There were rose petals scattered across the candlelit staircase as Amber made her way down to the long-awaited aisle and her proud groom. An intimate setting, the atmosphere at Atlanta wedding venue Summerour, from the courtyard to the wooden floors and elevated ceilings, was just what Amber and Jeremiah had dreamed of. The open architecture displayed the ceremony to the world outside as the couple said, “I do,” only a short while after a first look that quite literally took their breath away. The bride wore an open-back James Clifford gown with a chapel-length train adorned in lace and beading. Candlelight and rose petals lined the aisle, ending at an archway draped in fabric and strands of jewels — a scene of perfection amid the melodies of a string trio and the romantic patter of light rainfall outside. Guests entered the reception to find fresh cuts of lilacs, roses, sweet peas and more. Shades of eggplant and grey complimented carefully placed hot-air balloon decor, a nod to Amber and Jeremiah’s engagement. A three-tier cake and chocolate-covered strawberries topped off a delectable meal, and after much dancing and unforgettable revelry, the bride and groom exited to the waving of sparklers in the moonlight. This enchanting affair is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographers Anna and Spencer Photography!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
We met through mutual friends playing trivia at a local restaurant and bar. After weeks of spending time in the group we began dating, quickly became best friends, and then moved in together within a few months. After a short amount of time we both knew it was a love for a lifetime!
Now for the proposal…details!
Jeremiah was able to help me check off one of my top Bucket List items – a hot air balloon ride! At just over 3000 feet, he proposed amid the blue skies with a gorgeous 1-carat diamond engagement ring.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore a James Clifford strapless gown that had lace and beading with a chapel length train. I added buttons down the back to complete the romantic feel. My pearl and diamond necklace (lariat style that dropped down my open back) and earrings were accent by the pearl bracelet my groom-to-be had given me as a wedding gift. I also wore my grandmother’s wedding ring that was a vintage setting now set with a purple stone. I chose a comfortable pair of purple heels to match my bridesmaids dress color. I had a floral shaped hairpiece that accented my side-bun up-do. My veil was a single piece of chapel length fabric, waterfall cut with fine satin edging. My beautiful bridesmaids wore three different styles of Bill Levkoff floor-length plum dresses. We chose from a set of similar styles so each girl could choose her own dress that fit her shape and personality. The groom and groomsmen wore dark grey tuxedos. The men had a mantra for the day of “Keep Calm and Marry On” which must have worked because neither the bride or groom were nervous on the big day.
Where was the wedding?
We chose to have the event in nearby Atlanta for the convenience of our many out-of-state guests.We wanted a non-traditional venue that could be turned into a romantic personal setting. Summerour has a brick exterior with archways surrounding a front courtyard. The interior has hard-wood floors, an elevated ceiling and windows along the walls giving it an open and homey feel. We started the day off with a “first look” in the courtyard were Jeremiah and I were able to have a personal moment together before the days activities started. Although we originally did not want to see each other before the ceremony, we were so glad we decided to do a first look. It was perfect to have a private meeting and share the first minutes of our wedding day alone together.
Did you DIY any of the details?
As a gift to my groom, a fireman, I had a small ax engraved with our initials and wedding date. I gave it to him before the reception and we used it to cut the cake. Small personal details like that can truly make the wedding day special.
What was the most memorable moment?
For me, the most memorable moment was when I first stepped through the doorway to walk down the staircase and aisle to my soon-to-be husband. I was almost overwhelmed with emotion when I first saw him at the end of the aisle and hearing the music we’d chosen playing along with the rain. In that moment, it felt as though we were the only two people in the world.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Our decor provided a romantic feel with a variety of fresh picked flowers (lilac, garden roses, dahlia, sweet pea, tulips, ranunculus, etc.) in garden style arrangements. Since we got engaged on a hot air balloon, we used antique hot air balloon images to accent our decor (invitations, love quotes on cocktail tables, favor bags, bridal bouquet pin).
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We chose a buffet style dinner with traditional comfort foods to reflect our Midwest and Southern family roots. We had salads, stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, cheese filled tortellini and breads. For dessert, our caterer provided chocolate covered strawberries and our baker made a 3-tiered cake of three different flavors with butter cream icing. Even without fondant, our cake looked amazing and tasted great! We also served 3 flavors of cheesecakes which were cut into small pieces so guests could try any combination of flavors. To save on cost but still have variety, we had a set bar menu. We offered a white and red wine, two beers and two cocktails. The bar menu used the saying “something borrowed, something blue…” to name the beverage choices. For example, a lavender and vodka based cocktail was our “something new,” a whiskey based cocktail was “something old,” and Blue Moon beer was “something blue.”
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Instead of letting guests clink glasses to get the bride and groom to kiss, we placed “kissing menus” on each table. Guests could choose from several options including demonstrating a passionate kiss to be replicated, answering a trivia question about the bride or groom, or singing a love song. This gave the guests an interactive way to have fun during dinnertime. It was quite fun to see which guests would brave the audience to take one of these challenges and get us to kiss. During the reception, we also played the “shoe game” where we sat back to back each with one shoe from the bride and one from the groom. We’d answer questions (which we had not previously seen) by raising the shoe of the person we chose as the answer. The photographs of us and our guests from that time are hilarious, and we had a blast watching each other’s answers once we got our wedding video.
See Amber and Jeremiah’s wedding video from Imagine Video Productions!
Photography: Anna and Spencer Photography | Videography: Imagine Video Productions | Venue: Summerour Studio | Floral & Decor: Flowers by Holland | DJ: Lethal Rhythm Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Armonico Strings | Catering: Proof of the Pudding | Cake: Make it Cake Bakery and Catering | Hair & Makeup: Formal Faces | Bridal Gown & Bridal Party Attire: Bridals by Lori