This couple's winter wedding in North Georgia was extra special because the bride, Marnetia ReFour Amaning, is the founder of wedding design house, Refour and After. She and her husband-to-be both love the outdoors and everything having to do with the idea of "unplugging." For their first trip together, they stayed in the North Georgia mountains and just absolutely fell in love. So naturally, when it was time to choose their wedding venue, they knew they wanted a venue with mountain views. Meanwhile, the bride had fallen in love with the modern black and white barn look that she had been seeing in wedding blogs and on social media, and she wanted to pair it with a neutral color palette to give it that modern and clean feel.
Scroll down to hear more from about how this wedding professional's day came together at Meadows at Mossy Creek and what inspired her the most. You can check out all of the photography by Lily Hannah below, as well as by clicking here to check out the full gallery (also linked at the bottom of this page!). Photos feature design and florals by Refour and After, day-of coordination by Doctored Events, and bridal hair and makeup by Superb Faces and The Curl Bar Salon.
This bride and groom were very much into re-thinking the traditional, so because of that, every wedding "tradition" was re-considered and intentional. The invitations were custom-made to include a sketch of the wedding venue in letterpress, and for one of the insert cards, they included their love story. Because most of the guests were familiar with the actual wedding day details from the wedding website, they thought it would be more meaningful to use the invitations as a way to tell their love story and what that meant for their wedding day instead.
When it came to their unity ritual during the wedding ceremony, they wanted to do something very personal and special. For months leading up to the big day they had been saying they should make their own handshake, and then one day they realized "that's it!" It was the best decision they could have made. Not only did it showcase their unity, but it's something they still do to this day!
The couple really enjoys comedy shows and would try to go during date nights whenever they could. Because of this, for their cocktail hour they decided to do a comedy cocktail hour and invite their favorite comedian to do stand up for everyone. However, this wasn't the only cocktail hour option! The family and friends that loved it stayed inside and enjoyed a few good laughs, but those that preferred good music and the outdoors gathered around the fire pit and indulged in drinks and snacks.
Being that the groom is Ghanaian, the bride's father-in-law to-be did a very special toast for the couple during the reception. In tribute to their new union, they were presented with traditional Ghanaian beaded necklaces which were presented starting with a musical drum tribute that the groom joined in on.
The bride and groom had so much fun creating their seating chart display. The groom built their triangle arches, and the bride designed the seating chart sign to resemble the peaks and dips of the mountains. Instead of table numbers, the couple chose to use table names of mountains they had visited. Because they knew they wanted an understated elegance to their wedding design, the bride used an ivory color palette with natural wood accents to bring some warmth to the design.
For their flowers, the bride wanted to continue to keep it simple, but still have that high-end feel. It took months of exploring and envisioning to come up with the idea of creating an "infinite" aisle of roses down the center of the tables, but the hard work paid off. The groom built 5 foot long white planters that were filled with white roses to create a dramatic 15 foot aisle of them down the estate tables, in particular. Rows of smaller vases were also used to create that "infinite look" on the other tables.
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