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INGREDIENTS

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The bride's father's home on Lake Burton, private, Clayton

PHOTOGRAPHY Jimmy Clemmons Photographer (404) 378-3626, Decatur

OFFICIANT Byron Silverman, a friend of the groom, Los Angeles, CA

EVENT PLANNERS Patty and Peter Denike, Concierge Caretakers (706) 782-6867

CEREMONY MUSIC Esteban Anastasio (678) 612-8741

GOWN A simple ivory satin A-line dress with a Georgette empire bodice, short cap sleeves, a scooped neckline, and V-back with covered buttons, Bridals by Lori, Atlanta

SEAMSTRESS Cookie Jackson (770) 460-9464

VEIL Headpiece made of freshwater pearls and lots of amber stones, handmade by Cookie Jackson

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Navy blue chiffon dresses with empire waist and A-line skirt, by Vivian Dessy Diamond, Bridals by Lori

GROOM'S ATTIRE Three-button cotton khaki suit Brooks Brothers (404) 237-7000; Hugo Boss white, ivory, and beige diagonally-stripped tie; Ike Behar French cuff shirt with vintage cuff links

FORMALWEAR Groomsmen: navy blazers, white shirts, and khaki pants; gold ties, a gift from the groom, from Hugo Boss (404) 814-9320

INVITATIONS PMS Design (404) 876-5201

FLOWERS Bride's bouquet: Dakar, Versilia, and Orange Unique roses with spray roses, Macarena, orange freesia, crème lisianthus, and hypericum foliage, wrapped with an antique gold ribbon; Bridesmaid bouquets: orange freesia, Macarena, crème lisianthus, and mini white Gerbera daisies, Jeanna Bailey Floral Design (404) 840-3664, Atlanta

RENTAL EQUIPMENT Lanier Tent Rental (770) 532-4740, Gainesville

CATERING Mediterranean-style dishes (Greek and Italian), Inger's Fine Foods (706) 782-3159, Lakemont

MUSIC Disc Jockey Mitchell Cherry, also known as "DJ So Fly," (404) 753-2250, Atlanta

FIRST DANCE "I Love Everybody" by Lyle Lovett

CAKE A vanilla cake decorated with wildflowers and a chocolate groom's cake with a frog casting a line, made by Doris Lamontagne and June Atkins (770) 484-1944

TRANSPORTATION Buses: American Coach (770) 532-2641; Boats: Anchorage Marina (706) 782-3013

REHEARSAL DINNER Fred's Shed Lakemont; Barbecue: Oinkers Restaurant (706) 782-7010; Cloggers: Simply Southern Cloggers (706) 754-6475

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Various lake houses, and Kingwood Resort (706) 212-4100



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Dana & Josh: An At-Home Country-Style Wedding in Georgia

Offering guests a true taste of the area, Dana and Josh made the most of the inherent beauty of her father's Lake Burton home for their wedding celebration.

THE BRIDE Dana Scharbo, 31
THE GROOM Josh Lieberman, 33
THE DATE June 23
THE SCENE An at-home wedding in Clayton, Georgia

Every guest was invited to the rehearsal dinner Friday night. "We rented a pavilion on a river, brought in some barbecue and some old-fashioned Budweiser long-necks and Coca-Cola, hired a bluegrass band and a clogging crew, and had a good ol' hoedown," says Dana.

The next day, all 240 guests either hopped aboard luxury buses, boats, or water taxis (for those staying on the lake), for a ride to the ceremony site. They started arriving at 4:30 p.m. for cocktails (which included Atlanta micro-brewed beers) and hors d'ouevres. The mood was casual: The bride chose a wedding ensemble that was actually a bridesmaid dress; the groom wore an equally laid-back outfit -- a Khaki-color cotton suit.

Dana and the bridesmaids arrived by boat to meet Josh and his groomsmen, who walked along an aisle crafted of 300 white stones the couple had painted with words such as love, romance, passion, and friendship in numerous languages and that doubled as wedding favors.

To begin the ceremony, Josh and Dana each picked up a daisy, walked down the dock where a classical guitarist was playing by the water, and placed the flowers on a post to honor Josh's sister and mother who passed away when he was a teenager.

Under a gazebo, Josh's high-school friend, who was ordained on the Internet for $9.95, conducted a personal and thoughtful ceremony.

The reception took place outdoors on a stone terrace, which was also perfect for dancing. The DJ, a friend of the bride, played jazz standards and soulful music during dinner, and then disco and swing for the late-night revelry. "He even changed into a disco outfit, complete with a huge afro," says Dana.

To light the terrace, the couple placed hundreds of paper luminaries alongside the water, along with a handful of mason jars, old vases, and other glass objects they had purchased at a flea market, which they filled with sand and candles and hung from the trees.

After hours of partying, Dana and Josh quietly escaped on a ski boat, which carried them away to a very private, ultra-cozy cottage on the water.

-- Allison Micarelli
Photography © Jimmy Clemmons

For the ingredients that make up this wedding, see right-hand column of this page.

-- Allison Micarelli

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