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K + C enjoyed a lake-front reception with family and friends at Crisp’s family plantation, Thronateeska Bluffs, and we can’t think of a better setting for an outdoor celebration.  The couple’s four-tier round wedding cake is elegant and traditional, but take a look at that chocolate groom’s cake!  Turkey feathers and shoot gun shells?  A-mazing.  I was hoping for a few more shots of the bride in her stunning Amsale gown, but luckily Katie’s short Lela Rose reception frock is retro, chic and all kinds of fun.  Victory!  BIG, big thanks to 509 Photo for sharing their classic, timeless shots of the big day.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Drama! Like most girls, I had been dreaming of a wedding my whole life, but the dress eluded me! I looked through all kinds of magazines and scoured the internet, but just didn’t find the one.  My mother and I visited almost every bridal store in Atlanta, but I wasn’t having any luck on finding “the one.”  On the last day, we went to Bridals by Lori, where they were having an Amsale trunk show.  I narrowed it down to two dresses I liked and thought could be my wedding dress.  I ordered one of the dresses, and six months later it arrived, but was ALL WRONG!   The designer had changed some of the design elements that had been part of the runway dress I had originally tried on at the trunk show. It was a mess!  After a lot of help from one of the managers, Amsale sent me a new dress in 1 week!  And at the end of the day, I loved my dress!  It was stunning and classic.  My nightmare must have made for a good storyline, because they asked me to film an episode for the new season of “Say Yes to the Dress!”
Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a hand-tied bouquet of white cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, white hydrangea, caramel antique garden roses with accents of turkey feather tips and seeded willow eucalyptus.  I wanted all neutral colors: soft whites, champagnes and greens… simple!
Describe your wedding cake: Simple and delicious! You can’t go wrong with pound cake.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The guest list! Crisp and I are both are from small towns, and it’s hard not to invite everyone!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I would say our exit from the ceremony! In true Southern style, after we said our I Dos and were presented as Mr. & Mrs. Gatewood, we surprised guests with the Mule Drawn-Quail Hunting Wagon that drove us away. We left waving to family and friends and enjoyed a short romantic ride down an oak-lined drive. We spent about 30 minutes taking those memorable “We’re married!” pictures.  I loved those first few moments as husband and wife!
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? We are finally getting settled into our new house! We have done a little remodeling, and everything is starting to come together. I need to learn how to cook, even though Crisp does a great job, and only have about 100 more thank-you notes to write.  We are loving every minute of married life!  

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Nookie Doodle reply

    Wow, loved the duck plates!!! Beautiful …

  2. avatar Kendall reply

    I saw her on Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta and thought it was the same girl this morning before I saw the rest of the post! The dress was beautiful and I'm so glad it turned out right!

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    This was one of the best Southern weddings you've ever posted. Great details! What an amazing venue.

  4. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    Gorgeous venue and love the use of flowers in the cake!

  5. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Flowers reply

    That's really great that Amsale was able to get you a replacement dress in a week. It's even better luck that your original dress arrived in time enough for Amsale to send you another. The wedding pictures are great. Looks like everyone had a great time.

  6. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Oh my.. what a beautiful setting for a wedding!! Love ALL the reception details :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. avatar Katie Gatewood reply

    The lakeside pictures are actually from our rehersal dinner the night before:) Much love!

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We’re still riding high from yesterday’s launch of V3 onto newsstands, but life must go on, musn’t it?  Or at least real weddings?  Lucky for us, we have an absolute stunner of a feature for you today with this beauty from Chase Kuhn.

I feel a special connection to Katie, and not just because we were both Amsale brides.  In addition to choosing the same classic brand, I opted for the full-skirted version of her stunning one-shoulder gown for my own September wedding.  Don’t you just love the asymmetric neckline and bow detail?  I, for one, love how the bride played on the fun bow theme in her bridesmaids J. Crew bow monde frocks.  In true Southern fashion, Katie + Crisp were married at  the groom’s family plantation in Georgia.  Chase Kuhn of 509 Photo documented their simple outdoor ceremony planned by the bride and Angie Moore of Moore Events and Design.   Simple Southern at its best, folks.

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  About two years ago, Crisp’s house was on the market and my mother and I (we work together for our family realty firm!) went to preview it for a client. I called to make an appointment and Crisp was actually ahome at the time.  Right when he opened the door, I saw something that took my breath away: his DOG! I bypassed Crisp and headed straight for Abby, a small black and white English Cocker, the exact color and breed I had been wanting for some time. I oohed and awed over her for several minutes before I finally looked up at him and realized her owner was just as cute as she was!  He later asked me to come to his 30th birthday party at his farm, but when I showed up he introduced me to his family and friends as his date! And that was our not-so-official first date!
Describe the proposal. Crisp was in Georgia one Saturday for a friend’s wedding, and I was in Albany for my cousin’s engagement party. He called and asked if I wanted to meet him up at the farm to take a jeep ride and let the dogs run.  So I met him around 5pm and we headed off.  He also had asked me to bring my camera because he said they had been seeing a lot of  wild turkeys recently! We drove around for about 30-45 minutes, and on the way back to the River House, he drove by the pavilion next to the pond. (This where he had his 30th Birthday party, which was our first date!) I saw something under the pavilion, but couldn’t tell what it was.  At that point, he stopped the jeep and asked me to get out… that’s when it hit me! We walked up and I saw all the flowers and just started crying.  Needless to say, I said “YES!”  Crisp said he had one more surprise for me: right then, our families burst out the front door and onto the porch, yelling, “Surprise!” We got to celebrate with everyone and enjoyed dinner, while I tried to catch my breath! 
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Classic, Southern and chic.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I would say it was being able to have the wedding & reception at Crisp’s family plantation, Thronateeska Bluffs. The farm is such a beautiful place and was the ideal setting for a wedding! I have always wanted an outside wedding, and Crisp and I both love the outdoors, so this was a perfect fit. The location also holds a special place in our hearts, as it where we shared our first date, our first kiss and our first “I love you.”  (It’s also where Crisp proposed!)

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Amanda reply

    She was on the new Say Yes to the Dress!

  2. avatar Laura at Bridal Bubbly reply

    Love the classic Southern details. The flowers on the horse are perfect. Simply lovely and charming!

  3. avatar Georgia Bride reply

    I think she was on "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta"

  4. avatar Elaina reply

    I just saw her episode of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta! I loved how elegant her dress was! Such a pretty wedding!

  5. avatar belle on heels reply

    ooooh i saw her on say yes to the dress the other day and wanted to see more of the wedding. thanks for sharing!!

  6. avatar Sarah Kate Snyder reply

    This might be my favorite wedding SW has ever posted… it's pure Southern perfection!

  7. avatar Becks reply

    I, too, saw her on SYTTD:ATL, and I was so glad her dress issues got worked out. GORGEOUS wedding!!

  8. avatar Laurie Chapman reply

    I'm in love with that house, and the horse, and the trolley, and the flowers and of course her dress…. Beautiful!

  9. avatar Jeannine @ Small & Chic reply

    I had to click through on my reader to post about Say Yes to the Dress…I guess a lot of us saw the episode!

  10. avatar Jeannine @ Small & Chic reply

    I had to click through on my reader to post about Say Yes to the Dress…I guess a lot of us saw the episode!

  11. avatar Jeannine @ Small & Chic reply

    I had to click through on my reader to post about Say Yes to the Dress…I guess a lot of us saw the episode!

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  13. avatar arre reply

    what a sweet recap (and those gorgeous pictures!) – i just love Katie and her wedding (classic, southern, chic) was so… HER!! xx

  14. avatar Reed S. reply

    I love my best friend KATIE!!! She was a beautiful bride!! xoxoxo, Love, REEDER

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