Casey & Patrick
September 26, 2015 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
Casey and Patrick hired me to help them plan their fall wedding at one of my favorite venues, Summerour Studio. Their priorities from the start were (per Patrick!): good flow, good alcohol, and good food. Casey added to that list an intimate, vintage look, but no burlap and no mason jars. The florist absolutely delivered, and the venue was stunning. As regular readers know, I love anything that is unique and of course my favorite shape is the circle. While most Summerour brides choose to use the carved staircase as their altar, Casey and the florist came up with the idea to do the ceremony in the round, and have Casey and her dad make a grand entrance down the staircase. It was so perfect! A fabulous 6-foot diameter circular floral installation hung over the center of the ceremony area, low enough to feel almost like a huppah (a Jewish wedding canopy). The couple and their officiant (Patrick's sister) and the wedding party stood in the center, and the guests surrounded them on all sides, giving the ceremony the intimate feel that Casey wanted. As always when a friend or family member officiates, the ceremony was sweet and personalized, culminating in a traditional handfasting with a beautiful embroidered piece of cloth. Unfortunately, rain prevented us from using the iconic courtyard for cocktail hour, but since the venue has recently acquired the upstairs former office space, we were able to use that space instead - so much better! Guests enjoyed themselves while we reset the room, and the ceremony space became the dance floor. Dinner was an extravagant buffet of Endive favorites, such as mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits. Another thing that Casey had really wanted from the beginning was a "naked" cake - a cake that doesn't have icing on the sides, but only in between the layers, so it has a more rustic look. After quite a search, we found a baker who would do this (others were concerned about the cake being dry). We actually had three cakes, set on pedestals on a farm table, as well as assorted donuts (which Patrick was very excited about!). Guests danced beneath the floral wreath, enjoyed the photo booth, and relaxed on the lounge furniture, and soon it was time for Casey and Patrick to depart in a vintage car that Patrick had picked out, en route to their Jackson Hole, WY honeymoon.
My Favorite Detail
It's been the fashion for a few years now to write the guests' table assignments on windowpanes, mirrors, etc., instead of printing individual cards. Casey found some great old windows to use, and artfully wrote the names. Our dilemma was how to get them to stand up. Casey's dad is very handy, and designed removable stands to fit on the back of the windows, so they stood steadily on their own, and could be reused later. He also covered the backs with kraft paper to make the names easier to read. I love that kind of attention to detail!
My Favorite Moment
Casey played softball all through her high school years, and this was something she and her dad always did together. Since neither of them are big dancers, instead of a traditional father/daughter dance, they opted to have a father/daughter game of catch, while the DJ played "Stand By Me." It was the perfect fit for them!
Ceremony and Reception Summerour Studio
Officiant Erin Easley, sister of the groom
Photographer Browne Photography
Hair and Makeup Formal Faces
Florist Lindsay Coletta
Baker Peche Petite
DJ Nice Guys DJ, DJ Matt
Photo Booth Nice Guys DJ
Lounge Furniture Peachtree Tents and Events (Collection)
Transportation Atlantic Limousine
Host Hotels The Four Seasons and Courtyard by Marriott Georgia Tech
Stationery and Paper Goods Minted.com
Counseling Engage Premarital Counseling
Rehearsal Dinner Mary Mac's