The scent of roses was light on the air as the bride and her father took their first steps down the aisle at 6:30pm in one of Georgia’s outdoor garden venues, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The Rose Garden proved the perfect romantic backdrop, though no sight was so beautiful as Ailis dressed in a Romona Keveza gown, ruffles cascading down from the bustline all the way down her cathedral length train. Tim, dressed in navy, stood surrounded by the wedding party sporting coral gowns by Ted Baker and suits by Sid Mashburn. The intimate ceremony paid tribute to the couple’s Irish heritage, with the exchanging of original vows and the reading of an Irish poem. A string trio serenaded family and friends during the cocktail hour around the Chihuly fountain, followed by a seated dinner by Bold American in the Day Hall. Tables decked in peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents in shades of coral and pink set the stage for a sweetly elegant affair, and tunes by the Flavor Band kept the guests and newlyweds on the dance floor well into the night. This sweet celebration was captured by Andrew Thomas Lee!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
We met in law school at the University of Georgia. We were introduced when a mutual friend asked us to join a study group during the first year of law school. It was love over text books.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore a Romona Keveza gown with hand-sown ruffles at the bust line and cascading down the train and a sheer cathedral length wedding veil. The groom wore a navy suit by Sid Mashburn with a robins egg colored tie. The bridesmaids wore coral colored floor length dresses by Ted Baker and the groomsmen coordinated with the groom, wearing navy suits.
The weather. You have absolutely no control over it. The morning of our wedding, the weather report said there was a 60% chance of rain. My loving sister made a trip to Target and purchased every umbrella in stock so that our quests would not have to walk to the venue in the rain. Luckily, by 1:00 pm the chance of rain fell to just 10% and the rain held off for the entirely of the wedding.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Garden with lush flowers in pops of corals and pinks.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The “table numbers” were postcards featuring different Atlanta neighborhoods in homage to the couple’s love of their city.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
During cocktail hour, guests were treated to a variety of passed Hors d’oeuvres by Bold American catering. Bold American also provided a seated dinner featuring a field greens salad with strawberries, pecan pralines, and goat cheese and a main course of Springer Mountain Chicken and Marinated Pork Tenderloin with a peach glaze, mashed sweet potatoes, and sauteed asparagus. For dessert, guests had a choice of raspberry cheese cake or Italian wedding cake.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
Flavor Band provided background music during dinner and kept the party going late into the evening.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I would have had my dress hemmed just a tad shorter. It turns out that floor of the bridal salon is not the same as grass in the Garden.
Photography: Andrew Thomas Lee | Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden | Catering: Bold American Events | Floral: Stylish Stems | Music: Candlelight String Quartet and Flavor Music | Event Planning & Design: ellyB Events | Cake: Classic Cheesecakes & Cakes | Transportation: Georgia Trolley Services | Groom’s Suit: Sid Mashburn | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ted Baker | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via Joan Pillow Bridal Salon