From their beach proposal to mountain wedding, Amber and Greg’s love story will have you swooning just like it did us! Every detail created the perfect rustic elegance ambiance for the couple’s dreamy barn wedding that overlooked the vibrant fall colors of the North Georgia mountains. Friends and family celebrated Amber + Greg’s intimate and personal day, captured so beautifully by Frank Gibson Photography.
Photo: Frank Gibson Photography
Although here at Tatum Acres, we believe every wedding and love story is uniquely beautiful. We absolutely love seeing such a charming and personalized barn wedding like this at our rustic venue. We’re still not over how romantic and unique their tree ceremony was. The groom’s sister, who also led the ceremony, gifted the couple with a beautiful tree.
During the ceremony, Amber + Greg added soil from each of their childhood homes to symbolize the joining of the two families. Now the tree is planted at their home, where it’s a constant reminder of their love and commitment made on that beautiful fall day.
The bride shares with us more about the couple’s fairytale and how their North Georgia wedding came to be.
How did you meet your husband?
While stopping through town for my Occupational Therapy Graduation, I visited a high school friend. I ended up getting the chance to meet his roommates and my future husband, Greg, was one of them. On my next trip to the city, we got to know each other a little more through a group dinner and outing. Soon thereafter, we had our first date, a Sunday brunch at a local favorite.
Tell us how he popped the question:
After a beautiful day boating through the marshes of Savannah with friends, we planned to have dinner with friends. While dinner was on the agenda for the evening, Greg had failed to mention a little surprise he had planned for me before. During the weeks prior, he had been working with my friends to set up a beautiful surprise proposal in the dunes of North Beach, Tybee Island at sunset. The setting was perfect and we had all of our friends there to celebrate with us. Greg had even gotten my mom to come up for the occasion. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, even if he did try to put my ring on my right hand and I still don’t remember saying yes.
Amber + Greg’s October wedding was just as romantic + lovely as their proposal. The couple made sure to give themselves a long enough engagement to make sure their dream wedding came true. Amber shares with us, “I was grateful that we gave ourselves a long enough engagement to get the venue we loved during the fall and had plenty of time to enjoy the planning process and not feel rushed.”
Planning the Perfect Wedding
What was your wedding date and why did you choose it?
October 24, 2015. We wanted to enjoy the cool, but pleasant fall weather, the changing of the trees in the North Georgia Mountains and avoid big college football weekends (a UGA open weekend). After considering all those factors, that date worked well with the venue we selected.
What was your overall vision for your wedding?
Rustic elegance. We wanted to use beautiful greenery, white flowers, and candles to accent the amazing venue. Our goal was to have a beautiful and relaxed setting for all of our friends and family to enjoy our celebration as much as we did.
Did you have a wedding theme or color pallet, and if so how or why did you choose it?
Rustic elegance. Gold, navy, with our neutral being gray.
How involved was your groom in the wedding planning process?
I would have to say I was very lucky. There were a few moments of “I don’t care” on his part, but he was actually involved in nearly every decision. He lent a helping hand on crafts and other special touches.
The Big Day
What do you feel was the most special component of your wedding?
Seeing all the details that we had spent so much time on come together to set the backdrop for our special day.
Did you plan on doing something outside of the norm to make your wedding more of your own?
We had a close friend make it a more personal ceremony customized to our personalities. Although we followed many wedding traditions, we also wanted to have a family feel for guests. The intimate setting, reasonable size of the guest list and the family style reception helped with this. We also took a little less traditional approach for our unity ceremony. We chose to do the tree ceremony instead of traditional candles or sand.
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
There are so many reasons we chose this for our barn wedding! The scenic location, the convenience of options for the ceremony, reception and other areas needed for the wedding and surrounding activities. The wonderful buildings and housing options for wedding party guests. The proximity to Atlanta and to nice, available lodging at Big Canoe. The true reason we chose it was because as we walked through, I could picture my wedding day perfectly.