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September Bride of the Month | Emily

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. 

August Bride of the Month | Tosin

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. 

Engagement photos courtesy of Inije Photography

July Bride of the Month | Melissa

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. 

Engagement photos by Peter Togel Photography

June Bride of the Month | Tiffany

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!”

Engagement photos: Daniels Art & Photography

November Bride of the Month | Kimberly

Meet Kimberly, our November Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Brad, are getting married in Williamson, Georgia in May 2017! 

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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! 

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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! 

September Bride of the Month – Summer

Meet Summer, our September Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Seth, are getting married in April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia! 

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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.

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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!

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Congratulations Summer and Seth! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

August Bride of the Month – Shanice

Meet Shanice, our August Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Kirk, are getting married in March 2017 in Decatur, Georgia!

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How did he propose? Kirk proposed on the balcony of the winery at Chateau Elan in Braselton. Kirk and I love wine tastings, so I had been asking to visit the vineyard for months. Little did I know he was planning the most perfect proposal.

When we arrived for the tasting, the evening crowd had not yet arrived so we were the only two guests in the winery making for a romantic atmosphere. In the middle of the tasting, Kirk asked if we could watch the sunset from the balcony upstairs. He’s romantic like that so I didn’t think it was out of the norm. After an intimate conversation about our lives together and our love, he dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife! He arranged for a photographer to be there to capture the moment. I’m so happy we get to cherish photos of the day our lives changed. After the proposal, we enjoyed champagne and an amazing view of the vineyard in pure bliss!

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What has been the most fun and the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? The most fun part of the wedding planning process has been selecting our vendors. We take pride in the professionals we’ve selected so far, and we really want them to not only help produce our day, but be a part of our day. We’ve taken the time to meet, greet, taste and sip with all of them! 

The most difficult part has been making the decisions. There is so much variety in the wedding industry, and sometimes it’s hard to pick. All in all, we think our wedding day will represent us 100%. 

Congratulations Shanice and Kirk! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

 

July Bride of the Month – Nicole

Meet Nicole, our July Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Kyle, are getting married in September 2016 in Milton, Georgia!

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How did he propose? One day last fall, Kyle and I went to the Roswell Mill and hiked up to the waterfall. On the hike up, Kyle was very talkative and a lady waved very enthusiastically as she passed by us. Thankfully, Kyle’s best friend Landon was already at the top kicking out all the visitors, saying “Everyone leave! My best friend’s about to propose to his girlfriend!” (which explains why that lady was so excited to see us). 

When we got to the ledge in front of the waterfall, Kyle asked me if I remembered the last time we came there, when I had pointed out that the ledge would be a beautiful place for a proposal. He then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, where he claims I said nothing and just cried! But considering I’ve been planning since that day, I think it was a yes!

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What has been the most difficult and most fun parts of your wedding planning process? The most fun parts have been bridal showers, food tasting, trying on dresses and getting closer with Kyle’s family. The most difficult parts have been hearing so many opinions, trying to pick dates for the bachelorette party and showers and seeing the final bill–yikes! But it’s so worth it!

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Congratulations Nicole and Kyle! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

All photos in this post courtesy of Tiffany Loera, Wedding + Senior Photographer

June Bride of the Month – Emily

Meet Emily, our June Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Thomas, are getting married this month in Columbus, Georgia!

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How did he propose? The first place Thomas and I spent a significant amount of time together was at Passion City Church in Atlanta one weekend with Thomas’s sister, Elizabeth. This past December, Thomas asked if I would like to go back to Passion City Church to celebrate our year and a half dating anniversary. He also made reservations for the two of us at Benihana’s to celebrate. After we sat down at our table, Thomas asked if I could stand up because he had a few things he wanted to tell me. He told me how his love for me had remained constant, despite any ups and downs in our relationship. Then he asked me to marry him as his best friend and soulmate!

On the drive home, I asked Thomas if I should call some friends and family to let them know that he had proposed. But Thomas told me they already knew! We then pulled up to my parent’s driveway and saw all of my closest family and friends there to greet us. Thomas had surprised me again! It was a truly special day that I will never forget.

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What are the most fun and most difficult parts of the wedding planning process? I have loved getting to plan the ceremony because it is neat to be able to choose how you would like to capture and express your love for one another in front of family and friends. I have also enjoyed all of the many ways that family and friends have expressed their love and support for us, through encouragement, cards, gifts and by offering to throw us showers. The experience has been truly priceless, and something I will always be thankful for and cherish. 

Overall, I think the two most challenging parts of planning were setting a date and figuring out the guest list. All of a sudden you find yourself with a much bigger guest list than you were expecting, and are faced with the decision to either narrow it down or simply have a bigger wedding. This process can be frustrating, but in the end it is all worth it when you get to celebrate one of the most important days of your life with family and friends by your side.

Congratulations Emily and Thomas! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos! 

Photos by Marion’s Photography of Columbus, GA

April Bride of the Month | Lydia

Meet Lydia, our April Bride of the Month! She and her fiance, Garron, are getting married in March 2017 in Enterprise, Alabama! 

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How did he propose? Garron is from Flint, Michigan and I am from a small town in Alabama. He and I met through one of my girlfriends in March of 2012 in New York City.  I was interning with a television news station at the time, and he was in town visiting friends who were vacationing in NY. We met on the sidewalk outside of my apartment. 

On my birthday in 2015, his gift to me was tickets to the NY Yankees baseball game on the Fourth of July. This was our first trip to NY since we first met in 2012. I wanted to visit my old apartment because I had not been to it in three years. We took a picture in front of it, and after the picture he dropped down on one knee and proposed. Both of our families were hiding out across the street, and they captured the moment. I had no idea they all flew to New York for the engagement. 

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What has been the most difficult and the most fun part of the wedding planning process? The most difficult part of wedding planning has been a combination of planning, school and distance. Our wedding will be in my hometown in Alabama. Garron works in athletics at a university in Michigan, and I am finishing law school in Kansas City. Luckily, my decorator, director and mother are a huge help with the process, but our schedules sometimes make things more difficult. 

The most fun part of the planning was dress shopping. I said yes to the dress at Winnie Couture in Atlanta the weekend of Bridal Extravaganza. It was the first dress that I tried on, and it was absolutely perfect. Sharing the moment with my mother was simply priceless.

Congratulations Lydia and Garron! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!