Church ceremony and Atlanta wedding venue The Biltmore Ballrooms reception were every bit the tradition, class and old-world elegance that the couple had hoped for. Choosing a black and white color scheme accented by silver and gold, Morgan and Eric — along with floral and event designer Britt Wood — focused on designing details that would make their wedding weekend truly memorable. Following an intimate, traditional ceremony at Peachtree Christian Church, friends and family joined the happy couple at the Biltmore Ballrooms for an evening of — as Morgan put it — “the perfect cross between southern charm and sheer elegance.” May we add, old-world glamour? Hundreds of candles and romantic white flowers of all heights filled the baroque style ballroom with its crystal chandeliers and grand ceilings. Keeping in tradition with the reception venue’s historical charm, Morgan and Eric hired DJ Chris Hall to incorporate the original vibe of the Biltmore into the evening: A big band and jazz set during dinner, while subtly transitioning to more current favorites as the celebrating went on into the night. As the evening came to a close, Morgan and Eric got away in a 1942 Packard complete with a banner signed by friends and family. For their first week as husband and wife, the couple traveled to St. Thomas to snorkel, relax, and soak in the bliss of their beautiful wedding and new lives together. Images by Atlanta wedding photographer Janet Howard Studio.
“We had the great fortune of being introduced to Dennis Dean Catering and their incredible sales manager Shelby McMichael,” said Morgan. “Shelby was king, efficient and so helpful in planning our event. She was able to transform our selective tastes into a meal everyone could enjoy!”
“Our reception [at] the Biltmore Ballrooms, which has been part of Atlanta’s social scene since 1924, was perfect for us,” said Morgan. “With its beautiful handcrafted ceilings, baroque style columns and crystal chandelier, the Georgian room was the perfect cross between southern charm and sheer elegance.”
In lieu of individual favors, Eric and Morgan decided to contribute to a cause that was near and dear to them. “Our pastor, Johnathan Golden, owns Land of a Thousand Hills coffee company, who, along with many things, sponsors orphan children of the Rwandan genocide. We felt incredibly blessed to be able to give to this great need on behalf of our guests,” said Morgan.
“One of my favorite details was our cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes,” said Morgan. “Mark Lotti’s unbelievable artistry created the perfect replication of my wedding gown. Not only was it beautiful to look at, but it was delicious to eat! Everyone complimented us on how beautiful and tasty the cake was. We were thrilled!”
Venue: Biltmore Ballrooms | Church: Peachtree Christian Church | Caterer: Dennis Dean Catering | Photographer: Janet Howard Studio | Floral: Britt Wood | DJ: Absolute Entertainment | Ceremony Musicians: Atlanta Symphony Players | Stationery: Marguerite Peele Papers | Event Planner: Elegant Weddings and Affairs | Videographer: Evolution Video | Transportation: Cooper Atlanta | Cakes: Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes