A Quaint, Fall Wedding at Proctor Farm in Rome, Georgia

The cool November breeze couldn’t keep Maggie Owenby (30 and a certified public accountant) from marrying Alex Hilliard (32 and an electrical engineer) in an outdoor ceremony in rural north Georgia. The two had been introduced years earlier, but it was a chance meeting at Monster Jam, the monster-truck rally, during tax season that brought them together. They found the perfect wedding venue at Proctor Farm in Rome, Georgia. “From the beginning, we knew we wanted rustic and possibly a barn but not too far from home,” the bride says. Maggie wore a slightly altered version of the dress her mother had worn for her wedding, originally made by the bride’s grandmother, who had recently died. Her bouquet featured small frames of loved ones. Bridesmaids wore bright shades of their Dessy gowns to provide pops of color, while the groomsmen wore tan suits with vintage keys as boutonnieres. Maggie and Alex were married under a vintage stained-glass panel at an outside pavilion before moving into the barn for the reception. But not before lighting a vintage cannon, a defining element of Proctor Farm weddings. Decor was rustic, including wooden pedestals, twine and even flower arrangements in cowboy boots. Small pumpkins and lanterns decorated each table. Guests dined on Southern favorites like fried pickles (a favorite of Maggie's), pork tenderloin and seasonal vegetables. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Krispy Kreme doughnuts in varying flavors and cake balls were served for dessert. Family and friends enjoyed dancing and games throughout the night, including corn hole and a s’mores station. —Caroline Eubanks