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Bridal

2014 Northeast Georgia

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College classmates discover lasting love

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Rich history makes unforgettable weddings

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About the Cover Alto newlyweds, Kasey and Marshal Nichols, originally from Clarkesville, savor a quiet moment after their Oct. 19, 2013 wedding ceremony. The couple were married on banks of the Soque River at Jackson Creek Lodge in Clarkesville. Photograph by E. Lane Gresham

About this Publication This publication is produced by the five newspapers of the Northeast Georgia Region of Community Newspapers Inc., based in Athens. Papers in this region are The Northeast Georgian in Cornelia, The Clayton Tribune, The Dahlonega Nugget, the Dawson News & Advertiser and the White County News in Cleveland. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or part without written permission from the publisher. For more information, call 706-778-4215, fax to 706-7784114, email anesmith@thenortheastgeorgian.com, or write to Northeast Georgia Bridal, P.O. Box 1555, Cornelia, GA 30531. Also visit northeastgeorgiabridal.com or visit our Northeast Georgia Bridal Facebook page. 2014 Northeast Georgia Bridal

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The perfect day

Jessica Dusik married Merric Huffstutler Sept. 28, 2013, at The Hills at White Oaks in Dahlonega. Photo/Michael Cottrell/Cottrell Photography


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hen Merric Huffstutler returned to college after serving his country overseas, he had no idea he would find more than a degree in mathematics. After he had been in multiple math classes with Jessica Dusik at the University of North Georgia, the two finally found themselves working on a group project. “We were instantly drawn to each other,” said Jessica Huffstutler, who recently exchanged vows with her beau during a beautiful ceremony at White Oaks Barn in Dahlonega. Their math project gave them a chance to get to know each other.

“We began dating almost instantly,” said Merric, “and a year later we were engaged.” A perfect proposal “I love this story,” Jessica said, remembering the day Merric proposed. The couple visited a small island off the coast of Charleston so Jessica could show her sweetheart the place that held so many fond memories for her, as she and her family had visited Kiawah Island every summer since she was a child. “We spent the day riding bikes around the island,” Jessica said, “and then we decided to take a walk on the beach.” The couple didn’t get far before Merric got down on one knee and asked his

sweetheart to marry him. She recalled how a bunch of women had seen Merric propose and rushed over to congratulate the newly-engaged couple and take pictures for them. “It was a perfect proposal,” she said. “I couldn’t have planned it better myself.” A rustic wedding For the couple’s special day at White Oaks Barn, they chose a relatively small and intimate ceremony with about 100 guests in attendance. “We wanted our closest friends and family there with us on our special day,” Merric said. Although they aren’t usually the decorating types, the couple knew they

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wanted lanterns and other rustic elements to be incorporated into their ceremony. The venue fit their rustic style, Jessica said, and the views were beautiful from every angle. When it came to planning the perfect ceremony, the couple was happy to relinquish most of the preparation to Lisa Stueve, she added. “We could not be more thankful to Amy Wins-

lett, my godmother, and Lisa,” Jessica said. “There is no way that this wedding would have been so beautiful or even possible without them and their group of ‘Hens,’ as they call themselves.” Deciding on the minister for their wedding gave them a little trouble at first, the bridegroom said, since they grew up with different pastors. Their solution, with a little inspiration from an

▲ The Hills at White Oaks in Dahlonega provided beautiful views from every angle during Jessica and Merric Huffstutler’s wedding on Sept. 28, 2013. Photo/Michael Cottrell/ Cottrell Photography

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episode of “Friends,” was to get their very close friend Zack Garner to serve as the minister. “This was a perfect compromise,” Merric said. “Zack [who got ordained so that he could marry us] did an amazing job. It was personal and touching and it surprised a lot of people.” A dress to impress Choosing a wedding dress can be a daunting task. But the bride found out that once the right dress comes along, a bride will know it’s the one. “Everyone always says that when you find the right dress, you will just know and I didn’t believe it until I tried on my wedding dress.” After trying on many dresses, Jessica immediately realized how comfortable she felt in the next one. “I walked out of the dressing room and my bridesmaids and family members just

gasped and told me how beautiful I looked,” she said. When she turned around to see herself in the mirror, she knew this was the perfect dress. Happily ever after After earning their degrees in mathematics, their careers led the couple to Charleston where Merric became a software engineer. Jessica soon was offered a position with the same company and works as a consultant. A math class project brought them together, and as the newlyweds settle down, they still find time to work on projects, even though they have demanding work schedules. “Merric and I are both pretty handy and we like to start projects all the time,” Jessica said. “We have about four projects going on in the garage right now but who knows when we will finish them.” – John Bynum

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Merric and Jessica Huffstutler live in Charleston where they work for the same software engineering company. Photo/Michael Cottrell/ Cottrell Photography

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Picture perfect Bride Hollie Neighbors and husband, Michael Neighbors, were married at the Peach Brandy Cottage in Dawsonville. Photo/Bonnie Jean Photography


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ocated in the heart of downtown Dawsonville, the Peach Brandy Cottage is a unique wedding venue on six lushlylandscaped acres. Complete with a lake, gazebo, contemporary barn and two beautiful swans, owners Caroline Christi and Alan Metzel have made their cottage a destination spot for weddings, including a group of 140 that flew in from Australia for a wedding at the cottage. Christi and Metzel were married there as well. “This is a really special place to us,” Caroline said. “Alan even brought his roses into our marriage, and we have them planted on the property.” She was referring to unique roses called Chrysler Imperial. In addition, the landscape includes several hundred knock-out roses, a unique, spiral willow tree, and a camilla bush dating back to the 1930s. The venue includes a home listed on the historic registry. Built in the 1930s by Boyd and Sallie Gillelane, wood for the home was carried by mule and wagon from the family farm and milled by hand on the property. Local folklore tells of secret passages and a secret room on the second floor where moonshine was made. Evidently, it produced enough income for

the family to have one of the first telephones in the county. “The Peach Brandy Cottage is a place where memories are made to last a lifetime,” Caroline said. Couples can be as thrifty or as extravagant as they choose. The cottage has complete wedding packages that allow access to all facilities and include food, linens, photographer, DJ, floral arrangements, tables and chairs and bartender. The cottage and grounds are a photographer’s dream. “You can use the swans, lake and gazebo,” local photographer Bonnie Jean said. “When the flowers are in full bloom, they offer a lot of nice colors and foliage.” Jean, who has shot numerous weddings at the cottage, said she likes that she can easily get around to all sides of the couple without intruding on their special moment. “And, Alan and Caroline were so easy to work with. They know what they’re doing.” A contemporary barn on the property has seating for 200 guests and includes wooden floors and plenty of room for dancing and a band or DJ. A large kitchen on-site allows food to be prepared and served at its freshest. The property is located on Shepherd’s Lane in Dawsonville, and Caroline likes to tell the story of when she was an actual

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Although the sheep are gone, Caroline enjoys tending to her brides. “Some brides have spent thousands of dollars on their event, while others have spent about $1,000 and had a potluck supper,” Caroline said. “No matter what their budget is, we will ensure their special day is truly unforgettable.” In 2013, Peach Brandy Cottage was voted best wedding venue by readers of the Dawson News & Advertiser. For more information on Peach Brandy Cottage, call 770-490-3833 or visit peachbrandycottage.com. For more information on photographer Bonnie Jean, call 678-3005557, or find on Facebook at Bonnie Jean Photography. – Kimberly Boim ▲

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family wedding in a rustic, “organic” setting is what Demorest residents Christan and Craig Tanner wanted, and on April 13, 2013, they achieved that dream. On that day, Christan Dawe Tanner was escorted down the outdoor aisle of Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place in Clarkesville by her grandfather, Larry Earle. She was given away by her father, Mike Dawe, her stepfather, Darrin Johnston, and her son, Mason Dawe, 9. “They all had a part in raising me to some degree or another,” Christan said. “It wasn’t going to be right unless everybody had a hand in giving me away.” Other family members involved in the wedding were the Tanners’ daughter, Riley, who was only a year old at the time, Craig’s parents, Sonya and Ricky Tanner, Christan’s mother, Leigh Johnston, and her grandmother, Gwendolyn Earle. Christan said they pushed the date of the wedding up because her grandfather was ill, and “we really wanted him to be there. He’s a father-figure for me, and I wanted him to walk me down the aisle.” As it happened, Christan said, Luci and Ed Kivett, owners of Glen-Ella Springs, had a date open in April, when blooming flowers and bright spring greenery made the outdoors a perfect place for a wedding. “It was outdoors and gorgeous, and we could have the whole family there to spend the night [at the inn] and kind of have the facilities to ourselves,” she said. “It was the right choice for us.” With the location decided, Christan, her mother and grandmother began to plan. “My favorite type of anything is a cross between primitive and shabby chic,” she said. “My mother and grandmother own Homestead House in Clarkesville, which is primitive [style] and antiques, so I’ve grown up with that my

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whole life. I fell in love with that style and when I met Craig, he’s along the same lines as I am.” Christan, who is employed by Blossman Gas, has made a hobby of wedding planning, having coordinated about 22 events herself. She sat down with her mother and “decided the style I wanted and how it went along with [items from] the shop. [Homestead House] had some things at the store we could use as backdrop pieces.” “We decided to do it all ourselves, from handmade invitations, to handmaking every floral arrangement, every bouquet and boutonniere the morning of [the wedding],” she said. “We cut every strip of burlap and hung it on ceilings and walls the week of [the wedding]. We really did the whole nine yards ourselves, down to the hand-painted aisle runner. We wanted everything as authentic and natural as possible. We wanted a very organic wedding.” Christan said they enhanced the rustic look with “highlights,” such as “sparkly pins for the girls that had their initials on them; the guys wore suits to

The bride’s shoes hang on a rustic fence in the garden at Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Meeting Place during a pre-ceremony photo shoot April 13, 2013. Photo/E. Lane Gresham

step it up a notch, so it wasn’t too, too casual. And of course, my dress was not casual at all. It was very over the top, but it still stuck with that antique look that I love.” Leigh Johnston said the togetherness while creating her daughter’s dream wedding was what made it special, though it was “stressful and time-consuming.” Their help included bridesmaids, with two of the six being friends Christan played softball with, in addition to family members. “I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint-of-heart,” Leigh Johnston said. “But during that process, we included grandmothers, the groom’s mother, friends and the like … normally at a wedding you get together with the women at the last minute, or at a bridesmaid’s luncheon, but we had continued time throughout the process with everybody. It was extra time [together] we wouldn’t have gotten.” “It came out so gorgeous,” Christan said. “We got a little frazzled trying to do everything ourselves, but it could not have been a better experience to have me, my mother, my grandmother and

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my aunts, and his mother, work together to make things together. You could walk around the wedding and see things you had your hand in. It made it very much ours.” The rehearsal dinner was held at The Torch Worship Center in Demorest, and the ceremony itself was held in the gardens at Glen-Ella Springs. Afterward, the reception was held in the pavilion at Glen-Ella. Music for the reception was provided by a local band, Chattahoochee Chain Gang. “They were fantastic,” Christan said of the band. “They’ve played at A Taste of Clarkesville and other places. Craig and I fell in love with their country, folk-art type music. It’s a bunch of young guys about our age, in their 20s. They pick and play songs like Wagon Wheel and it was really a great time.” The wedding was photo-

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Inspiring in white Sarah Methvin Poss is radiant in her wedding portrait. Photo/Steffi Smith, Cariad Photography


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and then have lunch at the Universal Joint in Clayton. We loved it,” she said. For more than 100 years, Tallulah Gorge has been a popular spot for both group outings and couples in love. The dramatic vistas and thundering waters of the natural wonder pull people from around the world to appreciate its beauty. Jordan Poss, of Clayton, remembers that it was during an early visit to the gorge that he and his future bride, of Greenville, S.C., formally decided they would date one another. It was a decision that took the couple a bit of time to reach. Though the couple is the same age, 29,

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and attended Bob Jones University at the same time, they didn’t know one another there. It was several years after graduating, when Jordan Poss was doing graduate work at Clemson University and she at Furman University, that mutual friends set them up. “There was a get-together and we were conveniently put in the same car to ride together to the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg,” he said. “The ones who set us up had their first date at the Beacon, and they were hoping some of that good juju would rub off on us.” It worked. Afterward, the two ➛

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began talking and occasionally getting together whenever he was in Greenville. When Jordan invited Sarah up to his North Georgia home in November 2011, they made that momentous visit to Tallulah Gorge. “That’s where I asked her out on our first real date,” he said. “Up to then we had been ‘just talking.’” After that, the couple spent as much time together and especially in the Clayton area as they could, Sarah getting know Scott and Pat, Jordan’s parents, and hiking and exploring in the North Georgia mountains. “It was very special to be there,” she said. When the couple became engaged, they began looking for a good spot for their ceremony. Jordan’s Clayton connections pulled for a Rabun County wedding and his fiancee’s friends were hoping for Greenville. They chose the historic St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Walhalla, S.C., halfway between. The bridegroom-to-be’s Rabun County connections helped in other aspects of the wedding. The couple registered with Reeve’s Gifts in Clayton and used The Dillard House for catering its rehearsal dinner. “Reeves had great selection and service and they helped us a lot,” he said. “Most of the gifts we got from our Clayton friends came from there. And of course the rehearsal dinner food from The Dillard House was great.” The couple chose Steffi Smith and Cariad Photography from Clayton as their wedding photographer. Sarah said she was very happy with Smith’s work. Clayton Baptist Church Pastor Joey Thompson did the couple’s pre-marital counseling and performed the ceremony. Sarah said it is important for brides to maintain balance and perspective during

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“Focus on planning the honeymoon.” Her husband agreed, but had a slightly different take. “Now that the wedding is in the rearview mirror it seems minor, but at the time it consumed Sarah’s life,” Jordan said. “You should give her help as she needs, because you don’t want her entering the church that day stressed out from months of preparation. “She is the bride; it’s all about her. But if there was something I could do and I could see a solution and a way to help, I was glad to pitch in.” The couple said their wedding day was

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ordan and Samantha Dixon wanted a setting that matched their rural way of life. Jordan Dixon is a cattle farmer, and the Rabun County natives did as much locally for their wedding as they could. They were united as a couple in May at a barn on Betty’s Creek Road. “It’s just gorgeous up there,” Samantha said. Her family had held a reunion at the barn, and the isolated setting matched their country theme and pocketbook. “It’s just an open barn,” she said. “You can do whatever you want with it. It’s just a plain old barn.” Jason Brown, who is managing the land where the barn sits until a website gets launched in January, said he had six weddings already scheduled for the site in 2014. Samantha said her boss, Lisa Harris, planned the wedding, and friends and family pitched in to help set up for the May 25, 2013, ceremony.

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Table settings consisted of white tablecloths with a burlap table runner and glass bowls containing Granny Smith apples and hydrangeas. The wedding party brought in hay bales for decorations. Samantha was experiencing the common problem of indecisiveness during the planning stages, but she immediately settled on the table decorations when she saw how the apples looked in the bowl. “We’re simple. We don’t want anything fancy. This is us,” she said. About 200 people were fed barbecue plates by local caterer Jane Tomlin. The bride’s mother made sweet tea and lemonade. “It was very cost-effective,” she said. “We didn’t spend a lot of money.” One way Samantha saved money was buying things months in advance of the wedding. She purchased the bridesmaids’ dresses and shoes in the fall, when spring clothing was on sale. She borrowed tablecloths, chairs and tables from Tiger


Samantha Butcher, center, and her bridesmaids are shown at the Amara Center the morning of her wedding to Jordan Dixon. Photo/Meredith Elise Photography

Baptist Church. The bride’s aunt, Kathy Welch, bought her bridal gown before she passed away from cancer in October 2012. Welch also picked May as month for when they got married because she thought it was a pretty time of year. Samantha thought of everything in getting prepared for the wedding, but she had to sit back and hope for the best with the weather. It rained every weekend and most days in May but the clouds cleared off the day of the wedding for a warm and sunny afternoon.

The bride said Harris gave her sage advice during the planning part: Make a decision and stick with it. “She’s just amazing,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for her, it wouldn’t have went as good as it did. She gets most of the credit.” The day of the wedding, the bride and bridesmaids went to the Amara Center where they got dressed and had their nails and hair done. Samantha said the price was reasonable, and spa director Irene Bynum let Samantha’s hairstylist

come to the spa. Having one place to get ready was relaxing for the women instead of having to bounce around different places in town. The wedding invitations were made at Clayton Printing, and All Occasion Flowers in Clarkesville provided the bouquets. Samantha Dixon said her husband was heavily involved in the preparations, and he helped her glue the invitations on paper matting. Staying with their rural theme, Jordan and Samantha took their wedding trip to

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Sugarcreek, Ohio, which is in the middle of Amish country. Jordan and his grandfather went there when he was a young boy. They actually ran into someone who remembered his grandfather, and the couple got a rare inside look at an Amish farm. – Blake Spurney

Roy Butcher stands with daughter Samantha just before he walks her down the aisle at a barn on Betty’s Creek Road. The couple picked the barn for its seclusion and costeffectiveness. Photo/Meredith Elise Photography

Samantha and Jordan Dixon are pictured at a barn on Betty’s Creek Road through a frame held by ring bearer Tyler Chappell and flower girl Paisley Davidson. Photo/Meredith Elise Photography

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Celebrating the moment The bridal party celebrates the newlyweds. Photo/ Devin Stapleton

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alia Wade felt she had so many supporters: friends and family. When she began to plan her wedding, she wanted it to be a relaxed event that everyone could enjoy while being comfortable. And in planning the day, she was able to utilize the talents and gifts of those friends to make the wedding memorable while achieving a thorough lack of “stuffiness.” She and Eric Gray met on eHarmony five years ago. They dated for a while, then took a break for a number of months, then got back together. “We just loved each other and we couldn’t stay apart,” she said, laughing. “We had to work on some personal issues – I had to grow up a little bit.” Gray had a private talk with her father, then planned a date to the University of Georgia campus. Both he and Talia had

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graduated from UGA, so it was a special place to them. “I didn’t understand why we were walking around so much,” she said. “I guess he was getting up his nerve.” When he popped the question, ring in hand, she said she was really, really surprised. But it’s a beautiful memory for them. They knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but took their time planning the wedding, which was held June 22, 2013. They selected the Black Bear Lodge and Resort in Sautee Nacoochee and began getting organized. (Editor’s note: The Black Bear Lodge and Resort has been sold and is no longer operating as a resort.) “I really just want it very laid back and rustic,” she said. She liked the idea of natural decorations, so she had log slices as centerpieces on the tables, brightened with baby’s


breath and hydrangeas in antique bottles. They served barbecue sliders, kettle-cooked potato chips, slaw, potato salad, fruit and cheese. “I’m 36,” Talia said. “There were people who thought I’d never get married. Everyone was so excited and wanted to pitch in. It was such a joyous thing.” Her mother, Vicki Wade, did most of the food preparation, and her mother-in-law, Virginia Gray, created the hoop-framed burlap signs listing the menu and the happy couple. Friends of her parents tended bar and served as deejay. Flowers were arranged by All Occasion Flowers in Clarkesville. The cake, an Italian cream cake with butter crème icing, was wrapped in burlap ribbon and topped with a spray of baby’s breath. It was made by Sweet B’s Bakery in Clarkesville. The bridegroom wore a blue seersucker suit and the groomsmen were in beige. They all sported Chuck Taylor sneakers. “I’ve been in dozens of weddings,” Talia Gray said. “We wanted people to be able to dance and walk around and not have sore feet.” Her dress was sleeveless and princess-style, in champagne with beadwork and a white lace overlay and train. Her best friend, Mary Beth Horton, and the bridegroom's 15-yearold daughter, Peyton, were her attendants; Horton's children, Caroline and Jack, served as flower girl and ring bearer. A special part of the ceremony was Talia Gray vowing to “always be there” for her new stepdaughter, Peyton, just as she will be for her husband. ▲

Talia Wade is radiant as her father, Curtis Wade, escorts her down the aisle. Photo/Devin Stapleton

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The bride had three handkerchiefs embroidered with special messages of love to her mother, father and new motherin-law. She presented them before the ceremony, and yes, a few tears were dabbed on those special gifts. The couple honeymooned in New Orleans and will live in Gainesville, where Talia Gray teaches school and Eric Gray has a political consulting business. Asked if there was anything she would do differently, the bride had some wise advice. “I just wouldn’t worry about everything so much,” she said. “Little things are going to go wrong – but it will still be perfect.” – Linda Erbele The Italian cream cake with butter crème icing was wrapped in burlap ribbon and topped with a spray of baby’s breath. It was made by Sweet B’s Bakery in Clarkesville. Photo/Linda Erbele

The ceremony over, the couple indulge in a relaxed kiss. Photo/Devin Stapleton

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Clermont Venue.......................................................................... 23 Cleveland Florist......................................................................... 33 Copper Pot, The.......................................................................... 20 Cornelia Florist & Rentals ........................................................ 20 Cottage Vineyard........................................................................ 13 Cottrell Photography................................................................. 43 Dahlonega Market Place............................................................ 13 Dahlonega Spa Resort................................................................ 43 Densmore Farm, The................................................................. 31 Dermatology Associates of Northeast Georgia...................... 17 Design House.............................................................................. 30 Designs Unlimited...................................................................... 47 Diamond Jewelry & Loan ......................................................... 50 Erin Knight, Harpist.................................................................. 13 Fancy Doodle.............................................................................. 25 First Impressions Laser Skincare.............................................. 21 Food Factory on Main .............................................................. 14 Fudge Factory, The .................................................................... 39 Gabby's Cabins............................................................................ 50 Gainesville Jewelry .................................................................... 47 Gigi's Cupcakes............................................................................. 7 Global Escapes ........................................................................... 33 Grace's Garters............................................................................ 43 Habersham Chamber of Commerce ....................................... 35 Habersham Event Center.......................................................... 50 Habersham Hardware & Home Center .................................. 42


Hanners College Shop............................................................... 17 Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen............................................... 12 Hayes Family Dealerships......................................................... 13 Hillside Orchard Farms ............................................................ 23 Hofer's Bakery............................................................................. 50 Homestead House...................................................................... 17 I Do I Do Bridal.......................................................................... 25 Jazzercise...................................................................................... 30 Jewels of the Mine ..................................................................... 28 John Megel Chevrolet ............................................................... 51 Juliette Chapel & Events............................................................ 32 Just Peachy Weddings................................................................ 31 Kathy Blalock & Associates ...................................................... 30 Kingwood Country Club & Resort.......................................... 45 L7 Events (Elf School).................................................................. 9 Lake Rabun Hotel....................................................................... 31 Lavender Cottage, The............................................................... 31 Lanier Tent Rental ..................................................................... 36 Lawton Place Manor.................................................................. 23 Lily Creek Lodge ........................................................................ 37 Mark of the Potter ..................................................................... 32 Mountain Laurel Farm............................................................... 33 Neon Beach................................................................................. 31 Nest, The ..................................................................................... 35 North Georgia Catering............................................................. 29 North Grove Hall Reception Cottage...................................... 37 Origami Owl............................................................................... 49 Paul Thomas Chocolates ........................................................... 42 Platinum Limo Service.............................................................. 41 Pratt Realty Associates .............................................................. 45 Rabun County Convention & Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bureau........................ 4 Rabun Manor.............................................................................. 12 Red Door, The............................................................................. 11 Reeves Furniture & Gifts .......................................................... 19 Robson Event Center................................................................... 4 RX Hair........................................................................................ 29 Sautee Resort............................................................................... 37 Sheep Hollow.............................................................................. 47 Smith House Management........................................................ 31 Smittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spirits ............................................................................ 11 Southern Glam.............................................................................. 8 Studio Blue.................................................................................... 8

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