Anna + Andrew | Jul 27, 2019
Elegant and femme wedding with blush pink tones and gold accents at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Andrew and Anna met their freshman year at Clemson University, and although they ran in the same social circle, they did not have any intentions of dating. Her friends finally convinced her that he would be a fun date, so Anna asked him to her sorority formal. They both were under the impression that they were going as friends, but something special happened that night.
“We clicked in a way that we both had never really felt before,” said Anna. “I knew after that night that he was a special guy.”
A week later Andrew asked her to go hiking, where they stopped to skip some rocks on a cool beach area by the river. Fast forward three years, and Andrew took Anna back to that same river to ask her to marry him. It was the most incredible moment and the sweetest surprise...she thought they were going fly-fishing!
“The best part of the proposal was that he completely surprised me,” said Anna. “I was very skeptical that he would pull off the proposal without me finding out or suspecting it, but he did with flying colors!”
These college sweethearts tied the knot at a magnificent, Tudor revival style mansion situated on an estate boasting beautifully-landscaped gardens and wooded grounds. Everything came together on that warm summer day in Georgia, with blush pink tones and gold accents creating an ambience full of romance and elegance.
“This wedding day was nothing short of romantic, picturesque, elegantly detailed and such a celebration from beginning to end,” said the photographer.
In their Airbnb, Anna and her bridesmaids were all smiles and laughter as they lounged and got ready for the big day. They looked absolutely gorgeous in their dusty pink, V-neck bridesmaid dresses, and were left speechless when they saw Anna in her bridal look.
“I have a pretty simple, classic style so I wanted my wedding dress to match my everyday style,” said Anna. “When it was time to make a decision on my dress, I was torn between two very similar dresses.”
Unable to choose, Anna decided to combine the two dresses to create her perfect dress...and she looked breathtaking! She wore an ivory gown with full lace detailing that accentuated her figure effortlessly. The scalloped neckline featured a plunging deep V and she added a thin embellished belt, while an open back and scalloped-edge train added a romantic touch.
She completed the look in a pair of satin blush heels with an embellished ankle strap, and a pair of crystal drop earrings. Her hair was French braided back into a smooth low bun updo, and she wore a cathedral length veil. While everyone made finishing touches, Andrew was in another room opening his sweet gift from Anna - a sentimental engraved study bible.
For Andrew and his groomsmen, they went with classic black tuxedos worn with a timeless, soft cream rose on their lapels. To be able to spend more time together throughout the wedding day, Anna and Andrew decided to do a first look and take pictures before the ceremony. The moment turned out to be Anna’s most cherished memory of the day.
“We decided to write letters to each other and then read them back to back before we turned around,” said Anna. “It was a really special moment and made the anticipation build more.”
After they read their letters, they finally turned around to see each other for the first time. Being able to see one another and embrace was so incredible, and truly made both of them all the more excited to finally become husband and wife.
“Andrew's reaction to seeing Anna was priceless,” said the photographer. “He was shocked and immediately ran up and hugged her and kept stepping back to just look at her and take in how beautiful she looked.”
Following their first look, which took place under enchanting archways surrounded by warm light and luscious greenery, Anna and Andrew joined their wedding party for photos in the church’s perfectly manicured grounds, and the front facade of the building featuring a grand stone staircase and majestic columns.
“These two have so much fun together and like to keep things goofy and relaxed,” said the photographer, “so pictures with them and their bridal party was fun and easy going!”
The massive church was stunning, with vaulted ceilings, plank wood floors, grand chandeliers and rich historic elements. They added small floral arrangements to the ends of pews, including mixed greenery, a dusty pink rose and a white hydrangea that really made a statement.
“I wanted lots and lots of beautiful flowers/greenery everywhere,” said Anna. “I think that flowers add such a sophisticated look to a space, and I knew the flowers could add so much beauty to the wedding.”
Her bridal bouquet mirrored the florals in the decor, overflowing with blossoming white hydrangeas, sprays of myrtle and eucalyptus, cream and dusty pink roses, and soft white dahlias. All of the dusty pink tones Anna used throughout the decor really showcased her romantic and elegant style.
“My bouquet was exactly what I wanted,” said Anna. “Not exactly circular, with loose florals and greenery of all kinds, and the soft pink tones gave it some beautiful color.”
As guests entered past the gold mirrored welcome sign, they found their seats on the pews and marveled at the church’s grandeur. Before their ceremony began, both the bride and groom had their friends and families pray over them, and during, they had their immediate family members come around them and pray over them once more.
“Their day was all about being with the people who they love the most and celebrating their love for each other and the start of their new life together,” said the photographer.
The celebrations carried from the altar, down the aisle, and into the reception space - which was decked out in dramatic white drapery, gold elements and floral installations. There were string lights intertwined in the drapery, and at the center where the fabric met, three gorgeous chandeliers hung over the main table.
“The ceiling draping in the main reception room was an inspiration to me,” said Anna. “It allowed me to dream up the most beautiful space and then follow through!”
At the head reception table, the tablescape featured a dusty rose linen, gold chiavari chairs, floral centerpieces in tall geometric gold stands, smaller arrangements in glass vases, and an abundance of candles. There was a textured, gold-rimmed glass charger, ivory napkin, and antique silverware set at each place setting. The smaller rounds were set similarly with ivory linens and dusty rose napkins.
“I wanted tall, grand centerpieces throughout the main room to balance out the smaller centerpieces on all the other tables,” said Anna. “The three large centerpieces on the head table really brought the attention to the center of the room while still giving a balanced feel to the room.”
Another big part of the decor were all the DIY elements. The seating arrangements and bar menu were created with beautiful handwritten calligraphy and placed in antique gold frames, and they even had custom cocktail napkins made, which added a personal touch to the cocktail hour.
“We also did a polaroid guest book which was so much fun!” said Anna. “Being able to look through the book and see everyones photos next to their message is really sweet!”
Throughout the space, greenery and flowers added a whimsical touch to the overall decor. On the grand staircase railing, there was a thick garland of mixed greenery cascading down, as well as a large installation affixed to the Victorian stone fireplace mantle.
“The flowers, table arrangements, and reception decor were some of the most beautiful and creative arrangements,” said the photographer, “and elevated the beauty seen throughout the day in pictures.”
After Anna and Andrew made their entrance and shared their first dance, their friends and families joined them on the dance floor for a party that lasted all night long! Every face was glowing and every heart was overflowing with love and happiness for these newlyweds.
“The reception was a party and it was evident the whole night that everyone was having a great time!” said the photographer.
The couple’s wedding cake was a towering, four-tiered cake with fluted frosting details and clusters of florals at the top and base. The presentation was just as lovely, sitting on an antique mirrored gold cake stand. Best of all, it wasn’t the only sweet treat offered that night!
When Anna and Andrew went for their first catering tasting, they learned that the vendor could prepare a creative late night snack for our guests, and Andrew insisted on having his favorite: chocolate chips cookies with chocolate milk. Guests were handed pretty boxes of freshly baked warm chocolate chip cookies and tiny cartons of milk to take home with them!
“Anna and Andrew got creative and had some fun with their exit,” said the photographer. “They had everyone pop streamers as they exited and called an Uber to pick them up!”
It was the most creative, romantic and fun-filled day spent with their people by their sides. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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