I really cannot imagine pulling off a wedding without professional help!
-Joen (MOB)     

Emily & Matthew
December 27, 2014 · Atlanta, GA

About The Wedding
Merry Wedding! I usually take this last weekend of the year off, since 12/28 is my wedding anniversary. However, Emily and Matthew ("Teo") and Emily's mom Joen were so nice in their initial contact, and I love working at Summerour so much, I just couldn't resist. We worked together for eleven months putting together this family-oriented, organically styled wedding. Emily and Teo met overseas at Spanish camp, and are both vegetarian and sensitive to the environment. They wanted everything in their wedding to have a soft, natural feel. The decor included lots of lanterns, many of them hanging, to cast light into the winter darkness. Heather with Tulip designed bouquets and centerpieces with soft white and purple blooms and lots of fragrant greens and herbs, like juniper, rosemary and mint. The bouquets smelled delicious! Emily and Teo designed and printed all the paper goods themselves, and included lots of cute travel-themed details. Endive provided a fully vegetarian (yet still hearty) stations menu, and the meal was capped off with a selection of delicious pies from a family friend's pie shop. (Eggnog...mmmmm.) The wedding was a family affair, with the wedding party consisting of all the siblings and cousins. In keeping with a trend I love, the bride's and groom's sides were a mix of men and women (their siblings and best friends). The lovely ceremony was officiated by a Spanish camp friend. A highlight was a ring warming, where the rings were passed to each guest so they could say a silent prayer or good wish for a happy marriage for Emily and Teo. As day turned to night, the glow of the string lights, lanterns and candles suffused the room with warmth and light. Fabulous band Emerald Empire rocked the house and guests flocked to the photo booth, until sadly it was time for the happy couple to depart in the light of sparklers, to a 5 month extended honeymoon throughout Central and South America.

My Favorite Detail
Emily found a vintage globe to use as a guest book, in perfect keeping with their travel theme.

My Favorite Moment
The pies were so popular that it took me and two catering staff to hold the guests off from them so Emily and Teo could make their ceremonial cut and feed each other! Lesson learned: do not attempt to separate pie-loving guests from their dessert!

Ceremony and Reception
Summerour Studio

Officiant Kendall Ratliffe
Carrie Joy Photography
1080 People
Caterer Endive
The Pie Hole
Florist Tulip
Hair and Makeup
Formal Faces
Band Emerald Empire
Ceremony Sound
Amp'd Entertainment
Transportation Atlantic Limousines
Host Hotel
W Atlanta Midtown
Event Drapery
Gown The Sentimentalist
Photo Booth Valore Photography for Circle of Love Weddings

Comments From The Couple
"I can't recommend Daria enough! She was so great to work with! We knew from the beginning that we could count on her 100%. She understood our style and values really well and helped us find the answer that was right for us (not just the answer that was "right"). We appreciated her calm, down to earth nature. She was always available to help us during the planning process, and the day of the wedding, she made everything run smoothly. I never once worried that I wouldn't be in the right place at the right time or anything like that because I knew Daria had it under control. All in all, she's wonderful to work with and a great person to have on your team. When I first got engaged, I thought having a wedding planner was unnecessary, but I can't imagine doing this without Daria." ~ Emily (bride)

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