rustic outdoor wedding

September 14th


Chris and Victoria opted for the Farm at High Shoals’ most popular wedding package—the Premium Package. From our first contact, Victoria had a vision for their wedding as, “rustic chic,” but didn’t want to go too overboard with the country decor—no hay bale overkill or camouflage wedding gowns for these two.

On wedding day, Victoria and her bridesmaids laughed together and were pampered at the Villa as they had hair and makeup done in the beautiful bridal suite. Chris and the guys shared memories while fishing around the lake during his last few hours of bachelorhood.

For the ceremony, the couple wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the venue. They chose a beautiful ceremony spot overlooking the willow tree on the lake and used antique pews, minimalist floral design with lots of greenery, and a softly draped rustic arbor crafted by a local woodworker in Athens, Georgia

The couple felt the reception, taking place in the Stables reception barn, should be a bit more relaxed with a focus on creating the perfect ambient atmosphere for partying. To create the “wow” factor, we lined half the barn with 20-foot-tall trees imported from a nearby nursery and strung cafe lights from tree to tree. We softened the space by draping nearly 800 yards of mixed neutral fabrics—the exterior and interior doorways of the Stables were draped with large panels of muslin fabric in varying neutral hues; bases of trees were covered with shades of burlap; a few hay bales were brought in to create sectional seating around the dance floor and then covered in cream-colored burlap and muslin.

Guest tables were covered in the lightest, most natural hue of green we could find—a close match to the soft green of a budding Annabelle hydrangea. (One of our favorites!)  Centerpieces were kept simple in minimalistic wooden boxes. Also on the tables were chalkboard signs with lyrics from the couple’s favorite country songs and custom-created  “Wedding Mad Libs” for guests to fill out about the newlyweds—all wonderful keepsakes!

Last, but not least, we kept a casual reception atmosphere by choosing a buffet of BBQ with a variety of Southern soul food favorites from Home.made from Scratch, a uniquely Athens-flavored catering company. Cocktail appetizers were served on large wooden spools with cool vintage tins; beer was served out of giant, cast-iron buckets (or cauldrons, rather); and many of the down-home side items were served in large cast-iron pieces, all passed from generation to generation through the bride’s family.