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As someone who met my own soon-to-be husband while studying abroad in Austria, I feel a little bit like kindred spirits with Katie and Rob. They met on the airplane en route to their study abroad program and spent the first few magical months of their relationship traveling and exploring around Western Europe! Six years later, they chose their venue, the gorgeous Summerour Studio in Atlanta, because it reminded them a little bit of Florence, where they had shared their first kiss. I love the way they brought lots of Southern touches, in honor of their Georgia hometowns, to this European-style venue!

Thank you so much to Laura Leslie for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

Rob and I grew up 12 miles from each other and went to Georgia Tech for two years together before we finally met on a flight to Europe for a study abroad trip during the summer of 2007. He gave me the middle seat so that I could sit next to a friend, and I gave him my dessert. We spent the rest of the summer traveling around Western Europe together and had our first kiss in Florence. We spent the next two years dating back in Atlanta. When Rob graduated, he moved to Texas while I finished my last year of school. When I graduated, I got a job in New York, and shortly after I moved, Rob moved back to Atlanta. We spent the next year traveling up and down the East Coast to see each other. In the summer of 2010, we both packed up our apartments and drove across the country to move into our new apartment on a palm tree-lined street in Los Angeles. That December, Rob popped the question and we moved back to Atlanta together the next summer. We got married almost six years after the day we met.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Summerour Studio is not a typical Southern venue—in fact, it’s a little European, with a terracotta roof and a charming cobblestone courtyard that has grape vines crawling up the front of the studio. We loved that it reminded us of Florence, where we had our first kiss. It also has a beautiful, open, rustic interior with dark wood floors and factory windows.

We recited traditional vows, but we also asked each of our aunts to read two of our favorite poems: Pablo Neruda’s Sonnets LXIX and XVII. Like a vow, I think we will always remember lines from those poems. “So I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.” On the morning of our wedding, Rob surprised me with a necklace that had this line engraved on it: “through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.”

Describe your wedding flowers. We worked with Erica Loesing, who was part of the Amy Osaba team, on the design for our wedding. She put together the most beautiful arrangements on each table using a mixture of bronze, glass, and milky white vessels, white, peach, pink, and light yellow peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and tulips, and beautiful greenery, like flowing vines and bunches of wonderful-smelling herbs, like mint.

Since Rob and I fell in love traveling around the world and then spent a good part of the next five years moving around, we used vintage postcards from all the cities we had visited as our seating cards. Then, at their tables, guests wrote us a note—a memory, wish, or piece of advice—on the postcard. We put all the postcards in an album as our guest book.

Tell us all about the proposal! From Rob: I decided that proposing during one of our runs at Griffith Park near our house, where there’s a trail you can see the whole city from, would be perfect. As part of the celebration, I also bought tickets to a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for that evening. The concert hall had always been a special place to us in the city. The week I was going to propose, I told Katie I had a surprise for her that weekend. Later in the week, I suggested we go for a long run in Griffith Park in the morning, since I knew she thought the surprise was coming later. The morning of the proposal, Katie said she couldn’t go running if she was going to wrap up work before the big surprise. I tried to convince her, but didn’t want her to get suspicious. Instead, when we got to the Concert Hall, we found a place to sit down–just the two of us–and I asked her right there. I couldn’t wait another minute.
When did y’all get married? May 18, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I thought I wanted something very straight and simple. I tried on so many “almost” dresses, but we went to an appointment at Bride Beautiful to see if we could find anything we liked better. The only dress I tried on there ended up being the one! It was completely different than what I had been imagining, but I fell in love with the beautiful layering and detail. We worked with the amazing Gizzelle James to alter it perfectly!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Rob and I don’t love cake, but we do love ice cream! Instead of serving cake, the Honeysuckle Gelato truck parked outside and served little cups of gelato all night! We worked with the Honeysuckle team to pick our favorites from their extensive menu of Southern-inspired flavors. We chose bourbon pecan, sea salt caramel, and blueberry cheesecake with graham cracker.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We knew Summerour would be the perfect place for us to layer the Southern details and traditions that mean the most to us. The food, gelato, and cocktails were all Southern—one station served shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, biscuits, and a pimento cheese spread. We had bourbon pecan gelato and a peach sorbet. One of our cocktails was a “Southern Old Fashioned” with peach bitters. All of the details on the tables felt so soft and Southern, especially the bowls of fresh seasonal produce–peaches, crabapples, and kumquats.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our most memorable moment of the wedding was something few guests probably even noticed. Instead of walking down the aisle to a traditional song, we chose “Stranger Things” by Local Natives. We first saw Local Natives, our favorite band, at a special show where they performed with the symphony at Disney Concert Hall, which is why that venue has always been so special to us. The opening of the song is beautiful, and to this day, whenever I hear it, I get chills as I remember exactly how I felt when I took those first steps toward Rob.

Photographer: Laura Leslie Photography / Planner: Erica Loesing / Venue: Summerour Studio / Florist: Erica Loesing of Amy Osaba / Dessert: Honeysuckle Gelato / Caterer: Bold American / DJ: JP McLeod / Bride’s Gown: Saison Blanche / Bridal Salon: Bride Beautiful / Paper Products: One Plus One Design and Julie Doan / Hair and Makeup Stylist: Raney O’Keefe / Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank suits / Groom’s Tie: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy

Laura Leslie is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Yvonne reply

    Beautiful wedding! I’m wondering where the table numbers are from. And, if the bride may be willing to sell them :).

  2. avatar Dana reply

    a gelato truck sounds like a fantastic idea!

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Katie and Rob met en route to Europe, so their European-style wedding venue was a perfect fit. Lauren and Casey‘s first dance story melted our hearts–don’t miss it! Charlotte and Zachary were married at the groom’s family farm in the heart of Texas. […]

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It is practically impossible not to smile when talking to today’s Sweet Tea Sunday couple! Liz and Ryan run both Liz and Ryan Photography, where they photograph happy couples in Maryland and beyond, and a truly inspiring community site called Amazing Life Together, where they encourage and help equip married couples to, well, live amazing lives together. These two truly love love, and we just knew they’d have some sweet nuggets of advice to share with us in V6.

Llew Wenzle

Ryan and I are high school sweethearts who have been together for 13 years and married for seven. Throughout our years of dating and marriage, we have learned so much!

Without a doubt, the biggest thing we’ve learned is the importance of communication. When you are in love and you and your significant other are in sync, it is so easy to just assume that he/she knows exactly what you are thinking. In reality, the only way to know what the other is thinking is to communicate openly. As a married couple, there shouldn’t be any topic that is off limits. A fulfilling marriage begins with trust, and trust develops by being open and communicating with each other.

In addition to communication, our other biggest piece of advice is to recognize that however hard the struggle may be, you are not alone. Marriage is not always easy, and it certainly does take work! It is very likely that another couple somewhere has been through the same struggles that you may be going through. Surround yourself with couples whose marriages you admire, and if things do get tough in your marriage, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Remember that you and your spouse are not always perfect. Forgive each other quickly and make up faster.

Finally, kiss! And we are not talking about a simple little peck on the lips before you walk out the door in the morning or go to sleep at night. We are talking about the passionate kind of kiss that takes your breath away, gives you butterflies in your bellies, and tingles in your toes. Life is too short not to show each other how much you love each other with a little affection! The next time you are about to rush out the door or turn out the bedroom light, hold each other tight and (as Ryan likes to say) “kiss her like she’s your wife!” And don’t stop for at least ten seconds! Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Justin & Mary

Keep up with Liz and Ryan
Websites: Liz and Ryan Photography and Amazing Life Together
Facebook: Liz and Ryan Photography
Twitter: @Liz_and_Ryan
Instagram: @Liz_and_Ryan

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It’s finally the first official day of summer! Though the temperatures have been heating up for a few weeks now, seeing June 21 on the calendar has all of us extra excited–there is really no better time to get out and enjoy the South. Does anyone have any fun trips coming up? Over the next two weeks alone, members of the SW team will be traveling to Texas, Birmingham, Charleston, New York, and Nashville, so needless to say, we’re gearing up for lots of airplane reading (any recommendations?), photo shoot prop packing, and hugging lots of friends from across the country!

See more from this engagement session by Elisabeth Carol on our Facebook page!

In case you missed it this week…

We outlined our tips for making writing your wedding thank you notes sincere and stress-free.
We launched a fun new series: behind the scenes with the SW gents! Lara’s husband Ari was up first.
We shared a peek at our insert in the May issue of Southern Living.
The couple behind Love & Lemons shared their favorite recipes with us in Southern Newlywed.

Abbigail and Dylan held their reception on her parent’s stunning porch!
Candace and Matthew totally embraced their personalities when planning their Virginia wedding.
Alyssa and Dayton‘s Texas wedding was chock full of the sweetest Southern details.
Courtney and Lamar were married in Courtney’s childhood church where she had often been a flower girl growing up!

On Southern Living:

Katie and Rob put new twists on some of our favorite Southern traditions at their Virginia wedding.

Have a wonderful first weekend of summer, and stay tuned to the blog next week, when Summer Doin’s 2014 will debut!

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