Thursday, January 19, 2017

What's #Trending

What’s #Trending

New trends, new looks, and new styles. After all, a New Year means a new beginning, right?

Correct! We are eager to share with you all everything we are seeing weekend after weekend and what is slowly sweeping the wedding industry and The Wheeler House wedding venue. Our weddings at our beautiful North Georgia barn venue have seen firsthand the styles come and go year after year. We must say, 2017 is about to change the game!

Pantone, Inc. released its official color of the year for 2017 and we couldn’t be more thrilled for what this means for the wedding industry! “Greenery,” has been named as the color of the year for this year! Brides, this luscious green is going to make your day pop! Imagine your bouquets cascading with the most vibrant flowers radiating off your wedding gown. Talk about dreamy!
{Claire Diana Photography - Bouquet: Holland Daze}

Design/Style: Boho
Urban Elegance = the “new Rustic” – Wedding Wire EDU.
This couldn't be more true! As the rustic era ends we are welcoming the bohemian/ urban style which is so trendy to so many young brides. The boho look still adds a lovely sense of elegance so you aren't completely straying away from that! It's all about originality and what fits best for the bride and groom! Our property has so many vibrant green spaces and trees that we feel it's practically picture perfect!

Gray suits
Gray is the new black and we kinda love it! For the gentleman it’s all the rage! Gray is such a sophisticated looking color and we love that it’s taking its place on the wedding scene.
{Claire Diana Photography}

Doughnut Bars
 Yes, please! Doughnuts not only taste delicious but they are so easy to devour all while looking adorable! A doughnut bar is awesome and totally recommended by The Wheeler House team! It is the ideal sweet treat and you can have a variety of flavors so it's like there is something for everyone!

{Alea Moore Photography}

{Claire Diana Photography}

Sleeves| Sheer and Sexy| Mixed Lace| - Wedding Trend Guide 2017

These looks are becoming the hit of 2017. We are loving the detailed backs on dresses whether they are completely open or have beautiful lace detail giving illusion to the imagination. We have praised the sleeves before and will totally keep doing so! The sheer and sexy looks seems to be entering with full force! While remaining modern, it still adds a gorgeous touch that screams classic!
{Mike Moon Studios}

{Kelly Anne Photography}

Sheer and Sexy

"Brides will be seeing a ton of illusion necklines and backs on sleek silhouettes giving them the chance to show their sexy and classy, or as we like to call it "Clexy" style."
-Kimberl McAchran 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

A Year in Review: 2016

Was it the people, the cake, the first dances, or the magical sendoffs that made this past year a dream come true? We aren’t sure because each of the above seemed to become more special as the year went on. As you all know, another year has come and gone at The Wheeler House. A year full of weddings, special events, laughter and tears. It never really seems surreal to us until the year comes to an end and we can reflect back on all the special relationships that we formed that year. It is our pleasure to share with you all some of our favorites from 2016!

Dress: Tenisha Little Meko
To say this dress was stunning is a complete understatement. The bead work and design that this beauty shows was so unbelievably gorgeous! The long sleeved dress style was such a refreshing change to look at as well! 
{Kaptured Photography}
Grooms attire: Kirstin Willard Cagle
Navy was definitely the color for 2016! Stephen looked dapper in his suit and we loved the cream color tie! It was the perfect accent color to compliment his beautiful bride, Kirstin!
{Mike Moon Studio} 
Cakes: Amanda Lassig Cunningham and Whitney Price Zapeta
We are all about some wedding cake here at The Wheeler House! 2016 didn't seem to disappoint either! The cake on the left was made by our in house baker, Lush Cakery, it was such a work of art! The light pink rosette icing was a beautiful touch and matched Amanda's color scheme perfect! 
The cake on the right was so amazing! Whitney's husband Manny is a firefighter and what better way could they celebrate than with a cake that's a fire hydrant with the hose wrapped around it! This was so unique and we loved it! 
{Left:Eve and Ever Photography - Right: Reflections of Joy Photography}

Getaway car: Blake Lisle Bryant
This classic beauty was so fitting for such an elegant affair! The 1920 Rolls Royce served the role of our Newlyweds making their grand exit at their September wedding with us! It was such a neat way to head off from their big day. 
{Kayla Johnson Photography}
Special Guest appearance: Corinne Clark Summerford
This was on of the coolest things to ever happen in the history of The Wheeler House! Corinne had secretly planned for Hairy Dawg, The University of Georgia's mascot, to come and make a surprise guest appearance at her and Jake's wedding! Jake had no idea what was happening when "Glory Glory" started playing and the barn doors were slid open wide for Hairy Dawg to greet the Newlyweds and all their guests! Amazing idea Corinne, we loved it! 
{Brittany Rae Photography}
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Amanda Roberts Durrence
Pretty Pretty Pretty! These girls looked radiant in their purple dresses! The one thing that we loved about these dresses was that they were all a different style at the top of the dress but still kept their length at the bottom which still gave off the elegant look! This pale purple color was just as lovely! Not a color that is overly used and it went so well with the Durrence wedding in April!
{Claire Diana Photography}
Overall decor: Brittany Phillips Wojohn
This December dream was such a stunning wedding to be a part of! Brittany and her mom and an amazing vision for this day and with the help of Miss Milly's Event Rentals and Design, plus Holland Daze their dream day become a whimsical winter extravaganza and more!

{ Mike Moon Studio}

           Best Surprise: Katie Logan Morey
This was probably one of the most rewarding moments we as a venue have ever had the privilege of being a part of. Whenever we did our planning meetings with Katie she was unsure if her brother would be able to be at her wedding. She didn’t know if he would be able to take leave and come, so at her rehearsal she let our coordinator know that he wasn’t going to make it. Little did she know her photographer and soon to be sister-in-law had already given us the heads up that her brother was going to be able to make it, but it was going to be a complete and total surprise for Katie. Right before Katie was about to change into her wedding dress her bridesmaids had a video for her, it was her brother letting her know how much he loved her and wished he could be there on her wedding day…. Katie had planned a first look with her groom so as she was preparing for that, A Creative Pear photography actually had her brother in place ready for the surprise! When Katie turned the corner of The Wheeler House to see her groom for the first time, her brother was turning the other corner to surprise her! I’m pretty sure everyone who was standing alongside to watch was sobbing because it was a moment that you couldn’t really describe. Katie was so surprised to see him and it was the best feeling to be able to witness such a special reunion. 
{A Creative Pear Photography}
Flowers: Kelsey Johnson Sears
  This September bride stunned us with her unique floral signature provided by one of of our favorite vendors, Holland Daze! Kelsey's bridesmaids wore a very pale pink, while her groom and groomsmen wore navy suits! The florals added the perfect pop of color for her gorgeous wedding!
{ Mike Moon Studio}
Most unique unity ceremony: Kaitlyn Crawford Bell
Our heart strings were tugged at a little bit on this special day for Mr. and Mrs. Bell. Kaitlyn and Rick were one of the most genuine couples we've ever had the pleasure of working with. For their unity ceremony they wanted it to just be the two of them and they wanted share a special foot washing together. It was such a unique and beautiful moment watching a new husband and wife form an unbreakable bond not only with themselves but with Christ. 
{Erin K Wood Photography}
Best first reaction: Alyssa Sale Hill
This one made our hearts so happy! These bridesmaids seeing their girl for the first time was absolutely priceless! Alyssa had such a fun May wedding and these girls played a huge role in that! 
{Claire Diana Photography}
This is probably one of our most favorite blogs we have ever written for many reasons, but there is one that sticks out more than most. This year was special. Plain and simple, it was truly filled with special moments and memories that will stay with us forever! Thank you to each and every one of our brides and grooms for choosing us to share the most special day of your life with! You all hold a special place in our hearts!
With love,
The Wheeler House 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Winter Wonderland Open House

Winter Wonderland Open House

One of the most special times of the year here in North Georgia always takes place in January. With engagement season in full swing, it is time for our Winter Wonderland open house that we host yearly!

{Photography: Once like a spark photography}
It is an event that jump starts our new year and makes us more eager than ever to kick off another wedding filled year! We invite all of our current and potential brides and grooms, plus their families, and friends to come out for a day filled with remarkable food, fun, and entertainment!

Photography:Mike Moon Studios}  
We will have The Wheeler Cottages on display  with tours of all three homes !  Brides will get to meet and greet our team of in house vendors, and have the opportunity to get acquainted with a variety of our preferred vendors who we have worked with and highly recommend!  All of our in house coordinators are on site as well to help answer any questions that you may have!

{Photography: Hillary Leah Photography}
It is an awesome opportunity to come out and fall in love with The Wheeler House even more! We can’t wait to see you all on January 22nd!
Be sure to click the link below to RSVP:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

10 important things to know before touring a wedding venue

{Photo by: Mike Moon}
1. Allow enough time in your day to tour
When touring a wedding venue it is crucial to factor in at least one hour of your time at the venue. You will tour the facility, ask many questions, as well be given several documents with information on them. You want to make sure that you don’t rush this process because it’s your chance to be sold on the venue of your dreams.

2. Request as much info beforehand
Most venues always email out any package and pricing information prior to your tour. This is so helpful for brides because it gives them the chance to prep before the actual tour. You can crunch numbers, see what’s included, and factor in what still needs to be budgeted for!
{Photo by: Happy Everything Co.}
3. Know what’s important to you and your fiance
This is key! As a couple it’s important to know your style and what type of venue you are searching for. You need to envision what significant factors you are hoping for with photography, what background setting is imperative to you, and what type of atmosphere you want your guests to experience at your wedding.
{Photo: Mike Moon}
4. Look at pictures of the venue online
It’s always better to see things before trying them on right? Know the venue you’re touring. See what they have to offer before you go visit. Make sure you like the grounds and the different photo opportunities that are being shown.
5. Know your budget
Nothing is worse than falling in love with something and then not being able to afford it. Request information ahead of time so you know if it’s even in your price range. It’s also important to think of other factors that aren’t included in package pricing that you will have to account for.
{Photo: Kayla Johnson}
6. Don’t tour alone
We can’t stress this one enough. It’s so important to bring an extra set of eyes and ears! People see things differently than you do and who doesn’t want a trustworthy second opinion?!
{Photo: Erin K. Wood}
7. Know what time of the year/season you want to be married
This can help you in so many ways, knowing your season will help decide what color scheme you’re planning for, what flowers will be in bloom, and what to expect weather wise with the temperature.

8. Make a list of all your questions beforehand
Yes, Yes, and Yes. We are here to help you! If something is unclear it is our job to fix it. We always want our customers to leave feeling satisfied and know that we discussed everything that was of question to them.

9. Have an idea of your guest count
Imagine your closest friends and family all gathered together. Do you think it will be a comfortable atmosphere that everyone will enjoy? 
{Photo: Kayla Johnson}
10. Ask to take pictures when touring
We want you to remember your time with us. A lot of times not all brides and grooms can come at the same time, you want to be able to have a visual to show your fiance when you are telling them all about how the tour went! Details can easily be forgotten when you are touring because there is so much to take in all at once, taking photos will help you remember each room and what was said about it!

{Photo: Mike Moon Photography}
We hope you enjoyed this blog from our in house wedding planners! These 10 tips will be so helpful to all brides when touring a venue!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter Wedding Tips from The Wheeler House

5 crucial winter wedding tips that will turn your big day into a winter wonderland for you and your guests.

{Photography: Aaron Nichols Photography}
 We love seasonal weddings at The Wheeler House; we are always getting to see new trends each year! This will be our first year ever with actual central heat and air in our barn and we know this will be a monumental wedding day factor for so many of our clients and their guests. It is so easy for people to think, “Oh, winter must be your slow season!” and however that was true at one time, but it is now a thing of the past! Winter weddings have become just as popular as prime season months and why you might ask? Because, it’s simply the most wonderful time of the year!
{Photography: Libby Photo}
1.   Providing pashminas or shawls for you and your girls are always such a huge hit! What better way to keep your girls warm than an adorable new item for them to take home! It also makes for the cutest photos!
{Photography: Anna K Shackleford}
2.   Having a hot cocoa bar or hot apple cider station is always such a huge treat for guests and goes especially well during the chilly months to keep everyone warm!

3.   Long sleeved dresses are totally back and we love it! It is so different and adds a sense of elegance to the big day! Not to mention, it will help keep you cozy during outside photos!

{Photography: Kaptured Photography} 
4.   Getting married inside our barn with elegant drapery and a custom stone built fireplace with a fire going sends out all the romantic feels! Talk about keeping your guests warm and having the most gorgeous indoor wedding you could ever want.

{Photography: Mike Moon Photography}

5. Timing is everything in the winter months! We strongly suggest starting your wedding no later than 4:00 pm. This will guarantee you to still have some daylight in your wedding day photos for after your ceremony!
{Photography: Kelly Anne Photography}
 Winter weddings at The Wheeler House are filled with originality. We hope this blog inspires all winter brides with these helpful and fun wedding day tips!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

7 Reminders for your big day

Here at The Wheeler House, we have discovered a few things that are guaranteed to help your big day run more smoothly. We also know that with all the planning that goes into these big days can make it easy to forget small things. So we came up with a few reminders for you!

Photo Credit: Claire Diana Photography

1.Timing your music- This means listening to your chosen songs beforehand and making note of what times you want played. This will help greatly with your processional song choices, as well as your first dance song and parent dance songs.

Photo Credit: Claire Diana Photography

 2.  Have a private bite- You spend a lot of time and effort picking out your food for you big day, why not be able to enjoy it in peace with your new spouse? Take 30 minutes while your guests are also eating and whisk away to a private location. It might just be one of your best ideas on your day!

Photo Credit: Kelly Anne Photography

 3Make a photographer timeline- This will immensely help your photographer get through pictures must quicker. You can include names of family members, as well as ideas of certain shots you would like to have.

Photo Credit: Hillary Leah Photography

 4. Have finger foods for when you are getting ready- Many people forget this important part! Veggie trays, sandwich trays etc. are all great to have on hand while everyone is getting ready beforehand.

5. Decide who is setting up/decorating and make them a diagram list- This is of course only if your chosen vendors do not do it for you, most do especially all of our preferred vendors! If not, make sure to have a crew (not your family or bridal party) that you trust and would be willing to set everything up for you the day of. It will take a huge load of stress off of you all!

Photo Credit: Claire Diana Photography

 6. Decide who is breaking all the décor down & whose car it will go into- Same with the set up crew, make sure you have designated people to help pack everything up at the end of the night if you brought in your own décor and if your vendors are not already doing it for you!

7. Give bartender a copy of signature drink beforehand- This will greatly help them in the mixing process!
Photo Credit: Claire Diana Photography

We hope our tips help add a little inside advice to your planning for your big day! Check back for more helpful tips and advice in the future.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Kirstin + Stephen Cagle // June 10, 2016

Kirstin + Stephen Cagle // June 10, 2016

How They Met/ First Date
Kirstin and Stephen met at Georgia Southern University where they both majored in music education. The two spent their first date at the infamous sweetheart circle at their alma mater bundled up in blankets and cuddled in a hammock. Legend has it that if you walk around the circle three times with your sweetheart you will be together forever, we’d say the legend is true!

The Proposal
After Stephen graduated, Kirstin was still student teaching and living in Atlanta. Kirstin decided to plan a trip for the two of them to go visit their two best friends at Georgia Southern (the future maid of honor and best man). During the trip, Kirstin suggested that they all go to sweetheart circle where both the couples and each other first met to take some pictures since it would probably be the last time they would ever be in that area all together again. Little did she know she planned her entire engagement. The couple began taking pictures under the same tree they hammocked from on their first date, then Stephen got down on one knee and proposed.

“We loved that we were able to document this moment and have an immediate engagement shoot with our friends,” said Kirstin.
The Wedding
The two got to visit a open house at The Wheeler House with their families and immediately fell in love and even booked their wedding that day! Kirstin wanted her wedding to be timeless and classy and it definitely was that! The couple both really wanted to add touches of their relationship throughout the day. They incorporated their love for music by making their table runners out of sheet music and by using a drum as the cake stand for Stephen’s grooms cake.

One of their most memorable parts of their wedding was their first dance. Between the perfect song and this sweet couples love, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

“It was one of the first moment where the pressure of the ceremony was over and we could just enjoy “It felt like we were the only people on the Earth”.

Kristin suggests to all couples to keep a journal through out their engagement, wedding and honeymoon.

“We both did this and found it to be a great way to record all kinds of details, memories and emotions (big, small, serious, silly) that we otherwise would forget even if we tried not to,” said Kristin. “I’ve really enjoyed reliving my wedding through my journal can can’t wait to read back on it years from now!”
The Honeymoon
The two traveled to the Western Caribbean on a cruise for their honeymoon. They wanted to go to the beach and wanted an easy trip to plan so what better way than to take a cruise.

“We loved every second of our Wheeler House Wedding from start to finish! We would do it all over again! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so amazing!” –Kirstin Cagle

Kirstin & Stephen,

It was such a pleasure working with you both. You two are truly special and your love is inspiring. We wish you both the absolute best.

The Wheeler House Team