Classic Southern Wedding in Athens, Ga.

Classic Southern Wedding in Athens, Ga.

Alex and Tim were married Labor Day weekend at the historic Taylor Grady House in Athens, Ga. The couple chose a cream and blush wedding palette highlighted by natural greenery and wood tones. The vision was brought to life by planner Taylor Dawn and Gardenia Floral. / Images by Holly Von Lanken Photography.

Says Alex, “The Taylor Grady House was always where I imagine myself getting married while growing up in Athens, Ga. Once I was engaged, I knew it would be the perfect venue to represent my Southern roots and hometown to my husband’s family from the Midwest.

One of my favorite touches from our wedding was the bridesmaid dresses. Every girl picked their own dress in blush, so they weren’t too matchy-matchy and showed off everyone’s personality. I also loved the wooden cross that was the backdrop of our ceremony, as my brother-in-law made it specifically for our wedding. 

Tell us about the moment you knew you had found *your* dress. I went shopping with my mom and dad, and I knew that when my dad said he actually liked the dress I had on that it was the one, because he’s more of the quiet type that holds in his opinion. The classic lace dress fit my venue perfectly and I think it will stand the test of time.

Favorite memories? It’s hard to pick just a couple, but I loved our first look and reading a letter that my husband wrote me right before the ceremony. He helped to calm my nerves of the day that something would go wrong and put my focus back on the most important part of the day, which was marrying my best friend.

Advice? My best advice is to hire a wedding planner, even if it’s just for the month-of. Mine was amazing and could put all these random ideas together into the vision I was seeing in my head. I knew I could focus on the important things of our wedding day with her there to handle all the details.

Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography | Venue: Taylor Grady House | Planner: Taylor Dawn | Dress Designer: Stella York | Shoes: Badgley Mischka + Kate Spade for Keds | Cake: Cecilia Villaveces | Caterer: Trumps Catering | Paper Goods: Paper Dainty | Calligraphy: Bree Whitfield, Lumen Lettering | Florist: Gardenia Floral | Hair: Bombshell Creations | Make-up: Ellis Paige | Band: Atlanta Wedding Band | Rentals: Oconee Rental | Wedding PR: Something New for I Do