It’s not always easy to tell how a wedding day must have felt through the pictures alone, but that is not the case with Britt and Ren’s lovely Georgia wedding. There is such a calm and joy in these images, which makes me wish I could have been a guest and seen it all in person! Thanks to long communal farm tables, a charming country venue, and simple, sweet decor, Britt and Ren managed to make their 400+ guest wedding feel relaxed and intimate–no easy feat, I’m sure. I especially love Britt’s recollection of their most memorable moment, as well as the pictures that captured it all so beautifully!
Hugs to Paige Jones for sharing Britt and Ren’s day with us!
Last December, we took a visit to Ren’s family farm in South Georgia to drop off some wood and check on the property. As we walked around, Ren led us to his favorite field (mine too, now!) where he stopped to give me an early Christmas present. He pulled out a beautiful Anthropologie houndstooth coat from his backpack and told me to try it on. Inside the pockets were two tickets to New York for the next morning! I was pretty distracted by all the excitement, but the next thing I knew, Ren was down on one knee. Of course, I said YES to forever with my very best friend!
My dream Southern summer wedding post is coming up later today, but if I can update it already, I want to include this gorgeous bouquet! It’s perfect!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our pastor from our church in Oxford, Pat Ward, officiated our wedding beautifully. I felt like it was just the three of us up there as Pat spoke to us about Christ in the center of our marriage and our lives together. My favorite part was taking communion together, and then Ren and I served our wedding party and family communion while the musicians played “Live Forever” by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our awesome photographers, Paige and Michael Jones, stole us away for a few minutes to snag a couple pictures in the dwindling light. I loved having just a few moments alone after the ceremony and first dances were over. Paige told us to walk down the road a bit, so Ren and I raced each other there. It was just a sweet, sweet moment!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We chose to get married at a beautiful horse farm just a mile away from where Ren grew up .We had a Southern food buffet that included macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, biscuits and sweet tea! Did I mention the huge communal farm tables?
This macaroni and cheese food truck can stop by my apartment any day–I don’t think there could possibly be a cuter way to get my favorite Southern comfort food!
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, of course! We didn’t want to be confined by tradition and tried to make all decisions about the wedding based on what we truly wanted to day to be like. Ultimately, we wanted it to be sweet, intimate, and very relaxed. It was a definite yes to hang out together beforehand and spend as much time as possible on the dance floor post-ceremony!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I love the variety of desserts we had. The cookies were made by my sister’s best friend’s new business, Jimella’s Bakery. They were so fun and colorful.
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We first met in middle school, where we became fast friends. We stayed very close friends over the years, and despite Ren’s many attempts, we didn’t start dating until our junior year of high school. We went our separate ways in college, Ren to Ole Miss, and I to UGA, but then decided sometime junior year that not being together was no fun. We did long distance until graduation, when I moved to Oxford to pursue painting and Ren worked for Young Life and a local restaurant. We just wanted to be together in a town we loved. Life ended up bringing us back to Atlanta where we were engaged and married.
When did y’all get married? June 8, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 400
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. It was really a little too easy. I was initially looking for a delicate, lacey, beaded number. I found several that I loved at the first boutique we went to in Atlanta, but they were a little out of my price range. A couple days later, some girlfriends and I decided to stop by a little shop close to our hometown of Milton. As we picked out our favorites, one of my friends broke away from the sheaths to look at the A-lines, which I was avoiding. She found her old wedding dress from a year ago, and picked out the dress hanging next to it for me to try on. I tried that dress on last and it was the easiest decision of the whole wedding—we were all in love!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? This was something we talked a lot about, but ultimately chose not to do. I love the idea and if we had had a smaller wedding, we would have done it without a doubt. I was just too nervous to do so in front of 400+ people!
Describe your wedding flowers. The most beautiful creations I’ve ever seen! Lush and sherbert-y.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? To forget about everything everyone else was saying and do what we wanted to do!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy being engaged, it flies by! Focus on the big things that are important for you and your fiancé. The rest of the details don’t matter!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are just soaking up this busy, fun time. We’re loving settling in to our new home and learning how to love each other deeper and know each other better as newlyweds!
Photographer: Paige Jones | Videographer: Levi Mlinar | Planner: Jamie O’Dea | Coordinator: Jordan Alexander | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chukkar Farms | Florist: Meredith Mejerle for Amy Osaba | Cookie Sandwiches: Jimellas Bakery | Cake Baker: Mac the Bakeshop | Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck | Rentals and Lighting: The Rental Place | Band: Enturaj | Bride’s Gown: JLM Couture, Jim Hjelm | Paper Products: Silhouettes by Anna | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Sibo Designs | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Claudia Mejerle | Bride’s Shoes: Frye Boots | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Choice of Bridesmaids within specified palette | Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Groomsmen Attire: Choice of Groomsmen
Paige Jones is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!