After three years together, Tara and Joseph Ainsworth walked down the aisle on March 7, 2020.
Tara and Joseph met back in high school and worked at the same hardware store, though they considered themselves just friends at the time. “About halfway through college, we reconnected over coffee and started dating a month or two later. We now claim this as our first date even though at the time we didn't realize it was.”
According to Tara, Joseph did a great job making the proposal a surprise. “I had no idea he was going to ask. He was planning to move for a job in Georgia and so we went out for a nice dinner (what I thought was a going-away dinner) at Tommy Bahamas on Lido Key. Afterward, we went for a walk on the beach and Joseph kept talking about me moving up to Georgia in July. Then he asked if I wanted to move up as his fiancée and got down on one knee to ask me to marry him.”
The couple married on a cool, early Spring day. They spent the early afternoon in Four Oaks’ getting-ready suites, prepping for the night-to-come and spending the quiet moments with close friends and family.
Tara decided to have a first look with her dad on the front porch of the farmhouse. Tara stood behind her dad while her mom stood back watching the special moment. Needless to say, with her lace, fitted dress, and whimsical flower crown, Tara looked gorgeous. And not to mention her soft lavender hair! We were hoping she’d keep the color in her hair for her wedding, and we’re so glad she did! As a hairdresser, she knows how to rock purple!
Meanwhile, Joseph’s mom helped with finishing touches on her son’s suit. While in the gardens, she helped pin his boutonniere.
They kept the wedding attire and decor simple, with sunflowers, baby’s’ breath, and hints of Southern charm. Tara’s bouquet was full of sunflowers and tied together perfectly with Joseph’s boutonniere.
Although they chose to go without a bridal party, the Ainsworths still had those closest to them to celebrate alongside them.
Soon, guests began to arrive. As they walked up the winding pathway, they were greeted by a rustic white chalkboard sign and the guestbook table. On a rustic white desk topped with burlap and lace runners, Tara and Joseph placed their guestbook for guests to sign, full of stunning engagement photos. Accompanying the guestbook was a birdcage for cards, an ash grey lantern, and lambs ear greenery all around.
When the time for the ceremony came, Joseph walked his mother down the aisle. As The Story of My Life by the Piano Guys played over the speakers, Tara walked down the aisle with her father, a radiant smile on her face, and the look on Joseph’s face says it all.
The altar was decorated with white chiffon and gorgeous sunflower arrangements by Laurens Floral Art at each post. Guests looked on as Tara and Joseph shared the vows they wrote to each other.
After saying ‘I do’ and sharing their first kiss as husband and wife, the newlyweds walked down the aisle with hands up in celebration and smiles on their faces. While the guests left the ceremony area for appetizers, Tara and Joseph celebrated with a kiss under the gazebo and with post-ceremony photos.
In the meantime, the guests entertained themselves with appetizers and games of giant Jenga and Mr. and Mrs. cornhole.
The reception was intimate and was such a fun set up with vintage books alongside baby’s breath arrangements, plus burlap and lace runners. To add to the fun, Tara and Joseph’s sweetheart table had a runner made up of pages from a vintage copy of Hamlet.
Tara and Joseph joined their guests for the reception under the lights. To stay warm in the cooling night, Tara adorned an amazing faux fur coat.
After dinner, Tara and Joseph shared their first dance in the carriage house to Train’s song Marry Me. Tara then danced with her dad and Joseph followed with a dance with his mom.
The cake cutting followed the special dances. Joseph’s sister made them a stunning naked cake covered in sunflowers, cotton, and sprigs of greenery, keeping with the wedding aesthetic.
Avid coffee drinkers, Tara and Joseph wanted to send their guests away with favors they could enjoy. Each guest went home with a bag of coffee grounds from one of their favorite local coffee shops in Athens, Jittery Joe’s.
Before the night ended, Tara tossed a bouquet toward all her girlfriends.
To close out the night, Tara and Joseph walked out to a sparkler grand exit. Before they left, they also made sure to take a photo with all their guests.
“Our wedding day experience was a dream come true! It was such a beautiful day, and Ellen (and Four Oaks) took care of everything with such ease that it made everything stress-free, and we just enjoyed the moment and our families. It was such a blessing!”
Catching up with them a few months later, we asked Tara what she enjoys most about being married to Joseph. “The best part of being married is getting to spend so much time with my best friend. We make each other laugh all the time which I love.” She also joked that Joseph is a much better cook than her. We can appreciate some good cooking!
Congratulations to Tara and Joseph! They were such a lovely, sweet couple to work with, and we wish them all the best in their marriage.
Floral Design: Laurens Floral Art
Photography: Tiffany Holmes
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