Glamorous Southern Plantation Wedding

Brides Name: Jessie Lysiak
Grooms’ name: Justin Braun

Date of Wedding: August 2, 2014

Location of Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Serenata Farm – Madison, Georgia
Location of Rehearsal Dinner: Grand Oaks, Greensboro, Ga.
Photographer: Brandy Angel Photography
Wedding Planner: Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg with No Regrets Events
Florist: Le Petit Jardin – Madison, Ga.
Videographer: Michael Reed
Hair : Conrad Heller
Make up: Katy Medrano
Jeweler: The Ross Jewelry Company  ~ Atlanta
Harp: Dania Lane – Atlanta
Equipment Rentals: Goodwin Events

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Brides Occupation: Chef
Groom’s Occupation: Professional Athlete – NHL -Hockey player for the San Jose Sharks

Ring: Designed and Purchased from Tom Ross in Atlanta- He is a former Vice President of Tiffany & Company in New York and was based at the company’s Atlanta location. Tom hosted a very special “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for Audrey Hepburn when she was in Atlanta to receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her work with UNICEF.  The two became friends and he even helped her with a personal jewelry selection.

Cake: There was never a doubt that the ONLY person to make the cake would be Debra Adams of “Cake Design by Debra” Her cakes have graced so many magazines and even covers.. She makes her own fondant by hand and has a special way of making a wedding cake a gourmet delight… super moist. The cake for Jessie had 6 different layers:

1) Chocolate Hazelnut Mocha Crunch
Chocolate cake drizzled with frangelico liquor, crushed Ferrero Rocher truffle cream filling

2) Southern caramel cake with praline filling
Caramel cake with a cooked praline and toasted pecan filling

3) White chocolate truffle with Chambord
Melted white chocolate cake drizzled with Chambord and a dark cherry filling

4) Chocolate Pistachio with Chocolate Mocha Buttercream

5) Fresh strawberry with cream cheese filling

6) Grand Marnier butter cake with blackberry filling

Since Debra is a close personal friend, she allowed Jessie to come over and help make some of the hundreds of edible flower pedals that decorated the cake. The most amazing thing was that Debra gave this exquisite cake to Jessie as a wedding present.

The Wedding Dress – Jessie has modeled for over 13 years and probably modeled a thousand wedding dresses so she knew she did not want anything she had worn or seen before. Jessie called upon a dress designer that makes dresses for Miss America and Miss USA. She had met Randall Smith at the Miss USA Georgia pageant where Jessie took 1st runner up…the winner wore a dress by Randall. Together they created Jessie’s dream wedding dress. He also did a long beautiful veil. He designed her earrings, hand stoned the dress and her shoes.

The Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The dresses were by “Mori Lee,” a company where Jessie has been a runway model for years.

The color was a blush peach, keeping in line with the Georgia peach idea.

Catering by “A Divine Event” – Beach Bellinis and Dark n Stormies were hand passed as quests toured the sprawling Southern mansion and gardens. Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat cheese were passed to guests alongside sour cream biscuits with homemade pickles and BBQ – all little bite sized nibbles of the Souths great dishes. It was a seated dinner with synchronized plating. It was quite a show. Everyone was served a filet and sea bass. It was divine!

Best Part of the Wedding Day: Jessie’s dad walking her down the aisle. Her dad found out he had Leukemia last year and before the wedding it was touch and go. Jessie’s biggest wish was that her dad would be able to walk her down the aisle and be able to see her get married…and her wish came true!

Highlight: The classic ’55 Chevy Jessie drove up in for the ceremony. After really struggling to decide how Jessie should arrive at the ceremony, just days before the wedding, she saw a beautiful old car parked on the side of the street. After inquiring all around and finally finding the owner, he gladly agreed to drive her up to the ceremony in his classic car.


How the Bride and Groom met:

Generations of successful Blind Dates….

Jessie and Justin met on a blind date while Jessie was working on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean. Some of her charter guests wanted to fix her up with their best friend. She was really curious once they told her he played professional hockey because she had grown up in a hockey family. Jessie’s dad, Tom Lysiak, was playing hockey for the Atlanta Flames then for the Chicago Blackhawks when he met Melinda, Jessie’s mom, on a blind date. They have now been happily married for 34 years. Also, Jessie’s Grandparents met on a blind date and have been married for 65 years.

The Engagement: Well, it almost didn’t happen … There was immediate attraction but there were obstacles in the way. Justin lived in San Jose, Calif. and she was down working on yachts in the Caribbean. Then in the midst of the long distance relationship, Jessie was chosen to be on the TV Show “MasterChef” with Gordon Ramsey. Locked away for over 3 months filming with almost no communication which was a test for the relationship. Jessie ended up on all 23 episodes of MasterChef in 2013 and was in the final 3.

Something clicked for Justin and Jessie after that .They knew if they could make it through the show and the long distance dating they could make it through anything. Shortly after that Justin flew to Atlanta to ask Jessie’s dad for her hand in marriage. Many months later Justin proposed on New Years Day amid an array of flowers of every kind and notes lining an aisle that ended with him on one knee proposing.

The Venue: The majority of the guests were from out of town or out of the country so we really wanted to show the guests what the South has to offer. The theme we wanted was Southern Elegance but after much searching could not find just the right venue. Jessie brought home a card advertising a yoga retreat in Madison. She watched the youtube video about the place and said, ”This is where I want my wedding!!”

Check out this video and see why:

Knocking on the door of a sprawling 84 acre estate and pleading with the owner, Bobby Robinson, if he would consider having a wedding there.

He showed us around and it was beyond anything that we had seen and it exceeded all our expectations. Bobby agreed and we would be the first wedding held there. He has since decided to use his fabulous facility as an event venue and has already booked future weddings.

This is a true Southern Mansion but has a European flair. With immaculately manicured gardens, fountains, pool, horses, and miles of white board fencing….. Serenata is a dream come true!

Rehearsal Dinner: Wanting something in keeping with the Southern Elegance theme, we knew a restaurant would not do. We found the ideal place to have the Rehearsal Dinner at “Grand Oaks” in Greensboro, Georgia. This historic Southern Mansion was all ours for the evening with its rich Mahogany and beautiful pillars, and a Baby Grand Piano. The Gentleman’s Bar Room, seating up to 100 people, was the perfect choice. The Rehearsal Dinner night began with a greeting at the front door with signature drinks and piano playing. The guest could tour the home and grounds, enjoy the bar, and have one of the finest gourmet Southern dinners ever, catered by “Mosaic” from Lake Oconee.

Three generations of successful blind dates equaled one perfect southern wedding!

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