Mr. & Mrs. Hawkins | Walters Barn Lula GA

Mr. & Mrs. Hawkins | Walters Barn Lula GA

March 28, 2022

Mary Stuart and Jimmy’s wedding day was like a dream you never wanted to wake up from. It was one of those perfect North Georgia days—a bright and high sun over an outdoor ceremony, not a cloud in the sky. Walters Barn in Lula, GA is a secluded barn-style venue surrounded by thick, green forest, and a ceremony set up right by a mirrored lake made for a dreamy place to say, “I do.” Every bit of this day was truly lovely. 

Over seven years ago, Mary Stuart and Jimmy both swiped right on Tinder. After hanging out a few times and having a lot of fun together, they both knew it was the real deal… The rest is history. 

The small moments are what tell the story of each wedding day, and being able to capture special moments for a couple to look back on is truly an honor. After getting ready in the Walters Barn’s gorgeous bridal cabin in Lula, GA, we did some quick photo sessions to capture some of these moments before heading to the venue. Mary Stuart and her dad had their father-daughter first look—It is always a beautiful thing to witness the pride and emotion in a father’s eyes on his daughter’s wedding day, and this was a moment that did not disappoint. Mary Stuart and Jimmy read letters to each other, side by side, without peaking—saving the first look for the ceremony. 

Mary Stuart and Jimmy moved with a natural grace throughout the day that showed they truly believed in the love they were committing themselves to, and it is an honor to be able to capture a natural, easy love like that. The Walter’s Barn was the perfect place to say, “I do.” Its high, arching ceilings and all the natural light were a photographer’s dream. Its forested surroundings made for a nice amount of privacy, and it was complete with the perfect spot by the river to set up for an outdoor ceremony in North Georgia. 

The night ended with lively dancing and smiles all around. This was such a fun, beautiful day and I was so thankful to be a part of it. Congratulations Mary Stuart and Jimmy! 

Collage of wedding invite, shoes, and bride’s dress
Collage of bride’s dress hanging on a mirror and converse shoes with wedding date and initials written on them.
Bride’s thin strapped dress hanging in a tree with green leaves, fence in the background
Bride saying hi to her dog while getting ready on wedding day
Black and white collage of shots of the bride getting ready
Collage of the bride and her bridesmaids in flannel shirts popping bottle of champagne outside
Black and white collage of shots of the bride getting her dress on
Photo collage of the first look between the bride and her father
Photo collage of the bride and her bridesmaids in wedding attire outside in front of wooden building
The bride in her dress with her dog outside on wedding day
Collage of the bride wearing her dress holding her flowers outside with green trees in background
Groom in wedding attire with dog outside in front of wooden building
Collage of groom and groomsmen outside in front of wooden building
Groom in wedding attire with dog outside in front of wooden building
Collage of the bride’s father walking her down the aisle outside with wooden building in the background
Picture of outdoor ceremony with green grass and trees and blue sky in the background
Bride and groom holding hands at ceremony saying “I do” outside with green trees in the background
Collage of outdoor ceremony with green grass, trees and blue sky in background
Collage of wedding party after the ceremony with green trees in background
Collage of bride and groom wearing wedding attire smiling with water and trees in the background
Aerial shot of the venue showing barn and water surrounded by trees Walters Barn in Lula GA
Bride and groom dancing on wooden platform outside with water in the background
Bride and groom dancing on wooden platform outside with water in the background
Collage of bride and groom helping each other drink a beer wearing wedding attire
Collage of bride and groom wearing wedding attire holding flowers smiling with water and trees in the background
Collage of detail pictures from the venue including reception table set up, cake, name tags, guest gifts, and games
Collage of first dance between bride and groom inside barn with arching ceilings and natural light
Collage of the reception featuring people dancing, laughing and celebrating and colorful lighting

THEIR WEDDING DETAILS

⛪️ The Walters Barn in Lula, GA

💌 Andrea Barber, Soirees Southern Events

🌮 Chef Paco’s Catering

🍰 Sugartopia

🎹 NDL Ent

THEIR ADVICE TO FUTURE COUPLES

Don’t dwell on the smaller decisions. Go with your first choice and move on.

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