For Macy and William, it was "love at first sight," the bride confesses. After their first date at the Georgia State Fair, the pair was inseparable. Yet William still managed to surprise Macy when he dropped to one knee inside an intimate cafe and asked her to be his wife.
Fifteen months of planning—"way too long," Macy laments—led to the couple's June wedding in Fort Valley, Georgia. A self-proclaimed "literature buff," the bride envisioned Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when it came to planning the couple's big day. "I wanted natural wild flowers, lights every where that would look like fairies flying around, and just a dreamy feel all over," Macy says.
Pineola Farms "is literally the most beautiful outdoor venue I have ever seen," the bride gushes about 140-year-old farmland that stretches more than 12 acres in middle Georgia. "My dream was to get married outside in God's beautiful creation."
Macy loved her lace a
Bridesmaids wore lavender and kiwi-colored dresses by Alfred Angelo, pairing their choice of cowboy boots with the one-shoulder sheaths.
A florist created Macy's green, purple and white bouquet using hydrangea and wild flowers. For her something blue, Macy donned a a sapphire and diamond bracelet.
Bridesmaids' bouquets were made from dried lavender and tied with white lace from the mother-of-the-bride's bridal gown.
William wore a dried lavender boutonniere adorned with bright green blooms and tied with twine.
Held in Pineola Farms' pecan orchard, the couple's afternoon wedding ceremony was traditional, the bride says.
Wild flowers held in mason jars and hung from shepherd's hooks decorated the aisle.
The couple's flower girl "stole the show with her sassy self," Macy recalls.
The young girl tossed dried lavender as she descended the grass aisle.
The couple combined black and white sand—granules scooped from the beaches of El Salvador and Mexico—during a ceremony sand service. "It was a symbolic mixture of our works together for Christ, and our also our pleasures together," Macy says.
Macy's cousins belted out Brandon Heath's ballad Love Never Fails, while a childhood best friend read from Wilfred Peterson's The Art of Marriage.
Macy's 2-year-old godson, William, served as the couple's ring bearer. As the officiant pronounced the couple man and wife and guests clapped with joy, the boy ran to Macy and William and shouted "yay!" the bride recalls.
Beneath a framed display of photos of the couple, guests could press their inked finger onto a picture of a tree. The artwork served as Macy and William's guestbook.
To satisfy the bride's vision of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staff from Pineola Farms hung mason jars containing solar-powered tea lights from the reception venue's rafters. "When the sun went down, it looked as if fairies were flying around the trees," Macy says.
Lisa Mae Cakes designed the couple's wedding cake to look like a birch tree, "with the most realistic knot holes in it," Macy says. In the center of the four-tier confection, the baker carved the couple's initials.
Macy and William left their reception through a tunnel of glittering sparklers.
Wedding Planner: Elegant Event by Carolann || Ceremony Venue: Pineola Farms || Reception Venue: Pineola Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Da Vinci || Bride's Veil: Twigs & Honey || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bride's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Groom's Tux: Men's Wearhouse || Groom's Wedding Ring: Bashinski Fine Gems & Jewelry, Inc. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Dillard's || Flower Girl Dress: Etsy || Florist: Cindy Saul || Caterer: Celebrations by Alexa || Stationery: Set Apart Designs || Cake Baker: Lisa Mae Cakes || Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Entertainment: DJ Surname Helms || Photography: Jenny Evelyn