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After meeting each other when they were young’uns (pre-cell phone young, y’all!), Lindsay and Ty’s wedding day was the accumulation of years of love and memories! As you can imagine, they shared so much throughout their years together, so when it came to plan their wedding, they chose wedding details based on meaningful moments. From the cabin where Lindsay got ready, the same site of their sweet Christmas proposal, to their gorgeous reception at Ty’s family’s farm, each detail came full circle with their relationship. And, major kudos to Lindsay for getting all her thank you notes out before their wedding day – y’all know we’re all about snail mail!

Big SW hugs to Mark Williams Studio for not only capturing this lovely day, but for creating the beautiful blooms as well!

My something borrowed was my Grandmother’s sash from her wedding dress in 1949 that I wrapped around my bouquet. My something blue was a patch I had sewn into my wedding gown, with my initials sewn in blue thread. My something old was my maternal Grandfather’s engraved pocket knife that the team at Mark Williams Studios incorporated as a “charm” on my bouquet. My something new was a handkerchief Ty had made for me with the words “Oh heavenly day, all the clouds blew away, Got no trouble today with anyone. The smile on your face, I live only to see. It’s enough for me baby, it’s enough for me, oh heavenly day, heavenly day, heavenly day. Only I’m glad to be here with you. I love you, Ty. 4-26-14” embroidered on it. They are the lyrics of the song “Heavenly Day” that was played during the ceremony.

Our venues were probably the most special part of our wedding. As a little girl, I had always envisioned a rustic wedding out at the cabin–a place that is so special to me. We got engaged at my family’s cabin, had the wedding at the cabin, and had the reception at the Tyson Ranch (Ty’s family’s land). My daddy worked so hard to make the cabin the place that it is, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. The Tyson Ranch happens to be directly across the dirt road, and it is a beautiful property, complete with ponds, a barn, and horses in the pastures. At first, we weren’t sure how we would make the reception work out there, but I was determined and I had a vision. It turned out to be the most picturesque event ever.

On the Franklin farm, we have an old vehicle that my uncle fixed up into sort of an “open-air” bus. It has steps that you walk up to get in the back of it and a top and sides, but no windows or doors. It feels like a small school bus, but it has bench seats on either side. For years, the Franklins have been loading up in the “Red Rover” to go on rides around our farm, so we decided it would be neat to ride on “Red Rover” with my uncle driving. The entire wedding party rode and we had a blast on that short little ride. Our arrival to the reception made quite a scene! The “Red Rover” was decorated beautifully and fit our style just right.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our venues were out in the country on family land, all of our closest friends were included in the wedding, our vows and music were traditional, our menu at the reception was Southern food, and our band was a Southern band. Our wedding was a perfect example of the charm of the South.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Over fifteen years ago, our two neighboring churches would often attend services at the other church. Our paths first crossed when Ty was sixteen years old and I was fourteen. Ty sang the special music that night, and dinner was served in the social hall afterwards. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Ty had noticed me when I first walked into the sanctuary that night, and he was extremely nervous. All throughout dinner, we were eyeing one another, trying to make sure the other didn’t “catch us looking”. A few days later, Ty called my parents’ house and asked to speak to me (this was before cell phones, texting, etc.). We talked effortlessly for hours that very first time. The rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Each year, my Daddy and I go out to the family farm to get mistletoe for a Christmas tradition. This year in particular, Ty informed me that “Mr. Marty (my daddy) said he wanted us to meet him at 3:00 to get the mistletoe.” I had been wrapping last-minute gifts all day and was not keeping track of time. At 3:10, Ty came in and said to me “Well, are we going to just let your Daddy do it by himself?? We need to go if we are going!” Ty drove right past the usual farm and informed me that Daddy wanted to try a new tradition this year, so we were going to get the mistletoe from my daddy’s cabin instead of the family farm. When we arrived at the cabin, Daddy wasn’t there yet. I was frustrated as I thought about all of the presents that I could’ve gotten wrapped during this time, but after a couple of quiet minutes went by, Ty began to tell the story of “this boy and this girl” as we sat beside the pond. He told our story from the beginning and said that it had always been a fairy tale, and that he never wanted the fairy tale to end, but he did want it to continue on to the next chapter. He got down on his knee, opened the ring box, and popped the question! Our parents, siblings, and closest friends were all on “standby” on the dirt road near the cabin. After the proposal, Ty summoned them all inside for champagne and food that Ty had arranged. Needless to say, Christmas 2013 was the best Christmas ever.
When did y’all get married? April 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 400
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. Ty and I both are very traditional, so that wasn’t even a consideration for us. We did not even talk to each other at all that day until I walked down the aisle, but we did write each other letters that we each read before the ceremony.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I guess the biggest challenge was working a full-time job as a nurse in a management position, basically taking no days off until the wedding. It was hard to focus my attention at work when all I could think about was wedding details! The second biggest challenge for me was my personal goal to get every single thank you note for all of our shower gifts written prior to the wedding. I was determined to have them all finished before the big day, and finding the time to sit down and do them was difficult.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I remember getting dressed inside the cabin as all the anticipation for this day continued to build. Just a few moments before it was time to start the ceremony, I looked out the window and saw all the people seated, as well as people standing, as there were no more seats available. Seeing all of our dear friends and family out there who had all come to share in this special day with us brought tears of joy to my eyes. It was at that moment that I told myself, “It is happening, let’s do this.” I couldn’t wait to walk down that aisle to meet my best friend at the altar.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to having each other all to ourselves, like for evenings on the couch with popcorn and movies! We love to travel, so there are many fun times ahead. But mostly, we are just looking forward to getting to spend every single day with our best friend–doing life together, with the person we love the most. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio / Florist and Stationer: Enamore by Mark Williams Studio / Planner: Lisa Jones / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Tyson Ranch / Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Sweet Cheeks Bakery / Caterer: Honey Catering / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Band: Sam’s Drive-In Band / Personalized Cups, Plates, and Napkins: Party Innovations / Bride’s Gown: Mikaella / Bridal Salon and Veil: Bleubelle Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Emily Warren and Taylor Kennedy of 30 Volume Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Belk / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “675” by Mori Lee / Bridesmaid Dress Salon and Men’s Attire: J’Adore Bridal

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Loverly reply

    That decorated red rover truck is just TOO cute!!

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As a December bride myself, I always feel a bit attached to fellow December couples, and I especially feel that way today. Maybe it’s nostalgia or possibly the elegant decor of holiday garlands and crisp white florals, but either way, Klaire and Carson’s wedding day roped me in from that first sweet photo of Klaire wiping a tear away, and kept me smitten all the way to their carriage exit. Be sure to read about their fun Atlanta Braves tribute before they hopped into said carriage!

Big thanks to Mark Williams Studio for sharing!

P.S. Fun fact! Does that gorgeous church look familiar? It’s the same church that was featured in the lovely Generations Past shoot from V6!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Of course! I borrowed my veil from my cousin/matron of honor, one of my garters was blue satin ribbon and ivory lace, I wrapped my Gram’s pearl rosary beads around the stems of my bouquet, and my dress and my pearl earrings (my wedding gift from Carson!) were new!

My wedding dress story is definitely not a typical one! I originally planned to wear my cousin/matron of honor’s wedding dress. When she found it, I was just as much in love with it as she was, so when she asked me if I would like to wear it, it was an obvious decision. I absolutely loved the dress and there was so much emotion and sentiment behind wearing it (not to mention, the price was right, right?!). Then one day, my mom called me to meet her at a local bridal store to help my aunt find a dress for the wedding. When I walked in, I saw a beautiful dress on one of the mannequins, but considering it was less than two months until my wedding AND I already had a dress, I ignored my instinct to go look at it. About 15 minutes later, I found myself walking over to it. I was apparently in awe because my mom walked up behind me and told me to go try it on. I was very hesitant, but with encouragement from my mom and aunts, I decided to try it. When I walked out of the dressing room, they all immediately started to cry. I walked over to the mirror to look at myself and started to cry too. For the first time, I felt like a “real bride” with my own dress. We called my soon-to-be mother-in-law and sister-in-law to come up for the final decision. When they walked in, they both cried too and said it looked like the dress was made for me. So, the decision was made and I ordered the dress. We were scared it would not arrive in time, but it came three weeks early. It was truly meant to be!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We knew that we would be living in Savannah after we got married, and we loved the idea of getting married during the most romantic time of year (Christmas) in such a romantic town. We wanted our venues to highlight the Southern charm and grace of Savannah. We had heard about the Whitefield Chapel of Bethesda, and after seeing it for the first time, we immediately knew it was the place that we wanted to exchange our vows. It was so intimate and quaint. The reception venue, Garibaldi’s, was the first place Carson and I had gone to dinner when he moved to Savannah. It is also the place where we had our first “marriage talk!” I even asked our waiter at dinner that night if they had weddings there. When we got engaged, my best friend researched venues for me, and when she mentioned Garibaldi’s, I knew it was the one!

Our wedding was very traditional and Southern in almost every way. We got ready and took pictures in the Old South streets and squares, where trolleys and horses were on every corner. Carson and the ring bearers were true Southern gentlemen in their bow ties and suspenders. I wore my uncle’s mother’s vintage fur jacket from the 1950’s–she was quite the Southern lady. We got married in a chapel surrounded by winding oak trees and beautiful Spanish moss. My mom said the blessing for everyone before the food was served and celebration began. Our reception was celebrated in the heart of downtown Savannah. Magnolia wreathes with berries accented with tiny lights were on every window to bring out the Southern elegance of the winter season.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we loved the traditional vows.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our first reading was 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, the second reading was 1 John 4: 16-19, and the gospel reading was Matthew 19:4-6
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our ceremony music was very traditional and classic. We had two close family friends play the piano during the ceremony. My high school chorus teacher sang “Ave Maria” as Carson’s mom walked down the aisle. I came down the aisle with both of my parents to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” For the reception, our goal was to have a big party full of dancing! When the bridal party was introduced, they danced in to “I’ve Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. When Carson and I were introduced, we came into “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift (my all-time favorite). Our first dance was to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved how we tried to make each and every detail personal to us, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be our exit details. Carson and I are huge Atlanta Braves fans, so we had foam tomahawks made with our names and wedding date on them. They were handed to each of our guests as they walked out to form a tomahawk “chop line.” Everyone was “chopping” away and singing the Braves’ infamous war chant as we exited and got into our horse-drawn carriage. As we rode away in the carriage, we held up a wooden sign that said, “…and they lived happily ever after.” It was the perfect ending to a wonderful night.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was perfect. It was a three-tiered ivory cake with raised pearl dots. The second tier had our scripted monogram on it. Ranunculus and baby’s breath were arranged on the top and along the sides of the cake. It was very simple, classic, and elegant–definitely the look we were going for. Carson’s groom’s cake was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Carson got to pick the flavor (chocolate), but he did not know what it was going to look like. Since Carson is in medical school and wants to be a surgeon, I designed an “Operation” cake. Each “operation piece” was specifically tied to him some way. For example, the heart piece said “Belongs to Klaire, 12.28.13” and the brain piece said, “Georgia on my mind, go Dawgs!” I got to show it to him at the reception and it was one of the most fun moments for us!

Don’t miss their wedding film trailer by Andrew Clark Films!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We both grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Our families are friends, we went to the same high school for a year, and we had the same social circle. It was not until Carson returned home after graduating from UGA that our relationship started. We went on several dates, but nothing too serious. A few months down the road, while Carson was studying intensely for his MCAT, I made him a care package to take to his test. I realized that maybe I cared about him a lot more than I wanted to admit…and turns out, those feelings were mutual. From that day on, we started dating, and it did not take long before we knew that we had both found our perfect match!
Tell us all about the proposal! Carson planned a “birthday trip” for me to Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia. It was also his medical school spring break, so I really did not suspect anything. On the day of the proposal, Carson planned a tour around the winery and a fun wine tasting. As we were walking to the hotel to head to our dinner reservation, we stopped by the lounge. I sat down and Carson remained standing as he ordered two glasses of champagne. He then told me that we were not going to be sitting there, and the hotel staff escorted us to one of the balconies on the side of the hotel. On the door to the balcony, it said “Reserved for a Private Party.” I was immediately very hesitant and told Carson that we could not go in. He then told me that the “private party” was for us. He opened the door, and at the end of the balcony, I saw a table set for two. Tears immediately started to flow. There were rose petals leading the way, and two glasses and a bottle of wine from the winery labeled “Klaire & Carson, April 27,2013” on the table. We went to sit down, and the next thing I knew, Carson was telling me how much he loved me, and then got done on one knee and said, “Klaire Jennings Kirkland, Will you marry me?” I, of course, cried and said YES! As I looked over, Carson’s parents walked out of the back room. They had been taking pictures of the proposal, and they also had a videographer there filming the whole thing! The final surprise came when we made it to our dinner reservation, and all of our family and best friends were there to celebrate. Carson seriously thought of everything to make our engagement so perfect.
When did y’all get married? December 28, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 135
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we did not. We decided to wait to see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle to Carson. Carson and I dated for about two years before we got married, and one year of that was long distance. He had started medical school in Savannah, and I was still working at my job in Columbus, and we decided is was important to wait to live together until after we were married. During the time of living apart, envisioning Carson’s face as I walked down the aisle was what got me through the weeks of not being able to see each other, so it only seemed right to wait to see him until I walked down the aisle. It was so worth it–everything I could have ever dreamed of and more!
Describe your wedding flowers. My wedding flowers were very soft and simple. I wanted all creams, whites, ivories and blushes. My bouquet had zinnias, peonies, Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, and with a hint of winter gray dusty miller and brunia berries. The stems were exposed, wrapped in ivory satin ribbon and my grandmother’s pearl rosary beads. My bridesmaids carried hydrangeas, Juliet garden roses and babies breath, accented with dusty miller and brunia berries, wrapped in lace ribbon and pearl beads. The groom and groomsmen wore simple freesia flowers tied with gray brunia berries and dusty miller. The reception flowers were similar, but we used eclectic glass vases and small flower jars for variety throughout each table.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Staying within budget! As we all know, weddings can get expensive really quickly!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My wedding planner and designer, Two Peaches Design, did all of my flowers and floral design. We were able to pay for our flowers at wholesale prices, which saved a lot of money!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographers, Julianne and Marielle of Mark Williams Studio. They were so focused on every detail, which was so important to me, and they were so fun and easy to work with. I truly feel that having good photographers is one of the most important parts of a wedding. They were beyond wonderful!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Hands down, the most memorable part of my wedding day was when the chapel doors opened and I saw Carson standing at the end of the aisle, knowing that we were about to become husband and wife. We both radiated with happiness and true joy. It was the best feeling and moment of all time for me!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Wedding planning can be very stressful. When you start to feel that stress, remember the meaning of your wedding day and what it is all about… you and your soon-to-be husband! This time goes by fast and it only happens once, so cherish it. Have fun planning with your mom, family, and best friends. Be thankful for all the love and support that is surrounding you and your fiancé during this time. No matter what, at the end of your big day, you get to be married to the love of your life…it doesn’t get any better than that!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We will be in Savannah for the next few years until Carson finishes medical school. We look forward to continuing to grow together as a husband and wife, and we are very excited to see what God has in store for us…we definitely see little baby Stricklands in the future (when that time is right)! Until then, we are having fun just being together, watching lots of Braves games, and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs come fall. Go Dawgs!

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio / Videographer: Andrew Clark Films / Planning and Florals: Two Peaches Design / Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel of Bethesda / Reception Venue and Catering: Garibaldi’s / Cake Baker: Tier Luxury Cakes / Band or DJ: All About You Entertainment / Bride’s Gown: Oleg Cassini / Paper Products: Everly Calligraphy / Bride’s Veil: J Andrews Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Andrea Nay / Bride’s Shoes: BCBGeneration / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Wooden Signs: Michele Campbell of M. & Co. / Foam Tomahawks and Koozies: Collins Marketing

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Janine reply

    I love this wedding! So elegant! Almost everything is given credit at the bottom — but I was wondering if there was any way to find out where the bride got her robe (and bridesmaid’s robes)? I’ve seen a lot that look similar in my search, but these are perfect!

    • avatar Klaire Strickland reply

      Hey Janine! Thanks for your sweet comments! I got my robe and the bridesmaids’ robes off of “The Knot’s” website/store. They were perfect and the monogram was the perfect touch. Hope this helps!

    • avatar Janine reply

      Thank you so much!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Their reception space looks so cozy + joyful!

  3. avatar Inna Olimpiyuk reply

    Loved this story, cried in many spots, very touching!

  4. avatar Christine reply

    We are considering Savannah for our wedding spot too. Thanks for sharing. So many great ideas and very beautiful.

  5. avatar Michelle reply

    love all the winter-themed decor! they really kept it appropriate to the South in winter rather than going over the top with it.

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I was in denial about the return of the colder months until I saw Marielle + Michael’s winter wedding. Marielle, who is a wedding professional (one of the talented members of the family behind Mark Williams Studio), embraced the romance behind the absence of color during winter and went to work creating a DIY wedding that tops the charts. Marielle’s “I do’s” to Michael were packed with family antiques and notions and then pulled together seamlessly by family and friends. We love that their winter wedding feels positively warm and cozy with the addition of handmade details and sentimental charm.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I actually went with a friend a few months before to look at dresses and she tried it on! Of course, I loved it on her — I never thought that it would be my dress! It was the second one that I tried on, and I knew immediately that it was the one.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Being that my family, bridesmaids, and myself shot the pictures, we had no choice but to see each other before and get the “to-do’s” out of the way. Our first look was actually on the dock of the mill pond. It was the initial spot that I fell in love with at the venue, and if I had planned a small, intimate wedding, I would have married on the dock. It was a perfect compromise and a perfect moment.

Marielle is a woman of many talents! She put together this beautiful bouquet on her own and made a few nods to the women of her family. The blooms were tied with a hand-crocheted ivory lace handed down from her great grandmother and then adorned with an ivory cameo necklace, a gift from her mother.

As the DIY/wedding professional that I am, I decided to do all of the décor and floral myself. I fell in love with the look of winter and the absence of color during this time of year, so I decided to mimic this in my flowers. All of the flowers were made of seasonal plants that grow in my grandmother’s yard: dried baby’s breath, sola/tapioca wood flowers, cotton and cotton flowers, tallow berries, and preserved roses in my bouquet. I spent hours and hours hand crafting each design, but the end result and the feeling of creating my own wedding with my hands was so rewarding.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was the location. When Michael and I began dating (as children), he continuously told me that he knew exactly where he wanted to get married. I never understood quite how breathtakingly beautiful the place was until he made his case after we were engaged. Needless to say, I was blown away! The steeple that was positioned beside the ceremony was the steeple that I was baptized under at my church as a child. This of course, made my mother fall in love.

Set among the bare trees at McGarrh Mill Pond, M + M brought to life a ceremony that stuns. The dramatic aisle and light breeze could not have been more romantic!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last. I am a die-hard Twilight lover and this song just spoke to my heart! Our first dance was to the first song that Michael and I listened to together as kids, “This Year’s Love” by David Grey. For our father-daughter dance, we danced to “Fields of Gold” by Sting. It’s Daddy’s all-time favorite. We have so many memories of it as kids. It was the most emotional part of the entire day!

Did you write your own vows? We actually recited vows written by our pastor in the ceremony, but we had a sacred vow exchange and prayer ceremony on the dock following the ceremony under the crepe myrtle lane. Michael and I exchanged written letters to each other, and threw the bottle in the water on our honeymoon. Pastors, who had been a special part of our life laid hands on us in a beautiful moment of blessing.

Everything was a timeless expression of Southern love. I wanted my wedding to be beautiful to everyone who attended, old and young. I have such an appreciation for my family’s collection of antiques and handmade notions from our ancestors past. All of the furniture used at the wedding came from within our ancestor’s plantation home, all of the lace was handmade by the women of my lineage. It was a “collaboration” of art and handmade beauty not only by me and my family, but our generations past. One detail that I loved was my garter. I made it from the lace of my grandmothers wedding dress sleeves. My sisters will also carry on this tradition.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Pulling it all off was definitely a challenge! My family and dear friends brought the beautiful scene to life with the details, shot all of the pictures, and were a part of one of the most emotional days of our lives. It was such a beautiful experience being able to work as “A Family of Artistic Professionals” and see my dreams come to life. I could have never been happier with the beauty of it all. We ARE our business and my wedding was a perfect showcase of our love for each other and what we do.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. After a crack of his adorable smile, Michael caught my eye in the fourth grade and swept me off my feet in the seventh grade during our two-week fling. We “rediscovered” each other in our high school art class. We began dating that summer and have never been apart since. I find it funny how so many people have a story of when they “knew” they were right for each other or when they fell in love. However, Michael and I have ALWAYS known! We have been each other’s best friend nearly half of our lives!
Describe the proposal. I was in the art studio working with ceramics, making a place setting of stoneware for the two of us to have one day in our future home. When I left the studio that afternoon, Michael asked me to come pick him up at Sweetheart Circle. It is a legend at Georgia Southern University that if you walk around Sweetheart Circle three times with your significant other, you will one day marry that person. The entire time as I drove there, I was thinking to myself, “I look like such a mess. My hands are shriveled and muddy! I just know he is going propose! He never asks me to pick him up here!” I was right, but of course at that point the mud didn’t matter, and even though my hands were shriveled to nothing the ring was still beautiful on my hand.
In what month did you get married? We were married on January 7, 2012.
How many guests attended your wedding? Over 500! This was with our guest list CUT! Having a line of small family businesses, we know a lot of people!)
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My childhood friend, Jordan Mason read scripture from Song of Solomon 8:6&7, “Hang my locket around your neck, wear my ring on your finger. Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold — it’s not to be found in the marketplace.” My first cousin, Christian Maile read from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” He read from the wedding Bible that my late grandfather used when he officiated at wedding ceremonies.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I actually had a table full of different deserts and cakes! The cakes were all heavenly in flavor. I decorated and assembled the tiered cakes myself.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Being so DIY, we managed to have an amazing event for approximately $19,000. Keep in mind, a LARGE portion of this expense was feeding over 500 guests!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? I honestly can say that I don’t think I splurged on anything! Everything was 100% worth it and reasonable in my eyes.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My Daddy! Being that we work together 24/7 and attend weddings every weekend, it was such a surprise to watch him turn into a complete ball bag! Our time walking down the aisle and during our first dance was the most special part of the day.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Natural Handcrafted Soap reply

    Beautiful and Elegant , love vintage style.

  2. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    I LOVE this winter wedding so much!! So beautiful :-)

  3. avatar Cindy Gray reply

    I pray God’s rich blessings upon your union! That your lives together will glorify His kingdom! In the lovely name of Jesus! Amen

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Cindy Gray: Thank you so much! He has and continues to bless us daily in our marriage :)

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh goodness, winter weddings are my weakness!! They are a gorgeous couple, and every detail is exquisite!

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Lisa: Thank you so much :) It was my perfect wedding! I’ve always loved using heirlooms and other scraps from the past to make something beautiful.

  5. avatar Love List – reply

    […] {Okay, I know it’s barely fall, but winter weddings are my weakness! This Georgia wedding was the first winter event I’ve seen online since spring, and it brought back my soft spot for winter weddings in a big way.  By Mark Williams Studio via Southern Weddings} […]

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Love List -: Thanks for sharing our wedding :)

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  7. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    Anyone know where the bridesmaids’ gorgeous fur jackets were found??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Melissa! The bride’s fur was vintage (in her family), but the bridesmaids’ furs were from Hope that helps!

    • avatar Melissa Vause reply

      Emily: Thanks Emily!! I’ve been looking several places for sweaters or cardigans for my girls so they won’t freeze to death! I know it probably won’t be “freezing” at the beginning of December, but Southern ladies tend to have a different definition of chilly weather ;-)

  8. avatar Wedding Shoppe, Inc. reply

    What an incredible wedding! Everything about it is absolutely stunning..the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Watch out, Pinterest’re about to get flooded with gorgeousness.

    • avatar Marielle W Singletary (Mark Williams Studio) reply

      Wedding Shoppe, Thank you so much :) It was my perfect wedding! I’ve always loved using heirlooms and other scraps from the past to make something beautiful.

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  10. avatar cari reply

    I was wondering where the groomsmen’s suits were from and if the bride’s fur stole was a family piece or something bought? Thanks!

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    where are the candelabras from? thanks!

  14. avatar BETH reply

    can you tell me the color of these dresses?

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  18. avatar rebeccca pineda reply

    Where did u get your blush flats?!?!? I live in los angeles ca.

  19. avatar fiona lee reply

    that`s ao amazing wedding ! wanderful wedding`s place , beautiful everythings and a happy couple!
    congratulations !

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  21. avatar Abby Stancil reply

    Hello!! This venue is beautiful!! I would love more information about it. I can’t seem to find any. I am wanting a wedding in the woods and this looks divine. Please let me know! Beautiful pictures!

  22. avatar Sara reply

    I absolutely love this venue! Can you tell me where it is?? Thank you!

  23. avatar Chasidy reply

    Where was the venue for your wedding? It is breath taking!

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