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Serenbe elite Garnie Nygren and Matt Adolfi wed right on the grounds of their bucolic homestead.

Serenbe Director of Operations Garnie Nygren, clutching a bouquet by Forage & Flower, and chef-in-residence Matt Adolfi said “I do” on the edge of a wildflower meadow.

 Garnie’s stretch crepe de Chine Nicole Miller gown was virtually fuss-free—just like the low-key bride.

 The willowy heart sculpture was made especially for the event by the same local artist who created an installation for Garnie’s sister Kara’s wedding.

The six-tier “cake” made of various artisan cheeses, accented with rustic apples and pears. 

Garnie’s parents’ European-esque backyard was strung with globe lights to set a romantic ambiance 

Driftwood-colored dining chairs were arranged around tables at the simple yet elegant affair. 

This laid-back romance began on the pastoral hills of Serenbe at Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Afternoon in the Country 2014. Bacchanalia chef Anne Quatrano had tapped Matt Adolfi, her sous-chef at the time, to assist with the meal—which is when Garnie Nygren, eldest daughter of Serenbe founders Steve and Marie, caught a glimpse of him out of the corner of her eye. “I thought he was totally adorable and wondered why I’d never seen him before,” she recalls. When Matt returned to Serenbe for a fried-chicken dinner the following Friday, the budding couple’s spark was fanned to flames. “Matt later told me that he never thought in a million years I’d go on a date with him,” Garnie confesses. But within a few months, the pair was inseparable.

Before long, Matt began spearheading the canning and picking program, plus pop-up dinners, at Serenbe. After a year-and-a-half courtship, he and Garnie became engaged in April 2016, vowing to keep their nuptials small and intimate. When the big day arrived—held, naturally, in the Nygrens’ idyllic Chattahoochee Hills community—the guest list numbered merely 25 (plus each attendee’s date). The Friday-evening rehearsal dinner was a mix-and-mingle affair on the grounds of Serenbe Stables, with casual fare catered by Dennis Dean. Saturday’s ceremony took place in the wildflower meadow behind Garnie’s parents’ house, where the altar was an antique rug loaned by her godfather, famed Atlanta designer Stan Topol. Joined by their siblings, the bride and groom exchanged heartfelt vows, wearing a streamlined Nicole Miller gown and gray Sid Mashburn suit, respectively. The elegant reception—held in the Nygrens’ backyard—featured seven food stations, including fresh oysters; Georgia trout; a bread-and-butter bar; and a “cake” made entirely of cheese, gifted by Quatrano.

The fun weekend was wrapped with a scrumptious Sunday Homespun ATL-prepared brunch, lingering well into the afternoon before fond farewells. “That’s exactly what we’d hoped for,” Garnie says. “Having everyone in the world that we love most getting to know and love each other was the best way we could have celebrated.”

Ceremony & Reception Serenbe
Bride’s Gown Nicole Miller
Bride’s Shoes J.Crew
Groom’s Tux Sid Mashburn
Florals Forage & Flower
Catering Dennis Dean - A Catering & Events Company; Homespun ATL 
Invitations Paces Papers
Videographer Clark Hilton, Rusticus Films