A Halloween themed intimate wedding in America
18 Oct 2021
Jessica and William Graydon travelled from Florida to Georgia for their spook-tacular Halloween wedding
Photography: Luke Lamberton
Wedding planner Sarah Day of SAS Weddings tells us about the couple's big day which took place on Halloween 2020.
How did they choose the place to get married?
We started out at Splendor Mountain, on the border of South Carolina in the North Georgia Mountains for about 120 guests. But with Covid, we downsized and moved the wedding to a more drivable distance from Miami, Florida, so the family would not have to fly. The wedding ultimately took place at Juliette Chapel in Dahlonega, Georgia, about two hours north of Atlanta on the hillside of wine country. Their first look took place in a civil war cemetery just outside of town.
Did the couple have any special requests for their wedding?
There were so many details; everything had a special touch and meaning in this wedding. From the 'To the tomb and back' casket ring box to the casket menu cards to the 'Till death' neon sign above the sweetheart table – it was all about the details. My personal favourite as a planner was exchanging special private wedding vows during the first look, where they took a blood oath.
How did you come up with the concept of this wedding?
This wedding was always going to take place on Halloween, which fell on a Saturday in 2020. The trickiest part was creating a themed Halloween wedding that was still elegant. The bride wore a sleek black wedding gown and all the guests wore black and red. The SAS Weddings design team was hard at work, poring through inspirational photos, online shopping and local Halloween decorations to create a one-of-a-kind elegant Halloween wedding. We used ghostly chairs and farm tables with black chandeliers, round oriental rugs and tons of drippy candles.
How did this wedding change your career as a wedding planner/creator?
It was challenging to take something that could be looked at as potentially a kitschy theme to something beautiful and elegant. That brought out the personality of my couple, yet remained a timeless wedding. I don’t think I have ever planned or designed a wedding with so much death in the theme, but I loved bringing their ideas to life.
Were there any challenges for this wedding?
The couple knew exactly what they wanted from the beginning. Long before Covid was even a thought in anyone’s mind, they knew they wanted a wedding in the woods with a dark and dreamy Halloween theme. We ultimately ended up changing locations, states and reducing our guest count from more than 100 to only 13 people. The bride and groom were also vegan, and finding a caterer that was able to create our unique menu but make the presentation out of this world was a challenge for sure. The catering company created a black bean vegan spider web soup for one of our dishes during the five-course plated dinner – it was spectacular.
Tell us about this destination
It is the site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega which offers an authentic mountain getaway north of Atlanta. The Juliette Chapel is a lovely wedding and events venue in beautiful Dahlonega. It is the perfect setting for intimate weddings and events. If you love the great outdoors, you'll appreciate our rustic yet elegant facilities that celebrate simplicity and the beauty of nature all around.
Steal their Style:
Wedding planning: Sarah Day with SAS Weddings
Photography: Luke Lamberton
Ceremony venue: Juliette Chapel
Catering: Affairs to Remember
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Barbara Roberts
Flowers: Bridget Baker - SAS Weddings
Cake: Frosted Pumpkin
Hair & make-up: Vigilante Cosmetics
Band: Forever Music
Rentals: FoxFire Rentals
Transportation: A & C Transportation