Today, we are reminiscing on Lisa and Brian’s classic springtime Dunaway Gardens wedding that was featured on Style Me Pretty. Marilisa Schachinger of Chancey Charm worked with this sweet couple throughout their 14-month engagement. We’re sharing the details behind this stunning Georgia wedding, favorite memories from the bride and groom + more. Enjoy!
-The Chancey Charm Team
The focal point of the ceremony that took place in the amphitheater of Dunaway Gardens was the birch chuppah decorated with organic florals. The natural wood folding chairs were embellished with sweet and simple aisle markers. As guests entered the ceremony space, they were greeted with a welcome table complete with family wedding photos and a custom wood box created by Artifact Uprising with the couple’s wedding monogram etched on the box. In lieu of programs, guests were also able to admire the names of the family and wedding party on a large wooden sign created by Confetti Press.
The reception decor in the dinner tent included a mix of greenery garlands and runners of candlelight and bud vases on long tables, draped in a charcoal gray linen. Each place setting had a lighter gray napkin with the dinner menu folded into it, wood table numbers and escort cards. Hanging above the head table were lanterns installed by Crush Event Designs with loose greenery attached. Crush also transformed the dancing tent with beautiful drapery and a conversation area with a settee and chairs.
May 2, 2015
Wedding Venue + Location
Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia
What did you most love about your venue?
We envisioned an outdoor wedding and definitely did our homework (with the help of our amazing wedding planner, Marilisa). After our tour at Dunaway Gardens, my husband was truly excited. I think we both knew it was the perfect place to have an elegant outdoor wedding.
What was your vision for your wedding?
After meeting with our wedding planner and talking her through our ideas, she summarized our vision as “effortlessly elegant,” which could not have been more on point. We wanted an elegant, yet relaxed outdoor garden party.
Wedding Color Palette
Soft grays, greens, creams, whites and subtle pops of pastel pinks.
How many guests attended the wedding?
How did you personalize your wedding day to reflect who you are as a couple?
We didn’t feel much need to stick to conventions. When thinking of officiants, we wanted a secular ceremony, but not one that felt impersonal. We ultimately decided to ask our fathers to officiate and they both put so much into the ceremony. Brian and I poured over our favorite books and found two really unique passages to be read: an excerpt from Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters To a Young Poet #7” and an excerpt from a letter written by John Steinbeck to his son, Thom, on being in love.
I ultimately choose to use my great-grandmother’s wedding band as my own. With both families enjoying a fine glass of scotch, there were six varieties available at the bar: Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Oban, Lagavulin, Dalwhinnie and Johnny Walker. Finally, my sweet, musically-inclined husband spent much time and energy selecting music to set the tone for the day.
Special memories, stories, or details from your wedding day
(From Lisa) Hands down, the best moment of the day was when my new husband surprised me by singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the end of the reception. Brian loves funk music and that song; now it is definitely our song.
(From Brian) My favorite moment was standing in the amphitheater and seeing Lisa at the top of the stairs getting ready to walk down. That’s when the whole surreal day felt most real to me, and it’s what I remember most clearly.
(From both) While taking pictures after the ceremony, we could hear all of our friends and family talking and laughing in the distance, with the music we had chosen filling the gardens. That moment made us appreciate all the people who had come to celebrate with us—and we were happy to know they were all having such a great time.
If you could offer one piece of wisdom to couples currently planning a wedding, what would it be?
We would offer the advice that was given to us. The people you hire are professionals, and you should trust and give them creative license. They enhanced our vision far better than we ever could. And in trusting them, we could relax and enjoy what a special time engagement was.
Wedding Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Planning + Design: Marilisa Schachinger for Chancey Charm | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra | Veil: Kelly’s Closet | Jewelry: BHLDN | Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Hair + Makeup: Raney O’Keefe | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Groom’s + Groomsmen’s attire: Guffey’s | Flowers/Florist: Meredith Mejerle & Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba Events | Invitations: Confetti Press | Other Products: Confetti Press | Guest book: Artifact Uprising | Music: Emerald Empire Band | Catering: Sun In My Belly | Cake: Sweet Creations by Candi Pittman | Rentals: Goodwin Events + Crush Event Designs | Transportation: Atlantic Transportation | Accommodations: Loews Hotel | Videographer: Before Your Eyes (see their stunning wedding highlight film here) | Photographer: Amy Arrington
Chancey Charm Atlanta Wedding Planner