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A charmingly rustic wedding in Georgia

A charmingly rustic wedding in Georgia

Written by Katie Byrne

Ashley and Elias brought the indoors out for their country celebration


Ashley, 28, a speech language pathologist, and Elias, 34, a professor in special education, married at The Barn on Belmont in Athens, Georgia.

The inspiration...

We wanted to make our day as natural and relaxed as possible, and personalise it to stay true to who we are as a couple.

We were married by one of our dearest friends, and we read our own vows, while another friend read an excerpt from our favourite book, The Alchemist.

It was very special. Keeping things informal, we chose our own music throughout the day, and instead of a sit-down meal we had Mac the Cheese Truck. We rounded off the day by making S’mores around a bonfire – it was perfect. 

The style...

I found my dress by searching online for ‘lace vintage dresses’. I came across Sarah Seven’s stunning collection and found a boutique in Atlanta which stocked my dress.

I knew that I wanted lace and to feel comfortable, and my dress was the perfect combination of the two. I loved its sweetheart neckline, natural waist and the ivory lace with accents of gold.

I wore a pair of ballet pumps from Etsy, and accessorised with my grandmother’s pearl ring which I used as a pendant on her pearl necklace.

My bridesmaids wore mismatched navy dresses, while my sisters, who were my maids of honour, and the flowergirls, looked beautiful in our accent colours of gold and champagne.

The details...

We were keen to incorporate our love for the outdoors, and did so with our ceremony. We had two vintage doors and mismatched chairs scattered around a beautiful old tree, where we hung a vintage chandelier.

Our aisle was lined with jars filled with gypsophila, while logs and bales of hay with ‘love’ signs enhanced the romantic rustic look.

We filled the barn with candles and beautiful lace, and burned songs onto vinyl discs as favours, presented in paper bags tied with twine.

My favourite moment...

Elias and I took a few minutes out in between the ceremony and reception, and we went and sat on a swing bench just to take it all in – it was very special. Elias’ favourite moment was the ride in the Thunderbird following the reception. 

My tip for brides-to-be...

Add as many personal touches as you can so that you feel completely comfortable during the wedding. Also, it is important to make sure that you find a great photographer who you trust and can be yourself around – there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on your big day!

Steal their style!

Photography: Andie Freeman

Venue: The Barn on Belmont 

Flowers: Bud and Bloom 

Dress: Sarah Seven at The Sentimentalist 

Cake: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes 

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