Atlanta Art Museum Wedding from Stacey Bode + Estoria Social
March 8, 2013
ModernMuseumSummer Weddings
You can't go wrong with chevron, that's a well-known wedding fact. And this modern, bold and bright Atlanta fête at the gorgeous Mason Murer Fine Arts event space from Stacey Bode helps me prove that truth. The bride, a wedding planner, called on the talents of Estoria Social to bring her creative vision to life. The result? Simply stunning. Click here to see the rest of this beauty! 
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From the Bride... As a wedding planner, creating and designing my own wedding was an exciting and slightly unnerving challenge. I knew that I had to convey elements of our style, create a welcoming and inviting setting for our guests, and honor both of our families- mine Northeastern Jews and his with deep Southern roots. Our mission was to strike the right balance and create something that people would recognize as "Clint and Jaimie." I wanted our wedding to be different from any I had planned before. We are both really into the arts scene and wanted our space to reflect our personal style- we just wanted it to feel like “us.” We discussed how our wedding space should look like our home; warm, inviting and unique, and the Mason Murer gallery was the perfect place.

I started with the notion of a pattern- I have been in love with chevron since the day I saw it as a chair in a friend’s apartment. I wanted to use the look throughout the wedding but present it in a new and fun way. We used simple chevron on our invitations and then I worked with a custom linen designer to create wide chevron runners for our guest tables. I decided on only using farm tables, since Clint and I eat at a farm table in our own home and it is one of our prized pieces. We used soft drapery throughout the room and custom lighting to bring warmth to our reception space. It was a delicate balance of bringing life to the room that was already covered in stunning art work. Next, I hand painted over 150 collected bottles with white spray paint as the vessels for our floral décor. Maggie Rentz, my business partner, filled them with gorgeous unstructured arrangements. The arrangements contained soft yellow garden roses, deep gold ranunculus, dusty miller, pink and white astilbe, and sweet lisianthus and she created my bouquet out of the same. 

Finally, I thought about the ceremony space, which we wanted to seem holy and spiritual. Our first accomplishment was creating our Chuppah (wedding canopy), with a woodwork frame created and hand-built by Clint, and draped in my father's prayer shawl. He covered it in willow to look like climbing vines, symbolic of our growing love. We filled the space with simple elements, vintage church pews, and our friends’ band. It was simple and perfectly us.

We felt like our ceremony was the most important part of the entire evening. This was merging of our families, our cultures and our hearts. Because it was important to me to have a rabbi marry us, we selected Rabbi Josh Lesser, the leader of the Reconstructionist Temple in Atlanta to lead us through our interfaith ceremony. We based our ceremony language on our Ketubah, or marriage contract, in which we told each other the importance of our mutual respect for each other. Of course we had to have First Corinthians as a part of our ceremony, as it is a prayer that both Clint and I love. We also asked our friends to present us with the traditional “Shevah Brachot” or seven blessings, a part of the Jewish ceremony. We rewrote them, with the help of Rabbi Josh, to reflect the blessings we find in each other. Our ceremony was more than we expected it to be and there was not a dry eye in the house!

I couldn’t believe how moving I found it all. We had talked about this moment for a year and finally, this incredible day had come. I couldn’t stop looking into Clint’s eyes and feeling this overwhelming excitement for our future. The best part of the whole evening was signing our Ketubah or marriage contract. We were tucked into this small room with just our families and my best friend, and all of us were smiling, clapping, crying and experiencing this moment of families coming together. We felt like we had come up with the most important things in our relationship to include in this lifetime commitment to each other – kindness, respect, understanding, family and love- and as we signed the document, I couldn’t have felt more connected to this man, my best friend. I have never ever felt so incredibly lucky.

Wedding Photography: Stacey Bode |  Wedding Venue: Mason Murer Fine Arts in Atlanta, Georgia | Event Planning + Design: the Bride + Maggie Rentz from Estoria Social | Wedding Cinematography: Paul Wages | Officiant: Rabbi Josh Lesser | Floral Design : Maggie Rentz from Estoria Social | Catering: Bold American Caterers | Pies: Little Tart Bakeshop | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Mao Thao | Lighting: PSAV | Linen Rental: I Do Linens | Drapery: Event Drapery |  Reception Music: DJ SugarCut from Scratch Weddings | Wedding Invitations: Pinto Bean Press | Wedding Stationery: DIY by the Bride + Bride's Mother | Favors: the Bride | Transportation: Cooper Transportation | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Le Dress Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Best Friend's Great-Grandmother |  Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Mother: Teri Jon | Groom + Groomsmen attire: Macy's and Nordstrom |Hair: Aaron Ruehling from SalonModello | Makeup: Lindsey Corrado from BellaB Make Up Artistry