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Elegant Evening Fall Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on May 10, 2013

Nhadyne & Corregan 

October 5

Marietta, Georgia

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

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

When we stepped onto the Hilton’s veranda and looked over the rolling golf course towards the woods, hills and setting sun, we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our wedding. We wanted to have our ceremony at a church, so we picked the friendliest and most welcoming church with a traditional sanctuary in the area. However, the grounds of the Hilton and the restaurant were the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail hour and an indoor reception.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Music is an important part of both of our lives, so we wanted the music at the wedding to reflect our respective backgrounds and experiences. Nhadyne’s family is from Trinidad and Jamaica by way of England, and her grandfather, Winston Simon, pioneered the steel pan. We decided to have a steel pan player during the cocktail hour to honor him. As we took pictures across the golf course, we heard the Marley classic “No Woman No Cry” being played by the band, and the fusion of Trinidadian and Jamaican influences was perfect. We followed this up with an English DJ, who has lived here for a long time, and so knew UK, West Indian and American favorite songs to get everyone moving on the dance floor.

2. We decided to do an adults-only reception, and as a courtesy to our guests provided sitter services for those with children. Younger children got to play games, do arts and crafts, and get their faces painted, while the older children got to play in a video game truck that we rented. It was great to free the adults to stay for the whole event and have uninhibited fun without having to worry about the well-being or entertainment of their children.

3. Corregan is a big fan of microbrews and is particular about his beverages, so the Hilton’s beverage coordinator provided a customized selection of drinks for the event that were comparable to the standard list in price, but reflected our personal taste. The guests were delighted to have a different set of choices, and the distinctive selection added an additional flair and elegance to the event.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

At the end of the wedding, we departed through a path surrounded by our family and friends, lit with sparklers, to a waiting vintage Rolls Royce. As we were about to start, one of our friends’ daughters,  fresh from an exciting evening in the video game truck, and beautifully adorned in face paint from the sitters, jumped up excitedly and grabbed Nhadyne’s train. As we walked out and waved to everyone, she danced back and forth behind Nhadyne, while still managing to do a decent job of carrying the train. The moment was a bit surreal, and definitely magical and full of the love we had experienced the entire day. What a way to start a life together!

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Elegant Black and White Wedding in Atlanta

Posted by Alexandra on Apr 24, 2013

Ashley & Ty

February 2

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?

I am an interior designer and architecture played a large role in finding the right church and reception venues.  I knew The Cathedral of Christ the King was the one because of the gothic-revival inspired interior with its vaulted arches, stone columns, stained glass windows and marble accents.  It is one of the most stunning churches I’ve ever been in.  I was lucky enough to not have to add any extra decorations to the Cathedral, which took one less thing off of my to-do list before the wedding!  I knew the Trolley Barn was perfect for the reception venue because of its beautiful exposed wooden beams and high ceilings.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I am fortunate to have an amazing family that helped me execute all of the design elements I wanted to have at the reception.  Some details that were my favorite included all of the signage elements we made, the delicious s’mores bar, and my wedding accessories.

We made signs that included our sign-in canvas, photo booth, gifts table, bar drinks, and time frame specifics.  My dad framed each sign and also made amazing easels to display them on by using reclaimed wood from an old fence.

The s’mores bar was a huge hit as it was a dessert everyone could access whenever they wanted during the night.  My dad made the s’mores trough from the same reclaimed wood and lava rocks. 

I did not want to spend a fortune on bridal accessories.  Luckily, I was able to borrow Ty’s grandmother’s diamond necklace; it was the same one I also wore for my high school homecoming court so it meant a lot to me to be able to wear it again.  My amazing mom made my veil, hairpiece and diamond sash—she actually hand-sewed all of it! 

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

There are two things that keep sticking out in my mind from that night.  During the ceremony when Ty and I were reciting our vows, I forgot a word and had to ask the priest to repeat it; all I could do was laugh about it.  I knew I was going to mess something up because that was what I was most nervous about.  I had actually asked the priest right before the ceremony to help me not mess up.  But during the reception, I just remember everyone dancing the night away—even our 4 wedding crashers! (Yes, we had wedding crashers).

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Vintage 1920s-Inspired Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 08, 2013

Charla & Chris  

November 10

Johns Island, South Carolina 

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

Chris and I love the water and go out on the boat every weekend when it’s warm. On the water one afternoon, we noticed a wedding at the Island House. We knew immediately that it was the place. Our engagements as well as many other memories have been made on the Stono River. The location was not only gorgeous, but represented who we are as a couple.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. 1920s style clothing – Everyone including my guests wore 1920s-inspired clothing. It was not only fun picking out my wedding dress and what my wedding party would wear, but it also made it fun for my guests as well. Involving everyone brought a special feel and uniqueness that made our wedding special.

2. Invitations- Our invitations were art deco, and the inlay of the envelopes had an imprint with our names. We hired a calligrapher to make it even more authentic and bought awesome 1920s style stamps from Zazzle.

3. 1920s decor- I bought a working phonograph that winds and plays actual records from the 1920s along with 1920s sheet music that I used as decor. My even planner Stephanie even made cool chandeliers out of them!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

My dad walking me down the aisle was a moment that I will never forget. We bought top hats for all of the guys to wear. I didn’t want the guys to wear them during the ceremony because I knew I couldn’t take Chris seriously. Last minute, I asked my dad to wear his. It looked great on him, and in a way, it was as if he was giving Chris and the rest of the groomsmen permission to wear theirs.

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