Google+ Real Georgia Wedding: Rosanna + Jared, Part II - Southern Weddings

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We agree with Rosanna: the florals – and especially the arbor under which the bride and groom were married – are spring loveliness personified.  After the pink + purple-accented ceremony, I expected more feminine hues so was (pleasantly) surprised by the pop of fresh green + rustic burlap details at the reception.  We especially love the paper goods, lovingly crafted by Urban Bark.  Now that I’m a bride-to-be myself, I feel like I’m always on the look-out for fun, meaningful ways to personalize a wedding.  Rosanna’s tip?  She topped her four-tiered Cakes by Meg confection with the same dove cake-toppers that adorned her parents’ wedding cake.  (I like that.)  And because I know you’re going to ask, the bride’s embellished lavender heels are from Steve Madden.  (I really like that!)  Hugs and kisses to Mike Colon, Scarlett Lillian and Luke Edmonson, the talented trifecta that captured Rosanna + Jared’s Southern celebration.

Describe your wedding flowers: Gosh the flowers were amazing. Pat, the resident florist at Kimball Hall, was fantastic! I really wanted the flowers to be in season for the outside ceremony and the tables and wanted the arrangements to feel earthy.  Everything was covered in cherry blossoms, wisteria, branches and moss. Our tables were made to look as if they had cherry trees growing out of the middle.  The bouquets were filled with peonies because I grew up loving my great-grandmother’s peony bush in the backyard. It just brought a piece of childhood into my wedding day.
Describe your wedding cake: Expanding on the outdoor theme, I wanted the flowers to be the main focus of the cake. Since I love dogwood trees and was getting married exactly when they were blooming, I couldn’t help but have them on my cake. Cakes By Meg did such a fabulous job making the delicate little flowers. My favorite part about the cake was that they were able to include the two doves from my parents’ wedding cake within the cake table arrangement. Their marriage was the best gift my parents ever gave me, and it seemed like the perfect way to symbolize it.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?  Planning an Atlanta wedding all the way from California was difficult. In all honesty, though, Julie from Kimball Hall took so much off my plate that I felt pretty confident as the day approached. She made me feel as if mine was the only wedding she was planning. The other challenge for me was trying to include my father in the wedding even though he passed away several years ago. It was really tough because I wanted to feel as though I was honoring him but I didn’t want to sob the entire day.  I decided to have reminders of him throughout the day. My favorite and hardest reminder was having his and my mom’s wedding rings tied to my bouquet. I walked down the isle with his ring on my ring finger. It made me feel as though God let him walk me down the isle.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? We just moved cross-country to Atlanta and bought a house, so we are looking forward to settling down and not making too many more changes for awhile!

Congratulations, Rosanna + Jared!  Enjoy your new home and life together as husband and wife!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Annie reply

    Seriously beautiful wedding!! And what is that gorgeous lavender concoction?

  2. avatar Tangerine Fairy reply

    The centerpiece is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love the color scheme. :) I miss ATL :(

  3. avatar Mindy reply

    Beautiful Details. & I love her dress!

  4. avatar Lynn Beaumont reply

    What an amazing use of color and texture that gives the feel of a vintage southern wedding with an updated design. What attention to detail! Everything from the bouquets down to the moss, place settings, antique dough bowl with petals, drink box, all framed with those gorgeous flowers! It looks like the designer caught the true essence of this couple. I wish I had been a fly on the wall. Now I love burlap and satin!

  5. avatar Kim reply

    This is BEAUTIFUL! It’s everything I want for my wedding but couldn’t put into words. Sheer perfection.

  6. avatar jody reply

    We are planning a wedding for my daughter at Kimball Hall in October. After reading this article it confirms our decision that we selected an awesome venue. We can’t wait!!!

  7. avatar Jeana reply

    What a gorgeous wedding, I love the natural elements like the the burlap and the beautiful florals.

  8. avatar Karen reply

    The flowers are gorgeous. So much work must have gone into the arbor…it looks fabulous. Does the florist, Pat, only work for Kimble or does Pat maybe have a shop? I would definitely use that florist!

  9. avatar Gloria Ward reply

    Beautiful! So happy for Rosanna and Jared and Kimball Hall and all the vendors!!! Now everyone that sees this in the magazine will now know about Kimball Hall! THE best venue for a wedding. We were so thrilled with every aspect of our daughter’s wedding there last September. We could not have been more pleased. Julie and her incredible team focus on the details and made our wedding special and NOT "just another event: . . . . Gloria Ward

  10. avatar Julie Stephens reply

    Karen…Pat Holland is my floral designer extroidinare at Kimball Hall, but she also has her own floral business! She can be reached through Kimball Hall’s website, or 770 594-8119 at Hollands Flowers..

  11. avatar sally reply

    Absolutely the best wedding I have seen

  12. avatar cindy reply

    Wow!!!! What a beautiful wedding and a gorgeous place to have a wedding, that is exactly what I think of a southern wedding.

  13. avatar James Futch reply

    Outstanding images! Another dream wedding by Julie and her amazing staff.

  14. avatar Dustin reply

    Yes, it really was a beautiful as shown in the pictures. Thank you Julie Stephens and Kimball Hall.

  15. avatar Nicole W reply

    I absolutely love her steve madden geneviva peep toes! I’ve been trying to find a pair myself for my wedding and thus far have been unsuccessful. Is there a way I can get in contact with Rosanna to see if she’d be willing to sell or lend them out (size 8.5 hopefully) for a 2011 wedding?I’d really appreciate any kind of help or [email protected]

  16. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Nicole! Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! I’ll email Rosanna for you this afternoon and pass along your email address. Happy planning! Katharine @ Southern Weddings

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