Emily & Chris
February 18, 2012 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
Chris is the pastor at Morningside Baptist, and as such, the ceremony was the most important part of the wedding for him and Emily. It was an incredibly personalized, meaningful ceremony, complete with several songs (sung by a choir of Emily's friends, who were accompanied by several musicians), communion for all the congregants (handed out by the bride and groom themselves), and officiated by one of their professors from Emory. Emily had also incorporated many cherished family heirlooms and traditions. The ceremony was followed by a traditional dinner and dance at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Again, Emily infused the evening with personal touches - from a memory table with photos of family weddings, to the cake, which was designed to look like her gown.
My Favorite Detail
My clients are always looking for creative ideas, and Emily certainly had one for the escort cards. Each guest found their name and table number on a miniature mirror, which were all displayed on a table with lots of candlelight, to reflect the meaning each person had in Chris and Emily's lives.
My Favorite Moment
At the Georgian Terrace, it's a well-loved tradition for the bride to toss her bouquet from the balcony where the stars of Gone With The Wind appeared at the world premiere. Emily and Chris took this tradition a step further and were introduced into the reception by appearing on the balcony. The guests loved it - and so did the couple!
Ceremony Morningside Baptist Church
Reception The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Officiant Dr. Brent Strawn
Photographer Evin Photography (Nashville)
Videographer Sterling Cinematics
Caterer The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Baker Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes
Florist Foxgloves and Ivy
Organist Dr. Don Saliers
Soloist/Vocal Coordinator Audriana Farris
Band Moxie Band
Hair Jessica Rodie
Makeup Lindsey Currado
Transportation Affordable Limo
Comments From The Couple
When I got engaged, my mom insisted I get a wedding planner right away. Since I had been planning my wedding for years and have a flair for event planning myself, I was dying to get things underway myself (I had the binder, tabs, and everything a week after he popped the question). After a couple head-to-head arguments with my mom, a friend of mine suggested a day-of planner: the brilliant compromise.
Daria came in after another wedding planner I had contracted with had to bow out due to a move across the country unexpectedly a month into our contract. Daria stepped in seamlessly and was the perfect answer to my prayers for a day-of coordinator. We met a few times several weeks out before the big day, which was helpful to make sure I was on track. She helped me think of things I hadn't covered and checked up on me now and then to make sure I had followed through on my planning. She was always available by email or phone, which was super, just to know she was accessible when needed. She was a fabulous sounding board for concerns I had, and her fount of knowledge and experience was most helpful.
For the event itself, Daria organized the rehearsal (music to my mom's ears), then took care of all the behind-the-scenes details the day-of (who puts out the programs? who finds the person in charge of the music? who does crisis management when a candle won't light? who tells the band we have to switch the dances up due to a delay?) Daria coordinated with all the vendors so I didn't have to, which was a huge weight off my shoulders. It was great knowing my family could enjoy every moment of the day without being wrapped up in the technicalities.
I highly recommend Daria for her organization, sense of responsibility, intuition, and thoroughness!
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Comments From The Vendors
"I just wanted to say that it was great working with you for Emily and Chris' wedding. I appreciate how you kept everything neat and orderly which really helped make the day perfect for the happy couple." Steve (videographer)
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Photos courtesy of Evin Krehbiel, Evin Photography.