Garden party glam might be a new favorite wedding theme of mine, and this alfresco Atlanta affair by TOAST Events is a fabulous example why. With fluffy florals around every turn (including in the pool), pretty pink maids lined up in a row, and a full gospel choir to serenade guests – it’s pretty easy to see why I am ga ga over this garden soiree. And you can see even more reasons why my heart is all a flutter in the full gallery of images thanks to Melissa Schollaert!
From the Bride…We met on Memorial Day in 2007. I was having a cookout for my daughters and there were several other mothers who also joined the party. They were friends with Paul and called and asked him to join them, they had been trying to get together for several weeks. He arrived, stayed for dinner and then stayed a little longer after they left.
As we became acquainted with one another, we discovered that there were many things that we had in common. Both of us married for 21 years, both had only girls and our children were our priority. I am from North Carolina, which is where he immigrated to from South Africa, and finally, his aunt in Johannesburg founded the company that Avon acquired and I knew her from some of our international conferences.
After that, we never spent a weekend apart and our entire families were overjoyed when we decided to tie the knot. Paul planned the perfect proposal in San Marco square in Venice last June.
We wanted an intimate wedding that felt like a house party so we commissioned the Pink Palace, an estate in buckhead that provided the perfect backdrop. Our biggest focus was on the ceremony that included two vocalists, a full gospel choir, a violinist, a pianist and their 5 daughters as attendants. The reception was held in the pool courtyard, with outdoor tables topped with blush linens and floral sprays and candles. Guests were treated to multiple food stations inside the opulent mansion, featuring a Mediterranean food station and a traditional Southern food station featuring fried green tomatoes and other Southern cuisine. The night was capped off with dancing under the stars, followed by a bagpiper serenade from the rooftop that sent the couple off on their honeymoon.
Venue: The Pink Palace by Lease Luxury Properties / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via Joan Pillow / Wedding Planning + Production: TOAST Events, Lindsay Pitt / Wedding Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Catering: Bold American / Stationery: Hi Note / Décor, Florals + Lighting: Andy Beach / Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / DJ + Bagpiper: Event Performance / Gospel Choir: Faith Temple Choir / Transportation: Atlantic Limo / Valet: Georgia Valet