A lot of heart & a lot of soul went into the making of country music singer Emily Hearn’s private residence country chic wedding. Not surprisingly so, music was what brought Emily together with her love, Michael Harrison, thanks to some crafty friends & a blind date set up. Smitten from the start, it wasnt long before Emily & Michael knew forever was theirs together! Wanting to keep the events as intimate & central to the couple as possible, with the aid of friends & family, the couple constructed a day which included a hand built make-shift outdoor chapel, homey beverage stations, & a mix of home baked style cakes from The Grit, all of which guests enjoyed while outdoors surrounded by the lush forest & strands of lights! The wedding party donned a laid back dress up casual style in a mix of khakis, blues & mix matched champagne toned dresses, the perfect accent for their deeply green surroundings. As if the wedding alone wasnt beautiful enough, Emily penned a song ‘Found A Heart’ about Michael’s proposal & taking that next step, in which the video even features moments from their wedding. I am utterly in love with this song & it really should be a new wedding song classic! Dont miss the video at the end of the post!
Emily Hearn – Found a Heart (Official Music Video)
Novella of the Bride…
Wedding Buzzwords: Natural, Whimsical, Do-It-Yourself, Autumn Dream, Southern, & Intimate
Michael and I were both musicians living in the Athens, GA area. I found my way to one of his bands’ shows in early 2011, and mentioned to one of our mutual friends that I thought he was cute. So that friend of ours set the two of us up on a blind date… on VALENTINES DAY… so the pressure was on. But we fell for each other on that first date, and have spent pretty much every day together ever since! We dated for a little over a year and a half, and in July of 2012 he asked me to marry him.
We really wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities and our relationship as much as possible. Putting together a wedding can be an intimidating task, so we decided to treat it as a really special party that we were inviting all of our favorite people to. So we made it as personal and “home-y” as possible. We wanted our wedding to feel rustic, creative, and magical but wanted to achieve that in a simple, Do-It-Yourself kind of way.
Mostly family and friends helped make our special day happen! We had a largely DIY wedding. We built a make-shift chapel in my grandparents back yard for the ceremony, and on the other side of the house we stung a bunch of lights between the trees for the reception. We built a stage, a dance floor, and set up tables in the middle of the forest. We wanted to play off of the natural scenery with our colors. It was October, so the trees were gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, and brown, but the grass was so vibrantly green, that we decided to make green a focal color. So green, grey and white were the focal colors for decor and flowers, but the attire was champagne and navy.
Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals, I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix Match Per Bridesmaids | Shoes: Madewell | Hair & Makeup: Bride | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Invitations: Alread Designs | Music: Trey Roth, Molly Parden, Chris Cauley, Barney Culver | Florist: Ashley Buzzy McHugh | Caterer: Hubba Hubba Smokehouse | Baker: The Grit | Wedding/Event Planner: Mother of the Bride & Bride | Photographer: Cindy Stansberry Photography