Beauty in Detail

St. Mary’s gothic chapel making a bold and beautiful statement on Broad Street.

St. Mary’s gothic chapel making a bold and beautiful statement on Broad Street.

After taking a few art history courses at Berry College, I began to develop a new appreciation for the true brilliance of chapels. And to my delight, Rome, GA has no shortage of beautiful chapels. St. Mary’s Church, the venue for Lindsay and Alan Jackson, had additional significance to me as well. It was one of the very few locations my Hawaiian grandfather, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting, had visited on his trip to the South. Having a sense of awe being is his footsteps, along with the unmistakable beauty of the chapel; it was an awesomely special experience for me.

The exterior of this gothic style church, built in 1930 by a Benedictine monk and architect from Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, features a large and bold crucifix scene with the phrase Venite Adoremus, “O come let us adore him”, inscribed above the red, wooden

The adorable cake topper matched the couple perfectly!

The adorable cake topper matched the couple perfectly!

double doors. The interior is decorated with detailed stained glass and exposed roof trusses bringing the eye to the heavens. When I thought I had seen all its splendor, the altar, made of Carrara marble with Venetian gold mosaic and onyx accents from Italy seemed to glow from the back of the church.

With this magnificent scene in your head, now just image it during a wedding! At half past two on a perfect Saturday afternoon, everyone filed into their seats and were just as in awe as I was over the view of the chapel. The bride’s adorable 4 year old daughter participated in the ceremony as the flower girl and was cute as a button in her off-white dress. The groom melted our hearts by presenting her with a necklace during the ceremony!

Memorable moments captured for the couple to enjoy!

Memorable moments captured for the couple to enjoy!

The reception took place just down the street at Forrest Place, which is a great venue for mingling and dancing, especially with a band like Ready or Not who kept the guests momentum alive through the night. Three Rivers Photography did a great job getting the guests involved by offering a well-placed photo booth, complete with props. They also printed the photos out in fun strips resembling those from actual photo booths and packaged them all together with notes from the guests.

As the night drew to a close, everyone lined the sidewalks with sparklers in hand (although sometimes dangerous, it is a favorite of mine!) to say goodbye to the newlyweds – another unforgettable wedding made possible by The Season team!