One of my all time, hands down, favorite things is a couple that can make me smile + fall in love with them, without ever meeting them. Which is why I am maybe the worlds biggest fan of wedding cinematography, and especially 3Ring Media. They are able to capture the essence of the couple on the biggest day of their lives, which is pretty much a guarantee of that warm, fuzzy feeling. You will love this Atlanta couple. LOVE them.

Photography courtesy of Kevin West Photography.

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I’ll have to preface this story by sharing a few details of my first visit to Aaron’s house. He spoke of his hometown in NewYork. He showed me a book which featured the 1,000 Islands and The Boldt Castle. Throughout his house, there was various pictures of the castle. He explained its history and I decided that I had to visit one day.

Four months later, I got my chance! July 2010, we flew to Watertown, NY where Aaron introduced me to his entire family. Immediately, I just loved them and their family’s lovely river cottage! Everyday was filled with excursions on the St. Lawrence River and family fun. And of course, one of those family excursions was to The Boldt Castle. I knew back then there was something magical about the castle on Heart Island…

One year later, I was lucky enough to be invited back. On Sunday, July 24, 2011, Aaron and I went for a run. Upon returning, everyone was hungry and it was decided we would go eat. We all jumped in the boat that Aaron’s stepfather had spent the entire day cleaning (you’ll know why later). There were 9 of us in the boat and all but one had seen it. She had suggested we stop by the castle as they were all in cahoots. I heard a few moans and groans from these reluctant actors. Luckily, I expressed my fondness of the castle. And it was decided that we would go for a bit.

We walked through the entrance and up to the castle while taking pictures along the way. The family walked into the castle as Aaron asked me to join him for a walk along the river’s edge. We walked by a beautiful heart shaped garden. Aaron asked if I’d like to sit on the bench facing the St. Lawrence River. This is where he got down on one knee. The family witnessed his proposal from the castle. Afterward, we reunited with them. As I ran to Aaron’s mother, there were tears of joy and laughter. I love sharing this moment with all of them! Now the pictures in our house have a wonderfully new meaning.

The Wimbish House is one of Atlanta’s beloved landmarks. Built in 1906, it is one of the few remaining homes along what was once known as Atlanta’s fashionable “Mansion Row”. Here’s a little story for you on why The Wimbish House is so special to me. First, what can I say but I love the Midtown area. I had lived in Midtown for 8 years. During that time, I walked by The Wimbish House almost every Saturday night on my way to work. I remember making note of how lovely the house and celebration seemed as so many were married there over the years. But what I didn’t know is that one day it would be my turn.

When planning our wedding, I was heavily inspired by romance, traditions, and family. With every decision, I was influenced by one or all of the above. I wanted to show my love through the details. Our vision was a romantic vintage theme with The Wimbish House as the showcase. Pink and white peonies, red and pink ranunculus, and white freesia all accented the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and arrangements. Throughout the Wimbish House, we decorated with our parents’ wedding pictures and our engagement pictures. Special touches of bird votive holders, bird vases, and birdcages were sprinkled throughout. Also, poems such as “I Carry Your Heart” & “If You Live To Be A Hundred” were displayed on large wooden signs. Family tradition is important to us. We were thrilled to use my family’s wedding cake knife. In addition, I honored the tradition of carrying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe”. Also, I found it special that Aaron and I were married by my uncle just as my parents were married by my mother’s uncle.

Photographer: Kevin West Photography / Cinematography: 3Ring Media / Venue: The Wimbish House, Atlanta / Florist: Bloom Floral Design / Cake: Couture Cakes / DJ: Spectrum Entertainment / Event Planning + Design &  Catering: Sun In My Belly / Invitation Designer: Vera Wang, Paper Affair / Wedding Gown Designer: CasablancaWedding Angels / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jim HjelmWedding Angels / Earrings: Christina Garcia

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