Meet Ashley, our February bride of the month! Ashley and her fiance Billy had a cozy and picture-perfect engagement session with Horn Photography and Design thanks to the early Georgia snow in December.
Read on to hear about this couple’s engagement story and their visions for the big day at Blue Mountain Vineyard this May.
How did you meet? Billy and I met at Georgia Gwinnett College through a mutual friend. Billy was playing college basketball and I was playing college softball when we crossed paths in the dorm parking lot one day. After about six months of running into each other around campus, we started going on dates.
How did he propose? He proposed on a beautiful sunny morning in Destin while we were on his family beach trip over the 4th of July weekend. We were sitting on the balcony of our condo, watching the waves and talking about how excited we were for graduation. I reached for my phone and when I couldn’t find it, I got frustrated and said “I lose everything,” and Billy responded with m“Please don’t lose this,” and had the ring in his hand. He was so nervous that he forgot everything he was going to say!
What is your vision for your wedding? Our wedding style is rustic chic. Although we are having a big wedding, we want the atmosphere to feel romantic and intimate so that our guests feel like one big family.
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I am most excited about our venue. The ceremony site has beautiful mountains and the background looks surreal. Billy is excited that our photographers will be bringing a TV for the reception so that they can display ceremony and engagement pictures.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning?
Finding the perfect venue took a while because nothing felt just right. Once we did find our dream venue, everything fell into place. Our venue owner recommended Horn Photography to us and we feel like they are going to be lifelong friends.
Best wishes, Ashley and Billy!
Horn Photography and Design: Michelle and Brandon Horn are a husband and wife wedding photography team located in Dahlonega, Georgia. They seamlessly merge creative styles of photography and film to create gorgeous visual imagery to document your love story.
Meet Victoria, our December Bride of the Month. Victoria and Lew’s engagement session byViridian Images was as fun and adorable as this couple.
Read on for a look behind the love story.
Tell us about your love story. My fiance and I met when we were 16. My best friend told me I had to meet this guy because he was perfect for me. We eventually met up a few months later and he was perfect for me! We have been dating ever since.
On July 6, 2017, Lew and I went out for a nice date night in Flowery Branch, his hometown. When we got to the restaurant, our hostess directed us outside while our table was being prepared. We walked outside to grab a seat, I dusted off a chair to sit down, and when I turned around, Lew was down on one knee! I have no idea what he said because I was just ready to say YES! He had a photographer to capture the special moment and a video prepared from all of our friends and family for me to watch. In the video, each of our family members and friends congratulated us and detailed how our relationship had impacted their lives. After dinner, we went back to Lew’s parents home where our families greeted us and had an engagement party the next day.
What does your wedding vision look like? We want the atmosphere of our wedding to be soft and romantic. We want our guests to feel comfortable and know just how much we appreciate them being there for us on our special day. With Christ as the center of our relationship, it was important to us have our ceremony in a church. After, we’ll go to The Chair Factory for a reception where our soft and romantic theme will continue.
Which wedding details are you most excited about? There are so many details about our wedding that I am excited to see come to life. I am very excited about our venue, The Chair Factory. It’s a historic building, but a new venue with exposed brick and wood beams. I’m also excited about a memorial tribute to our family members who are no longer here with us. With heaven so far away, we will have a special memorial outside of our ceremony with pictures and flowers to make them a part of our day.
What has been the most challenging and the best part of wedding planning? The most challenging part of wedding planning has been all of the decisions! We want it to be a special day, and there are so many small details we’ve thought about. Ultimately, we have learned it’s about the marriage, not the wedding, so it makes the details more fun when you look at the big picture and remember you are getting to marry your best friend!
Viridian Images is a husband and wife photography team based in Atlanta. Georgia. With an artistic background, their style has a strong documentary approach. They are always seeking those sincere moments when subjects are camera unaware but photographed from a distinctly artistic perspective.
Our November bride of the month has a modern-day prince charming love story with a love that grew through social media.
Read more about Brittany and Matt’s sweet story below.
When and where are you getting married? We are getting married on November 4, 2017, at a Lewallen Farms.
How did you meet? Matt and I met in the summer of 1999 at Lost Mountain Baptist Church. He was in high school and I was in middle school. Matt played guitar in the church band and thought of himself as a “rock star,” and I wanted nothing to do with him. Many of my friends thought of him as the “heartthrob” of our youth group. I was too busy with school work, cheerleading and was in an awkward teenage phase in my life. We both attended youth functions and socialized as friendly acquaintances. After he graduated high school we lost touch and went our separate ways.
Facebook helped us reconnect later. Matt’s name came across my mutual friends and I sent him a friend request. Within 12 hours, Matt messaged me and this is where the next stage of our relationship began. His opening line was, “Brittany you look amazing”. I sat back and thought for a second about the astronomical odds that Matt Sims, after all these years, would be single and interested in me. After talking all night, Matt asked if I would like to go out for dinner. We met up at Henrys Louisiana Grill and talked the night away. I was so impressed with the man that Matt had become. I was becoming captivated by his hypnotizing blue eyes, infectious smile and big heart. The next morning, I was walking on Cloud 9 and all kinds of emotions went through my mind. He sent me a text message and asked me out on a date. I was trying to not seem too excited or eager and I couldn’t send the word “Yes” back fast enough. For our first official date, we went ice skating in Centennial Park. He was a perfect gentleman and made it a special night that I will never forget. Needless to say, yes, Matt is my Prince Charming and we ended our night with a kiss, beginning our love story.
How did he propose? Matt and I had just gotten back from a zip lining trip in Tennessee and he had been acting a bit strange. He asked if I wanted to go to dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill and go for a walk before dinner. Even though I was upset that he was acting abnormal, I agreed and began getting ready for our date. After dinner, we walked toward the pier and he slowly began to tell me how much he loved me and bent down on one knee. The proposal was a blur! I began to tear up and excitedly said “YES”. I jumped into his arms and he began spinning me around. So excited, he almost dropped the ring into the lake! Then, I began to hear cheering and clapping. Matt had organized my family and some close friends to witness the proposal. Not only were my family and friends there, but Matt had hired photographers to capture this magical moment.
What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our vision is a shabby chic southern wedding that is classy, rustic, and filled with love from our family and friends. We hope our guests will feel the whole Sweet Home Alabama/Steel Magnolia experience and two-step the night away.
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? We are both excited to have all of our family and friends be a part of our big day. I’m personally excited to have Matt see me in my wedding dress!
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of planning for the wedding was choosing the perfect caterer. We wanted our guests to enjoy and experience southern hospitality without having fried chicken and baked beans. Southern Grace was able to provide us with a classy southern cuisine. The most fun part of the wedding planning was taking dance classes together. We were able to cut loose, kick off our Sunday shoes and enjoy time together.
Congratulations to this special couple!
Photos by Janet Howard Studio. Janet is an Atlanta wedding and portrait photographer. Always ready to capture laughter, tears, joy and love, Janet has an editorial approach to both weddings and portraits.
Meet Tia, our October bride of the month! Tia and her groom bleed for their alma mater, so they did their engagement shoot with Made You Look Photo in their best college tees to pay homage to how they met.
Read more about their engagement and wedding story.
When and where are you getting married? We are getting married on October 14, 2017, at a gorgeous intown spot – MGM (Millennium Gate Museum), which is the arch in the center of Atlantic Station/17th street. It looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France and was an architecture design contender for the Eisenhower Memorial.
How did you meet and how did he propose? We both love our ungrads, and our friends introduced us at homecoming one year. He proposed on top of a mountain, inside cloud nine 🙂 We were surrounded by candlelight, family, and friends and the balcony had a sign that said, “Will You Marry Me?”
What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our theme is chic rustic to blend with the outdoor ceremony and reception that we will have at the venue with elevated attire to complement the evening event. Most importantly though, we want our guests to have a blast and party it up!
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? Looking at everyone’s enjoyment and excitement and of course, I’m very excited about tying the knot with my groom! We have a lot of fun food surprises for our guest so that will be fun to watch unfold on the big day.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? Logistics and Logistics. But, we have an awesome event coordinator, Robyne Gordon at Carrie Belle Events, to help us with all of it.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Made You Look PhotoThe Made You Look Photography team consists of award-winning, professional wedding photographers and expert graphic artists/image editors. The team is committed to capturing exceptional high-quality wedding images that uniquely captures those once-in-a-lifetime moments.
Meet Emily, our September Bride of the Month. Emily and her fiance James had a beautiful engagement shoot on the Atlanta Beltline and a wedding planned for September 2, 2017, until James found out he was being deployed in August. The couple planned an elopement and was married on May 24, 2017. Read more about this couple’s amazing story!
When did you get married? We got married on May 24, 2017 at Parish (restaurant on the Beltline in Inman Park). Our original wedding date was September 2, 2017 to be held at the Hunt’s Barn in Dacula, GA, however on May 5th, we found out my husband was being deployed with the Army in August. Therefore, we decided to elope so we could be married before he left!
How did you meet? James and I met on January 3, 2016 while serving at a church conference. Both of us were fully embracing our single seasons and not looking to date. However, that afternoon James saw me from across the room and came over to talk to me. We made minimal small talk before I told him that, “I’m sure you’re a very nice person, but I’m just trying to have some introvert time right now.” James replied with, “Great, so what do you do for work?” and we haven’t stopped talking since.
How did he propose? My birthday is in March, and about three weeks leading up to it, my friends suggested a quick mountain getaway for my birthday weekend. All sounded good to me, and when the day arrived to leave for our trip, they ensured I was dressed up. They told me we were going straight to my birthday dinner restaurant and we would not have time to change. Made sense to me. I put on a new dress I had purchased for the occasion. As we are driving, we had almost reached our destination, and one of my friends suggested that we pull off. The sun was about to set and we could do a champagne toast. They assured me it would allow for great pictures, which is always a good hook. We drove into Tallulah Gorge, and I commented, “Oh, James and I came here last year for my birthday,” but I was still not connecting any dots. We get out of the car, and the temperature has dropped. Fortunately, they were able to convince me to leave my jacket and Uggs behind in the car. We wandered around the trail (in dresses and heels, remember!) for a few minutes until they stopped and handed me a present. I opened it and it was a Bible with my name inscribed on it and a note sticking out where Proverbs 31 is located. The note was from James, and I still did not fully make the connection that I was about to be engaged until mid-way through the note – James is known for his romantic gestures, so it would not have been unusual for him to send a gift with my friends for me to have while I was away. However, I read the note and it said that he had my current name put on the Bible because it would not be my name for long, and wanted to ensure I had one with my maiden name on it first. He ended the note with, “I have one question to ask you, follow the arrows.” I turned around and he had cleared a path and placed marquee arrows to direct me. It was the same path we had hiked last year for my birthday that led to a cliff where we sat and talked for hours. I followed the trail, and eventually made it to James, who had that very spot from the previous year, decorated to perfection. He helped me down to our official “spot” and made a beautiful speech. Then, he got down on one knee and proposed. My response was, “Absolutely, of course!”
What was your overall vision for your wedding? Because our wedding looked different than planned, I’ll give you both visions. For our elopement, our vision was simple. We wanted to make the experience special and get married by a pastor, while still allowing it to feel like a wedding and not just a quickie ceremony. Walking the Beltline is one of our favorite activities. Thus getting married at a restaurant on the Beltline was a no-brainer. Because the restaurant already had a rustic-chic vibe, we barely decorated. We put our focus towards what we would each wear and florals. For our September wedding, our vision was not much different. We wanted something simple that really felt like a big, celebratory dinner party, rather than all the tradition of the wedding. Our goal was to let the vintage barn we were to be married in be the star of the show, complimented by beautiful florals.
Which wedding details have you most enjoyed and why? For both the elopement and full wedding, there were two details I was most excited about. First, to carry my grandmother’s handkerchief around my florals at the elopement (she had recently passed, and I was given her monogrammed handkerchief). Second, to gift my groom the prayers I had been praying for him before we even got married. Oh, and I was also very excited about our dinner for our guests: we were going to do a food truck so that the atmosphere was fun, laid back, and ensured everyone was well fed and having a good time.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of the planning was planning something quick for the elopement – we planned our elopement in two weeks. Generally, it was also very difficult to maintain a reasonable budget; finding vendors we trust coupled with budget friendly pricing was difficult. The most fun was planning the honeymoon – knowing that you’re planning a vacation as newlyweds is almost as blissful as the actual vacation!
Congratulations, Emily and James! We can’t wait to see more pics from Horn Photography and Design of the post-deployment celebration this fall.
Meet Tosin, our August Bride of the Month! Tosin and her fiance Segun are getting married at the beautiful Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree with TWO weddings to honor their cultural traditions. Read more about this couple’s amazing story!
How did you meet? Segun first introduced himself to me on Facebook. We talked for a few months and he eventually crawled his way out of the friend zone and we agreed to meet in New York. We met at JFK and the rest is history. We had an amazing weekend and fell in love.
How did he propose? The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has always been special to us. When I was living in California, I visited Segun and we went there on a date. It was a special day and made me fall in love with Atlanta, I moved here shortly after. New Year’s Eve of last year, Segun arranged for us to go to Garden Lights with family and friends. To my knowledge, we were just going to admire the beautiful lights, but he had other plans. We found ourselves alone in the gardens and he started talking about the last time we had visited and the promises we made to each other. He then opened the door to a wall of flowers where our family and friends were (plus more family on FaceTime), and he asked me to marry him. I said YES!
What is your overall vision for your wedding? I want my wedding to be timeless, beautiful and influenced by culture. We are Nigerian, from the Yoruba tribe, so will be having a traditional wedding on Friday while the regular ceremony and reception will be on Saturday. The traditional Yoruba wedding involves kinsmen from the bride and groom. The groom will make an entrance with his friends and family to ask for his bride from the bride’s family. After the family members have accepted, the bride is ushered in and they start a ceremony of marriage. Ultimately, I hope my guests leave the entire wedding weekend feeling the love between Segun and me.
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I am most excited about walking down the aisle with my brother and seeing old friends and family.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of planning has been the level of detail that goes into planning a two-day wedding – while working and going to school full time. The most fun thing about planning a wedding has been having a partner I can laugh with so I don’t sweat the small stuff!
Congrats, Tosin and Segun! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos.
Meet Melissa, our July Bride of the Month! Melissa and her fiancé Boo are getting married on September 16, 2017 at the Biltmore in Atlanta, GA. Melissa and Boo’s Atlanta engagement session took them for a stroll along the Beltline, a stop at Ponce City Market, and fun in the park.
How did you meet? We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2013 and began dating a month later.
How did he propose? Boo’s cousin asked me to attend a work event with her at Piedmont Park. When we walked through the Charles Allen drive gate entrance, I noticed many people lined up along the walkway and people with signs near the lake. Honestly, I thought it was the finish line for a 5k. When I got closer, I realized the people holding up the signs were my parents and his family members. The signs had photos of my Boo and me throughout our relationship on one side, and on the other side the signs spelled out: “Will you marry me?” He proposed to me in front of the lake with the Atlanta skyline providing a beautiful backdrop. Of course, I said yes!
What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our vision is a Filipino/Catholic and Inidian/Hindu fusion wedding that is sophisticated, fun and colorful. Think Kate Spade styling Rita Hayworth on the set of a Bollywood movie.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult but equally most fun part of wedding planning has been creating an interfaith ceremony that is meaningful to us, respectful to our families’ cultures and traditions, and enjoyable for our guests that will come from all religions and backgrounds.
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I’m most excited about what I’ll be wearing. I’ll be wearing a traditional white wedding dress, mixing it with 1940s hair and makeup, henna on my hands and feet, and Indian bracelets and head jewelry.
Congrats Melissa and Boo! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos.
Meet Tiffany, our Bride of the Month for June! Tiffany and Matthew are getting married at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree on July 1, 2017. Here’s their engagement story.
How did you meet? It was the Grand Opening weekend of BallPark Village, a two story warehouse like building in St. Louis filled with bars and entertainment. We were both hanging out upstairs and saw each other from afar. The line to get in was extremely long, but Matt already had a table inside so while me and a friend were standing in line (and about ready to leave because the line was so long), Matt came over and told us we could skip the line and come in with him because he already had a table.
We were having a great time inside, and I ended up riding the mechanical bull! Matt video recorded me on it, and when I got back to the table he asked if I wanted him to send the video to me – which I knew was a ploy for my number. He was not slick at all. We laughed about it and continued to converse and dance throughout the night. And the rest, as they say, is history.
How did he propose? He proposed to me on May 14, 2016. We were celebrating my mother’s 50th birthday in St. Louis and had invited Matt’s parents to join and meet my mother for the first time. We rented a party bus with my family, and toured all of St. Louis’ landmarks, then had a dinner party at the Chase Park Plaza with a live Jazz band to entertain. We planned to get on the microphone to say some kind words to my mother, but while Matthew was on the microphone making his speech, he talked about how much he could not wait to marry me and proceeded to get down on one knee and propose. My sisters and I cried our eyes out, and I said yes.
What is your overall vision for your wedding? We are getting married at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree. Our wedding will be all white to play off the white marble floors and regal chandeliers. We plan to use floral arrangements made of white hydrangeas, white roses, and white carnation. Our wedding will be a black tie affair and we plan to spoil our guests with special musical performances, including a harpist during the ceremony, a saxophonist during dinner, and a dynamic DJ during the reception. We want our guests to have memorable experience of fine dining and good music with great company.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? We found that nailing down a photographer and videographer was most difficult. It took us time to interview, compare, and contrast multiple artists to find the perfect one. The entire journey of wedding planning has been fun for us. I have not once counted the days until our wedding because I have truly enjoyed each day leading up to the big day. However, Matthew and I had so much fun at the food tasting event that Bold American coordinated for us that we considered sneaking into to a future one, haha!
Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I am most excited about a surprise that will occur during the reception and musical performances that will occur during the ceremony and reception. For now, it’s “top secret!”
Meet Kimberly, our November Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Brad, are getting married in Williamson, Georgia in May 2017!
How did he propose? Brad and I have been together for four and a half years. During this time, there is one thing that we have learned–neither of us can keep a secret! We talked about getting married and we picked out the ring, so I knew it was coming. I just didn’t know exactly when. He was leaving for training in a few months, and I assumed it would be after he returned. We went on our annual Memorial Day getaway to Port St. Joe, Florida–our favorite vacation spot!
Our first night there, Brad was very concerned about the sunset. He even went so far as to look up the exact sunset time! (He NEVER plans anything). We were driving on the beach around sunset, and it was gorgeous. We went through the state park entrance and parked on the beach. Unfortunately, we had to leave early because the park closed at sunset due to turtle mating season. Brad was devastated, but we ended up going to the bay park and walking out to the boardwalk. We started taking some photos and Brad said, “Why don’t you take a picture of this?” I looked over and he was down on one knee with the ring. He was shaking and tearing up; I thought for sure he was going to drop the ring through the gaps in the walkway! But luckily he didn’t and I said yes! It was absolutely beautiful. The best sunset ever!
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process?
Family conflicts have been hard to deal with, but I believe the most difficult part has been the guest list! Trying to nail down family lists, deciding which family friends to invite and which friends we would like to include, etc. Our goal was to invite 150 guests. I gave up at 175!
As for the most fun, I’m so excited to finally be the one making the decisions! (I’m an event coordinator so I’m used to doing what each client would like). But the best part is the time we get to spend together planning. Brad is out of state training for an airline, so when he is home it’s nice to have quality time together to plan the wedding. He is just as excited about everything as I am! I love that he wants to be involved and part of the planning process. Since he is a pilot and I work at a restaurant/museum at an airport, our theme is Fly Away With Us! We are getting married at a restaurant/vintage cars and planes museum and grass runway. It’s actually where we met!
Congratulations Kimberly and Brad! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!
Meet Summer, our September Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Seth, are getting married in April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia!
How did he propose? We had been hiking all day through Acadia National Park north of Portland, Maine and we decided to end the long day down at Sand Beach. We took off our socks and shoes and sat there for a minute with our feet in the water while I was taking pictures with my camera. Seth saw a woman approaching where we were sitting, so he asked me to ask her to take our picture. I agreed and asked if she would take a picture of us on the beach. While I was walking away to go get in the spot, Seth grabbed the lady’s arm and told her to not stop taking pictures! She was a little freaked out by his tone, but she agreed.
While she was taking pictures of us smiling, Seth turned to me and told me “how much he loved me, how I comfort him in times of need and how thankful he is to God that I was placed in his life.” Then he got down on one knee and proposed. I said yes! The lady captured the whole thing on camera and she congratulated us on our new engagement. We never got the lady’s name, but I’m so thankful she got to be a part of our special moment.
What has been the most difficult and most fun part of the wedding planning process?
The most difficult thing so far has been figuring out the budget and what’s worth spending our money on versus what isn’t worth the time and effort. But I think the best part of planning our wedding is getting to see both our families come together in order to be involved with different aspects of the process. For example, both my mom and Seth’s mom are coming with me to pick out a wedding dress. His grandma is sewing a quilt for us to be our guest book, and my grandma will be helping with baking the cake. My dad is building an arch for us to get married underneath. I love the family involvement!
Congratulations Summer and Seth! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!