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Rock of Ages
By Stephanie Smith | Photo: Max & Friends and Priscilla Wannamaker | June 24, 2016
The wedding of Jessica Singleton and Ryan Gosnell at Barnsley Resort was classic style-meets-edgy cool, complete with Alice Cooper rocking the reception.
Francine Reed rocked the cocktail hour; Alice Cooper performed at the reception; and Robert Long crafted the otherworldly decor of a magical ceremony at Barnsley Resort in North Georgia around the bride and groom’s shared loved of science fiction and pop culture. Nothing about Jessica and Ryan’s nuptials was conventional, and that was the pair’s ultimate plan.
The couple—she’s the general manager at Voyles Performance/Hydrographics; he’s a senior hardware engineer at Siemens Energy Management—was married in the ruins of an 1840s Italian villa and its ornate gardens on the edge of the resort. Von Grey, an Atlanta indie rock band made up of four sisters, sang as the bride floated through the crowd to take her vows in a Zuhair Murad A-line wedding dress with beaded embroidered bodice and a soft silk chiffon skirt. She carried a bouquet constructed of cattleya orchids, stephanotis vines and clematis, but the handle was a handcarved wooden sonic screwdriver used by River Song in the British science fiction series “Doctor Who.”
After the ceremony, guests stayed on the ruins’ grounds for cocktails and a jam session with Reed before walking to the reception nearby on the lawn of the Rice House, a farmhouse from the 1800s that was dismantled from Rome, Ga., and carefully reassembled and preserved at the resort. After the newlyweds entered the glass-walled tent anchored by four 25-foot trees dripping in white lights and white orchids, the bride switched into dance shoes covered in blue Swarovski crystals (something blue!) for the evening’s entertainment: Alice Cooper and his son’s band, CO-OP.
“A neutral palette and organic textures were chosen to add an unusual but elegant look to the reception,” says Long. “Spanish moss chandeliers and crystal bowl containers were filled with succulents and white orchids.” The juxtaposition of the classic-meets-curious fantasy decor was a hit with guests—as was the four-layered Baileys-flavored cake by Cecilia Villaveces Cakes of Athens, Ga. The smooth buttercream icing came adorned with figurines depicting the bride and groom as two of their favorite sci-fi characters: Cloud from Final Fantasy and the bride, again, paying homage to River Song. The groom’s cake also stood out—it was a replica of the Hylian shield from the Legends of Zelda video game.
At the end of the night, guests wondered if a spaceship was going to descend to take the betrothed off to their honeymoon in another galaxy. Alas, they were heading off to tropical Costa Rica instead.
Ceremony & Reception Barnsley Resort
Wedding Planner Lauren Brewton, Events With Grace; on-site planning: Brittany Nasworthy and Andrea Olsen
Wedding Gown Zuhair Murad
Veil Peter Langner
Hair & Makeup Jennifer C. Nieman
Headpiece Pnina Tornai
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire Guffey’s of Atlanta
Rings Michael’s Design Inc.
Invitations Paces Paper
Floral Design & Decor Robert Long Flora Design
Linens Speciality fabrics by Jessica Zoob, London; tablecloths by Nüage Designs
Catering Barnsley Resort
Cake Cecilia Villaveces Cakes
Music Ceremony: Von Grey; cocktail hour: Francine Reed; reception: Alice Cooper and the band CO-OP
Videographer Indy Productions