From the moment Allison took her first step down the aisle, she knew nothing would ever be the same. Wearing a stunning gown adorned in jeweled accents and rosette clusters, the bride had made sure to honor her family heritage with jewelry from her grandmother and mother lovingly placed in her bouquet. She and Scott exchanged their vows with a traditional ceremony before leading their guests in a two-block wedding march right up the center of Peachtree Street and into the opulent Atlanta wedding venue The Georgian Terrace. The ballroom, decorated in tones of soft blush and shades of champagne and gold, lent an heir of romantic elegance to the already splendid atmosphere while guests arrived to enjoy cocktails named for the bride and groom. Celebration ensued as Allison and Scotts surprised everyone by dancing the rumba to their favorite song, and a three-course dinner was served to the tune of a live band playing classic standards. It was an unforgettable party, enjoyed literally to the last drop as guests were offered Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and coffee to top off the evening. This city celebration is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Jessica Williams Studio!
Please give us an overview of the event.
We started the day getting ready at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, then met at the Lutheran Redeemer Church. The ceremony was at 5pm followed by the wedding march down Peachtree Street to the Georgian Terrace Hotel. We enjoyed 5 hours of great food, family and fun. Every time our guests turned around, there was something else to ‘wow’ them….we started the party with a parade and ended it with sparklers…both on Peachtree Street!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My dress was “Sabelle” by Maggie Sottero. When I first saw it, I was drawn to the “drama’ of the look. I loved the slimming effect of the dropped waist and the lace detail offset at the bottom. It was diamond white, with a strapless sweetheart neckline and jewel accents with rosette clusters. It had a pickup skirt with flowers over beaded lace on the bottom and a corset bodice. I partnered it with a simple cathedral length veil and blusher, over a jeweled hair clip. I wore crystal earrings and a matching necklace and bracelet, all from my late grandmother (mama). My bouquet was adorned with brooches from my mother, two grandmothers, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother! My favorite accessory was my Papa’s (late grandfather) hankercheif which was incorporated into the stem of my flowers. The groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos, Calvin Klein, with bowties and checkerboard socks! The bridesmaids wore floor length taffeta dresses in baby pink with empire waists and a single, large, off set rosette.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
During the big day, don’t worry about anyone but yourself and your fiance. Don’t worry about your guests or any of the many details. That is why you spend all of that time before the wedding, planning. Soak it up and enjoy each of your friends and family, most importantly, enjoy each other.
What was the most memorable moment?
If you ask our guests, I’m sure they would say the parade from Church to our reception venue. We told our guests they would be leaving their cars at church and walking with us, two blocks, to the Georgian Terrace. We did not tell them, however, exactly where we would be walking! A close friend of ours was able to shut down Peachtree Street so we could parade down the street. We originally were thinking we would do a New Orleans style second line, though we couldn’t find the band members to lead us. Through an odd twist of fate, we found a local school band director who was willing to help us. The entire drum line offered to help and lead us to our party. Following our ceremony, the guests were asked to wait outside while we took some quick pictures. At this time, the drumline was on a side street, warming up. While we finished up in church, the drumline was “idling” with a low hum. Some told us they thought it was a bunch of motorcycles, while most were just confused. When we finished pictures, the drumline was signaled, they perked up and started drumming down the street. We followed behind them, and 170 surprised guests behind us! My bridesmaids dropped white rose petals and we marched down Peachtree Street, the busiest street in Atlanta, in our very own wedding parade! When we got to the Georgian Terrace, which happens to be across from the Fox Theater, the drumline stopped and put on a show. We snapped some amazing photos and everyone marched into cocktail hour.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
As a resident, I had to complete a surgery rotation to finish requirements. Myself and three co-residents had to split up between two very different options, In order to decide who got the “easy” rotation and who had to endure the “hard” one, we did what any kid would do….we drew out of a hat! So who did I pick?! The hard rotation….and I dreaded the 20 hour days until it began!! We had to report and be finished rounding on patients by 6am on the first day. There I was, anxiously awaiting my month long sentence at 5:55am. As the clock turned closer to 6am, two medical students hurried around the corner as not to be late. They briefly said hello then continued to finish their patient notes. One of those students happened to be quite handsome, and introduced himself as Scott. From the moment I looked at him, I knew there was something special about him. I was very intrigued! Over the next 4 weeks we spent about 20 hours of each day together seeing patients, doing surgery…and flirting! We even got stuck in one of Atlanta’s very rare snow storms together! From that month forward, we’ve been pretty much inseparable! I picked him out of a hat!
Was there a specific theme or style?
Romantic with soft hues of blush and champagne. Like many brides, I searched many magazines for ideas and inspiration. Every time I came across blush or mauve tones matched with champagne or gold, I found them to be both beautiful and romantic. I collected many pictures and pins, and shared them with my florist who helped transform my dream into reality. Other than romantic, we just wanted a big party! We wanted everyone to have a good time and have to be asked to leave at the end!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Cocktail hour featured passed hors’deuerves including sea scallops with ponzu dipping sauce, tuna tartar on fried won tons with wasabi aioli, fresh mozzarella skewers, pulled pork on mini buttermilk biscuits and lobster bisque shooters. We added blinking lights to blush champagne, creating a very pretty and unique toast, that matched our pink / blush tones. We offered a “Stinsontini” drink (Stinson is Scott’s last name and my new name!), infusing our blush and gold theme, using pink lemonade, vodka and gold sugar rimmed glasses. The family named drink was truly a hit during the cocktail hour. First Course was a Maryland style crab cake with bibb lettuce salad and grain mustard dressing. Main Course was the option between Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Pepper Veloute or Petite Filet and Grilled Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce. Desserts included wedding cake, grooms cake, and liquor infused fruit.
A big splurge was the grooms cake. I knew I wanted to surprise my husband with his dog, in cake form. I also knew that 3 dimensional animals can be very difficult to create. I went through about 10 bakeries until I found what I was hoping for….and wow! did they do a good job. They recreated a picture I sent them and the cake turned out to be very life-like. It was a huge hit! My husband was so surprised and he absolutely loved it. Our guests couldn’t take enough pictures of the grooms cake….I think it even landed on more facebook pages than any part of the wedding! (It even tasted great.)
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
After going to many weddings….and after being in many weddings, we realized how important the band or DJ is to the atmosphere. We both agreed we wanted a lively band that could keep our guests dancing until the last song. We wanted to pull every last wallflower out of their seat and onto the dance floor with us. We saw our wedding as a celebration and truly wanted to share that with our friends and family. After reading what felt like hundreds of reviews online, we picked the Moxie Band. And boy are we glad we did!! They were absolutely perfect for our celebration. We requested classic Sinatra style music during dinner followed by high energy dance songs for the party. Knowing we wouldn’t eat during the wedding, we chose to greet and thank our guests during the dinner hour. As we rounded the tables and as dinner was ending, we looked up and noticed the dance floor was already packed! To our surprise, those who finished dinner were already up and dancing! The band was high energy and sounded great. I can remember my maid of honor saying, “wow, they just played Lady Gaga…and nailed it!” They played the songs we requested and were gracious enough to share the stage with Scotts dad! Just like the reviews said, our guests commented over and over, on how great the band was!! I think choosing a DJ or a Band is crucial to the overall atmosphere and energy of a wedding….choose wisely! To our delight, our last song of the night was met with a packed, and worn out, dance floor!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Do it again…..and again!! And my hair. Unfortunately it was so humid that day in Atlanta..and my curls fell before dinner. I would have expected it to bother me more, but I was having such a wonderful time with friends and family, I knew it didn’t matter!
Venue: The Georgian Terrace | Catering: Livingston Restaurant + Bar | Photography: Jessica Williams Studio | Floral & Deor: La Petite Fleur | Linens: I Do Linens | Band: The Moxie Band | Stationery: Especially Yours Design | Event Planner: Dana Kicklighter of The Georgian Terrace | Videography: The Pros | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | Grooms Cake: Highland Bakery | Drumline: Newton County High School, Georgia | Street Closing: Randall Fox