Jahna & Nick, married 12 March 2021, Dockside at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. To kick off the spring season, I was gratified to find myself back at one of my favorite Atlanta venues, where I got my start back in the day. Jahna and Nick’s previous wedding officiant bailed out on them a few weeks prior to the wedding and it was my honor to step in and marry them. Also, L-O-V-E their circular backdrop!
Leslie & Daniel,
married 20 March 2021, at First Presbyterian Church and Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia. A classic Atlanta wedding, complete with a trolley for the couple and their wedding party! Thankfully the pandemic had subsided enough this spring to allow this kind of large event, which at one point seemed to be only a distant memory. See more photos from fabulous photographers Anna and Spencer here
Amber & Tommy, married 3 April 2021, at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, Georgia. A sign of the times: I met the bride in person for the first time as she arrived at the altar for the ceremony! #covidwedding
Christina & Dennis, married 1 May 2021, at Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, Georgia. A stunning spring day overlooking the Chihuly sculpture, an adorable pup, and a family tea ceremony to honor the couple’s Asian heritage.
Kelsey & Luke, married 15 May 2021, at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. One word: giraffes! This is pretty much the coolest setting EVER for a ceremony, overlooking the lovely giraffe enclosure at the zoo. These beautiful creatures were fascinated by the strings group, and were so close to us during the ceremony that the bride was distracted from her cues at more than one point!
Bruce & Justin, married 16 May 2021, at the Old Decatur Courthouse in Decatur, Georgia. We included a letter box unity ritual into this ceremony, to honor the notes and letters Bruce and Justin have left for each other ever since they first began dating. They wrote letters to each other, and during the ceremony, placed them in a specially made box, to be opened on their first anniversary. So sweet!
Jessica & Mark, married 12 June 2021, at Steady Hand Beer Co. in Atlanta, Georgia.
A simple and beautiful ceremony, which incorporated one of my favorite readings: To Love Is Not To Possess, by James Kavanaugh. A sample:
“Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony”
Sarah & Stephen, married 5 August 2021, at Winn Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
My favorite memory: being pelted with acorns during the entire ceremony (this is apparently a mast year
for the oaks). What better symbol for good luck and new life, especially as Sarah was 8 months pregnant!
Lauren & Adam, vow renewal and celebration on 18 September 2021, at Studio 887 in Atlanta, Georgia. There is really no bigger honor than to be chosen again… I married Lauren and Adam last year in a tiny ceremony, and they called me back to officiate their renewal of their vows a year later. And talked me into coordinating the party as well! #happytohelp
Lani & Alana, married 10 October 2021, at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia. We kept the faith… even after postponing their wedding for a year due to covid, everything worked out perfectly for this gorgeous couple. I’m so very grateful to have been a part of their celebration… and that I pronounced Grandma’s name correctly!
Amelia & Adam, married 16 October 2021 at Capital City Club Brookhaven in Brookhaven, Georgia. Once again I had the honor of working with a fabulous family twice…what a joy to co-create Amelia and Adam’s “starry night” wedding with Amelia’s mom! And we survived the unexpected gale-force winds on the wedding day to boot!
Ivory & Zack, married 17 October 2021 at The Barn at Young Harris in Young Harris, Georgia. A simply stunning ceremony location, in a field beneath a majestic tree. Ivory’s sweet pup Bear was the ring bearer (get it? Bear-er…) and an active participant in the ceremony, making him the winner of 2021’s MIP (Most Important Pup) award!
Leigh & Jay, married 21 October 2021 at the Golf Clubhouse at Big Canoe, Georgia.
I truly felt like part of the family, as I officiated and coordinated this family-only, 10-guest wedding in the mountain retreat of Big Canoe. My favorite moment: privately blessing the ceremony space (as I always do) and the harpist spontaneously playing to add her own blessing.
Ingy & Mitchell, married 23 October 2021 at home in Powder Springs, Georgia.
Ingy wanted the ceremony very short and very simple, and she challenged me to say everything that was necessary and not one word more… very in keeping with the sentiment of their reading from the Tao Te Ching (a sacred text also very dear to my heart).
Kaki & Jeff, married 14 November 2021 at Peachtree Road UMC and Fernbank, in Atlanta, Georgia. My journey with this wonderful family was a long and winding road, culminating in Kaki and Jeff’s dream-come-true celebration at her home church and with the dinosaurs at Fernbank. A perfect end to a perfect last year in my own hometown! #ATL
MIP (Most Important Pup) Award
To Bear, as mentioned above… with honorable mention to Christina and Dennis’s sweet but shy pup Bailey. Yes, I’m pup-obsessed. No, I’m not sorry! #pupsarethebest
Coolest Entertainment Award
To Amelia and Adam, for the Persian drum group who thrilled and delighted the crowd with a traditional dabke performance. I especially loved how the men in Adam’s family jumped right in – they knew all the steps!
Client Loyalty and Longevity Award
To Kaki and Jeff, my longest-running clients. I worked with them and Kaki’s parents for three years as we planned not one, not two, not three, but four events. They were my first covid cancellation in spring 2020 and pushed their big celebration forward twice (third time was finally the charm in November!). In the meantime, they married in a tiny ceremony in June of 2020, on Loving Day
(very significant as Jeff is a lawyer and of Asian descent). I can honestly say, after all we’ve been through together over the years, I feel like we are part of each other’s families. Here’s me with Kaki’s mom Catherine, at Amelia and Adam’s wedding (Catherine and Amelia’s mom, also named Amelia, are dear friends).