Barnsley Resort: Aly + Bishop


Funny story on how we met these two. MMD planned their friends Melanie and Ben’s wedding at Callanwolde, where Bishop (our groom) was a groomsman. Fast forward a few months, and his fiancé Aly reaches out to me about planning their wedding in St. Martin. She told me Bishop’s only demands were to use the same planner and same photographer as Melanie and Ben’s wedding. “They were awesome.” I’ll take it! So, after Aly chose an all-inclusive resort where they didn’t allow outside planners, I basically tried to convince her to bring me along as an honorary bridesmaid. She passed (haha), but I was excited to see photos eventually of their wedding.

Months later, St. Martin ended up in Hurricane Irma’s tracks. Aly moved quickly to find another venue after the island experienced major damage, just 5 1/2 months before her wedding. Barnsley Resort turned out to be the place, and I was honored to help this sweet couple reimagine their wedding in beautiful North Georgia.

Aly wanted a mix of tradition and whimsy for their day at the Barnsley Ruins. I loved this entire day, but one of my favorite elements was the whimsical invitation suite and custom crest that Aly’s friend created. The entire suite was watercolored and hand calligraphed. It was full of color and personality. Aly’s delicate gown was accented beautifully with her classic white bouquet, accented with navy berries created by our friends at Tulip. Although the two didn’t have a wedding party, their sisters wore matching floral gowns. The ceremony was deeply personal. A few of A&B’s friends played the music for the ceremony on the front porch of the museum house. Another dear friend married them. Their flower dog, Tilly, could not have been more precious as she pulled Bishop’s sister down the aisle to her parents.

The reception dawned a mix of rustic wood accents, twinkle lights, floral chandeliers, ginger jars, and an eclectic lounge area. (I gifted the bride some hand-drawn ginger jars, since I knew she loved them!) Long communal hightop tables flanked the dance floor, which became a popular hangout during the evening in between dancing. The cheesecake cake was a fun surprise for guests who were expecting something more traditional. Sometime later that evening, flower dog Tilly escaped her pup-sitter and ended up in the lake. You really know your services are “full service” when your staff somehow ends up tackling a very cute, very wet dog before she prances into a reception tent with muddy paws!

It was an amazing weekend for two of the most fun people we’ve gotten the pleasure to work with. Cheers to you, Aly & Bishop! May you have many happy years with each other, and with sweet Tilly.

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Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Barnsley Resort // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Tulip // Cake: Honeymoon Bakery // Rentals: Crush Event Rentals // Drape: Event Drapery  // Videography: Josh Hart // Band: Atlanta Funk Society //