Jenna & Piet
July 27, 2014 · Lakemont, GA
About The Wedding
What a sweet little wedding! Jenna and Piet live in Belgium (he is Belgian) - after dating long distance for 5 years (!), she finally moved there so they could be together. They wanted a rustic, charming destination wedding where their closest friends and family could celebrate all weekend with them. Jenna found the Lake Rabun Hotel online, and thought the circa 1922 bed and breakfast would be perfect - and it was! With just 23 people total, it was an intimate weekend where everyone really got to know each other. After First Look photos at the marina overlooking the lake, Jenna and Piet were married in a lovely ceremony on the hotel's cedar deck. A highlight of the ceremony was the Salt Covenant, which is similar to a unity sand ceremony. The decor included a theme of sherbet colors (yellow, peach, mint green) that was perfect for summer. Jenna's grandma handmade a fabulous ribbon and fabric backdrop, and the deck glowed with string lights and colored Chinese lanterns. During cocktail hour, guests viewed the "Travel Table" and took Polaroid photos with fun props for the guest book. Later, everyone sat together at three long tables for a plated dinner. And then the party really got started! Jenna loves '80s and '90s pop music, so we heard everything from Elton John and Rod Stewart, to InSync and YMCA, to the Cupid Shuffle and the Bird (an obscure family favorite that got everyone up and moving). Love sparkled as Jenna and Piet departed to their cottage, looking forward to celebration part two in Belgium next month!
My Favorite Detail
Jenna has an antique double-faced clock that she set to Atlanta time and Belgian time, and displayed on the Travel Table (which also included suitcases holding coffee favors, a globe, and other cute items).
My Favorite Moment
Jenna's dad tried everything under the sun to get me out on the dance floor with them (this crowd of 23 literally danced for 3 hours!). They were just such a lovely family!
Ceremony and Reception Lake Rabun Hotel
Photographer Pieter Morlion
Officiant Rev. Sam Mixon
Hair and Makeup Lindsey Nash
Caterer Lake Rabun Hotel
Baker Ain't B's
Florist Buds and Blossoms
DJ The TC Show
Ceremony Musician Marie Dunkle, Violinist
Chair Rentals Lanier Tent
Host Hotel Lake Rabun Hotel
Comments From The Couple
"We had a destination wedding, and we had guests coming over from Belgium. I was also living in Belgium and was not able to come back to the USA until 3 weeks before the wedding. Daria met with me on Skype, emailed with me regularly (spoke with my mother regularly as well), and really kept me organized, and helped me achieve things that would not have been possible alone. And on the day of, she kept everyone calm and made sure everything went smoothly! I can't imagine our big day being such a success without Circle of Love Weddings!" ~ Jenna (bride)
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Photos courtesy of Pieter Morlion