Most brides consider rain to be Enemy No. 1 on their wedding day, right? Well, Brynn Aylward defies the norm, befriending the enemy — embracing it, even. As soon as she took her first strides onto the stone-stepped lawn of Primrose Cottage in Roswell, GA, the skies opened up and down came the rain.
Leading up to the ceremony, Brynn felt the harsh absence of her father, Trey Massey, who passed away this past year. Though the forecast for July 3, 2016 showed no trace of rain on the radar, as Brynn tells it, “This is something you just can’t plan,” and the rainfall actually felt like her father was giving his blessing on her marriage. As such, Brynn embraced the downpour with a gleaming smile as she strutted down the aisle of white pedals — arm in arm with her mom — where, at the end, Brynn and her groom, Jake, happily said their I do’s, made complete by her father’s rain-filled blessing.
Here is the story of their magical day!
Spontaneous is a word that cannot do this wedding justice. The guests were seated, the music was playing and the flower girl was making her way down the aisle. Just before Brynn was to make her grand procession out of Primrose Cottage’s main entrance, she glanced out the window only to see her 125 guests spotted with rain drops. The wedding had started but so had the rain! Just like any other bride, Brynn’s first instinct was to panic. “For a second, I thought that our wedding was ruined,” she confesses, before explaining, “I felt a peace and a sense of humor come over me … I showed up that day with the intention to marry the love of my life.” She was darn well not going to let the rain stop her!
There was no sense of despair amidst the dilemma. The guests couldn’t help but laugh it off seeing Brynn’s overjoyed expression as she met Jake at the altar. Brynn tells us, “We were terrified that the day would be overshadowed by sadness (at her father’s absence) but the rain was the distraction we needed to laugh it off.” Family, friends, guests and the wedding officiant (Trey’s brother — and Brynn’s uncle — Matt) joked that it was only fitting a man like Trey Massey would put on a display such as the downpour.
OK, so perhaps we got ahead of ourselves. Let’s back up to the beginning and tell you about the couple, whose story comes from hilariously different points of view. As Jake told his parents about the amazing Atlanta girl he met at a weekend trip to Lake Lanier with a group of friends, Brynn barely gave him a second thought! With casual encounters here and there, it wasn’t until a mutual friend’s party where Jake saw a second chance to win her over. The night unfolded beautifully as they sat and talked for hours. She now jokes about her initially odd encounters with Jake, like when he added his contact into her phone as “Jake Awesome Aylward” while wearing his Star Trek shirt.
Cue the wedding bells, Jake’s elaborate proposal in August, 2015, follows suit of their dates to waterfalls, restaurants and haunted houses. Fellas, take note! He designed a scavenger hunt that led her through each of their date spots, where Brynn was surprised with a friend or family member. “It was a walk down memory lane,” as Brynn tells us. (Jake, we must say, job well done!)
Brynn was finally led to the man behind the master plan as he romantically waited at The Roswell Mill Bridge, one of their favorite spots.
Brynn was initially on the hunt for an industrial venue downtown but fell in love with Roswell’s Primrose Cottage. The charming venue sits on a handsome estate in the thick of magnolia and oak trees. After laying eyes on the magnolia trees on the front lawn, her exact words were, “I could see the wedding already.” She further explains, “The landscape just grabbed me. It felt like something out of a fairytale.”
The cocktail hour in the courtyard behind Primrose was simply stunning with its brick terraces and green foliage centered around the flowing fountain. The wedding planner added a stylistic touch of Italian lights above the garden. The courtyard was the ideal locale for guests to mingle, grab an appetizer from their artisan cheese display and have a lime sour — or two — after being soaked!
The couple wrote notes to each other only to be read on the day of the ceremony. Jake’s note brought tears of joy to Brynn’s eyes! It read:
“Today, Brynn, I take you to be my wife. I make a commitment to you today: With God’s help I will love and serve, honor, and protect you. I’m choosing today to spend the rest of my life with you. I will walk with you when life is good, and thru every storm. Brynn, you are a gift to me from God.”
With the accommodations of Primrose Cottage, Jake and Brynn opted for a formal seated meal. However, they had buffet options of herb-grilled chicken, pasta, a vegetable medley, a steak carving station, garlic mash potatoes, button rolls and garden salad. Sounds like a good way to warm up after the rainy wedding!
Jake and Brynn stayed at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta to cap off their big day before heading to Asheville, North Carolina, for their honeymoon where a cabin in the woods just outside of downtown served as the ultimate destination for a cozy stay. Their days were filled with activities like food tours and white water rafting, while they also made room for couples massages. “We couldn’t have picked a better place to unwind,” Brynn gushes.
“My dad’s presence was the best way to let my mom and I fully enjoy the day,” shares Brynn, who redefined her perfect wedding as she gracefully dealt with the abrupt change of weather. “At the end of the day, whether the rain was or wasn’t from my dad, the ‘let’s do this thing’ mentality was — and I am so thankful for that.”
And here’s a quick video capturing the rain, and love, pouring down!
We wish Brynn and Jake a lifetime of love and happiness!
Venue: Primrose Cottage
Photography: Melissa Bugg from The Decisive Moment
Video: We Two Photo
Bride’s gown & bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Melanie Salon
Makeup: Wendy Berry with Bobbi Brown
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Savvi Formalwear
Flowers, catering & cake: A Divine Event (design studio company through Primrose Cottage)
Music: Spectrum Entertainment
Invitations, programs & menu cards: The bride designed and printed them at work (she works at Xerox … a nice perk!)
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