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Classic and Charming Spring Wedding in Atlanta

Posted by Kim on Feb 25, 2013

Erin & Taylor

May 21

Atlanta, Georgia

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Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Since our wedding was in May, we loved that the reception was indoor/outdoor so our guests could soak up the gorgeous spring weather. We lived about five miles from our venue, so we loved how close it was for all of our friends and family. We also knew the beautiful setting would make for some gorgeous pictures!

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The AMAZING flowers… especially the peonies.

2. The peach pie pops we gave out as our favors.

3. Everything about our reception was just perfect… from the food,  the cake, the band, and the place settings, it was all a dream come true.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the end, NONE of it matters, I promise!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

There are a few! I loved spending the day with my bridesmaids, mom and grandma. It was so much fun getting ready with them, we had a blast! I also love the memory I have of my dad and I right before he walked me down the aisle. Dancing with my husband was also something I’ll never forget, it was a moment I had always thought as a little girl.

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Classic and Joyful Fall Washington, DC Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jan 21, 2013

Alison & Len

October 6

Washington, DC

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

One was the timeless/historic nature of DAR and the second was the breathtaking portico with views of the Washington Monument.  It was the perfect location and our guests couldn’t stop raving about it!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I think the most important and best decision we made was to have a cocktail-style reception.  Our guests spent the whole night socializing, dancing, eating, and drinking rather than being held to the tight schedule of a sit-down dinner.  It was awesome hearing so many of our guests say “It’s over already? Can we get an extra hour?”  And, FYI, our guests got plenty of food (I mention that because it was a concern for us during planning)!
  2. The music.  There was the perfect mix of music to keep everyone on the dance floor the entire reception.
  3. The location.  I was born and raised in DC but my husband is from New York.  It was important to me to have a “very DC” wedding and DAR was exactly that.  Both our out-of-town and local guests were in awe of the DAR – the building, the view, and the overall atmosphere.  DAR was also the perfect backdrop for stunning pictures!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our first look.  It was absolutely the best decision Len and I made when planning our day!  The first look was an amazing moment.  The sequence of photos captured by our photographer, Meredith Hanafi, are our absolute favorites!  Also, the first look made seeing each other a private moment that we could really enjoy. 

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Charming Formal Wedding at a Georgia Plantation

Posted by Kim on Dec 17, 2012

Jen & Michael

September 4

Richmond Hill, Georgia

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Q & A with the Couple:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The Food.  For our rehearsal dinner, we had a Low Country Oyster Roast, with all the trimmings.  Just when we thought that couldn’t be beat, Juan Carlos and his staff prepared the most amazing wedding dinner, including Curry Crusted Mahi Mahi with Jerk Braised Short Rib Ragout and Apple French Fries.

The Music.  Music has always been a big part of our relationship, so making sure the music was just right was really important to us. For the Oyster Roast we dumped a bunch of our favorite music, ranging from Ryan Adams and the Old 97’s to Country Classics and Top 40 on to an iPod.  We hit random and let it play. Somehow, the right song was always on.  For our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, we used a local band, The Train Wrecks, who covered “Breath of Love” by the David Mayfield Parade for the processional and Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” for the recessional.  At the cocktail hour, they played the song we got engaged to during an Old 97′s concert, “Question” when we were announced.  And finally, for our first dance, we used a live acoustic version of “Desire” by Ryan Adams. 

The Attention to Details.  Thanks to Alysse at Morgan Gallo Events, we were able to add subtle personal touches to virtually everything at the wedding from custom figurines of our dog and rabbit to “reserve” our table and my mother’s old silver tea set on the dessert table.  We were able to use  versions of our monogram on the wedding invitation to have custom monogrammed pillows made. 

Even today, people still talk about the music and the unique little touches. 

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Try to take the craziness in stride and don’t let the process ruin the prize. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The Ceremony.  It was the one thing we refused to compromise on or take “suggestions” from friends and family.  From the first stroke of the guitar until we “Walked the Line,” it was entirely ours.  We ended up spending hours upon hours working with the minister to craft each word of the ceremony and vows.   It was truly surreal standing there between these centuries-old live oak trees, thinking about how we were just starting our life and hoping that we could be as strong, and our roots as deep, as those majestic trees.  

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Colleen & Jeff

April 28

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We really wanted a venue that was unique, had character and could fit our 300 person guest list.  Everything at Fountain Square Theatre from the overall vintage vibe, to the balcony for cocktail hour to the marquis to announce our event really made the venue one of a kind and set the tone for our wedding day.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My three favorite details were the flowers, my dress (can I wear it again somewhere?!) and our beautiful photos that help me relive the wedding day everyday.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite moment was when the DJ really got the reception kicked off and we could dance and have fun with our family and friends.  We can honestly say we had a blast at our wedding!

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Danielle & Andrew

May 26

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

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There’s nothing like a classic LA wedding with just the right touch of Hollywood glamour. We’re loving the gorgeous outdoor ceremony space, the lush florals, and the modern gray bridesmaid dresses.

From the photographer: “This wedding was held at the recently renovated Hotel Bel-Air. The new hotel interiors have been described as fun, fresh and elegant. The ceremony was set in a non-traditional manner facing the hotel’s famous jewel-like Swan Lake surrounded by lush trees and gardens, including a 100 year-old Sycamore tree.”

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