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After 7+ years of writing about, dreaming about, and scheming about Southern weddings, they still don’t get old to me! I’m constantly energized by the thoughtful, creative ways y’all incorporate your stories and what matters most to you into your wedding day details, and by our vendor community, who is always finding new ways to put unique twists on Southern staples. This wedding inspiration by The Willetts and Brianne McMullan is a perfect example. My favorite part? The subtle Atlanta nods they mixed into their vibrant Palm Beach meets Regency aesthetic. Lots of inspiration to pull from here for spring, summer, and even winter weddings!

From the team: We are so excited to share this beautiful styled shoot, showcasing a glam, colorful, and truly Southern style! An incredible team of vendors came together to showcase South Florida, Palm Beach infused details. Our inspiration came from the trend of adding bold color and bright patterns to a blank background. Even though the Hollywood Regency style became popular in the 1930’s, there’s a huge rebirth of the vibrant style today which we thought could (and should!) be translated into upcoming weddings! Incorporating details like the peach tones, actual peach fruit, and a modern background added touches of Atlanta to the theme. Our delicate, bright and metallic details brought this beautiful shoot together!

Photography: Willett Photography | Coordination and design: Brianne McMullan | Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal salon: Joan Pillow Bridal Atlanta | Menswear: The Modern Gent | Hair and makeup: Jennifer Nieman |
Furniture rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Linens: Nuage Designs | Floral design: Flowers by Yona | Venue: 433 Bishop | Vintage dinnerware: Vintage English Teacup | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | Cake design: The Frosted Pumpkin | Stationery: Empress Stationery

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  1. avatar Christina Scalera reply

    This color palette is so unique! It’s versatile all year round and may or may not be my new website inspiration.

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    This is STUNNING! Definitely one of my favorites from SW – these colors make me so excited for summer! Great job Brianne and team!

  3. avatar Lindsey reply

    This is gorgeous! Absolutely love the use of Blue Willow and cobalt patterns!

  4. avatar Kristen reply

    GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS work!!!!

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One of the sweetest parts of planning a wedding is the opportunity to show your guests what you and your beau hold most dear in your life together. For Nicole and Martin, those things are their Christian faith and their Southern roots, so their Atlanta wedding day was filled to the brim with prayer, meaningful moments, gestures of hospitality, and their favorite Southern delicacies! Their families also played a huge role in making their celebration so special–their grandfathers officiated the ceremony together, and Nicole and Martin were especially excited to display family wedding photos at their reception “to honor the long line of loving marriages that have been examples for our own marriage.”

Thank you so much to Danielle Nichol for sharing this lovely day with us!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Prayer was incorporated at different moments throughout our entire wedding day. Each of those precious moments will forever hold a special place in my heart. Before my mother helped me into my dress, she held my hands and poured out her heart to God over me and my marriage. Each of our grandfathers prayed over us during the ceremony. In the car riding to the reception, Martin prayed over our new marriage–that it would glorify God and be led by Him. And before the night of dancing began at the reception, my father prayed the most meaningful of blessings over us. These prayers were a testament to the love and support of our family, and we hope to create as powerful a Christian legacy as they have.

A few weeks after our engagement, my parents drove to Atlanta for a weekend of wedding planning. My parents and I started the dress hunt at White Magnolia in Buckhead, which I’m so thankful my mother-in-law had suggested. It was the perfect dress shopping experience! The girls were very attentive and listened to what I envisioned on my wedding day. It was a blast! While browsing around the store, I noticed a dress on display in the window and immediately told my mother “It’s the perfect dress!” I quickly peeked at the dress price and my heart fell–it was over the budget. When I walked into the dressing room later, I noticed the “perfect” dress hanging in the room, and was told by the girl that my dad had requested it to be pulled regardless of price. Needless to say, as soon as I put the dress on, it resulted in a few happy tears–including my father’s!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did, and it was the best decision that we made regarding the wedding! It was both Martin’s and my most memorable moment of the day. It not only allowed us to enjoy that special moment alone, but it also calmed our nerves before the ceremony. Being able to take pictures beforehand and having more time to spend with guests at the reception were a huge plus as well!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Martin’s grandfather, who is an Episcopal priest, as well as my grandfather, who is a Baptist minister, were able to conduct the ceremony together! It was such a sweet memory having both of our grandfathers pour out their love for Jesus over us and our marriage. We wanted the ceremony to feel like a worship service, and for all of our guests to witness our love for Christ and our desire for Him to lead us throughout our lives together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We are both very traditional and used the traditional Christian vows! However, no matter how many times we had heard the same words at other weddings or in movies, the moment I put Martin’s ring on his hand and promised him my heart forever was the most emotional and overwhelming moment of the entire wedding. It was a moment that we will cherish forever.

Tim at Petals A Florist was able to translate my every dream for the reception and bring them to life. He named his design concept for our wedding a “beautiful mess.” I wanted to bring the soft and romantic feel of an English garden into the ballroom with asymmetrical styling and flowing greenery. The garland used on the tables, as well as the large mirror that was placed at the entrance of the room, was by far my favorite touch! We chose shades of white and ivory colored flowers with a touch of blush pink in the arrangements. The flowers were a mixture of ranunculus, O’Hara roses, English garden roses, and English stock. Tim was even able to insert a few peonies (my favorite flower) into the bouquets without breaking the budget. The greenery used in the wedding was Southern smilax, which happens to be a vine that my mother and I have used many times to decorate at Christmas!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Martin and I wanted Southern hospitality and charm to be the main theme of our wedding! Our goal was to have everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and appreciated for supporting us throughout our relationship, and now marriage. Our menu consisted of all Southern foods, including pimento cheese crackers, chicken and waffles, barbecue sandwiches, and a grits bar. Since I’m from Alabama and Martin is from Georgia, he wanted to incorporate local craft beers from each of our home states into the bar menu. The South loves heritage, so we were able to display our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings pictures to honor the long line of loving marriages that have been examples for our own marriage. To cool our guests off during the band’s break, we served King of Pops, which is a local popsicle company here in Georgia. We received many thanks from our guests over this decision. For our send-off, we ran through Auburn shakers…and a few loud Auburn cheers, as well!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It was fall of my sophomore year at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and my best friend and sorority sister, Mackenzie, invited me over for a party at her apartment. While there, I met this tall, quiet, and extremely handsome guy who happened to be one of her best guy friends. Over the next few months, I saw Martin occasionally, and each time, my attraction grew, as did my quietness. Spring semester came and Martin’s fraternity held a dinner party for my sorority. So convenient! Of course, I saw Martin that night and decided that being shy wasn’t going to show him I was interested–it was time to cue the flirting. By the end of the evening, he had invited me to a date party, and by that Sunday, he had called and asked me to go on our first date that evening! I knew that night when he got out of the car to open my door that I was sold–this was a true Southern gentleman. He took me to eat at a local pizza restaurant where he learned my first quirk, eating pizza with a fork and knife! He stills teases me over that habit. It was the perfect first date, and from there, the rest was history. I was head over heels!
Tell us all about the proposal! From Martin: Since we had talked about marriage, I knew that I wanted to make the proposal as much of a surprise as possible for her. I teamed up with her mom and closest friends in order to get that done. I asked all of them to give “accidental” hints like saying “Oh, we will be in Atlanta that weekend,” even though there was no reason for them to be visiting. She fell for the bait and was sure that she had figured it all out. Nicole had mentioned a few times that she wanted to have her nails done, but I needed to make that happen without raising any flags. Nicole’s parents were in town the weekend prior (we got engaged on a Monday), so she thought there was a chance it was happening that Sunday. Her mom decided that they should go get their nails done, which immediately sent up a red flag in Nicole’s mind. She was noticeably excited and anxious all weekend, and then somewhat let down when her parents “left” that Monday morning. After nailing down all the details, it came down to the big day. I picked Nicole up from her apartment, all the while trying not to look incredibly nervous in front of her. On our way to dinner, I told her I thought I had left one of my golf clubs on the course while playing the day before and that we had to go look for it. It took a little convincing, but eventually, she played along. I carefully “looked” for my missing golf club while Nicole followed along. Once we got to the spot, and I sloppily went through the speech I had been running through my head all day, and asked the woman of my dreams to marry me. She said yes!
When did y’all get married? April 9, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? The decisions we have made as a couple throughout our relationship have been based on our faith in Christ. We seek to find His will, and strive to be an example of His unconditional love. With the excitement of the engagement and rush of planning a wedding, we consciously chose to place planning for our future together at the forefront. We attended premarital counseling sessions with our church over our ten-month engagement. We also set aside time together every Tuesday night to read a chapter of Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, a book we highly recommend to couples!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I’ve always enjoyed playing around with different styles of handwriting, and my great-grandmother always taught me that a handwritten note held more meaning and sentiment than any other form of communication. I took that advice to heart, and a year ago, decided to start Vine & Olive Design, a calligraphy design company. With our wedding, I had the opportunity to not only complete all the calligraphy for the wedding invitations and other details, but I was also able to design our own save the date, invitation suite, and monogram! It was great experience and marketing for Vine & Olive, and it cut a large amount of cost for our paper products! We also received multiple praises from guests on the sentimentality of the personal touches.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We just purchased a home here in Atlanta and love being able to finally live together with our adorable golden retriever, Palmer. It’s a wonderful feeling waking up next to your husband every morning, and not having to leave at the end of the night! With life beginning to settle down after the wedding excitement, we now have time to decorate the house! We’re looking forward to starting the next phase in life as “newlyweds” while enjoying time with each other and friends, and supporting each other as we work towards our dreams. I’ve decided that life is definitely more fun when you’re married to your best friend!

Photographer: Danielle Nichol Photography | Videographer: Ryan Lindsey with Imagine Video Productions | Ceremony Venue: All Saints’ Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Piedmont Driving Club | Florist: Petals A Florist | Lighting: Up Lighting America | Band: Tayo Reed Band | Paper Products and Calligraphy: Vine & Olive Design | Bride’s Gown: “Ginny” by Modern Trousseau | Bride’s Earrings and Bracelet: J. Crew | Hair and Makeup: Courtney Clifton | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie in Mint Chiffon | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Uplighting Rental reply

    Absolutely love the photos, great job!

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We first got to know today’s bride, Cynthia, when she styled our Love Never Fails tee for Cozy Fall. At that point, she and Andrew were just a few weeks away from tying the knot, so you’d better believe that when their wedding day came around, I was checking in on her blog and Instagram for sneak peeks of the newlyweds! As you can imagine, we were delighted when Happy Everything Co. sent their lovely day our way, and we got to hear the whole stories behind Cynthia’s beautiful gown, how she and Andrew selected their dream outdoor venue, and even about the abundance of Southern cuisine our Blue Ribbon Vendor Sun in My Belly whipped up for the celebration. Cynthia and Andrew were no stranger to hardship throughout their engagement, so seeing what a joyful wedding day they had is all the more sweet!

Tell us all about the proposal! It was a complete surprise to me! We went to dinner on our third anniversary on January 11, 2013. Afterwards, he took me on a walk down this moonlit path at Roswell Mill. At one point, Andrew held me close and asked me if there was anything about our relationship that I would have changed over the past three years. I thought he was trying to be romantic, so I gave in to his cuddling and said, “No, we’ve had a pretty good run, would you change anything?” At that moment, he said “Yes I would. I’d change your last name.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, to which I, of course, responded “Yes!”

Like many sorority girls, I had been pinning wedding things onto my Pinterest board for years, and once I was engaged, I recalled pinning the most gorgeous gown. The problem with Pinterest is that pins don’t always take you to the retailer’s website, so I spent weeks looking for this dress. I finally found out that it was by Stella York and started searching online for where I could buy it near me. A bridal boutique called Atlanta Bride Couture had it in their store, so I made an appointment for when my Grandma was going to be in town, and had my mom and my friend Ellie come with us. I picked a couple of dresses to try that day, along with the Stella York, and almost had a heart attack when I saw that the dress I had been lusting over for almost a year was under $900. When I put it on, I knew it was the dress for me!

I really love that earthy, organic style that looks as if you’ve gone through a meadow and picked a bunch of wildflowers for a bouquet. I loved the romantically wild look of our flowers created by Victory Blooms. She did a spectacular job creating table runners of silver dollar eucalyptus and a stunning mantel piece. Our head table was like something out of a dream, and the flower girl really loved her crown made of wax flower! She looked like a little princess.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes! I love first looks. I think they are so romantic and a great way to ease the butterflies in your stomach. Andrew and I met by the lake and exchanged our written vows to each other, and shared some kisses and stories about our day. Besides that, we were also able to get all of our wedding party pictures done before the ceremony, which left more time for eating and merriment afterwards.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows and exchanged them before our ceremony. We also said the traditional vows during the ceremony.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had a knot-tying ceremony at the wedding, which was a lot of fun and helped ease the nervous tension with laughter from the crowd when we messed up.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the calligraphy we had done by Emily of Foster Pen and Ink. It was the smallest touch that I thought added a lot of personalization to our wedding. Andrew’s favorite detail of the wedding day was probably that he and his groomsmen got to go shoot the trap course the day of leading up to it. Our favorite detail together was definitely the venue. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, we hardly needed to decorate because the interior was so gorgeous, and the sun sets just behind the ridge you get married on at Legacy Lookout. It was a dream! You hardly feel like you’re 25 minutes from the Atlanta airport.

True life: I married someone who hates cake. At cake tastings, I’d ask Andrew his opinion on the cake and he would just say “Well, you know I don’t like cake, so…I guess it was good.” I realized I’d be going at it alone when deciding on a cake. I found my baker through an open house at Foxhall. Lush Cakery was there for everyone to try. It’s perhaps the best cake I’ve had in my life, and she only uses buttercream to decorate with. We ended up getting the salted caramel and amaretto white chocolate raspberry flavors. We had a three-tiered cake with ruffles, pearl dots, and a cascade of garden roses and antique hydrangeas. I got a cake topper that said “Cynthia & Andrew” off of Etsy that we had painted gold.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It was never the right time for us. I had a boyfriend when we first met on a bus to a band party my sorority was hosting. After staying in touch loosely through the months, he held the door open for me to the parking deck one day, and we both had an “Aha, there you are” moment. However, he had a girlfriend at the time, so we stayed friends. One day in October, when I realized I was getting feelings for him, I decided to tell him I couldn’t hang out with him anymore. Fate had a funny way of intervening that day, and he and his girlfriend broke up the same day I mustered up the courage to end our friendship. A couple of weeks later, we had our first kiss and the rest is history!
When did y’all get married? October 23, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 110
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Andrew and I are both into outdoor sports: he’s a hunter (he only hunts for meat he will eat, not sport) and I ride horses competitively. When we found Foxhall, we were captivated by how it combined both of our interests, and the setting was spectacular. We loved that we were able to bring our own food and drink onto the property to help save some money as well.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food! I am a huge Southern food advocate and I wanted to include as much Southern flair in our cuisine as possible, so we hired Sun in my Belly to cater our reception. Appetizers consisted of mini lumps of crab cake, shaved ham on a sweet potato croquet, duck confit and bing cherry toasts, and fried green tomatoes. For dinner, we served baby spinach salad with a balsamic drizzle, fried chicken, fig braised pork loin, truffled fingerling potatoes, and mac and cheese. We also served local beer from Sweet Water Brewery for our guests.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Andrew and I already had great communication skills, but we had other areas we needed to work on. We both had talks with our families about marriage and how we are a team now. We worked on being better people for the other person’s sake and we talked about supporting each other’s dreams for the future. He wants to go to grad school and I want to have my own business, so it was important to us that we were ready to accept the challenges that lie ahead for those dreams of ours.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We didn’t have a fairy tale engagement, and we even pushed our wedding back from June to October because my mom was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer a month after we got engaged. It was a really scary time for us. During her treatment, all wedding planning was off, but we were conflicted as to what to do: do we get all the big things out of the way and pray my mom was going to be there for the wedding, do we wait and just push off getting married indefinitely, or do we elope and just skip the wedding altogether? There was no right answer for what to do during this situation. Thankfully, my mom finished her treatment in October and has since received a clean bill of health.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? As a couple, we hope to figure out our lives as adults in the next couple of years. We have a lot of goals we want to reach, like being debt free, buying a house, and opening a business, so we are going to work on attaining those before we bring in any other responsibilities.

Photographer: Happy Everything Co. | Planner and Paper Goods: Shelley Legg of Aubree Elle Events | Venue: Legacy Lookout at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club | Florist: Victory Blooms | Cake Baker: Lush Cakery | Caterer: Sun in My Belly | Linens: Creative Coverings | DJ: DJ Q-Tip | Calligraphy: Foster Pen & Ink Calligraphy | Bride’s Gown: Style 5932 by Stella York | Bride’s Earrings: Kendra Scott | Hair and Makeup: Linda Margarita | Bride’s Shoes: “T Strap Wedges in Blush and White Crystal” by Dune London | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style 6639 in Celadon by After Six | Menswear: Savvi Formalwear

Sun in My Belly is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Kristin Winchester reply

    So much to love about this sweet day!

  2. avatar Katie reply

    Hello,
    I see you post the link to the dresses- and I love them so much! What color are they from the site?

  3. avatar Vicky reply

    I love the color of these bridesmaids dresses! What brand and color are they? You have them listed as Celadon but that doesn’t seem to be the color in these pictures.

  4. avatar Gosia reply

    Beautiful colour scheme. And I agree- lovely bridesmaid dresses!

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