February 8, 2011

A Winter Wonderland Wedding

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 The weather God was certainly looking over the wedding day of Jocelyn and Michael, as it was a beautiful, sunny day with temps in the upper 50’s or perhaps even the low 60’s.  This was such a pleasant surprise considering Atlanta had been inundated with snow and ice just a couple of weeks before!

 The day began with the bride and her attendants having hair and make-up services.  Junko Salon in Buckhead provided the hair styling while Woo Cosmetics just next door expertly provided the make-up artistry. 

 The Loew’s Atlanta Hotel was the host hotel for the wedding.  A block of guest rooms provided a convenient location for guests and the wedding party to mix and mingle during the weekend. 

Once we made certain that the Groom was properly tucked away in his hotel room to get ready, the Bride and her Attendants left the hotel and were transported to the Church by Alimena Limousine

Images of the day’s celebration were captured by Ray and Erica Tisdale of 35 Atlanta.  These photos are NOT from them – but rather my snapshots to commemorate the day!  Hopefully, I will be able to post an update to this event when I receive images from the professionals. 

Cathedral of Christ the King was the location of the ceremony.  This is one of the most beautiful churches in the area.  The bride and groom both graduated from Notre Dame, and so they asked a priest from there to officiate their ceremony.  It provided a personal touch that certainly had meaning for the couple.

Jocelyn’s gown was gorgeous. She found her perfect dress at Bel Fiore Bridal in Marietta.  It was heavily detailed with beading and lace and had a detachable train. 


The bridesmaids wore a Shadow-Gray floor-length gown and instead of bouquets, they carried white fur muffs.  The grandmother of the bride made the muffs and then the bride and her mom stuffed them and made the final stitches. 

Carla Duncan, of On Occasions of Atlanta, created the personal flowers as well as the stunning reception décor.  The bride’s bouquet was beautiful and consisted of ivory Snowy Jewel roses, creamy Vendela roses, silver brunia, white lisanthus and stephanotis blossoms that had a crystal in the center.  The bouquet was wrapped in pure white satin ribbon.  Truly a beautiful winter look.


After the ceremony, guests were invited to The Fox Theatre for the reception.  As they entered the Egyptian Ballroom, they were greeted with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres provided by Affairs to Remember caterers as well as beverages provided by The Fox.  Guests mingled in an intimate area inside the Ballroom, which provided a sneak peek into the Winter Wonderland that would await them once invited to find their seats. Sheer drapery panels were hung to separate the main area of the Ballroom from the back of the room.  In-between the panels were sparkling crystal trees.  The crystal trees were lit from within the base so that they glowed as though they were created from ice. 

A truly unique option for guest registration was used which was a nod to the hometown of the Bride (Atlanta) and the new home for the couple (Charlotte, NC).  Plates bearing the names of the two cities that contained icons of each of the towns famous places were provided for the guests to sign.  Guests selected either plate to sign.  I know these will be treasured keepsakes of the couple.


When the time came for guests to enter the main area, they found their name on a Seating Chart that was created by the bride to indicate the table assignments.  Once at their table, they were greeted with a silver envelope that contained their name and a menu for the evening.   


Tables were adorned with various styles of centerpieces all expertly created by Carla.  The Head Table, which was a 24’ estate table, included three tall glass trumpet vases filled with crystals and topped with an arrangement of ostrich feathers, curly willow and white dendrobium orchids. The designs were placed on top of LED light bases so that they were illuminated and appeared to be glowing.  Votive candles of various heights were placed down the center of the table as well as white rose petals. 


There were two family tables that were large squares.  A similar floral design centerpiece graced these tables as well. 

The remaining 16 tables contained two other types of centerpieces.  On some, 36” tall silver manzanita branches were planted in clear vases that were filled with large crystal “ice” chunks while the remaining tables were presented with low centerpieces composed of silver brunia, dusty miller, and smaller branches of the silver manzanita.  All of these designs were also placed on top of LED Light bases, so that they too provided an icy glow.


The newly installed ambient lighting in the Egyptian Ballroom additionally enhanced the room.  To keep with the Winter Wonderland theme, clear white was selected as the accent color. 

 As guests were seated, the band, The Glow Band, serenaded as the Wedding Party was introduced to the sounds of “The Way You Look Tonight” followed by the introduction of the Bride and Groom as “Walking on Sunshine” was played.  The couple took the dance floor as they had their first dance as husband and wife to “Everything” by Michael Buble.  Not to be outdone, the father of the bride then took his daughter’s hand as he guided them in a twirl around the dance floor to “Stand by Me”.  As a special treat, the entire Wedding Party danced to “Something” by The Beatles. 

 Dinner was then served which was a delicious dual entrée provided by Affairs to Remember.  Judging from the empty plates, everyone certainly enjoyed the meal. Guests were treated to dinner music on the grand piano from the Band’s keyboardist.

Eileen Carter, from Eileen’s Creations provided the wedding cake.  The couple was so cute as they went back for seconds after the ceremonial bite. 


What would a wedding be without Toasts?  Well, we didn’t have to find the answer to that question at this wedding, as the Father of the Bride gave a heart-warming toast followed by a tasteful toast from the Best Man.

 The couple wanted their guests to have a blast at the reception and The Glow Band, certainly helped in that regard.  The dance floor was filled all night long. When the time came for the couple to depart – the crowd was begging for the band to play just ONE MORE SONG!

 One of the biggest hits of the evening were the Chick-fil-A sandwiches that were provided as a late-night snack along with delicious cookies that were shipped here from an Italian bakery in Connecticut that the bride’s family has always loved.  Guests were literally rushing to the display to grab their sandwich. 


As a slightly different form of a fanfare departure, the couple escaped as their guests waved Glow Sticks provided by The Glow Band.  The glow sticks are a standard part of the band’s performance, but instead of breaking them out earlier in the evening as would usually be done, they passed them out at the end.  It definitely created a festive photo opportunity.  The couple then ran across Peachtree Street where they once again saw their name in lights as the marquee of the theatre had a message offering Best Wishes and Congratulations.


This is another one of those weddings that we can say was a huge success, and the family and couple were so pleased with how everything turned out.  I received the sweetest note from the Mother of the Bride indicating that they appreciated all that my staff and I did to make Jocelyn and Michael’s wedding day spectacular!  It was indeed our pleasure and we wish a lifetime of happiness to not only the couple, but to the family as well.



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