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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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Rustic Elegance at the Vinewood Plantation

This sweet duo has rustic elegance down to an absolute science.  From their crazy gorgeous sunset ceremony beneath a large oak tree to their chandelier and farm table filled reception at the always amazing Vinewood Plantation, it’s a serious lesson in southern charm meets downright sophistication. See every glorious moment captured by (once like a spark) photography right here.

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From the Bride… When planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something unique, beautiful, and warm. We wanted our guests to feel at home and Vinewood Plantation had just the right touch of southern charm and rustic elegance our hearts were set on. Our family and friends are such an important part of our lives and we wanted everyone to feel like family that day, because to us, they are!

Our bridal party style was simple, neutral, and fun. I let the girls choose their own dresses within a blush color palette. I wanted them to show off their own personalities and they did a fabulous job. For the reception, I chose to wear a handmade headpiece by Doloris Petunia. It was absolutely my favorite piece of the night. I fell in love with detailed Swarovski crystals and silk petals and knew it would be the perfect addition to my look for the reception.

The ceremony under the wedding tree could not have been more beautiful. We chose to get married during the “golden hour” with the sun setting in the background. The natural setting our venue provided was so gorgeous that we decided to add minimal touches of decor. We had small flower arrangements on wooden barrels at the front of the aisles and a vintage mantle frame at the altar. To symbolize my husband’s father who passed away one year before our wedding, we had a picture and a candle placed on the mantle. We have kept both to be displayed in our home and this is so precious to both of us.

Of course, as tradition says, everything at our ceremony did not go exactly as planned. I was standing with my father preparing to begin the processional when my wedding planner, Maria, had a look of horror sweep across her face. I heard the pastor starting into a prayer that wasn’t supposed to begin until after I was there. Our officiant was so excited that he forgot to wait for me to walk down the aisle! When the pastor began the service without me, my sweet groom leaned in and said, “I think she may want to be here for this.”  He didn’t realize the microphone was right there and all of our guests heard. Everyone had a good laugh and it is a funny memory that we will cherish forever. In the end, I did get to walk down the aisle and see my husband-to-be for the first time that day. We chose not to do a first look beforehand and that moment was something we will never forget.

The reception was held in the stables, which provided the perfect canvas for our imagination. We chose to utilize a variety of small details to create the atmosphere we wanted. The mismatched vintage china, multicolored antique goblets and stemware, assorted florals, lace and burlap runners, and crystal chandeliers created the inviting, shabby-chic ambiance we had envisioned. Having fun, mismatched stemware and china was really important to me, but we couldn’t afford to rent the average 6 pieces per guest. Instead, I handmade name tags and placed one on each antique goblet. Our guests could choose from any of the uniquely shaped glasses in varying hues of blush, amber, and purple, keep it for the night, and refill it with any libation they wanted. I also really wanted a picture table to display the precious wedding photos of our close family members. I framed the wedding photos in varying rustic frames I found from a local craft store and placed them on a table scattered with single stem flowers, our guest book, and tea-light candles. Above the frames, I strung my favorite photos of my husband and I with miniature wooden clothespins and twine along the chalkboard. This table was one of my favorite additions to the reception decor because of its personal meaning to our families and us.

We catered southern style food including shrimp and grits, a rib-eye carving station, fried green tomatoes, biscuits, jalapeno-pimento cheese sandwiches, and crab cakes. We had three different cakes, keeping in line with our eclectic wedding style. The cakes were lemon, white-chocolate raspberry, and carrot. Instead of a groom’s cake, we opted for a dessert bar with my husband’s favorites: mini peach and blackberry cobblers, as well as bourbon pecan pies. After everyone ate, we danced the night away to the music from our live band, Rustic Charlie. Later in the night, our guests enjoyed s’mores by the fire pit and we were sent on our way with an amazing sparkler send-off.

Our wedding may not have been perfect, but it was everything we wanted. We became husband and wife and spent the day celebrating with many of the people who matter most to us. What a beautiful day it was.

Photography: (once Like A Spark) Photography | Videography: Justin Suttles | Floral Design: Southern Stems | Wedding Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ModCloth | Catering: Tulla White Catering | Hair And Makeup: Face Of Makeup | Cake And Desserts: Blooming Flour | Chandeliers: Funky Shack | Dessert Table Styling: Southern Flair Events | Groomsmen Attire: Bel Fiore Bridal | Headpiece: Doloris Petunia | Kimono Robes: Etsy | Styling + Design: Maria Hickman Via Vinewood | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Vintage China : Southern Vintage | Wedding Dress Sash: Etsy

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Autumn Atlanta Wedding at Cherokee Town Club

Let me just start off by saying Odalys Mendez captured this wedding in a way that makes my heart sing. And it’s sure to do the same for you. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that this gorgeous fall fête is basically as lovely as they come, making every image in this gallery completely frame worthy.

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Fall
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Elegant

From Odalys MendezA palette of orange and red brought warmth to this cool autumn day, in which Temple and John chose to join their lives together in marriage. Choosing a traditional chapel in the regal area of Buckhead in Atlanta, Temple marched down the aisle to the melodies of a gospel singer, escorted by her father and her nieces dressed in whimsical fairy-like gowns and soft bud tiaras. The bride chose simplicity and feminine elegance in her lace Ravinia gown that she had customized with delicate lace cap sleeves. A bouquet of white orchids complimented the daintiness of the gown.

After a meaningful christian ceremony, the couple and their loved ones celebrated the union at the elegant Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead. Crystal chandeliers and towering florals amongst candlelight set the mood for a lavish dinner accented by the lively tunes of Rupert’s Orchestra. Heartfelt speeches were shared by the couple’s parents and closest friends as the group relaxed throughout the night with great food and fine wine.

Photography: Odalys Mendez | Wedding Planner: Susan Pando | Florist: John Burns | Wedding Gown: Rivini | Band: Rupert's | Church: Northside United Methodist Church | Linens: Cover-ups Specialty Linens | Tenor: Sam Hagan | Transportation: AA Limo | Venue: Cherokee Town Club

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