Intimate wedding inspiration at Swan House

bride and groom facing each other and smiling in a garden surrounded by trees

Exquisite details highlight this timeless wedding inspiration combining the loveliest florals from Gertie Mae’s Floral Design and a palette of muted pastels with the splendid architecture of Swan House in Atlanta for a look that is refined and romantic. The cake, artfully designed and crafted by the great Melissa’s Fine Pastries, mirrored the old-world charm of the intimate setting, while the flowing Shop Gossamer dress gave off an ethereal feeling as early morning rolled into a fresh Spring day.

Valerie Gernhauser teamed up once again with Archetype Studio for another destination wedding inspiration project. We met up in Atlanta, Georgia, at the historic Swan House for a vintage-inspired intimate wedding design. Taking in the history of the home, the rolling hills on the property, and the intricate details of the architecture, we sought out to set the stage for what we imagined to be a stunning intimate ceremony and small wedding reception on the vast grounds of this beautiful historic property.

I love incorporating colors into the design of an event wherever possible, and for this inspiration we used soft peach hues for the table linens, as well as pink and blush tones for depth. Because the gardens on the property are so verdant and decadent, I wanted the celebration to feel appropriate for the location. Competing against the landscape and architecture wouldn’t feel right, so I made an effort to incorporating the natural beauty of the courtyards and gardens into each design vignette.

Ceremonies at Swan House often take place on the large back lawn, featuring the massive dual stone staircase as a structural backdrop for the ceremony location. Considering this inspiration contemplated an event on a much smaller scale, I wanted to play off of this area of the House where the light is so soft and beautiful, by draping a delicate garland of loose and organic greenery at the top of the stairs, setting of a simple and understated elegant ceremony location.

Together with the team at Archetype, we brought the models (a real married couple, whose chemistry was simply perfect) through the courtyard on the side of the home where the trees and deckled light made for a beautiful setting for a newlywed photo session. The Gossamer gown – a vintage find – accented with a long tail ribbon at each shoulder was the perfect attire for the setting.

We found the architectural details around every corner at Swan House too good to pass up. Setting up a sweetheart table for an intimate wedding reception near the archways on the north lawn was a great vista – overlooking the rolling hills at the front of the property, and tucked away amidst the stone archways and green vines. What I love most about Swan House as a wedding venue is that there are so many opportunities for beautiful, intimate moments for couples and their guests to take advantage of!

Blush pink teacup next to light peach flowers and greenery on a table

cute small entry way table with yellow flowers and greenery on top

Pillars at the top of the venue with greenery draping in between

grooms orchid boutonniere with pink accents, blue striped tie and a white pocket square

Bride and groom walking down a gravel path holding out her lush greenery bouquet with nude sashes hanging

Groom and bride golding hands by a rod iron staircase in the gravel with a lush organic floral bouquet

Bride in her long white dress siting on a curved staircase next to rod iron

Bride with her hair twisted back in a low bun and delicate lace dress caps

Back view of brides hair up do with a delicate gold hair piece

bride and groom kiss at the bottom of a stair case with green bushes in the background

Bride in a lace wedding gown sits on a round fountain barefoot in the gravel

Outside of the gardens a beautiful set of steps leading up to a mansion

couple kissing intimately with the brides large organic bouquet

couple poses for a picture and the bride has her white wedding gown on with a tied bow sash on her shoulder

couple standing on steps with two large planters next to them in their wedding attire

gorgeous full body picture of a bride in her lace vintage wedding gown leaning on a white table

A bride and groom gaze into each others eye as the groom holds the brides waist in front of green bushes

a bride in her wedding gown holding her wedding bouquet of yellow, pink and green floral looks over her shoulder

Bride and groom standing on steps leading to a mansion laughing in their wedding attire and lush floral bouquet

Bride and groom stand in front of a black and white 1930s car

up close photo of a brides bouquet with tones of green, peach, mustard and white

Bride posing in front of an arch of ivy holding her bouquet in her white wedding gown

Bride walking in the back of a house with columns in front of a table with mahogany chairs and a blush table linen

close up of a brides lace and beaded wedding gown with bows on her shoulders

Bride looking over her shoulder holding her exotic wedding bouquet

a bride stands in front of a fountain with her long white wedding gown and lush organic bouquet of flowers

four tiered simple yet elegant white wedding cake with edible flowers and design

seating assignment written on white paper on top of white plates with gold silverware and pink water glasses

intricate sunflower on a blown glass water cup next to a peach rose and greenery

Tableware on a blush pink table linen with gold flatware

romantic wedding invitations on rough cut paper with blush calligraphy

full view of the wedding invitation suite with blush colors, a flower and a magnifying glass

Outside of a beautiful mansion with trees in the front

Bride sitting in a chair with greenery and yellow flowers tied the the back next to a blush table linen

Sweetheart table with a blush linen and chairs with greenery and floral attached  in front of an ivy wall with the bride in a chair

Close up of the chairs with ribbons, greenery, peonies and roses ties to the back next to a table with bush linens

Beautiful cascading organic floral arrangement sitting on a white tabletop with blush ribbons

Styling: Sapphire Events | Photographer: Archetype Studio Inc. | Florals: Gertie Mae Florals | Bouquet Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Dress: Shop Gossamer | Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Stationery: Gatlin Paper Company | Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Calligraphy: Small Chalk | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab


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