At Southern Weddings, pictures of sweet details, beautiful blooms, and gorgeous gowns never fail to make us smile, but what really stops us in our tracks are pictures of couples radiating with love! Every portrait of today’s bride and groom, Bailey and Tucker, fits that description, and after reading about how much they focused on their upcoming marriage during their engagement, it’s no surprise that the joy of becoming husband and wife is so evident in their photos. A historic mill venue and the lush greenery they incorporated into their decor made a lovely backdrop for what really mattered that day–getting married!
Thank you so much to Kelly Lane for sharing Bailey and Tucker’s wedding with us!
When my mom and I went to look for wedding dresses, I honestly did not know what I wanted. At our first stop, my consultant brought me a couple of lace dresses that I tried on and liked. My mom then commented that she had seen a dress while walking in that looked like me. I tried on the dress my mom picked out (the third one I tried on) and it was perfect! I totally had that moment of dancing in the dress and twirling, knowing I had said “yes to the dress!”
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We chose the Mill at Yellow River for both our ceremony and reception because of its raw beauty, both outside and inside the mill. It has a rare and interesting history in the town of Porterdale, Georgia, and such a welcoming, Southern feel.
Saying our vows was our most memorable moment from our wedding day. As we were staring into each other’s eyes, that was when it really hit us that we were committing our lives to one another.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was that all of our family members and friends were in the same place at the same time, celebrating with us as we began our lives together! What an incredible feeling it was being surrounded by so much love and encouragement. Oh happy day!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were able to save money by using friends and family who generously gave their gifts, talents, and time to help create our special day.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Delicious! Our wedding cake and the groom’s cake were made by Debra Adams from Greensboro, Georgia. The wedding cake was a simple five-tiered vanilla buttercream cake, and the groom’s cake was a delicious three-tiered caramel praline cake!
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. From Tucker: Bailey and I met through two dear friends of ours during the fall of our sophomore year of college at Auburn University. We played a doubles match with them at the tennis courts on campus. Bailey was very fiery and outgoing, but also very genuine–a combination that caught my attention. We became friends after that night and flirted for the next year or so until I finally manned up and asked her out!
Tell us all about the proposal! Tucker asked me to marry him on September 22, 2012. I was in graduate school, and Tucker was living in Atlanta. That day, Tucker drove down to Auburn early Saturday morning. He told me all week that we were going to spend the morning together and then head over to the Auburn vs. LSU home game. When he picked me up, much to my surprise, he took me out to Chewacla State Park for a breakfast picnic. During breakfast, he asked me to close my eyes and then surprised me with beautiful flowers. Then, to play with me again, he had me close my eyes and surprised me with a picture of my friend’s newborn baby. A little while later, he told me to close my eyes one last time. This time, he handed me a note that he had written, telling me that he wanted to grow closer to me, and live out his life with me by his side. At the end of the note, I looked up and he was down on one knee. After a lot of “Are you serious?” and “I don’t know what to do right now!” I finally said “Yes!!!” After Tucker read scripture and prayed for us, we headed to campus, where he surprised me one last time–our families had driven to Auburn that morning and set up a celebration tailgate!
When did y’all get married? May 18, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Ephesians 5:21-33 and Ephesians 3:17-21; these verses spoke to what our marriage should look like and how our marriage can be used for things greater than ourselves.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? It is so easy to get caught up in the wedding planning, but it’s important to remember why you are doing this. Remind yourself to focus on your marriage more than your wedding.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are currently living in Atlanta and are open to whatever is in store for us next. One day, we will definitely expand our family to include dogs and children, but for now, we are enjoying life as just the two of us! We are most looking forward to sharing many memories and adventures together.
Photographer: Kelly Lane Photography / Videographer: Stuart Atkins Films / Planner: Brandy Glaze with Beyond Details / Venue: The Mill at Yellow River / Florist: Karen Fountain / Cake Baker: Debra Adams / Caterer: Beyond Details / Band: City Heat / Bride’s Gown: Jim Hjelm / Invitations: Ancesserie Letterpress / Paper Products: Swoozie’s / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Hair and Makeup: Katie Terry / Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank