A Wedding at an Abandoned Church: Paige + John

abandoned church wedding

Paige + John quite possibly lucked out with two of the most unique + beautiful locations for their big day. And, seriously, we’re not just saying that! They exchanged their vows at Mt. Zion Church - an abandoned chapel from the 1800′s – and their reception was held in a stunning, historical warehouse that operated as a cotton factory in its previous life. These two believe in the beauty of simplicity, so their day was draped with minimal, yet charming, decor. A handmade arch, adorned with simple florals + greenery, was all that was needed for the ceremony, and a rustic communal table featuring a garland of eucalyptus + vintage glassware was a perfect fit for their intimate reception. The prettiest! And Paige has so much more to share about the inspiration for their day:

Our inspiration came primarily from the things that we both find most beautiful, often elements that are understated, natural, and minimalistic.  We are a couple who is amazed by the beauty of simple things like clean lines, white walls, artistry, craftsmanship, and community. We picked a venue that was about an hour-and-a-half pilgrimage into rural Georgia to get our friends and family out of the ordinary. The drive is exquisite to get to Sparta, Georgia – and when you walk into Mt. Zion Baptist church (built in 1814), you really have your breath taken away. All in all, our wedding wasn’t about the two of us as much as it was about what brought us together, what binds us, and sustains us – and we wanted to share that with other people.

Thanks so much to the lovely Paige Jones for sending this one our way and big congrats to Paige + John!

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bride


Paige’s simple, yet lovely, dress is by Saja, but altered significantly. Paige dropped the waist, made it backless and removed some of the embellishment on the front, making it a perfect fit for her + John’s clean-lined, minimal day.

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flower girl

bride

bride


And her lovely green + white bouquet was designed by Bud & Bloom.

green rustic bouquet

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green boutonniere

groom

abandoned church wedding

branch arbor

pew decor

branch arbor


Our processional was a hymn called “Abide with Me” by Henry Lyte + Justin Smith, played live on a solo violin.

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emotional groom

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

We think the most powerful thing was our separate realizations that this long awaited day had finally arrived. The two of us made the hour and a half drive separately, alone. We were brought to tears by the ways in which everything came together. Hundreds of small details. Dozens of kind friends and loving family members who selflessly strove to make our humble affair as glorious as we both dreamed it would be. And it was. The moment when we realized that all the planning was over, all the waiting was behind us, all the beauty was before us - the moment we realized that all that was left was to say was "I will." That was a moment that makes our hearts beat louder every day.

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

abandoned church wedding

bridesmaids in blush


The bridesmaids each chose their own style of dress, in blush + nude hues, from Zara.

bridesmaids in blush

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bride and groom

bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Paige + John chose to have a pot-luck reception, which only enhanced the intimacy of the celebration. Also, such a great way to involve friends + family in a special way and save on expensive catering costs.

cotton mill reception

garland table runner

cotton mill reception

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cotton mill reception

I think we would both advise really thinking about the things that may cause you stress on the day and try hard to eliminate those things. Conversely, fight for what you know must be there on that day. But possibly the biggest piece of advice is that when it finally gets to that day, as long as you get to say the vows, it will be the best day of your life - no matter what details might fall through or what the rain might have to say about your occasion. Let the pursuit of a beautiful wedding fuel and excite you, but don't let the process be a burden. If something turns out to be a little different than you expected, you still have a person who has promised to spend their life with you no matter what comes.

photography: Paige Jones // ceremony: Mt. Zion Church Sparta, Georgia (part of the Sparta Hancock County Historical Society) // reception: Mushroom Factory at Elm Street Gardens (family owned; they generously opened their doors to Paige + John) // reception styling: Erin Wilson and Jodi Murphy // wedding design: Bride + Groom // event planner: Ginny Graham Events // floral design: Bud & Bloom // wedding dress: Saja // bridesmaid dresses: Zara // hair + makeup: Mary Sigalas Hair Studio // groom suit: Zara // rings: Audrey Laine Collection // benches, tables + tablecloths: Goodwin Events

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this wedding! It was a dream to shoot ;-)

  2. Now that tears are in my eyes….that picture of the groom when he sees his bride! ah, emotions.

    The simplicity of this wedding is too good to be true! Just stunning.

  3. She looks just like Mila Kunis!!

  4. OH MY Goodness thanku sooo much for posting your wedding online
    I just love your dress sooo much and the old church building is such a wonderful Idea.
    I will defiantly use these Idea for when i get married!!!
    I wish you all the best with your marriage!!!
    be praying for you all the way in Germany

  5. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! I have been trying to help a very special bride find info on using Mt. Zion Church and we are having trouble. Does anyone have info on renting the church? Thanks!

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