Andi & Jay
September 28, 2013 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
Andi and Jay planned a small wedding (for about 40) at their synagogue and at their townhome. Andi contacted me after throwing her son an engagement party (also at the home) and realizing that she didn't want to deal with all the vendors and work on her wedding day, as she had to during the engagement party. Although it was a smaller, non-formal event, a wedding is a wedding and there are still a lot of details to figure out. Andi, a perfectionist, and I worked together to find vendors who would support her vision for the day and help to make it perfect. The day of the wedding was a gorgeous Atlanta fall day, which was fortunate since some of the festivities took place outdoors. The traditional Jewish ceremony was held in the synagogue's beautiful modern chapel. Andi and Jay designed a unique in-the-round configuration, with the huppah in the center of the room and the chairs in two semi-circles, so every guest had a full view of the ceremony. Jay and Andi were escorted to the huppah by their respective children. After the ceremony, guests repaired to the adjacent patio, where the caterer had set up wine and cheese stations. Andi and Jay got to mingle and enjoy this time with their guests, since we had done all the photos beforehand. As twilight descended, we traveled to the townhouse, where a delicious dinner buffet and fantastic cake awaited. Jay wrote a surprise toast, thanking each member of his and Andi's families, and setting the tone for many years of happiness ahead.
My Favorite Detail
Andi and Jay have a private tradition with each other, where he is the Lion (king) and she is the Bumblebee (queen bee). Andi incorporated this motif throughout the wedding: on stickers for the program (which included the story on the back), the cocktail napkins, and on a super cute custom-made cake topper.
My Favorite Moment
Seeing all the guests gathered around while Andi and Jay cut the cake and made their speeches. For them, it was all about sharing their love with their most intimate family and friends, and the love in the room at that moment was so visible.
Ceremony Temple Sinai
Reception Private Residence
Officiant Rabbi Elana Perry
Photographer Love Captured Simply
Hair and Makeup The Moore Agency
Caterer Dennis Dean Catering
Baker Sweet Caroline's Cakes
Florist The Flower Buds
Guitarist Parker Smith
Host Hotel Marriott Perimeter
I'm a VERY organized person, and initially thought I could do this on my own ... but after bringing Daria on, and letting go so she could "do her thing," I was amazed at the details, the timing, the organization that was put into it so everything could be perfect!
The other area in which she outshines her competition is that she will tell you: "call me, email me, text me anytime with questions that you have in this process." Initially that surprised me as other planners offer only so many hours and then charge you for contact/phone calls, etc after those hours. Not Daria. And she will ALWAYS respond in a timely manner, attending to the smallest questions and making you feel relaxed and the wedding taken care of!
Trust me... you NEED a wedding planner. And once you realize that you do, interview some, and you'll see that Daria is the best." ~ Andi (bride)