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I think “meant to be” is a good way to describe Kelly and Dan’s story–these two lawyers met in the most unassuming way (at a bar!), and after their lakeside engagement, they set out to plan their Georgia wedding in a way that was true to them as a couple. From knowing Foxhall Resort was their venue as soon as they drove onto the property, to Kelly finding her dream, out-of-budget gown off the rack at a great price, their wedding fell into place beautifully, allowing them to focus on their relationship and the fun ways they could introduce guests to their personalities. My favorite details are the ones that are a little unconventional, but oh so them, like the signature cocktails served from copper mugs and the brownies and ice cream they dished out in lieu of cake!

Thanks so much to Sowing Clover Photography for sharing this fun day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had had my eye on Monique Lhuillier’s Scarlet dress for some time. I knew I wanted a romantic sheath with straps, and nothing else had caught my eye. I tried on the dress at the Monique Lhuillier boutique in Manhattan (where I was living at the time for my job) and fell in love with it. The $6,000 price tag was a bit too steep for me, but I ended up finding it off the rack somewhere else. It was meant to be!

I wanted the flower arrangements to be whimsical, low-key, and natural, so I chose to go with a lot of greenery accented by some white flowers. My favorite part was the garlands of greenery that draped some of the wooden farm tables.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we wrote our own vows. My favorite line from mine was about Dan being my hero and the best man I know. My favorite from his was when he said I added so much value to his life, more than he thought was possible.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My 13-year-old little sister and Dan’s 10-year-old niece did the readings at our ceremony. My sister read a sweet excerpt from Winnie the Pooh and his niece read the “What is Real?” excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit. They were absolutely wonderful! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place after the Velveteen Rabbit reading.

We tried to make our wedding reflect us as much as possible, so we thought outside of tradition in a lot of instances. Those are the details that made the day truly special. To name a few, our officiant was my long-time best friend, our dog was the ring bearer, every table was named after something that meant something special to us and the people sitting there, I sang a song with the band (“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri) for my new husband, and most of the food served at the wedding had some significance to us or a family member.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We wanted to get married somewhere with a lot of land, where our dog could attend, and where our closest friends and family could stay the weekend. The Foxhall checked all of the boxes. When we first drove onto the Foxhall property, our jaws dropped at how beautiful it was. We both knew this was the place.

Neither Dan nor I really like cake, so we opted to forgo the tradition and do something that was a little more “us” (which we did with a lot of things in our wedding). Instead of cake, we had an ice cream cart catered by a local, small-batch ice cream store, Queen of Cream. Our flavors were so yummy and perfect for our fall wedding: Bourbon Butter Whiskey Pecan and Salted Caramel. Since Dan’s favorite dessert is ice cream and brownies, Queen of Cream was nice enough to serve their delicious ice cream with warm brownies! The fun part was smashing the ice cream into each other’s faces toward the end of the night.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met the good old-fashioned way: at a bar, during my first year of law school in Atlanta. Dan broke the ice by talking about “Pierson v. Post,” an old Supreme Court case about hunting. Needless to say, that was enough to make me swoon!
Tell us all about the proposal! After a few years of dating (and exactly three years after we said “I love you” for the first time), we were spending a quiet morning at the lake on our boat, throwing the ball to our beloved yellow lab, Sam. Dan asked me to start video taping Sam fetching the ball, which I thought was no big deal at the time. It turns out that Dan hid the ring inside one of the tennis balls! When Sam retrieved the ball from the lake, Dan took it out and got down on one knee. After freaking out a little bit about how he thew the ring into the lake, I, of course, said yes. He said he really wanted to incorporate Sam into the proposal because he trusted Sam as much as he trusted our relationship. I’ve got to hand it to him for tricking me into videotaping my own engagement!
When did y’all get married? October 24, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 106
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Dan surprised me by having a very strong opinion on the matter–he wanted to see me for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. It was so romantic, that, of course, we opted to not do a first look. It made the pictures during cocktail hour a bit more rushed than they may have been otherwise, but seeing the look on his face when I walked down the aisle made it all worth it!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I chose to walk down the aisle to “What a Wonderful World” played by the acoustic country band, Capo3. It’s one of my all time favorites. After we were married, Dan and I walked/danced up the aisle to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars to signify that the party was about to get started! Our first dance was to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice. The lyrics to that song almost perfectly reflect our relationship, and it was fun to do some twirls during the lyric “spinning you round and round in circles.”
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Our officiant asked us to write love letters to one another, which she stored away in a box with a nice bottle of wine. She said it was for us to open whenever things got tough in our marriage. It was such a wonderful exercise to really think about why we love each other, why we were choosing to get married, and to remember that not all days will be the “happiest days of our life,” but rather, we will have to work through some bumps in the future.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We had a budget of about $30,000, but I didn’t want to sacrifice much. I DIYed what I could (invitations, paper goods, escort card display, boutonnieres), found deals on extras like our photo booth, and was lucky enough to find some newly established (but super talented) vendors with reasonable prices. One of the biggest places we saved was by providing our own alcohol for the reception. Also, I absolutely loved wedding planning, so I saved by not hiring a full-service wedding planner–we just had someone help coordinate the day-of.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Dan and I are now expecting our first child, so we are both very excited about building a family!

Photographer: Sowing Clover Photography | Videographer: Anchor Heart Films | Planner and Florist: Something Tulle | Venue: Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club | Dessert Baker: Queen of Cream Ice Cream | Caterer: Simply Catering | Rentals: Unlimited Party & Event Rentals | Band: Capo3 Band | DJ: Sloan Lee DJ | Paper Products: Letterpress by Czar Press | Bride’s Gown: “Scarlet” by Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Jewelry: Rent the Runway | Hair and Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Menswear: Tom James Custom | Photo Booth: Robot Booth

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Dana reply

    love the flowers in their hair and an ice cream bar sounds so fun!

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Anna and Nathan’s outdoor ceremony looks like a breath of fresh air to me. The beautiful open field and prodigious tree at Blue Ribbon Vendor venue, Vinewood Plantation, provided the perfect Southern backdrop that they were looking for! Anna and Nathan’s goal throughout their wedding planning was to create a comfortable celebration, full of natural beauty and good food. You can’t beat that, and I venture to say that, judging by their joy that is beaming right through each of these photos, they’d agree!

Thank you kindly to Blue Ribbon Vendor, Chris Isham for sharing this lovely day with us!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did. Nathan and I cherished that moment and wanted it to be an intimate time. We both knew that it wouldn’t take away from the moment when I walked down the aisle, because I would be walking down the aisle to marry him, and it’s impossible to cheapen that. We loved having such a special moment between the two of us before all of the craziness began. It allowed us both to relax and take a deep breath when it was time for the ceremony.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had absolutely no idea what style I wanted, so I had to try on everything! After two dress shops, I was nearing the end of my pile when I tried on “the one” and instantly knew this was how I was supposed to feel. I didn’t want to take it off because it was so perfect! It was a classic dress with such a fun twist.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? For starters, it happened under a big tree in a huge field–does it get more Southern than that? Ultimately, we wanted our wedding to be comfortable, and to us, nothing seems more Southern than comfort, beauty, and good food.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Nothing compares to the moment that I walked down the aisle. It was as if everything slowed down for me. I thought about my sweet father walking next to me, just as he had for all of the years leading to that moment. I saw our bridesmaids and groomsmen, who had helped us arrive at this day. I was able to appreciate the fact that never again would we have so many people we loved in one place. Finally, I saw my groom at the end of the aisle waiting for me. That moment was the moment I had longed for and envisioned for over two years. I will never forget it.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We loved the uniqueness of our “naked” cake. It tasted great, it looked beautiful, and it was a little untraditional. It was one of the most fun details of the wedding.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Aside from premarital counseling and reading some recommended books, we sought advice from friends, family, and mentors who all have marriages that we admire. Needless to say, there was also a lot of prayer involved.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through some mutual friends! By July, we were best friends, and November brought our first date. After that, we realized we were done searching for our future spouses. Two years later, he proposed.
Tell us all about the proposal! My sister invited us to cut down a Christmas tree at a farm just north of where we live. She said we would need to drive separately to the farm, due to lack of space. When we got there, she hadn’t arrived yet, so Nathan and I went exploring. He took us off the path and we started wandering through these huge trees. I faintly heard string music as we neared the destination he was leading us to, and as we rounded a corner, I noticed a sign that said “Page, Party of Two.” Honestly, I don’t remember half of what he said after that because I was in shock, but I definitely caught the most important part: “Will you marry me?” When I realized that we really weren’t cutting down a Christmas tree, he took me to my sister’s house, where all of our friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us.
When did y’all get married? October 24, 2014.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Something borrowed was a cathedral veil, which was lent to me by a sweet friend. My something blue was the bottom of my shoes. My something old was a brooch pinned to the front of my bouquet, that had been passed down by my sister. My something new was my dress.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Chris Isham. Not only was his work phenomenal, but he also become more of a friend than a vendor through the wedding process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We want to learn how to love each other well and make our marriage as strong as it can be. For now, we are taking it one day at a time. The details will continue to fall into place as we go.

Photographer: Chris Isham / Venue: Vinewood Plantation / Florist: Laura Shain / Caterer: Tulla White / Lighting: The Funky Shack / DJ: Complete DJ / Ceremony Musicians: Celebration String Quartet / Paper Products: Katherine Latham / Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee / Hair Stylist: Mari Matthews / Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Menswear: H&M

Chris Isham and Vinewood Plantation are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Chris Isham reply

    Yes! Thanks so much for sharing Anne & Nathan’s wedding! Y’all are the best!

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While the bride’s choice of attire is typically the most talked-about on a wedding day, this year’s gents certainly held their own! From seersucker suits to gingham shirts and jeans, these Southern grooms and groomsmen hit it out of the park in the style department.

Alix and Dodd‘s groomsman’s seersucker suit and “moatch,” by Kat Braman

Drew‘s navy suit and chambray shirt, by Landon Jacob

Will and his groomsmen in dress whites, by Robyn Van Dyke

Ray‘s groomsmen in navy pullovers and gray suits, by Sara & Rocky

Austin and his groomsmen in tuxes and hot pink suspenders, by Love, the Nelsons

Caleb‘s paisley bow tie, vest, baby’s breath boutonniere, and sweet patch, by Jen Dillender

Matthew and his groomsmen in gingham and denim, by Rachel May

Vance‘s colorful suit, by Veronica Varos

Adam and his groomsmen in black tie on the beach, by Kaytee Lauren

Jonathan‘s sherrif’s badge, by Flora & Fauna

Landon Jacob, Robyn Van Dyke, Jen Dillender, and Rachel May, are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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