Georgia Barn Wedding: Jamie & Lindsay
Jamie proposed to Lindsay in December 2013, on Friday the 13th. She had been holding on to the ring for a couple of weeks, trying to decide on the perfect time. Jamie had Lindsay’s father’s blessing and wanted to involve the family so all could share in the excitement. Jamie decorated the apartment with extra Christmas lights and Lindsay giggled when she walked in at the ones that weren’t so perfectly hung. Jamie presented Lindsay with a gift. The card was a long, heartfelt note. Inside the box were 40 pictures of the couple and underneath the photos there was an ornament with the date and the words “She said yes.” Jamie got down on one knee and asked Lindsay to marry her.
The brides experienced rejection from many not-so-open-minded venues before finding the one. Several even stopped communicating with the couple once they told them they were a same-sex couple. Only one directly stated that they would not work with them, and that it was best that they find another venue. When they visited the barn, however, they immediately fell in love with its antique cars, vintage signs, string lights and some of the kindest owners they met along their journey. They chose their wedding date just so they could host their wedding at that venue.
Jamie and Lindsay wanted to include very personal details in their day. They had photos from their parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. They included Jamie’s grandfather’s typewriter and old gas station Georgia hat in the decorations. They handmade part of their favors—candles made out of old punch bowl glasses. They wrote letters to each other, which their officiant incorporated into their ceremony. Lindsay’s dad made Italian Wedding cookies, which were served on family china. Their koozies were custom designed and printed by a friend.
During their ceremony, Jamie and Lindsay celebrated with a tree ceremony. They chose a dogwood tree, the state tree of Lindsay’s home state, Virginia.
Jamie’s favorite moment of the entire night was going upstairs on the balcony with Lindsay, and looking down at the dance floor watching everyone have a great time. Those seconds alone were meaningful and memorable, and Jamie still reflects on them often.
Jamie has great advice for couples planning their own same-sex weddings today. She recommends, “Do as much of it as you can together. Don’t put everything onto one person, and say you don’t care. You do care. it’s your wedding, and if you’re doing it right it’s the only one you’ll have. Include those personal touches where you can. People will notice them, and connect with them. The biggest advice I can give though, don’t get discouraged. Times are changing, but there is still a lot of hate out there. You are taking the chance at rejection from people involved in the planning process. You may have a moment where you want to cry and give up, but please know that for every person out there who is hateful you will meet another one that will restore your faith in people. There is more love in the world then you realize, and when you find the vendors that want to be a part of your day you will be thankful you didn’t settle for someone that wasn’t ok with you being gay.”
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Photography: Six Hearts Photography // Cinematography: SquidWed Films // PhotoBooth: RobotBooth // Planning + Coordination: SAS Weddings // Venue: Barn at Oakleaf Farm // Catering: Beyond Details // Cake: Rhodes Family Bakery / / Florals: EMW Florals / / Bridal Gown: Anya Bridal / / Bridesmaids dresses: Ann Taylor // Bridal Suit: Pronto Uomo // Brides and Groomsmen Suit: Pronto Uomo
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