Sleek. Stylish. Stunning. Arisika and Karahn’s evening wedding at Atlanta wedding venue Summerour Studio was everything a city wedding should be. It all began a few hours before the ceremony. Clad in dresses of bright, bold fuchsia, Arisika’s bridesmaids could not hide their smiles as they helped her get ready for the big day, the bride emanating the timeless glamour of Old Hollywood in her glossy gown of satin. Guests seated in gold chiavari chairs rose to their feet as the star of the ceremony made her grand entrance down a wooden staircase, the sight of her gluing a smile to Karahn’s face. Vows to love and cherish forever were exchanged, and the newlyweds ventured outdoors for more photos while their guests entered a space of pink and navy wonder, lights sparkling, candles gleaming amid soft floral arrangements on tables draped in silk. Following a meal and desserts from some of Atlanta’s most reputable vendors, a dance party ensued, only ending hours later with the departure of the bride and groom in the enchanting glow of sparklers! Photos brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Paperlily Photography!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Karahn and I met winter of 2008 in the flatlands of Oklahoma City during a training. It was love at first sight in that I was walking up a flight of stairs as he was walking down. We locked eyes for about 10 seconds and I remember thinking that he was obviously interested in me. A few days later, we saw each other again and exchanged contact information. While living and training in Oklahoma for two months , we became close friends and decided to keep in touch once he returned to Philly and I started my new job in Charlotte. After several trips to see each other, we decided to invest in a long distance relationship. Two years later, we both moved to Washington DC to be together.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I really wanted to wear a simple dress that was classic/timeless. I didn’t want to look back at pictures thirty years later and my wedding looked aged. After searching high and low for a dress, I found my Elizabeth Fillmore dress at Hannelore’s in Old Town Alexandria. Immediately I fell in love because it reminded me of “Old Hollywood glamour”; a look that never gets old. My bridesmaid dresses: My bridesmaids and I met in NewYork for the weekend to find their dresses. My main goal was to find a dress that accentuated their curves, complemented my theme/dress, and looked great at night. I decided on a bright pink/fuchsia because I knew that the color would like nice on the girls. We chose Jim Hjelm gown from RK Bridal in Manhattan. The groomsmen wore tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse. Karahn wore a Hugo Boss Tuxedo.
Now for the proposal…details!
It was an extremely cold night in Washington DC, and we were preparing to go ice skating and a dinner. The entire night Karahn was acting strange in which he kept fidgeting and constantly touching his pocket. After waiting for two hours in the frigid temperatures, we decided to forego ice skating and walk to the restaurant. Along the way, we decided to walk up the stairs of the National Archives Museum because the columns and arches just looked so romantic. We were laughing and pretending to ice skate. Karahn then got down on one knee and proceeded to ask “the question”; however he was so nervous that he kept saying (probably about five times) “i love you so much”. After the fifth time, he then pulled out the ring I was obsessing over and asked me to marry him.
Please give us an overview of the event.
The evening of Thursday, September 27th 2012 was a perfect night for a wedding. The colors of the wedding were navy and bright pink (fuchsia).
Was there a specific theme or style?
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our food was catered by Bold America Catering group. We wanted our wedding to be very comfortable and informal; therefore we decided to have a buffet style reception after the cocktail hour in the courtyard. The main dishes were salmon, morsels of steak ( I don’t remember), perhaps a chicken dish, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Desserts included The Varsity Peach Pies, Cami Cake Cupcakes, Lemon Bars and other assortments from Highland Bakery, and Sweet Cheats.
What was the most memorable moment?
The dance battles in the middle of the floor.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Add more time to the father-daughter dance. I was so adamant about getting the “party” of the wedding started that I didn’t get to truly enjoy the father-daughter dance.
Venue: Summerour Studio | Catering: Bold American Events | Photography: Paperlily Photography | Planning & Design: Jade Lee Events | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery and The Mint Stationary | DJ: Mark Battle with One Sound and Entertainment | Desserts: Sweet Cheats, CamiCakes Cupcakes, The Varisty, Highland Bakery