With a theme of “Bow Tie, Not Black Tie” this Georgia State Railroad Museum wedding was every bit the charming Southern affair. Design Studio South decorated the historic venue with blue and white ginger jars and string lights, lending an informal elegance to the airy venue. Not to be outdone by the stylish details this couple also had one of the sweetest first looks under the sweeping Oak trees of Wormsloe all captured by The Happy Bloom.
The first choice was attire – our invitations indicated “Bow Tie, Not Black Tie” and included a picture of a polka dot bow tie, as we wanted all of the men to wear suits and bow ties. We also wanted predominantly southern food during cocktail hour and at our reception. Paul always tells me he can’t get good grits or BBQ up north, consequently, I wanted to make sure he had some on our wedding day! What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor? When I first met Danielle at Design Studio South, she asked what were the four items most important in our design scheme. My response: ginger jars/chinoiserie, pineapples, pumpkins (but not orange); and mason jars. We were looking for a feeling of “informal elegance” – we wanted it to feel like us, just a slightly more elevated aesthetic than what we would normally achieve.
One of the reasons we fell in love with the venue was the opportunity it provided for us to truly create our own ambiance. With our lighting and floral vendors, we created incredible installations made from lattice, greenery and Edison bulbs, which hung over the dance floor. The cafe lighting on the sides of the room provided exactly the ambiance we were looking for! What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day? This is such a difficult question – I have two answers! The “First Look” was an unbelievably special moment. Having slept at separate hotels the evening before and not spoken all day until we met at Wormsloe Plantation, the butterflies in my stomach were in full gear. As we drove into Wormsloe and stopped the car, I watched my soon to be husband step out of the car. As Justin positioned us for the first look, still with our backs to one other, I called out “Hi, Paul”, which really cut the nervous tension for us both. Justin’s advice, “There is no wrong way to do this, just be yourself” was so perfect – the photos from my approach to Paul to when he turned around are amongst my favorite. They capture such pure joy and love. The pictures at Wormsloe are all gorgeous and I am thrilled we had an opportunity to see each other and be in the moment, just the two of us, before our ceremony and reception. After all, the day is truly about our love and our union, and it is sometimes hard to appreciate this when surrounded by so many dear family and friends.
My second answer would have to be our last dance. My favorite song is “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon – I sing it to Paul and dance around our house at least once a week and even have the lyrics framed as a set in our master bathroom.
What’s next for you and your husband? In the short-term, we plan to enjoy having very little on the docket – as any bride knows, wedding planning is a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless! We are beyond excited for our first holiday together in our new home and are looking forward to a lot of travel in the upcoming year. I have promised Paul that I will try to become a proficient skier. Paul has promised he will make me dinner once with all of our new cookware… Otherwise, we are enjoying being newlyweds and settling into the next chapter of our life as husband and wife.
Photography: The Happy Bloom | Planning: Design Studio South | Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Flowers: Harvey Designs | Hair: Maintain Beauty Bar | Makeup: Lauren Rossi Makeup | Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Catering: Cape Creations | Linens: Peak Event Services | Cake: KM Cake Design | Groom’s Suit: Commonwealth Proper | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Lighting: JLK Events
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