Everything Else is Optional: Jacob & Galen

Couple: Jacob & Galen

Jacob & Galen are both actors in Atlanta, and first met at an audition in 2011. They had many mutual friends, but didn’t really get to know each other until Jacob found out Galen was single in October of 2013 and he asked her on a date. Their wedding journey started when Jacob proposed to Galen. She got home from work at the same time Jacob arrived from running errands.  They walked into their Atlanta apartment together, and he promptly dropped to one knee and proposed. It was a wonderful shock! Turns out, a friend in Nashville had resized the ring before the proposal, and Jacob’s “errand” was driving to Nashville and back in one day to pick up the ring! They chose The Corner District in Ball Ground, Georgia. They were drawn to this beautiful, relatively new venue for its vintage vibe and budget-friendly packages. The property manager, Debbie, worked with them to create a custom package which included flowers, the cake, and food. The vendors were all excellent. The spaces themselves barely needed any decorating – the warehouse (where they had their ceremony) and general store (reception area) were both lovely, big, and inviting. Their style or theme was Vintage Kitsch. They wanted to play up the funky, vintage vibe of the Corner District, while giving the day a silly spin. Little touches like a Macho Man cake topper and groom’s cake emblazoned with “Congratulations, Jerks!” kept them laughing all day. Their favorite moment from Their wedding day was during the ceremony when a train went through the sleepy, North Georgia town – and the whistle stopped the ceremony dead in its tracks. Every time the celebrant tried to speak, the whistle blew again. It was hilarious, and six months after the wedding, “guests still say how perfectly ‘us’ the moment was. We couldn’t agree more!” The day of the ceremony, one of their readers (who had written an original piece for them) called to say he had a stomach flu and couldn’t make it. The bride asked one of her best friends to read the piece in his place – it was momentarily stressful, but it was wonderful to have one of her good friends be part of the big day. Almost all the couple’s decorations were handmade or bought from Goodwill. The reception centerpieces were compiled with gold and blue knick-knacks from thrift stores and their own home. The bride’s gown was even secondhand – she found it at Psycho Sisters, her favorite Atlanta thrift store (it cost less than the groom’s suit!). Galen spent weeks making the rag banner for their cake display, jewelry bouquets for the bridesmaids, and jewelry corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom. These elements were such a hit that she’s now selling them on Etsy – PutTogether Boutique. The couple’s advice for brides and grooms-to-be: “Your wedding is yours – don’t let anyone else overtake the big day for you. You and your partner are the ones who know your relationship best, and you should feel free to jettison whatever traditions don’t work for you. The only thing a wedding NEEDS to include is a marriage – everything else is optional.”

Check out more of Jacob & Galen’s love story here: tinyurl.com/jacobyork and facebook.com/galenc



Photographer:  Krisandra Evans Photography//Floral Designer: A Delicate Petal by Melissa//Cake Designer: Confection Perfection//Event Planner: Ivy Marie Weddings//Event Venue: The Corner District //

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