Victoria + Cole (1.20.2019)

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Photos by: J. Blanch Photography

The Backstory

YEARS ago (but actually feels like a few months ago) me and Victoria shared Mell Hall, a University of Georgia, all-girl residential hall for freshmen. Because we were on the same floor, we practically faced each freshman phase together. Literally freshman year allows for SO much growth and really shapes the adult you become. Anyway, that's where me and Victoria's lives crossed and I am so blessed they did.

Years later, we reconnected when Cole popped the question. After grabbing a cup of coffee at Walker's in downtown Athens for their initial consult, I knew something was true - Victoria couldn't have picked a more genuine and perfect guy to spend the rest of her life with.

The Big Day

Their wedding was one of those days that you look back on and realize that EVERY DETAIL went off without a hitch - seriously. It's a rare occurence in this industry, so we always document them in our minds.

For this wedding we had a total of 3 of us including Bre, Kayla and myself. Both of them have been with me pretty much since the start of my company and when we get together, it's MAGICAL! The beautiful venue they got married at was the one and only Little River Farms. This manor-styled venue showcases a beautiful home with lots of neutral touches and stone features which overlook a pond. The best part - a covered patio with the most gorgeous details including a mantle and chandeliers!

The Design

Victoria had a very simple vision with navy, white and grey features which perfectly framed the venue which was so organic and neutral.

The couple's personal flowers included Playa Blanca roses, anemones, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, plumosa, smilax and even pinecones! The collection made the perfect wintertime bouquet and really embraced her dress, the bridesmaid dresses and the tuxes.

The Ceremony

I wish I could say as a wedding planner and designer that I can keep myself composed, but honestly, I silently cry in the back every. single. time. You see, most of the time, once I send down the bride and her father, most venues have a door blocking me from viewing or hearing the ceremony, but for Victoria and Cole, I was able to witness the whole thing since there is only drapery.

The Hot Cocoa Hour

This wedding was by far the COLDEST day of the year. Unknowingly, the best possible thing Victoria and Cole could have decided early on was a hot cocoa bar in lieu of alcoholic beverages. On their big day, the Mother of the Bride supplied all the goodies to dress up some delicious hot chocolate prepared by Old Country Place.

Seriously, these photos still make my mouth water - it was the best hot cocoa!

The Reception

Good times, good company and even better food - what more could you ask for? Oh yea - there were homemade buckeyes which are peanut butter and chocolate pieces from heaven as favors and the sweetest way to end the night!

Their Incredible Vendors:

Venue: Little River Farms

Photos: J. Blanch Photography

Coordination + Florals: Your Best Guest

Hair + Makeup: Aundrea Baisley Beauty

Bridal Gown: Charme Bridal and Prom (Maggie Sottero Design)

Tuxes: Prestige Menswear

Caterer: Old Country Place

DJ: D Street Entertainment

Cut Cake + Cupcakes: Sam's Club

Officiant: Tim Hunter

Faux Floral Centerpieces (reception): Lenora Allen

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