October 29, 2010

Gorgeous Destination Wedding of Elizabeth and Chase!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:14 pm by JBEvents


When you combine a beautiful venue with wonderful clients you get nothing less than a fabulous wedding.  This particular family is very special to me as I did the sisters wedding several years ago which was also a gorgeous and flawless event. 


Elizabeth and Chase selected their wedding venue as Barnsley Gardens.  There are so many reasons why selecting a venue such as this is perfect for a short-destination wedding.  Guests had a choice of staying on-property or at two other hotels nearby in Rome.  Regardless of where the guests stayed – they could enjoy the beauty of Barnsley whether they wanted to play a round of golf, or participate in lawn games such as croquet, badminton or bocce ball.  Even the bride planned a fun morning of games before she began getting ready for her wedding.  This fall day was perfect for the wedding.  Temps were in the mid to high 70’s with crystal clear blue skies. To enhance the beauty of the bride and her wedding party, Julie from Formal Faces came on-site to provide hair and make-up services.  They are such a delight to work with as they are always professional and make the clients feel so relaxed and important all the while creating beautiful hairstyles and make-up application that is true perfection. 

Elizabeth chose a gorgeous strapless ivory satin and lace gown.  The dress was a column style that flared out to a chapel train.  Her fingertip veil was also stunning and was trimmed in a coordinating lace.  She looked beautiful.   

  Her matron-of-honor, who is her sister, wore a taupe satin dress that looked fantastic.   

The Groom and his Best Man, his brother, wore custom made dark tan suits with a soft yellow tie.  They looked very handsome.

Maxine and Gabrielle of Edge Designs provided the floral décor for the day.  Using the deep, rich fall pallet, with accents of cream, a stunning look was created.  The bride’s bouquet was extra special in that pearls belonging to her deceased grandmother were intertwined into the bouquet.  This accent was not only beautiful but so touching for the family as they felt that although their grandmother wasn’t present personally she was there in spirit.   The reception décor included some of the guest tables being adorned with low lush centerpieces while others were donned with various size cylinders filled with floating candles.  As night drew upon the crowd, the tent was all-aglow with the candlelight, which further enhanced the romantic look of the event. 

One of the special details that I particularly enjoyed was the Table names.  Elizabeth and Chase went all around Atlanta and took photos of different street signs that meant something to them.  The stationer, took the photos, enlarged them, and printed them on cardboard and created table labels that were so unique and quite the conversation piece. 


Another interesting detail was that the Escort Cards were placed in the slats of antique shutters.  This was a vision that the bride had and after searching in various antique shops, one of her friends offered shutters that she uses in her own home as décor.  They were approximately 6 feet tall and dark green which was weathered.  The look was just perfect for the venue and style.


Capturing the images of the day was Michael Pugh.   He and his wife, Linda, were great to work with.  He had previously scouted out the area and determined the locations where he wanted certain photo ops to take place.  The couple decided that they wanted to see each other before the ceremony, and so the First Look was set-up in the Bamboo Garden on-site.  This was such an amazing spot for this intimate photo.  The groom, Chase, was placed in the center of the Bamboo Garden, and Elizabeth entered from one side.  The rays of the sun were streaming through and really made the location look enchanting.  


The 160 guests arrived to the venue and were greeted by a piper playing various tunes.  They then could be taken from the parking area by Golf Carts that brought them to the Historic Ruins where the ceremony would take place on the Perennial Garden lawn.  The gazebo provided a dramatic backdrop for the nuptials.  The Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, an ensemble directed by Thomas O’Donnell, provided the music for the ceremony.  The father of the bride created the song list and selected beautiful pieces that were unique and not the normal wedding songs that you hear all of the time.  It was a refreshing change. 

Immediately after the ceremony, guests were directed to the front of The Historic Ruins for a Group Photo with an old Cadillac that belongs to the couple.  The photographer arranged all of the guests so that the photo would incorporate the couple, the car, the Ruins and those celebrating their special day with them. 


Guests then were able to mingle while enjoying a variety of Hors d’oeuvres while the couple finished up photos and then had a private moment before joining the party. While guests were mingling, they were invited to sign the Guest Book.  One thing that I always recommend to my clients is to choose a type of guest registration that means something to them and is unique.  Elizabeth selected a Georgia Cookbook.  Guests were able to look through and find a favorite recipe and then write a message to the couple.  What a wonderful way to combine a love of cooking with remembering those that you love ~ so every time the couple breaks out the cookbook to find a new dish to try, they will be reminded of those that celebrated their wedding day with them.




Once it was time for the festivities to begin, guests were invited to find their seats under the tent.  As an alternative to the typical introduction by the DJ or MC for the evening, the Father of the Bride began by making a welcome speech and included the introduction of the couple.  I loved this very personal touch. 



The DJ, provided by Hartley Entertainment, played a dinner set so that guest could enjoy the delicious food prepared by the Barnsley Garden chef.  Once dinner was complete, the party began with the couple having their First Dance.  They chose the song, “You Belong to Me” by Patsy Cline.  A very touching moment came during the Father/Daughter dance, when the father danced his daughter over to her grandfather who then finished the dance with her.  I don’t think there were many dry eyes in the place. 


The couple requested that the DJ play Cupid Shuffle after the specialty dances were finished so that they could really get the party started and all the guests out on the dance floor.  It worked – and the dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. 



Layne Lee of Sweet N Sinful provided the delicious cake.  The cake was a huge hit and there literally was not a morsel left.  The cake table was another special décor spot.  The bride’s grandmother’s veil was used as décor along with several family photographs. 
As the temperature began to drop throughout the evening, the lit fireplaces became a popular spot for conversations.  There is just something about a nice chilly evening and a fire – and of course the beautiful setting of The Historic Ruins at Barnsley Gardens added to the ambiance.

 Cooper-Atlanta Transportation provided shuttle transportation during the wedding weekend.

 We heard many wonderful comments from the family and guests about how fabulous the wedding was.  I would have to agree, and it was our pleasure to be a part of the celebration.

We wish Elizabeth and Chase a lifetime of Happiness!

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