Spring is officially here (although it’s not for certain with all the cold weather lately) which means the flowers are blooming and we can again enjoy picnics in the park. Matt and Danielle’s wedding at Piedmont Park may have taken place in the summer but is a great homage to springtime. With the pops of pink and orange throughout, their intimate ceremony was just the precursor to a fun and energetic party surrounded by the people that love them the most (and vice versa). So as you are putting away your winter wardrobe, warm up with this colorful wedding with photos by Kelly Lane Photography, a wedding photographer located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tell us how you met…
We met back in high school at a local pizza chain. Matt was a delivery driver and I showed him how to work the drive through window. Was it love at first sight? Probably not. But we both enjoyed each other’s company and after a few dates we were inseparable. Fast forward 11 years…and now we’re married!!
Now for the proposal… details!
Danielle: I was running in a big race that weekend and I was convinced that Matt was going to propose to me somewhere along the race route. I even called my sister on my way home from work to tell her that I thought it was going to happen. Turns out, I wasn’t that far off!! When I walked in the door of our apartment, all the lights were out. At first I was really confused, but then I noticed there were rose petals, candles, and photos of the two of us forming a path throughout our apartment. I followed the path, around the house to find Matt waiting at the end, down on one knee. It was absolutely perfect.
Matt: I had the ring for a number of weeks before the actual proposal. For some reason, I just woke up that Friday with an incredibly calm feeling of “this is when I want to do it”. I went out and printed the pictures and bought rose pedals. I grabbed the fire extinguisher….in case (although I didn’t test it, so who knows if it would have worked but I felt better with it out). She cried a lot (hopefully good tears) and couldn’t stop commenting on the ring. So, needless to say I felt like a champ.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I had always wanted something with a lot of sparkle and that’s exactly what I ended up with! I actually bought a dress of the rack and worked with a seamstress to transform it into my dream gown. It took quite a few fittings, but in the end it was perfect. In keeping with the color theme, my bridesmaids wore pink. Since it was an outdoor ceremony in the middle of summer, they wore knee length dresses to help keep cool and fun gold sandals.
Was there a specific theme or style?
The theme was really to have fun. The style was colorful – pink and orange color scheme. The weather was perfect, the location was inspiring, and the attendees were lively. They all created a great atmosphere that we knew we wanted to highlight.
What inspired the theme or style?
I’ve always loved bright, fun colors…and honestly what girl doesn’t love pink?!? We got married in August, which provided great weather for an outdoor ceremony. We have an amazing set of friends and a loving family, so we really just wanted to celebrate our marriage by having fun.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Matt and I wanted to do something different during the ceremony, so my dad came up with the idea of releasing balloons. Each balloon had a card attached with advice for us. When the balloons popped, someone would find them and place them in the mail. I honestly didn’t expect to get any back, but we actually got quite a few from as far as 60 miles away!
Did you DIY any of the details?
The table numbers were made from old photos of us, with each table representing a different year. The guestbook was a pink and orange scrapbook, where everyone took a Polaroid photo of themselves and wrote a little message to us. Also – the wedding programs were printed on individual fans for each of the guests to keep cool during the ceremony. The “Save the Dates” were created by Matt (thanks hubs!!). A friend of ours took the photos, while Matt learned the ins-and-outs of Photoshop and made really trendy, modern save the dates in the “photo booth” style.
What was the most memorable moment?
Matt and I decided to do a first look which was great and served two purposes. First, it decreased the time between ceremony and our friends. Second, it created a session that allowed Matt and I to actually relax and enjoy our day. After all, we are the main attraction and we should get to enjoy it!!!!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our food was absolutely delicious!! We choose all of my favorites – salmon and chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese – and perhaps a vegetable or two as well. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a tower of pink and orange cupcakes. Many complements were given to us, but it’s not like we cooked the food. Our caterer was amazing.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Sophisticated dance party morphed into a young, modern Piedmont club. It was fantastic and you could feel the electricity of people just letting go and having a good time.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I would have hired a videographer. Everyone told me I would want one and I thought it was a waste. Looking back, I would give anything to be able to see things from the perspective of our guests; the ceremony, our first dance, special moments like that.
Venue: Piedmont Park | Photographer: Kelly Lane Photography | Caterer: Endive Catering | Floral and Decor: Everything and More Events | DJ: Lethal Rhythms | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Day of Coordinator: Everything and More Events | Favors: WeddingKoozies.com | Transportation: Greene Classic Limousines