If you lived in the Atlanta area in Winter 2011, then you remember ‘the storm’. The one that dumped a whole bunch of snow, eventually creating an ice skating rink for most of the city and wreaking havoc on Atlanta for what seemed like forever (but was probably about a week). Well, there was light at the end of the tunnel. The sun came out and the ice melted, leaving behind a beautiful, snowy backdrop for the wedding of Ryan and Katie. So, curl up with a blanket and relive some fonder memories of ‘the storm’ with photos by Atlanta wedding photographer, Kristen Alexander Photography.
Tell us how you met…
I was living in Vail and my best friend Ashley worked with me at the local hospital. Ashley’s family was living in Atlanta. I was looking at her photos on Facebook and saw her brother Ryan. I thought he was cute and told her that if I married her brother, we could be sisters. The next time I came home to visit family, Ryan and I went on a date to Taco Mac and saw the movie Hangover on July 2… On July 4, Ryan met my family and we went to the fireworks. It was love at first sight!
Now for the proposal… details!
It was tradition for Ryan’s family to run the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th. He wanted me to train so I could do it with him next year. Ryan, his mother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle joined us for the race. At the beginning of the race Ryan got down on one knee and proposed. I was stunned! Ryan had stickers made up saying “I asked her” and mine said “I said Yes”. For the entire 6.2 miles we were getting congrats! It was the easiest run I ever had.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Ryan and Katie were married at Country Club of the South in Alpharetta, Georgia as the Storm of 2011 was starting to clear. The snow glistening in the sun made for a gorgeous backdrop for the wedding!
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
We had a comfortable, traditional ceremony performed by a Ryan’s first cousin. Our guests numbered 180, yet felt very intimate.
Was there a specific theme or style?
The wedding theme was very romantic. Votive candles were generously placed on the thirty foot tall windows. The snowy backdrop helped illuminate the ballroom. We brought in full length drapes to make a beautifully defined space for the ceremony. After the vows, the drapes were tied back to open the full ballroom for the reception.
What inspired the theme or style?
Our love for each other inspired the style of our wedding. Ryan wrote our vows. I was touched by how many guests told us how much they loved that aspect of our wedding.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
Katie’s dress was the inspiration for the romantic theme of the wedding. The tulle Lazaro gown featured a strapless sweetheart neckline adorned with vintage fresh water pearls and Alencon lace. The full length veil had a comb made of silk calla lily petals which complemented the cascading calla lily petals on the back of the dress. The bridesmaids wore crimson silk taffeta gowns. The flower girls wore traditional white gowns with a halo of fresh flowers.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The bride’s sister Sarah celebrated her birthday on the same day as the wedding. She was surprised with her own cake. The snow and ice storm caused terrible traffic and airline delays. The maid of honor was fortunate to get to Atlanta from Denver due to flight cancellations. The flower girls, Katie’s cousins, luckily were able to make it in from Milwaukee.
Did you DIY any of the details?
The cake topper was a miniature bride and groom which the bride’s mother kept since Katie was a child. It was a bride and groom Madame Alexander miniature doll from a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
What was the most memorable moment?
Ryan’s one request for his wedding day was that Katie enter from double doors. His eyes filled with tears when he saw his beautiful bride appear. Katie danced with her father to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First”, a routine choreographed by local dance instructor Buddy Stotts. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Katie said later, during her first dance with Ryan, she felt like they were the only two people in the room.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Cocktails, hot cider, and hors d’oeuvres passed while the while the wedding party was being photographed. The dinner menu was Chilean sea bass, filet mignon, wedge salad, twice baked potato and grilled vegetables. There was a dessert table including Bananas Foster, ice cream sundae bar, and assorted miniature desserts. We had a four tiered wedding cake and the Groom’s cake had the University of Alabama Big Al elephant design.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
The DJ had a great energy and the dance floor was packed. We selected our playlist so all everyone could enjoy the music. Of course they played “Sweet Home Alabama”.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Nothing. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Venue and Caterer: Country Club of the South | Photographer: Kristen Alexander Photography | Wedding Planner: Magnolia Events | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Floral: Country Designs | Draperies: Event Drapery | Choreographer: Buddy Stotts | DJ: Spectrum | Musicians: Amati Chamber Music | Cakes: Confection Perfection Cakes | Decorations: Rooms in Bloom