Love knows no boundaries, distance or state lines. And though timing can be an issue when it comes to matters of the heart, hopefully, destiny overcomes all — which is what happened in the case of Emily and Dustin Miller.
Dustin, from Macon, Georgia, and Emily, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, seemed to have a storybook meeting. The two attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville: Dustin was a model for a fashion show Emily was organizing and hosting for one of her marketing classes. They began dating and the sparks kept flying for more than two years. After graduation, however, Emily’s job transferred her to Texas and the long distance put a strain on their relationship, leading them separate ways. But that’s the funny thing about true love and destiny: It always finds a way to survive.
More than two years after moving to Texas, the pair started talking again and rekindled the romance, eventually leading Dustin to move across state lines to be with Emily. During a trip back home to Georgia for Christmas in 2014, he popped the question at Emily’s parents’ lake house. The couple’s family and friends surprised the blushing bride-to-be a few minutes after and it was then that Emily and Dustin knew they wanted to move back home to Atlanta to have the wedding of their dreams in their hometown, and to live closer to their loved ones. In early 2015, that’s exactly what they did: They returned to their roots.
Emily knows how to take aim when trying to achieve her goals, like the perfect wedding. After all, she’s a competitive, collegiate basketball player who had been coached by her father her entire life (Check out those wedding shoes!). She started with a venue that could match her “modern vintage look,” which came in the form of historic 550 Trackside in Lawrenceville. The historic, renovated 1904 cotton warehouse evokes a charming Old World style. “I didn’t feel like I had to do much decorating because 550 Trackside already had so much character inside.”
Uniting European aesthetics with a Southern flair came in many forms, including the cigar bar and corn hole for people to play outside during the cocktail hour. The 160 guests filled up on delicious dishes prepared by Cornbread & Caviar, including a buffet of chicken cordon bleu, grilled beef tenderloin, asparagus with hollandaise sauce and the always-perfect mashed potato bar. Emily and Dustin’s wedding cake featured five layers, each with a different fruit filling including raspberry, strawberry and lemon.
The bridesmaids’ bright blue dresses — complemented by the bouquets’ bright pinks and corals — made a great highlight against the natural materials and earthy colors of the venue’s exposed brick and stone. Though most of the wedding focused on clean lines and simple designs, there was a little bling to be found throughout the event, including Emily’s gorgeous lace and embroidered dress from Bravura and her sparkly Converse (matching her dad’s black ones).
The dust has settled since their gorgeous event on April 23, 2016, which featured two amazing coordinated dances. Since then, the pair — along with their three dogs — has settled nicely into their Grant Park home. They look back fondly on their magical day together and are excited about what the future holds, and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!
A massive thank you to Lovi Blush Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with our StyleBlueprint readers!
Photographer: Lovi Blush Photography
Videographer: James Peavy
Florist: Design House of Flowers
Caterer: Cornbread & Caviar
Dress: Bravura Bridal & Prom
Bridesmaids: Charme Bridal and Prom
Band/DJ: Estebon Watson of Espeute Productions
Invitations: Party City
Hair: Allison Lawhead and Brittany Dyson
Event planner: Jackie Raez
Harpists: Catherine Rogers
Linens: Angel Linens
Makeup artist: Paige Nikol
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