Matt + Emily

Emily and Matt’s love for each other began while they were working on a movie set. They knew each other growing up, but being that they both work in the movie industry; they spent a lot of time together on long shoots and developed a closer relationship. Being in close proximity with each other on a daily basis, their casual conversations matured into dates, dates evolved into love, and love flourished to him popping the question. Neither one of them thought they would get married, but they knew they couldn’t spend a day without each other and they were ready to spend their forever together.

August 8 arrived, their wedding day, and it was the day they would unite and share a sacred bond to last forever. Emily is the youngest of 10 siblings and she wanted a simple, sweet wedding that just focused on her and Matt’s bond. No decorations or a formal dinner, just celebrating the love of each other was enough. The wedding took place at gorgeous Old Fourth Ward Park in Midtown and it could have not been a better day for the wedding. The sky lit up with an abundance of sunshine for their evening wedding, and #palmish signs directed guests to where the wedding was.

Guests began to arrive and enjoyed cocktail hour with wine and beer catered by Raising the Bar. Guests mingled in the open area of Old Fourth Ward Park, while listening to Karen Alise Music playing faintly in the background. The great thing about them getting married at Old Fourth Ward Park was how serene the scenery was. There is a lavish pond in the middle of the park surrounded by beautiful greenery and a water fountain that created a romantic ambience for the night. When guests walked into the park it didn’t feel like the middle of Atlanta. You couldn’t hear cars honking, just the laughter and smiles from everyone in attendance.

Being an untraditional couple, Emily and Matt made their entrance into the park together holding hands. Emily was all smiles with a glow and Matt had a smile from ear to ear. They started the walk down the grass-covered stone aisle and guests clapped and cheered from them—everyone was excited about this nuptial.

The ceremony began but with a twist. Instead of a traditional Officiant, they had a poetry style Officiant who did lyrical verses of their vows. It was a sweet way for them to stay true to themselves and incorporate only the simple things that mattered to them. After the vows, they kissed and were officially Mr. and Mrs. Parrish.

After the ceremony, they went straight into their first dance as newlyweds.  Soon after Emily’s father joined her and Matt’s mother joined him.  They ended the first dances with a family dance, which consisted of the bride, groom, their parents, and sibling.

They jumped right into the reception where guests were presented with hor d’oeuvres, which were catered by their good friend, Kim McMinn, who they know from the movie industry. Thinking of their guests, Emily and Matt had fans available for everyone since it was a summer wedding. The wooden fans were another taste of their personality with their wedding date engraved on the side. With the temperature rising and the night just beginning, the iced coffee bar, Wanderlust Coffee, opened for refreshments.  This was a huge hit, as the guests had a choice from regular brewed iced coffee and nitro-infused iced coffee.

Instead of a cake, they opted to do several pies and have a pie tasting competition. Various family members made different pies: chocolate, blueberry, cherry and more, and Emily and Matt tasted them blindfolded and chose a winner. The winner… the cherry pie and they presented a winning sash to Emily’s cousin who made the pie.

The night continued with dancing, laughter and happiness and ended with the guests lighting the way for the new Mr. & Mrs. Parrish. We are so thrilled that we were able to keep their wedding simple and true to who they are. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Venue: Historic Fourth Ward Park | Photographer: Clayton Brannon Photography | Planner & Coordinator. Rebecca Niccole Weddings | Bar & Staffing. Raising the Bar | Coffee Bar. Wanderlust Coffee | Entertainment. Karen Alise

Reception Part One: Let’s Eat

Now that you and the man of your dreams have exchanged I do’s, and sealed your forever with a kiss, it’s time to celebrate your magical union with food, laughter, and plenty of pictures. The reception is the perfect time for your friends and family to mix and mingle while eating delicious food, all while honoring your newly wedded bliss. But before the guests can rejoice in your new last name, take selfies, and dine, you and your fiancé spend months perfecting the wedding menu.

When to start planning

Bold American Events Executive Chef Todd Annis suggests planning two to three months before the big day. “Once they [brides and grooms] get the style of food and the scene and whatever else they are trying to get and check on pricing, the last four weeks is when you pick a caterer and sample taste,” says Annis.  However, before you and your fiancé start planning your meal and deciding whether to serve chicken or beef, first check to see if the venue you selected allows outside catering. Certain venues already have their own catering staff when it comes to weddings, and you don’t want to spend months taste tasting only to be surprised to learn that your preferred caterer won’t be able serve the roasted pork you love.

Picking the food can be stressful and time consuming and your guest won’t know you spent hours deciding whether to serve mashed potatoes or green beans. But if you and your fiancé are indecisive, emulating a favorite restaurant menu for your wedding menu cuts the stress in half. Annis says if brides and grooms are customizing their menu it’s helpful if they frequent a restaurant, to give a copy of the menu to the chef and they can research and create a similar style and flavor profile.

 Once you select the scrumptious meal your guest will fall in love with, include a checkbox of any food allergies on your save the dates for your guests. You are creating the menu of your dreams, and don’t want to worry if there will be “hangry” guest the day of your wedding. 

Main Course                                                                                                            

Presentation is key, therefore you want your food to represent your style as well. Bold American Events, whose menu is a Southern food lovers dream, offers three ways to serve food: seat and served, buffet, or stations. If you love a formal reception that’s similar to fine dining, opt for the seat and serve. If you love the idea of your guests choosing themselves, buffet style is recommended. Love experimenting? Stations are ideal. “When it is plated there is more controlling the amount of food; it’s what you get in front of you,” says Annis. “Compared to a buffet or station where guests can pick what they want.”

Stations are becoming more popular and it’s amusing to see the endless possibilities your guests will create: sushi, mashed potatoes, pizza can now be served at one wedding. “Stations are great because the food quality is better because it’s being made right there and you get more variety,” says Annis. “People tend to enjoy stations more because they can mix and mingle rather than sitting down at a table; it’s better guest experience that way.”

Photo credit is Jack Prada

Alcohol

Serving alcohol can be expensive and is a staple on the wedding menu. If you have a large budget open bars are always a hit, however, if you’re budget-conscious check to see if the venue permits bring your own bottle (BYOB). BYOB is an inexpensive option that allows guests to choose freely, with the feel of an open bar. And now thanks to Pinterest you can create your own concoction for the perfect sip—signature drinks. If and your groom love tequila, serve a margarita with a special twist. The guest will get a kick knowing they are sipping the same cocktail you and your husband love. Signature drinks are also an added personal bonus.

Dessert

Last but certainly everyone’s favorite— dessert. The traditional, lavishly decorated cake is always the center piece and the most photographed item at the reception—besides the bride and groom. But guests will love the inventive presentation of a smorgasbord of tasty treats: mini ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, single serve mini pies, s’mores bar.

Photo credit is Jack Prada

Photo credit is Jack Prada

The tasty options served are limitless, but the lasting impression of the joyful reception is forever.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Vendor Information| Bold American Events| www.boldamerican.com

 

Kevin + Ansley

A Beautiful Backyard Wedding

 

Our first summer wedding was nestled inside the beautiful city of Atlanta at the home of our bride and groom. Ansley and Kevin decided to say their "I Do’s" within the beautiful iron gates of their charming Atlanta home. Surrounded by Evergreen trees and the breathtaking landscape, guests were welcome to explore the enticing property, mingle around the pool and dance on the outside patio.

The benefits of hosting a wedding in your home are countless but one of the most important is the convenience of the early set up time that vendors are provided with. Rebecca Niccole Weddings and Sean O'Keefe Events arrived to the property on Friday to begin early set-up and discuss the details of the big day. Setting up the furniture rentals, tables, bar, and unforgettable string lights allowed for a more efficient wedding day.

On the big day, Sean O'Keefe and his team arrived and began perfecting little details of the ceremony and reception. Sean O'Keefe creates some of the most beautiful centerpieces and decor that we have ever seen. They took Ansley and Kevin's ideas and brought them to life. The tables were beautifully adorned with large chicken feeders filled with green moss and candle cylinders of various sizes. Eye-catching tall centerpieces surrounded the chicken feeders and candles while the tables were set with gold chiavari chairs.

Large candle cylinders were placed throughout the backyard, along with bouquets of gorgeous white hydrangeas on top of large wine barrels. The area was tastefully decorated with a subtle and romantic feel. These slight decorations were just enough without taking away from the charming landscape.

Kevin and Ansley chose to have a cocktail style wedding reception, where guests could mingle throughout the yard while grabbing a small plate of delicious food and sipping on their favorite cocktail. From delectable finger foods, to a hearty buffet, to an array of cheese and vegetable displays, the couple made sure to provide their guests with only the best.

Although the decorations were beautiful and simple, the food was delicious and the drinks were refreshing, What stood out about this loving couple was the genuine kindheartedness that this family exuded. The special and intimate moments the bride, groom and their children shared were ones that we will never forget.

 

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Rebecca Niccole

Florist/ Decor. Sean O'Keefe Events Coordinator. Rebecca Niccole Weddings Photographer. Events Remembered Catering. Sawicki's