There’s nothing quite like a Southern garden wedding. Unless, of course, that wedding is in a garden at the bride’s childhood home. Such was the case with Natalie and Hunter’s grand affair with family and friends in attendance, the tree-shaded venue adorned with blue hydrangeas and glittering sunshine. The reception followed at the Atlanta wedding venue Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown Atlanta, where silkscreen images of the ceremony garden decorated the walls. Flowers of pale pink, white, and ivory blossomed atop tables bedecked in vibrant green. Guests were treated to a seated dinner of pan seared beef tenderloin, artichoke stuffed chicken, mushroom and spinach strudel, whipped potatoes, and an array of other delectable side dishes. A white wedding cake filled with vanilla mousseline, raspberry marmalade, and topped with white chocolate buttercream icing was the crowning jewel of the dessert menu. Atlanta Party Band played to the crowd throughout the night, the energy high, the memories unending. Natalie and Hunter left the reception bound for two weeks in beautiful Greece. This charming occasions is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Libelle Photography!
Please give us an overview of the event.
Hunter and I were married in Atlanta, Georgia in the gardens of my childhood home (where my parents still live today). It was extremely special to say our vows in a place that means so much to me. Our reception followed at the Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown, where we danced the night away surrounded by family and friends.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Hunter and I met back in March 2006. We were both living in Washington, DC at the time and shared a mutual friend. Hunter threw a St. Patrick’s Day party and our friend brought me along. He won me over when he pulled me onto a nonexistent dance floor without a care in the world that all of his friends were watching.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My wedding gown was from Wedding Angels and the designer was Anaiss. The bridesmaids wore hydrangea blue dresses from J.Crew.
Now for the proposal…details!
We got engaged in April 2012, during our last DC weekend together. I was about to graduate from business school and Hunter and I had made plans to move to Atlanta together. We ate at one of our favorite DC lunch spots, Jetties, which is located next door the house where Hunter and I met for the first time. As we wandered back to his car, we stopped outside the house to reminisce about old times and Hunter proposed! I had absolutely no idea it was coming!! Even better, he had hired a photographer to capture the whole thing on camera!
Was there a specific theme or style?
If I had to pick a theme I would say it was a “Southern Garden Wedding”. Although our reception was inside, we did everything we could to bring the outside in and create the illusion that the entire event was at home.
Our smartest savings were on printed goods like our programs and the tags we tied to the bubbles people blew as we headed off at the end of the evening. We were able to find great deals for things like this on Etsy.com.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had a seated dinner that began with a spinach and endive salad with apples, blue cheese, toasted walnuts and a honey cider vinaigrette. For the main course, guests had a choice between pan seared beef tenderloin with white wine scallion butter, chicken stuffed with artichoke and sun dried tomatoes, or a vegetarian mushroom and spinach strudel with red pepper coulis. All entrees were accompanied by sauteed baby carrots, asparagus tips and yukon gold whipped potatoes. For dessert, we served the most delicious wedding cake I’ve ever tasted: white sponge cake filled with vanilla mousseline, raspberry marmalade, fresh strawberries and fresh raspberries with white chocolate buttercream icing.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
The best wedding advice I received was to take a moment just the two of us when we first arrived to the reception. Although I wish it had been even longer, I am so glad we got to spend a little bit of time taking everything in as a couple. I will never forget those first moments, sharing stories and reactions about the ceremony and celebrating the fact that we were officially husband and wife!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
The Atlanta Party Band was amazing!! We still get comments today about how they are the best band anyone has ever heard before. They stayed true to exactly what we wanted, barely playing a slow song all night and feeding off the crowd to keep all of our friends and family on the dance floor. I swear, if we hadn’t been forced to stop, people would have continued to dance until morning.
What was the most memorable moment?
My brother’s singing surprise would have to be my most memorable moment. He joined the band about halfway through the reception and sang “I Had the Time of My Life,” the theme song from one of my favorite childhood movies, Dirty Dancing. All of our friends and family rose to the occasion and began singing at the top of their lungs as he entertained us. He even jumped off the stage at one point to serenade Hunter and me. It was amazing!!
Venue, Catering & Cake: Piedmont Driving Club | Photography: Libelle Photography | Floral & Decor: Darryl Wiseman Flowers | Rentals: Reece Tents | Entertainment: Atlanta Party Band | Stationery: Paper Affair | Videography: WalkOnWater Productions | Hair & Makeup: Brushworx