This impeccably elegant Southern wedding comes to us from Brandy Angel Photography, based in Madison, Georgia! Here’s more about the wedding from Jessie, the lovely bride:
I was working on a luxury yacht when I had some guests that really wanted to fix me up with their best friend. During the week long charter these guests kept telling me that the best man in their wedding would be the perfect match for me and that we had to meet. These guests had only known me for a few days so I didn’t take their comments too seriously. The guests went on to mention that this guy “Justin” played hockey, that got my curiosity up because that’s how my parents met too. My mother was fixed up with my father on a blind date while my dad was playing in the NHL. I was working and living in the Bahamas at the time and Justin was playing hockey in California so the three hour time change and our crazy work schedules led us to emailing for four months before we ever got to meet each other.
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Our first date was in his hometown in Minnesota. Needless to say we hit it off. For the next couple of years it consisted of me flying to meet him in whatever city he was playing in or taking the extremely long flight to San Jose, California where he played hockey. In the midst of our long-distance relationship I was chosen to be on the TV show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay. We had no idea what we were in for….I ended up making it to the top three out of some 30,000 people who auditioned. I was on the show for three months with no contact with the outside world. We weren’t allowed phones or computers which made it the hardest time of our relationship. We wondered if we could last. When the show finally ended it was like something clicked for Justin and I and we knew if we could make it through the show and the long-distance dating for years we could make it through anything. Justin soon after flew out to Georgia and asked my dad if he could marry me.
The day before we signed the contract on our venue I saw a flyer for a yoga retreat. I went home and watched the video and I almost fell out of my chair. It was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. 84 acres of pristinely kept gardens, pools, and a southern mansion to die for. It was exquisite and I wanted to have our wedding there! Immediately called my mom and I drove to the property and begged the owners if we could have a wedding on their property. They were not thrilled about having a wedding or strangers at their perfectly decorated home with pieces shipped in from all over the world. Finally they agreed to have our wedding there and have since gone in to the wedding business. We had our ceremony in front of the original home that dates back to the 1800s. We had beautiful blush and light peach flowers all around, a harp player on the porch of the main mansion. I arrived in the coolest 55′ Chevy to make a wow factor entrance. The car was another last minute detail that we saw on the side of the road and tracked down the owner.
One of my most favorite parts of the wedding was my dad walking me down the aisle. We were not sure he would even be alive to see me get married let alone walking. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia about a year before the wedding. Once the ceremony finished the guests gathered for a cocktail hour in the. Sprawling living room of the great house. Signature cocktails and appetizers were passed. The French doors were all opened leading the guests to the backyard where the reception took place. Lights and chandeliers gave the tent a luxurious feeling. The head table was stunning g. Over sized wooden farm tables with gold candelabras with dripping candles really set the tone. I felt like I was living out the best dream I ever had. My husband looked stunning in his Hugo Boss suit and all my most loved ones were there with me to celebrate.
With Justin’s hockey schedule and my modelling jobs we didn’t have time for a proper honeymoon but we had the most memorable and perfect “mini-moon.” We went to Savannah Georgia, only a 3 hour drive from where the wedding was held. We had a horse drawn carriage take us through the beautiful southern mansions with tree lined roads dripping with Spanish moss. It was so romantic and beautiful and continued our Southern charm theme.
Congratulations Jessie & Justin and thank you Brandy for sharing! For more information about Brandy Angel Photography, please visit her website.
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Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography
Equipment Rentals: Goodwin Events
Hair Stylist:Jessica Butler Hair Stylist
Dress Designer:The Randall Effect
Caterer: A Divine Event
Cake Designer:Cakes by Debra
Hair Stylist:Conrad Heller Hair
Makeup Artist:Katy Medrano Make Up Artist
Floral Designer: Le Petit Jardin
Event Planner: No Regrets Events
DJ: Peavy Entertainment
Event Venue: Serenata Farm
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