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April Bride of the Month | Alex

Meet Alex, our April Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Sam, are getting married June 2018 at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, GA.

How did the both of you meet? We met Sophomore year at UGA. We were friends for a year until he asked me on his Fraternity’s date night.

How did he propose? Sam proposed at his family’s lake house. There is a country club up there where we had 5pm “dinner reservations.”  He insisted we go around 4:30pm to check out the view and have a drink on the patio. We went early, and were checking out the view, when he squared my shoulders to his and started to propose. Turns out he had a photographer there to take pictures of the whole thing and that I was misled to believe was shooting a Valentine’s day promotion for the club. The club wasn’t even open to the public that day! They had a few people there just so he could propose. It was an amazing moment that we shared, while taking in that gorgeous view.

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process? We both have huge families, so trying to accommodate both sides has been challenging! The most fun part has definitely been picking out the band and putting together our own kind of style to it. We love anything 60s, 70s, and soul, so it’s been a blast!

Congratulations Alex and Sam! We can’t wait to see the photos of the wedding!

Green with Envy

Bridal Extravaganza Award Winners Share a Little Green

What better way to celebrate everything green – St Patrick’s Day, the first day of Spring and of course, spring weddings with the refreshing and revitalizing shade of Pantone’s color of the year “Greenery.”

Natures neutral, “Greenery” is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens renew our spirit of love.

So, what does this mean for Spring weddings? Designer Shean Strong of Shean Strong Floral Design said “After seeing this beautiful Martinique Banana Leaf pattern pillow that Collection Event Furnishing had just received, I knew we had to include that pattern, along with the new color, greenery. 

Shean believes that brides should consider adding various greens into their wedding décor to create a lush organic feeling that is natural and not contrived or forced.  Shean incorporated lush greenery in a variety of wedding details for his romantic design gallery featuring Barnsley Gardens, Collection Event Furnishings and Events of A Lifetime. The textures, shapes and colors really made the gallery pop for this design that won Best Design Gallery at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta.

And what better way to celebrate your big day than a roof top garden wedding in the heart of downtown Atlanta at the stunning Ventanas!  Designer, JWilbur Smith of Eventscapes Atlanta  won the Best Booth Award at the January 2017 Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. “Designing the area was a delight, with a focus on bringing nature indoors with the Pantone color of the year – Greenery, as well as featured floral statements with stunning white phaleanopsis orchids!” said Jwilbur Smith.

Green is a bold color, but there are gorgeous shades and variations you can include in your wedding décor during any season.  Look for variegated foliage and textures that are unique. This helps create an aesthetic that is able to play with multiple color palettes and make your wedding green with envy!

  photos by Janet Howard Studio

 

March Bride of the Month | Liz

Meet Liz, our March Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Eryk, are getting married at the Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, GA.

How did the both of you meet?

We met through our good college friends, Adelyn and Brock, at a UGA house party. We bonded over our common appreciation of UNC basketball. Eryk being the slightly more dedicated fan than me! A few weeks later, I needed a date for my sorority’s Tacky Christmas night, and Adelyn thought that Eryk would be the perfect date for me. The Tacky Christmas date night went off without a hitch, and Eryk and I began a friendship that neither knew would result in marriage. We’ve been together for three fun years full of eating our way through Atlanta, Hawks games, trips to our family farm, hikes along the Chattahoochee, and some games of 1-on-1 at the YMCA.

How did he propose?

This past October, Eryk and I had booked a little cabin up in Bryson City, NC, one of my favorite places to spend a weekend in the mountains. We woke up on Saturday to hike the Chimney Tops Trail, which is a steep, rugged trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that rewards hikers with beautiful, panoramic views at the top. I am not normally afraid of heights, but Eryk really wanted me to hike out along the spine of the mountain away from the crowds despite my reservations. I had no idea why he wanted to hike out so far from everyone until he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! Definitely the best surprise of my life.

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process?

My mom passed away two years ago, and it has been pretty tough at times planning the wedding without her to share in the excitement. We were very close. Supportive family and friends have made wedding planning a little easier though, and I am so thankful for everyone’s help.

While wedding planning can feel daunting at times, I’ve really enjoyed planning the setup, decor, and floral arrangements for our ceremony and reception with our florist, Carla, and wedding coordinator, Allison. There’s nothing more beautiful than a room full of fresh flowers and greenery. I’m also excited about our cocktail buffet style reception so that our guests can mix and mingle with each other!

Congratulations Liz and Eryk! We wish you years of happiness together!

January Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta Award Winners

Atlanta’s best wedding professionals pulled out all the stops and wowed engaged couples at Bridal Extravaganza! It was a difficult decision but brides and grooms chose their favorites. Drum roll please…announcing the award winners from the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017! Congratulations! They all were amazing!

Best Gallery Design Award

Barnsley Gardens Resort, Events of a Lifetime, Shean Strong Floral Design, Collection Event Furnishings and Paper Parfait

Bride’s Choice Award

Perfect Wedding Cake

Best Booth Award

Venatanas and EventScapes

Spirit Award 

Impression Bridal

Photos by Janet Howard Studio

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is Today!

Today is the Day! 
We can’t wait to see you at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta 
today from 12-5 pm
 
 Trends & Inspiration with stunning design galleries, couture fashion shows, tasty treats & fabulous prizes!!  
You’ll find everything from Yes to I Do!
 
Meet Atlanta’s most talented and creative wedding professionals!
You’ll find everything you need from Yes to I Do!
 
Featured Events:
 
The Best Ever Giveaways!
Brides can win everything from Romantic Honeymoons to a Wedding Gown as well as awesome door prizes from the exhibitors!
 
The Knot Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!
Choose what you want to win for your wedding. Everything from the venue to the cake! See all the details here!

Themed Wedding Galleries & More!
Browse through spectacular themed wedding galleries designed by Atlanta’s best wedding professionals. See the hottest trends of the season that will personalize your celebration and make your wedding unforgettable.

Swag Bag!
Arrive early! The 1st 200 brides receive a Knot swag bag!
P.S. It’s not too late to buy tickets! 
Save $5 if you buy your tickets in advance
 
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303

1 More Day Until Bridal Extravaganza

Reason #12 why you should be at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29th
 
12 lucky brides will win what they want for their wedding from these amazing sponsors! 

Bride Beautiful | $2000 Gift Certificate towards a Wedding Gown

From Sir With Love | Exclusive Engaged Gift for Him & Her 
($150 value)

Laura Burchfield Events | Wedding Planning Consulting Package ($1500 value)

Lethal Rhythms Entertainment | Lighting Package ($500 value)

Liz Erikson Photography | 90 minute Atlanta Engagement Session + 16×20 print ($1350 value)

Men’s Wearhouse | Six Gift Certificates for Tuxedo Rentals 
($1320 value)

{palate} catering & design | $1000 Gift Certificate towards Bridal Decor

Paper Parfait | $500 Gift Certificate for a Custom Wedding Invitation Suite order of $1,750 or more

Perfect Wedding Cake | One Wedding Cake ($700 max value)

Shutterbooth Atlanta | 4-hour Photobooth with Online Gallery & Custom Monogram ($800 value)

Southern Portrait & Video | Documentary Style Edited Love Story (up to $1250 value)

Venetian Room | Complimentary Venue Rental for 7 Hours Total ($3500 value)
See the prize stipulations and the official rules and regulations here
Brides can register at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta to win one of 
3 exotic honeymoons to celebrate your “I do’s” in style! 
Visit All Travel Company‘s booth to register to win a honeymoon to Secrets Silversands in Mexico! 
Visit About Going Places Luxury Travel Pavilion to register for a chance to win a honeymoon to El Dorado Royale in Mexico or Calabash Cove in St. Lucia! 
 
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303

2 More Days Until Bridal Extravaganza

Reason #11 why you should be at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29th
 
TWO couture fashion shows highlighting the latest styles in wedding gowns! You’re sure to find the ONE! 
Each fashion show will feature different designers! 
 
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303

3 More Days Until Bridal Extravaganza

Reason #10 why you should be at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29th
 
 
12 lucky brides will win what they want for their wedding from these amazing sponsors! 

Bride Beautiful | $2000 Gift Certificate towards a Wedding Gown

From Sir With Love | Exclusive Engaged Gift for Him & Her 
($150 value)

Laura Burchfield Events | Wedding Planning Consulting Package ($1500 value)

Lethal Rhythms Entertainment | Lighting Package ($1500 value)

Liz Erikson Photography | 90 minute Atlanta Engagement Session + 16×20 print ($1350 value)

Men’s Wearhouse | Six Gift Certificates for Tuxedo Rentals 
($1320 value)

{palate} catering & design | $1000 Gift Certificate towards Bridal Decor

Paper Parfait | $500 Gift Certificate for a Custom Wedding Invitation Suite order of $1,750 or more

Perfect Wedding Cake | One Wedding Cake ($700 max value)

Shutterbooth Atlanta | 4-hour Photobooth with Online Gallery & Custom Monogram ($800 value)

Southern Portrait & Video | Documentary Style Edited Love Story (up to $1250 value)

Venetian Room | Complimentary Venue Rental for 7 Hours Total ($3500 value)
See the prize stipulations and the official rules and regulations here
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303

4 More Days Until Bridal Extravaganza

Reason #9 why you should be at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29th
 
Brides can register at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta to win one of 
3 exotic honeymoons to celebrate your “I do’s” in style! 
 
Honeymoon #1 
Secrets Silversands Resort along the gorgeous Riviera Maya coastline from All Travel Company 
 
Honeymoon #2 
El Dorado Royale Spa & Resort in Mexico from About Going Places
 
Honeymoon #3 
Calabash Cove in St Lucia from About Going Places
 
Stop by All Travel Company and About Going Places at the 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta and register to win! 
Now where is that cocktail with the umbrella?

The winner will be announced at the 4:00pm Fashion Show. 
 
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303

5 More Days Until Bridal Extravaganza

Reason #8 why you should be at the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29th
 
Win a gorgeous gown in the Wedding Gown Giveaway from Atlanta’s top bridal salons! Visit the gown gallery and choose the wedding gown that you would like to win most. Drop the ticket you receive at registration in the box next to the dress or prize that you want to win!
You could be one of our lucky winners at the 2pm fashion show!
 
Get Tickets Here! 
 
Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta
The South’s Most Beautiful Bridal Event
Sunday, January 29, 2017  12-5pm
 
The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart 
230 Ted Turner Dr, Atlanta GA 30303