– A Boho Chic affair at Madison’s newest event venue
– Photographed by Brandy Angel –
Tucked away on Pennington Road lies Madison’s newest special event venue, Empire Mills, a historical cotton oil mill that has been transformed into a wedding destination.
Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, the renovated space now preserves the site’s history while incorporating a modern twist. The original cotton gin sits in the center of the 17,000-square-foot property and has been transformed into a beautiful space suitable for a chapel, music hall, or event space for up to 250 guests.
The 12,000-square-foot banquet hall runs parallel to the train tracks with many of the original elements still intact. With the addition of three enormous iron chandeliers, welded by local artist, Gary Phelps, the banquet hall offers rustic elegance for events up to 500 guests. It is flanked with an interior courtyard and pasture side courtyard which features the original red correlated metal blacksmith shed and antique syrup kettle fire drums.
Also on property is a bridal cottage which served as the original office for the mill, and a separate room with loft space where the groom and groomsmen can relax in style with a wet bar, comfortable sofas and a flat screen television.
Hallie Duan, owner of Hallie Jane’s Catering, purchased the dormant property in 2012, and within the guidelines of the State and Federal historic preservation commission, she has renovated and restored this historical gem, highlighting its original character while adding modern design elements and amenities.
“When I first walked into Empire Mills, I was blown away by the renovation,” says local photographer, Brandy Angel. “It seemed like the perfect place to bring to life a styled shoot I had been wanting to do for a long time.” Angel says she was envisioning a “Boho Chic” wedding with more of a romantic, vintage touch, with bright, bold colors, lace, and special southern touches.
She elicited the expertise of wedding planner Nancy Kuperberg of No Regrets Events to put together a styled shoot showcasing all aspects of a wedding that is offered by local vendors.
“When Nancy and I met and brought our ideas together, I became more and more excited to bring this styled shoot to life,” says Angel.
“The owner’s daughter, Savannah, and her sister, Sophie, were the perfect bride and bridesmaid for my vision and are two of the most photogenic people I have ever had the pleasure of photographing,” says Angel. “My daughters, who are well versed in being Mommy’s models, were the perfect flower girls, and our model, Craig Alexander, was the perfect groom to finish off our picture perfect wedding party.”
Her photos, since then, have been shared on major wedding blogs and magazines throughout the world. They not only showcase her talent and the beauty of a personalized wedding idea, but they help highlight a significant space in the region’s own backyard, no longer forgotten to history.
For more information on Empire Mills, visit www.empiremillsga.com.
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