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Weddings + Events at Georgia Aquarium

As a bride who said “I do” in a converted industrial warehouse, I’m all about unique venues. And how much more special could it get than the one-of-a-kind Georgia Aquarium?! The perfect spot for your wedding day (or engagement shoot!), this amazing locale offers couples top-of-the-line catering from Wolfgang Puck, a stunning space and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your guests.

Georgia Aquarium ensures your big day is seamless + stress free thanks to their incredible special event planners who will leave no detail attended! To get started planning your unforgettable Georgia Aquarium wedding, call 404.581.4126.

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Autumn Atlanta Estate Wedding

Fall lovers, get excited because this autumn “I do” is about as good as it gets. Captured by Amy Arrington Photography it’s a true celebration of Southern elegance amongst the foliage, and Design House Weddings and Events whipped up all-white blooms that sort of stole the show. Click here for more and don’t miss the film from Artworks Wedding Cinema.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day simply could not have been more perfect. It was incredibly rewarding to see four months of hard work and meticulous planning come together to create a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere to celebrate our love and start our life together.

We were blessed with the opportunity to say our vows at a truly unique, exquisite, and private home that exuded Southern elegance and timeless tradition, two themes that we carried forth into every detail of the wedding. The beauty of the home and its landscaping spoke for themselves, so we kept the ceremony décor simple. Sahara and cream rose petals lined the wedding aisle, leading to several oversized flower arrangements, which mimicked my bouquet. A springing fountain behind us created the illusion of an overhead altar, while its sounds added to the romantic and relaxed atmosphere.

The ceremony was short, sweet, and officiated by Danny’s Step-Father. Our vows were traditional in theme, yet modern and personal in diction. One of my favorite moments of the entire day was standing at the altar, watching my Danny trying to hold himself together, and realizing that I had never felt so relaxed and reassured in all of my life. It was gratifying to feel the confidence that I was bringing into marriage completely erase the stress that I brought into wedding planning.

Our reception was held in the grand ballroom of a local community center. The lighting of the chandeliers and the opulence of the large space added to our theme of timeless elegance. We added several personal touches to the traditional elements of our reception. Instead of sitting at the head table with our bridal party, Danny and I enjoyed a private candlelit dinner on a terrace overlooking the city lights. This was one of the most intimate moments of the entire day, as we were able to finally have a private moment to talk, laugh, and relish in the fact that we were officially a married couple.

The wedding cake was simply decorated with a pattern of hand-rolled, white chocolate pearls, while the back of the cake held a surprise. Baseball has always been one of the biggest aspects of Danny’s life, so I surprised him with a fondant baseball “smooshed” into the back of the cake. As another personal touch, we decided to forego traditional wedding favors and instead donated our wedding favor budget to a nonprofit called charity:water. Each guest was given a water bottle with a label designed to educate them on charity:water and the work they are doing to solve the world’s water crisis.

We (rather embarrassingly) danced the night away with our closest friends and family before ending the night to a song I had dedicated to my cousin, who tragically passed away just two years before. Driving off in a beautifully restored 1956 Chevy was the perfect moment to take it all in. At the end of it all, our wedding day served as a microcosm for how we hope to live the rest of our lives—surrounded by the ones we love, focused on our commitment to one another, dancing like fools, and laughing in stride at the “uh-oh’s” that life will undoubtedly throw at us.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Artworks Wedding Cinema | Floral Design: Design House Weddings And Events | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Cakes: The Crafty Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Proof Of The Pudding | DJ: Black Tie Events | Ceremony Musician: Tim O'Donovan | Makeup & Hair: Formal Faces (Jennifer Adams) | Month Of Wedding Coordination: Save The Date Weddings And Events

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Georgian Terrace Wedding + Atlanta Engagement

Fridays are good for many reasons, but this Friday just got a lot sweeter thanks to these gorgeous images from Artstar By Laura Stone. A plethora of pretty waits for you below, and once you get to scrolling you’ll see why we are oh-so-obsessed with every picture sitting pretty in this gallery.

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And because we simply can’t get enough of these two, here are a few snaps from their super sweet engagement session…

From The Bride…Amit and I met in Charleston, South Carolina at the hospital where Amit worked. The second that we saw each other, there was an instantaneous attraction/connection. We started out as very close friends. We would meet at local pubs and play Connect Four competitively. We would laugh for hours! I went to his band’s shows and was his #1 fan. Given our many mutual interests, senses of humor, and our love of French bulldogs, it was clear that our relationship was fated. We truly do complete each other’s thoughts and sentences!

After many months of dating, Amit and I were both offered positions in Atlanta. We were both excited to move back to our native state of Georgia and to a city that was dear to both of our hearts. I was born and raised in the city and Amit lived in Atlanta during college.

The evening before we were engaged, we enjoyed a concert with friends at the beautiful Piedmont Park. The next morning, we grabbed brunch and came back to pick up our car. We decided to take a Sunday morning stroll through the park because it was a beautiful day, and strangely, it marked exactly two years from the day we met! The scene was reminiscent of one of our first dates at a friend’s wedding in Piedmont Park. After taking in a beautiful view of the Atlanta skyline, Amit got down on one knee and popped the question-It was a perfect surprise!

Amit and I decided that Atlanta was the most fitting place to celebrate our new beginning. We both instantly thought of the Georgian Terrace because it’s absolutely beautiful, and its very “Atlanta”. It is a perfect combination of historic and modern, which is a blend of the two cities that we lived in together. The Georgian Terrace is one of the few historically preserved sites in the Atlanta area. Ever since I was a little girl, I always remember driving by it when my mom and I would go to the Nutcracker at the Fox. I also had pictures taken of myself in the beautiful stairwell when I was in my teens. The Grand Ballroom hosted the Gone With the Wind premiere ball, so I loved the sense of history in the room (it’s also one of my favorite movies J).

Our theme was classic and traditional. We wanted something that was timeless and it was fitting for our personalities. The color scheme was lavender and white with hints of peach. Lavender is my favorite color and I incorporated the white and peach accents since I’m an avid Clemson fan (the school colors are orange, white, purple).

On our wedding day, I wore my grandmother’s ruby ring on my right hand as my something “old” and wore her hanky from her wedding day as my “something borrowed” from my aunt. We were very close, and she’s no longer with us. So, I was able to feel her presence on our wedding day. I also wore a “sixpence in my shoe” that was given to me from one of my closest friends.

There were so many wonderful memories from the day, but we both agreed that the ceremony was amazing. I will never forget the moment that our eyes met as I was walking down the aisle. Everyone else literally melted away. I vividly recall the flood of emotion I felt when my dad met me down the aisle to give me away. During the ceremony, our officiant, Perry Rintye, broke the tension with surprise Yoda voice, which was something that we joked with him about in our initial conversations. It definitely made us laugh. We each shared our reasons for marrying one another and favorite traits with him before the wedding without knowing what the other had said. Our answers were read during our ceremony and were so touching. It made our ceremony even more intimate and personal.

We also enjoyed our time on the rooftop of the Georgian Terrace after our pictures with our families and bridal party. The sunset provided the perfect backdrop for our moment to just “be married” and take in the beautiful skyline that mirrored the one on the day that we were engaged.

We were announced as husband and wife from the picturesque balcony overlooking the Grand Ballroom. It was such an overwhelming feeling to have a bird’s eye view of all of your loved ones and friends in one room. We will never forget that moment. I recall instantly feeling the mood of the lavender lights. The Grand Ballroom is gorgeous without any decorations, so we wanted to keep it simple. I remember being even more blown away by our centerpieces. David at Chelsea Floral Designs went above and beyond. All of the flowers were gorgeous!!

We wanted a big party for our reception, so a rocking band, delicious food from the Livingston Restaurant, and plenty of libations were top on our list. Atlanta Beat rocked the house! They were amazing and even let Amit stand in on guitar with them. He played Billy Idol’s, White Wedding and Guns N’ Roses’, Sweet Child of Mine. It was so much fun!! The evening could not have run smoothly without the help of Dana Kicklighter from the Georgian Terrace. She was incredibly professional and attentive, and really made the night happen!

We exited our reception with a police escorted horse and carriage ride down Peachtree Street. It’s not every day that you see a horse and carriage stopping traffic on one of the busiest streets in Atlanta! It was relaxing to take a stroll and enjoy the last few moments of our wedding day. Laura did such an amazing job of capturing our moments on that day. Her pictures were absolutely breathtaking. You only have your pictures and your memories after your wedding day. Thank goodness our story was captured so beautifully by Laura, so we will always be able to reminisce the happiest day of our lives.

Photography: Artstar By Laura Stone | Videography: Wes Haley Films | Floral Design: Chelsea Floral Designs | Catering: Livingston Restaurant | Hair: Velvet Salon | Lighting: Ampd Up Atlanta | Band: Atlanta Beat | Officiant: Perry Rintye | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet | Horse & Carriage: Nottingham Shire And Carriage For Hire | Invitation And Program Designer: HiNote | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Dessy | Linens: Cover Ups | Makeup: Stacey Gonzalez | Veil: Ansonia | Venue: Georgian Terrace Hotel | Wedding Dress Designer: Brides By Demetrios

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