I have grown to love and really yearn for "in home" shoots. No plan, no 'outfits', and no posing for the family photo. Just life. A fly on the way approach.
This sweet couple tied the knot in Blue Ridge, GA with their closest friends at a cabin, The Amazing Grace Lodge. They rented it for the week. Partied, played, and then got married.
What made you decide on a mountain wedding?
We live in Florida, and we go to the beach just about every weekend. We love being outdoors. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, but we wanted a change of scenery. What is better than the beach? The mountains!
What made you decide on a small guest wedding compared to a larger, church and/or venue reception?
We both wanted to keep it simple and have a small guest list for a few reasons: 1) Tiago's family are all in Brazil, and it's very expensive for them to travel here. We are going to Brazil next year to celebrate our marriage with his family and friends. 2) My mother has dementia, and big crowds make things difficult for her. I wanted her and my father to be able to relax, and enjoy a special day with us. 3) We wanted to have a really nice day that we could share with our loved ones without going in debt over it. We weighed our options, and Blue Ridge won.
What was my best find for our wedding ceremony?
Our altar! Two days before the wedding, we were in downtown Blue Ridge( at one of the many awesome shops they have there) and I asked my brother-in-law if he had any ideas about how we could make an altar? The store clerk overheard our conversation, and said she knew where we could find one. It turns out that her best friend had just gotten married not long ago, and had this rustic altar fashioned from tree limbs. She showed me a few pictures, and then gave me her friend's phone number. I tried to rent it from her, but she just wanted to sell it. I ended up buying it from her for $100, and it was the perfect finishing touch for our ceremony!
If I could do something different, what would it be?
Honestly, I can't think of anything I would want to change. I'm sure there were lots of stuff that could have been bigger & better, but that's not what we wanted. I guess if anything, I would have planned the reception music better. I don't think anyone noticed, but I totally forgot my playlist.. Pandora saved the day.
Vendor's: Hair/Makeup: Katherine Mahinis Officiant: Randy from "Weddings by Randy" Music: Jody Hughes Cake/Food: Ingles Supermarket in Blue Ridge Bridal party bouquets: N & N Florist in Blue Ridge Other flowers were bought from Ingles & Home Depot