This wedding is two things I would really like to be right now: warm and cozy. That’s exactly how a “rustic chic” wedding should be, right!? Jill and Sam were wed on October 16, 2010 at the King Plow Arts Center, a historic industrial warehouse turned event venue with exposed brick walls and rafters. The expansive venue turned out to be the perfect setting for the “rustic chic” fall wedding Jill always envisioned. She says “I wanted to use my favorite colors of chocolate brown, moss green, and bronze and use a lot of candlelight and lanterns to set the mood.” Andy Beach and Company, an Atlanta wedding florist did a fantastic job bringing Jill’s dream to life. Their wedding took place at the amazing King Plow Arts Center in downtown, Atlanta. Smyrna, GA based wedding photographer Andrea Taylor Studio captured every moment impeccably. Read more about how these love birds met and how every detail came today for this gorgeous couple below…
So tell us how you met! Love at first sight, blind date, friends forever, we want the particulars!
Sam and I met during a Study Abroad trip through The University of Georgia the summer before our senior year in college in Verona, Italy! We first met on the plane ride over when he helped me put my backpack in the overhead compartment (even though he doesn’t remember this!). He had good odds- 60 girls and 20 guys on the trip! We had our first date in Verona where we went to dinner, had a terrible tasting cheese plate, and then walked to Juliet’s balcony! We had been together for 8 years when he FINALLY proposed!
Now for the proposal . . . details!
The proposal happened the day before my 29th birthday! My parents were in town for the weekend and he told me that he wanted me to open my gifts from him alone so he took me to a local park and asked me if I wanted the little present or the big present first! I told him to choose and he pulled out the little box and I just started crying! The big present was a wedding planner book so we could start planning right away! The next day, on my birthday, my parents and our friends, Nicole and Jeff, were meeting us for drinks at a wine bar. When we walked through the door, I realized that it was a surprise party with all of our family and friends from near and far! It was a wonderful surprise and I don’t know how he didn’t have a heart attack planning both at the same time!
We want to know details! Type of event, Inspiration, theme, etc…
We wanted an October wedding (or I should say I wanted an October wedding and Sam wanted to make sure we planned around the SEC football schedule!) because of the beautiful fall colors, coziness of the season, and it went well with our “rustic chic” theme. I wanted to use my favorite colors of chocolate brown, moss green, and bronze and use a lot of candlelight and lanterns to set the mood. We chose the AMAZING King Plow Arts Center as our venue because we loved the idea that it was a blank canvas with brick walls, cement floors, exposed rafters in the ceiling and we could make it our own.
Was there a theme or inspiration behind the décor?
I let Andy Beach & Associates, our florist, take my ideas and run with them! I told him that the bridesmaid dresses were chocolate brown and that I wanted bright orange and hot pink flowers for the bridesmaids and reception so they would really pop! I wanted lanterns, a lot of candles, branches, beautiful linens, and lighting and he made our wedding in to the most breathtaking event I have ever been to! It literally brought me to tears when I peeked at the ceremony before the guests arrived!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We tried to throw in some unique things that would make the event special for us and our guests including, an area with 8X10 photos and emails (from me to my parents about meeting Sam from the Study Abroad trip that we met on) that guests could look at and read, custom drink stirrers with Italian words and phrases like amore, celebri, and ciao bella (we used this one a lot on our trip!), a late night snack of hamburgers from The Varsity (an Atlanta specialty!) including Varisty hats for all guests to wear, and a specialty drink called a “Bellalini” since bellinis are Italian and our dog, a cocker spaniel named Bella, could not be in attendance!
What was your splurge?!
Our splurge was on the band- we wanted a fabulous band with a good front man that would get our guests dancing! We had Bobby & the Aristocats and Matthew Thomas at East Coast Entertainment suggested that we hire them. They were so much fun and everyone really enjoyed the Michael Jackson tribute!
If there was one thing you could change.. what would it be?
Nothing…we couldn’t have asked for more!
Most memorable moment?
Of course, walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Sam at the end was the greatest moment that night, but I have to say that the Hava Nagila was very memorable! We had parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, tons of guests up in the chairs and it really got the party started!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
To just enjoy the day and not worry about all of the little things that go wrong! It won’t go exactly how you thought…..and that is ok!