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It’s always so inspiring to hear from a bride and groom who were deeply purposeful and thoughtful through every step of their wedding planning. Anna and Matt are that couple in spades–after deciding to fulfill Anna’s dream of tying the knot in her home state of Georgia, they set out to plan a “peachy affair” that fit their personalities to a tee and graciously welcomed their guests to Atlanta. I loved reading the story of how Anna chose her stunner of a gown (“finding your wedding dress is like finding yourself”), the heart behind the readings and songs they selected, and the fun ways they tied Anna’s Georgia roots into their reception in particular. While they may live on the West Coast now, there was no denying the fact this was a Southern celebration through and through, and I can’t think of a sweeter start to Anna and Matt’s marriage than their Georgian Terrace wedding!

Thank you so much to our talented Blue Ribbon Vendor Amy Arrington Photography for sharing this gorgeous day with us!

Since Matt and I live on the West Coast, we knew we’d have many guests from different parts of the country attend our wedding in Atlanta. It was important to us that we incorporated the richness of the South in our wedding for our guests to experience and enjoy. We welcomed guests with baskets of treats produced by local Atlanta vendors: boiled peanuts, grits bits, pecan bars, chocolate peaches, and Coca Cola, to name a few. We also served Atlanta favorites as late night treats at the reception, including King of Pops and Krispy Kreme donuts.

At the risk of sounding completely cliché, I now tell my newly engaged girlfriends that finding your wedding dress is like finding yourself. One weekend last October, my mom flew to Los Angeles to help me find my dress. We literally went everywhere, from Pasadena to Orange County to Beverly Hills. Nothing I tried on felt right, or made me feel like myself. There’s something about living in Los Angeles that I’ve found more so than in other cities: the city sort of frees you up to be yourself. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and, in my opinion, this city reminds you of that more often than not. I had all but given up when my mom and I made one final stop at Panache Bridal Beverly Hills. I looked at a dress on the rack and knew it was my dress. It was enchanting and unique, and best of all, I felt like myself when I put it on.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! I borrowed my best friend’s veil that she wore at her wedding. My something blue was my shoes. For my something old, I wore my mom’s antique ring on my right hand, and my something new was my dress and earrings.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Just being in Los Angeles while the wedding and the majority of the preparation was taking place in Atlanta. My mom, our wedding planner Kathleen, and several of my mom’s friends really made the wedding happen. They’re the ones who went to tastings and put together wedding baskets, favors, etc. I guess in retrospect, Matt and I had the easiest job of all–we got to enjoy the wedding day without having to do all of the heavy lifting preparation work.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? No, we wanted to savor the moment of seeing one another for the first time when I walked down the aisle.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We went the traditional route and used classic vows that our pastor helped us find.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Matt and I each selected a reading. For mine, I chose Psalm 103; a wedding is such a praise-worthy event and I deeply wanted Christ to be glorified in every aspect of the day. Matt selected Colossians 3:12-17, as he felt these were great words of instruction and grace for us as we entered into marriage together.

I had always known I wanted to get married back home in Atlanta. With so many of our friends and family making the trek from the West Coast and around the globe, we wanted to provide them with a truly Southern, Atlanta experience. The Georgian Terrace was just the place–it was where “Gone with the Wind” held their world premiere. Other than that, we knew we wanted to be married in a church, so we decided to have our ceremony just down the road from the reception at Peachtree Christian Church.

Out of the entire wedding process, one of my favorite things to think about during the planning was the flowers. Katie McDaniel at Cloth of Gold creates the most ethereal arrangements that are so unique and customized to each bride. Our arrangements featured some of my favorite flowers: peonies, ranunculus, and Juliet roses. The bouquets were loose and whimsical and the arrangements at each table were soft and sprawling. Katie also incorporated The Peach Truck’s delicious peaches into the decor at each table–at each place setting, each guest had their name card attached to a peach. Matt even came up with a list of different peach varietals that are produced in Georgia as the names of the tables. As wedding favors, we asked guests to “Be a Peach and Spread the Love” with peach jam jars. All in all, it was a peachy affair!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I’m convinced Atlanta has the best sweets–it is the Peach State, after all! With that in mind, we offered guests a selection of desserts, from an assortment of flavors of King of Pops popsicles, to Krispy Kreme donuts, mini strawberry milkshakes, and a traditional wedding cake.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? It can be challenging at times, but try to enjoy every moment! Getting married and planning a wedding is such a gift and a blessing. It goes by so quickly, so treasure that time and try to experience as much of it as possible. Find joy in even the difficult things, like managing RSVPs and seating arrangements–there’s beauty and fun in even those things!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Matt and I are from opposite ends of the country. He was raised in Rhode Island and I was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. After college, we both moved to Los Angeles. Matt attended grad school at UCLA and I got a job in the entertainment industry. We met and fell in love in what we consider the greatest city on earth. We attended the same church and met there through mutual friends. At the time, Matt was working as a recruiter and sent me a Snapchat video where he typed out the words “Will you go to Korean BBQ with me on Friday?” We share a love for Korean food and had talked about it the week prior. I responded in Google-translated Korean (I don’t speak Korean, y’all), “Sure, that sounds great!” We went out for Korean BBQ that Friday. On our date, I told him that I actually had to cut out early to pick up some girlfriends at Disneyland. It wasn’t that I was wanting to cut the date short–I’m just a terrible procrastinator and told him at the last minute that I had plans later that night too. Matt was so sweet and offered to drive me out to Anaheim (an hour-long drive!) to pick up my friends. We had a blast with my friends on the drive back and it was then that I knew I liked him and could see a future with him.
Tell us all about the proposal! Matt is full of surprises. On Labor Day 2014, I flew home to Atlanta to spend the weekend with my family, while Matt had told me he was going camping with some friends in Northern California. When I arrived home, my mom kept asking me questions about Matt-–how we were doing, when we’d be getting engaged, where we’d want to get married, etc. I was starting to get a little annoyed by all the questions, and texted Matt Saturday morning and told him I was feeling sad that we weren’t engaged yet. Matt told me not to worry, but that he was losing cell service (being on a camping trip and all) and that we’d talk about it more later. That day, my mom and I went shopping in Atlanta. On the way home, she “took a wrong turn” and pulled into the parking lot at the Atlanta Historical Center. I looked over and my sweet mom had started crying, which immediately led to me tear up as well. She said to me, “I want you to get out of the car and walk down that hill; there’s the most incredible future waiting for you.” She was in on it the whole time! Out popped Matt, who walked up to the car and escorted me to the garden and said a million wonderful things that I can’t remember now, and asked me to spend forever with him. I said yes. We walked over to the Swan Coach House, my favorite place in the city, took pictures, and met up with my best friend and her husband. After the proposal, we returned to my parents’ house, where all of my neighbors and many of my friends from childhood were waiting for an engagement party. We both felt so loved and excited for the future together!
When did y’all get married? June 13, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Peachtree Christian Church has one of the largest organs in the Southeast. It really is stunning and sounds so beautiful, so we wanted music that was both Christ-centered and allowed the organ to do what it was created to do. I walked down the aisle to “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” At the reception, Matt and I danced to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” Continuing with our Georgia theme, my dad and I danced to “Georgia on My Mind.” Matt and his mom danced to “That’s Amore!”
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Our Christian faith is central to who we are and is one of the reasons we were initially even interested in one another. Throughout our engagement, we met with our pastor and his wife and regularly discussed Christian marriage. We also read a few books together and began praying with one another.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? There are endless options and ways to spend money when planning a wedding. From the type of wine you serve to the type of linens used, you can really spend as much or as little as you want. When we started planning, we quickly realized our budget could get out of control if we didn’t prioritize. We often asked ourselves, what are the “must haves” and what are the “nice to haves?” Often, the “nice to haves” got left on the cutting room floor to make room for the “must haves.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We’re just settling into our new apartment together in Los Angeles, enjoying our community and our friends, and taking life one day at a time.

Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography / Videographer: Artworks Wedding Cinema / Planner: Kathleen Benedict / Ceremony Venue: Peachtree Christian Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: The Georgian Terrace Hotel / Florist: Cloth of Gold / Cake Baker: Frosted Pumpkin / Rentals: Cover Ups Linens / Band: Momentum Party Band / Invitations: Aerialist Letterpress / Day-of Paper Products: Paper Daisies Stationery / Bride’s Gown: St. Pucchi / Bridal Salon: Panache Bridal / Bride’s Hair Accessories: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Logan Baker / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Juliette” in Cameo Pink by Jenny Yoo / Menswear: Calvin Klein Tuxedo / Event Signage: Stitch & Petal / Calligraphy: Everthine Designs / Peaches: The Peach Truck / Trolley: The Historic Marietta Trolley Company

Amy Arrington is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Georgian Terrace Wedding : Anna + Matt reply

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I must say, y’all, I’m extra excited to share the behind the scenes of V7’s A Bushel and a Peck because this is by far the best my hair has ever looked at an editorial shoot! ;) It was such a blast to be on both sides of this shoot–one of our biggest of the year, with incredible vendors who flew in from across the country to take part, including our photographer, Tec Petaja, and florist/stylist, Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events. Our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Nancy Ray Photography captured all of the magic that went on behind the scenes, from invitation styling and film rolling, to bug spraying and table setting!

Oh, how we love Fearrington! There are so many beautiful nooks and crannies in the gardens that we took full advantage of.

I just have to pause for a second because the photo below makes me smile so much–thanks for protecting me from mosquitoes, fiancé! :)

Spending time together and with friends doing something we love so much is one of the best things about shoot days. Kristin drove down from Virginia to be on hand, and Rhiannon flew all the way from Michigan to style and create the most amazing floral arrangements for us.

After wrapping up at Fearrington, we packed up in about five cars and headed an hour west to the perfect peach orchard we had selected. It was the loveliest setting for our table, plus a bunch of bride and groom portraits!

Ladder-less, Tec had to climb onto a very precarious stack of crates to photograph the food! We did our best to spot him and make sure he didn’t fall face down into the peach galette :)

The day ended the way all the best shoot days do: hot, sweaty, tired, and bugspray-scented, but overwhelmingly happy, grateful, and excited about creating something truly meaningful and inspiring. Stay tuned for more editorials coming up over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to order your copy of V7 here!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Kat reply

    Can’t wait to see it in V7!!:)

  2. avatar Kirsti reply

    When I interned with Brides of Oklahoma magazine, I remember shoot days ending pretty similar – hot sweaty and tired! It’s so rewarding seeing the beautiful creations after a hard days work!

  3. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    You look beautiful Lisa! I’m loving that y’all are sharing a look at the making of V7. One of my favorite behind-the-scenes photos is the one that shows the moment when Tec captured the cover shot :)

  4. avatar Rhiannon reply

    I love this post so much :) So much love and heart in one place!

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After months of planning and emails and phone calls and placing orders and sketching ideas, to see the concepts we’ve dreamed about come to life — and then to share them with y’all — is nothing short of surreal. We couldn’t be more excited to kick off a few weeks of sharing the editorials that make up Southern Weddings Volume 7, starting with our peach orchard cover shoot from Tec Petaja and Hey Gorgeous Events. If you’ve already snagged your copy off store shelves or ordered it from our Shop, read along at home – there are tons more photos and details that we’re not sharing here! And P.S.: love the words that dot the print version? We teamed up with Tec’s talented wife, Chelsea, to offer a print that embodies the heart of this issue!

Lucky Luxe crafted this gorgeous peach invitation suite, complete with a chambray-inspired envelope liner.

These sweet bridesmaids were the shining stars of our shoot! Kayla (darkest hair) and Whitney (blond) are both newlyweds within the last few months!

Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events pulled together a stunning collection of pink and peach dahlias for the bouquets and centerpieces, tucking in peach branches for extra texture!

We love the idea of monogramming shirts for the groomsmen as their thank you gift from the groom!

Monogrammed jam jars? Don’t mind if we do.

I love that the light changes in these photos as evening draws closer – it makes the scene feel pulled out of ordinary time, set apart for something magical.

For an eco-friendly twist, monogram a cloth napkin with each guest’s name – it will serve double duty as a favor and place card!

Up next: sweet behind-the-scenes photos from this shoot so you can see how we pulled it all together!

Photographer: Tec Petaja / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Florals and Styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance / Bouquet Ribbons: Sara Kate Studios and Frou Frou Chic / Hair Styling: Kate Bryan / Makeup Artist: Makeup For Your Day / Venue: Fearrington Village and Auman’s Orchard / Food: Fresh.Local.Good food group / Paper Goods: Lucky Luxe / Calligraphy: Holland Wilson / Ceremony Program and Custom Backdrop Art: Momental Designs / Bride’s Gown: “Aspen” by Anne Barge Blue Willow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie / Chambray Napkins: Bloom Textile Co. / Napkin Embroidery: Gramercy Fine Linens / Fiddle Player: Tommy Edwards Bluegrass / Farm Table and Chairs: Party Reflections Raleigh / Flatware, China, and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Stoneware Plates: Seagrove Pottery / Runners: La Tavola Linen / Candles: Creative Candles

Fresh.Local.Good food group is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

    So gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see it all in print!! :)

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Goodness! What a sweet surprise to find this post live this morning my friends! Seeing all of these photos makes me so truly happy. The team who made this all happen should be so proud :) I know I am!

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