Glendalough Manor Real Wedding: Blue and Yellow Military Wedding; Part 2 of 2

I am so excited to share the rest of this wedding with you!

Joseph and Jessica were married in the gardens at Glendalough Manor on September 28, 2012.  The couple said they fell in love with Glendalough Manor as soon as they saw it online. They knew they wanted to be married outside and have their reception indoors. The bride says she was “blown away by the pictures of the gardens and the building.  Once we visited the grounds and met the staff, we knew this place was a perfect fit for us!”

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

With the help of the event staff at Glendalough Manor, the ceremony began promptly at 4:00 in the evening.  The couple chose to have all of her bridal party come from the top of the bridge and walk down to the pergola.  The bride chose to also walk from the top of the bridge and make the walk down to the back of the aisle to be given away.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

A sand ceremony was included in their emotional and heartfelt ceremony. If you are unfamiliar with a sand ceremony it is similar in meaning to lighting a unity candle.  One of the great parts about a sand ceremony in an outdoor ceremony is that you don’t have to worry about wind and keeping candles lit.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

Look how adorable the three flower girls and ring bearer are?

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After the ceremony the guests were invited to the reception in the Avondale ballroom. The bride chose ivory linens, ivory napkins and used square and round tables provided by Glendalough Manor.  The bride kept the centerpieces for the guest tables classic using a tall glass vase filled with full sized calla lily’s.

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The couple chose to sit a sweetheart table lined with small vases of yellow calla lilies submerged in the vase.

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One of my favorite details of the wedding was the wedding favor placed on the napkins in the ballroom describing their love of sweets.

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One of A Kind Music Productions kept the guests dancing throughout the night! Check out these moves from the groom!

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

The bride and groom only stopped dancing to cut the beautiful wedding cake and throw the bouquet.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

The bride said “I would have to say my favorite part of the day was the reception. It was great to relax with my husband and see all of our guests having fun!”

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The happy couple departed with guests holding sparklers and left in a beautiful classic car!  The bride says her “advice to future brides is to start planning and making decisions early! Also, don’t stress too much over the little things, just enjoy the process – it will only happen once!”

Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Lee Photography

Congratulations to the Joseph and Jessica!  Thank you for letting us be a small part of your happy day!
A big thank you to Joseph and his service protecting our country.
Also, thanks to Brandelyn Lee Photography for these amazing photographs!

Glendalough Manor Real Wedding: Blue and Yellow Military Wedding; Part 1 of 2

On September 28, 2012 Joseph and Jessica invited one hundred of their closest friends and family to witness their beautiful ceremony and reception at Glendalough Manor.  The couple met at Mercer University in Macon, GA in American Government, a class Jessica says she didn’t need to take for a nursing degree but she is thankful took it!

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

Since we had so many amazing pictures from Brandelyn Photography we had a hard time narrowing down which pictures to use.  Since I couldn’t quite choose, I decided to split this wedding in to two parts so you could catch every detail of this beautiful wedding!

The day started off with the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready in the bridal suite at Glendalough Manor.  The talented Marsha at Ensynergy Facial Spa came to Glendalough to do the brides makeup.

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Jessica chose a stunning gown by Casablanca which had a sweetheart neckline and crystal embellishments at the waist.  To me, the bottom of the dress was the most unique with the fabric sewn to look like hundreds of roses.  It gave such a soft and romantic feeling to the dress.

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I love that Jessica chose her “something blue” as her wedding shoes! It matched perfectly with the blue of the bridesmaids dresses.

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She accented her gown with pearls around her neck, crystal and pearl teardrop earrings and a delicate headband of crystals in her hair.  The bridesmaids wore vibrant tea length blue dresses with pearl earrings.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

Ciao Bella Weddings helped with the floral design and did an incredible job helping Jessica’s vision come to life.  The bride carried a bouquet of white and blue hydrangea, yellow roses and calla lilies, blue delphinium and blue irises all tied in a white satin ribbon. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea, yellow roses and yellow ranunculus tied with a yellow satin ribbon.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

For the groom, Joseph, he wore his military dress blue uniform.  His groomsmen wore traditional black suits with yellow ties and a calla lily boutonniere with a sprig of blue delphinium.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

The bride and groom decided on a “First Look” before the ceremony.  This is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time without anyone else around.  It gives them time to talk and ease nerves as well as always extra time for pictures.  Joseph waited in the gardens while Jessica came up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder.  The couple took a few emotional minutes by themselves.  The incredibly talented photographers at Brandelyn Photography do an awesome job of capturing the moment while giving the bride and groom the space they need.

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography
Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

Make sure to read our blog tomorrow to see the rest of this beautiful wedding at Glendalough Manor!

Photo provided by Brandelyn Photography

Choosing a Venue for Military Couples!

If you are a military bride, have a fiance in the military or you both are active duty it can be even more overwhelming and stressful than most to plan a wedding.

Choosing a venue is one of the hardest and crucial decisions a military couple will face.
Many couples choose a venue close to family and friends however that may mean the facility is not near the bride and groom.  In that case, make sure to look for a facility with experience in dealing with military brides and grooms. For example, Glendalough Manor offers a portal where all the planning can be maintained online.  For couples in different states and time zones it makes planning that much easier. You can stay in the loop with the planning and arrive right before the wedding without worry!

Another great thing to look for as a military bride is a venue that is all inclusive and has a high level of support throughout the planning process. You may even find a venue like Glendalough Manor that is owned by a military family so they understand military decisions and circumstances. Glendalough Manor also offers a military discount to help with the wedding costs!! Try and find a venue that does the same!

One of the hardest factors to deal with are military deployments which can make choosing a date very tricky.  Choose a facility that can be flexible in changing things in emergency situations.

Also try and look for a facility that is equipped with the highest in technology.  Glendalough Manor offers a live webcast so friends and family unable to fly to the States can watch the reception live from their home and don’t miss out on seeing you on your special day.  We have even had a situation where the Best Man was deployed a week before the wedding but was able to Skype in on the screens and give his toast during the reception. So cool!

If you are a military couple and planning a wedding in the South make sure to look at Glendalough Manor.  We understand the pressures and difficulties that can arise when planning a wedding in the military.  Trust us to ease your stresses and help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

Call or email us today for an appointment!

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