A Georgia Handmade Wedding: Casey + Brandon

Today I’m sharing Casey + Brandon’s sweet Georgia wedding. I love that Casey was a big fan of GWS while planning her wedding. :) Casey + Brandon wanted an outdoor wedding. They were lucky enough to have the perfect field right next door to their church to use as the ceremony location and then they used their church (a big wooden barn!) for the reception. They really wanted their wedding to feel “homemade, whimsical and really personalized,” so Casey and her mom gathered lots of vintage objects to add to the centerpieces on the tables. The ladies from her church made all the table clothes and bow ties + ties for the guys. Big thanks to Adam of w. scott chester photography for the gorgeous photos!

bride and goom

bridesmaids in floral wrap robes

Gorgeous plum pretty sugar robes for all the bridesmaids!

bride in silver heels

bride in field

silver glitter toms wedding shoes

groomsmen at barn

personalized wedding welcome sign

rustic ceremony

What song did you walk down the aisle to?
My wedding party walked down the aisle to “House of God Forever” by Jon Foreman and I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of the Dirty Projector’s “Two Doves.” I feel like that sums up our whole wedding…God centered with a splash of unconventionality.

hanging flowers ceremony altar

My dad and granddad officiated the ceremony, which also helped make the day really special, I just adore my dad!

big tree ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom ceremony exit

whimsical hanging flowers wedding decor

jump bridal party shot

bride and groom on road

cupcake wedding dessert

vintage reception decor

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Well the answer to this question comes with a bit of a back story…It had always been my secret dream to have my husband, during the cake feeding section of the reception, smash wedding cake in my face. I didn’t want to tell Brandon about this dream of mine, because of course I wanted it to come from the heart if it was going to happen. When that time came I was sure Brandon would NOT smash cake in my face because he’s the nicest person alive and I was sure he would find the idea appalling. So we got up there and cut the cake and before I knew what had happened, Brandon smashed the whole plate of cake on my face! So I grabbed a chuck and kindly returned the favor. That was definitely the highlight of my wedding day…sooo perfect.

wedding reception dance floor

bride and groom first dance

Another amazing part of our wedding was the very end. I was under the impression that Brandon and I would be exiting the church to a fanfare of sparklers…but my mom secretly organized the purchase of hundreds of Chinese Wishing Lanterns (a la the movie “Tangled”) which were handed out to our guests as Brandon and I got ready to leave. We walked outside to a field of glowing orbs and we, with all of our guests, released hundreds of lanterns into the night sky. It was a truly magical ending to a truly magical day.

chinese wishing lantern reception

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! The woman we hired quickly became my favorite person on earth. She made planning everything so much fun, and it gave me the freedom to focus on the things that were important to me while she worked with all the vendors and figured out how many napkins we needed to order.

And check out this amazing video their friends at Fancy Rhino created for them! So perfect. Congrats to Casey + Brandon!!

photography: adam of w. scott chester photography // venue: Rock Creek Fellowship in Rising Fawn, Georgia  // wedding dress: Enzoani // event planner: Jill Allen // floral design: Linda Pettit // shoes: Steve Madden // cinematography: Fancy Rhino // catering: Food Works // cake: Good Dog // music: Sound Force // bridesmaids robes: plum pretty sugar // bridesmaids shoes: TOMS