The inspiration behind Maxwell and Ayana’s contemporary rooftop wedding came all the way from Los Angeles and those fabulous Hollywood Hills. It should come as no surprise then, that from the ceremony to the reception to the unbelievable getaway — the affair was filled with glamour, drama and plenty of reasons to party! As guests arrived to the city-chic downtown Atlanta wedding venue Ventanas, they posed for a paparazzi style shot in front of the couple’s signature step and repeat. Once seated for the rooftop ceremony, Ayana made her grand entrance down a spiral staircase and joined her groom at the covered altar where they exchanged heartfelt vows together. Despite Maxwell and Ayana’s dramatic ceremony, the fun and excitement for guests had only just begun. For the bride and groom, their first dance together — an Argentine tango — was both one of their favorite moments and also the official kick off to an amazing night. The new Mr. and Mrs. Baker left their magical reception with as much flair as it began, taking their love to new heights in a helicopter sendoff! After their own private tour of the city lights, the couple spent their honeymoon exploring Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Images by Atlanta wedding photographer Shawna Herring Photography.
When Ayana went looking for her wedding dress, she knew that she wanted a gown as customized and unique as the ceremony and reception she and her fiancee were planning. She found her dream dress at Bridals by Lori: a strapless fit to flare number with a sweetheart neckline and slightly gathered waist. It was the addition of a simple beaded bust detail and handmade silk flowers that completed the look and made Ayana feel “like a supermodel!”
This feature was such a perfect example of taking a color and running with it in your event design. Everything from her shoes, to the amazing florals from Edge Design Group, to the programs and place settings — magenta was front and center, creating a beautiful, memorable wedding and reception! Well done!
Both Maxwell and Ayana wanted to avoid sending their guests home with a favor that would end up being thrown away or living in a junk drawer so, they opted for a sweet treat instead. Individually packaged cupcakes from Sweet Cheats were offered in the bride and groom’s favorite flavor.
Baker’s Man Inc. went all out on the bride and groom’s signature cake, alternating layers of white chocolate cake with almond toffee chocolate ganache and almond cake with swiss raspberry buttercream. Holy sugar high! Modern square layers and bold magenta accent ribbons carried the day’s modern and chic vibe into the reception.
Venue: Ventanas | Caterer: A Divine Event | Photography: Shawna Herring Photography | Floral and Decor: Edge Design Group | Rental Equipment: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Tre “TruSki” Peterson | Vocalist: Kyle Williams | Stationery: Papered Wonders | Event Planner: F&G Weddings | Videographer: Three Ring Media | Favors: Sweet Cheats, Kent’s Country Cookies | Transportation: Prestige Helicopters | Cake: Baker’s Man Inc. | Linens: BBJ Linens