Simple, classic, and peppered with fresh, fun twists, Elizabeth and Alex’s wedding in downtown Decatur, Georgia, was the perfect union of traditional style and modern flair! The celebration was held at the Old Courthouse on the Square, an historic building with pristine gray and white marble walls and large, arched windows. Elizabeth radiated a timeless beauty with her old Hollywood makeup, birdcage veil, and sleek white dress while Alex exuded a more contemporary feel with his bold, striped tie. The couple exchanged vows in the ballroom before 140 witnesses, after which the guests enjoyed cocktails in the lobby while the ballroom was transformed for a lovely reception. Fresh green herbs and sprinkles of white flowers adorned the tables, used as centerpieces and place cards that filled the room with a heavenly scent! But the most unique detail of all? The wedding “cheese” cake from Atlanta-based wedding caterer Endive, each layer a genuine wheel of cheese! Take in the charm of this unique affair with these images by Atlanta wedding photographer Flights of Fancy!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a dress. I went to Atlanta Bridal Outlet and found a great ruched a-line gown with a tulip neckline for only $500.! I loved that it laced up the back and had a little vintage feel with a slight train. I also knew I wanted straps (I didn’t want to pull my dress up all night!) I had a birdcage veil that I ordered of Etsy, which really complimented the dress. My shoes were sparkly gold flats from J. Crew. My bridal party wore pewter grey dresses from David’s Bridal. They had a Y neckline that complimented my dress as the inverse neckline. My sister (MOH) actually had to wear a different gown because she was about 6 months pregnant with twins! They wore champagne colored shoes and carried baby’s breath bouquets. I thought I would hate that were wearing different gowns, but you really don’t notice in the photos. The men were told to wear grey suits. We figured if they didn’t already have one, they could rent it or buy it and be able to wear it again. Alex found black and grey striped ties for each of them, so they were all coordinated.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Alex and I met while seniors in high school at a Georgia Tech prospective student weekend. We actually met on the tour. We both decided to go to GT and found ourselves on Freshman Council, a group of 30 freshman men and women. Though we knew each other all throughout college we didn’t start seriously dating until after Alex had graduated, just as I was about to graduate as well. We kept seeing each other out at our favorite places and one night Alex finally made the move. It was fate taking its course at the right time and place.
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
Our wedding took place in Decatur, GA at the Old Courthouse on the Square, and we were most inspired by the venue and my wedding dress. The building was so beautiful we tried to showcase the marble and keep all our colors very neutral and natural, using black, white, grey and metallic accents. The only color I wanted was green from the rosemary, herbs and leaves in the floral arrangements. We didn’t want black tie, but we definitely had a more formal affair that didn’t feel at all stuffy.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Our family helped us with all our flowers and decor. Alex loves to cook, so I knew I wanted herbs to be a big part of the florals. Alex’s aunt is an interior designer, and she made all the centerpieces and guests could take them home as their own little herb garden! She also did all our burlap runners and candles.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had such fun with the food. We had more creative passed apps that included mini thai tacos during our cocktail hour. The highlight for us was definitely our wedding cake, which wasn’t cake at all, but all wheels of cheese!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
Our DJ was amazing! He worked with us so much before the event. We had one vibe for cocktail hour music, more low key and hip playing our favorites like J. Roddy Walston and the Business. During dinner we had a more lounge feel with Sinatra and our favorite cooking music Louis Prima. Then we had early dancing music, which were classic songs that everyone loves and can dance to, then we transitioned to more current dance music including more Atlanta based artists. Our DJ really helped build the atmosphere for each part of our wedding celebration.
Catering: Endive | Wedding Coordinator: Erin from Stella Harper Events | Pianist: Diana Pand | DJ: Roof Raisers Inc. | Stationery: HeSawSparks | Venue: Old Courthouse on the Square | Photography: Cortni and Christine from Flights of Fancy | Hair & Makeup: Trio Hair and Makeup