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A SPECIAL OCCASIONS RESOURCE

THANK YOU NOTE PLANNING FOOD MEMORIES

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Melissa Prosser Photography

FAIR HAVENS PLANTATION (706) 208-8900 | www.fairhavensplantation.com


“Joyfully Participating in the Wedding Experience with our Lovely Brides for more than 35 years!”

Photography by Mintwood Photo Co., Athens, GA

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 • idoidobridal@gmail.com idobridalathens.com Open Tuesday - Sunday

Bring in this ad and receive a $99 veil credit with gown purchase


Every celebration begins with J’s and Its always 5 o’clock at J’s Bottle Shop!

Specializing in: Weddings, Events, Private tasting groups, On Campus Socials and all your tailgating drink needs.

Come By & See Us Today! PHONE:

706.353.8881

J’s Bottle Shop is known for customer service, unbeatable prices and the finest selections. Our locally grown business has an inventory that spans the globe. Our service commitment is to make sure all customers are assisted in the highest capacity. J’s Bottle Shop is truly Northeast Georgia’s one stop shop. Our knowledgeable staff is available for all your beverage and event planning needs. We are happy to suggest a great bottle to compliment a meal for two, a party of twenty, wedding, tailgating or any celebratory occasion. We are also a proud member of THE ATHENS WEDDING PROFESSIONAL NETWORK. www.athensweddingprofessionals.com Open 7 days a week until 11:30 pm

IN THE HEART OF NORMALTOWN ON PRINCE AVENUE DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM UGA’S HEALTH SCIENCES. We will be ready to assist you and send you off with a smile. Customers are our priority and satisfaction is guaranteed.

Jane Hixson | Wine Specialist • Rebecca Shah | Event Specialist Call to Schedule an appointment | 706-338-5746

Follow us on our Facebook page. Facebook/jsbottleshop


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CLASSIC WEDDING MAGAZINE | ISSUE 1 | FALL/WINTER 2015

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FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the First Edition of The Classic Wedding Magazine

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LOVE AT FIRST SITE Megan and Charley tell their love story all the way up to the wedding just by the brilliant moments captured.

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PLANTATION WEDDING Historic southern antebellum plantation provides a charming setting for a memorable wedding.

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START PLANNING THANK YOU CARDS Advice about handwritten thank you cards, it’s for your wedding. Here are a few tips...

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FOOD What type of cuisine to serve and how much? Arguably one of the most important decisions to be made about your wedding. But what to serve? Here are some important factors to consider.

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Resource Guide


LRGPROVISIONS.COM - full-service catering

706.850.2020

1653 S.LUMPKIN ST.

- pop up dinners every Tues. Wed. & Thurs. - private dining space for special occasions

Always Always Flowers

Wedding Flowers, Bouquets, Corsages, Bridal Bouquet Preservation 1091 Baxter Street | Athens, GA 30606 | 706-227-0805


FROM the editor Publisher Susan Alvarado Editor Meg Bullock Contributing Editor Kaitlin Hawthorne

Celebrate As with any bride planning a wedding, it

for this classic city. I’ve always loved

can consume you. You are holding a new

weddings! Whether it was as a bride,

wedding and event magazine that has

providing flowers for a friend or

consumed me and my team as we got

coordinating dozens throughout the

our first issue ready to hit the streets of

Southeast; I am now able to channel

Athens, Georgia. I have a passion

my wedding planning energy into a

for love stories, weddings, events and

publication that I hope will inspire and

keeping the “ever after” as fun as

help you as you plan your special day!

possible. And with that, Athens was

Get ready to see what Athens and the

missing a niche’ magazine for the

surrounding areas have to offer. We will

everyday girl planning her dream day,

highlight wedding professionals along

and so The Classic Wedding Magazine

with their creative gifts and talents that

was born! Whether you are a bride

are ready to make your special day one

planning your special day, or still

to celebrate.

waiting to meet that special someone… or you’re simply like me who just likes to throw a party at any given opportunity. This magazine is your new go to wedding and event planning resource

Meg Bullock

Creative Director Rachelle Ledford www.rachelleledford.com Web Design Loek Baak Advertising 706.224.4284 meg@classicweddingmagazine.com McMahan Productions PO Box 897 Suwanee, GA 30024 The Classic Wedding Magazine PO Box 82211 Athens, GA 30608 www.classicweddingmagazine.com The Classic Wedding Magazine A McMahan Productions publication McMahan Productions, LLC All rights reserved The Classic Wedding Magazine is published quarterly by McMahan Productions. The opinions expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of the editor, the publisher or of The Classic Wedding Magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher.


Florals Award Winning - Sterling Reputation • Lush C olorful Gardens • Elegant 4000 square foot Ballroom with a Classic Cur ved Staircase • Exquisite Food Prepared by In-House Executive Chef • In-House and Of fsite Floral Design and Catering S er vices • S eparate Bride and Groom Suites

Extraordinary. Memorable. Events.

www.carlhouse.com 770.586.0095

Catering

Event Venue

Special Gift when your book your event using Promo code:WD1015 Photos by: Blume Photography, Julie Anne Photography, Gambol Photography, Brides & Dolls, and jaxonphoto


We cover it all

Party Supplies, Wedding and Event Rentals, Construction and Homeowner Equipment Rentals. Serving Athens, GA & the surrounding areas since 1965

Party Supplies, Wedding and Event Rentals, Construction and Homeowner Equipment Rentals. Serving Athens, GA & the surrounding areas since 1965

706.543.3486 or info@barronsrental.com We pride ourselves on the fact that “we cover it all” with our wide range of rental equipment and services available to the area -- we provide everything to make your event great including party supplies, wedding supplies and services, tents, tent accessories, equipment rental, lighting and much more!

We pride ourselves on the fact that “we cover it all” with our wide range of rental equipment and services available to the area -- we provide everything to make your event great including party supplies, wedding supplies and services, tents, tent accessories, equipment rental, lighting and much more!

706.543.3486 340 Hawthorne Ave. | Athens GA 30606 info@barronsrental.com | www.barronsrental.com 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.


Ain’t no party like a tame party‌. Tame. Style Bar

269 N Hull St Suite 200 | Athens, GA 30601 | 706-389-8371

| tamestylebar.com


Bachelorette Shindig |

&

Megan

Megan: Style/ Coordination/ Decor: Tailored Events Photography: Poppy La Rue Photo Location: The Graduate Hotel Athens Floral: Bud + Bloom Hair: Erin Halley ( Salon DM3) Make- Up: Trina Burgins Cake: Deborah’s Specialty Cakes Dresses: High Maintenance


| Bachelor Night

For a love at first sight story like theirs, a classic cocktail, a slow dance to Sam Cook’s song ”Cupid”, a plethora of local delicacies,and a light lit room was just the start to their beautiful relationship, which is encompassed through both of their parties.

& Charley Charley: Style/ Coordination: Tailored Events Photography: Grant Beecher Location: The Old Pal Cocktails: Matt Mcferron (The Old Pal) Food: Trey Rayburn (The Branded Butcher) Attire: Perno’s Formalwear Hair: Joanna Webb (Flourish Salon)

Instagram: @ tailored_events @budandbloomathens @grantbeecher @poppylarue @rachellorenb @erin_halley @deborahs_specialty_cakes @joannacutshair @pernosformalwear @theoldpal @brandedbutcher @hmathens

Megan & Charley: Photography: Rachel Bailey Location: Tree Room | Ware House Athens, Ga Coordination: Tailored Events


Fair Havens Plantation

A lovely Antebellum Mansion, a sweet Victorian Cottage and beautiful views of white fenced pastures with horses grazing provided a magnificent backdrop for Audrey and Gavin’s outdoor ceremony and reception. The elegant and charming setting made “happily ever after” start at Fair Havens Plantation.

Melissa Prosser Photography

75 Old Edwards Road | Arnoldsville, GA 30619 | www.fairhavensplantation.com | 706-208-8900


You deserve a personal stylist‌let me help you find that special gift for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girl or special guy with our  irresistible line of fashion jewelry and fashion accessories.

Nicole Baker

Associate Stylist with Stella & Dot 706-296-9216 http://www.stelladot.com/sites/nicolebaker nicolejbaker829@gmail.com

a party, not a performance. t he day you are married to the Express your inner one you love,

GTM

A wedding is

Hair Designers

If at the end of

cowgirl!then everything went

perfectly.

1850 Epps Bridge Pkwy Ste. 117 | Athens, GA 30606

770-369-6610

710 Gaines School Rd. | Athens, GA 706-354-1777 | www.gtmhairdesigners.com

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

Meg@ClassicWeddingMagazine.com


If ever there was a time to follow your mama’s advice about handwritten thank you cards, it’s for your wedding. As a society we are typing more and more, but nothing says I care quite like taking the time to take pen to paper and show your appreciation in a thoughtful handwritten note. However, actually sitting down to write out all the thank you cards can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips for throughout the wedding process that can make this final wedding task go a bit easier:

Before the wedding: 1. 1

Start Planning Your

Thank You Cards Get organized: You’re no doubt tracking all those R.S.V.P.’s, Before Your why not add these names to a Wedding separate spreadsheet at the same time? Or better yet, adding an extra column to your existing one? This way you have a head start on 3. Know your limits and tracking who you will need to thank. plan accordingly: Even those of us Don’t forget your vendors, bridal with the best penmanship can only party, and officiant. keep up the standard of writing for so long. Know how many cards 2. Order an address stamp you can write legibly in one sitting, or stickers with your names and make this your goal, but also your address: Save yourself some time limit. Have a ton of cards to write? by either stamping or sticking Squeeze some in during the your address on the cards. As an morning, lunch and dinner gives added bonus you can always use your hands a few hours of much them later for holiday cards and needed rest. party invites.

After the honeymoon:

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Thank You Cards B y : K i tl i n a 44.

Don’t lick envelopes: Whether it’s getting a papercut on your tongue or swallowing glue, licking envelopes can be hazardous to your health! Use a foam brush and water instead. Pro tip: squeeze the sponge to get rid of excess water first.

Hawthorne 5. 5

Treat yourself: Reward yourself in a small way when you meet your goals. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just a little bit of whatever keeps you motivated.

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Nothing evokes memories, ties cultures

What type of cuisine to serve and how much is arguably your wedding. But what to serve? Here Budget: Be honest with yourselves about your budget for your wedding and how much of that budget you are willing to part with on feeding people. It is important not to skimp in this area as nothing kills a party or ruins a celebration quite like hungry people. Remember that the more people you invite, the more people you will have to feed. Have a limited budget but have your heart set on a 7 course dinner? Think about limiting the guest list or finding another way to compromise. Food is important, but don’t let it break the bank. Time: What time of day is your event taking place? Daytime weddings wouldn’t require the same types or quantities of food that a night time one would. If your wedding takes place early enough consider a more brunch or lunch menu. Decide as well how much time during the big day that you want to dedicate to having people eat. If you are having a buffet think about how much time it will take all of your guests to make it through the line. Planning a sit down dinner with courses? Take each course into account. Know how long you will have your venue and how long you want your event to last can help immensely with deciding what to serve.


together, and expresses love quite like food.

one of the most important decisions to be made about are some important factors to consider. Venue: Check with your wedding venue on their food policy. Do they allow outside vendors? Will they allow food trucks parked outside if that is what you really want. Most venues will have some sort of policy about outside food and drinks, so be sure you know what is allowed and what it not. If there is something that you desire, you can always ask. Don’t be afraid to seek advice about what they think is best in regards to feeding your guests, after all they have done this a few times before. Whether your preferences are a sit down dinner, buffet, food trucks, or family catered, remember that this is your big day and serve what you like. Just try to account for some differences in taste and food requirements. Get to know your guests and ask about dietary or food allergies and make sure there is something that everyone can eat. Remember nothing says this is special quite like food.

By: Kaitlin Hawthorne

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resource guide

CATERING, CAKES, COCKTAILS AND RESTAURANTS

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

DEBORAH’S SPECIALTY CAKES 197 Holly Hills CT, Athens, GA 30606 706-424-4470 | thebestcakesinathens.com

J’S BOTTLE SHOP 1452 Prince AVE, Athens, GA 706-338-5746 | jsbottleshop.com J’s Bottle Shop is known for customer service, unbeatable prices and the finest selections. We are happy to suggest wine to compliment a bridal party, wedding, rehearsal dinner or any celebratory occasion. Member The Athens Wedding Professional Network.

ACCOMMODATIONS, HOTELS & VENUES CARL HOUSE | 770-586-0095 1176 Atlanta Highway, Auburn, GA 30011 carlhouse.com | info@carlhouse.com Extraordinary.Memorable.Events Warm Staff, lush gardens, gorgeous historical mansion, elegant ballroom with curved staricase, exquisite cusineand florals, attention to detail and sterling reputation. This is Carl House.

LRG PROVISIONS 1653 South Lumpkin ST, Athens,GA 706-850-2020 | lrgprovisions.com We will collaborate with you to create a menu based on

Floralsyour ideas and budgets and can offer a private dining

hall, with seating for your wedding or cocktail parties. LRG Provisions is committed to working with local farms and purveyors, and strives continually to stay true to the culinary tradition of the south. LRG Provisions will deliver a culinary experience like no other.

FAIR HAVENS PLANTATION Award Winning - Sterling Reputation • Lush C olorful Gardens • Elegant 4000 square foot Ballroom with a Classic Cur ved Staircase • Exquisite Food Prepared by In-House Executive Chef • In-House and Offsite Floral Design and Catering S er vices • S eparate Bride and Groom Suites

75 Old Edwards RD, Arnoldsville, GA 706-208-8900 | fairhavensplantation.com Fair Havens is a historic southern antebellum setting that makes for a memory filled wedding event. Located just minutes from downtown Athens, we have several different wedding packages to fit every budget. Let us make your wedding memorable.

Extraordinary. Memorable. Events.

THE BRANDED BUTCHER 225 N Lumpkin ST, Athens, GA 30601 | 706-850-5152 thebrandedbutcher.com | butcherreservations@gmail.com

www.carlhouse.com 770.586.0095

Catering

THE OLD PAL

Memories. Traditions. Friendships.

The perfect setting for your most extraordinary day.

Event Venue

THE GRADUATE 295 East Dougherty ST, Athens, GA 30601 706-433-1941 | graduateathens.com With historic spaces that date back to the 1830s, we are unrivaled when it comes to romantic Athens wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. As Athens’ premier event venue, Graduate Athens embodies the history, hospitality and exclusivity of a private residence.

THE TREE ROOM

Photo: Melissa Pepin

The new Graduate Athens and Foundry, a reimagined hotel and venue that celebrates both past and present. Striking historic interiors, a head-of-the-class spa, remarkable cuisine, exemplary service—the perfect backdrop for your big day.

FLOURISH HAIR SALON | 126 South Milledge AVE Suite B, Athens, GA 30606 | 706-354-0054 | flourishsalonathens.com

GTM Hair Designers

Making Athens Beautiful for over 30 Years!

HIGH MAINTENANCE DRESS BOUTIQUE

| hmfwathens.com 1059 Baxter ST, Suite A Athens, GA 30606 | IG@hmathens.com

2045 West Broad ST, Athens, GA 706-546-8586 | idobridalathens.com

BEAUTY

710 Gaines School RD, Athens, GA 706.354.1777 gtmhairdesigners.com

DRESSES & TUXEDOS

I DO, I DO BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

159 Oneta ST Building 5, Athens, GA 30601 | (205) 281-0890

GTM HAIR DESIGNERS

1320 Prince AVE, Athens, GA 30606 | 706-850-4340

Special Gift when your book your event using Promo code:WD1015 Photos by: Blume Photography, Julie Anne Photography, Gambol Photography, Brides & Dolls, and jaxonphoto

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SALON DM3

710 Gaines School Rd. | Athens, GA | 1059 Baxter ST, Athens, GA 30606 moc.rabelytsema706-354-1777 t | 1738-983-60|7www.gtmhairdesigners.com | 10603 AG ,snehtA | 002 etiuS tS lluH N 962 706-613-3777 | salondm3.com

At I Do I Do, having fun is one of our primary goals! Bring along any family or bridal party members you want to share in the fun. Our gowns are elegant and affordable with many custom options. Experience the personal service you deserve and our staff’s commitment to making your wedding day vision a reality!

PERNO’S FORMAL WEAR | 1066 Baxter ST, Athens, GA 30606 706-354-8072 | pernosformalwear.com

EVENT PLANNING LIZ MESSICK DESIGN 404-369-3915 | lizmessickdesign.com liz@lizmessickdesign.com Liz Messick Design is a full service wedding planning and event design company. We specialize in creating one-of-a kind weddings; thoughtfully styled and seamlessly executed. With a passion for finding creative ways to tell your story, we provide innovative ideas and custom details for truly unique celebrations.

TAME STYLE BAR | 706-389-8371

TAILORED EVENTS

296 North Hull ST Suite 200, Athens, GA 30601

478-550-1491 | mytailoredevent.com mytailoredevent@gmail.com

Whether its your wedding, pre-wedding fun, or a bachelorette party, we are the perfect place to get the evening started. Any size group is welcome—as long as y’all are ready to celebrate tame. style! Let us create a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone will be talking about. Not only will the party be fabulous, but every guest will leave looking and feeling fabulous, too!

Tailored Events cordially invites you to a better planning experience. With a range of Athens-based vendors, Tailored Events will be able to design your ideal event from start to finish — venue options, catering, floral, music. If you can imagine it, Tailored Events will do everything in its power to make it happen. There is no event too large or too small.


FLORIST & EVENT DESIGN

RENTALS

BUD & BLOOM

BARRON’S RENTALS

(706) 338-9283 | budandbloomathens.com

340 Hawthorne AVE, Athens, GA 30606 706-543-3486 | barronsrental.com info@barronsrental.com

PHOTOGRAPHY GRANT BEECHER

Having been in business since 1965, Barrons is the Athens community’s oldest and most established  rental store. We are pleased to serve our customers throughout the Northeast Georgia area by supplying high quality wedding and party supplies.

706-714-8639 | grant@grantbeecherphoto.com

NICOLE FLORES PHOTOGRAPHY CO.

SPECIALTY ITEMS AND GIFTS

404-791-0973 | www.nicoleflores.co hello@nicoleflores.co

NICOLE BAKER INDEPENDENT STYLIST STELLA AND DOT

Capturing life and love inATHENS & ATLANTA, GEORGIA We are located in Athens, Georgia and love to photograph weddings and create beautiful portraits for our lovely clients in Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, and just about anywhere in the South.

POPPY LA’RUE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN poppylarue.com

RACHEL BAILEY

(706) 296-9216 | stelladot.com/nicolebaker nicolejbaker829@gmail.com We believe everyone deserves great style, fun and opportunity in their everyday lives, and we’re dedicated to providing it in a personal way.

proceedmedia.com

REAL ESTATE JANE GREENWAY WITH COLDWELL BANKER UPCHURCH REALTY

2405 W. Broad ST, Athens, GA 30606 706-296-0994 | hbtailgate@aol.com coldwellbanker.com/agents/Jane-Greenway Real Estate is my passion. I love where I live, and I love selling our “Classic City” ! You can always “Expect the Best” with me and the #1 Real Estate Company in the Athens, Georgia area. “Follow me HOME”

STATIONERY AND PRINTING OCONEE PRINTERS 1095 Baxter St # B, Athens, GA 30606 (706)543-1828 | oconeeprinting.com Oconee Printing offers hundreds of quick ship invitations, cards, personal stationery, notepads, napkins, and personalized items as well as custom designed products for your wedding, parties, showers, and events.

Once the wedding is over, let me help you find your happily ever after home.

Jane Greenway Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty 2405 W. Broad Street Athens, GA 30606 Direct: 706.296.0994 Office: 706.543.4000 Email: hbtailgate@aol.com


Memories. Traditions. Friendships. The perfect setting for your most extraordinary day.

Photo: Melissa Pepin

The new Graduate Athens and Foundry, a reimagined hotel and venue that celebrates both past and present. Striking historic interiors, a head-of-the-class spa, remarkable cuisine, exemplary service—the perfect backdrop for your big day.

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