Fabulous photography by Sarah Esther Photography.
Fanta and Ian met during their sophomore year at Spelman College and Morehouse College, respectively, at a weekly block party on Spelman College's campus. Although Fanta was in a relationship at the time, the two took note of one another during that first meeting. Due to mutual friends, the two of them began to run into one another at various social gatherings and events and a friendship ensued. During their senior year, when they returned to their campuses after summer break, they realized that they were ready to be more than just friends and soon began a romantic relationship.
After disguising a vacation to Napa Valley as a joint 30th birthday trip, Ian took Fanta on a surprise private tour of several vineyards. At the last stop on their tour, atop Springer Mountain which overlooked the valley, Ian gave Fanta a gift he made especially for her - a personal rendition of the popular "Five Love Languages" book, which she had been urging him to read. His book included five separate pages of events, activities and snippets of intimate phrases they had shared throughout their relationship that exemplied each of the five love languages- Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, and Gifts. Fanta read through each page and when she got to the the last love language, "Gifts", Ian presented her with a wonderful gift- a proposal to spend the rest of their lives together.
When they got back from Napa, they started the planning process and the first item on the list was to pick a venue. Fanta walked into The Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree and was immediately taken by the chandeliers. She loved that it was an elegant and lofty space, while still remaining understated. The Grand Atrium at 200 Peachtree captured perfectly the ambiance of urban sophistication. For the wedding, the venue was beautifully decorated in coral, gold and champagne accents. As a personal touch, there were excerpts from various letters Fanta and Ian wrote one another over the years displayed during the cocktail hour, a subtle nod to the fact that much of their relationship after college had been spent in separate cities.
Photographer: Sarah Esther Photography / Videographer: Three Ring Media / Venue: 200 Peachtree / Floral Designer: Randi Lawrence Moore | Design / Event Designer/Planner: Randi Lawrence Moore | Design / Stationery Designers: Lucky & Lovely & Sandi Spells Designs / Make-up Artists: Shawna Elizabeth Enterprise & Love Over Logic / Cake: Couture Cakes / Wedding Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Ava Collection by Mori Lee