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Payne Corley House Wedding | Duluth Ga | Kathleen & Jeffrey

The Payne Corley House in downtown Duluth is a charming historic house turned into a wedding venue. This has really been a fun trend lately- I’ve seen so many old historic homes turned into wedding venues in recent years. I first met Kathleen and Jeffrey when I did their engagement photos this past summer at one of my favorite outdoor locations in Atlanta- Piedmont Park. Take a look at those photos on one of my recent blog posts. To make their wedding day even more special; after the ceremony we were able to walk across the street and get a few photos with their pups. How convenient was it that their dog boarding place was right across the street? It was such a fun part of their day!

Kathleen and Jeffrey were introduced to each other by the maid of honor and her husband. It was so fun to hear their version of the story of how they just knew they had to get Kathleen and Jeffrey to meet. When they finally did, it was a match made in heaven. 

An emotion filled day

Most weddings that I’ve been a part of are emotional and bring moments of brief tears. But this wedding was especially touching for Kathleen and Jeffrey. They both have lost a very dear loved one to cancer in the past few years. Some of my favorite details from this day were the tributes to the family members who are no longer here. Kathleen wore her mom’s wedding veil for the ceremony and each Kathleen’s mom and Jeffrey’s brother had a spot reserved at the ceremony with their name and a flower. It was so sweet to see them both honored in this way.

A first look and a bottle of Bourbon

Kathleen and Jeffrey shared a first look together before their ceremony and then….. dug up a bottle of Bourbon. Stick with me on this one, it was new to me too! A southern tradition (that I’ve only heard about…but never had the chance to photograph) is to bury a bottle of bourbon or whiskey on the property of the wedding a month before the wedding and then dig it up on your wedding day to drink. Tradition says if you do this you’ll have good luck for your marriage and you won’t have any rain on your wedding day. It didn’t rain on their wedding day, so I’m guessing it worked!

Dancing and rum cake!

Jeffrey’s mom is originally from Panama and made a traditional Sopa Borracha for their wedding day. Sopa Borracha is also known as a drunken rum cake. I’m guessing the little cups of it were pretty strong, considering the reaction on Kathleen and Jeffrey’s faces. They both made the BEST faces I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s a recipe I found if you want to give it a try for yourself.

The evening at The Payne Corley House went on with tons of dancing and everyone having a great time. Kathleen and Jeffrey were so happy to be married and you could tell by watching them interact with each other and their family and friends. For their last song they played “5,000 candles in the wind” from the tv show, Parks and Rec. Completely the hilarious and sweet since this was the first show they watched together. Since then I’ve had “bye buy little Sebastian” stuck in my head on repeat! It was such a special end to a perfect wedding day.

Special thanks to this amazing vendor team:

Venue: The Payne Corley House @paynecorleyhouse 

Hair: Alicia Benton @stylistaliciabenton 

Florals: Abby’s at The Cottage @abbysatthecottage 

Cake: The Baking Grounds @thebakinggrounds 

Bridal Dress: Magnolia Laine Bridal @eddyk_bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie @azazieofficial 

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Suite Supply @suitsupply & The Tie Bar @thetiebar 

DJ: Dj Louie @djlouieatlanta 

Invitations: Zazzle @zazzle 

Congratulations Kathleen & Jeffrey!

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