Classic, sophisticated, and filled with navy blue, Amy and Chuck’s wedding photos were quick to grab my attention! Chuck proposed to Amy on the porch of The St. Regis Atlanta — one of the places they visited on their very first date — and the two settled on a summer wedding for the end of June. The Atlanta History Center, a historic wedding venue in Atlanta, was the couple’s venue of choice, and with the invaluable help of planner Ashley Baber, the wedding was just as beautiful as Amy had always envisioned! The ceremony took place on the front lawn of the Swan House, the couple standing before the mansion’s majestic fountain as they said their I do’s before 300 witnesses. The Grand Overlook Ballroom housed the reception, a picture of loveliness with its navy and white linens and fresh centerpieces of peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Following a scrumptious feast served by Bold American Events, guests danced the night away to the energetic sound of the band 2nd Coming! The gorgeous photographs of this celebration are 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 in court! I was clerking for a judge (who was actually our officiant) and Chuck was trying a case in our courtroom (he is an Assistant District Attorney). After the trial, he asked me to lunch for “constructive criticism.” We started dating pretty much immediately.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
We got married in front of the Swan House. It was special because the officiant was my boss at the time, Judge Kell. We had over 300 attendants, and everyone there was someone special. Family and friends came from all over the country (and other countries) to be with us. We had large bridal parties — I think 11 on each side. The girls wore JCrew silk navy dresses and the men tuxes. The ceremony started at 6:30 pm. The groomsmen & bridesmaids went down the stairs and stood in front of the fountain, and my dad and I exited the top out of the house itself. It was an amazing view for me and my dad! The ceremony took place in front of the fountain and was short because it was HOT.
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
The setting really inspired it. The Atlanta History Center is breathtaking. We got married in front of the Swan House and had the reception in the Grand Overlook Ballroom — we just tried to go with the general theme of elegance that the History Center so naturally exudes. From there, it was a matter of picking what we liked and going with it. Julie at Unique Floral Expressions was amazing — I had a hard time articulating what I envisioned, but somehow she was able to translate for me and make it happen. I got so many compliments on the flowers. In addition, Ashley Baber & I really struggled with what to do with the Grand Overlook’s huge space. It is gorgeous but also is a blank canvas, yet, we didn’t want to have a “sea” of tables. So, we varied both the shapes and sizes of the table and the linens/florals and then added custom runners and napkins to finish the look.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I wish it could have been longer!
Venue: Atlanta History Center | Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Baber Weddings | Photography: Anna and Spencer Photography | Ceremony Music: Amadeus Strings | Floral: Unique Floral Expressions | Entertainment: 2nd Coming | Cake: Gabriel’s Weddings | Catering: Bold American Events | Linens: I Do Linens | Lighting: Unique Event Elements | Invitations: Paper Affair | Programs & Menu Cards: Paper Daisies | Calligraphy: Megan Holder | Videography: CMV Productions, Inc. | Wedding Dress: La Raine’s | Hair & Makeup: Formal Faces | Transportation: Cooper Atlanta