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


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

Take Your Seat

Seating Assignments & Arrangements



A woman’s wedding day is without a doubt the most special and memorable event of her life; however, that event does not come without a few bumps along the road. There are so many aspects of planning a wedding that are positively exciting, from taste testing to gown shopping, but one of the most dreaded tasks is seating assignments and arrangements. It is difficult to foresee how individuals will interact with one another at their prospective tables at the wedding but there are many different ways to handle the seating arrangements in order to minimize your stress.

Staying organized should be your top priority. Living in a digital world comes in handy when wedding planning. For your seating arrangements it is suggested to create an Excel sheet. You can begin by making a full guest list of everyone you intend to invite; doing this makes it easier to remove people in the future. Using that same list, you can categorize your guests, for example: bride’s family, groom’s family, bridal party, and friends. By separating everyone into groups, assigning guests to a specific table will be easier.

Now, let’s talk about the actual table assignments. One important aspect to take into consideration is the amount of seats each table will have available. A typical round table, which is 60 inches, without chargers will seat ten guests and with chargers will seat eight guests. Using your Excel sheet, begin placing your immediate family members at the tables closest to the bride and groom. Afterward, begin arranging the rest of your guests listed under the bride and groom section of the excel sheet.

Once your family is placed, move on to your bridal party. Many couples will create a head table for their bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as their significant others, pending on the amount of space available. Since the head table is usually in the center of the room or it lines the dance floor, it should stand out.  You can do this with larger arrangements and candles cascading down the center. Creating name cards will eliminate any confusion regarding seating. The bride and groom should sit at the head table with the bridal party; the best man should sit next to the groom while the maid of honor sits next to the bride or the bride and groom can have their own intimate table. The final seating arrangements are for the rest of your friends. Before deciding which tables to seat them at it is easier to further categorize them. Place guests with individuals they may know or based on similar interests.

Now that all of your guests have been placed in groups, create a table layout. Often times your venue or planner will create a floor layout for you.  If you want to create a mock layout, you can do this through Word. In Word, use whichever shape is closest in similarity to the shape of your tables.  This feature can be found under the “Insert” tab, followed by the “Shapes” tab. Once you have created a mock version of your tables, you can see where you would like to place your groups.

Here is an example of a table chart that was created through Word.

Once you have finalized your tables and seating arrangements, create a seating list for your “Day Of” planner and venue.  This is used on the wedding day during the reception set-up as well as during the reception in case of any confusion.

Below is an example of the seating assignments, by table, that you would also supply to your “Day Of” planner and wedding venue.   

Lastly, you should provide an alphabetized list, as well as guests table number, for your "Day Of" coordinator, incase the guest can not find their tent card or their name listed on the seating chart.  This also comes in handy if you have any last minute guests that decide to attend.  


Rebecca Niccole