From the Bride... We held our ceremony at our church, Peachtree Presbyterian. It had always been a personal dream of mine to have a traditional church ceremony that honored God and our families. Walking down the long center aisle with my father will always be one of my favorite memories of the day. For a less traditional reception, Summerour Studio was the perfect venue right in the middle of the city. The entrance is a Tuscan villa style courtyard that is clad with vines and string lights. The main room, a loft style space with original wood floors and an impressive staircase, was big enough to hold our 200 guests, but intimate enough that there was not a bad seat in the house.
There were so many personal and handmade details that played a part in our big day. Some were very sentimental. My mom was hands on every step of the way. My something old was the lace around my bouquet which came from my mother’s wedding dress. My something new was my lace wedding dress, earrings, and shoes. My matron of honor, my sister, provided my something borrowed, the veil she wore when she got married, while my garter was my something blue. It is a University of Florida Gator garter shared among my sorority sisters and each of our married initials are embroidered into the garter by the previous bride. My mother and father-in-law helped me make vintage chalkboard frames to hold our menu and signature drink recipes. They also cut wine corks, featuring vineyards from North Georgia, that we collected to use as place card holders.
Our florist did a phenomenal job of creating our navy, green, and white vision. I thought moss runners would look great on the tables to compliment the large moss letters we hung in the courtyard. From there, Randy Smith of Aunt Ruthie’s Designs collected more 150 glass jars, bottles, and vases of various sizes, filled them with a variety of white flowers and placed them throughout the tables.
Paperlily Photography and Mason Beckman captured each precious moment of our day through pictures and video. Endive Catering helped us create a spread of Southern favorites. We used a coffee table book full of historic pictures of Atlanta as our guestbook. For favors, our guests walked home with John’s favorite hot sauce, appropriately named “Hotlanta Hot Sauce.” My husband’s pick for entertainment was the band Trotline. They did a phenomenal job of keeping our crowd dancing with country and traditional hits. We traveled around on the Georgia Tech trolley and honored our college mascots with our cake topper. Instead of one cake, we had five, each a different flavor, along with two favorite southern pies, pecan and apple. At the end of the night, John drove us away in his family’s vintage 1967 Shelby GT500.
Wedding Photography: Paperlily Photography | Ceremony Location: Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia | Reception Location: Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia | Wedding Cinematography: Mason Beckman | Wedding Coordinator: Lauren Wright from The Wright Southern Wedding | Floral + Event Design: Randy Smith from Aunt Ruthie's Design | Catering: Endive | Wedding Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Pies: The Pie Shop | Groom's Cake: Rhodes Bakery | Band: Trotline | Photo Booth: Old Time Photo Booth | Wedding Stationery: Eberle Invitations | Wedding Dress: Allure via J. Andrews Bridal | Bride's Sash + Earrings: Fine & Fleurie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Laura Powers Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Attire: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid | Hair: Claudia Mejerle | Makeup: Peggy Hardy