We had another beautiful wedding this June at the Old Decatur Courthouse on the square. Karen and Justin wanted a no fuss wedding surrounded by their loved ones and that is exactly what they got. They used simple pink and cream flowers that complimented the space perfectly! Their ceremony performed by Rev. Perry Rintye was so sweet and personal with him sharing what they both loved about each other. Karen did not want to deal with the crazy Atlanta heat outside so Caroline Petters captured shots of the couple in front of the gorgeous windows inside the courthouse. Thanks for letting me share in your special day guys, it was a pleasure!
I had been dying to help plan a wedding at Montaluce Winery. The grounds there are just unbelievable! So I was so glad to meet Sayako and begin about a year long relationship of wedding planning. I was even happier to see these photos from Studio B Photography that captured the beauty of the day so well! (Yes, I am talking about the bride too!) Most of Sayako’s family flew in from Japan and stayed at the Villas at Montaluce, which is where the bride and groom also spent their first night together as husband and wife. I remember talking to Sayako at our first meeting and the feel that she was going for was “romantic”. With a fire roaring in the fireplace, dinner by candlelight and the view of the vineyards….I don’t see how she could have picked a better place!!
Flowers by Kirk Whitfield of K&Co.
Pimento Cheese Popcorn and Sea Salt and Caramel Popcorn for the guests to take home!! YUMMY!
These two were troopers on their wedding day. We started off the afternoon by entering the Old Decatur Courthouse a little too early and then all of the sudden the security alarm is going off! Oh, and did I mention it was raining? Jess Fouts made it work in the old ballroom and if I hadn’t said anything you never would have known by these gorgeous pictures! When life hands you a torrential down pour on your wedding day, pull out an umbrella and head to the bar, right?!! That’s what Katie and Scott did at the end of their wedding night. I’m sure they will always remember the rain, but hopefully it doesn’t take away from the fun evening had by all!
You may have seen this proposal enough already but we wanted to share the ins and outs of how this came together from our point of view! To really understand how proposal planning works we have decided to take you through the process from the very beginning!
Luckily we have such great friends over at Rustic White Photography that referred us to Kyle in the first place (www.rusticwhitephotography.com). Kyle and I met for lunch one day to discuss how BASH could help him take his proposal to Breanna to another level. He already had the ring and knew that somehow he wanted to incorporate her love of orchids into this special day. This was the only information he had so far! After looking at many pictures of Breanna and asking Kyle specific questions about her, we sort of had her style in mind. Believe it or not we couldn’t find her on Facebook or Pinterest!
We discussed several options of creating our own orchid garden and even made calls to certain places in the city to find something remote and unique. That idea failed as there aren’t many possibilities at all where there are tons of orchids. The Atlanta Botanical Garden just seemed to be the perfect spot! But our goal as proposal planners is to go above and beyond and create a setting that is personal and unique to the couple themselves. And so the romantic picnic in the park was created. It seems simple really. But we were able to make it all about them in a setting that Kyle wouldn’t have been able to create without a little help. One of her favorite colors is blue and her style seemed to lean more towards the edgy, vintage side. She also loves games. We found the Button Checkers game online and this really became our inspiration for this proposal. Their picnic baskets were filled with a light meal, since he would take her out to a nice restaurant later that day. And the two pillows with their initials were just a little momento that we made for them to remember the day!
We really wanted to create some suspense for Breanna. They had talked about marriage before but Kyle didn’t think she had any idea it was coming. So of course something extra special like this out of the blue would surely give it away, right? Well he decided to take her out the day before as well to one of her favorite restaurants. The next morning was the picnic, which surely she thought would be the place he would propose. Not yet!! After playing checkers and admiring the view of Atlanta over the lake in Piedmont Park he walked her over to the orchid garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Since he had given her an orchid on many occasions before and they all died (It’s ok Breanna, orchids are really hard to keep alive! 🙂 They require moisture and the perfect temperature!), we decided that giving her a silk orchid on this special day would represent their lasting love for each other! We needed to bring the silk orchid into the picture and so I posed as a worker at the garden and handed Breanna a silk orchid as a gift from the gardens, telling her we gave them away on Sundays. Soon after, he would explain the meaning behind the orchid being silk and how it represented that their love would never die, and drop down on one knee!! And she said YES!!
You can see their side of the story here on the How he Asked Blog…
There is not much I do not love about this wedding. I love the colors, I love the people, I love the flowers, I love the couple and I love the energy that was in the room that night at the Old Decatur Courthouse. The energy probably had something to do with the belly dancer that Mary hired to surprise Scott. Yes, I said belly dancer. It was quite a show!!Mary had a smile from ear to ear the entire day. Just like a little girl on Christmas morning. There were actually times throughout the day that she couldn’t even speak from being so excited. And then there were times when she just kept saying over and over, “Is this real?, I can’t believe this is happening. This seems so unreal!” So pretty much her wedding was absolutely perfect and beautiful and she couldn’t have asked for more! The Reason I love Photography captured all the things I loved about this day and there were so many pictures it was so hard to just pick a few. I think this one is magazine worthy, don’t you?
Congratulations Scott and Mary!! And many thanks to their wedding team…..
Lindsay and Alex were married on one of the hottest days in June here in Atlanta, GA. (Well, maybe I say that about every day here in the summer) But nevertheless, it was a beautiful and perfect day. Lindsay and Alex went to Georgia Tech and actually only a few weeks before were finishing up tests to get ready to make the final details for their wedding day. Thank goodness she had a superwoman of a mom to help her plan this big day. Once Like a Spark was in heaven with all the beautiful back drops that Atlanta Botanical Garden had to offer for photos. They really were able to capture all the little details that help make up this happy story for Lindsay and Alex. Enjoy!
Going out in style!
Special thanks to all the great vendors that put in a super team effort to make everything go so well!
This year I shared my birthday with Erica and Ben Sheidler and 200 of their closest friends and family. I’d say that was probably the best birthday cake and the biggest crowd that ever showed up on my birthday! 😉 The Saturday before this was a record high in Atlanta with a temp of 108 degrees. Camilly Harvey, Erica’s mom, wasn’t about to let the heat mess up her daughters day so she packed a bag full of ice packs, little fans and cold bottled waters for the wedding party. Thank goodness because there was no way we could not take pictures on the rooftop terrace of the Loews Hotel where they got ready that day! Totally gorgeous and right in the heard of midtown Atlanta! Erica, you were stunning and Camille, I know you are so proud to see these beautiful pictures by The Photography Collection!
Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who helped make this day perfect for Erica and Ben!
Finally getting to see some of the gorgeous pictures from our busy month of June! First up….Alaina and Kevin, June 2!
We were so glad to be back at Park Tavern in the Piedmont Room for Alaina and Kevin’s beautiful day. It was a hot day, but who was thinking about the heat when you had that gorgeous Atlanta skyline in the background. The park was busy, the weather was perfect and the flowers were breathtaking. Alaina was a bride that knew exactly what she wanted from the very get go and nobody was about to change her mind. While trying to complete the Physicians Assistant program at Mercer University, wedding planning never took the back burner. She was one of the most organized brides I have ever worked with and just adored her groom, Kevin Burran! This turned out to be such a magical night. We even got to hear Alaina’s grandpa sing us a Sinatra tune! Thanks guys for letting us be a part of your special day.
Definitely biased on this one, but I can imagine that no other 3 year old has a better party planner than my lovely Ella Grace! 🙂 3 yrs old, 30 yrs old or 83 yrs old, its hard not to enjoy a frilly hat, tasty crumpets and a “spot of tea”. And that’s what my little girl got to experience at her tea party this year. It was so much fun to see the girls, and mom’s, just giggle and smile at all the pretty things. Everything on the menu was bite size, and a favorite of Ella Grace’s, of course! They even got to enjoy a mani/pedi after our light lunch, complete with a foot massage by big brother, Garren. I think this was the birthday girl’s favorite part! Mommy and Daddy loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy these photos….definitely some memories we will cherish forever!
The Birthday girl….quite gorgeous, if I say so myself!
Sometimes it feels like the Mother-of-the-Bride gets the least amount of credit. She doesn’t get a special dance with her daughter. She doesn’t usually make a toast. And she is usually the one putting together all the last minute details (on top of dealing with all the last minute crises… Well, unless you have a coordinator, *ahem*, but I digress.)
Maybe it is Mothers Day that got us thinking of Mothers. Or maybe it is just the fact that we see these special ladies putting so much time and effort into their daughter’s wedding without much recognition in return.
So that your mom knows how much you appreciate her and all her work, it might be worth grabbing her a little something on your big day.
Here are a couple unique ideas:
A customized chalkboard, for the shabby-chic mom.
A charm bracelet, for the hip mom.
A framed picture on a plaque, for the sentimental mom.A unique piece of jewelry, for the elegant mom.An embroidered handkerchief, for the traditional mom.