A Southern-Inspired Vintage Wedding at The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farms in Cleveland, Georgia

Sarah Beth Sullivan (25 and works in sales) and Cole Todd (25 and works in construction) met during their freshman year of college at their alma mater

Sarah Beth Sullivan (25 and works in sales) and Cole Todd (25 and works in construction) met during their freshman year of college at their alma mater Georgia Southern University. “We lived across the hall from each other in the dorms and when Cole knocked on my door offering queso and chips, I was immediately won over,” says Sarah Beth. On a trip to Rio de Janiero, Brazil to visit Cole’s brother who is stationed there, Cole popped the question. After hiking up Corcovado Mountain to see Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Cole took Sarah totally by surprise, getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. For their wedding, the couple planned a festive outdoor affair at The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farms in Cleveland, GA. The outdoor venue provided a breathtaking, natural setting for the couple to say “I do” and offered several location options for both the ceremony and reception. The surrounding mountains and lush green forests formed the backdrop for the outdoor ceremony, while a clearing in the woods with stone ruins provided a quaint, intimate environment for the reception. “The site suited us perfectly,” says Sarah Beth. “We both enjoy spending time outside, and the ruins on the property gave the space it a romantic, historic feel.” When it came to choosing their décor, Sarah Beth and Cole looked to their alma mater for inspiration. Georgian Southern navy and white were incorporated into everything from the ceremony programs to the table linens, bridesmaid dresses and even the cake. Vintage and rustic touches like an antique bathtub cooler, wooden carts and suit cases added personality to the day’s design, while elements like monograms, lawn games and Arnold Palmer’s introduced a note of Southern flair.

It didn't take long for Sarah Beth to find the perfect dress. "It was the second dress I tried on and was exactly what I wanted," says Sarah Beth. "It was lace with a keyhole back."
Sarah Beth's bouquet was filled with classic ivory blooms like hydrangeas, peonies and waxflowers. The bouquet was wrapped in lace taken from her mother's and grandmother's wedding dresses.
Choosing a timeless navy hue and classic A-line silhouette guaranteed that Sarah Beth's bridesmaids would be able to wear their dresses again.
The guys sported classic gray suits for the affair, adding black bowties for a hint of Southern flair.
Cole and his groomsmen wore matching boutonnieres with ivory mums and small ferns.
Tying into the vintage theme of the day, the ceremony programs were displayed in a vintage suitcase.
Tiered, Navy Ceremony Programs
The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farms offered Cole and Sarah Beth nine different locations for the ceremony and reception. The couple chose to host the ceremony on the venue's expansive lawn, which overlooked the lush green forests and mountains in the distance.
Ceremony Processional at The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farms
White Paper Fans
Elegant Garden-Inspired Ceremony Arch
Engagement Photo Guest Book
Antique tubs and wash basins were used during cocktail hour to serve up a selection of beverages.
Antique Reception Decor
Vintage Wooden Cart Gift Table
Sarah Beth and Cole's Reception Entrance
The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farms Reception
Garden-Inspired Reception Centerpieces
To make sure everyone had a good time, Sarah Beth and Cole provided their younger guests with crayons, coloring books and sweets.
Jars of Honey Wedding Favors
As a nod to their wedding's locale, as well as their alma mater, the couple served up blue-frosted sugar cookies in the shape of Georgia.
Four-Tier Navy and White Wedding Cake