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-Anne (MOB)     


Sarah & Billy
December 31, 2015 · Atlanta, GA

About The Wedding
All I can really say about this amazing wedding is WOW! With 330 guests, two venues, three hotels, at least 18 separate vendors and three days of set-up, (not to mention a rehearsal dinner/welcome party the night before for 180 guests), it was complicated, labor intensive, and absolutely stunning. It was my first New Year's Eve wedding, and what a way to end the year! Sarah and Billy met in London and live in New York, where she works for Paperless Post. Her family is here in Atlanta, while Billy's family is in Richmond, VA. I worked closely with Sarah's mom, Anne, who envisioned and brought to life every single detail, from the family heirlooms incorporated in the decor, to the fun New Year's Eve favors, and everything in between. After a lovely rehearsal dinner/welcome party for all the out of towners the night before, the wedding day dawned clear and mild (such a blessing after the terrible rainy fall we've had!). The girls relaxed in Sarah's suite at the Four Seasons, while Billy and the guys checked out Top Golf and then dressed at the W Midtown. Trollies picked everyone up and we met at the church for sweet First Look photos, complete with a cameo appearance by Monty, Sarah and Billy's pup. First Presbyterian, a historic Midtown church, is Sarah's family church, and they were so grateful that Dr. Wirth came out of retirement to officiate the ceremony. Sarah was regal as she processed with her dad to Highland Cathedral, and she and Billy exchanged vows in a simple, beautiful ceremony, surrounded by a wedding party of 30 (yes, you read that correctly!) of their closest friends, plus Billy's niece as the flower girl. Afterwards, everyone headed to the Club to PARTY!


One of the really outstanding things about this wedding was the decor and how it all came together. We used all three floors of the Club (which had not been done before): cocktail hour was on the first floor (including the porch), dinner was on the second and third floors), and then guests returned downstairs for desserts and dancing on the first floor. Between this movement and the many, many decor elements, it could have been very difficult. Instead, due to all of our amazing vendors and the fabulous Club staff, everything went smoothly! When guests arrived at the Club, they were greeted with passed appetizers and specialty cocktails. Once the chimes were rung, they headed upstairs to the incredibly beautiful ballrooms, which were resplendent with custom linens, chargers, specialty plates, gorgeous flowers (those red peonies!), and candlelight. Sarah literally screamed with joy when we showed her the room privately before everyone was seated! After dinner, guests headed back downstairs, where the rooms had been transformed with sparkly New Year's Eve decor and fun props - which were a huge hit! Sarah and Billy cut the cake and then the party really cranked up! The band was absolutely amazing as they played a non-stop 3 hour dance set, and guests danced, visited, went to the photo booth, enjoyed the dessert bar and generally had a wild and crazy time. Of course, we had a countdown at midnight, complete with a balloon drop. At last, it was time for Sarah and Billy to depart in a vintage car (which was Billy's surprise for her), as guests lit sparklers. What a way to ring out the old year and start a new life together!


My Favorite Detail
There were actually two: one for the ceremony and one for the reception. The florist very creatively fashioned flowers to attach to the crutches one of the bridesmaids was on, in lieu of a bouquet for her. Such a nice, thoughtful touch, so she didn't have to juggle a bouquet! For the reception, Sarah had printed a huge cutout of Monty's head to use at the photo booth. It didn't last long there, but instead migrated to the dance floor, where it was wildly waved about throughout the evening.


My Favorite Moment
As regular readers know, I constantly strive to provide my couples with a little alone time whenever possible on the wedding day. It can get so crazy with time flying by and all the people to talk to, I just think it's important to grab those moments to spend with each other whenever possible. Towards the end of the evening, I was so happy to see Sarah and Billy come out from the huge crowd on the dance floor to the back of the room and dance by themselves with a little breathing room. They were clearly in their own world. I love to see my couples enjoying themselves like that!


Venues
Ceremony First Presbyterian Church
Reception Capital City Club Downtown


Services
Officiant
Dr. George Wirth
Photographer
Laura Negri Photography
Organist
Jens Korndoerfer
Soloist
Heather Witt
Hair
Milly Wilson
Makeup
Page Luther
Bridal Gown
Joan Pillow
Bridesmaids' Gown Designer
Abbey Glass
Florist
Faith Flowers
Band
Big Blast and the Party Masters
Catering and Baker
Capital City Club Downtown
Pianist
Jim Boehm
Chairs and Plates
Peachtree Tents and Events
Appetizer Plates Vintage English Teacup
Lounge Furniture Peachtree Tents and Events (Collection)
Lighted Trees Total Plant and Floral
Balloon Drop Balloonacy
Lighting Unique Event Elements
Linens I Do Linens
Photo Booth Shutterbooth
Host Hotels The Four Seasons, W Midtown, Loews
Transportation (Wedding Party) Premier Trolley
Transportation (Guests) Atlantic Limousine
Stationery and Paper Goods Paperless Post
Rehearsal Dinner Piedmont Driving Club


 


Design: Butler Creative | Programming: Ben McMath