BRIDES Atlanta: 4 Gorgeous Venues for Your Garden Party Bridal Shower

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Sep 192016
 

Your love has gotten down on one knee and popped the big question. You've booked the date, and your gown is almost ready to go. Now it's time to get the celebrations started!
When your loved ones are planning your bridal shower, we can think of nothing more spectacular than being surrounded by your favorite guys and gals to celebrate in the gorgeous Georgia sunshine. With lush greenery, delicious menus, and flowers surrounding your group, these venues will put any Atlanta bride at ease and — allowing you a moment to feel excited for what's to come in the midst of your planning. Each venue will feel far away from it all, while staying close to home.

Wahoo! Grill
The large, manicured, cottage-style garden at Wahoo! Grill is an ideal venue, no matter your budget or time of year. In the warmer months, the blooming flowers and lush landscape mean that no decorations are necessary for the space to feel full of beauty. In the colder months, a glass-enclosed room offers an evergreen backdrop, meaning that you can feel close to nature from the comfort of the indoors. When you book your bridal shower with the team, they will send you a checklist and will follow up regularly to ensure that every detail is taken care of to make the event one to remember.

Canoe
While Canoe is host to a wide variety of spaces within the venue, one favorite locale for a garden bridal shower is their secluded, covered patio. With space for 15-20 guests, your intimate bridal shower will be hosted overlooking acres of private gardens with a unique, calming view of the Chattahoochee River in the background. The food is made fresh with local ingredients daily, making their seasonal menu extra delicious with a little southern flare. The wonderful staff at Canoe will even customize a limited menu for you and your guests to enjoy, complete with your names and date published on the top. This customized, picturesque venue would be a delightful start to your wedding festivities and will keep your guests excited about the celebrations to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

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JCT. Kitchen & Bar
JCT. Kitchen & Bar hosts a warm, inviting space that is a mixture of both tradition and trend. After walking through the historic indoor space, with original floors, exposed beams, vintage chairs, and a classic horseshoe-shaped bar, you will find yourself on their beautiful covered patio overlooking their lush courtyard. Set as a banquet table, you and your guests will feel instantly like family. Focusing on local, nutritious menu items, such as a delectable shrimp & avocado salad. However, the entire party will appreciate the taste of fun, southern flare delivered with every dish. Read real brides' reviews here!

Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails
Milton's acre can actually be described as a large, literally acre-size garden. Hosting your bridal shower in the space where much of your food is actually grown will make you feel like you're relaxing in peaceful wine country. Just a short walk from the restaurant itself, Milton's suggests using their farm tables (seat up to 30, but you may bring in more if necessary) and serving their delicious, on-site grown food family style to create a comfortable ambiance in the heart of the city. As the Georgia sun shines down on you and your guests while you eat and catch up amongst the vines of vegetables, it will be easy to separate yourself from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Read real brides' reviews here!

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A Romantic French-Inspired Wedding in the Heart of Atlanta

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Sep 132016
 
A French-Inspired Wedding in Atlanta, Bride and Groom Portrait by Water

Photo: Sawyer Baird

When you find the person you want to spend your life with, forever can't start soon enough. That's how Kristin and Cody felt when they first met, spending hours talking over Italian food after meeting on Match.com. Says Kristin, "It felt like we'd known each other for years." Instead of waiting for years, the pair got engaged in December of 2014, just eight months after their first date. "Cody took me to Wolf Mountain Vineyards, which is where he first told me he loved me," Kristin remembers. "I thought it was a double date, but the other couple conveniently canceled. After a wine tasting, Cody and I went outside to take a picture, and he got down on one knee."

They jumped right into wedding planning, hiring Chancey Charm to help them create an intimate dinner party vibe at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, a 1920s printing warehouse with a part loft, part lush garden feel. With 110 guests in tow, on September 13, 2015, Cody and Kristin added another chapter to their whirlwind romance: A gorgeous fall wedding with city skyline views. Check it out, photographed by Sawyer Baird, below!

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The invitation suite boasted a soft mauve and lavender color scheme, with a wreath of flowers around the edges.

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Kristin wore a Leanne Marshall wedding dress with three kinds of lace: soft nude lace, delicate Alencon lace, and embroidered ivory lace, flowing down to a silk charmeuse skirt. "The moment I started comparing other gowns to this one, I knew I'd found the one," she says.

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The bride carried a bouquet of garden roses, hellebores, pieris japonica, astrantia, ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, scabiosa, blushing bride, olive branch, bay leaf, and eucalyptus, tied with French silk. She accentuated her soft updo with gold beaded pins.

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Cody's boutonniere combined hellebores, astrantia, snowberry, olive branch, and eucalyptus, and looked as if it could have been plucked straight out of Kristin's bouquet.

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Cody and his groomsmen opted for classic attire, renting tuxedos from The Black Tux. Cody is a former wedding photographer, so his insider perspective helped the couple pull it all together. Says the bride, "He happily jumped into wedding planning and had so many great ideas — I'm a lucky gal!"

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Kristin's bridesmaids all wore Alfred Angelo gowns in a soft purple hue and a flowing, graceful silhouette.

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Photo: Sawyer Baird

"We wanted our wedding party to set a formal tone for the evening," says Kristin of their friends' traditional attire.

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At the entrance to the ceremony, one of the venue's restored warehouse archways was draped with flowing white fabric, adding a dramatic feel to the open-air space.

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Kristin's father walked her down the aisle before she and Cody exchanged traditional Christian vows. A cellist accompanied the ceremony, then switched over to contemporary pieces during cocktail hour.

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Inside, farm tables were set for dinner with low arrangements of olive branches, eucalyptus, and roses in a dusty mauve hue. Taper candles, votives, and café lights lit the room. The menus and signage for the evening were all designed by the groom.

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The menu was inspired by the couple's love of food and their upcoming honeymoon in France. "We wanted to incorporate French elements throughout the weekend," says Kristin. They had three food stations serving sea bass with fresh mushrooms in a marsala sauce, port-braised short ribs with wild mushroom risotto, and sweet potato gnocchi. The signature cocktail, a "Rosy French 75," was a twist on the classic cocktail with rosé wine and a dash of rosewater. "Tears filled my eyes as we sat down at the head table for dinner," says Kristin. "It was so amazing to have everyone we love surrounding us."

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Beneath textured buttercream and olive branches, vanilla pound cake was layered with white chocolate mousse, salted milk chocolate, and dark chocolate ganache.

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Photo: Sawyer Baird

As favors, Kristin and Cody gave guests fabric bags filled with chocolate-covered espresso beans.

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A DJ kept the dance floor packed, mixing genres and eras and expertly reading the crowd.

After their sparkler exit, Cody and Kristin headed to France for a road trip honeymoon, starting in the Alps, driving through Burgundy, and ending up in Paris. Says the bride, "People will have opinions. Remember to be true to yourselves and what you want your day to be, because you're the ones getting married!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Summerour Studio || Wedding Planner: Candice Lorraine for Chancey Charm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall || Shoes: BHLDN || Jewelry: Nadri || Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey || Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Florist: Vine & Branch Floral Design || Invitations: Elli || Music: JGCello; Zegi || Catering: Bold American Events || Cake: Lush Cakery || Favors: French Silver Shop || Videographer: Anchor Heart Films || Photographer: Sawyer Baird Photography

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See How One Couple Transformed an Atlanta Ballroom Into an Enchanted Garden

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Aug 302016
 
Indoor Garden Wedding in Atlanta, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Kate Headley

The third time was the charm for Danielle Darling and Shaun Collins — when it came to finding a place to exchange vows, that is. It took this couple two changes of venue (in two different cities!) but their ballroom garden party in the heart of Atlanta was worth the trouble. After getting engaged on June 13, 2013, the happy pair quickly started planning a wedding on Maryland's Eastern Shore. But, one year into planning, Danielle was in her hometown of Atlanta looking at spaces for the couple's engagement party and had a change of heart after finding a venue with a gorgeous garden. "When I saw the space, my jaw hit the floor. It was so beautiful," the bride says. "I called Shaun and said, 'We're moving the wedding to Atlanta.'"

He was on board, and the duo spent the next five months planning there, but then they hit a snag: Their garden venue couldn't accommodate their growing guest list, which had ballooned to 350 people. As luck would have it, the St. Regis Atlanta had a cancellation for June 13, 2015 &mdash two years to the day from when Shaun proposed — and checked all their must-have boxes. With a final venue locked in, the pair and their planner, Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions, got down to work designing a wedding in just seven months. They drew inspiration from Restoration Hardware's style and combined earthy elements with understated and elegant details. In the end, they created an enchanted garden-vibe in a glamorous ballroom in the heart of Atlanta. You don't want to miss this stunning day, so read on to see how it all came together with the photographs captured by Kate Headley.

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Danielle and Shaun worked with Cheree Berry Paper to create their custom wedding invitations. Their gray and white suite felt formal but still modern. Once guests arrived in Atlanta, they were treated to a taste of the city in the form of a beautiful welcome bag. Jute totes were filled with Georgia peaches, mini bottles of Coca-Cola, spiced Georgia pecans, local honey, and scones and petit fours from a nearby bakery.

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The bride chose a beautiful lace Oscar de la Renta wedding dress for her big day, but made a few custom changes to the style first. "The dress originally had cap sleeves and a tulle underlay on the train, so I removed the sleeves to expose my shoulders and had the tulle taken out so the skirt of the train laid flat," Danielle says. "It was truly breathtaking!" She accessorized with a lace-trimmed veil and leather sandals from Saint Laurent.

For her bouquet, Danielle knew she wanted a large teardrop-style arrangement, so her florist created a lavish display of trailing white orchids with lime green accents.

Shaun wore his own tux that he had purchased from Bonobos.

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With twelve attendants each and two flower girls, Danielle and Shaun's wedding party came in at a whopping 26 people. The ladies all wore floor-length gowns from Monique Lhuillier and carried white calla lily bouquets while the men wore classic tuxedos. The adorable flower girls donned white dresses and flower crowns.

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Pineapple Productions transformed the venue's ballroom into an enchanted garden thanks to a pergola covered with greenery and flowering branches. The team added a 60-foot-long rustic plank aisle and filled the space flowering trees or curly willow and amaranthus. "The effect was magical," Danielle says.

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The two flower girls started off the ceremony. "Originally, both girls were supposed to carry floral pomanders and the ring pillow was supposed to be held by the best man," says Danielle. "Five minutes before their walk down the aisle, one of the girls dropped her pomander and petals were scattered all over the floor. No panic! She quickly became the flower girl-turned-ring bearer and carried the pillow instead."

At 6 p.m., the couple exchanged vows during a ceremony that their minister wrote by incorporating pieces of love letters Danielle and Shaun each wrote.

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After the ceremony, guests moved into an adjoining space for cocktails while the couple's vendor team flipped the ballroom for dinner. Everyone enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres, a Panini station, and signature drinks as they lounged on comfortable furniture or sat at café-style tables.

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As everyone moved back to the ballroom for dinner, they were reminded of the couple's enchanted garden theme. Escort cards were displayed on an elaborate floor-to-ceiling wall of boxwood, curly willow, and gardenia that covered the entire hallway wall. On the opposite side, arrangements of flowers were displayed in ornate frames.

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Danielle and Shaun chose a mix of different tables and centerpieces to give their ballroom celebration lots of dimension. Mirrored estate tables were decked out in green and white flowers arranged in towering silver mercury glass containers and accented with silver candlesticks, moss spheres, and votives.

Round tables were decorated with linens and either the small tall centerpieces or tall hydrangea trees that were surrounded with succulents and other green and white blooms. Each table was marked with a calligraphed number displayed in a moss frame.

On their head table, the bride and groom splurged on taupe hemstitch dinner napkins that were embroidered with their monogram. "They've been such a sweet keepsake that we enjoy using at home for entertaining," Danielle says.

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Because the bride suffers from food allergies, the couple worked with the chef at their venue to create a gluten- and egg-free menu that was still incredibly seasonal and delicious. Offerings like Hamachi sashimi, gremolata-crusted cobia, braised beef short ribs, and quinoa stuffed mushrooms pleased every type of palette in the crowd.

The couple cut into a six-tier wedding cake that contained two decadent flavors: Salted caramel truffle chocolate Devil's food cake and chocolate cream cake with vanilla buttercream. "The wedding cake was entirely Shaun's choice since I can't each cake!" Danielle says. Instead, she dug into Southern-style banana pudding that was part of a large dessert display.

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"We anticipate a long night of dancing, so we provided an assortment of different sized flip flops that we displayed in bags that read 'The Perfect Pair,'" says the bride.

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The evening came to an end at midnight when metallic confetti fell from the ceiling of the ballroom. "We really enjoyed having an indoor ceremony and reception because it alleviated the stress of weather concerns," Danielle says. "That said, we loved bringing the garden inside!"

Venue & Catering: St. Regis Atlanta || Wedding Planner: Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta || Groom's Attire: Bonobos || Invitations & Paper Products: Cheree Berry Paper || Floral Design: Legendary Events || Music: Party on the Moon || Favors: Swoozies || Videographer: Hart to Heart Media || Photographer: Kate Headley

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These New Yorkers Headed to Atlanta for Their Elegant, Southern Wedding

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Aug 292016
 
Elegant Tented Wedding at the Swan House in Atlanta, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

It's pretty surprising that Kayla and Jeff didn't formally meet earlier. "We crossed paths so many times while living in New York City, and even lived in the same apartment building during summer internships in 2007," she says. But it wasn't until June of 2011, when they were both invited to visit a friend's summer home in the Hamptons, that the pair was introduced. After a few days of beach volleyball and nights out dancing, they made a plan for their first date, and have been together ever since. "So have five other couples who met at the house that same summer!" Kayla reveals. Two years later, Jeff was planning a Labor Day proposal when Kayla suggested a road trip back to the Hamptons for Memorial Day. He quickly put his plan into action, then during a hike in Montauk, Jeff proposed on a cliff overlooking the island.

Though Kayla and her parents moved to Atlanta 25 years ago, she and Jeff didn't consider the southern city as a spot for their destination wedding until, after scouring dozens of other locations, Jeff said, "You know what? I love Atlanta." With a beautiful backdrop, low-key vibe, and the gorgeous Swan House at the Atlanta History Center as their venue, Kayla and Jeff were perfectly prepared for a garden- turned dinner-party, with Southern sensibility and a little European flair. They invited 240 guests to Georgia on April 11, 2015 — including photographer Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love, who captured every detail!

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

Kayla didn't find her wedding shoes until days before her last fitting — when her seamstress said she needed to bring the shoes or her dress wouldn't be ready in time. "I bought strappy gold Christian Louboutin heels on impulse, and never looked back," says the bride. She paired the sandals with vintage Chanel earrings and a gold-accented clutch.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

An anchor and reporter for CNBC, Kayla is no stranger to dressing for the camera, but finding her wedding attire was a little different. "I tried on dozens of dresses to see what was out there," she says. But one Amsale gown she'd seen on the runway was stuck in her mind, and was the first dress she tried at the designer's boutique in New York City. "I chose the 'Lenox' wedding dress, but didn't love having so many embellishments for an outdoor wedding. We kept the 'Lenox' neckline, added straps from the 'Magnolia' and the body and detachable train from 'Jane.' I wore the straps and train for the ceremony, then slimmed down to the strapless column for the party," she says.

Kayla's textured bouquet combined garden roses, ranunculus, and a hint of Lily of the Valley for fragrance.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

The bridesmaids wore navy blue Jenny Yoo dresses with fluttering sleeves. "I've been in enough weddings to know the dress probably won't get worn again, so instead I focused on something that would be comfortable to wear all day and a style that could transition from day to night," says the bride. Their bouquets mixed antique blue hydrangeas with ranunculus and garden roses.

Jeff and his groomsmen all wore classic tuxedos, paired with monogrammed suspenders that were a gift from the groom. "Jeff wanted the groomsmen to all look simple and classic, in a look that would stand the test of time instead of looking overly fashion-forward," says Kayla.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

The groom rocked a custom notch-lapel tuxedo by Louis Purple, with cap-toe oxfords and a classic tuxedo shirt. He wore studs and cufflinks from his bride, and his wedding band was a family heirloom: It was the one his father wore on his wedding day in 1983!

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Kayla attended the Cathedral of Christ the King on special occasions growing up, and knew there was no place more majestic to have their ceremony. "They have an incredibly talented guild that coordinates the holiday floral arrangements. Our wedding was the week after Easter, so the altar was flanked with cherry blossoms, daffodils, and orchids. The church's stunning architecture took care of the rest!" says Kayla.

Even though she's on television every day, Kayla was nervous before she walked down the aisle. "My dad made a joke about filing taxes with my new married status, and he and I were laughing by the time the doors opened!" she remembers.

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"So few couples have had an outdoor reception at the Swan House, so we didn't have many pictures as our inspiration," says Kayla. "We had a tent built to the exact specifications of the lawn, and everything from tables to restrooms were brought in for our guests." The pair took advantage of the stunning grounds, encouraging guests to wander during cocktail hour.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

All of the calligraphy (including the font on the invitations!) was Kayla's own handwriting. "Since we were using my handwriting on the invitations, I decided to complete the look by taking a calligraphy class and addressing all of our envelopes and escort cards," she says. "Jeff was a huge help in keeping me on track, organizing my work station, and erasing all of the faint pencil lines. That's love!"

Included in the invitation was an illustration of Swan House, created by the bride's father. "My dad is a graphic designer and artist, so I turned to him for help with the color scheme and our invitation design. It was a wonderful labor of love, but I don't think he'll ever take me on as a pro bono client again."

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

Beneath the tent, greenery-covered lanterns hug over the dance floor and a huge garland was draped over the head table. Dark cross-back chairs popped against the subtly patterned linens.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

Neutral-hued patterned linens in shades of ivory and blue-gray topped a mix of round and square tables. The florist combined blue and white porcelain and gold accents for an elegant garden party vibe, and filled the vessels with white hydrangeas, peach garden roses, ranunculus, and fresh peaches.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

"Our florist, Jackson Durham, used a combination of single-stem vases and stacks of books to give the tables an interior design-like feel," says the bride. "We worked with Cheree Berry to create a watercolor pattern inspired by a Christian Lacroix ikat fabric. We used it on our invitation liners, appetizer trays, and the welcome boxes."

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

Each guest's place card was tucked into a fresh peach — with gilded leaves, of course! The peach theme was carried through to the signature cocktail, Midnight Train to Georgia. "Jeff and I love Old Fashioneds, so we put a southern twist on it with muddled peaches and peach bitters alongside the bourbon," says the bride. Even the stirrer boasted a miniature version of Kayla's father's illustration of Swan House.

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

"Though we live in New York City, Jeff and I love Southern cuisine," says Kayla. The menu included fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, baked brie and fig jam crepes, and a surf-and-turf entrée with filet and shrimp.

After their first dance, to "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra, Jeff and Kayla cut into their five-tier cake, simply frosted with white icing and separated by tiers of fresh hydrangeas. "Jeff has quite a sweet tooth, so we had tiers of chocolate and peanut butter for him," says Kayla. "The other flavor was salted caramel. I've had a chocolate allergy since I was a kid, so having each tier separated by flowers meant there wasn't a risk of the ingredients mingling."

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Photo: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

The couple knew they wanted a crazy dance party, and Atlanta Showstoppers brought it. "They learned songs like 'Blank Space' by Taylor Swift and 'Edge of Glory' by Lady Gaga for us, as well as all of our parents' must-hear tunes. We made a Spotify playlist of every song they played and listen to it all the time!" The dance party felt more like a concert than a wedding reception, and Kayla and Jeff had the time of their lives.

"The day before our wedding, a massive thunderstorm rolled in, and a hail storm knocked out the power in our church," says Jeff. "But the day of our wedding was absolutely gorgeous. We had a number of friends say they wanted to move to Atlanta because the weather was so great. And then our wedding was followed by eight days of rain, the longest streak in Atlanta since 1935!" It just goes to show that, no matter how well you plan, you can't plan for everything — but you just might get lucky!

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Swan House || Wedding Planner: Lindsay Sims of TOAST Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Chanel; Tiffany & Co. || Makeup: The Moore Agency || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Louis Purple || Engagement Ring & Bride's Wedding Band: Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. || Floral Design: Jackson Durham || Invitations & Paper Goods: Tausche, Inc.; Intima Press; Cheree Berry Paper; Paper Daisies Stationery || Music: The Atlanta Showstoppers || Catering: Bold American Events || Cake: Lush Cakery || Rentals: Peachtree Tents & Events; Jackson Durham; Magnum Lighting; Bold American Events; Event Drapery || Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar || Videographer: The Reason || Photographer: Julia Robbs for Our Labor of Love

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Aug 272016
 
Best Southern Bridal Salons

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Finding the right wedding dress may be trial-and-error, but finding a bridal salon shouldn't be. Our editors polled more than 1,500 brides to discover the places with the prettiest dresses (from the designers like Carolina Herrera, Mira Zwillinger, and Houghton, just to name a few!), nicest consultants, and chicest spaces from coast to coast. Every single shop on this list is a true standout in style, service, and atmosphere whether it's the white dress mecca in your state or a gem in the middle of nowhere (we didn't judge!). Get ready for our curated, tested, and fully endorsed list of The Best Bridal Salons in America. Here, our editors narrow down the best bridal salons in the South. Happy shopping!

Ivory & White Bridal Boutique, Birmingham, Ala.
The consultants at this Mountain Brook mainstay are "thoughtful, detail oriented, and stylish," reported one southern belle. "They were able to expertly tie my vision to the beautiful dresses available in the salon," raves another.

Hitched Bridal Couture, Washington, D.C.
The above-and-beyond staff at this Georgetown staple got perfect reviews. Take it from one same-sex couple: "They celebrated us and guided us to dresses that would complement each another. They even pulled my wife's pick from the rack so I wouldn't be tempted to try it."

Chernaya Bridal House, Miami
No need to hit Drybar before your appointment: Priscilla, whom one bride called "the sweetest person ever," is handy with a bobby pin and happy to give a quick updo before she guides you to your dream Elie Saab or Angel Sanchez.

Ever After Miami, Miami
International and local brides agree that this dress mecca is worth the trip because of its seriously chic owner, killer gown selection, and in-house alterations shop/atelier, where "there's no limit to what you can do to customize your dress."

The Collection Bridal, Winter Park, Florida
With some of the best couture gowns around (Vera Wang, Inbal Dror), this light-filled store on Park Avenue wowed reviewers and passersby alike. "When I stepped in the front window during my final fitting, people came in from the street to tell me how beautiful I looked," says a satisfied bride.

Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, Atlanta and Houston
In the South, this salon (with two locations) is the spot to score in-demand designers, like Oscar de la Renta, but don't mistake sophisticated for stuffy. "They didn't bat an eyelash when my young daughter and stepdaughter touched every dress in the store," says one bride.

The Sentimentalist, Atlanta
Down-to-earth brides heart this whimsical shop in Midtown's Berkeley Park, citing the cozy cottage location, two cool chicks who own it, and "unique inventory of modern and antique-feeling" gowns.

Blanc Bridal Couture, New Orleans
It may be the new kid on Magazine Street, but this glam salon is gaining traction, thanks to its bend-over-backward consultants, including one a reviewer was legit girl-crushing on.

Garnish Boutique, Baltimore
Self-proclaimed "Garnish girls" gushed about the "one-on-one experience" and gorge decor at this newly renovated shop a short drive from D.C. "It looks like it came right from my Pinterest board," says a fan.

Hayden Olivia Bridal, Charlotte, N.C.
If you like transparency, this is the place to visit. "Everything is laid out for you" — the dresses, the prices, and the alteration fees — so go ahead and let your squad take a seat while you twirl around in a Hayley Paige or Jim Hjelm gown.

Maddison Row Bridal Chic, Charleston
This salon's high marks come courtesy of the kick-ass seamstresses. "I lost 40 pounds after ordering my dress, and they made what could've been a stressful process seamless, pun intended," says a bride.

Maggie Louise, Collierville, Tenn.
Molly Farrell is the Memphis bride's BFF for good reason: She asks each client to fill out a questionnaire and chat on the phone before she even arrives in the shop. "I love that Molly was able to focus on my individual needs, taste, and style from the get-go," says a fan.

White Dresses, Nashville
It's all about the atmosphere at this year-old salon, which nails it on dressing-room lighting ("insanely flattering") and big-reveal moments. ("The vintage mirror is perfection.")

Warren Barrón Bridal, Dallas
The ladies here always deliver, but especially when a gown is designed by Dallas's own Lela Rose, whom nearly all of our reviewers chose. One says, "My consultant tracked down a dress I had seen at her runway show and had it shipped to the store for me to try on in person."

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BRIDES Atlanta: 4 Local Stationery Companies for a Customized Wedding Invitation Suite

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Jul 302016
 
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When your guests think of your wedding, a major part of their excitement will be the build up to the big event. Other than your everyday conversations, your stationery is going to really set the tone for your wedding — everything from the dress code and ambience to your wedding day colors will be conveyed prior to your wedding day by your stationery suite. As an Atlanta bride, there's nobody that you can trust more than your local stationers to convey your exact message in the right way. Read on for some of our favorite local stationers from the Atlanta area that will make sure you're getting the exact wedding suite you've been dreaming up since you first started your wedding Pinterest board.

Paper Daises
Focusing on clean, simple, beautiful design, the Paper Daisies team focuses on a minimalistic aesthetic.The team currently focuses on watercolor but is able to work with any design. Something to note: you do not have to sign your contract until you have had your consultation and have seen a first proof. Then, once you're 100% satisfied and have decided to hire the Paper Daisies team, you will continue to work with the same designer to make sure that each element of the design is exactly as you intended. While Paper Daisies does work primarily from portfolio designs, their Poppy Gray line of design can be completely customized for your one-of-a-kind event. Read real brides' reviews here!

Inkwell Designers
Inkwell Designers, while being local to the Atlanta area, is a stationery company that can connect you with calligraphers and artists from all over the nation — ensuring that your wedding suite is perfect, regardless of where you or your designer might live. In working with Inkwell, you're able to select the "talent" that best fits your vision — who will then be your primary contact throughout the duration of your wedding planning process. Customized to exactly fit your wedding day style, the designers will work with everything from your tablecloth linens to pictures of the venue in order to create your one-of-a-kind suite. Once you fall in love with your wedding paper, Inkwell can add hand-lettered calligraphy to everything from chalkboard signs to wine glasses to create a cohesive theme for your entire big day.

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Tickled Ink
Working between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia, the wonderful Emily of Tickled Ink will personally customize your stationery suite. With the ability and flexibility to create everything down to a personalized font, this stationery company takes customization to a new level. Emily will provide a quote based on what you're looking to include in your wedding suite, however the consultation following is where the true fun will begin! Willing to work with any budget and style, Tickled Ink will be working with the stationer herself from concept design to actual delivery. Whether you prefer working together in-person, over the phone, or via email, the entire process will be tailored to your unique style, creating a wedding suite that will feel perfectly at home with the rest of your wedding aesthetic. Read real brides reviews here!

Simplyput
When you decide to work with Simplyput, your partnership will start with a thorough, two-hour consultation. In this time together, you will meet with your designer, share ideas back and forth, and decide what exactly you are looking for in a wedding suite. Typically focusing on letterpress, thermography, and engraving, Simplyput houses a team filled with trained graphic designers able to customize every element of your suite to match your wedding design to a tee. Ideal for the couple that desires invites that are unique and one-of-a-kind (but still want to keep with traditional invitation etiquette), Simplyput will ensure that your wedding day is portrayed exactly as you've picture since you were only old enough to be a flower girl. Read real brides' reviews here!

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BRIDES Atlanta: The Best Intimate Wedding Venues

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Jul 172016
 
atlanta rhodes hall

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While we all know of Atlanta's hustle and bustle, there's a quieter side to Atlanta that should be uncovered if you're planning your wedding in this capital city. Each offering something incredibly unique, the below venues are able to transport you and your guests to another time and place. Whether you're looking for a more traditional Southern estate or something on the more theatrical side (ala Moulin Rouge), these venues will not disappoint. Here are some unique spaces that will make your wedding day incredibly personalized and intimate, while having it stand out from all the rest.

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Houston Mill House
The Houston Mill House is a stunning Georgian Fieldstone manor that still maintains its heritage from the original home that was built in the 1920s. Now a beautiful venue that is designed for a maximum of 80 guests, the space provides an incredibly intimate and private feel, while still allowing you the amenities of hosting your wedding on a property managed by the Emory Conference Center. After getting ready in your private bridal suite, your vows can be hosted at the Houston Mill House's private gazebo, followed by a reception either within the House or on the brick terrace to toast to your love under the stars. Your complimentary honeymoon suite awaits you while your guests can head back to their hotel rooms nearby, or even head to the on-site bowling alley to close out the night. No matter what you're looking for to make your intimate wedding perfect, The Houston Mill House will have it covered. Read real brides' reviews here!

Le Maison Rouge
If you're a couple that considers yourselves to be more theatrical, then Le Maison Rouge is right up your alley. Modelled after The Moulin Rouge, this 100+ year old venue instantly transports you and your guests to the center of France. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, with a patio overlooking the the BeltLine, you'll feel separated in your own private wedding space, while still being in the center of it all. With a stage for you to host a show for your guests or for the sweetheart table, crushed velvet top to bottom, and mannequins and lounge beds lining the walls, this intimate venue will definitely make sure that your event sticks out in the memories of your guests for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

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castle

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Rhodes Hall
With a genuine Victorian castle as your venue, every element of your wedding instantly reflects back to the fairytale romance of you and your love. After saying your vows on the front lawn with the Rhodes Hall castle as your backdrop, you and your up to 100 guests (full reception seating) can enter the traditional Victorian home to your plated or buffet dinner, oozing romance with each step of your Cinderella glass slipper. Hardly an element of decoration is needed to dress up this space, but what is needed can be seamlessly provided by the Rhodes Hall staff and their preferred vendors. Everyone in attendance will feel honored to attend what is the very start of your, "happily ever after." Read real brides' reviews here!

highland ballroom

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The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
Located just outside of downtown Atlanta, in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood, is a venue with original features surrounding you from the 1920s. Offering an eclectic wedding feel and an intimate space that needs little decoration, is The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, located just below the historic Highland Inn Hotel. The Lounge itself hosts a style that is one part 1920s speakeasy (including the original bar), one part Art Nouveau, making an ambiance that instantly transforms your wedding to be reminiscent of yesteryear. With excellent food from the restaurant located just next door, and a fun staff that will instantly feel like family, this local spot is ideal for an intimate celebration focused on understated elegance with vintage charm. Read real brides' reviews here!

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BRIDES Atlanta: The Best Intimate Wedding Venues

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Jul 172016
 
atlanta rhodes hall

Photo: Courtesy of The Georgia Trust

While we all know of Atlanta's hustle and bustle, there's a quieter side to Atlanta that should be uncovered if you're planning your wedding in this capital city. Each offering something incredibly unique, the below venues are able to transport you and your guests to another time and place. Whether you're looking for a more traditional Southern estate or something on the more theatrical side (ala Moulin Rouge), these venues will not disappoint. Here are some unique spaces that will make your wedding day incredibly personalized and intimate, while having it stand out from all the rest.

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Houston Mill House
The Houston Mill House is a stunning Georgian Fieldstone manor that still maintains its heritage from the original home that was built in the 1920s. Now a beautiful venue that is designed for a maximum of 80 guests, the space provides an incredibly intimate and private feel, while still allowing you the amenities of hosting your wedding on a property managed by the Emory Conference Center. After getting ready in your private bridal suite, your vows can be hosted at the Houston Mill House's private gazebo, followed by a reception either within the House or on the brick terrace to toast to your love under the stars. Your complimentary honeymoon suite awaits you while your guests can head back to their hotel rooms nearby, or even head to the on-site bowling alley to close out the night. No matter what you're looking for to make your intimate wedding perfect, The Houston Mill House will have it covered. Read real brides' reviews here!

Le Maison Rouge
If you're a couple that considers yourselves to be more theatrical, then Le Maison Rouge is right up your alley. Modelled after The Moulin Rouge, this 100+ year old venue instantly transports you and your guests to the center of France. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, with a patio overlooking the the BeltLine, you'll feel separated in your own private wedding space, while still being in the center of it all. With a stage for you to host a show for your guests or for the sweetheart table, crushed velvet top to bottom, and mannequins and lounge beds lining the walls, this intimate venue will definitely make sure that your event sticks out in the memories of your guests for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

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castle

Photo: Courtesy of The Georgia Trust

Rhodes Hall
With a genuine Victorian castle as your venue, every element of your wedding instantly reflects back to the fairytale romance of you and your love. After saying your vows on the front lawn with the Rhodes Hall castle as your backdrop, you and your up to 100 guests (full reception seating) can enter the traditional Victorian home to your plated or buffet dinner, oozing romance with each step of your Cinderella glass slipper. Hardly an element of decoration is needed to dress up this space, but what is needed can be seamlessly provided by the Rhodes Hall staff and their preferred vendors. Everyone in attendance will feel honored to attend what is the very start of your, "happily ever after." Read real brides' reviews here!

highland ballroom

Photo: Courtesy of The Highland Inn

The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
Located just outside of downtown Atlanta, in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood, is a venue with original features surrounding you from the 1920s. Offering an eclectic wedding feel and an intimate space that needs little decoration, is The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, located just below the historic Highland Inn Hotel. The Lounge itself hosts a style that is one part 1920s speakeasy (including the original bar), one part Art Nouveau, making an ambiance that instantly transforms your wedding to be reminiscent of yesteryear. With excellent food from the restaurant located just next door, and a fun staff that will instantly feel like family, this local spot is ideal for an intimate celebration focused on understated elegance with vintage charm. Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Served as a Stunning Backdrop for One Couple’s Fall Wedding

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Jul 062016
 

Pediatricians Lindsay Kibuyaga and Homare Kubagawa have their careers to thank for their first meeting: The pair spoke for the first time at orientation at the start of their medical residencies in 2010. Just three years later, the two doctors found themselves in Santorini, Greece, where a Mediterranean sunset made the perfect backdrop for a proposal.

The couple decided on a local wedding and invited 100 guests to the Atlanta Botanical Garden (where they celebrated their first Valentine's Day!) to watch Lindsay and Homare tie the knot on October 25, 2014. "Fall is the perfect season in Atlanta for an outdoor wedding. We loved the natural beauty of the gardens," the bride says. With help from wedding planner By Brian Green and some well-organized Pinterest boards, the bride and groom created their dream wedding: an open-air ceremony followed by a serious party inside the venue's gorgeous ballroom. And lucky for us, all of the details were captured by Anna and Spencer Photography, seen below!

Lindsay knew she wanted a fitted mermaid style when she first set out to find her dream wedding dress. The bride tried on a number of different gowns at several bridal shops in Atlanta before she finally found her Martina Liana chiffon corset gown. "The gown's floral embellishments were a perfect fit for our garden wedding," she says. Lindsay completed her look with a lush bouquet of ivory and blush roses, peonies, lilies, and hydrangeas.

Homare flew to New York to get measured for a custom tailored tuxedo from Suitsupply, which he paired with a black tie and knotted cufflinks.

The groomsmen matched in black tuxedos, while Lindsay's bridesmaids wore a variety of different dresses in a unifying shade of blush. Their looks were further tied together by the length and fabric of their gowns and their updo hairstyles.

The roles of flower girl and ring bearer were filled by the couple's dogs, Marty and Mia. The venue doesn't usually allow pets, but their exception made for one of the bride's favorite moments of her big day. Marty was outfitted in a tuxedo collar and Mia had a gorgeous floral wreath that matched the bride's bouquet created by Edge Designs.

At the ceremony, a string quartet played their rendition of Coldplay's "Yellow" as guests were seated. Then, the musicians began performing Mendelssohn's Wedding March, but in a unique twist, the melody slowly morphed into the Beatles' "All You Need is Love". The idea was inspired by the wedding scene in Love Actually.

At the cocktail hour and reception, guests had access to an open bar or their choice of three signature cocktails — the Cheeky Rose Martini, a Patron margarita, or an Old Fashioned. The couple and their guests got the party started with playful lawn games like cornhole and oversized Jenga.

The newlyweds shared their first dance as a married couple to Etta James' "At Last."

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Photo: Anna and Spencer Photography

The reception décor reinforced the wedding's blush color scheme and romantic feel with tea lights and florals scattered throughout each the space. Tables were topped with blush sparkly linens that glowed beneath the candlelight.

For dinner, the couple offered a variety of different vegetarian and seafood options for guests to choose from. Their five-tier ivory wedding cake featured layers of champagne, red velvet, and pumpkin spice flavors. As if that wasn't enough, family and friends also snacked on freshly-spun cotton candy for dessert.

Lindsay reminds brides-to-be to enjoy being engaged. "Have fun with the planning process and don't take it too seriously," she says. "This is once in a lifetime!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Atlanta Botanical Garden || Wedding Planner: By Brian Green || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Hair: Hair by RJ || Makeup: Makeup by CaNicka || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way || Groom's Attire: Suit Supply || Groom's Attire: The Black Tux || Florist: Edge Design Group || Invitations & Stationery: Papered Wonders || Music: Celebration String Quartet || Catering: A Divine Event || Cake: For Goodness Cakes || Videographer: Three Ring Media || Photographer: Anna and Spencer Photography

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BRIDES Atlanta: The Best Bridal Boutiques in Atlanta for Finding Your Dream Dress

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Jul 052016
 
Atlanta Wedding Dress Shops

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The hunt for your dream wedding dress is no easy feat! If you're getting hitched in Atlanta, we're helping make your planning process a bit easier by rounding up a few of our favorite local bridal boutiques. From first-class service to an endless supply of beautiful gown options, you're sure to find "the one" in this list.

Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta (Above)
It's almost impossible to feel stressed at this airy bridal boutique. The space is serene and inviting, adorned with twinkling chandeliers, full-length mirrors, and racks brimming with gowns. Book a one-on-one appointment to check out the dresses by Claire Pettibone, Christina Wu, Nicole Miller, and many other designers. The salon also carries a variety of accessories to complete your look including custom veils, sashes, headbands, and garters. Read real brides' reviews here!

Anya Bridal
Anya Bridal boasts a huge selection of gowns for all different budgets (hello, clearance sales!). With 1,500 dresses in stock, you'll definitely find the perfect dress to say yes to from brands like Allure Bridal, Mori Lee, Madison James, and many more. Once you find the one, they'll also help you pick out your bridesmaids dresses too. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brides by NoNa
If you've searched high and low and just can't find a dress you adore, then consider having one custom made just for you. Brides By NoNa creates bespoke wedding gowns for Atlanta brides-to-be. The process begins with a consultation at least 12 to 14 weeks ahead of the big day. We suggest opting for the All the Bells & Whistles package, which includes unlimited rounds of complimentary alterations. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Brides by Demetrios
Embellished ball gowns? Check. Mini cocktail frocks for the reception? Check. Strapless mermaid dresses? Check. Brides by Demetrios stocks many different styles of dresses for every type of bride. Even if you don't fancy yourself a traditional white-dress-wearing bride, they're also able to create a unique pink or gold wedding dress just for you. Read real brides' reviews here!

Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
Founder Joan Pillow has been working in the bridal industry for almost three decades, so it's safe to say you're in good hands at her Atlanta salon. Find jaw-dropping designs by a variety of cult-favorite designers. Think ethereal dresses by Monique Lhuillier, glamorous gowns by Oscar de la Renta, high-fashion creations by Marchesa, and more. Read real brides' reviews here!

To continue your hunt for that dream dress, be sure to check out these other local bridal boutiques!

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