Helen + Josh

“From this day forward our thoughts and actions will be for each other…our plans   mutual, our joys and sorrows shared as we become one in Christ.”

 

These eloquent words greeted guests on the order of service as they took their seats to enjoy the beautiful union of Helen and Josh and watch these two love birds say “I do” to begin a life together as Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins.

Josh and Helen’s fall wedding was at historic Callanwolde. The crisp, fall air was refreshing for the outside ceremony in Callanwolde’s Amphitheater.  As guests began to walk down the grass covered stones to their seats, a three piece orchestra softly played angelic music. The stone stage was decorated with two gorgeous bouquets opposite of each other. Each bouquet was bursting with white and red roses that were so bright they were seen from the entrance of the Amphitheater. 

The ceremony began at 4:20 PM. One by one the bridesmaids walked down the stone path to the stage. They walked with such poise it was as if they floated down the stairs. Their walk and deep red dresses matched the tone of the wedding—elegance and grace. After the bridesmaids finished walking, all eyes turned to the top of the stairs. Helen emerged from the beautiful tall trees, hand in hand with her father. Smiling from ear to ear, she gracefully walked down the aisle and there was not a dry eye in the Amphitheater. She looked beautiful and serene in her white dress and Josh’s face said it all when their eyes locked— happiness. The couple exchanged their vows and sealed their forever with a kiss.

Following the ceremony, guests walked up the stairs to enjoy cocktail hour at Callanwolde’s Front Patio. The patio décor matched the elegance of the ceremony. There were high boys outside draped with white linens. The centerpieces were tiny tree trunks topped with a white candle inside a bronze lantern. Guests mingled and enjoyed the open bar, both inside and outside. Inside was a beverage table for coffee, water and a whiskey barrel with Josh and Helen’s wedding date and last name, Hopkins, engraved on the wooden barrel.

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the Courtyard, where the reception would take place, transformed into its own special ceremony. Helen and Josh not only blended their two lives together that day, but cultures as well. Helen is Korean and in Korean weddings a scared tradition takes place- Pyebaek. A Pyebaek is a tea ceremony where the bride and groom are surrounded by only family members. The couple drinks tea from both cups for their future of unity together.

Helen and Josh wore traditional Korean attire and the décor for the ceremony was picturesque with color penetrating the room. A wooden divider was the back drop painted with birds perched on branches and flowers. The wooden table, draped with a red and blue table cloth was the centerpiece. The table was covered with treats and other traditional food for the ceremony. Part of the ceremony is to have dates and chestnuts for the couple to eat to symbolize healthy children. As the couple drank their tea and ate the chestnuts, it felt like another presence in the room as Helen and Josh blended their families together— a presence of respect and admiration for one another. It was magical.

Once the ceremony concluded the doors opened for the reception. The reception’s ambiance exuded more elegance and grace. The tables were draped with clean white linens and each table either had a small wooden trunk with poppy flowers in a vase or tall twigs intertwined with white orchids as the centerpieces. White flowers entangled the lavish greenery for the head table and two white block signs with “Mr. and Mrs.” written for the newlyweds decorated the table.

After the bridal party made their entrance, the crowd cheered and clapped as Helen and Josh gallivanted into the ceremony holding hands as Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins. Following the first dance, it was time to eat! Embracing both of their cultures, there were two food rooms. One served American food and the other served Korean food. The reception continued with laughs, cheers and a toast that filled Helen’s eyes with tears of joy.

The night continued with dancing, a garter and bouquet toss and love floating in the air.

We are so fortunate we were able to be a part of Helen and Josh’s magical night. Thank you for entrusting us with your vision.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Rebecca Niccole Weddings | Floral + Décor: Sean O'Keefe Events | Photographer: Craig Obrist  | Videographer: Brandon Andrews | Caterer: Zest Atlanta Catering | Cake: Mozart Bakery  | Hair: Sandra Restrepo | Makeup: Sarai Mateo | Dress: Wedding Angels

Jamie + Katherine

A friend of a feather flock together is a true statement for friendship, but also for romantic relationships—including Jamie and Katherine’s. Jamie and Katherine’s close circle of friends is how these two love birds met. The group of friends would hangout together and in those moments, Jamie and Katherine began to develop their own personal friendship. Their bond escalated from friendship to romance with the ultimate ending—a hand in marriage.

Jamie and Katherine’s forever began September 24, 2016 at beautiful Park Tavern. The weather was picturesque with the sun beaming and not a cloud in sight. Park Tavern is a restaurant located on the corner of Piedmont Park. The restaurant doubles as a perfect setting for a wedding with its open and spacious white tent and intimate lawn area for the ceremony to take place.

The ambiance and decorations for the wedding was out of a lavish fairytale movie—every bride’s dream. The reception tables were draped with crisp white linens, with two designs for the guest tables: golden goblets that sparkled from the tea light candles within and lavish white bouquet of flowers designed by Unique Floral Expressions. The black and white checkerboard dance floor was a great detail to compliment the gold and white theme. And to top off the whimsical setting, there were white lanterns delicately hanging from the ceiling in symmetrical lines with a golden chandelier in the middle. Jamie and Katherine’s wedding exuded sophistication and romance. 

Guests began to arrive and make their way to their seats. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by two decadent white bouquets that stood atop a wooden case. Flower petals covered the grass aisle, and the white flowers entangled on the wooden cross was a loving sight to witness. Perhaps what gave the ceremony another touch of beauty, was the gorgeous Willow tree in the background.

The ceremony was a short and sweet testament to Katherine and Jamie’s admiration for each other. The extra sentiment to the ceremony was the bonus of Katherine’s sister, Sarah, as the officiant. She gave the traditional blessing of the vows and included a romantic quote by John Lennon: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality.” With tears filled in everyone’s eyes, the happy couple kissed and was pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Phillips.

Cocktail hour began after the ceremony and guests enjoyed sipping cocktails provided by the open bar, played cornhole on Georgia Bulldogs theme boards and took pictures with Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt in the photo booth, provided by Famous Russell; entertainment was in full swing.

After a joyful cocktail hour, guests began to make their way to their seats for the reception. Katherine and Jamie’s first dance was to a tender country love song. It was as if they were the only two in the room as they gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes; he held her tight and she didn’t let go.

The delicious and lavish three course meal was catered by Park Tavern that included—mozzarella wrapped prosciutto salad, filet mignon, pan-seared chicken breast and French vanilla cake from Cakes by Anna.

After guests dined on their fulfilling meals, the floor was opened to speeches. Katherine’s dad gave a humorous speech about her always wanting to live next to Interstate 75 and her love for dogs, while her sister gave a heartfelt speech that included sentiments of them growing up and how their men balance them out.

When the speeches concluded, the dance floor opened up and guests danced the night away, mingling and laughing.

We had so much fun helping plan Katherine and Jamie’s wedding. Thank you for trusting us with your vision. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

 

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Venue & Caterer: Park Tavern  | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Rebecca Niccole Weddings | Floral + Décor: Unique Floral Expressions Photographer: Sarah Andretta | Cake: Cakes by Anna Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Nicole Chatham | Entertainment: Dstreet Entertainment | Photo Booth: Famous Russell | Transportation: The Trolley Guys Stationary: Invitation Creations | Dress: Wedding Angels

Reception Part Two: Dance the Night Away

Plates are cleared and bellies are full after your guests have dined on the delicious menu you and your now husband chose. Now it’s time for you and your guests to let loose and shake it on the dance floor. Music is another important detail for the reception, and having a good disc jockey, band or wedding singer can make or break your romantic evening. Picking your musical entertainment for the night is usually low on the totem pole compared to catering, wedding dress, seating arrangement and etc., but exceptional music will be the tune your guests and you will remember for days, if not years to come.

Research, Research, Research

 First things first, research who you want to perform at your wedding. There are a plethora of entertainment options and you want a DJ, band or wedding singer that best reflects your musical style and taste, and play tunes that your guests will love. When you start researching your entertainment, have a list of questions prepared when you meet with him or her—think of it as an informal interview. How long have you been performing? What sets you apart from other DJ’s? Describe a wedding you have performed at. What musical genres do you play? These are general questions that can give you an idea if he or she would be the perfect match to get the party started. For a more detailed list of questions, check out DJ Fonix’s “21 Questions to ask a DJ before hiring them for your wedding.” This article is loaded with helpful tips to make the interview process easier.

Customizing the Playlist

Now that you have chosen your musical entertainment, it is time to fine tune the perfect playlist that will have your guests stuck on the dance floor.  Many DJ’s have suggested playlists to offer when selecting your music, but no one knows your musical style better than you. Customizing your playlist is best because it gives you authority on what to play and it is your night, so you want what’s best. 

DJ Aetii, or Jay Page who DJ’s with D Street Entertainment, says he has a sit down consultation with the couples to discuss their playlist. “Most couples will pick music to their style and sometimes their venue,” he said. “If it’s at a barn, then usually Southern rock will be played.” D Street Entertainment DJ’s play all different styles because their DJ’s are talent driven, said Page. But if you’re looking for your wedding to have some extra funk, D Street Entertainment maybe the company for you since they offer club trained DJ’s.

Photography provided by The Reason photography & Sara Wise Photography

Lou Guzzo, DJ manager for Spectrum Entertainment, says Spectrum offers all styles of DJ’s and their DJ’s are well trained in every musical genre. However, Spectrum also offers an eclectic mix of other musical entertainment: bands, jazz trio, harpist, guitar, steel drum and bag piper for your wedding night to be memorable. Spectrum too, does consultations for customizing your playlist, and because musical tunes are ever changing, Spectrum has an online book to help you choose what songs to add to your playlist.

Photography provided by Angela Wilson Photography

Still stressed on what music to choose? Travis Gilbert aka DJ Fonix of Fonix Entertainment, teaches bridal seminars to guide brides on popular songs for weddings. Each seminar is different, but he will identify their services and perform a Q&A style conference for brides and grooms. “A good DJ will listen to their audience in order to achieve an experience wanted all along,” he said. He answers questions related to intros, the Mother-Son dance and processional songs. Fonix Entertainment’s focus is identifying each DJ’s strengths to pair up with clients’ particular taste, said DJ Fonix.

Photography provided by The Reason

If you’re looking for a more intimate and personal song, Kara Claudy is a singer/songwriter who writes and plays songs that tell the story of the couples relationship called, Songs to Celebrate. She will have a sit down interview with the couple and discuss their relationship, and in return, the couple gets a crafted, personal song that reflects their journey. “Songs are a time capsule and can transport you back,” she said. “It’s an emotional way; it’s unique. It’s a great way to resonate with the memory of the wedding.” Playing with her guitar leaves the musical style open for interpretation— folk, pop and blues tunes.

Photography provided by Kelly Lane Photography

Personalization

Once your musical act and playlist is selected, there are a few key dances to remember and what songs will work best. For the first dance, there are a multitude of musical styles to choose from: classic, romantic, soulful, fun and indie. Your first dance is an everlasting memory. Pick a song that reflects the love of you and your fiancé.  The Mother and Son dance is a sweet dance shared between your fiancé and his mom. It’s a moment filled with joy and love, but also bittersweet as a mother realizes her son is becoming a husband, so remind your sweetie to pick a song that reflects his mom. The Father and Daughter songs are tough to pick because there are few songs to select from and even tougher if your music taste differs. It’s best to select a song that reflects the importance of your relationship.

In the end, the music played at your dream wedding is up to you. Choose songs that will keep your guest shaking it on the dance floor, but songs that also reflect your taste and personality.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

|Vendor Information|

D Street Entertainment | www.dstreetent.com 

Spectrum Entertainment | www.spectrum-ent.com 

Fonix Entertainment | www.fonixentertainment.com 

                                                   Kara Cloudy | www.karaclaudy.com