Towards the end of 2014, I was contacted by an old friend about coordinating his and his fiancée's upcoming wedding.  I couldn't have been more excited, nervous, and anxious to begin my wedding journey and most of all, with such a SWEET couple.

A little background...

Nick and Fiona chose to get married at the g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s Georgian Terrace, located in Downtown Atlanta, in January.  Like many engaged couples, they were unaware that they needed to obtain a wedding "day-of" coordinator.  Many couples believe the venue representative will be their "day-of" coordinator.  Although these representatives are great to work with during the engagement, they have minimal involvement on the actual wedding day.

Since this was my first wedding and the launch of Rebecca Niccole Weddings, I was grateful that it began with a "day-of" wedding.  This gave me the opportunity to jump right into the industry and not feel overwhelmed.  

After being contacted by Nick, I met up with him and Fiona and we began going over the details of their wedding- what they have already planned, needed to get done, and what they truly envisioned their wedding day to be like.  After our meeting, I was able to contact all of their vendors and prepare for our final vendor walkthrough; this walkthrough is crucial for a smooth wedding.  We went through the timeline, discussed decor, went over any concerns, and made sure that Nick and Fiona were comfortable with everything they had planned over their engagement.  It was a very productive meeting and from there on I felt as prepared as I possibly could be.

Fast Forward to January 17, 2015...

Although it was January, the weather was beautiful- the sun was shining and the wind was calm.  I arrived around noon to make sure that the bride and groom were calm, comfortable, and enjoying their day.  

The ceremony was decorated with six large floral arrangments from Carithers Flowers that were set on the white stage and lined the back of the aisle.  The aisle was filled with soft-white rose petals.  If you have ever seen the Georgian Terrace, you know that the venue and arcitecture are p.e.r.f.e.c.t!  The grand ballroom can still look incredible with minimal decor or a large amount of decor.  

Once the ceremony was complete, we completely flipped the room into the reception area while guests mingled at cocktail hour.  The guests had an open bar and received passed Hors D'Oeuvres of grilled beef kabobs, vegetable spring rolls, chicken pieces in waffle batter, and mini grilled cheese served with tomato soup {perfect for a winter wedding}.

The reception was lit with beautiful light purple uplighting to give the room a winter & romantic vibe- Uplighting can completely change the mood of a room.  The room was filled with two table designs.

  1. Tall floral arrangements with beautiful clear globes hanging from the branches and surrounded with small, gold vases lit with candles
  2.  Smaller floral arrangements {used the bridesmaids bouquets} with three clear candelabra's filled with water and a floating candle     

 The tables were also set with an ivory linen and topped with a  gold charger and folded napkin, where we placed each menu inside.  The tables were very elegant and helped pull together the design of the wedding.  Each table was surrounded by beautiful, gold Chiavari Chairs.       

The sweetheart table had votive candles around the edge and centered with the brides beautiful bouquet.  Their table was also set with the gold Chiavari chairs, gold chargers, and folded napkins with the menus inserted.                                                              

The night was filled with Surprises...

The first surprise of the evening was the first dance.  Nick & Fiona prepared a choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud." It put a nice twist to the first dance and it was great to see that all their hard work & practice had payed off.  The second surprise of the evening was for Fiona.  To her knowledge, the garter toss was going to be simple- She was going to sit in the middle of the dance floor while Nick removed the garter. Well, she was completely surprised when she was placed at the back of the stage so Nick could perform a full routine to a completely different song than what they had picked out.  It turned out great- the guests loved it and she was completley surprised.  

And they lived happily ever after...

As the magical night came to a close, the newlyweds decided to exit using sparklers.  The Georgian Terrace has many exits, but we chose to use the beautiful staircase, which the guests were able to line and light the way for Mr. & Mrs. Desenburg.

The wedding was beautiful, successful, and romantic.  I am so grateful for Nick & Fiona's trust to turn their dream wedding into a reality. I wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness and love.

.Venue. The Georgian Terrace Hotel .Coordinator. Rebecca Niccole Weddings .Photography. Colors of Life Photography .Florist/ Decor. Carithers Flowers .DJ/Lighting. Big Snow Events .Cake. Frosted Pumpkin 

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Rebecca Niccole