Local Venues: Church on Main

Local Venues: The Church on Main

Shannon & Ryan Kerr

Church on Main


Some of the best relationships start off as friendships – Shannon and Ryan’s included. After their relationship weathered Ryan’s seven-month-long Appalachian Trail hike in 2016, the couple knew they were ready to tackle life together. Two years later, they tied the knot on a rainy December afternoon.   

The Kerrs’ wedding theme was Misty Mountain Sunset. “We wanted to create a wedding that was timeless while also incorporating some organic elements, like river rocks and copper, that would speak to our love of nature and the outdoors,” Shannon explains.

Although there were too many favorite moments to count, the bride cites her “first look” on the staircase at the Church on Main as a wedding highlight. Shannon shares, “Anticipation built up so quickly as I walked down those big wooden stairs toward Ryan, who had tears in his eyes before he even turned around!” Shannon dazzled in a fit-and-flare gown with atonal beading; thanks to the addition of a jeweled, opal belt and faux fur wrap, the bride’s final ensemble was entirely her own.

Having impressed the Kerrs with its stunning exposed brick and high ceilings, the Church on Main also served as the couple’s reception site. “I really loved the ambiance and the fact that it was an old church repurposed into a venue,” Shannon says. Inside the reception, an estate table featuring a lush, 16-foot elevated floral arrangement functioned as a focal point. Custom-made linens, tall candles, and copper and glass hurricanes accompanied the arrangements, while drapery and a French-style chandelier hung overhead. Two long feasting tables lined the outer edges of the reception space.

A gourmet buffet-style dinner, His and Her signature drinks, and plenty of wedding cake (the groom’s confection aptly decorated as the Appalachian Trail) kept guests satiated throughout the evening’s activities, including live entertainment by The Plan B Band. For the happy couple, it was a party to remember.

How He Proposed 

“Ryan proposed in front of Toccoa Falls, which is a beautiful waterfall in Northeast Georgia. We love hiking and all things outdoors, so it was the perfect proposal setting and photo op!”


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Photos by Sarah Eubanks Photography

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