A Southern Style Wedding at a Private Residence in Historic Madison, Georgia

Who said a backyard wedding has to be casual? The stunning celebration of Sarah Cavanaugh's (23 and a pediatric nurse) marriage to Jonathan Snyder (29

Who said a backyard wedding has to be casual? The stunning celebration of Sarah Cavanaugh's (23 and a pediatric nurse) marriage to Jonathan Snyder (29 and a business analyst) took place at Sarah's great aunt and uncle's home in Historic Madison, Georgia. "Their house used to be the residence of my great grandmother," Sarah says. "I have many memories in this historic town and I wanted to encompass its southern elements in my wedding." These southern style details were perfectly photographed by Mark Williams Studio. With a color palette of blue, gold and pink, Sarah and Jonathan's tented reception was decorated with peonies, roses, chrysanthemums and dahlias with eucalyptus leaves and other greens arranged on lace runners. Jonathan and his groomsmen wore cotton boll boutonnieres and baby blue bow ties from Jonathan's company, Brier and Moss.  The bridesmaids dressed in lilac and accessorized with strands of pearl jewelry. Sarah herself wore a fitted Alencon lace wedding dress and a cathedral veil as she walked down the aisle of the pretty Episcopalian chapel where she and Jonathan exchanged their vows. "Our favorite part of the day was dancing with all of family and friends," Sarah says. "It was such an amazing time being surrounded by all of our loved ones in one place."

Sarah's bridesmaids wore strapless, floor length dresses in lavender to her wedding. The church doors were decorated with flower arrangements of peonies, lilies, roses and baby's breath for Sarah and Jonathan's wedding.
The bridesmaids wore strands of pearl jewelry and carried bouquets of pink garden roses, white dahlias, viburnum and dusty miller.
Sarah wore a fitted Alencon lace wedding dress with a V-neckline. She carried a bouquet with ivory and pink garden roses, white chrysanthemums and spring greens.
Sarah wore a simple, flowing cathedral veil on her wedding day. She wore drop pearl earrings and a matching pearl pendant.
Jonathan and his groomsmen wore navy suits with custom bow ties from Jonathan's company, Brier and Moss. For some southern flair, they wore boutonnieres consisting of cotton bolls and greens.
Our ceremony, was held in a small Episcopalian chapelrnthat past family members where married in also.
We chose to have our wedding in Madison, Georgia, where most of my family lives. I wanted to encompass a lotrnof southern elements. I have many memories in this historic, southern town of family celebrations and holidays torndays spent on the farm
"Our reception was held outdoors at my Great Aunt and Uncle's Victorian home, which was previously my great grandmother's residence," Sarah says. "Historic Madison was the perfect backdrop for our Southern inspired wedding!"
Tented Family Estate Reception in Historic Madison
"Since our wedding was in such a charming historic town, I choose to incorporate a lot of southern themes into our wedding. We used a lot of navy, gold and pinks through out the wedding décor. Our flowers were primarily pink peonies, roses and eucalyptus leaves for a more whimsical feel."
"Our favorite part of the day was dancing with all of family and friends. It was such an amazing time being surrounded by all of our loved ones in one place. At the end of the night, we rode off in a horse drawn carriage and toured the historic square."