If you’ve been thinking that it seems like I was doing most of the venue research, well… you’d be right! Which is why it’s so funny that in the end, Mr. Whale found the perfect venue! As is often the case with many things in life, I went from thinking, “We’ll never find a venue!” to “Yay! I love this venue!” in an instant.
During his first attempt at venue research, my usually-reluctant-to-contact-people fiance found a venue, e-mailed them (without even mentioning it to me), heard back from them, and forwarded me the information. The first thing that had me was the line, “Our catering starts at $15 per person.” (!!!!!!!! What?!?!?! That’s awesome.) And then of course I had to see some pictures.
Image by Abraham Yang Photography
We both loved the mountains in the background. And the reception area is in a renovated barn on the same property. It’s kind of rustic and decorated with Christmas lights. You can see all of it in this video.
(Above video by Wesley Arnold (Off the Wall Pro) )
I was basically convinced, but I knew we needed to visit it first. So fast forward two months, and I finally get to visit this place. I had made a special trip to Atlanta with my mom and aunt to shop for dresses (My aunt wanted to go to Bridals by Lori—more on that later!), so we took a drive out to visit. And wow, I knew it was the one as soon as we saw that view. Pictures truly don’t do it justice. (I’ve heard that phrase before, but I’ve never felt it applied until I saw this place.)
There was a wedding happening that day at 3:00, so we got to see everything set up for a wedding. We also got to see the day-of coordinator in action. And then later I found the photos of the wedding that was happening online! So here’s a pro photo of what we saw on the day we were there.
Image by Fixed Focal Photography
I still want to squeal just a little every time I see a picture! So two weeks later, Mr. Whale and I were back in the Atlanta area, and we got to visit together. I was absolutely giddy with excitement. There was no one there, because it was a weekday, so we got to explore everything on our own. We stood on the hill exactly where we’ll exchange our vows, and it was just perfect. I cannot wait to walk down that aisle!
Did you “know” when you found the venue? Does it have exactly what you want or did you have to compromise?