A Regal Tented Wedding at Serenata Farm in Madison, Georgia
While Jessie Lysiak was working on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, some of her charter guests wanted to set her up on a blind date with their best friend, Justin Braun. The pair began dating long distance but shortly after the start of their relationship, Jessie was selected to compete on Master Chef, where she was isolated for over three months of filming. "I was on 23 episodes and made it to the final three, and with almost no communication for so long, something just clicked for us," says Jessie. "We knew if we could make it through the show and the long distance dating, then we could make it through anything!" After Justin proposed on New Year's Day, the pair began planning their timeless southern wedding but couldn't find their perfect venue. After much searching, Jessie brought home a card advertising a yoga retreat in Madison and fell in love with the sprawling 84-acre estate. She pleaded with Serenata Farm's owner to consider letting them have their wedding there and he agreed to host the farm's first wedding. "Bobby has since decided to use his fabulous facility as an event venue and has already booked future weddings!" says Jessie. After an intimate ceremony on the mansion's front porch, guests were invited to celebrate in a tented reception out back with a blush, gold and cream celebration. Regal candelabras filled with pale flower arrangements and matching gold chargers and chiavari chairs gave the tent a luxurious feel. Lights, chandeliers and a stunning oversized farm head table added extra warmth to the refined decor. "We had our wedding at a true southern mansion that has a European flair," says Jessica. "With immaculately manicured gardens, fountains, pool, horses and miles of white fencing, it was perfect!"