Real Weddings: Avigail and William’s Urban Farm Nuptials

Goats, ukuleles and gobbling turkeys. Now that sounds like my kind of wedding!

Avigail and Bill had a 50-guest wedding at The Social Goat, a bed a breakfast in their neighborhood of Grant Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Who knew there was an urban goat farm just five blocks from our house?” says Avigail.

Table 6 Productions handled all the planning and decor for the day, while Heidi Geldhauser at Our Labor of Love beautifully captured the amazing day on film.

Urban farm wedding

Avigail, 31 & William, 33

Atlanta, Georgia

Wedding Date: October 29, 2011

Number of Guests: 50

Wedding Cost: $8,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

Wedding Reception Location: Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

Urban farm wedding

mixed flower wedding bouquet

Urban farm wedding

Urban farm wedding

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Our initial preference was an elopement. We love going to weddings but didn’t want the pressure, hassle, or financial costs of planning one! However, after months of planning, we finally came around to the idea of a small intimate ceremony because we wanted to be able to commemorate and look back on an actual event. For me personally, there was a lot of anxiety about being the center of attention and generally, I never had any dreams or expectations from my childhood about what my wedding would be like. I just wanted something that was low-key and personal and true to our sensibilities.

Urban farm wedding

Urban farm wedding

paper pinwheel wedding decorations

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

For us, the main issue was in the venue selection. A lot of wedding venues are designed to hold 100 or more guests so it was tricky to find a venue that had the right vibe and atmosphere but was also budget-friendly and flexible for our needs. We ended up finding the Social Goat right in our historic neighborhood of Grant Park.

Urban farm wedding

Urban farm wedding

Urban farm wedding

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

The guest list and invitation process was very difficult. Our original list only included immediate family and very close friends but eventually, we expanded it to include aunts and uncles (but no cousins). Since most of my extended family lives outside of the United States and I knew it would be difficult for some of them to attend, I also included a few close family friends that were like stand-in aunts and uncles when I was growing up.

Urban farm wedding ceremony

Urban farm wedding ceremony

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

Our families certainly expressed their concern with the exclusion of certain family members and friends and we did make some concessions but ultimately, we had to draw a line in the sand (and since we were paying for everything ourselves, we weren’t beholden to any financial “stakeholders”). Instead of having a traditional rehearsal dinner, we held an “open house” party at our house the night before the wedding and we invited a wider circle of friends and family to that event so that they could celebrate with us too.

Globe wedding decorations

Urban farm wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Although the funniest part of the ceremony was when the turkeys started making gobbling sounds in the background, our favorite part was during the exchange of flower garlands. Since we were going to Thailand for our honeymoon, we decided to incorporate this Thai custom in our ceremony because the symbolism was so beautiful.  While wedding rings demonstrate that love is meant to be eternal, solid and concrete, and never-ending, like a circle, the giving of flowers symbolizes the fragrance of marriage and the beauty of life itself. And because flowers are delicate, they are also apt reminders of the fragility of life.

Urban farm wedding

ruby engagement ring

Urban farm outdoor wedding ceremony

Urban farm outdoor wedding ceremony

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Overall, I can’t say that the planning process was perfect. There were certainly a LOT of arguments especially between me and my mother. “You’re wearing GREEN SHOES!? People don’t do that.”, “You can’t wear a short dress!”, “Ukelele music?! What?! You’re having a redneck wedding!” are just a few of the things I had to hear. But in the end, the wedding was truly beautiful and it was all worth it.  The day itself was so low-key and beautiful. We realized early that day that we might never again have all of our closest friends and family together in one space and we were so overwhelmed by the rays of LOVE that were beaming from the faces and hearts of our guests.

Urban farm wedding ceremony

orange flower wedding centerpiece

Urban farm wedding

Fall wedding decor

Urban farm wedding

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Stay true to your vision and goals for your wedding day and don’t get caught up in what other people or society tell you that you “should” want. If you want goats and ukuleles at your wedding like we did, then go for it!

Urban farm outdoor wedding reception

Urban farm outdoor wedding reception

wedding sweet table

Urban farm outdoor wedding reception

Urban farm outdoor wedding reception

Urban farm outdoor wedding reception

Urban farm wedding

Vendors:

“Day of” coordination and decor : Table 6 Productions

Catering: Figs & Honey Catering

Photographer: Heidi Geldhauser at Our Labor of Love

Wedding Venue: Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

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4 Comments  |  Filed Under: Barn Weddings, Budget Weddings ($10,000 or less), Inn and B & B Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Real Weddings, Rustic Weddings, Small Wedding Ceremonies

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  1. Posted by Anna on November 5th, 2012 at 2:32pm

    Loooks like a great time! I love the shots of the catering the best. The florals are gorgeous too!
  2. Posted by Michelle on November 6th, 2012 at 2:51am

    Beautiful couple and beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you and your husband.
  3. Posted by Jessica on December 2nd, 2012 at 1:09am

    Never seen goats at a wedding but why not?!
  4. Posted by Meagan M. on September 15th, 2013 at 4:13pm

    I was really impressed by the beauty of the food arrangements. It is clear a lot of care was put into this wedding!
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