Daria was as invested in our wedding as we were, and she made our day unforgettable.
-Rich (groom)     


Kim & Rich
May 17, 2014 · Atlanta, GA

About The Wedding
Kim and Rich are both doctors and were very busy with their residencies at Emory, so they needed quite a bit of help with the planning. Not to mention, they had recently moved to Atlanta from Florida, and didn't really know anyone or anything about Atlanta. They were so lucky to get a prime date at Piedmont Park, which they loved since it's a landmark in their new city. Kim envisioned a bold color scheme of navy and lime green, which really popped against the grey walls of the venue, and she fell in love with Fuji Florals' tropical flowers, including green trick and pincushion protea (spiky orange blooms as seen in the row markers at the ceremony). The wedding was literally an Etsy explosion - one room in their apartment was stuffed full of the items Kim shopped for late at night in between rotations at the hospital! The long list of super cute details included thank you cards at each place setting, programs with caricatures of each wedding party member, signage, photo booth props, a handmade ring bearer's pillow and sign, cocktail napkins, and more. Favors were peach-shaped cookies packaged with a Coke, to honor their new home. After a lovely ceremony in the middle room of the venue (Kim didn't want to stress about rain, although it ended up being a perfect May day!), guests enjoyed the terrace during cocktail hour while the couple took photos around the park. A delicious plated dinner from Talk of the Town followed, before the dance floor opened. And what a time everyone had! The dance floor was crazy and many photo booth props migrated onto it - for example, the groom purloined a grass hula skirt, lei and coconut bra! At last, the tired but elated couple departed on the golf cart as guests shook football pompoms (mainly white, with a few orange and blue that Rich snuck into the basket!).


My Favorite Detail
This is actually a detail and a moment. Kim and Rich did most of the planning together, but she wanted to surprise him with something, so she chose a groom's cake shaped like a football helmet. They are a divided household - she went to Florida State and he went to Florida - so this was really an act of love! At Greystone the kitchen/load-in area is on one end of the building and the dining room is on the other. The baker managed to roll in the cake and get it all set up (we hid it behind a column) without Rich noticing a thing, even though he was actually in the middle of the room when the baker was doing all of this! When Kim brought him over to show him after the ceremony, neither she nor I could believe he hadn't seen it!


My Favorite Moment
Kim and Rich had one of the sweetest First Look moments. It's always a privilege to get to see this time. We did this one on the second floor of the W, which overlooks the lobby but is pretty quiet and private. Just look how they are just wrapped up in each other. I remember thinking that here they are, working together in a very challenging situation in a new city, they just have each other to rely on, and what a strong start that will be to their marriage.


Venue
Ceremony and Reception
Greystone at Piedmont Park


Services
Officiant Rick Braswell
Photographer
Tessa Marie Photography
Caterer
Talk of the Town
Baker
Sweet Caroline's Cakes
Florist
Fuji Floral Design
Hair and Makeup
Brushworx
DJ Ampd Atlanta
Host Hotel W Atlanta Midtown
Photo Booth
WOW Photo Booth
Transportation
Atlantic Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner
Mary Mac's


Comments From The Couple
"First of all, because this is going to be a long review, I’ll give you the bottom line: I would have paid triple the price for Daria and Circle of Love Weddings and would recommend Daria to my closest friends and family members.
My (new) wife and I are both physicians doing our residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She is training to be licensed as a general surgeon, and I’m training to be licensed as an internist. When we were engaged in February 2013, we knew that we would have to use a wedding planner or we wouldn’t be able to make our wedding happen, as we consistently work 80 hour weeks (up to 120 hours per week on difficult rotations). We had heard good things about Daria, and decided to meet her to see what we thought of her.
Our first impression was one of an individual who was experienced, organized, and professional. And, thankfully, we decided to hire her to plan our wedding. Instantly, we felt comfortable in our decision. Even surrounded by type-A personalities in our profession, Daria was the most organized person I’ve ever met. She explained her system, which included several checklists based on how many months or weeks remained before the wedding. She was extremely knowledgeable when it came to local Atlanta vendors and every vendor she recommended was phenomenal. Her professional opinion is invaluable when planning a wedding.
In summary, Daria is a one-of-a-kind planner. Her work is effortless, as if she was designed to make your wedding as incredible as it could be. She was respectful with family yet she knew how to manage them. She cared about our feelings, but wasn’t afraid to tell us when we were got caught up in a minor decision or were straying outside of our budget. By the end, I felt like she was as invested in our wedding as we were, and she made our special day unforgettable. We truly can’t thank her enough for giving us the best night of our lives." ~ Rich (groom)


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Photos
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Photos courtesy of Tessa Marie Photography


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