A Casual DIY Wedding at The McGarity House in Temple, Georgia
It's thanks to mutual friends that Emily Hollis (19 and a nanny) started dating Keith Bohannon (27 and a dispatcher). On a rainy day in May, Keith took Emily to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and led her under a pergola. "We started dancing and the whole time I was thinking 'This would be the perfect time for him to propose' but I didn't think he was going to," says Emily. "He usually isn't good with surprises, but he pulled this one off amazingly and caught me completely off guard!" As they started planning their summer affair, the pair knew from the beginning that they wanted a venue that would allow them to use their own caterer in order to maximize their budget. After countless weekends searching, they came across The McGarity House in Temple, Georgia and immediately booked the country home with natural landscaping. The couple's wedding colors started out as pink and gray but quickly transformed into an array of the Emily's favorite colors. "I got bored with our original colors and tried adding navy blue," says Emily. "Then I forsook the color palette all together and just went for pretty things that matched!" From DIY flower arrangements to mini pies made by the bride's younger brother, the casual affair embraced personal touches and a laid-back feel.