McKenna + Patricks Destination Wedding in Georgia

Bride and groom kissing

The Shelby Peaden Events team worked with McKenna and Patrick to plan their destination wedding in Georgia after juggling several postponements due to Covid 19. This private estate wedding in Alpharetta, Georgia, raised the bar for all backyard weddings. With local family and guests coming from South America, hosting a warm and welcoming wedding weekend was important to these two.

Their Love Story

McKenna and Patrick met through McKenna’s older sister, Madison. After months of being great friends, it took one bold move at the bar for this couple to realize they were meant to be together forever.

On Christmas Eve, Patrick gifted McKenna a ring box wrapped in 18 boxes. You could imagine the surprise when McKenna reached the end to see not an engagement ring but a beautiful band. This cute and humorous gift threw McKenna off. She was completely surprised when Patrick proposed on Christmas day, surrounded by both of their families. 

A Pandemic Postponement

Like many of our couples, this poor couple went through the ringer with pandemic postponements. Initially, they were supposed to be married in the Florida Panhandle in Alys Beach. However, after three attempted date moves and very restrictive rules from their original venue, they finally decided to have a destination wedding in Georgia at the bride’s parents’ private residence. 

The Meyers family is tightly connected; you could tell their home is where their family comes together. This private estate was the location of McKenna and Patrick’s engagement party, so it was a very fitting choice for their wedding festivities. Ultimately, it was the right move to change their plans to a destination wedding at the bride’s family home.

Destination Wedding Design

When working with our couples to create a unique wedding design, we always narrow down what is most important to them. For McKenna, flowers and beautiful lighting were the most important.

Since this wedding took place at a private residence, we brought in a beautiful tent and used it as a blank canvas to bring our couple’s vision to life. Neutral and organic tones and textures were the base of the design, while a color palette of whites, taupes, creams, and green was reflected throughout the spaces. Our couple wanted the reception tent to feel like a beautiful and comfortable living space that provided the perfect atmosphere for mingling, eating, and dancing.

With the groom’s family being from Peru, it was important to incorporate some of their Peruvian family traditions into the wedding day. So, Patrick’s mother, along with some family, flew from Peru and brought along with them some traditional Peruvian desserts. To recognize the importance of these desserts, we partnered with Tailor & Table to transform the lakeside patio into a Peruvian dessert lounge.

It was a heartwarming day, from an emotional father-daughter first look to the cherished time with out-of-town guests. For myself, there were several emotional moments as I could feel the immense love shared for the bride and groom.

If you are hoping to plan a destination wedding and treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend, we’d love to work with you! The Shelby Peaden Events team is currently booking destination weddings in Georgia, the 30A, and beyond! So head to our contact page and inquire about your dream destination wedding today!

white bridal bouquet

Bride with flower girl in white dress

Back yard wedding ceremony decor

floral circle wedding arch

Bride and groom portraits

Tented Wedding Reception Decorations
Bride and groom dancing

Bride with Shelby Peaden


Planning & Design | Shelby Peaden Events
Photography | Sarah Ingram Photography
Cake | Confection Perfection 
Catering | Bold Events
Oyster Shuckers for Cocktail Hour | Oysters Xo
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music | Carter Lloyd 
Cinematography | Josh Kidd Films 
Floral & Event Design | Tailor & Table 
Tent |  Event Works 
Specialty Rentals | Mayker Events 
Hair | Kate Barone 
Makeup |  Molly Todd Make Up + Jolie Artistry 
Officiant | Matt Parker
Papergoods | Plume Calligraphy
Reception Music | Universal Crush via East Coast Entertainment 
Photobooth | Smilebooth 
Transportation: Atlantic Limo 

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