NEWLYWEDS: Take a look inside Red Hare Brewery co-owner’s big day

It didn’t take long for Bobby and Briana Thomas to realize they were meant to be together — it only took a few dates. Bobby just happened to know slightly before Briana though.

By Mary Cosgrove >> Photography by Erin Gray Cantrell

Bobby is the co-owner of Red Hare Brewery in Marietta, which is how he met his wife.

“She came up and asked for a tour for her and her mom,” he said. “I gave her a tour and — I’ll never forget — at the end of the tour she gave me a kiss on the cheek and I thought, ‘Whoa, who is this?’”

Bobby couldn’t shake his interest in finding out more about Briana, so he asked a mutual friend to get them in touch.

Briana called him two weeks later after the brewery tour and they went to see a performance by local band Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics.

“We met up and danced the night away,” Bobby said. “After that, we went out on a couple of dates and we knew we were really good for each other.”

As spring and summer approached in 2014, both knew that they wanted to get married. In fact, the two went scouting for engagement rings so Bobby could get an idea of the style Briana liked.

Bobby said he thinks Briana was expecting a proposal on her birthday in April. She had convinced Bobby, who is deathly afraid of heights, to go skydiving, and Briana’s father was on hand to take pictures of the event. It seemed like the perfect setting, and Bobby laughs retelling the story about how she looked at him expectantly after they both hit the ground, yet he produced no ring.

That’s because he had a better plan in mind.

In June 2014, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics were scheduled to perform at a summer festival in Virginia Highlands.

“I emailed Ruby & the Soulphonics and asked if I could get on stage and propose to her since they were playing during our first date,” Bobby said.

The band agreed, but Bobby still had some loopholes to jump through. There was another festival happening that day in Briana’s childhood neighborhood and she had also committed to hosting a friend’s baby shower, yet Bobby still had to get her to come to the festival in Virginia Highlands.

Bobby had Briana’s friend lie to her and tell her she changed the baby shower date and he also had to whisk her away from her neighborhood festival to get down to the Highlands festival on time.

“Ruby was on stage asking for me on the microphone because I wasn’t there,” Bobby said.

He was supposed to hop on stage on his own during a certain song, but the couple was running late. Bobby also arranged for Briana’s photographer friend to hide in the crowd to take pictures of the proposal.

Finally, the couple made it to the stage and when Bobby started walking on stage, Briana thought he was just being silly, but he made it on stage and popped the question. Of course she said yes, hopped up on stage and the two danced just as they had on their first date.

The wedding and reception were Oct. 10, 2015 at Red Hare Brewery.

Bobby said what he enjoys most about being married is the connection and solidarity he shares with Briana.

“There’s no question about it,” he said.

He said while just dating, there is always a chance that the relationship could end, but with marriage, it’s different. “There’s no turning back.”

The couple lives in Marietta.


wedding day thoughts {Briana}

What made your wedding unique? Our wedding was pretty much completely DIY so all of the flowers, decorations and food were all made with love by ourselves and our amazing family and friends. At the end of the night we gave away all of the flower arrangements so our guests could enjoy them.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding? When Bobby and I exchanged our personal vows was my favorite. We were both in anticipation of what the other was going to say. I think it’s always special when your vows symbolize how you feel in your heart and ours certainly did.

What was your favorite part of the reception? Having a live band was probably my favorite part. It made the atmosphere so lively and it made for some really good dancing.

Were you nervous? I got nervous right before I walked down the aisle and when I was saying my vows. I was so afraid I was going to mess up.

Tell me about your first dance. What song was it? It was to “Inside My Love” by Minnie Ripperton. Our first dance as husband and wife was breathtaking. As we danced we locked eyes and pretty much told each other how much in love we are without saying a word. It was like we were the only ones there.

What was the funniest thing that happened on your wedding day? We have this thing where we reply with “you do” in a really sarcastic voice so it was funny when we said “I do” we both replied with “you do.”

Any wedding bloopers you care to mention? We had a Mexican themed menu and rented a cheese fountain for the buffet centerpiece, only to find out about an hour before the wedding started that it did not work. Luckily we had a crock pot on hand that worked out just fine.

What advice would you have for brides-to-be in planning a wedding? Make the planning process fun and enjoyable. Don’t allow yourself to stress over all the details, something will likely not go the way you planned and that’s okay. At the end of the day you are marrying the man of your dreams and that’s all that really matters.


wedding day thoughts {Bobby}

Where did you get your wedding cake? We got our wedding cake from Miss Mamie’s on Marietta Square. It was a delicious pumpkin spice cake.

Did you have a traditional groom’s cake or something more modern? We didn’t have a separate groom’s cake.

Who did your flowers? My beautiful bride created all the flower arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres with the help of family and friends.

Did your wedding have a specific design/theme? The theme we were going for was simple elegance. The wedding was in October, so everything was fall based. I choose an orange, white and grey color scheme which turned out beautiful. On top of that, we incorporated our love for Mexican food, beer and margaritas.

Where did you draw your inspiration from? We drew a lot of inspiration from the location. We love the rustic industrial look and the brewery was the perfect backdrop. We also drew inspiration from Briana’s beautiful eyes, her long flowing blonde hair, and of course that wonderful smile that could light up anyone’s day. We also love the fact that we keep each other in such high spirits with our love, hence, a brewery wedding. 🙂

Any special touches? All of the flower arrangements were amazing. We used wooden boxes that we made out of pallets and white pumpkins to create all of the flower centerpieces.

Where did you have your honeymoon and when/how long did you go? We honeymooned on the island of Santorini, Greece at a beautiful hotel named White. We were on the island for a week and had many adventures.

Who did the music at the wedding and reception? The Sublime cover band “Wrong Way” got together for a one night extravaganza to entertain the guests at our reception. We also had wonderful friends who played the violin, guitar and ukulele during the ceremony.

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