Silver moonlight shone down on Atlanta wedding venue Piedmont Park as Nancy and David prepared for the ceremony that would change their lives forever. The signing of the traditional Jewish marriage contract, the Ketubah, was a moment neither of them would forget as they committed themselves to one another before exchanging vows in front of their closest family and friends. The bride wore a Paloma Blanca ball gown with a lace sweetheart neckline, her elegant look perfectly offset by her bridesmaids’ gowns of soft grey in various styles by Alfred Sung. The reception took place in a ballroom near the park, decorated in vintage modern accents of grey and yellow. Guests signed advice for the bride and groom onto coasters before enjoying warm buttered crackers that waited for them as they found their seats. A dinner of salmon, beef tenderloin, and a variety of scrumptious courses were served, while Nancy and David enjoyed toasts by their most honored guests. The room danced the Hora after dinner and enjoyed bridal cupcakes with delicate toppers hand-pieced by the bride herself. The newlyweds exited to the cheering of family and friends, the smiling guests waving streamers of grey and yellow ribbons as Nancy and David passed. This night to remember is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Janet Howard Studio!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
David and I met when a mutual friend of ours took me to a poker game David was hosting. It wasn’t love at first sight. I honestly thought David was too good looking and I wasn’t interested. From what I know David’s first thoughts about me was that I had a nice butt. Anyway, David continued to host poker games and I continued to attend. We started hanging out after everyone left and about two months after the first poker game, David and I started dating.
Now for the proposal…details!
After David and I finished our respective graduate schools, we moved away from each other to start our first jobs, him to Charlotte and me to Washington D.C. We had a wedding to attend in the Atlanta area so we had planned to meet Friday night and then go to the wedding on Saturday. I actually arrived on Thursday and told David I didn’t want to see him if he arrived earlier on Friday because I was spending the day with my sister. Well my sister had told me she had a friend in town for a convention who could only hang out for a few minutes while he was packing in his hotel room. I wish I could say this made me suspicious but it didn’t. We arrived at the hotel room and knocked. When the door opened, my sister turned around and started walking away. I was so busy wondering what she was doing that I didn’t even notice David until he pulled me inside the room. He had lit about a hundred votive candles around the room and had spread out flower petals. I caught on pretty quickly after that. He proposed and I said of course.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore a beautiful Paloma Blanca ballgown with a full lace sweetheart neckline strapless top and simple skirt with lace trim and which had pockets! I wore a cathedral length veil with lace trim. My bridesmaids each chose their own dress from designer Alfred Sung in the quarry color. I didn’t want everyone to match and for each bridesmaid to be able to choose the style that best suited her. I think everyone looked great.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
I don’t think I received any wedding advice. Both my two older sisters and my brother had already had weddings so my mom is a pro and I had the experience of being involved in those weddings. Thus, we pretty much knew what had to get done and what was important to us.
What was the most memorable moment?
Looking back on the day, I can think of many moments that were wonderful. However, I think the most memorable moment was the signing of the Ketubah. In Jewish tradition, a couple is officially married after signing the Ketubah and it was really special to have that moment with our closest friends and family before saying our vows in front of a larger crowd.
Please give us an overview of the event.
It was in a beautiful building next to Piedmont Park. Since David and I are Jewish we couldn’t start the ceremony until after sundown so we decided to have a cocktail hour to start off the evening. While the cocktail hour was in full swing, David and I gathered with our family, wedding party and rabbi and signed the Ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract. Once the signing was complete, we had the wedding ceremony in front of all our guests. Then it was time to party! We started with a served dinner with toasts following dinner. After toasts, we got everyone onto the dance floor to dance the hora. We then continued to dance the night away with a brief break to “cut the cake” (or in our case unwrap a cupcake) and serve desert. We ended the night by exiting the building through a long hallway. Our guest waved yellow and grey ribbon wands at us.
Was there a specific theme or style?
When I was planning the wedding, I said the style was simple elegance with a hint of whimsy. I don’t think that is exactly how it turned out though. I think the style ended up being more vintage modern. In any case, there was no specific inspiration. It was more about me choosing things that I liked and from that the style grew organically.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes I did. I made the table numbers by buying fabric, ironing on numbers and stabling the fabric to frames, I made a card box by gluing fabric to a shoe box, I made ribbons wands for guests to wave during our exit (which guests actually grabbed early and also used for dancing), I made cupcake toppers by buying oversized confetti shaped as birds and taping the confetti to a toothpick, I made photo albums for guests to peruse: one of David’s life before he met me, one of my life before I met David, and one of us after we met, and my mom made the table runners.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
I think some of the twists included having cupcakes instead of a traditional tiered cake. I really wanted guests to have a choice in the type of cake they wanted so David and I decided it would be best to have cupcakes. Instead of using a tiered tower to display the cupcakes, we just used several different sized serving dishes that were places at different heights. I loved the way it turned out and the cupcakes were really tasty! We had three flavors: carrot cake (both David and my favorite cake flavor), lemon with a raspberry filling, and chocolate with a chocolate ganache filling. We also had the guests sign coasters instead of a guest book. The coaster said “Advice and well wishes for the Mr. and Mrs.” with lines for guests to write whatever they wanted. I loved reading everyone’s thoughts and now David and I have personalized coasters.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
We had a band, The Highballs, play at the reception and they really helped to keep the energy high. I told all my guests that if they wanted to find me, they could find me on the dance floor because that is where I would be all night. The Highballs helped me live up to that promise by playing great music well. They really kept everything flowing and were a big part in making the night so great.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I think one of the few regrets I have is not being able to talk to all my guests. We went around to the tables during dinner but just weren’t able to make it to everyone. Some of the older guest left right after dinner, and I wish I had made it more of a priority to go to their tables first.
Venue, Catering & Cupcakes: Piedmont Driving Club | Photography: Janet Howard Studio | Floral: Bloomin’ Bouquets | Band: The Highballs | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Coordinator: Stella Harper Events | Favors: Three Square | Hair: Robn Johnsen | Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry