A Rustic-Meets-Bohemian Wedding at Southern Manor Farms in Eatonton, Georgia
Karen Chandler (48 and a realtor) was lucky when she met Mike Hagen (55 and a NFL player personnel) at a Jake Owen concert. Not only because he ended up sharing back stage passes with her and her friends, but also because they hit it off and immediately started dating. After eighteen months, the pair decided to get married but because this wasn't a first wedding for either of them, Karen and Jake planned a low-key fall celebration that centered their three daughters. "We chose Southern Manor Farms for our wedding because we wanted the freedom to make it our own," says Karen. "We wanted a blank slate to create the atmosphere we were looking for and a rustic environment!" In honor of their two families joining, the couple's three daughters wore off white dresses that complemented the bride's along with ethereal flower crowns. For their relaxed affair, Karen and Mike went with a rustic-meets-hippy theme and warmed their country-inspired decor with whiskey barrels and wood plank tabletops. White roses with ferns, moss and succulents in old wooden boxes decorated the burlap and stacked hay bales were transformed into a welcoming bar. "Our friends really enjoyed the laid-back lifestyle and our family was very instrumental in helping us decorate for the celebration," says Karen.