“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Eddie + Cathy’s love for each other is as strong and pure as their love for Christ. When they met, it was an instant connection as they bonded over shared interests, their love for family and friends and, most importantly, their faith. The couple was smitten with each other after hours of long conversations and endless laughter; they couldn’t wait to be Mr. and Mrs.
Their wedding day arrived on a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon. Cathy glowed with pure happiness and looked elegant in her mermaid inspired dress. While Eddie looked handsome and proud to marry his best friend.
The ceremony took place inside the draped courtyard at Callanwolde, where the aisle was lined with bundles of babies breath. The couple met in front of a gorgeous wooden arbor, draped with a flowing white fabric and surrounded by two large colorful flower arrangements. Eddie + Cathy wanted to include their guests as much as possible during their ceremony, so everyone participated in two beautiful hymns to get the event started.
Eddie + Cathy choose to participate in multiple personal moments throughout their ceremony. They read personal vows to each other, which were filled with promises of their futures together. Eddie washed Cathy's feet to symbolize his honor, respect, and devotion to her and they rounded this out with Cathy's presentation of letters to Eddie.
After the romantic ceremony, the couple and wedding party took family photos while guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Great Hall and the front patio of Callanwolde. Walking into the Great Hall, guests were greeted by an array of sentimental tokens that perfectly represented Cathy and Eddie. At first glance you could tell the couple wanted their guests to feel comfortable and have fun.
Bible scriptures, written on mirrors, aligned the Great Hall. The gift table was trimmed with bronze picture frames that had strings tied inside the frames for guest to snap pictures of themselves and hang to the frame. There were tea light candles that gave the table a serene glow with pink and white flowers floating in bowls. Sticking to the inclusive theme, Eddie and Cathy had anniversary notecards for guests to fill out. Guests wrote the anniversary year with a message for the couple to open on that anniversary year. The fun continued as there was a photo booth equipped with mustaches and different signs. When guests went outside, there was cornhole with the couples’ last name, Pascual, engraved in white lettering on the wooden board and giant jenga being played. To say the couple knows how to have fun is an understatement.
Guests enjoyed the entertainment and sipped on the couple’s signature drinks; Cathy’s was berry lemonade and Eddie’s was mango orange. The newlyweds snuck off throughout the gardens for photos and then to a secluded room to have alone time and celebrate their newly wedded bliss.
The reception doors opened and guests were in awe of the detailed, dreamy room. White table cloths draped over the tables. An assortment of flower bouquets was the centerpiece with tea light candles surrounding each bouquet. The newlyweds table was the eye of the reception and in the best way. A moss green table cloth draped over, Cathy's bouquet took place as the centerpiece, and Mr. and Mrs. signs hung on the chairs for everyone to notice.
The couple had their first dance followed by prayer over the food and it was dinner time. Being that Cathy and Eddie are from different cities—Eddie is from Chicago and Cathy is from Atlanta—they wanted to represent this at the wedding. The best way— separate food halls. The Library was a Chicago- style room that served hotdogs with all the fixings, gyros and deep dish pizza. The Dining Room represented Atlanta and served string beans, fried okra, biscuits and chicken pot pie. All catered by Zest Atlanta.
Following dinner were the speeches. Eddie’s best friend was on tour in Afghanistan and couldn’t attend, but he sent a recorded best man speech that brought tears and laughter to everyone in the room. Cathy’s maid-of-honor was present and gave a heartfelt speech that included an impersonation of Bon Qui Qui.
After the laughs from the speeches, it was time to cut the cake. In addition to the cake, guests were able to choose from an assortment of cookies and cupcakes. The night continued with dancing, laughter and love.
We are so fortunate to be a part of this sweet couple’s exciting wedding day. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.
“I have found the one whom my soul loves.” Song of Solomon 3:4
Happy Engagement, Happy Planning
Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Rebecca Niccole Weddings | Floral + Décor: Sean O'Keefe Event | Photographer: Kayla Johnson | Videographer: Imagine Video Productions | Caterer: Zest Atlanta Catering | Cake: Small Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Kristen White Imagery | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Dress: Formally Yours