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Real Wedding: Sarah + John

Sarah and John are a pair that are always having fun together.  The two of them are such a lighthearted and playful duo that you can’t help but have a good time around them!  When we met for coffee shortly after their engagement, Sarah was already prepared with some Pinterest research, a knockout Reem Acra gown, and a beautiful color palette of emerald, blush and gold.


Once we narrowed down Atlanta’s vast variety of venues to a few top contenders, we spent two days touring potential wedding sites.  Both Sarah and her Mom fell in love with the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, which is one of my favorite venues as well!

A storybook ceremony in the venue’s new garden, with a romantic reception to follow upstairs in the Azalea Ballroom was the perfect fit for Sarah’s vintage style.  The images in this post are shared courtesy of Renee Brock: Photojournalist.  Renee is lovely to work with and her images capture the emotion of the day so authentically.

Wedding Day for Sarah and began with hair and makeup by The Dynamic Duo Atlanta {Kari + Gaby}, mimosas and girl talk in the stunning Sienna Suite.  It’s the most spectacular bridal suite, complete with windows overlooking the garden so Sarah could check out her vendors setting up for her big day!




Sarah’s bouquet was a lush arrangement of peonies, lisianthus, and hydrangea, with accents of stock and astilbe.  A collar of ruscus greenery tied in the emerald in her color palette.


Once Sarah was dressed in her stunning Reem Acra gown, she was off to the garden to see her Groom for their First Look.  There were no nerves, just sheer excitement from both the Bride and Groom that they finally got to see one another.  They were like a couple of giddy kids, and I love to see love like that!




After their First Look, Sarah and John strolled around the garden for their portraits.  The garden in the Spring is a stunning setting for photos, with mother nature’s backdrops ranging from blooming branches to pine trees.




Photography continued with Bridal Party photos, and the adorable Flower Girl and Ring Bearer completely stole the show!




With photography complete, it was time for the ceremony to begin.  The aisle was lined with glass hurricane vases holding ivory pillar candles surrounded by reindeer moss, river rock and blooms, enhancing the romantic atmosphere of the evening.  As the Groomsmen ushered guests, a string quartet played prelude music.


Guests later commented that one of their favorite parts of the ceremony was the entrance of the Mothers.  John walked both of them down the aisle, all three with grinning faces!  The dresses they selected were a perfect fit for the wedding’s blush and emerald color palette.


Sarah was escorted by her Dad, and the two of them were glowing as they entered the ceremony.  I love this timeless image that captures that moment perfectly.


The wedding ceremony was officiated by a longtime friend of the Bride’s family who is also an Admiral.  His heartfelt words about watching Sarah grow up and meet John brought laughs and tears from the guests.  Members of the Bridal Party read two pieces that Sarah and John selected: Thomas Wolfe’s You Can’t Go Home Again and an excerpt from Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

It’s very important, in my opinion, for each couple to make their ceremony their own, and this includes the readings.  So often, couples feel that they need to select the ceremony content that everyone else uses, and it’s so refreshing when a Bride and Groom take the time to tailor their ceremony to express their personalities, like Sarah and John did.






With the ceremony complete, Mr. & Mrs. enjoyed a private moment together while guests and Bridal Party enjoyed cocktail hour upstairs.

A complete stationery suite including the invitation, program, menu card, table number and dessert signage was created by Paper Daisies.  As always, their ability to create an original design using inspiration from the Bride’s ideas and images added a special touch to each element of the wedding.

Bridesmaids bouquets, along with the aisle markers, were incorporated into the guest table centerpieces.





Before inviting guests into the Ballroom, we snuck the Mother and Father of the Bride in alone for a private reveal and a dance together so they could take in all of the details.



Jimmy was the DJ/emcee and kicked off the evening with the Bridal Party introductions and First Dance before dinner was served.



Toasts and the cake cutting followed dinner.  I always love to repurpose the ceremony decor to the reception in some way, and the gorgeous greenery arch that was Sarah & John’s ceremony backdrop was repurposed with the addition of hanging votives to frame them at the head table.



Sarah and John opted for a cupcake dessert bar to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth, but also had a small wedding cake for the classic photo op.




After dancing the night away, the ‘Bama Bride and Groom gathered their guests on the dance floor for a Dixieland Delight sing along, and loved every minute of their crimson pom-pom send-off.


Congratulations, Sarah & John!  We hope you loved reliving your big day just as much as we did!

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