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Elegant Atlanta Ballroom Wedding

How do you plan a wedding to your childhood best friend? Elegant. Fairytale. Timeless. At least that’s the approach this stunning Bride – who also happens to be a TODAY Show exec – took when she tied the knot with her lifelong pal turned NFL punter. The results? An “I do” fit for a power couple yet equally romantic as their story itself. Your Event Solution + Black Sheep Interiors made the magic happen, and Moreland Photography captured the goods. Happy swooning, loveies!

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From Moreland PhotographyJacqui (executive for NBC’s the Today Show) and Drew (Punter for the Chicago Bears) had a magical day! They were inviting many high named persons both from the North and the South. Jacqui wanted to put on a wedding to impress. But even so, she is the most down to earth and lovely bride we’ve ever worked with. Never once stopped to worry, never once seemed stressed out. She was just over the moon to marry her best friend since elementary school. This is a wedding we will never forget.

I’m about to share with you a story for the books. It’s the kind of love story that you hear about in books, or magazine, or you know someone who knows a story like this. I introduce to you the story of Jacqui and Drew. Jacqui and Drew have been friends since childhood. Their families always knew they’d be perfect together, but Jacqui and Drew had to find that out for themselves. Distance kept them apart, but nothing could lessen their friendship. He played football for UGA, she went to Alabama. After college, Jacqui moved to New York for work. It was then that Drew realized how important their friendship was to him. So one day, he asked her on a date. A little while later, he flew up to New York, and proposed to the woman of his dreams. To no one’s surprise, Jacqui said yes! Let the dream wedding planning begin! Fast forward to March 1, 2014 and here are the picture from Jacqui and Drew’s incredibly beautiful day!

Jacqui approached us through her wedding planner/coordinator/family friend Shane Meder. She was obsessed with our website and could quote our pictures in order of the opening slideshow! Needless to say she was hooked! Unfortunately, Mike was already book for a wedding that day. Mike gave her several other photographer’s names, but she came back asking about our Associate Photographers Team! Jacqui was hooked! And so the detailed planning of the day continued.

Jacqui has been so excited about her wedding dress since she picked it out at her mother-in-law’s dress shop! After pictures with the bride and bridesmaids, we all piled onto a lovely trolley from Georgia Trolley Services to transport the bridal party from the Four Seasons to the Biltmore Hotel. Once there we finished up with bride before the groom arrive on the UGA trolley the GTS also provided. They even shuttled guests back and forth through the day and after the reception. Before guests arrived, one photographer photographed the exceptional details of the day, while the other two stayed with Jacqui. From the florals to the centerpieces to the rose colored lighting, Shane, his team, YES Events and the staff at the Biltmore Ballrooms transformed the historical venue. This was the first time any one has done a ceremony in the Georgian Ballroom, but I think it will be the first of many more. There’s nothing quite like setting a trend.

After Jacqui and Drew said I DO, it was time for more pictures while the incredibly invested staff of YES and Affairs to Remember flipped the Georgian Ballroom from the ceremony site to plated dinner area. Many toasts of wonderful stories were shared and all the guests enjoyed laughing and sharing time with the newlyweds. After a full plated meal everyone then made their way into the Imperial Ballroom for a night of dancing! Then Jacqui changed into her sexy and sassy exit dress before a fun confetti filled exit to their Rolls Royce rented for the evening!

Photography: Moreland Photography | Event Design: Your Event Solution | Event Planner: Black Sheep Interiors | Caterer: Affairs To Remember | Entertainment: Anita | Desserts: Classic Cakes And Cheesecakes | Hanger: RLHCREATIONS | Invitation Designer: Paper Affair | Transportation: Georgia Trolley Services | Wedding Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms

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Chic and Modern Surprise Wedding

There is nothing quite as exciting or fabulous as a surprise wedding. And this version crafted by Ashley Baber Weddings (in one month!) takes the ease of a fabulous dinner party and mixes in the best parts of a wedding – the love, the family, the ceremony – in such an intimate and unexpected way. The images by Harwell Photography speak volumes for just how magical this day must have been. See it all right here.

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From The Bride… Earl and I knew each other in passing in college, but did not travel in the same social or academic circles. In fact, I distinctly recall having the impression that he didn’t seem to like me very much at all. Life found us in various different cities and coasts, but with one very dear friend in common with whom I traded texts every morning. She mentioned him in passing from time to time and I thought nothing of it ­ well apart from believing he didn’t like me very much (he looked at me in a strange way!). And then one night I had a dream that Earl and I were together at an outdoor event and that he was my husband. Of course, I mentioned the dream in my morning text, as it seemed so completely bizarre. After all, I hadn’t seen or really thought about Earl in over 16 years, when we bumped into one another by chance on a crowded New York City street. Her response? “Weird. I’m on the phone with him right now. Will call in a few.” And with that, an idea germinated. She would later say that she didn’t know why she hadn’t thought of orchestrating the match sooner. It seems I misinterpreted the nature of those strange looks and after trading emails and telephone calls, he flew to Los Angeles for our first date. Before our second date, he told me he thought we should marry. Eight months later, we secretly married in a courthouse ceremony in Santa Barbara, California with my best friend and my father in attendance on what would have been my grandparents’ 70th wedding anniversary. Five days later, I moved to Atlanta to join Earl and begin our life together.

I’ve never been a wedding person, but having an actual wedding was important to Earl so we compromised, agreeing upon a short invitation list, a great dinner party and fabulous food and wine. As I began thinking through our wants and must­haves, it occurred to me that we might avoid some of the traditional wedding stressors, by planning a surprise wedding. Earl was game. We had settled on Quinones at Bacchanalia for our dinner venue and I had fallen in love with and ordered Monique Lhuillier’s Candy in blush prior to my move from Los Angeles. A friend connected me to the brilliant Tifany Wunschl of Gourmet Invitations who designed our invitations and related stationery. She is a master at drawing from you what you really want and integrating the competing tastes and styles of opinionated brides and grooms. We received countless compliments on our invitations, which matched the blush color of my dress and informed the color palette for the evening.

A dinner party/wedding for thirty should be an easy enough event to plan in a new city right? As it happens, not so much. A month before the event (yes, a month!) I engaged the unparalleled and unflappable Ashley Baber of Ashley Baber Weddings to coordinate our Engagement
Dinner Surprise Wedding. She connected me to the remainder of my dream team of creatives, notably the incomparable Scoobie West for hair and makeup, the inspired Jeremy Harwell, for photography, Eva Behrendt who expertly designed our tablescapes and candlelit altar and Ed Wilson who partnered with us to craft and deliver a personalized marriage ceremony, perfect for us.

On March 16, 2013, we gathered in the restaurant’s outdoor courtyard with our closest friends and family for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, enjoying the unexpectedly mild weather. At the appointed hour I slipped away to change into my wedding dress while our guests were welcomed into the dining room, then utterly transformed by Eva Behrendt’s team in mercury glass, candlelight, peonies and English roses. At each place setting, atop the menu card laid a program card, which began: Welcome to Tanya and Earl’s Engagement Dinner Surprise Wedding! (wording suggested by Tifany Wunschl – see! I told you she’s brilliant!). From our respective locations, Earl and I had the delicious thrill of listening to the emotional gasps of wonder and tears of joy as guests realized they were actually attending our wedding. The music began and we were married in candlelight in front of the people that we most loved amidst the sobs and raw emotion that surprise weddings evoke because no one is prepared – everyone is in the moment!

What followed was a glorious evening of exceptional food, wine, and first-rate yet unpretentious service by the acclaimed Quinones at Bacchanalia against the backdrop of a playlist of songs 
we loved. There were so many highlights but our favorite moment was when our guests spontaneously began singing along to Larry Graham’s, One in a Million together. As each person realized that the others were singing as well, the singing grew louder. It was a beautiful, impromptu and unifying moment during which Earl and I knew that, with the help of a great team, we had achieved what we had hoped for –­ a seamlessly executed evening that was
elegant and warm without the stuffiness and false formality we abhor. A year later, I am typing this narrative with one hand because I’m holding our newborn in my other arm. Some dreams do come true…

Photography: Harwell Photography | Event Planning: Ashley Baber Weddings | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Reception Venue: Quinones

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Romantic Atlanta Wedding Film

This wedding is just oozing with sophistication. Not only did they ace the wardrobe with the bride’s lace Allure gown and the groom’s finely tailored Vera Wang Tuxedo, but they even took pictures on a helipad. It doesn’t get more extravagant than that. There to capture all the classy splendor were our friends White Dress Media with the heartfelt video below. Enjoy!

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From White Dress MediaJordan and Katie are our dream couple! They are madly in love with each other, and know how to gave a great time. Not only that, but their wedding film was super important to them, as they are both very creative people… he is a video hobbyist and she is a photographer.

Their wedding took place in downtown Atlanta, with the ceremony at Cathedral of Christ the King and reception at the Georgia Freight Room. In between the ceremony and reception, they took the time to go back to the W downtown (where she was getting ready) and take pictures on the helipad. The view was stunning, though it was an incredibly windy day!

Their reception was at an urban, yet trendy area of downtown. She surprised her guests during the first dance with a gospel choir and a choreographed dance. Everything Jordan and Katie did that day incorporated fun, love and laughter. She even “Iced” Jordan during the garter retrieval… I believe it’s a game where you have to chug the drink presented to you if you don’t already have a drink in your hand.

I can only hope to have more couples like this one. They are super classy and the life of the party.

Photography: Anna And Spencer Photography | Cinematography: White Dress Media | Event Planning: Atlanta Event Studio | Wedding Dress: Allure | Reception Venue: Georgia Freight Room | Hair And Makeup: Artistry By MJS | Band: Party Nation | Tuxes: Vera Wang | Church: Cathedral Of Christ The King | Hotel: W Hotel Downtown Atlanta

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