When Katie and Chad got engaged last June, many, many people in Atlanta had the opportunity to celebrate right along with the happy couple. After planning the proposal for four months while deployed in the Middle East, Chad came home to pull off a surprise proposal that Katie will never forget. Under the guise of a girl's only dinner at her favorite BBQ restaurant, Katie arrived to find her father waiting at the front door. He handed Katie a single red rose, and then sent Katie on her way, where she then came across one of her oldest friends (and Chad's younger sister), Courtney, who gave her another rose. As she walked through the restaurant, Katie received roses from her aunt, cousin, sister-in-law and brother, all leading her into the main dining area, where she was surprised to see a camera crew and crowd of people waiting for her.
"Once I made it to the dining area, my mom handed me a rose, and then Chad's mom handed me a letter that read, 'Turn around'. Only in that moment did I realize who was going to be behind me. I turned around and there was Chad. I held on to him so tightly and cried because I was so overwhelmed with excitement and relief that he had made it back home safely. Words can't really do justice to how I felt in that moment. After my tearful embrace, he gave me the last red rose, got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. My response was 'Yes, yes, yes!'" Katie described.
Chad and Katie spent the rest of the evening celebrating at the restaurant with their friends and family. I mentioned that there was a camera crew there to capture the romantic proposal, and you can view it right here (Get your tissues ready)!
A mere four months later, Katie and Chad tied the knot on an expansive piece of family property in Fairmount, Georgia, photographed by Moreland Photography. Considering how little time the couple had to plan, I promise that you will be SHOCKED to hear just how many DIY projects the wedding includes, and I'm not even going to mention them all here! "The barn in which the ceremony and reception was held was an actual working barn, not at all cut out for a wedding. I kid you not when I say it took two months to clean that thing. A lot of manual, hard labor went into making that barn beautiful and a lot of calluses were made in the process." Working with a blank canvas, Katie and Chad had the help of so many generous and talented close friends and family to do everything from sewing and hanging the white drapes from the barn rafters, to locating and installing antique chandeliers and distressed doors for the ceremony altar. All of the beautiful wooden signs were made and painted by the bride's aunts, the flowers were arranged by the bride's cousin and even the adorable tulle flower girl dresses were handmade by the mother of the bride!
After four months chalk-full of DIY wedding projects, the end result is a romantic country wedding filled with rustic details, along with bright pops of aqua and pink. The couple was married last September by the bride's uncle in the presence of 150 guests, and it is clear that the wedding was a beautiful labor of love for everyone involved. I only hope that all of you brides have such an amazing support system during the wedding planning process!
Romantic Country Wedding and an Awesome Proposal - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Moreland Photography
Venue: Private residence in Fairmount, Georgia
Caterer: Community Q BBQ
Cake Designer: Confections by Stephanie
DJ: Donny Holmes
Bridal Attire: Wedding dress via Sweet Elegance Bridal Bridesmaids Attire: David's Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Ties by Belk and suit by J.Ferrar
Wedding Favors: Drink koozies by Rook Design Co.
A rustic wedding with burlap, mason jars and paper flowers created by the bride using book pages.
Tara and Alan's sweet southern wedding with vintage charm decorated with white peonies, anemones, burlap and glass mason jars.