{Real Weddings} Amanda & Tony's Southern Country Chic Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We have a beautiful wedding to share with you today from Steffi at Cariad Photography.  The wedding theme is Southern country chic, which we always adore-especially when the color palette is coral and tan!  

The bride, Amanda, is a stunning beauty in her fabulous gown, yet stays close to her country roots with cute DIY touches in the decor of her charming barn wedding.  There are even fishing lures and hay bales present! 

We have the pleasure to not only share the couple's lovely wedding, but also the details behind the couple, and their planning process.  Please enjoy Amanda & Tony's Southern country chic wedding, captured so beautifully by Cariad Photography:

How we met

We met 11 years ago at a high school football game when friends introduced us.

The proposal

Tony came to pick me up on a Friday afternoon after work to go fishing just down the road from my parents house like we would normally do on a Friday afternoon. We pull up at my favorite fishing spot, and I automatically hop out of the truck, grab my rod and go to the water and through out my first cast. I didn't think nothing about Tony still standing up at the truck, I just figured he was changing his lure out, but little did I know he was getting ready to present me with a late birthday present. He came down to the water where I was at and handed me a plastic tackle box as a late birthday present. When I looked at it, in the middle of the box in one of the compartments was my beautiful engagement ring. He took it out, took my hand and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Needless to say, March 16th, 2012 was one of the best days of my life.

The dress

I found my dress at Dressing Dreams in Hartwell, GA. My Maid of Honor was in town from Maryland, and we decided to go dress shopping. So we loaded up in the truck with my mom and headed to Hartwell. I pulled up in front of the store and seen the dress on the manikin and knew that I had to try it on. I went in the store and picked out a few dresses to try on, and after trying on a few of them, I decided to try the one on from the window. I loved it! And so did everyone else. I tried on a couple of others after that one and none of them compared to the one from the window. So I said yes to the dress on the very first outing. It was an Allure Bridal gown.

The bridesmaids

I had two Matrons of Honor: Kellie (my best friend, and basically my sister I have never had, we met when I was like 7) and Lauren (Friend since middle school).

I had one Maid of Honor: Jess (Best friend since we met in college at Clemson, and like a sister that I have never had as well)

I had five other bridesmaids: Tiffany (Cousin), Heather (Cousin), Christa (Cousin), Jennie (Friend), and Lindsey (Friend since middle school).

All of my cousins are like my sisters to me because I am an only child, and we have all always been so very close to each other.

We got their dresses at Charme Bridal in Buford, GA. Their dresses where made by Allure Bridesmaids.

The flowers

When it came to choosing my flowers, I knew that I wanted to have tons of hydrangeas, untraditional boutonnieres for the guys, and mason jars for some of the arrangements. Calla lilies are one of my favorites so I really wanted to have them incorporated so how.

The color palette

I chose Coral and Tan for our wedding. I loved tan because it is very simple and natural looking, and I love the color coral which it gave the tan just the perfect pop of color.

The Decor

I wanted to try and do a few things as diy projects. I also knew that I wanted haybales, and wine barrels incorporated some how.

The ceremony

I knew that I wanted my wedding to be something country feeling, and something very simple. We had a mix between a traditional and non-traditional Methodist ceremony, but we kept it short, sweet, and simple.

The venue

I knew that I did not want a church wedding from the get go. Our church was not big enough to get married in for as many guests as we were expecting to have, and I had said that if I couldn't get married in my own church then I wasn't going to have a church wedding at all. So then we went on a search all over for a wedding venue. We finally decided on The Walter's Barn in Lula, GA. It was a gorgeous barn on a large farm, and we knew when we saw it that it was absolutely perfect for the two of us. The original barn burnt about 4 months before our wedding, but the owner worked very quickly with contractors and had the new facility in operation in about 2 months, and it couldn't have been any more perfect and beautiful. It was the perfect venue and everything we had always wanted and dreamed of.

The favors

I had went back and forth on what to do for wedding favors for our guests, and after going through all our options I finally decided that I wanted to make s'mores kits.

The cake

When deciding on what I wanted to do for a wedding cake, it was very easy. Tony decided he did not want a groom's cake because he is not a huge cake eater. I knew that I did not want a massive cake because I did not want it to be too over the top. So I knew from the get go that I wanted my cake to only be a 3 tier cake made out of two vanilla layers and one chocolate layer. Tony loves cookies more than cake so we had somebody make chocolate chip cookies for him. And to make up the difference in my small cake and his cookies, I wanted strawberry, key lime, and vanilla cupcakes.

A few extra details from Amanda:

The planning process

We planned our wedding for a year and five months. We worked with Soiree Southern Events to help coordinate our wedding.  We also had friends and family help out with making our wedding favors and our wedding signs that we made as props.

Advice for future brides

My advice for other brides would be always set a budget, but be prepared to possibly go a little over it. Also, be sure to follow your heart when choosing vendors. I ended up with the best vendors possible because I didn't just jump at the first people I talked to. Weigh out your options and take your time when making your final decisions on who to choose as your vendors.

Our many thanks to Amanda for sharing your details to your wedding with our readers, and to Steffi at Cariad Photography for sending us your beautiful photography!