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A Wonderful Year: 2009 Weddings and Stories

A retrospective of 15 years of our celebrations of love. These are the stories of a wonderful year. Welcome!

2009 was a year of growth in so many ways. I ventured out of Atlanta for several weddings in the surrounding environs; and I planned and coordinated my first two Indian weddings!

Even in the depths of the Great Recession, couples were still getting married. The weddings may have been smaller and less elaborate, but people were determined to celebrate milestone events, which they had planned for and saved for over the years. Shades of what was to come in 2020 with the pandemic… love can never be canceled!

Daria was so helpful with my wedding – everything ran smoothly & perfectly! My parents were SO grateful, because instead of being stressed out about little details, they were able to enjoy their guests at the reception, and my husband and I were able to do the same. She helped me find a band, transportation, worked with the florist, the catering managers, and the church – every last detail was covered and I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding day! It was so nice to have someone who is knowledgeable about other vendors in the area & could recommend other reputable and dependable people. Everything flowed as planned from start to finish. Our wedding definitely wouldn’t have been the same without her! ~ Sarah

2009 Events

Kelly & Jamie, married March 21, 2009 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the second year in a row with the first wedding of the year at one of my favorite historic Atlanta properties! I wonder if I can go three for three?

Rebecca & Ben, married April 4, 2009 at Tucker Plantation near Athens, Georgia. When I say this incredible property is in the middle of nowhere, I am not exaggerating! My first farm wedding and it was lovely.

Angela & Nilesh, married April 18, 2009 at Le Bam in Atlanta, Georgia. My first Indian wedding, for which the groom literally arrived on a white horse, surrounded by drummers. Fabulous!

Bethany & Justin, married May 16, 2009 at the Atlanta History Center. At this wedding I gained more proof that weather miracles really do happen. Despite torrential rain the entire morning, Bethany kept the faith and insisted that the ceremony be outside – and it cleared up literally minutes before she processed!

Rosalia & Sal, married June 26-27, 2009 at Ashiana in Norcross, Georgia (for the Hindu ceremony and party on Friday), and Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the HIGH Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday! I’ve never before (or since) done a wedding which included both Indian drummers AND a mariachi band!

Teresa & Tiffany, married July 18, 2009 at Peach Brandy Cottage in Dawsonville, Georgia. If you think an outdoor wedding in July in Georgia is HOT, you’re right! 

Kelly & Rod, married July 25, 2009 at The Piedmont Room in Atlanta, Georgia. Their orange and blue decor honored their deep love of Auburn. 

Sarah & Campbell, married August 1, 2009 at Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia, a famous and historic Atlanta landmark Club.

Kim & Andy, married August 22, 2009 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, Georgia. My first wedding at another historic Atlanta landmark! Andy’s late mother was friends with my mother and it was an honor to coordinate his wedding.

Martha & Fred, married August 29, 2009 at St. Andrew Catholic Church and Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia. The perfect venue for these two golf enthusiasts!

Elaine & Mitch, married October 3, 2009 at the Solarium in Decatur, Georgia. I loved their intimate outdoor ceremony, held not in the front of the venue as is usually done, but tucked back in a secret garden area. 

M & W, married October 10, 2009 at Ivy Hall in Roswell, Georgia. They wanted a simple ceremony followed by a rocking’ dance party… check, and check!

Nicole & Chris, married October 24, 2009 at Clara Meer Dock at Piedmont Park and Stella restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple bought out their favorite restaurant and filled every table with hundreds of candles for a magical effect!

Katie & Ben, married November 7, 2009 at Magnolia Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. They work in Washington, D.C., and were excited to come home to Atlanta for their wedding. 

Lora & Josh, married November 8, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. I must confess the Horah still makes me a bit nervous… hang on to those chairs! After this wedding where they wisely brought their own dining room chairs, I learned to insist we use chairs with arms!

Sabrina & Tim, married November 15, 2009 at Magnolia Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. Did anyone happen to note that I am spending another fall in my favorite place, Piedmont Park! This fall the weather and the foliage were spectacular!

Lindsey & Adam, married December 5, 2009 at Snellville UMC and Summit Chase  Country Club in Snellville, Georgia. The Club was so warm and welcoming with all the holiday decor!

Lindsay & George, married December 19, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Magnolia Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. This sweet family became very special to me, and ten years later I would coordinate Lindsay’s sister’s wedding as well!

Most Idyllic Scenery Award

To Rebecca and Ben, for the baby horses who made a surprise appearance on the day of their wedding! Unfortunately I don’t have a photo to share… but they were as adorable as they sound!

Most Interesting Venue Award

To Le Bam Studio, which at the time was located at Piedmont and Monroe in Midtown Atlanta. It was a literal fairyland inside and out, created with incredible vignettes of miniatures, indoor flowers and foliage, and vintage furniture.

Best Favor Award

To Bethany, for the umbrellas she thoughtfully ordered for all her guests, as the wedding week forecast called for rain and she was determined to be married in the Swan House garden, rain or shine! (It did rain so much we had to move the ceremony to the back of the house so as to avoid the mudslide that was the front lawn, but the sun miraculously came out for the I Dos!)

Best Last Dance Song

To W (of M&W), whose only request for the wedding was that I find a band who could play AC/DC. He wanted You Shook Me All Night Long for the last dance song… and he got it! Thanks, Sweetwater Junction!

Best Show of Solidarity Award

To Teresa and Tiffany’s family, some of whom were not being very kind or supportive during the wedding planning process, but who came together on the wedding day in full love and solidarity for the couple; wearing their rainbow ribbon pins with pride, and celebrating love joyfully. #loveislove 

Gratitude to all of my beautiful couples, their families, and our fabulous vendors who worked together to create unforgettable events. 

Blessed Be and Namaste ❤️

Top photo courtesy of Atlanta Photographers

Galley 1 photos courtesy of Shari Zellers Photography, Zoomworks, Atlanta Photographers, Solstice Images, John Campbell Photographers {*caution*}, Melissa Polly, Bayless Photography, The Studio B Photography

Gallery 2 photos courtesy of Lindley’s Photography, Lamar Gee, Our Labour of Love, Nadia D. Photography, Alea Moore, Picture This! Photography, David Christensen, Ron White, W. Scott Chester

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