Spring in the City

Feb 28, 2020

Portrait session with a romantic floral design and soft color palette at the historic Millennium Gate Museum in downtown Atlanta, Georgia


It was “Spring in the City” during this elopement portrait session in the heart of Atlanta. At a historic art museum, also coined an oasis in the middle of the downtown Arts District, the change of seasons inspired the floral design and soft color palette behind the shoot.

“If you could think of the most romantic way to elope in downtown Atlanta, what would it be?” asked the photographer. “I’m guessing it would be really similar to the elopement inspiration here with Amenya and Shawn.”

For the invitation suite, beautiful calligraphy was drawn on bone-colored paper with a watercolor floral design in the backdrop. The blush pink envelopes were hand painted, and the display was surrounded by a soft berry velvet ribbon, sprigs of greenery and single stem peach garden roses.

“We chose a wood floral designer with a style and color palette to match the stunning watercolor invitation suite,” said the photographer.

The florals in the bridal bouquet as well as the decor were blush and cream selections of anemone, ranunculus and roses, mixed with a lush handful of Italian ruscus, sprays of myrtle, lemon leaf and a variety of fresh greenery.

To contrast the industrial architecture of the museum space, the bride wore a stunning, ivory lace gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, mermaid silhouette and dramatic bell sleeves. She completed the look with a classic pearl necklace and bold pink tassel earrings. Her groom wore a slate gray tuxedo without the jacket, to give a relaxed, downtown feel.

“We wanted a classic, modern look for the attire,” said the photographer. “The lace wedding gown with her string of pearls is a perfect soft look to contrast to the hard, urban concrete walls of the venue.”

A sparkling lake sat right in front of the museum, with a stunning arched bridge surrounded by budding cherry blossom trees. The style of the shoot incorporating soft pinks and vibrant greens effortlessly matched the natural landscape, complemented by the historic, industrial vibe of the venue.

“I have to say, I love the way the old architecture mixes with the colors of the dress, the flowers, and the bride’s amazingly gorgeous skin tone,” said the photographer.

The tablescape design gave us major rooftop dinner party vibes, featuring a centerpiece flower arrangement in a crystal vase, glass geometric candle votives, white ceramic dinnerware with gold trim, and rose pink linen napkins. There were modern acrylic Victorian-inspired ghost chairs for seating, and tucked inside each perfectly folded napkin, there were menus with pink rose wax melts, and personalized acrylic name tags that actually doubled as drink coasters!

At the edge of the renaissance-style balcony, two white pedestals were set in between a brassy monumental structure to create the altar moment. Both podiums showcased a luxurious floral arrangement, and the view in the backdrop looked as if it were out of a painting. 

The couple cheered, danced and kissed against the gray and white stone walls, beneath the massive archway, and of course - at the wedding altar. As natural light flooded in from every corner, their glowing faces made for the most radiant images.

“These two are a real married couple and have the most amazing energy,” said the photographer. “They  are super in love and had the most amazing time re-enacting their wedding day in these photos.”

What a magical way to kick off the spring season! 

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Creative Team

Savanna Makeup

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
JW Paper Creations


Cassandra Paul Events

Millennium Gate Museum

Miles of Design

Blush Lula

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