This love story began five years ago when Dirk + Ali met playing adult kickball. Their love only grew stronger when they were surprised with a wonderful baby boy to complete their family. During his birthday party, Dirk surprised Ali by asking for her hand in marriage; without hesitation and surrounded by friends and family, Ali said, "YES!"
Caring for an infant can often times be challenging, leaving Dirk + Ali with little time to plan a picturesque wedding. However, Sean O'Keefe Events came to the couple’s rescue when they announced they were giving away a wedding to one lucky couple. As the nominations rolled in, one stood out and made the cut, Dirk + Ali's!
The big day arrived and the couple could not have been any more excited to exchange vows. The bride began her day in hair and makeup with stylist Nyssa Green who made Ali picture perfect with a simple half up, half down hairstyle adorned with a floral broach to match her dress. Ali's bridal dress was a gorgeous ball gown featuring a sweetheart neckline embellished with detailed lace and crystals. While the bride was getting ready, the groom began taking photos with their adorable son, Eric. You can tell the sweet bond these two have just from the photos. Little Eric was such a great sport and might we add, so photogenic!
The ceremony started promptly at 3 pm, at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The bridal party walked down the grande staircase, past the gold chiavari chairs to the altar. The altar was draped with an ethereal white fabric, surrounded by two tall white pillars, topped with a beautiful floral arrangement placed in a gold vase.
One of the benefits of giving away this wedding was that the Callanwolde provided an intimate room for the couple and their family and friends to enjoy. The room was filled with breathtaking architecture, a vintage fireplace and an antique chandelier. The tables were set with two gold candle pillars and a small arrangement, while the seats were draped with white linen napkins. A wedding would not be complete without the cake, a true standout at this wedding. To pair with the romantic theme, was a delicate cake decorated with a large flower-like design, topped with one simple flower.
While we coordinated the day, Sean O'Keefe and his excellent team planned this wedding in one short week. Make sure to look at more details of Dirk + Ali's wedding in our gallery. Please take a moment to watch the clip below on Sean O'Keefe Events along with ideas for the perfect wedding and his thoughts on gifting weddings.