It was a lovely summer’s eve in Atlanta when Beth, clad in a gown perfectly refined and romantic, was escorted down the aisle to become Mrs. Brad Wakstein. Held in the luxurious Atlanta wedding venue the Georgian Terrace Hotel, this wedding was the definition of elegance and sophistication, from the classic use of black tuxedos for groom and groomsmen to the delicate white roses that formed the wedding bouquets. A little less traditional were the black and gold bridesmaids dresses, which added just the right touch of modern chic to the celebration. Sip a glass of champagne as you peruse these pictures by Atlanta wedding photographer Artstar Photography.
Tell us how you met…
We met through Brad’s stepbrother who was with me and my girlfriends at a restaurant watching a Falcons game. Brad came up to meet his stepbrother and I was drawn to Brad’s good looks and humor! We soon met up again and never left eachother’s side.
Now for the proposal… details!
We were in Disney World in front of Cinderella’s castle getting our picture made by one of the Disney photographers. I thought we were done getting our pictures made and started to walk away and Brad asked the photographer if he could take one more, I turned back around and Brad was on one knee with a ring in his hand! The photographer captured about 15 more pictures of the entire proposal. We framed the pictures in sequence and they are hanging by our front door in our home.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
The wedding was fairly big. 150 guests is big to us. Filled with family and friends.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My wedding gown was off-white with lace overlay, the back was all lace and see through. It had capped sleeves with a plunging neck line.. It was a fitted dress and very classic. My bridesmaids wore a strapless gold and black gown. The groomsmen wore black tuxes with tails.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Wedding and reception at The Georgian Terrace. Wedding started at 6:30 pm.
Was there a specific theme or style?
No specific theme. The style was simple and classic.
What inspired the theme or style?
We don’t like flashy colors. We both are old souls that love more mature neutral colors….such as the ones in our wedding of off-white, antique gold and black.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had an interfaith wedding so we had both a minister and a Rabbi perform the wedding. I (Beth) am Christian (Church of Christ) and Brad is Jewish. The minister and Rabbi were both very humorous and had the guests laughing so hard during the ceremony. People still talk about our ceremony and how unique, funny and loving it was.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes, our wedding favors we made ourselves. They were mini champagne bottles with our picture on the front . We also made the place cards for the sit down dinner. I used different colored sticker gem stones to label which food plate the guests had. Example: a green gem stone sticker was the chicken plate, a blue gem stone sticker was the steak plate. They were so cute!
What was the most memorable moment?
The ceremony. Brad was saying his vows but kept looking at the Rabbi. The Rabbi said if he kept looking at him that they were going to be married instead of me and Brad! It was funny and lightened the nervousness of the day etc. We still laugh about it!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food was catered by the Georgian Terrace and it was delicious. Just like our wedding, we kept it simple. Chicken, steak and fish with fresh vegetables as the sides. It was very flavorful!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Our band, Mo Sol, was very entertaining. I always say that the band is very important in keeping the reception ALIVE and fun. The band was very engaging and played old songs and new aged songs and kept everyone up and dancing ALL night. Some guests even got on the stage and danced with the band!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
That our wedding lasted forever. We were so sad when it was over because we had so much fun! It was the best day of our lives!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Be in love but always remain each other’s best friend.
Venue: The Georgian Terrace | Photographer: Artstar Photography | Caterer: The Georgian Terrace | Makeup & Hair: Raney O’Keefe | Music: Mo Sol | Flowers: Chelsea Floral Designs | Event Coordinator/Wedding Planner: Dana Kicklighter with The Georgian Terrace | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | Rabbi: Steve Lebow | Minister: Rev. Jeremiah Okeefe-West