A Patriotic Rustic Wedding at Antique Acres in Bogart, Georgia

Samantha Salyers (23) and Chris Amos (22 and in the US Army) proudly put a patriotic twist on their rustic wedding. “The military is a huge part of ou

Samantha Salyers (23) and Chris Amos (22 and in the US Army) proudly put a patriotic twist on their rustic wedding. “The military is a huge part of our life, and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding,” Samantha says. Antique Acres in Bogart, Georgia, set the laid-back tone for their day—it had just the right amount of country, with the convenience of having the ceremony next door to the reception. Samantha and Chris’s take on the American flag inspired their navy and coral palette, which their event planner, Smith Nest, and their event designer, Taylor Ecker Borgerding Graphics, helped them pull together with lots of DIY decor. Samantha brought out her feminine side with lots of ribbons and lace to contrast the burlap and wood, and Chris made their wooden wedding arch and table. Following their heartfelt ceremony, Samantha and Chris’s reception took everyone into a wooden barn illuminated with string lights, where they shared their first dance to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice. Their all-American confections truly made a statement: Chris’s groom’s cake looked like the American flag, and they had red, white and blue cupcakes too. But they didn’t stop there. At the end of the party, Samantha and Chris made their grand exit to all their guests waving American flags. Andie Freeman Photography captured this special moment and more, below.

Samantha wore an ivory lace dress with delicate straps and a dramatic low back. The first time Chris saw Samantha wearing her dress, he got a little emotional—we can't blame him!
Antique Acres in Bogart, Georgia, embodied the country rustic, all-American ambience Samantha and Chris wanted for their wedding . The convenience was a plus: Their ceremony and reception took place in side-by-side buildings.
Samantha's bouquet brought out her whimsical, feminine side with hues of pink, coral, peach and yellow. All Occasion Flowers created this arrangement, which included peonies with roses, garden roses and hypericum berries.
To complete her rustic style, Samantha wore cowboy boots under her dress. A light blue bow on one boot added a "something blue" to her outfit.
The kraft paper ceremony programs embodied Samantha and Chris's rustic theme with a touch of femininity in the blush flower details.
Chris built their branch wedding arch, along with the table where he and Samantha participated in the sand-pouring unity tradition. They said "I do" in this rustic wooden barn, illuminated by string lights and a chandelier.
Music played an important role in Samantha and Chris's ceremony. Since they met when they were 17 years old, Chris walked down the aisle to "17 Again" by Eurythmics. Then Samantha walked down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. Together, they walked up the aisle to "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole.
Samantha and Chris's little attendants dressed the part, and they were too cute! The flower girl wore a tulle dress with burlap, coral and navy floral appliques, a lace headband and cowboy boots. The ring bearer dressed up in a navy suit with a coral vest and bow tie.
For their first dance, Samantha and Chris selected "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice. String lights and an iron chandelier created a romantic glow inside the rustic wooden reception barn.
Chris's love of hunting inspired their two-tier cake, covered in bright blue buttercream rosettes.
In line with the patriotic theme, Chris went for an American-flag-inspired groom's cake. Red, white and blue cupcakes surrounded the single-tier confection.
In addition to having two cakes, Samantha and Chris took their patriotic theme one step further with red, white and blue cupcakes adorned with "USA" toppers.
To cap off their patriotic night, Samantha and Chris's guests lined up outside Antique Acres in Bogart, Georgia, to wave them off with American flags.