When Adam and Caroline exchanged vows at Atlanta wedding venue the Biltmore Ballrooms, the glamour and elegance of the affair was enough to make your heart ache with happiness. The historic walls glowed with warm light that kissed the wispy flowers atop sparkling tables and in Caroline’s bouquet. The couple met in college despite spending their entire lives within two miles of one another. When he overheard her telling a girlfriend that she couldn’t find a good date, he told Caroline he could fix that for her. And so he did. Caroline vowed her love wearing a mermaid inspired vintage style gown of ivory and champagne. Needless to say, the chapel train glistened all the way down the aisle. Following the ceremony, guests entered the reception to find gourmet hors d’oeuvres and buffet food stations to satisfy nearly any craving. The energy took off following dinner with tunes by Joel with Lethal Rhythms. Everyone danced the night away before cheering the newlyweds off to their honeymoon and happily ever after. This warm and classy winter wedding was captured by Chattanooga wedding photographer Garrett Nudd Photography!
Now for the proposal…details!
We joke that we have the least eventful proposal story ever! Per Adam, “Well, my original plan of attack was this: secure the ring, develop and coordinate an elaborate proposal scheme, execute the plan, be engaged. What actually happened was: secure the ring, see Caroline, freak out because I have an engagement ring and therefore cannot act normal and offer ring to Caroline immediately. Luckily, she said yes.” We celebrated by cracking open two PBRs (no champagne in the fridge) and toasting each other. Life is funny.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
It wasn’t hard for me to find a wedding dress, I was pretty clear on what I wanted. I choose a vintage style, mermaid shaped, lacy beaded gown in ivory and champagne that had a chapel train. I loved the classic shape and look. My shoes were Kate Spade confetti pumps. Once I saw them in the store I was a goner. My girls wore long strapless dresses in a latte color. My little flower girls were the absolute cutest! I had custom dresses made on Etsy that were all gold satin and tulle. The vendor actually sent little tiaras to go with their gold tutu dresses.
What was the most memorable moment?
After we were pronounced husband and wife the acoustic trio started playing, “Sweet Caroline” as a recessional. As we walked back down the aisle, all of our guests joined in and sang along on the “buhm buhm buhm. So good, so good!” That was such a happy joyous moment, for us!
Was there a specific theme or style?
We got engaged in December. One particularly cold night we were attending a holiday party at a country club that had a huge fireplace with a rolling fire its ballroom. I loved the way the fire made the room feel . I thought that we could achieve a similar warm, glowing feeling through the use of candlelight, uplighting, neutral colors and metallic elements.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had several passed hors d’oeuvres ranging from grape rolled in blue cheese and crushed pistachio to mini angus cheeseburger sliders. We had three buffet food stations including a speciality station that served individual macaroni and cheese’s that could be topped with crispy fried chicken bites, ‘French-fried’ onion rings, crumbled bacon, hot sauce, scallions and tomatoes. I really wanted the cake to be a show stopper. Sharon at Sweet Sensations helped me design a small, three tier cake that had two metallic gold layers and a middle “lace” layer. She and her team decorated the middle layer of the cake to match the lace from my wedding gown. Oh… and each of the three different flavors were incredible!
…the small stuff. Which is hard because everything thing feels big and important as you are planning. There were minute decisions that I agonized over…seating chart or open seating… crab fritter or slider…Arial or Helvetica…Aunt Susie or random cousin? At the end of the day, the purpose of the event is to celebrate your marriage and as long as your event is a true celebration of your union, nothing else matters.
Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms | Caterer: Affairs to Remember | Photographer: Garrett Nudd Photography | Floral & Decor: Bold American Design | Rental Equipment: Bold American Design | DJ: Lethal Rhythms | Stationery: Megan Skelton & Paper Daisies | Event Planner: Ashley Baber Weddings | Favors: Peekaboo Photobooth | Cakes: Sweet Sensations | Hair & Makeup: Aura Hair & Makeup | Dress: Bel Fiore | Shoes: Kate Spade | Tuxedos: Savvi Formal Wear