It goes without saying that elegant manor houses withstand the test of time and fleeting trend—and beautifully classic weddings along with them! The lovely grounds and stately interiors of the Taylor Grady House are everything the perfect canvas for David & Macy’s nuptials. Each spectacular detail gave way to the next in an endless stream of classic taste and overwhelming joy—nothing says “forever” quite like a day filled with family, bowties, and an absolutely smitten pair of love birds!
A word from the photographer, Sarah Ingram:
“Macy & David’s palette of black, white and green was selected to marry with the classic architecture and colors of Taylor Grady House. A watercolor crest of magnolia leaves was custom painted and carried onto invitations, and real magnolia used throughout bouquets and reception decor. Whitewood Events dreamed up classic details including an escort display using grey paper and gold ink to warm up the details and as a nod to Christmas which was just around the corner. In true Athens style, the University of Georgia alumni couple was sent off into the night by a wave of poms in the colors of their alma mater.”
Love notes from David & Macy:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Macy: “David and I met during our freshman year of college at The University of Georgia. We were in the same group of friends, so we spent a lot of time together. It was not until the end of our junior year that our friendship transitioned into something, more and we started dating that following summer during a trip to Washington D.C.. Five years later, David surprised me with an engagement proposal at the Lincoln Memorial while back in D.C. visiting friends.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome during your wedding planning.
Macy: “Hands down the hardest hurdle we had to overcome during wedding planning was the guest list. There were so many people we wanted to be there to celebrate with us, and we had a very hard time cutting down our list to fit our venue and budget. In the end, we decided that having the people we love there was more important than some of the frills, and that was the best decision that we could have made!”
Any special ways you incorporated your family into your wedding day?
Macy: “We incorporated our family into our wedding in several ways since family is incredibly important to us. We included our siblings in our wedding party and David had his dad as his best man. My ‘something blue’ was a piece of my grandfather’s blue pajamas that my grandmother saved when he passed away. Finally, we also incorporated our family history by displaying special pictures of our grandparents who are no longer living by the guest book at the ceremony and reception.”
What part of your wedding day was most important to you?
Macy: “Our entire wedding day was the most perfect day that I could have ever imagined! There wasn’t any single part that took precedent over the entire day! But a few that stick out are—the special moments I spent with my dad before he walked me down the aisle and the moment the chapel doors opened and I saw all of the people who had come to celebrate David and me. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and excitement!”
David: “The whole day was so great! My favorite moment was during our first dance at the reception. The pressure of the day and ceremony had passed and it was time for Macy and I to have fun with all of our friends and family! It was time to get the party started!”
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
“Since we decided to get married in our college town of Athens, Ga (and now new home town!) we were able to incorporate some of our favorite places and things from where our relationship began! When deciding on food for the reception, the only real option was to use our long time favorite restaurant, Last Resort Provisions. During the week leading up to the wedding we held small gatherings at places that were special to us because of the fun times spent there. This was epitomized by holding our ceremony at The University of Georgia Chapel on the historic North Campus. We also enjoyed showing some school spirit by having our friends send us off from the reception with red and black pompoms. Go Dawgs!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Cherish the little things!”
photographer: Sarah Ingram / venue: Taylor Grady House / stylist & planner: Whitewood Events – Whitney / floral designer: Gardenia Floral Design / cake designer: Publix / hair & makeup: Bombshell Creations / rentals: Oconee Events / watercolor crest: Sarah Ingram / catering: LRG Provisions / ceremony music: Zack Milster and Lynn Williams / reception entertainment: Norris Dates and Power Surge / groom’s accommodations: Graduate Athens / bridal accommodations: Hotel Indigo Athens / film lab: Goodman Film Lab