Fall Vineyard Wedding in North GeorgiaWords by Alexandra Aley
Photos courtesy of Glorious Moments
Tyna and Erick first met when they were teenagers. Erick, one of Tyna’s brother's friends, would spend weekends at her home. Tyna’s first impression of Erick: “a nerd with glasses that were too small for his face!” Sparks flew as the two got to know each other, and over time became high school and college sweethearts. Now, as husband and wife, the couple graciously shared their wedding story with us!
Choosing a destination for the couple felt simple. They had planned to get married in Ecuador, where Erick’s family is from, but –thanks to the pandemic– they were forced to change up their plans and choose a different location. The couple knew they wanted to leave the city and go somewhere guests could enjoy themselves away from their everyday lives.
Tyna, having spent some time at the Yonah Mountain Vineyards for her sister's bachelorette party jokingly said the venue would be her “plan B.”
“We were enjoying a bottle of wine on their patio and admiring the beautiful vines when I saw a bride that day walking into the vines to walk down the aisle; I instantly knew that I wanted to get married here too,” Tyna says.
The wedding planning was stress-free for the bride and groom, thanks to Borrowed and Blue. Their team worked closely with the vineyard event staff and catering company to handle all the little details.
“[Borrowed and Blue] were so well versed in weddings, I hardly had to do much,” says Tyna.
On the evening of the ceremony, blue skies and natural bright sunlight peeked through the rows of the vineyard. A gravel path created a walkway around the bushes with ponds glistening on both sides. The sunset over the horizon on the lovely fall day.
The bride elegantly strolled down the aisle as her Jimmy Choo heels sparkled in the sun and her lovely Martina Liana lace gown floated in the wind. A romantic white altar cloaked in green leaves framed the bride and groom as they exchanged vows. Tyna and Erick even incorporated their own special tradition to the ceremony.
“We had a wine box to place our vows inside along with a bottle of wine to be opened in the future,” says Tyna. “It was fitting because we were at the vineyard.”
The reception took place at the vineyard ballroom. Tables decorated in navy cloths, leafy centerpieces, brass plates and silverware were fashionably arranged for guests to take their seats. The wedding cake was detailed in gold frosting and mounted on a brass tray in the front of the room. The picturesque staircase in the ballroom gave the space a cinderella-like feeling. As party favors, the couple gave guests Georgia bulldog chocolate bars- made by an Athens local chocolate factory.
“The company was extremely special to my fiance because they were Ecuadorian chocolates, which is where my husband and his family are from,” Tyna says. “We also both loved the bulldog because we both graduated from UGA.”
While the pandemic put a damper on their original destination plans, the night came to an end and the couple declared “plan B” nothing short of flawless!
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