Georgia Mill Town Halloween Wedding: Todd & Rob
October 31, 2015
How do you top off a romantic, double-surprise cabin proposal? With a stunning Halloween-meets-rustic-chic wedding, of course!
Rob and Todd both shared a desire to marry in a rustic barn, but had trouble finding one that stuck out to them. They encountered their choice late in their search when they were just about to give up for the day. The hostess and owner were amazing and the tour proved the venue to be the perfect size, including a stage and a hayloft honeymoon suite. They wanted an autumn wedding and were thrilled with Halloween availability. They could not be happier with their choice.
Planning was an ever-evolving journey. For the first half of their engagement they were planning a commitment ceremony as Georgia did not yet recognize same-sex marriage. In June 2015, the grooms were elated to witness the Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality national.
Todd and Rob turned their planning into an extensive arts and crafts project. They hand-made their save-the-dates using old postcards and embossed stamps. They also made their invitations. They created an outdoorsy “Field Guide” complete with a map of the property, a page inviting guests to “Join (them) in the Woods,” a page of wildlife that guests might encounter and a page of information. They wanted something whimsical, yet informative, and unique.
Halloween provided the perfect backdrop to have fun with the reception. The grooms bought masks for everyone so they could wear them during the dance party after dinner. Decorations tastefully reflected the holiday and gave the entire event a fun feel, and allowed everyone to be a kid again for one evening.
Among the many other details that personalized and made Rob and Todd’s wedding amazing were an incredible Atlantan band that they had followed since 2009 and a food truck which allowed guests to come and go as they pleased, sit wherever they liked and even order multiple times.
Rob shared his favorite memory of the wedding day: “As I was walking to the cottage to get ready for the ceremony, I had a moment to myself, staring up at the large trees overhead, taking it all in. The band was going through with a soundcheck in the barn behind me, and I could hear the lead singer, Lauren, singing a few lines of a song. It was right then that I remember thinking ‘This is it. This is really happening. I’m about to marry an amazing guy. My favorite band is going be playing. My favorite people in the world will all be in one place. Worlds are colliding. And it’s just great.’ I started tearing up as I walked closer to the cottage, but smiling the entire time.”
Rob and Todd consider working with their photographer one of the best experiences of both their engagement and their wedding. He was enthusiastic and inspiring and had many ideas for the perfect engagement shoot. When their friends saw their photographs, they all hoped that he would also be their wedding photographer, and he was.
One major piece of advice that Rob and Todd would share is to actively seek same-sex friendly vendors. In their search for venues, for example, they would send a small paragraph telling their backstory and let them know they were looking for same-sex friendly venues. Some venues never responded at all. Some venues provided some information. And yet, Rob and Todd were surprised at how many were so eager to work with them. They would respond with congratulatory statements and ask for more information. They were blown away by the response and it made their search a lot easier because they were able to narrow down their list of vendors rapidly based on their excitement level.
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photographer: Sowing Clover Photography // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Banana Republic // Dress Store: J. Crew // Specialty Foods: King of Pops // Band: The Whiskey Gentry // Jewelry: Worthmore Jewelers // Event Venue: Yarborough Mill // Shoes: Chacos // Caterer: Ibiza Bites // Officiant: Lauren Staley Morrow // Other: Wine Shoe Atlanta // Floral Designer: Your Dekalb Farmers Market //
Submitted via Two Bright Lights