Marriage is meant to last a lifetime, and for Tori Oetgen and Phillip Campbell, the allure of enduring, vintage details became a theme for their nautical, handcrafted affair. Both in business development (he for a medical cost management firm, she for a wireless technology company), the made-for-each-other couple met through mutual friends in 2006. Campbell, a romantic, proposed in Grant Park with an engraved brick that said, “Tori, will you marry me?” Oetgen happily said yes, and a second brick was later added confirming that fact.
For Oetgen, it was important to incorporate meaningful details into the day, set on sparkling Lake Lanier at PineIsle Pointe. The bride walked down the aisle to Athens-based musician Emily Hearn’s original song “Ships by the Sea,” as 155 guests looked on. A line from the final verse says, “I’m gonna love you for all of my days.” It struck a chord with the newlyweds and became a second, unofficial theme of the wedding, made into a stamp that customized gift bags and programs.
For the by-the-water affair, bridesmaids wore navy dresses with navy and white espadrilles, complementing the groomsmen in blue blazers, khakis and boat shoes. Each element of the day was personal, including a “memory favor table.” The happy couple sent guests home with jars of cinnamon sugar, stamped with “Give Me Some Sugar,” a phrase both sets of their grandparents used when they were children. “It’s hard to pick a favorite moment,” says Oetgen. “The whole day felt so magical.”
Photographer: Cameron Freshwater of CWF Photography with assistant Jessica Caver
Bride's Gown: Tara Keely, JLM Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie
Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta Designs
Cakes: The Baking Grounds Bakery
Wedding Stationery: Buzzy Craftery