Kim & Andrew
September 7, 2013 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
Trolley Barn brides tend to be laid back and relaxed, I suppose to go along with the rustic vibe of the Barn. Kim and Andrew very much fit this definition, and their wedding reflected it! Kim's mother told me Kim had specifically hired me because she didn't want to be told what to do - she wanted someone to help her have the wedding she and Andrew wanted. They didn't want to include many of the traditions, which is perfectly fine. Instead, they looked forward to a casual evening with their closest friends and family, including some of Andrew's cousins who had flown in from South Africa (his native country). The cheery garden-style decor enhanced the Trolley Barn beautifully. I especially loved the mixed flower planters that Andrew's mom created, which can now be enjoyed at their home. It's dahlia season, and there were some gorgeous specimens placed in different sizes of bottles. Kim and Andrew opened the bar right as guests were arriving for the ceremony, much to their delight. After a brief ceremony, the cocktail hour continued, and Kim and Andrew were even able to join it (after their private dinner date in the loft overlooking the inside of the Barn). Guests then enjoyed the buffet from Sun In My Belly and they ate every crumb of Kim's favorite cookies that she had brought in from Alon's Bakery. (I had to save some for her for a midnight snack before they all disappeared!) The dancing started off with parents' dances, and continued uninterrupted for two hours, at the end of which Kim and Andrew waved goodbye and slipped out the side door, on their way to their honeymoon.
My Favorite Detail
Kim is very into sustainability, which I love! For favors, she provided reusable produce bags, with an apple, pear and orange from the Farmer's Market. Her maid of honor created an adorable chalkboard sign to go with the bags, inviting guests to take them home.
My Favorite Moment
Kim is half Thai and half American. While the ceremony was mostly a tradtional, secular American-style ceremony, her father (who is Thai), wanted to incorporate a traditional Thai water ceremony. After they exchanged vows, Kim and Andrew sat in chairs while her father officiated this ceremony, which involved him pouring blessed water over their hands. He told me that in Thailand, it's tradition for all the guests to come up one by one to pour the water over the couple. In my eight years of wedding planning, I hadn't seen this ceremony before. Love it!
Ceremony and Reception The Trolley Barn
Photographer Anne Almasy Photography
Officiant Jeremiah O'Keefe
Hair Area 4 Salon
Makeup Mirror Mirror Makeup
Caterer Sun in My Belly
Baker Alon's Bakery
Florist Amazing Floral Designs by Amanda
Ceremony Musician Kari Kistler and Rachel Maczko (friends)
DJ Nice Guys DJ
Host Hotel Courtyard Atlanta Decatur
Guest Transportation Georgia Tech Trolley
Departure Car Uber
Comments From The Couple
"Thanks again for all of your help last weekend - we really couldn't have done it without you. Andrew keeps saying how glad he was that you were there and how smoothly everything went. Thanks so much, Daria - you are amazing!!" ~ Kim (bride)