Although ceremony programs aren’t entirely essential, your guests might be extremely grateful for them! They answer important questions about your big day such as: who’s in the wedding party?, who’s the officiant?, what are the readings?, which songs did they choose for the processional and recessional?, and how long does it last? Don’t just hand them a pamphlet, give them something that serves double-duty like a fan — perfect for the upcoming hot, humid, and buggy months. View more photos here.
Emmy and Brian were married at the Greystone at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Ga. on April 26. “It was a place we spent a lot of time when we started dating,” Emmy said. “Brian and I used to love walking there to watch the dogs and attend concerts. When we found out they had venues in the park, we knew we wanted to add ‘the place we got married’ to the list of memories made there.” The bride wore a mermaid wedding gown with a jeweled shoulder and flutter cap sleeve, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a three-piece black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of tulips, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were asked to grab a pair of sunglasses to fight against the glaring sun during the outdoor ceremony. Inside the the reception space, known for it’s original granite walls, tables were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched vases and vessels, vintage books, and votive candles. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was marked with all the places they should travel together too. The newlyweds’ favorite moments? “Our wedding party dance to ‘The Evolution of Hip Hop’ that opened the reception,” she said. “The views of the city at sunset, and the amazingly delicious food and cake.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When we first viewed Nash Farms and saw the beautiful natural backdrop, we knew this was the place for our wedding. My husband is a history nerd, so the historical nature of Nash Farms appealed to us. It was cool that we were able to wed in a location that some of the Civil War took place. We had lots of really neat places for photo ops; hay bales, barns, rolling hills and oak trees.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I knew from the beginning I wanted a country chic wedding, so I began my search for antique teal Ball Mason jars. My mom took a trip to Kentucky to visit family and came back with lots of them. It was fun collecting them throughout the year, each one was unique.
2. Instead of a traditional toast, I wanted to do a coke toast. Nothing is better than an ice cold coke in a glass bottle on a hot summer evening. This was a great moment in the wedding, as Zach’s brother was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor, and they were the ones to toast us.
3. My colors were teal and tan. I wanted to incorporate that into a fun candy bar for the guests, so they could take home a little piece of the day. I picked out candy that matched the theme and other candy that was our favorite. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats!
3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
My one piece of advice would be getting a great photographer. It is definitely worth the money! If you don’t think your budget will allow, make changes. I couldn’t be happier with Tate, she was amazing. She helped us feel relaxed, and she knew how to capture the look of my wedding even better than I did.
4. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Zach and I waited a long time for this day, and we wanted to make “our” moment very special. Before I started to come down the aisle, his brother tapped him on the shoulder to turn around. It was a perfect moment between the two of us that our guests got to witness. This moment, along with me seeing all my loved ones and friends sitting in the audience had us both in tears. They were happy tears, and I will treasure this moment forever!