The Atlanta Botanical Garden, an Atlanta wedding and event venue, is a one of a kind venue known for its beauty and definitely one of my favorites. It also was the perfect venue for our couple, Nancy and Sam, who not only let the natural beauty of the gardens play a part in their wedding but also added their own personal touches. Daria MacGregor of Circle of Love Weddings provides us some insight into those personal touches along with some other details of this couples’ magical day. Take a trip down memory lane with photos by Atlanta wedding photographer Janet Howard Studio.
Nancy and Sam, well-known and highly placed executives in Atlanta, never expected a normal business luncheon to lead where it did. When Sam saw Nancy across the room, he was captivated by her smile and knew he had to meet this vivacious woman. Business lunches turned into dinners, and Sam and Nancy began to realize just how much they had in common. The quintessential Southern gentleman, Sam formally asked Nancy to date him and baked her a homemade blueberry pie. Unbeknownst to him, this is her very favorite food in the whole world! Nancy considered it a sign, and from there, their romance grew, culminating with a romantic proposal by moonlight on a bridge, as Sam serenaded Nancy with ‘Fly Me To The Moon.’
Wanting a non-traditional wedding (both had been married previously), they looked to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, one of Atlanta’s most high-end and popular wedding venues. As Sam was a founding trustee of the Garden, the Trustees Garden was the natural choice for their intimate, personalized ceremony. Their officiant was a business associate of Sam’s, and they loved how he spent time with them, getting to know them and helping them to create the perfect ceremony. They wrote their own vows, Nancy carefully chose the music, and she honored her late mother by wearing a butterfly pin on her sash. One of Nancy’s favorite moments from the day was the recessional, when the two of them danced up the aisle and the guests spontaneously joined them in a joyful few moments of dancing, clapping and cheering. The loving, celebratory energy in the space was magical.
Their cocktail-style reception took place not in the Garden’s traditional ballroom space, but in the amazingly transformed Visitors Center (which had never hosted a wedding reception). The décor was extremely important to Nancy, and her color scheme of lime green and aubergine (chosen before the venue was finalized) just happened to complement the hanging Chihuly sculpture that is the centerpiece of the space. The Savage Garden ordered specialty orchids and custom-made linens for each table. Another of Nancy’s favorite moments was viewing the room before guests were invited in. She recalls that the gorgeous design “took her breath away” because it was exactly as she had envisioned, if not better. On this perfect fall evening, the indoor/outdoor, multi-level space enticed guests to mix and mingle as they danced to the big band sound of local favorite Kingsized. Highlights of the food stations included macaroni and cheese served in individual iron skillets, and A Divine Event’s signature dessert bar concept: “Sticks, Spoons and Shooters,” complete with custom-designed mini blueberry pie pops. Creating a comfortable event for their family and friends was a priority from the start, and the unique set-up ensured that their wish came true.
Nancy says that one of her favorite parts of the planning was working with her wedding planner to build a fabulous vendor team. The planning process was a “collaborative partnership,” and she loved how everyone worked together to bring the wedding vision to life. From their choreographed first dance (to ‘Fly Me To The Moon’), to their grand departure in the Ramblin’ Reck from Georgia Tech, it was a magical evening, with a centerpiece of, what else? A blueberry pie, of course!
Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden | Wedding Planner: Circle of Love Weddings | Photographer: Janet Howard Studio | Décor: The Savage Garden | Caterer: A Divine Event | Band: Kingsized ~ http://www.kingsized.biz