Two and a half years after they met, on their weekly date night, Lindsey and Jeremy decided to take the scenic route home from dinner in Milledgeville, Georgia. As they headed across Georgia College's campus, the pair reached a stand of magnolia trees. There, Jeremy stopped and asked Lindsey to marry him.
Despite their open-air proposal, the couple decided they wanted an indoor space for their wedding on January 24, 2015, and loved the industrial vibe of the Mill at Yellow River in nearby Porterdale. "I loved the exposed brick and oversized windows," says Lindsey. "But what really sealed it for me was the set of pillars down the center of the room, forming the perfect aisle." They brought a glamorous theme into the raw space, keeping with a gold, ivory, and black color scheme to match the winter season.
Get inspired by this perfectly seasonal celebration, photographed by Lauren Rae Photography.
Lindsey fell for a silky cap-sleeve gown by Maggie Sottero. "I knew I wanted something that wasn't your typical wedding dress, and I loved the combination of the satin and the beaded sleeves. When my mother started crying, I knew we were done," she says. Her all-white bouquet combined white roses, garden roses, and sweet peas with dusty miller and a copper ribbon. And that cathedral-length veil? It was handmade by Lindsey's grandmother!
Lindsey's bridesmaids wore chiffon gowns in Venetian gold, choosing styles and designers to fit their style and budget. The groom wore a black tuxedo with an ivory tie, while groomsmen wore black tuxes with black ties. "Jeremy and I both wanted a classic look," Lindsey says.
The ceremony took place in front of a curtain of sheer ivory, with Edison bulbs and gilded branches hung from the ceiling. Glass orbs held votive candles, casting a warm glow over the space.
The aisle was decorated with floating candles and arrangements of white hydrangeas. As Lindsey and her father reached the end of the aisle, they paused to take in the moment. "My dad leaned in to tell me he loved me and ask if I was ready. I told him I was going to need his help to start walking — I was shaking so hard that, without him, I'd probably still be standing there now! Leave it to Dad to save the day once again."
"We knew tears were more than likely going to flow, so we went with traditional vows to keep our speaking parts to a minimum," says the bride.
Guests' table assignments were written on the panes of vintage windows. Tables were arranged beneath the hanging branch chandeliers. The bride and groom's first dance was to "You Are Mine" by MuteMath, a band that the couple goes to see every time they come to Atlanta.
The three-tiered wedding cake, topped with two gilded deer, had layers of red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla pound cake covered in cream cheese frosting.
The couple's DJ kept the dance floor packed all night, leading to one of the most interactive and fun weddings the couple has ever been to. "It was an amazing celebration," says Lindsey. "But whoever told us it was a good idea to get married a month after Christmas was crazy! It was stressful, especially that last month, but we tried to cherish every moment."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mill at Yellow River || Wedding Coordinator: Kristen J. Scott || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Shoes: Betsey Johnson || Jewelry: Kate Spade || Hair: Simply Indulge Salon || Makeup: Simply Skin Medica || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Catering & Flowers: Beyond Details || Invitations: Minted || Music: Spectrum Entertainment || Cake: Sweet Afternoons || Photography: Lauren Rae Photography
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