One of the absolute best (and biggest) decisions we made before our wedding was choosing an event company that could handle everything that we weren’t comfortable or up to DIY-ing. When I met Tim Williams from GG Events of Gainesville, Georgia I knew that he could take our vision and turn it into an even better reality. GG Events provided not only the catering for the cocktail hour and dinner, but they also made our wedding cake, cupcakes, found us an amazing bartender and took care of most of our gorgeous decor.
While we didn’t get to mingle with our guests during our cocktail hour, we were too busy taking pictures with our family, I’ve been told that the candied bacon and brie, asparagus in phyllo, Italian stuffed mushrooms, and shrimp cocktail shooters that were passed around were delicious, as were the Chocolate Martinis and Moscow Mules (our signature cocktail hour drinks).
We’re very much foodies and we wanted our reception to reflect our love of food with a dash of southern comfort. Dinner started with a country French salad of spring greens with smoked applewood bacon, gorgonzola crumbles, walnuts, and red onions, topped with a light champagne vinaigrette dressing. It was followed by a buffet filled with shrimp and grits, prime rib with creamed horseradish and cabernet demi (a nod to our parents who insisted all “nice” weddings have a meat carving station), haricot-vert with dill cream sauce, horseradish mashed potatoes, and smoked gouda macaroni and cheese. We cut into a Hummingbird cake and served a variety of cupcakes, all incredible. The groom’s cake was red velvet and shaped like an armadillo.
We had our ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception at the Northeast Georgia History Center. We wanted each part to feel unique, so the ceremony was held on the porch of a cabin built in 1780, the cocktail hour in a beautiful garden on the other side of the building, and the reception in the main hall, overlooking the cabin. Among the never-ending list of pieces GG Events brought in to play up the rustic charm of the venue were gorgeous handcrafted rustic benches for the ceremony, about sixteen different old farmhouse tables, a rustic assortment of chairs, sideboards, a vintage sofa, an eclectic mix of antique china, old doors, mint julep cups, antique silver pitchers, lanterns, and linens. The space was truly transformed and enhanced.
I’m textbook Type-A and was probably not the easiest bride to work with, but after talking with Tim a few weeks before the wedding I felt confident enough to step back and let him take over. It served me well. Instead of being overly picky (I wanted to diagram where every little thing was going to go), I let Tim bring in and arrange the pieces in his taste and I was overwhelmed by the result. I still cannot believe how wonderful our wedding was! It still feels a little bit like a dream.