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

Camille

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

Reception Part Two: Dance the Night Away

Plates are cleared and bellies are full after your guests have dined on the delicious menu you and your now husband chose. Now it’s time for you and your guests to let loose and shake it on the dance floor. Music is another important detail for the reception, and having a good disc jockey, band or wedding singer can make or break your romantic evening. Picking your musical entertainment for the night is usually low on the totem pole compared to catering, wedding dress, seating arrangement and etc., but exceptional music will be the tune your guests and you will remember for days, if not years to come.

Research, Research, Research

 First things first, research who you want to perform at your wedding. There are a plethora of entertainment options and you want a DJ, band or wedding singer that best reflects your musical style and taste, and play tunes that your guests will love. When you start researching your entertainment, have a list of questions prepared when you meet with him or her—think of it as an informal interview. How long have you been performing? What sets you apart from other DJ’s? Describe a wedding you have performed at. What musical genres do you play? These are general questions that can give you an idea if he or she would be the perfect match to get the party started. For a more detailed list of questions, check out DJ Fonix’s “21 Questions to ask a DJ before hiring them for your wedding.” This article is loaded with helpful tips to make the interview process easier.

Customizing the Playlist

Now that you have chosen your musical entertainment, it is time to fine tune the perfect playlist that will have your guests stuck on the dance floor.  Many DJ’s have suggested playlists to offer when selecting your music, but no one knows your musical style better than you. Customizing your playlist is best because it gives you authority on what to play and it is your night, so you want what’s best. 

DJ Aetii, or Jay Page who DJ’s with D Street Entertainment, says he has a sit down consultation with the couples to discuss their playlist. “Most couples will pick music to their style and sometimes their venue,” he said. “If it’s at a barn, then usually Southern rock will be played.” D Street Entertainment DJ’s play all different styles because their DJ’s are talent driven, said Page. But if you’re looking for your wedding to have some extra funk, D Street Entertainment maybe the company for you since they offer club trained DJ’s.

Photography provided by The Reason photography & Sara Wise Photography

Lou Guzzo, DJ manager for Spectrum Entertainment, says Spectrum offers all styles of DJ’s and their DJ’s are well trained in every musical genre. However, Spectrum also offers an eclectic mix of other musical entertainment: bands, jazz trio, harpist, guitar, steel drum and bag piper for your wedding night to be memorable. Spectrum too, does consultations for customizing your playlist, and because musical tunes are ever changing, Spectrum has an online book to help you choose what songs to add to your playlist.

Photography provided by Angela Wilson Photography

Still stressed on what music to choose? Travis Gilbert aka DJ Fonix of Fonix Entertainment, teaches bridal seminars to guide brides on popular songs for weddings. Each seminar is different, but he will identify their services and perform a Q&A style conference for brides and grooms. “A good DJ will listen to their audience in order to achieve an experience wanted all along,” he said. He answers questions related to intros, the Mother-Son dance and processional songs. Fonix Entertainment’s focus is identifying each DJ’s strengths to pair up with clients’ particular taste, said DJ Fonix.

Photography provided by The Reason

If you’re looking for a more intimate and personal song, Kara Claudy is a singer/songwriter who writes and plays songs that tell the story of the couples relationship called, Songs to Celebrate. She will have a sit down interview with the couple and discuss their relationship, and in return, the couple gets a crafted, personal song that reflects their journey. “Songs are a time capsule and can transport you back,” she said. “It’s an emotional way; it’s unique. It’s a great way to resonate with the memory of the wedding.” Playing with her guitar leaves the musical style open for interpretation— folk, pop and blues tunes.

Photography provided by Kelly Lane Photography

Personalization

Once your musical act and playlist is selected, there are a few key dances to remember and what songs will work best. For the first dance, there are a multitude of musical styles to choose from: classic, romantic, soulful, fun and indie. Your first dance is an everlasting memory. Pick a song that reflects the love of you and your fiancé.  The Mother and Son dance is a sweet dance shared between your fiancé and his mom. It’s a moment filled with joy and love, but also bittersweet as a mother realizes her son is becoming a husband, so remind your sweetie to pick a song that reflects his mom. The Father and Daughter songs are tough to pick because there are few songs to select from and even tougher if your music taste differs. It’s best to select a song that reflects the importance of your relationship.

In the end, the music played at your dream wedding is up to you. Choose songs that will keep your guest shaking it on the dance floor, but songs that also reflect your taste and personality.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

|Vendor Information|

D Street Entertainment | www.dstreetent.com 

Spectrum Entertainment | www.spectrum-ent.com 

Fonix Entertainment | www.fonixentertainment.com 

                                                   Kara Cloudy | www.karaclaudy.com                                                                 

 

Vendor Spotlight:: Hair & Makeup by Nicole Chatham

Rebecca Niccole Weddings loves to spotlight our incredible vendors.  This week's vendor spotlight goes to Hair and Makeup by Nicole Chatham.  We have known Nicole for awhile now and continue to fall more in love with her work.  We want Rebecca Niccole brides to fall in love with her too, so with out further ado, get to know this talented artist.

                                                                              Nicole Chatham, Hair & Makeup Expert

                                                                              Nicole Chatham, Hair & Makeup Expert

 Tell Rebecca Niccole Brides a little bit about yourself and your company.

"I first got involved with bridal hair and makeup ten years ago after beginning cosmetology school. I later found that I enjoyed working on-site with brides more than the hustle and bustle of a salon. Having the ability to specifically plan around one bride’s day each weekend makes my job fun. It becomes personal for me and the bride, rather than them being a client in my chair and then gone."

 What made you decide to work in the field of bridal hair and makeup?

"I love hearing stories of how my brides have met their grooms. Being apart of her day is her way of entrusting me with the most precious day of her life."

 What are your top 3 beauty tips for brides?

"Exfoliate, moisturize and less is more. Taking care of your skin (pre-makeup) is just as important as what you put on your face. And remember, enhancing your features with a little makeup can (many times) go farther than a face covered."

 What are your top 3 hair tips for brides?

"Slightly dirty (think martini), hair products for volume and keratin treatments to ensure smoothness."

 What is your favorite part of the job? 

"My favorite part of the job are the after-wedding “shout outs”. Seeing a bride credit me for her day of look means she truly loved my work and felt beautiful."

 What has been the most unusual request from a bride?

"To climb a mountain (through red clay and all) for pictures prior to her wedding."

 What are some of your favorite products to use on a bride?

"I’m a fan of all things- Ben Nye for facial coverage and I love fake lashes. They don’t have to be anything too crazy; just a little something to accentuate what they already have."

Tell us a little bit about your bridal packages.

"I offer on-location services for my brides (in and out of state). From a simple blow dry for grandma, to beautiful updos for brides, I have done all types of hair styles. It’s my personal ambition to ensure a bride is 110% comfortable before her special day, so I offer trial package in which the bride and I sit together, look at goal pictures and play around until she looks the way she has always dreamt."

If you are interested in contacting Nicole Chatham:

email | cortneynicole@me.com

mobile | 678-338-5406

web | www.hairandmakeupbynicole.com

Hair and makeup is a very important part of any bride's day and we only want the best for you. We are very confident that Hair and Makeup by Nicole Chatham will help you achieve the perfect look for your perfect day. 

 

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Rebecca Niccole