Real Wedding: Stacy & Michael
Do you remember when you were a kid passing notes in class to your middle school crush? Stacy and Michael have managed to capture that giddy playground feeling of “I heart you, do you heart me?” in an adult relationship. Every time I see them, it’s clear that they are simply joyful to be together. I love to see love like this: it’s one of the best parts of my job and these two definitely have their own special brand of love!
For their August wedding at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, Stacy envisioned a romantic enchanted forest. I created her design board using dozens of images, and we selected On Occasions of Atlanta to help us bring the designs to life.
I absolutely adore the palette that we used. Stacy liked the idea of subtly different shades of french vanilla, blush and sherbet for the bridesmaids dresses. For all of the floral elements and the reception design, we used oasis green and neutral cream and ivory shades.
All of the images in this post were captured by ArtStar Photography. Laura Stone is a brilliantly talented photographer and I’m so grateful every time I have an opportunity to work with her. I love the way her images capture the energy of each moment.
Greek Weddings are immersed in hundreds of years of traditions. In the wedding industry, there is a strong momentum to constantly change with the trends and introduce something new, something different, every day. As a wedding professional, I find it really refreshing to see clients following the traditions that their mothers, grandmothers, and even great grandmothers followed on their wedding day. It’s a nice change of pace for me!
One charming tradition is that the Bride writes the names of the “eligible bachelorettes” in her wedding party on the bottom of her shoe. At the end of the reception, the name that hasn’t worn off will be the next to marry. Stacy’s Menbur shoes were stunning and so perfect with her gown!
No vows are said during a Greek Orthodox Wedding. Instead, the Bride and Groom arrive at the Church with their own understood personal commitment to one another and the faith that the sacrament of marriage is performed by God (not by the Priest, and not by one another).
As part of the ceremony, the Bride and Groom circle the altar three times wearing Stefana (crowns) united by a ribbon. This is such a classic image of this part of the ceremony:
The floral designs for the personal flowers and ceremony arrangements were gorgeous; here are a few detail images:
I loved seeing the expressions on the guests’ faces when they saw the escort card presentation: each card was suspended from the branches of a real tree using beautiful ivory satin ribbon. Unexpected elements like this one make a wedding design memorable.
For the reception, the Ballroom was transformed into an enchanted forest. Dramatic lighting provided by our own EEP Events team set the stage, and we also constructed an illuminated structure where dozens of strands of crystal and blooms were suspended above the head table.
Can you imagine sitting at this table enjoying dinner beside your new husband? Pretty dreamy! We also used custom gobo lighting and patterns that changed throughout the evening to illuminate the sleek white dance floor:
The manzanita branch and crystal centerpieces brought sophistication to the enchanted forest design, and the Bridesmaids bouquets were also incorporated into low and lush centerpieces. Note the olive oil and selection of spreads on the guest tables: must haves for a Greek reception! Bold American was our caterer and they were fabulous to work with.
The Bride & Groom surprised their guests (more than 450!) with a choreographed First Dance. Their dance lessons were worth it; everyone loved their moves!
Of course, there was plenty of Greek dancing:
And the new Mr. & Mrs. are living happily ever after. We loved being part of this Big Fat Greek Wedding!
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