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Say Yes! A Guide to

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A special publication of

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Say “I do...” and we will do the rest

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Imagine exchanging your vows overlooking Lake Oconee with a beautiful sunset. Every step of the way, Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee is dedicated to making your big day magical and memorable. From bridal luncheons to rehearsal dinners to the reception, Cuscowilla makes each and every experience especially customized for you. Ideally located just 70 miles east of Atlanta in the middle of Georgia’s Lake Country. Amenities include 146 rooms, award winning golf couse, restaurants, biking and boating.

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From the Editors

6 There’s a lot to bear in mind when planning a wedding.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Here, Andrea Gable and Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg offer helpful advice to couples planning to marry.


The Lake Oconee Living staff scoured our iPods for excellent songs to dance with your love

Color Watch


Juicy tangerine is a sweet pick for Spring weddings, while luxe lavender paired couquettish coral look lovely for Fall


Built on Love


Newlyweds Casey Marbutt and Ryan Phelps said their vows and made their home in a barn that was built on love.

30 What makes a great wedding photo? Here’s what

Picture Perfect

Lake Oconee Living loves about the work of three local talented photographers


Bridal Venue Tour


The Madison Morgan Wedding Association takes you on a tour of some of the area’s most beautiful spots to get married.

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Lake Oconee Living Editor Andrea Gable and Event Planner Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg invite you to Say Yes!

First Dance

About the Cover

Ryan Phelps Marbutt is pretty in pink on her wedding day. For her story, turn to page 21.


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From the Editors Lake Oconee Living introduces Say Yes!


elcome to SAY YES!, our inaugural Wedding & Celebration Guide! Set in the style of the awardwinning Lake Oconee Living magazine, this guide is designed to inspire brides with modern, traditional, or whimsical ideas to make their wedding day memorable. It showcases the grace, sophistication, and creativity of a Southern wedding, waiting to be discovered in Georgia's Lake Country. As a wedding destination, the area is a confluence of the peacefulness of the countryside, elegance of the lake, and nostalgia of the Antebellum South. From the natural simplicity of a wedding on the family farm to an extravaganza at an upscale event facility or lakeside resort, Lake Oconee offers places to fit the vision and budget of every bride, along with countless resources throughout the area to accompany it. From all of us here at Lake Oconee Living, we are happy you said YES!, and we hope you enjoy! ANDREA GABLE, EDITOR, Lake Oconee Living magazine


4 1 What wedding at the Lake

Club at Reynolds Plantation would be complete without a boat load of lovely ladies? 2 Candelight lakeside creates a romantic setting for Karen and Mickey Markoff's wedding cake. 3 The rich greens and purples of hydrangeas and echeveria offset pops of peacock blue in Jeni Standard's bouquet. 4 Jeni wed Sandy at beautiful Lake Oconee. 5 Jenn Rand's wedding at the UGA Chapel is pure romance. photo 1 by courtney goldman, photos 2 and 5 by robin bish, photos 3 and 4 by sara j. williams.


any girls begin dreaming of their wedding day when they are still young enough to live in the world of fairytales. They dream of princess-like dresses and beautiful flowers, not necessarily managing a budget or making seating charts. This is why I'm so excited to partner with Lake Oconee Living magazine for the publication of the 2012 Wedding & Celebration Guide. This guide provides brides and grooms with useful information and resources throughout the Lake Country for planning the perfect wedding day. We look forward to turning wedding day dreams into wedding day realities!

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editor andrea gable and nancy nolankuperberg put together a list of things you should say "i Do" to… and a few that you shouldn't.


Anna and James married at a Baptist Church in Rutledge. Congratulations on your "I Do's!"

Do select in style. Think about what your attendants will be comfortable in, what fits the style of the wedding and be sensitive to the financial commitment you are asking them to make.

Do make it personal. With your better half, put some thought and planning into your vows, the readings and the music that will take place during your ceremony.

Do save room for celebrating. Enjoy the night before your wedding by spending time with family and friends, especially for a destination wedding where everyone is gathered together for the weekend. Remind everyone that the real celebrating will come after the wedding!

Bridesmaids' Dresses

Planning your Ceremony

Partying like it's 1999

The Wedding Budget

Your inner Bridezilla

Don’t place fashion over friendship. Selecting a bridesmaid’s dress can be a big job, heck – there is even a television show about it! You want your bridesmaids to complement your big day, but keep expectations reasonable when it comes to style and cost.

Don’t forget what a wedding really is. The wedding ceremony is the main event and the reception a celebration of it.

Don’t get trashed the night before your wedding. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is wake up with a headache, puffy eyes, or an upset stomach.

Don’t forget what your budget is. Creating and managing a budget will help you afford your wedding but it is an important skill to carry into your married life.

Don’t be inconsiderate. Yes, it is your big day, but you must remember to take other people’s needs into consideration.

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Do stick with it. You’ve made a budget, so stick with it. Don’t stress over any lastminute must-haves.

Do be the consummate host. Each attendee will be your personal guest. Remember, a good host puts the needs of others front and center.

the Don'ts

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First Dance


Looking for a first dance song that is both unique and memorable? Perfect your playlist with these picks by the staff at Lake

Oconee Living.


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“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova "I’m So In Love With You” by Al Green “Stick Shifts and Safety Belts” by Cake “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five “This Way” by Jewel “Love & Some Verses” by Iron & Wine “A New World” by Love You Moon “Rave On” by Buddy Holly (M. Ward version) “Never My Love” by The Association “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Ray Charles

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“I Will” by The Beatles “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele “All The Love in The World” by The Corrs “You And Me” by Dave Matthews Band “Out of the Blue” by Delta Goodrem “Collide” by Howie Day “Love is All Around” by Ricki Lee “Everlong” by The Foo Fighters “Angels Brought Me Here” by Guy Sebastian “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader

1 In Boston, Ga., Keri and Austin Lodge savored their first dance. 2 Tip: Don't pick a song that's too long! Your bridesmaids are ready to boogie. Mallory Biringer cuts a rug with her friends. 3 Shane Bridges is suave enough to go for the old classic: dip and kiss his wife Casie. 4 The Grapevine performs at the wedding of Mallory and Barrett Biringer, 5. photo 1 by courtney goldman photography. photos 2, 4 and 5 by ashahPhotography.COM. photo 3 by brandy angel photography


AVOID DENTAL SURPRISES ON YOUR BIG DAY! NuCraft Dental Arts, Inc. Along with choosing the perfect gown, location, caterer, and flowers, more and more couples are thinking of dental health when preparing for their wedding day. Rightfully so, as you will probably never smile and have your picture taken as often as on your wedding day. That is why you need to have a smile that you are confident with. Teeth cleaning has always been a traditional part of wedding day preparations. Other procedures, such as bleaching, replacing old amalgam fillings, tooth shaping and porcelain veneers can help create a beautiful smile for the wedding and for the future. After all, there is no better accessory than a great smile! However, let us offer a little advice. Consider getting an initial consultation with your dental professional soon after you become engaged. This is very important because the last thing you want before your wedding day are surprises! This will allow you to research and assemble your dental team to ensure the best possible outcome. It will also give you time to get used to your improved smile! To help make the best decision, do your research. Ask to see before and after photos of actual patients. In addition ask to speak with existing patients of the dentist and get a sense for the quality of care the dentist provides. Lastly, for your safety, ask if your dental restoration will be made in America. After all, you want a long and healthy, happily ever after.

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Color Watch



juicy tangerine, lush lavender and blushing coral are chic shades in 2012

6 1 Kumquats and kiwi vine make this bouquet strikingly pretty. 2 "Mum Madness" invitations from Etsy seller Decadent Designs. 3 Hibiscus blooms wink atop a simple cake. 4 While tradition

might be that the bride wear white, there is no rule against strappy tangerine heels.




Spring down the aisle with jubilant pops of tangerine

5 These wedding-goers are festive with orange favors and sashes. 6 100% cotton bridesmaid dress (with pockets!) an original design by Etsy seller Amanda Archer. photo 1 by pollen floral art. \

photo 3 courtesy of orange blossom events. photo 5 by emages photography.

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for lush lavenders and natural textures with coquettish pops of coral 1


1 Perk up autumnal plums with orangey-pink accents. 2 Lavender

and olive branches make a beautiful and aromatic adornment for a wedding cake. 3 Purple baby's breath looks dreamy field-to-table in a galvanized pail. 4 J Crew's arabelle dress in bright coral floats in silk chiffon. 5 A bouquet, designed by Le Petit Jardin, features sprays of wheat and a burlap wrap.







6 The burlap was also used to accent the couple's invitations, made by Blue Envelope, to their Lake Oconee wedding. 7 This trio of bobby pins is handmade by seller NestingPretty. photos 1, 3, 5 and 6 by erin brauer of something pretty photography. photo 2 by amy & stuart photography.

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Written by Jamie Miles Wedding Photos by Alyssa Alig Loft Photos by Dennis McDaniel

“Well, there goes the barn.” Those words slipped in jest from Garry Phelps’ mouth upon learning of his daughter Ryan’s engagement to boyfriend, Casey Marbutt.  Phelps, long-time owner of Madison-based Phelps’ Welding, had dreamed of constructing a large barn to house several old tractors and automobiles, including a recently-acquired 1941 Lincoln Zephyr he was excited to restore.  The announcement thrilled both sets of future in-laws, Lissa and Garry Phelps of Madison and Shela and Trumer Marbutt of Eatonton. Friends since middle school, the young couple started dating as seniors at Morgan County High School and were already considered family. Although no one could be happier with the prospect of Marbutt as a future son-in-law, the cost of an upcoming wedding would put Phelps’ new barn aspirations on hold.  Or would it?


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Newlyweds Casey Marbutt and Ryann Phelps said their vows and make their home in a barn that was‌Â

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“ The Wedding reflected who they

are as people… It was wonderful being a part of something that had so much family.” – NANCY NOLAN-KUPERBERG


As the newlyengaged couple searched for wedding and reception venues, they had serious concerns that the Phelps’ house of worship, the wonderfully historic yet quaint Madison Presbyterian sanctuary, could accommodate their guest list. Both families have a long multigenerational history in the area and were looking at having to rent a large venue for the reception as well. That’s when their thoughts turned back to the barn. Ryan admits she already considered that an apartment on the upper floor of a new barn would be the perfect place to start married life. “Whatever money my parents would put into outfitting the space, we could repay them in rent.”  As the pool of possible locations to hold the wedding started to dry up like a small pond in the heat of summer, Ryan and Casey suggested to her parents that they hold the wedding in the Phelps’ backyard and use the barn (still on the drawing board) for the reception. As father of the bride, Garry agreed what money he would spend for a wedding certainly could be put into building a barn. To which Ryan replied, “I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be married.”  For inspiration, Lissa and Gary rode around looking at barns in town and in the country. A schoolteacher for 23 years, Lissa had started college at Georgia Tech majoring in architecture, so it was natural for her to draw up plans. So with a wedding on and a barn needed, she turned over the sketches on grid paper to her favorite builder — brother and uncle to the bride — Wade Blackwell. With construction starting in August 2010, Blackwell reflected on the ninemonth process, “It certainly wasn’t

The wedding of Casey Marbutt and Ryann Phelps was full of homegrown, elegant details. The couple’s family and friends built the wedding barn (now the couple’s home), created the floral arrangments, and even baked miniature pies for the groom. monotonous. Every day we were trying to figure something out.” With the men-folk raising the barn, Ryan and her mother began planning the June wedding. White peonies, the bride’s favorite, served as her theme. First incorporated in drawings on the invitations, the beautiful, large fragrant blossoms were in both the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets. Tragedy was averted when in spite of a weatherinduced national peony shortage, Garry located some flowers and had them flown in from California just in time for the wedding day as a surprise for Ryan.  June eleventh dawned clear and cooler, “or at least not 99 degrees like it had been,” laughed the groom. The Phelps’ wooded backyard provided a lovely setting for the ceremony. The Rev. Chris Carson, former associate

pastor at Madison Presbyterian and close friend of the Phelps, came from Texas to perform the nuptials. The altar was surrounded in lovely white hydrangeas matching the bride’s ivory tulle dress with Venetian lace. The groom and minister hitched a ride up to the altar sitting on the downed tailgate of Ryan’s grandfather’s pristine 1954 F1 Ford pickup truck just as the bride’s brother, Craig Phelps, rang the family iron bell 11 times to signal the hour for the ceremony had arrived. “Walking down the aisle and seeing Casey for the fist time,” Ryan remembered. “That was probably the most memorable moment of the day.” While posing for photographs outside before the ceremony, great pains were taken to make sure the groom was blindfolded if there was a chance he might glimpse the bride.

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Casey crafted the couple’s dining room table as a wedding present to his wife. The reclaimed white pine is from an old house in White Plains. Ryan and Casey worked for months preparing homemade jellies, preserves and relish to give to wedding guests. The day of the wedding, the favors were arranged on Casey’s table. A few leftover jars remain in their vintage pie safe.

After the “I-do’s” had become “till-death-do-us-parts,” it was time for a party. The doors of the new barn were thrown open and the reception began. “The bride wanted it simple but elegant and that’s exactly how it was,” remembered Denny Ewing, floral designer for the event. The bride gave pictures to Ewing to provide a little direction. “Her creative juices took over my bare bones suggestions,” said Ryan. “It was perfect.” Guests entered the 50x60 foot barn and found a setting deeply imprinted with months of loving hard work by the Phelps and Marbutts along with many devoted friends. Three chandeliers hung


from the barn ceiling that had been covered in reclaimed rusted tin roofing from Ryan’s grandfather’s aging tractor barn and a friend’s neighboring chicken houses. The centerpiece of the party was a large table that had stood in the family welding shop for over 50 years. In its former life, the grand 18-foot tabletop served as a spot to mix paint. Lissa, Garry and Lissa’s mother spent more than a day and half laboring to remove layer upon layer of spattered paint restoring the deep rich wood that held platters of food and the main flower arrangement. Floral displays placed in tin buckets decorated the tables. Grapevine wreaths surrounded

each container that was filled with butterfly bush, Queen Anne’s lace, Vince Dooley hydrangea, rosemary and mint. The highlight of the bucket arrangements was the zinnias. Every year Ryan and her father grew sunflowers and zinnias. Flowers from their lovingly-tended zinnia patch had to make an appearance at the wedding. The only problem was that nature’s watering system was not cooperating with last spring’s drought. Lissa remembers pulling up well after sundown to see Garry out in the garden wearing a red light headlamp beaming into the dark. “Everyone would water,” she laughed. “Garry watered, Casey watered and Ryan watered. We would keep a list who was to water and when.” In lieu of the traditional groom’s cake, Casey, a lover of pies, wanted a groom’s pie, or pies actually. Friend, Mary Loyd Moss, made more than 150 delectable miniature buttermilk, berry and chocolate pecan pies nestled in small jelly jars. A restored factory cart held the scrumptious desserts at the reception. The cart now serves as the kitchen island in the newlywed’s apartment. Each fall for a number of years, Ryan and Casey made crabapple jelly from apples off a tree on Casey’s grandfather’s farm. When selecting wedding favors for guests, they chose to give them homemade jelly.

As a Surprise wedding present for his bride, Casey had toiled away in secret handcrafting a dining room table at his father’s shop.

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The Marbutt’s barn loft home is furnished with nostalgic pieces passed along from family and cleverly repurposed materials, such as the chicken feeder lamp (above) and the factory cart kitchen island (right.) Casey crafted the drafting table in the living room, and Ryan’s uncle made the barn-style closet doors in the bedroom.

Starting in October before the June wedding, the couple worked nights and weekends and put up 240 jars of crabapple jelly, pear preserves (from Lissa’s father’s trees), corn salsa, onion relish and pepper jelly. Lissa said with a laugh, “Right at the end there, they were inside making jelly and Garry and I would be working in the dark outside on the yard.” As a surprise wedding present for his bride, Casey had toiled away in secret handcrafting a dining room table at his father’s shop. “Hunting


and fishing trips” on weekends that spring explained his absence the many hours he spent creating the gift. The wood for the table came from reclaimed heart pine found in an old house in White Plains. His surprise was used to display the wedding

favors – Ryan and Casey’s jars of homemade relishes, salsa and jellies – at the reception.  “Amazing” is how Lissa described the food prepared by caterer, Rae Merritt. “The food took up so much of the barn, we had to rent a tent to

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Burge Plantation

A storybook setting like no other. Historic Burge Plantation is set in rustic Georgia among rolling fields and woodlands. From the elegant Burge Conservatory with its gracious terrace, the Main House and rustic cottages to spacious lawns, gardens, pavilions and our four-star onsite chef, we offer unforgettable, personalized wedding ceremonies, receptions and gatherings. 44 Jeff Cook Road Mansfield, Ga.


Photos by Gary Ezell with Ezell’s Studios


provide space for more tables outside.” Merritt was in awe of the venue. “The barn itself was the drawing card – we just went from there. It was like having a blank canvas,” she remembered. Witnessing the effort of the family and friends she said, “Everything they had done had so much love back behind it.” Being asked to cater the event held special meaning for Merritt. When the bride’s parents where married, she had made their wedding cake. “And now here I was preparing the food for their daughter’s wedding.” Departing the reception in Ryan’s grandfather’s 1955 Crown Victoria, the couple spent the afternoon at the Marbutt home on the lake with the wedding party. Then after a weeklong honeymoon in the Turks and Caicos, the newly-married Marbutts came home to the 1,500-squarefoot apartment atop the barn. The two-bedroom, onebath accommodations created a cozy cottage in the sky overlooking a five-acre pond.  The apartment’s design was a family collaboration as well. Lissa sketched away on her trusty grid paper while Casey added his input with the help of AutoCAD (Computer-Aided Design). Like the wedding, the living space is filled with touches of family — from the galvanized plumbing that serves as a handrail made by Blackwell, to chicken coop basket lighting fixtures and stainless steel kitchen countertops crafted at Phelps’ Welding.  Garry decided all the doors in the apartment should look like barn doors. “He touched everyone of the doors, along with Casey and Casey’s father, Trumer,” remembered Lissa. “They worked on weeknights and weekends for several months to get them finished.”  For the kitchen cabinets, she showed her brother photographs of ones looking like barn doors as well. Blackwell knew it would be hard to get those custom made from a cabinet shop so he built all the kitchen cabinets with barn door fronts. In the bathroom, he also created the cabinetry holding the double sinks made out of leftover flooring.  With the wedding finished after over a year of hard work, Lissa admitted with a big smile that she would do it all over again. “There were moments, of course. But we had fun,” said Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg of No Regrets Events, who helped coordinate events on the wedding day. Having known the bride and her family for many years, Nolan-Kuperberg said, “The wedding reflected who they are as people. They are all thoughtful and considerate. It was wonderful being a part of something that had so much family.”  “There goes the barn,” Garry Phelps had said with a laugh upon hearing of his daughter’s engagement. And in nine months time, a barn was raised.  A barn built – and welded – with love. ✦ Jamie Miles is a freelance writer living in Madison.


I love weddings and for many years have had the pleasure of helping couples create personalized wedding ceremonies. My goal is to help make your special day go smoothly and the ceremony everything you want it to be.

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Justin Evans' artistic documentary style frames a single moment from a whirlwind day at the Brick House Gallery in Crawford. The focus is on the couple's faces, the fluttering rose petals are a blur, like the day itself. A good photographer plans for the big photo moments and applies his technical knowledge creatively.


Picture Perfect what makes a great wedding photo? here's what

Lake Oconee Living loves about the work of three talented photographers


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Don't Trash the Dress

"If you're going to trash the dress, do something pretty with it." In lieu of paintball-splattered gowns or mudbogging brides, McDaniel encourages them to take the plunge. He sets up an underwater studio in a swimming pool and he and his subjects create ethereal, dreamy images.


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Light Hearted

The soft, naturally diffused light and warm highlights give this photo a gentle glow. The first and last hour of sunlight each day is often called the photographer's "Golden Hour" – when the sun's rays cast long shadows and the sunlight is more indirect.


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Heritage Hall

The Hall at the MadisonMorgan Cultural Center

277 South Main St., Madison 706-342-9627

Heritage Hall, located in the heart of the Madison and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a beautifully restored and elegantly furnished 1811 Greek Revival Home. Period furnishings provide an elegant setting for weddings, adison-Morgan Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, luncheons and brunches a s s o c i a t i o n while a lovely lawn and garden provide a pleasant outdoor setting.

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The Hall on Foster Street at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center offers a unique rental space for weddings. The Hall includes a large event space with a stage, catering kitchen, coat room, and dressing room/bride’s room. A large lighted parking lot and covered walkway offer an inviting approach for guests.

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g Sunflower Farm

1430 Durden Road, Rutledge 404-433-5646 The Sunflower Farm in western Morgan County Georgia offers a truly beautiful setting for your outdoor wedding event. The farm’s 15 acre sunflower field is in full bloom from midJune until mid-July and many sunflowers bloom throughout the gardens through summer. Two historic houses surrounded by unique heritage gardens and a stage and picnic area offer the perfect rustic backdrop to any celebration.


Foster Street, Madison (behind the cultural center) 706-342-4743

H madison's town park

Located between West Washington & West Jefferson Streets 706-342-1251 x 206 (Ann Huff) Madison’s Town Park is a lovely location for a simple, elegant, outdoor event. You may want to consider one of our picturesque park locations to host your perfect wedding, celebration, or photographic shoot. A setting such as the Upper Terrace, the Fountain Plaza, or the Great Lawn and Pavilion, each offer an intimate and unique venue for your upcoming event.



Madison Tea Room and Garden

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

290 Hancock St., Madison 706-688-9832

Located on the Courthouse Square, the Madison Tea Room and Garden is the perfect setting for all who enjoy the art of taking formal afternoon tea as well as for anyone hosting a beautiful event. The Madison Tea Room offers a formal Garden Room and Terrace Room and an outdoor deck. With 3,000 square feet of interior space and 2,900 square feet of exterior space, this beautiful setting is ideal for any occasion from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to weddings.


4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead 706-342-7557

Located in the beautiful pastoral setting of Morgan County, the Steffen Thomas Museum is a spacious art gallery that can be the perfect setting for your bridal showers, luncheons, brunches, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception. If you dream of an outdoor wedding, look no further for your dream location. 

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Ticket Sales/Pickup

Tickets only $8 or $5 pre-ordered Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Belles, Beaux & Gifts, 115 South Main St., Madison • 706-342-3311 Le Petit Jardin 231 Hancock St., Madison • 706-342-0776



The Brady Inn B&B

Burnt Pine

250 North Second St., Madison , 706-342-4400 The historic Brady Inn, an 1885 Victorian B&B in the heart of Antebellum Madison, provides personal service, distinctive venues, unique events, and affordable pricing. The Brady Inn’s landscaped wedding gardens offer several options from spacious, formal venues to private, intimate settings. Seven beautifully appointed guest rooms with private baths are available for bridal party and wedding guests. Wedding packages are available.

706-557-0407 Burnt Pine is the ideal location for your outdoor wedding, from the rehearsal dinner through the wedding reception. Fulfill your dreams in a natural, yet elegant and affordable setting. Overnight accommodations are available for 30 guests and a party pavilion with dinner seating for 200. We are accesible from Atlanta and Morgan, Newton, Jasper, Putnam and Oconee Counties. photo by emages photography

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k The Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm

1051 Meadow Lane, Madison , 706-342-7966 The Farmhouse Inn offers events and accommodations in rural Georgia for those wanting to experience a family farm setting. The charming Farmhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast includes five private guestrooms and a five-bedroom-farmhouse for a getaway for two or a family celebration for up to 28 guests. The Red Barn Meeting Room, outdoor terrace and adjacent lawns can be used for rehearsal dinners, farm weddings, business retreats, reunions and events for up to 300 guests.

l Hard Labor Creek State Park Rutledge, Ga.

Hard Labor Creek is a 6,000-acre park located within minutes of Madison in Rutledge, Ga. The park has many facilities perfect for weddings and receptions, including two group shelters and two large dining halls located within walking distance of spectacular lake views. If lodging is needed, there are 20 affordable and spacious twobedroom cottages that sleep eight. photo by kelley channell

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James Madison Inn

Madison Oaks Inn & Garden

Whether intimate or grand, The James Madison Inn will create the wedding and reception of your dreams with a variety of settings for indoor or outdoor celebrations. The Round Bowl Springs Gazebo and Event Lawn surrounded by woods, a pond and walking trails will host up to 300 guests, while the James Madison Hall and Daniel Morgan Room will host up to 285 people indoors. For a unique setting, The Variety Works offers a historic setting for up to 250 guests. The James Madison Inn itself has 17 individually themed luxury guest rooms and two grand suites.

Madison Oaks Inn & Gardens provides an incomparable setting for weddings and receptions. This Inn is a historic private estate converted to a Bed & Breakfast and special events facility where you can host your wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner in one location. You have the advantage of staying in one place, cozy and comfortable, as well as the benefit of a single staff to coordinate everything

260 West Washington St., Madison 706-342-7040


766 East Avenue, Madison 706-343-9990

Spectacular weddings, corporate events, and parties.

A Perfect Backdrop

Historic Madison’s Town Park offers three romantic settings for your big day. The Fountain Plaza, the Gazebo Terrace, and the Great Lawn & Pavilion, each offer an intimate and unique venue for your upcoming ceremony. To explore these options, or to reserve your wedding date, contact Ann Huff at (706)342-1251 x206, or

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Custom print your invitations, napkins to fit your budget.

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257 N. Main St., Madison Ga. 706-342-7019 Fax: 706-342-7264

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Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg (706) 342-0042

No Regrets Events is a wedding planning firm that offers you personalized services to meet your unique needs. We may be schooled in Southern tradition, but we love the unconventional, so whatever your wedding vision, we will help turn it into the perfect wedding day‌ a day with No Regrets! Engagement Parties Wedding Day Services Rehearsal Dinners

Out of Town Guest Brunch Bridal Showers Full Wedding Weekend

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Sunflower Farm 1430 Durden Road Rutledge, GA 404-433-5646

The Sunflower Farm in western Morgan County Georgia offers a truly beautiful and unique setting for your outdoor wedding event.

~ Heritage Gardens ~ ~ Two Historic Homes ~ 15 Acres of

~ Sunflower Fields ~ Stage and

~ Picnic Area ~

After your special day… Call on Martha Henderson to help you build your memories…

Accommodations The Brady Inn Farmhouse Inn James Madison Inn Madison Oaks Wedding, Banquet & Reception Facilities/ Rehearsal Dinners Burge Plantation The Brady Inn City of Madison Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee Farmhouse Inn Georgia Museum of Art Garden Club of Georgia Heritage Hall The Hall at the MadisonMorgan Cultural Center James Madison Inn Madison Oaks Madison Tea Room State Botanical Gardens Sunflower Farm Town Park, City of Madison Beauty, Spa, Hair, Dentistry Bella Donna Salon NuCraft Dental Arts Petals Salon Spa at the James Madison Woodruff Dentistry Bridal Registry & Gifts Aurum Jewelry & Art Belles, Beaux & Gifts Greensboro Jewelers JK Linens Whidby Jewelers Bridal Wear Chris Hudson Couture I Do. I Do.

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Caterers Dove Chocolate Discoveries Gigi’s Cupcakes Hallie Jane's Catering Town 220 Restaurant Trump Catering

Local Services Organization Madison-Morgan Wedding Association Madison Studios Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce Town of Braselton Flowers Deer Run Farm European Floral Design Gussie's Flowers Le Petit Jardin Insurance Angie Phelps Insurance Invitations, etc. Godfrey Cox Co. NuArt Printers Horse & Carriage Double C Carriages Photographers Alyssa Alig Photography Fine Photography Dennis McDaniel Photography Rental Goodwin Rentals Madison Rentals Travel Global Escapes Prestige Travel Wedding Planning Le Petit Jardin No Regrets Events Officiant Troy Bryant


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Established 1901

Sophistication ... Grace ... Charm Cultured Pearls... a statement of elegance for all occasions .

A must have for every woman. The perfect accessory for the bride and a wonderful bridesmaid gift too. The timeless tradition of pearls remains classic and elegant whether dressing up or down. Come in and see the wide variety of pearls to compliment your style. Traditional white or fashionable multi-colored, Whidby Jewelers has the pearls for you. Established 1901

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Anything but Ordinary

Let us help you create an extraordinary wedding

that is uniquely yours. Our boutique-style approach and our highly experienced staff transforms everyday details into works of art—all tailored to your desires… The result… A special day that is anything but ordinary.

Madison, Georgia 706-342-0776 |

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