Rustic Seminary wedding Melody & Ericson

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Wedding Date: April, 16 2011

Number of Guests: 70

Wedding Cost: $6,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Lawrenceville Female Seminary, outside on the cobblestone patio

Wedding Reception Location: Lawrenceville Female Seminary

Rustic Seminary wedding
Why did you have an intimate wedding?

As a non-traditional couple, we decided to pay for the wedding ourselves. I lobbied hard for an elopement, but since Eric had never been married he really wanted to stand up in front of our friends and families. How could I argue with that? We compromised by keeping it small, though it grew a bit over the planning stages. Plus, we’re both fairly shy people and we have a small, tight-knit group of friends, so a large extravagant wedding really wasn’t our style.

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

mixed rose bouquet

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We had a difficult time finding a venue that wasn’t designed for a much larger event. The few we did find were generally partitioned rooms with very little character or charm. We really lucked out when I stumbled upon the Lawrenceville Female Seminary online. Imagine my surprise when it was right down the street from our favorite downtown karaoke coffee shop. It was perfect. Built in the 1850′s, it was originally a one-room school for girls. With the original chalkboard lining one wall, and the original heart pine floors, it fit into the vintage theme I kept imagining as well.

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

globe wedding decor

Rustic Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

bike basket full of wedding flowers

wedding tandem bike with flowers
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Paring down the guest list was not difficult for me, but it was a bit more of a challenge for Eric. To make the final decision we created our golden rule: If we haven’t seen or spoken to them on a regular basis in the past year, they’re not invited.

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

First look photo

First look photo

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I heard some grumbles after the fact, but I believe I headed off most of them by citing the rules for our small venue (they limit seated events to a maximum of 75 guests) and our desire to have a more intimate celebration with our closest friends and family.

Rustic Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Vintage brooch bouquet

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding
What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Melody says: My daughter walked me down the aisle. That was really special to me. Eric says: Kissing for the first time as husband and wife and hearing everyone clap and cheer as we walked away.

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Vintage Seminary wedding

Vintage Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding ceremony

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding

Lawrenceville Seminary wedding
What were the highlights of the reception?

Eric says: The food was great! The homemade dessert table was unbelievable. And I was really touched by Kaitlyn’s toast. Melody says: Eric already said it, but Kaitlyn’s toast didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. And our dessert table was filled with homemade cakes, cookies, and cake pops; including the wedding cake I made with Kaitlyn and her boyfriend the night before the wedding. It was also great to see how much everyone enjoyed the tablescapes and small design details we incorporated into the decor. All those weekends spent searching antique shops and flea markets really came together.

Vintage seminary wedding reception

skeleton key boutonnieres

skeleton key boutonniere

vintage skeleton key decor

rustic sweet table

green wedding cake

antique stamped spoon

paper doily bunting

vintage wedding decor

Vintage seminary wedding reception
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Having time to speak to everyone (and hug pretty much everyone, too!) was very important to me. Having a smaller celebration made that possible.

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding reception

custom etched champagne glasses
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Don’t give up and don’t give in. Stay true to your desires. You’ll be challenged and tested along the way, but the ultimate decision is yours to make and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you want a more intimate celebration.

Vintage seminary wedding reception

Vintage seminary wedding

bride and groom on tandem bicycle
Vendors:

Wedding Photographer:Twin Hearts Photography

Attire: Azalea Bridal and Formal

Caterer: Southern Hospitality Catering

Venue: Lawrenceville Female Seminary

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  1. Posted by Angela on May 30th, 2011 at 9:13am

    Thanks for the inspiration! We've been hearing some grumbling about the small guest list. I love hearing that it all works out just fine. It's nice to know we're not the only ones. A beautiful wedding in an amazing location! Congrats!
  2. Posted by Kelly on May 30th, 2011 at 8:25pm

    What a beautiful bride. I love the dress and the overall look. The photography is stunning. Thanks so much for featuring such a wonderful wedding.
  3. Posted by Christina on May 30th, 2011 at 9:28pm

    Sorry to hear about the grumblings Angela. That can make things a little difficult. Stick around here and you'll get lots of support for your small wedding!
  4. Posted by Lucie on June 1st, 2011 at 2:42am

    Amazing pics! I couldnt believe that it was your daughter who walked you down the aisle, you look so young!
  5. Posted by Melodious on June 6th, 2011 at 8:49pm

    Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone. I really enjoyed our wedding and I love looking at the photos and reliving some of the moments. Angela, I hope you manage to dispel the grumblers and achieve the wedding you want. And Kelly and Lucie, I absolutely cannot praise my photographers enough! I saw some of their work online and was immediately smitten. They are wonderfully talented ladies and so much fun to have around. And I am so happy to have our wedding featured here on Intimate Weddings!
  6. Posted by Christina on June 6th, 2011 at 10:00pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your wedding with my readers Melody!
  7. Posted by Ryan on August 5th, 2011 at 5:54pm

    I'm looking at this same venue for my wedding next year!
    Is there any way I could get in touch with Melody to ask her a few specific questions about the venue?

    Thanks!
  8. Posted by Christina on August 5th, 2011 at 8:31pm

    Just forwarded your info to Melody.
  9. Posted by Melodious on August 6th, 2011 at 1:01am

    I sent you an email, Ryan. Please let me know how I can help.
  10. Posted by Tanya Hicks on August 13th, 2011 at 12:33am

    Hello Melody,

    First let me say congrats again on your marriage and thank you for sharing your wonderful day.
    I absolutely LOVE your bouquets, so much that I'm going to copy *hope you don't mind". I fancy dragonflies and all things creative, so when I laid eyes on the picture of your bouquet it was "love at first sight". I had my best friend view your photos and that was a few weeks ago, just today she said "Tanya, you really should make your bouquet and add those different details like Melody (we mention your name bc in our minds...your friend). I came back to save the picture for inspiration, I hope you don't mind. OH, and my future hubby and I are planning a 40 guest wedding ceremony/reception in Charlotte, NC on 6.23.12 This website has confirmed my thoughts and ideas for something small and intimate. Thanks again Melody.
  11. Posted by Melodious on September 9th, 2013 at 6:03pm

    Tanya, I didn't see your comment about the brooch bouquet until now. Thanks so much for commenting. I hope you got your brooch bouquet and I hope your wedding was everything you hoped for!
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