Jake and Sierra said their I Do’s under tiny twinkling hanging spheres surrounded by the glow of neighboring chandeliers in Madison, Georgia at the beautiful rustic eclectic venue, The Variety Works. To enhance the rustic ambiance of the venue the couple chose a soft palette of light blue & tan with touches greenery to accent their Georgia summer wedding. Le Petit Jardin provided the loveliest soft and airy blooms for the event, and the bridesmaids baby blue gowns are just dreamy. To me, Brandy Angel Photography couldn’t have captured their day any better.
Jake & Sierra’s Love Story as Told by Brandy Angel Photography:
Jake and Sierra met in college, in the small South Georgia town of Valdosta, Georgia. They didn’t exactly, “hit it off immediately,” but they were always mutual friends. Thanks to Facebook Messenger, Jake and Sierra grew very close. Sierra considered Jake one of her best friends, which why she, at first, “friend zoned” him. But Jake was persistent. He eventually convinced Sierra to give him a chance. Ironically, their first date fell on Valentine’s Day, Sierra’s least favorite day. Jake treated Sierra to fancy dinner, with a gift card. But, Sierra didn’t care; she wasn’t paying anyways. It was the best date she had ever been on.
On their one-month anniversary, Sierra shook as she said those three little words, “I love you.”Fast-forward four years later, the two would be apartment hunting in Atlanta. On that hot July day, Jake and Sierra stopped for ice cream. Jake never misses an opportunity to compete. He played football and baseball growing up. His dad was a head high school football coach. He was Intramural Chair every year and voted, “Athlete of the Year” three times in his fraternity. Needless to say, competition is in his blood. So, when this ice cream shop had board games, another competition was in store. The game was checkers. The bet was breakfast in bed.On the rare occasion that Sierra actually beats Jake at anything, she doesn’t let him forget. When she won, she knew she would never let him live it down and make him pay up.
Jake and Sierra had been dating for four mostly wonderful years and they felt it was time to take the next step. So on Friday, December 12, 2014, the two moved into their first apartment together.Two days later, Jake finally paid off all debts. Early Sunday morning, at 7:30 to be exact, Jake woke up Sierra. He carried in her favorite breakfast: toasted bagel with cream cheese, onion, tomato and lox. Sierra wasn’t hungry and wasn’t happy to be woken up, but she was taken back by the sweet surprise. Jake then left the room and returned with a scrapbook.”I wanted to give you something as like, you know, a new roommate present,” he said.”Crap. I didn’t get him anything,” Sierra thought to herself.She began flipping through the pages of the scrapbook. The album told the story of their relationship. Starting with freshman year, it brought back all the fond memories they have shared thus far, including hospital visits (Jake’s flag football), family vacations and even Sierra’s journey to the Galapagos Islands.The caption of the next-to-last page read: “Now it’s time to begin our journey together.”The tears started flowing. Sierra knew exactly what was happening. She flipped to the last page and felt that time had stood still.”Will you marry me?” it read in giant, bold, blue lettering.It was only 8 o’clock in the morning and her nails weren’t even painted, but it was the morning of her life.
Jake and Sierra are more than ready for forever. A year and a half later, the two said, “I do” on June 18, 2016, in the historic town of Madison, Georgia. Jake and Sierra chose to get married in Madison for several reasons. Sierra’s family consists mostly of out of town guests. She wanted her guests to immerse themselves in the typical, “southern town,” with everything within walking distance. Jake also lived there for a few years growing up. Whidby Jewelers, located in downtown Madison, is owned by Ben Whidby, Jake’s dad’s best friend, who designed Sierra’s engagement ring. So Madison it was.
Knowing it would be hot and humid, Sierra wanted a venue with a rustic and elegant feel but also had air conditioning. The first visit to Variety Works, Sierra could see herself getting married under the twinkling lights that hung from the ceiling. Continuing with the rustic feel, Sierra wanted light colors with natural greenery; Simplicity is key. She chose baby blue strapless dresses for her bridesmaids, and tan tuxes with light blue ties for the groomsmen. For florals Sierra’s bouquet consisted of blue hydrangeas, babies breath and white roses. Sierra’s wedding dress is a Casablanca design, purchased from Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell, Georgia. It was the third dress she tried on, and knew it was the one.
Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography|Caterer: Hallie Jane’s Catering|Floral Designer: Le Petit Jardin|Event Venue: The Variety Works|Photo Booth Equipment: Viral Booth Atlanta|Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique|Wedding Dress: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, designed by Casablanca|Officiate: Dr. Lee Mabry of Sensational Ceremonies, Atlanta