Georgia On My Mind

The North Georgia mountains glowed in the distance for a perfect backdrop.

Rebecca and John Paul chose to celebrate their special day in the Northwest Georgia Mountains at Walnut Hill Farm’s Hilltop Barn in Dalton, Georgia. And what a great choice this was! As guests gathered around the barn during cocktail hour and listened to the band Drivetrain, they also watched the sun set as the majestic blue mountain range glowed in the distance. If you’re looking for a ‘barn’ wedding that feels clean, beautiful, and chic, without being too ‘rustic’, then Walnut Hill is where to go!

Upon their arrival, guests had a chance to sign the guest book filled with engagement photos which sat in front of a teddy bear, one in a set of three made from the bride’s grandmother’s mink stole and the dress from a portion of her wedding gown from 1949.

The view from inside the barn was just as breathtaking as the outside!

The large wooden barn doors were soon opened and guests were speechless as they entered and had their first glimpse of the reception. A sea of white roses and baby’s breath from Bussey’s covered the light blue satin table cloths on each table. Columns with glowing white draped linens flanked both sides of the room and centered the wedding cake, the focal point of the room. The cake, a five tiered beauty from Gabriel’s Bakery, sat atop a platform of blue hydrangea and vibrant green granny smith apples! On the opposite side of the barn, the newlyweds began their first dance to My Kind of Crazy, followed by the father of the Bride giving a heartfelt toast to the couple.

As if brewing his own beer wasn't impressive enough, the groom built the chandelier!

Instead of having a mad rush for the delicious food catered by Harvest Moon, the bride had a better idea. Each table was assigned a country song that, when played by the band, designated their turn to go to the food stations!

With dinner completed and the cake cut, everyone grabbed a glass of champagne and listened to toasts from the Best Man and Maid of Honor and then watched the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance. Guests then took to the dance floor while the band playing lively, energetic songs everyone could enjoy.

A few personal notes (besides the awesome wedding bear): the groom brewed his own beer to serve during cocktail hour. He also made the awesome chandelier! The bride drew the outline of Georgia with the phrase from “Georgia on My Mind” written in for the koozies.