, Flowery Branch, GA

(770) 654-9307 | | See Page 33 The Loft at Scott’s | 131 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA (770) 536-1111 | See Page 32 The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia | 2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA

(706) 542-1244 | | | See Page 24 The Thompson House | 1431 Atlanta Hwy, Bogart, GA

(770) 725-6252 | | See Page 10

The Walters Barn | 7712 Persimmon Tree Rd. Lula, GA Bunkhouse @ J & J Farm | 706-342-4400 | 250 Hawkins Ave., Rutledge GA (770) 654-9789 | | See Page 13 | See Page 54

Burge Plantation | 770-787-5152 • DAWN@BURGECLUB.COM 44 Jeff Cook Rd, Mansfield, GA | See Page 4 CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 | 1176 Atl anta Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 | | See Page 23 HARDEMAN-SAMS HOUSE | 255 South Milledge Avenue, Athens GA 30605 706-549-1116 | | | See Page 3

Walnut Hill Farm | 1960 Jett Roberts Road, Jefferson, GA

706-296-1601/706-215-2238 | | See Page 12 Walnut Hill Farm Event Center | 800 Lee Bryant Rd NE, Dalton, GA (706) 259-6943 | | See Page 49 William Harris Homestead | 3636 GA-11, Monroe, GA

(770) 267-5844 | | See Page 18


Orange Theory Fitness | Beechwood Shopping Center, 196 Alps Rd, Athens, GA hays-mcdonald farm | 706-202-6779 | 1145 W. H. Hayes Rd., Jefferson, GA (706) 521-0595 | | See Page 46 | See Fall Cover, pages 30-31

James Madison Inn | 260 W. Washington St • Madison, GA 706-342-7040 | | See Page 48 Juliette Chapel and Events | 497 GA-52, Dahlonega, GA (678) 978-8490 | | See Page 19 Live Wire Athens | 227 W Dougherty St, Athens, GA | (706) 543-8283 | | See Page 33 Madison Welcome Center | 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA (706) 342-4454 | See Page 55 McDaniel-Tichenor House | 319 Mc Daniel St, Monroe, GA (770) 267-5602 | | See Page 17 Rabun Manor | 205 Carolina St, Dillard, GA (706) 746-2060 | | See Page 47


ARTFUL CAKERY BY JULIE 770-315-1555 | | See page 53 Bronco Wine Co. 855.874.2394 | See Page 60 Classic City Chef | 125 S. Milledge Ave, Suite D Athens, GA (706) 714-6090 | | See Page 5 Ferranti’s Cakery | 16 W Public Square, Jefferson, GA (706) 367-2253 | | See Page 39 Home.Made Catering | 1072 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30606 (706) 206-9216 | | See Page 13 Hoosier Girl Cakery | 121 N Midland Ave, Monroe, GA (678) 439-8669 | | See Page 55

Sanctuary ESTATE | 706-969-9296 | 509 Highway 254, Cleveland, GA 30528 | | See Page 16

J’s BOTTLE SHOP 1452 Prince AVE, Athens, GA

Sautee Mountain |404-985-7859 | 595 Highway 255, Clarkesville, GA 30523 | | See Page 41

madison tea room 200 W. Washington Street, Madison, GA

Starrsville Plantation | 283 Bo Jones Rd, Covington, GA

(770) 787-1366 | See Page 16 56

706-338-5746 | | See Page 59 248-705-5010 | | See Page 41 Pearls & Jeans Catering

706.318.3073 | | | See Page 24

Saucehouse Barbeque | 830 W Broad St, Athens, GA

(706) 363-3351 | See Page 25 Scott’s Downtown | 131 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA

(770) 536-1111 | See Page 44 Sweetie Pie By Savie Bakery | 150 E Whitehall Rd. Athens, GA

706-850-9255 | | See Page 47

dresses, tuxedos & Shoes

Carrie Jean Photography (678) 989-7754 | | See Page 17 Claire Diana Claire Diana Photography 16 N Main St, Watkinsville, GA 30677 | (404) 421-5908 | Garter and Whiskey 404.725.4914 |

706-335-2668 | | See Page 36

Mackensey Alexander Photography (419) 722-2030 | | See Winter Cover

I Do I Do Bridal BOUTIQUE | 2045 W Broad St, Athens, GA (706) 546-8586 | | See Page 7

MaTthew Coleman Coleman Photography (706) 338-0856 | }

J. Hilburn Stylists

Melissa Pepin Photography

boots, etc. | 30465 US-441, Commerce, GA 30529

706-202-9652 | | See Page 55 Perno’s Formal Wear | 1066 Baxter St, Athens, GA

(706) 354-8072 | | See Page 24


Athens Wedding Professionals | See Page 5 Blondies True Southern Events | (770) 990-4095 | | See Page 16 Georgia Grace | 706-255-4713 | | See Page 12

hydrangea house events Floral & Event Design/Rentals/Catering (706)202-6779 | Email: | See Pages 30 & 31 Kay Hardy Events 706-654-7227 | | See Page 54 Soirée Southern Events (770) 654-9789 | | See Page 45

706-543-7699 |



Annie kennedy COLDWELL BANKER UPCHURCH REALTY 2405 W. Broad ST, Athens, GA 30606 | See Page 53


Barron’s Rental Center | 340 Hawthorne Ave, Athens, GA 30606

(706) 543-3486 | | | See Page 38 Southern Decor

706-614-7313 | | See Page 47 Off Broad Rentals | 117 N Broad St, Winder, GA (770) 962-9690 | See Page 57

SPECIALTY ITEMS AND GIFTS Adorn Invitations | See Pages 26-27

TAILORED EVENTS 478-550-1491 | | See Page 36, 50-53

Athens Interiors Market | 250 Old Epps Bridge Road, Athens, GA


Market 50 | 50 North Forest Avenue, Hartwell, GA (706) 376-9786 | | See Page 14

Carl House Floral Design | 770-586-0095 1176 Atl anta Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 | | | See Page 23 JL Floral Designs | 120 N Wayne St, Monroe, GA

(706) 583-4095 | | See Page 14

Oconee Printing | 1095 Baxter Street, Athens, GA

(706) 543-1828 | | See Page 14

(770) 267-5061 | | See Page 25


Athens Wedding Minister | 706-247-0149 | See Page 39


Bre Sessions 404-542-1766 | | See Page 37

The Personal Exchange | 706.540.7233 | See Page 14


Global Escapes | 697 S Milledge Ave # 1, Athens, GA 30605 (706) 549-1164 | | | See Page 36

Pure Honeymoons | 2971 N Fulton Dr NE, Atlanta, GA (678) 400-0260 | | See Page 2


Upcoming Local Event Calendar September 24th, 2016 Farmhouse 30542 - Cake Tasting by Artful Cakery by Julie & Open House Flowery Branch, GA

January 29th, 2017 Georgia Bridal Show @ Infinite Energy Forum (Gwinnett CC)

October 4th, 2016 WCR Oktoberfest @ Echobrook Farms Watkinsville, GA

February 5th, 2017 Georgia Bridal Show @ Bell Auditorium

Augusta, GA

November 19th, 2016 Farmhouse 30542 - Cake Tasting & Open House Jefferson, GA 12-4PM

February 11, 2017 Extra Special Peoples Big Hearts Pageant


Duluth, GA

January 8th, 2017 Georgia Bridal Show @ The Cobb Galleria Marietta, GA

February 26th, 2017 The Athens Wedding Professionals Bridal Show @ Hotel Indigo Athens, GA

January 22nd, 2017 Georgia Bridal Show @ The Classic Center

February 28th, 2017 Anya Bridal Night of Fashion

Atlanta, GA

March 12th, 2017 Georgia Bridal Show@ The Cobb Galleria

Marietta, GA

Athens, GA

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Classic Wedding Magazine Fall 2016


Classic Wedding Magazine Fall 2016