I absolutely adore fall! The cooler weather, the magical glow of the sunshine, the changing leaves . . . all of it! And goodness, wasn’t Erin and Collin’s wedding just an autumn masterpiece! It all happened at the Atlanta wedding venue the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on a late October day. The bride was lovely in her Melissa Sweet wedding dress, its faint peach tint exuding a timeless elegance. Rich chocolate brown and khaki were selected for the apparel of bridesmaids, groom, and groomsmen, bouquets and boutonnieres of reds, oranges, and golds adding warmer splashes of color. Standing before an outdoor alter draped with burlap and lace, Erin and Collin made their vows, after which their two hundred guests journeyed indoors for the reception. Brown linens of various shades adorned the tables, rustic lanterns and vibrant flowers bringing the radiance of the season indoors. Following a delectable meal from Bold American Events, guests spent the rest of the celebration on their feet grooving to the music of Shimmer Entertainment! This oh-so-sweet autumn affair is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Courtney Goldman Photography!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
Lucky for me (but maybe not the rest of the brides now) – Priscilla of Boston was going out of business. The store in Atlanta had major markdowns and my sister found this beautiful Melissa Sweet dress that was untouched because the color had more of a peach hue versus the standard white or off white. It was super simple yet elegant and easy to move in. I loved the buttons down the back and the simple flower on the front. The bridesmaids wore chocolate colored long dresses with a single strap from David’s Bridal and the men wore tan suits with chocolate vests from Savvi Formal wear. We wanted a simple fall style as a nice backdrop for beautiful fall colored flowers.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
My older sister Kelly is a singer/songwriter and sang Heavenly Day by Patti Griffen while the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. Another special touch is that my best friend of 27 years is a graphic designer, and she made the stationery for the wedding.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Modge podge, wood, bells and ribbons were our best friend for this wedding. For place settings and sticking to the rustic/outdoor theme we had small branches cut into wooden circles and wrote the guests names on them. They were then all hung from a tree with scissors to cut them down when getting your table setting. For our table decorations we took pictures and modge podged them onto woooden frames then stood them on easels. We also made wedding wands for when we left out of wooden dowels with ribbons, bells and a heart with the initials C + E burned onto them. A family friend also carved a pumpkin with silhouettes of our faces in it which was pretty amazing at night and the week before Halloween.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Bold American Food Catering did our food and The Flour Shoppe did our Cake. Bold American has so many great options and we were able to develop a menu with three stations for different southern based meals such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, brisket and macaroni and cheese. The night was also topped off with mini doughnuts and mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Elaine with the Flour Shoppe worked with us on a simple cake design with the idea to make it mimic my dress and she pulled it off perfectly.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Nothing! Everything was perfect and the night is one we will never forget. If you ever saw the picture book Courtney made, you can just feel the energy, love and laughter coming out.
Venue: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens | Day of Wedding Coordinator: BEE – best.event.ever. | Catering: Bold American Events | Cake: The Flour Shoppe | Photography: Courtney Goldman Photography | Entertainment: Shimmer Entertainment | Wedding/Cocktail Hour Music: Allegro Strings | Photobooth: WOW Photobooth | Hair & Makeup: MIrror Mirror Makeup | Stationery: Feel Good Designs by Caitlin McClure | Floral: Lisa Turner