Amanda & Michael
November 8, 2015 · Roswell, GA
About The Wedding
Amanda has Thai Buddhist heritage and Michael is Vietnamese (his family is Catholic). Although both cultures have interesting wedding traditions, Amanda and Michael wanted a secular American Southern style wedding. We started the planning off with an extensive venue search, and finally settled on the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, a hidden gem with lovely grounds and a covered pavilion overlooking the river. Although the forecast called for clear skies and the ceremony was supposed to take place under a huge oak tree, Mother Nature changed her mind overnight, and on the wedding morning we awoke to rainy skies and cold temperatures. After begging the rentals company to leave the tent up from the previous day's wedding to give us more covered space (thank you for saving me once again, Tents Tents Tents!), I quickly worked up a Plan C floorplan and let all the vendors know of the change in plans. Amanda is very laid back, and she did a great job enjoying her hair and makeup and not stressing about all of this. She definitely took one of my tenets to heart: no matter what, the only thing that matters is that you're getting married today! When we arrived at the venue, set-up was in full swing, and I was certainly glad we had the tent, as the rain fell and the wind blew! The florist brought extra arrangements to flank the fireplace, which served as the altar for the short and sweet ceremony officiated by the Irish Minister (love him!). Amanda told me later she was actually glad we moved the ceremony, as it felt so cozy to have everything in one place and the pavilion looked so warm and welcoming. The flowers were simple arrangements of blue hydrangea and baby's breath, accented with burlap and navy ribbon. While the caterer executed a quick room flip after the ceremony, guests enjoyed Asian appetizers under the tent and signed the Jenga guest book (I think this is one of the cutest trends of 2015!). Amanda and Michael then made their grand entrance (after having their private date in the back storeroom - which they enjoyed despite the unconventional setting!), and guests fell upon the barbecue buffet, candy bar and wedding cake. After several lovely toasts and speeches by the dads and the wedding party, Michael presented a surprise he had worked on for months: a slideshow detailing his and Amanda's relationship, and a hilarious dance routine featuring the groomsmen and several fun props, including feather boas. This started the dance party off right, and guests had so much fun we could hardly get them to leave when it was time to send Amanda and Michael off in a cloud of bubbles, to their honeymoon in Japan.
My Favorite Detail
Michael had handmade and painted a Mr. and Mrs. cornhole set, which he insisted I set out for everyone to see, even though it was pouring rain and no one actually played it! I have to say, he did do a great job with it!
My Favorite Moment
The DJ brilliantly got the guests to find their seats for dinner and entertained them with a trivia game about the bride and groom, which allowed us to line up the wedding party for the introductions unobtrusively (even though I really had nowhere to hide them). It was perfect!
Ceremony and Reception Chattahoochee Nature Center
Officiant Jeremiah O'Keefe-West
Photographer Melissa Prosser
Videographer Bob's Eye View Weddings
Hair and Makeup Sineat Heintzelman
Caterer D.B.A Barbecue
Florist Alpharetta Flower Market
Rentals Tents Tents Tents
DJ Blaze The Tables, Johnny and Richard
Baker Confection Perfection
Photo Booth Robot Booth
Transportation Atlantic Limousine
Host Hotel DoubleTree Roswell