A Bohemian Barn Wedding at Vinewood Plantation in Newnan, Georgia

A college graduation party in Dahlonega, Georgia, brought Katie Barker (an elementary school teacher) and Tanner Edmonds (an Army infantry officer) to

A college graduation party in Dahlonega, Georgia, brought Katie Barker (an elementary school teacher) and Tanner Edmonds (an Army infantry officer) together for the first time. After dating long-distance for many years, the couple tied the knot under a “wedding tree” on a rural Georgia plantation decorated with fabrics and flowers. A pianist played in the background as the bride walked down the aisle. The bride’s ring was designed by the groom at Kay and featured morganite, her favorite gemstone. The groom’s was made of a Jack Daniel's whiskey barrel with carbon fiber and found on Etsy. Katie paired her off-white horsehair Judd Waddell gown with crushed velvet burgundy Keds sneakers for comfort and style. She chose the gown for its = texture and added a hand-sewn Swarovski crystal sash. She wore a veil during the ceremony but for the reception changed into a more casual, backless dress from Lulus and a custom flower crown. The reception dress showed off her tattoo on her back, which was designed to honor her grandmothers. Seven bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns in different colors featured in the wedding, chosen by each one. They wore flower crowns that coordinated with the bride’s and had similar bouquets, including golden and pink ranunculus, deep red and coral peonies, light pink garden roses and eucalyptus. Tanner wore a charcoal suit with a black skinny tie with a gold tie clip and pocket square. Seven groomsmen wore light gray or summer tan suits with mismatched skinny ties and boutonnieres unique to each individual. The outdoor festivities moved inside the barn for the reception. 

The venue, Vinewood Plantation, inspired much of the wedding’s decor, bringing together neutral tones with bursts of burgundy and gold glitter details. “A joke throughout the planning process between the planners and myself was that we needed 'gold glitter everything,' " Katie says. Other colors included were pink, deep purple, Marsala and gray. The furnishings carried over the accent colors and tablescapes included gold goblets, crushed velvet tablecloths, and gold-dusted blackberries. Crystal chandeliers hung from the barn’s rafters for a glamorous touch to the otherwise rustic affair. Guests dined on comfort food like the barbecue bar with all the fixings and mashed potatoes in mason jars. There were two cakes for the reception. One was a fondant and naked cake covered in flowers and seasonal berries. Another was made to look like a chalkboard with the couple’s monogram and raspberry filling. Katie and Tanner danced their first song to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” a personal favorite, as performed by the A-Town Alist. The couple also saw their reception as an opportunity to bring together friends and family who had never met. After dancing the night away, the couple left to a sparkler exit and hopped in a classic car. —Caroline Eubanks

Katie chose her closest friends as her bridesmaids. They were able to get ready in one of the houses at Vinewood Plantation in Newnan, Georgia. She gave her bridesmaids necklaces as a gift on the day.
Katie and Tanner's ceremony was held on the lawn of Vinewood Plantation in Newnan, Georgia, under a giant old oak tree. Guests sat in mismatched wooden chairs while family sat on white benches in front with monogrammed pillows.
After many years of a long-distance relationship, Katie and Tanner invited family and friends from all over to celebrate their union. Edward Wilson served as the officiant.
In a twist of fate, Katie met Tanner during her last week of college while he was in town visiting friends. They continued their relationship long-distance until their wedding day.
Katie's father escorted her down the aisle and gave her away. She incorporated her grandmothers' favorite flowers to honor them. Her reception dress showcased her tattoo, which also represented them.
A grand piano was placed under the tree, which served as the altar, and a pianist—Katie's childhood music teacher—played music before and during the ceremony.
Instead of uncomfortable heels, Katie wore crushed velvet Keds sneakers. The groom had the bride's ring made at Kay, while the bride found the groom's ring on Etsy, made of carbon fiber and wood from a Jack Daniel's whiskey barrel.
The flowers in the bridal bouquet contained golden and pink ranunculus, deep red and coral peonies, light pink garden roses and eucalyptus. Purple orchids, hydrangeas, and poppy buds honored her grandmothers, who had passed away.
Guests, and the couple, enjoyed cocktail hour, which featured two signature drinks. Tanner opted for the Georgia Long Island and Katie chose the Blackberry Margarita.
Bridesmaids chose from shades of the same deep red with others wearing gold, purple and gray. They coordinated with the tan and gray suits on the groomsmen.
The groomsmen's light-colored suits contrasted with the groom's charcoal suit. All wore skinny ties in different styles with pocket squares and tie clips.
Crushed velvet tablecloths covered the long tables at the reception, where guests drank out of gold goblets. A dark chocolate cup of gold-dusted raspberries served as a delicious piece of decor.
The four-tier cake featured a half-naked, half-fondant cake dressed with gold foil, pink garden roses, marsala and pink peonies, purple Mokara orchids and seasonal berries.
Jamie McPherson designed the chalkboard monogrammed groom’s cake, made of dark chocolate with raspberry filling. The marsala color matched the bride’s crushed velvet Keds she donned on the day.
After the ceremony, Katie changed into a flowy, backless dress that showed off her back tattoo, which honored her grandmothers, who had passed away.
Katie and Tanner danced to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” their favorite, as their first song as a couple. The A-Town Alist performed the rendition.
Instead of going on a honeymoon, the couple moved to Texas the day after their wedding, where Tanner served in the Army before transferring to South Korea.
Katie and Tanner's grand exit was in a 1956 Chrysler Windsor Town and Country, borrowed by their friends at Blooming Flour Bakery. The light pink car was also a backdrop for photos.