Kim & Brian
September 20, 2014 · Gainesville, GA
About The Wedding
Kim contacted me in the spring to help her put together a laid-back lakeside fall wedding for her and Brian. They live in Florida, but were very excited to hold their intimate wedding at Brian's family's Lake Lanier home, where he had spent many happy summers with his cousins. The homeowner (his cousin) moved back to Georgia as an adult and purchased the house from his father so his kids could grow up the same way he did - spending time with family and friends on the gorgeous lakeside property. Kim and Brian's mantra was "keep it simple," and they insisted on their event having a casual, non-weddingy feel (I must have heard that 100 times from the bride). We did spend a fair amount of time on the decor, which in the end was just what Kim envisioned. Lanterns and string lights cast a soft glow over the long farm tables, which held clusters of vases with wildflowers. The altar area was a stunning vignette of wooden stumps, cut on-site under the florist's direction and clustered with lanterns and pops of flowers. A cautionary tale: Kim got herself all worked up with more and more complicated decor ideas (furniture, old doors, etc.) - Pinterest was truly not her friend, as she kept seeing more and more ideas and getting more and more stressed out as to how to implement them. She finally checked herself and got back to basics with her original vision, and from there her stress was greatly reduced and everything fell into place. The moral of the story: sometimes it's better to stop looking for ideas and just stick with your original desires - especially when time is a factor. After the simple, sweet ceremony officiated by Brian's uncle, guests enjoyed cocktails and passed appetizers, and rides on the pontoon boat. Dinner was steaks on the grill (Brian's ideal wedding meal) and family-style sides, and dessert was different flavors of cupcakes on wooden displays. After a long search for the perfect music, we finally located guitarist/singer Brent McDonald, who provided fabulous background music. The photographer and I rode out on the pontoon boat after dark to get shots of the party from afar, as Kim and Brian laughed and visited with their guests, enjoying the relaxed setting that they had wanted.
My Favorite Detail
Kim and Brian are creating a blended family, and their last names are similar: Hatten and Harwell. Since they have been together, they have jokingly called themselves the Hatwells. So as a gift, one of the guests had a wooden sign made that said Hatwells est. 2014. We displayed it at the top of the driveway to direct guests down to the ceremony site!
My Favorite Moment
Kim and Brian swore they wouldn't dance, but near the end of the night, the guests encouraged them, and they shared a sweet moment swaying together under the stars. It was the perfect end to a perfect wedding day!
Ceremony and Reception Private Residence
Photographer Alecia Lauren Photography
Caterer Talk of the Town
Baker Miss Mamie's Cupcakes
Florist Stylish Stems
Hair and Makeup Lindsey Nash
Officiant Richard Douglas
Guitarist Brent McDonald
Linens I Do Linen
Farm Tables Event Rentals Unlimited