Denise & Mike
May 25, 2014 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
As a busy med school student (obstetrics and gynecology at Emory) with graduation and residency interviews happening right before the wedding, Denise needed help putting together her and Mike's fun and funky event. They had already booked the Foundry at Puritan Mill, and together we began working on pulling all of the other vendors and the look of the wedding together. They had purposely chosen Sunday of Memorial Day weekend so they could have a totally fun weekend with their family and friends. After a family photo session and dinner on Friday, a 5K run on the Beltline, poolside barbecue and dinner and games at Ormsby's on Saturday, one would think they would be a bit tired, but no way! They were ready for the cap to the weekend - the wedding day. Photos began at Denise's parents' gorgeous Midtown condo, and continued at the Goat Farm in West Midtown. The wedding party had a great time playing with the vintage musical instruments in the coffee shop there! We then continued on to the Foundry to prepare for the ceremony. Mike's mom, who owns a floral shop in New York, directed the decor and had created a beautiful color scheme of yellows and whites - perfect and summery. As guests entered they were greeted by a vintage metal bicycle sculpture, which held baskets of flowers. White paper lanterns hung over the ceremony space (later the dance floor), and the bridesmaids also carried cheery yellow bouquets. The lovely personalized ceremony included musical performances by two of Denise's friends, as well as the three siblings she used to nanny for. Denise and Mike also included a handfasting ceremony as their unity tradition. After cocktail hour outside on the Foundry back terrace, guests enjoyed a delectable stations dinner (Endive does it again!) and a dessert bar with all of Denise's favorites, made by her family (including her grandma's famous tres leches cake that Denise always had for her birthday growing up). Between the photo booth and Mike Zarin's awesome DJ talents, guests partied late into the night. Two highlights: Denise's family tradition is for the father/daughter dance to be done to the Blue Danube Waltz, which was lovely; and Denise's friend performed an Indian dance for the guests' enjoyment. As the night wound down, Denise and Mike departed on the bus as guests blew bubbles, en route to their Bangkok honeymoon and later her residency in New York. Bon voyage!
My Favorite Detail
Many of Denise's details showed her fun personality, but none more than the program, titled: "How to survive yet another wedding." Designed by her and Mike, it was a tongue-in-cheek guide, complete with wedding cartoons, for guests who had probably been to a lot of weddings. Denise and Mike wanted to make sure they had something fun to read while waiting for the ceremony, and to know that there were lots of fun moments to come!
My Favorite Moment
Denise wasn't too sure about the waltz, but her father was insistent that it had to be done, so she finally acquiesed. It turns out it is more of a family dance, as the rest of the parents and grandparents joined in, and took turns dancing with both Denise and Mike. What a great way to start off the dancing part of the party!
Ceremony and Reception The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Officiant Archna Eniasivam
Photographer/Photo Booth Trent Chau Photography
Hair and Makeup Chellie Usher
DJ Zarin Entertainment Group
Ceremony Musicians Family friends
Host Hotel W Atlanta Midtown
Transportation Atlantic Limousine
Videographer Shutter House Productions
Florist Mother of the groom and The Savage Garden