You’d think that being in an industry where you plan other couples’ weddings on a daily basis would make it easy-breezy when it came time to plan your own wedding. In fact, it actually makes it much harder to narrow down your own choices when you’re exposed to so many new ideas on daily basis. Michelle, a catering sales manager, came across just that dilemma when planning her own nuptials, but after deciding on yellow, deep purple and shades of grey as her color scheme choices, she hired a designer who she let ‘run with it.’ Wanting to show their out of town guests a piece of Atlanta’s history, the couple decided upon the King Plow Event Gallery, a wedding venue in Atlanta, Georgia, for their reception. The modern details included a custom gobo and signage as guests entered to a frame wall with photos of the couple and the custom built tree branch structure over the dessert display. Guests were treated to an array of food including a trio of soup shooters, mini sliders and multiple dinner stations of Italian and Colombian food, a nod to the groom’s heritage, leaving nobody disappointed. Images by Smyrna’s boutique photography studio, Andrea Taylor Studio!
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
There wasn’t a theme, however we did carry the Atlanta skyline throughout all of our stationery. This was custom made by Eberle Invitations which started with our save the date “race bibs” and was carried out all the way to our personalized favor boxes. We met in Atlanta, love living in Atlanta and may never leave Atlanta. I knew I wanted some color and yellow is one of my favorite colors. I also love shades of grays and the calla lily was my other “must” (deep purple). Besides that, I let our designer “run with it”! Being in the industry it was so difficult to choose just one look, so I left it up to the pro.
What was the most memorable moment?
Our first look. Many brides are unsure about having a first look, but I say go for it! I was so nervous up until the very moment I tapped his shoulder. Seeing his reaction in our own private setting is exactly us. We do do not show PDA, so it was perfect for it to be just us. We were able to goof around and be ourselves which helped with the next hour or so of photos. We walked around Piedmont Park and took photos in our favorite place. After all, it is where he “won me over” and also proposed to me. Yes, cliche, but meant so much to us both. The first look did not take away from my walk down the aisle. We were both still so emotional because we knew the importance of our vows and commitment in the next hour.
We want to know about all the wedding details. Was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was semi-small and very personalized. Both of our extended families live in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, while others live in the Atlanta area. We didn’t want a huge wedding of people we hadn’t seen in years or not remembered since we were young, so we stuck with close extended family and close friends. We do not get to see all of our friends and family as often as we like, so we wanted to be sure we could spend time with everyone.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The custom skyline throughout our wedding was showcased on our cake, custom gobo and signage as guests entered King Plow. We had lounge seating that was unlike any I had seen. The frame wall provided by Bold American Design was customized with our colors and photos of us. The custom build tree branch structure over the dessert display is my second favorite detail. I had no idea what to expect, but this piece was just perfect! Our wedding cake was a small cake that was a play on the Italian Rainbow Cookie, only in cake form — one of our many favorite sweets! We ended the night with sweets as well — Sublime Doughnuts with personalized boxes.
Tell us about the food.
The menu was a combination of our favorite foods as well as flavors of the fall season. We started with a trio of savory soup shooters; sweet potato puree with blue cheese crostini, grilled corn bisque and creamy tomato soup with mini grilled cheese. The mini sliders consisted of spicy chicken on a honey biscuit with blue cheese and chopped brisket sliders with bacon and melted pimento cheese. Oh and we can’t forget the mini fried green tomatoes topped with bacon marmalade… mmm mmm mmm! Then we had a variety of dinner stations (much different than Northern weddings which most of our family was expecting). We had an Italian Station (for the bride) with chicken & pancetta carbonara, creamy pesto, and bolognese. A variety of homemade focaccia bread, bread sticks and grilled veggies. Then moving onto the Creative Colombian station (for the groom); steak and avocado arepas, rice, and fried plantains. And my favorite: The Southern station complete with shrimp & grits, Springer Mountain chicken with a peach chutney, truffle mac n cheese, a poached pear salad and sweet potato biscuits.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
More time!! Everyone always says the day will fly by, and it is true. I probably would have extended the reception by another hour, because honestly, our families love to party. There’s always the anniversary party!
Wedding Coordinator: Sashay Events | Floral & Decor: Bold American Events | Catering, Cake & Desserts: Bold American Events | Reception Venue: King Plow Event Gallery | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church | Photography: Andrea Taylor Studio | DJ: DJ Eric Anthony | Transportation: Atlantic Limousine & Transportation | Stationary: Eberle Invitations | Bridal Gown: Bride Beautiful | Tuxedos: Savvi Formal | Favors: Sublime Doughnuts | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and LoungeArt | Linens: Tabletoppers Inc.