You Won’t Believe This Beautiful Wedding Took Place in the Bride’s Backyard
The Bride and Groom
True college sweethearts, Brent and Lindsey met during their first semester at UNC-Chapel Hill. "I was head over heals from our first introduction," says Lindsey. "Our relationship grew stronger over the course of four years of Tar Heel victories, lots of time spent in Davis Library, and many late nights on Franklin Street."
Post-grad life took them to different cities for a few years, but they never lost their shard love for Chapel Hill. Brent proposed on Valentine's Day at the Old Well in Chapel Hill, and before they knew it, they were planning their picture-perfect wedding in Lindsey's hometown – Macon, Georgia.
An Elegant Estate Affair
Lindsey had always envisioned a wedding at home, and when her family decided to build their dream home on a hunting preserve, her hopes of an outdoor wedding at home took new form. "The house went from a vision to reality while we planned our wedding, which made the process even more exciting," says Lindsey. Sure, it made for a lengthy, 20-month engagement, but you can't argue with the beautiful results.
Paper with a Tiny Pop of Color
Formal with a subtle pop of color and fun, the couple's invitation suite set the tone for a timeless affair.
Drama and Lace in All The Right Places
Lindsey stunned in a timeless gown with the perfect touches of lace and drama.
Flowers with Family Meaning
Incorporating gardenias into their otherwise colorful palette was a priority for both Lindsey and Brent. "Both Brent and I associate gardenias with our late grandparents, and it was a special way to honor their memory on an evening we so wish they could have been a part of."
Elegant in All White
Brent's all-white wedding ensemble complemented Lindsey's classic lace, creating a timeless look for the couple.
Quite the Bridal Party
With 26 in total, Lindsey and Brent's big wedding party was chalk full of family and friends.
Natural, wooden chairs placed under a canopy of trees in Lindsey's backyard created an elegant outdoor palette that helped the color in their ceremony florals make a statement.
Ordained for the Occasion
"We were married by my stepfather, who was ordained for the occasion. It was a special way to honor someone who has been a large part of my life since he married my mom in 2005," says Lindsey.
Forgoing the First Look
"We did not do a first look, at Brent's insistence, and we were both so happy with this decision," says Lindsey. "We had always envisioned seeing each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, and it was such a special moment."
Dead Set on Sailcloth
Lindsey knew from the beginning that she wanted to wow with a classic sailcloth tent. Though it was a challenge to locate a sailcloth tent large enough for their 400 person event, it proved to be the perfect canvas for their reception.
Neutral Palette with Pops of Color
Full of fall jewel tones, colorful centerpieces took center stage against white and pastel table cloths at the couple's reception.
Towering Two-Toned Cake
Pastel yellow plus an ivory monogram made a sweet, subtle statement.
The celebration became even sweeter when a late-night praline station popped up on the party scene. "The pralines smelled divine under the tent and were the perfect distraction for those taking a break from dancing," says Lindsey.
Dancing the Night Away
"Brent and I agreed from the beginning that our number one priority for our wedding reception was our band," says Lindsey. "We have danced our way through all of our years together, and we wanted our wedding to be no exception."
Cheers to The Team That Brought This Wedding to Life:
Photography: VUE Photography
Event Planning: TOAST Events
Videography: Up and Up Weddings
Floral Design: Jackson Durham
Dress: Oscar de La Renta from Joan Pillow Atlanta
Bridesmaids Fashion: Bella Bridesmaids
Beauty: The Moore Agency
Wedding Cake: MV KAYK's
Wedding Cake Monogram: Paper Daisies Stationery
Catering: Epting Events
Ceremony Music: Verdade String Quartet
Band: Atlanta ShowStoppers
Stationary: Elizabeth Schorr & Co., Susannah Maddox, The Image Collection
Tent Rental and Décor: Goodwin Events