After groom Josh proposed to his gorgeous bride Ashely in the one and only New York City central park, it only made sense that their October “I do’s” would be held at Atlanta’s own renowned Piedmont Park wedding venue in the heart of the city! I just know you’re going to fall in love with this couple and their romantic fall affair. Photography in thanks to Atlanta wedding photographer Tessa Marie Weddings.
How did you meet? My husband and I met while we were both in nursing school. We met our second semester in nursing school while studying with mutual friends. The relationship blossomed from study friends to everlasting love.
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our wedding was held at Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park. The location of our wedding was one of the most important to us. Piedmont Park has so much history to Atlanta, with fantastic skyline views and an intimate and romantic feel.
Was there a specific theme or style? We knew we wanted an intimate and romantic outdoor ceremony at sunset and reception with rustic elegance. Our venue was able to capture every emotion that we wanted to create for our guests and ourselves for that day.
What inspired the theme or style? Both Josh and I are laid back, so we knew right off the bat what we could eliminate from certain aspects of the planning process. We wanted the day to be filled with warmth, love, and elegant simplicity. We selected the colors, flowers, and music for our wedding based on that.
What were the playful twists that made your event unique? Our wedding favors were Chinese takeout boxes in craft material filled with candy. We inserted specialized thank you letters from our photographer that had our engagement pictures on them. They turned out fantastic!
Did you DIY any of the details? We DIY the table numbers. We got black picture frames from IKEA, and mailbox numbers from HomeDepot and nailed the numbers onto the frames with our engagement pictures in them. It was a unique way to have our table numbers displayed as well as our engagement pictures.
What was the most memorable moment? The most memorable moment for me was during dinner. My new husband and I looked out into our reception and were in awe that all of our closest family and friends had come to celebrate with us. It was an amazing feeling that everyone I hold dearest to me were all together in one beautifully decorated room filled with so much love.
Tell us about the food and desserts: During cocktail hour there were hand passed hors d’oeuvres ranging from tuna tartar to chicken salad on pita. The seated dinner was salad, followed by choice of fish, chicken, or beef with whipped mashed potatoes and asparagus. The cake was my favorite. There were three different layers, white cake with raspberry filling, white cake with nutella filling, and chocolate cake with butter cream filling. Amazing!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give your event? We had our DJ playing romantic acoustic guitar during the wedding and cocktail hour. During dinner it was an amazingly eclectic mix. I had multiple people come to me and say “Your DJ is playing some of the best songs. It is like they knew exactly what would be perfect to listen to at this moment.”
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be? Looking back on our wedding day there is not one single detail that I would change. I loved every single one of my vendors and was so impressed with each one of them. If I could go back to that day I would not change one single thing, other than making the day longer!
What was the best wedding advice you received? The best wedding advice I received was to savor every moment of the day, and that is exactly what I did. There were countless times during that day where I just looked in amazement that this day had finally come. After a year of planning I was going to marry my best friend and confidant.