Real Wedding: Ann + Stephen
Ann and Stephen are a fun couple with a fabulous family! I had a blast working with both of them and Ann’s wonderful mom in the final few months leading up to their big day. Ann and Stephen’s wedding day was the perfect mix of quiet sentimental moments and high energy dance offs. Their crowd of 400+ guests journeyed to Atlanta from far and wide including Ann’s hometown of Birmingham and Stephen’s beloved Texas where he spent a few post-college years. All of those guests had a few things in common: they were overflowing with love for the Bride and Groom, and they all knew how to have a great time!
The images in this blog post were artfully captured by the fabulous Michelle and Ryan Osterhoudt of Michelle Scott Photography. This wedding was my first with Michelle: she was a pleasure to work with and seeing her work made me feel like I was reliving this perfect day all over again!
Our day began in Ann’s suite with hair, makeup and of course coffee!
The Bride’s gown by Cosmobella was a gorgeous lace creation and perfectly suited to the style of the wedding.
Stephen and his guys sported cuff links that featured their college logos: a huge hit! The Groom is a graduate student at UGA and the Bride is a Clemson grad: I will remain neutral on my college sports preferences in this post!
The ceremony was held at the breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral of Christ the King where both the Bride and Groom are parishioners. Before it began, we planned some time for the Bride and Groom to take photos with their wedding party and families.
Both the Bride and Groom made time to pray with their wedding party before the ceremony. This image of Stephen and his guys was one of my favorites. Ann and Stephen never lost focus that their marriage was the reason for the celebrating.
There are usually a few moments that bring tears to my eyes during a wedding. The joyful emotion of the day is one of the best parts of being a wedding planner, after all! On Ann and Stephen’s day, their “first touch” moment was really amazing to see. (Not pictured: a few family members and me wiping our eyes watching them!)
Archbishop Wilton Gregory celebrated the nuptial mass along with a priest who has known the Groom since high school! Needless to say, it was a touching and personal ceremony. I love the ethereal quality of this image of Ann being escort down the aisle by her dad.
The Cathedral floral arrangements were created by Robert Long, and all personal flowers and reception arrangements were crafted by Gloriosa.
As soon as the ceremony concluded, Ann and Stephen both changed into their cowboy boots! Ann later told me it was one of the best decisions she made in planning. Comfort paired with great style is always a win!
The Bridal Party arrived at Mason Murer by trolley and Michelle and Ryan captured some fabulous images before the reception began. I’m amazed at the beautiful backgrounds they created from buildings that look so nondescript to the naked eye!
Meanwhile inside the venue, Gloriosa was putting the finishing touches on their design, adding rustic romance with burlap and neutral blooms. The ceiling treatment they added with paper lanterns and twinkle lights was the room’s focal point.
At our final venue walk through, we discovered that Mason Murer just happened to have a bulldog painting on display. Ashley, the venue coordinator, graciously agreed to hang this piece near the Groom’s cake.
Guests enjoyed fabulous food by Gloriosa, and the menu included sausage homemade by Ann’s Italian family. They also baked a dreamy assortment of Italian wedding cookies and danced a lively Tarantella later in the night. Of course I loved seeing all of these Italian wedding traditions!
After the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Matron of Honor gave wonderful toasts that made the guests laugh and tear up a bit, it was time to dance!
When it was time to leave, I’m pretty sure 398 of the guests were still there and our typical sparkler tunnel became a sparkler pep rally! The lines were four people deep and the crowd flowed all the way across the front of the building. It was a sight to see!
And off went Ann and Stephen to continue their happily ever after!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Ann and Stephen’s day as much as I enjoyed planning it! You can learn more about my experience and EEP Events service here.
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