Logan & Matt | Magical Military Georgia Wedding

There are some people the Lord brings into your life, and you know the relationship you hold is something extraordinary, one of a kind.  That is the kind of friendship I have with Logan.  

Logan was introduced to me when I first started Taylor Square back in 2012.  She was at Ole Miss and wanted to explore her love for photography.  Logan second shot for me for several weddings and even babysat my three kiddos for me when I needed help.  She became a fixture in my family's lives, and my children loved her.  Bless her heart, she even put my middle daughter, McCarley, in a school pageant for me while I was shooting a wedding.  (She deserves a gold medal for that day!)  So, needless to say when she told me she was FINALLY getting married to the love of her life for the last six years, Matt, I knew I was going to Georgia!  

"I found my wedding dress on the first day I went looking in the first store I went to. I only brought my sister and mom with me because they know me so well and have great style. I went into dress shopping thinking that I wanted a Hayley Paige dress but the store I went to did not have the dresses organized by designer so I simply starting picking dresses I was drawn to. I tried on three that were the style I thought I wanted but I did not like any of them so I went back to the racks and began selecting dresses opposite of what I had in mind. I finally narrowed it down to two dresses, one I loved the top of and the other I loved the bottom of…. That’s when I saw my dress hanging on the door to another dressing room! It was almost an exact mix of the top and bottom that I loved. I asked my consultant to see if the dress was available to try on and it was. Immediately I knew it was the one, it had enough sparkle and elegance while being unique and different than any other dress I had seen. I really wanted an elegant gown that would compliment Matts uniform seamlessly. My mom and sister were both blown away by how amazingly the dress fit my personality and style. As we were purchasing the gown I finally saw the tag, and it was indeed a Hayley Paige gown- at that moment I knew it was meant to be." - Logan

"My first look with Dad was very special. My dad is a girls dad through and through, and the love he has for my sister and I is something I cannot even explain. I knew the entire day would be pretty emotional for him and I also knew that the first look would be the start of the emotions. As my dad walked up the stairs to see me, he had to take a second to collect himself before I turned around.  That moment was so special. He gave me the biggest bear hug and told me how proud he was of me. That moment is one I will treasure forever. The wedding gift I decided to give my dad was a pair of cufflinks. The date and “father of the bride” was written on one and the other had his favorite picture of us from when I was little. My dad and I have a strong bond; it's really hard to describe. He is the biggest sports fan and outdoorsman, but he is the best girl dad there is. He is our biggest fan and always in my corner. I am so happy we had that special moment with just us two before making our walk down the aisle." - Logan

"Matt and I met in high school my senior year and his junior year, we went to a small private school so we were always seeing each other in the halls and at sporting events. Not long after meeting we began dating and continued dating for a total of six years. All six years was long distance as I left for college in MS not long after our relationship began and Matt went off to college in NY." - Logan

Logan surprised Matt with a new Hoyt bow.  He was so excited, I didn't think he wanted to put it down!

"Long-distance is definitely not easy, but when you know, it's worth it to make the best out of each moment you have together. In total Matt and I was long distance for six years, so that made the wedding day super exciting! That morning I had this surreal feeling knowing that the distance was no longer going to be between us and we were going to be able to live life together! Matt and I had always talked about the day we would be in the same place, and it was the craziest mix of emotions as the day that hope became a reality. Matt said, “It was really exciting knowing we were not going to have to Facetime anymore and we would be able to talk in person.” Matt and I both agree that although being long distance was hard and took a lot of effort it forced us to learn to communicate with one another and to make the most of every five-minute phone call and the presence of those around you." - Logan

The event venue, Sandy Creek Barn at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, was a beautiful location to host the wedding because it fit Logan and Matt's style perfectly.  

"My inspiration for the wedding design was really focused around our personalities; we are both very simple people who love being outside in the country. I wanted soft colors for an elegant feel with lush greenery and wood accents to play up the barn venue." - Logan

"Our ceremony was more perfect than I could have ever planned it to me. I knew from the beginning of planning that I wanted a very intimate ceremony but I also knew that we had so many friends and family we wanted to be there. With the guest list growing I began to brain storm some things that would set our wedding apart from others we had been to. That’s when I remembered a high school church retreat where my pastor explained the significance of foot washings in the Bible. I immediately knew I wanted to incorporate a foot washing into our ceremony for a number of reasons. The most prominent reason was that of our first action as husband and wife would be an act of service to each other. Our entire relationship has had the central theme of service, being long distance you have to put a lot of effort into serving the other while away. Matt and I also strive to live a life of service in our careers; Matt made the decision awhile ago that it was a desire of his to serve our country and I am eager to begin my career as a marriage therapist serving all the families and couples I come in contact with. The ceremony itself was extremely emotional, Matt and I both were so eager and ready to become husband and wife but during our vows I had the most surreal peace come over me because I knew it was right. Once the foot washing began the tears were flowing strong. Matt and I had the opportunity to pray over each other as we washed each others feet and Matt said, “I have never felt the Lords presence with the two of us more than I did in that moment.” The act of washing feet was so raw and unrehearsed and intimate that it was perfect to me. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. We were so blessed to have so many people come to celebrate with us but at the same time I felt as though Matt and I were the only ones in front of that barn giving our hearts to each other, my desire for an intimate ceremony was 100% met." - Logan

"The ceremony itself was extremely emotional, Matt and I both were so eager and ready to become husband and wife, during our vows I had the most surreal peace come over me because I knew it was right. Once the foot washing began, the tears were flowing strong. Matt and I had the opportunity to pray over each other as we washed each other's feet and Matt said, “I have never felt the Lord's presence with the two of us more than I did at that moment.” The act of washing feet was so raw and unrehearsed and intimate that it was perfect to me. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. We were so blessed to have so many people come to celebrate with us, but at the same time, I felt as though Matt and I were the only ones in front of that barn giving our hearts to each other, my desire for an intimate ceremony was 100% met." -Logan

After the sun went down, the party began.  Matt's military friends created a grand entrance for the couple and the first dances were beautiful.  Logan's father gave a heart-felt speech about his little girl and the lady she has become.  You could tell that his love for her as well as Matt is strong.

"What made our wedding special was the excitement we shared about finally being together forever." -Logan

Logan & Matt, thank you so much for allowing Sophie and I to travel all the way to Georgia to witness such a BEAUTIFUL day.  I am so honored you chose me!  You guys are so special and I just know your marriage will be blessed beyond measure.  - Ann-Marie

Dress: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique, Hayley Paige Designer | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN Weddings | Tux: Jos. A. Bank | Cake: Debra Adams | Venue: Sandy Creek Barn at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee | Wedding Planner and Designer: No Regrets Events | Flowers: Zeb Grant Design | Invitations: Catherine Westerfield Holden | DJ: Mike Zarin | Rehearsal Venue: Harbor Club Polo Stables | Videographer: Kevin Hursh Films | Caterer: Reynolds Lake Oconee | Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Nieman