An Elegant Southern Wedding at the Lee Council House in Americus, Georgia

Traci Smith, 25, an elementary school teacher, and Elliott Raines, 27, a landscape designer, met on a blind date set up by his aunt, with whom Traci w

Traci Smith, 25, an elementary school teacher, and Elliott Raines, 27, a landscape designer, met on a blind date set up by his aunt, with whom Traci was doing her teaching internship at the time. “We met for coffee at Walker's Coffee in Athens, GA, and the rest is history!” says Traci. The couple did long distance for a few months after Traci landed her first job, but  on a visit one weekend, Elliott popped the question while they walked through a park in Chattanooga.Traditional, elegant and classic Southern was the aesthetic the couple hoped to achieve for their wedding. They chose a soft color palette of champagne, blush and ivory with pops of green. For their ceremony at the First United Methodist Church in Americus, GA, the couple dressed up the traditional church pews with lush boxwood wreaths and large burlap bows, leafy garlands and bunches of striking white flowers. The reception at the Lee Council House was equally as stunning. The historic home was the perfect backdrop for the elegant, Southern affair with its traditional architecture and beautiful natural setting, plus the venue allowed the couple to have a reception that was both inside and outside. From the whimsical moss cake display to the Southern-inspired menu (complete with shrimp and grits, fried chicken and gumbo) and live band, the day reflected all of the things the couple loved.

Classic Formal Wedding Invitations
Half Updo and Glam Bridal Makeup
Traci chose long formal gowns for the bridesmaids  in a sophisticated champagne color. The A-line dresses featured a crystal embellishment at the waist for a subtle hint of sparkle.
Traci and her bridesmaids carried romantic bouquets of pink and ivory blossoms, including roses, stock  and ranunculuses down the aisle.
The coupled married at First United Methodist Church in Americus, GA.  This was where Traci grew up going to church, and her sister had been married there just a few years before.
Classic Black Tuxedo with Champagne Vest
Ivory Tuberose and Hypericum Boutonniere
The couple decorated alternative ceremony pews with lush boxwood wreaths accented with ivory and burlap ribbon tied into bows. The lush greenery added a fresh, elegant touch to traditional church.
Bride and Groom Vow Exchange
Bride and Groom in Vintage Getaway Car
Instead of a traditional bar, the couple served up specialty cocktails, wine and beer from a rustic row boat, adding a unique touch to the otherwise traditional  décor.
To kick off the festivities, the couple served a variety of passed hors d'oeuvres, including bacon-wrapped dates, shrimp and grits tarts, and mini-chicken pot pies, plus a oyster shucking station for a more interactive (and delicious) experience.
Cocktail Hour Lanterns with Greenery and White Bows
Outdoor Cocktail Hour
Pink and White Cocktail Table Centerpieces
Georgia Peach Punch
Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks
Outdoor Dance Floor with Live Band
Large Ivory and Pink Floral Arrangements with Lush Greenery
The wedding cake itself was striking, with four tiers assorted, buttercream frosted cakes decorated, ivory flowers and decorative piping, but what really stole the show was the whimsical moss display, complete with silver candelabras.
Classic Elegant Floral Arrangements
Football Themed Groom's Cake
The wedding cake was a beautiful four-tiered cake accented with rhinestone ribbons and bunches of fresh ivory ranunculuses. Each layer boasted a different flavor, including sour cream pound cake, apple spice cake with caramel filling and pumpkin cake.
Following Southern tradition, Traci incorporated a monogram of her married initials into the decor, including these ivory cocktail napkins.