Elizabeth Turner and Michael Goethe

OCTOBER 23, 2021

NEWNAN, GEORGIA

Elizabeth Turner and Michael Goethe married at a beautiful forest wedding in the fall of 2021 in Newnan, Georgia. The couple chose a private residence on the lake to have the wedding and spent months planning vintage details. Guests were led down a forest trail to get to the ceremony and were greeted by an owl on the way. Wedding planner Johnnie & Co. Events helped turn a private residence into a beautiful venue for over 100 people. The couple’s Great Pyrennese, Bronson, even got to make an appearance at the wedding. 

For her grand entrance, Elizabeth glided into the ceremony in a canoe. Michael’s face lit up when he saw Elizabeth walk down the aisle, and the two used the natural beauty of the forest as the backdrop in their ceremony. After, they had a sweet reception after with fall-colored florals from Melanie’s Garden and entertainment from Ballroom Blitz Events. Elizabeth and Michael’s ended the night at their grand exit with sparklers.

Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Portrait
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Groom
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Bride
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Dress
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Shoes
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Rings

WHAT WAS THE PREPARATION LIKE?

It was a true family affair. We spent months gathering beautiful vintage details like gold tapers and vases and hand crocheted doilies. My brother made a miniature bride and groom to top the wedding cake out of pinecones. It was hosted at the lake house I grew up in and truly felt like the perfect day.

Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Hug
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Crown
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding First Look Smile
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding First Look Groom
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding First Look
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Walking Away

TRADITIONAL VOWS OR YOUR OWN?

We wrote our own vows and exchanged them in the middle of our forest.

Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Couple and Owl
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Brides Bouquet
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Canoe and Bride
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Bride and Dad
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Ceremony Scenery
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Ceremony Smiles

LATE NIGHT SNACK?

Fresh shucked oysters!

Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Oysters
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Reception Tables
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Sign
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Candles
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Dog
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding framed photos

FURRY FRIENDS ON YOUR BIG DAY?

Furry friends were a huge part of our day. Our wedding was on a beautiful fall day on the lake, so furry friends were a huge part of our day. Our Great Pyrenees, Bronson, was there at the alter with us and looked as dapper as ever. AWARE Wildlife Center, an amazing local Georgia nonprofit that rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife was able to join us as well, and greeted guests as they entered the ceremony (via a trial leading to a perfect spot in the forest by our lake) with one of their owls!

Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Owl
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Grand Exit
Elizabeth and Michael Marry at a Beautiful Fall Forest Wedding Fireworks

Planner: Johnnie & Co. Events | Photographer: Mattie Bell Photography | Florals: Melanie’s Garden | Catering and Bar: Backyards BBQ | Lighting: Alston Event Rentals | DJ: Ballroom Blitz Events | Bridal Gown Store: The Sentimentalist | Bridal Gown Brand: Truvelle | Animals: AWARE Wildlife Center

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