Ahh, young love. It is such a beautiful and sweet thing. Typically it doesn’t last, but you always have fond memories. While it would be great to marry your high school sweetheart, it is even better when you are reunited with them and rediscover that you were meant to be all along. That is the story of Brandy and Grant. Their love transcended 10 years and they both realized when you know you just know. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to our high school days with this sweet couple and photographs by Atlanta wedding photographer, Esther JuLee Photography.
Tell us how you met…
Grant and I were high school sweethearts. We broke up before college, but stayed in touch a couple times a year. Almost 10 years later, we started hanging out again and quickly knew that we had “re-found” our soulmate!
Now for the proposal… details!
Grant took me to our favorite restaurant Aria. The hostess took us down to their private wine cellar (which I had no idea even existed!) and there were rose petals on the floor, pictures of us strung on the walls, and candles everywhere! He got down on one knee after an amazing speech and of course I said yes! After dinner, he took me to where we had our first date, The Mansion, and our family and close friends were there to surprise me! We celebrated well into the night.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Our wedding was at Summerour Studio in Atlanta. The venue is absolutely gorgeous! Our main goal was to show our guests an amazing time!
Was there a specific theme or style?
Our theme was casual elegance. We had more formal touches, such as the wedding party’s attire, sit down dinner, etc., meeting more casual touches such as lawn games and flip flops for the guests. We really wanted our guests to feel comfortable, while keeping a sophisticated feel in the air.
What inspired the theme or style?
Our theme was inspired by a combination of our personalities and the linens we chose. Our linens were a rich shade of shimmering burlap, which perfectly combined casual meeting elegance.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
We felt our wedding was the perfect size. It was small enough to have an intimate feel, but large enough that people were comfortable to let loose on the dance floor.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had lawn games during our cocktail hour. Guests could play cornhole, washers, and ring on a string while sipping on our signature drink–an Arnold Palmer cocktail. We also had a photo booth that everyone loved–many of our guests brought out the props to the photo booth out on the dance floor which made for some entertaining times!
Did you DIY any of the details?
We DIYed many of our details. We built a set of UGA cornhole boards for our guests to use during cocktail hour. We made beaded place cards that hung from small trees my florist crafted at our entry table. We also built and painted signs that pointed directions to our cocktail hour and games. We wrapped pairs of flip flops with straps of burlap, and place them in a bucket with a cute sign for our guests to use when their feet started to hurt!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I wore a mermaid Kenneth Pool dress with a beaded embellishment underneath the chest. My bridesmaids wore 2 different styles of charcoal Bari Jay dresses, which made our colorful flowers pop. The groomsmen wore tuxes from Black Tie by Lori that incorporated the charcoal of the bridesmaid dresses.
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was our first look. Once I saw Grant, the stress of the day immediately dissipated and I was filled with such intense happiness that lasted the entire night!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had delicious food catered by Endive. The first course was grits and shrimp, followed by ribeye with fingerling potatoes. We also had spoons of creme burlee and chocolate filled strawberries for desssert. We had a strawberry wedding cake that was created by Cecilia’s Cakes…so many people throughout the night commented on how this was the best cake they’ve ever had!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Our band was AMAZING!!! Everyone was on the dance floor the entire night! We definitely had a “party” atmosphere…we even had to send our wedding planner out to buy more alcohol (even though we had already ordered more than double the recommended amount!)
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
That it happened only once! Nothing will ever be perfect, but there is absolutely nothing I would change—it was the greatest day of our lives!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Get a wedding planner and videographer! A day-of coordinator really made my life so much easier–I can’t imagine how stressed out I’d be if I had to handle all the issues that arose on my own! Also, we are in love with our wedding videos. I still cry whenever I watch them!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Summerour Studio | Photographer: Esther JuLee Photography | Videographer: Siegel Films | Wedding Day Coordinator: Atlanta Event Studio | Caterer: Endive | Invitations & Menus: A Darling Day | Linens: Party Tables | Make up artist: Makeup by Carime | Hair stylist: Rod Lawson at Van Michael Buckhead | Florist: Mimi Walden | Cake: Cecilia’s Cakes | DJ/Band: The Ruckus | Favors: photo strips from Southern Nights Photo Booths | Cocktail Hour Lawn Games: Come Together Games & DIY