It was a perfect October day at the Trolley Barn in Inman Park for this sweet couple. Keep scrolling for some really special details including a chuppah designed and built by the architect groom and a stunning hanging floral chandelier!
Cameron and Jeremy's FUN wedding at American Spirit Works.Read More
It is no secret that I am completely obsessed with magazines. So one of the most fun things for me to do as a wedding planner is to dream up wedding inspiration and then have it featured in Atlanta's top wedding magazine, The Celebration Society Weddings!
After chatting with my friend Katie Loyd of Boukates Fresh Floral Design about bright and preppy wedding ideas, I found myself slurping oysters at one of my favorite restaurants, The Optimist, and suddenly inspiration struck! So, we gathered up some of our most talented friends, and dreamed up a colorful summery wedding set against the nautical backdrop of the West Side's beloved beachy spot for land-locked Atlantans.
Planning & Coordination: Pretty Swell Parties
Floral & Event Design: Boukates
Photography: J. Ashley Photography
Hair & Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry
Cake: Lush Cakery
Bride's Dress: Adore Bridal Boutique
Favors: Kate Aspen
Venue, Food & Cocktails: The Optimist
Its hard to believe its been a whole year since Stephanie and Robby's magical wedding at the Georgian Terrace Hotel! What better way to celebrate a first anniversary than with a beautiful spread in a magazine?
Wedding Coordination: Gina Livingston of Pretty Swell Parties
Photography: Matt Yung Photography
Floral Design: Bloomin' Bouquets
Ceremony & Reception Venue and Catering: The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Bride & Groom's cake: The Frosted Pumpkin
Invitations & Paper: Blush Paperie
Rentals and Linens: I Do Linens
Makeup: Jessica Miller
We are so thankful for all of the wonderful reviews from our clients over the past year that helped us win this honor!
ABOUT THE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top 5% of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.
Risa and Jared are an adorable pair of college sweethearts who wanted a wedding that was big city chic infused with southern charm. The Temple was the perfect backdrop for their sophisticated style which incorporated soft florals with accents of gold and black & white stripes. After all of our time planning together, it was an absolute joy to see these two under the chuppah! Mazal tov Risa & Jared!
Wedding Planning: Pretty Swell Parties
Photography: Paperlilly Photography
Venue: The Temple
Floral Design: Tulip Blooming Creations
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C. Neiman Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
Dress: The Sentimentalist
Catering: Endive Fine Catering
Band: The Scott Walker Band
Ceremony Music: Jennifer Blaske
Now that our 2015 wedding season has come to a close, we are starting to reflect on all of the wonderful couples we've gotten to know this year. We are feeling so thankful for all of our lovely clients and the incredible weddings we've had a chance to be a part of!
On that note, we give you Ali & Andrew's highlight film from the ever talented videographer, Paul Wages.
A little description of the day from Paul:
Allison and Andrew started off their wedding day at a charming little church, full of smiles and loving glances. It was a full house, but there was a delightful feeling of intimacy between the couple and their guests. From there, folks travelled to the gorgeous Piedmont Driving Club for the reception, where the live band rocked everybody so good that folks stayed to shake it down ’til long after the cows came home.
Thank you to Ali & Andrew for having us as part of your amazing wedding!
Venue & Catering: Piedmont Driving Club
Floral design: Amy Osaba Events
Videography: Wages Films
Band: Party on the Moon Band
Photography: Caroline Petters Photography
Wedding Coordination & Rehearsal Dinner Planning: Gina Livingston of Pretty Swell Parties
Here at Pretty Swell Parties, we are total wedding magazine junkies! So, you can imagine how excited we were to find ourselves featured in the latest issue of Southern Bride!
Today we are sharing some of the photos from this wedding inspiration shoot -- including some that didn't make it into the magazine! We are thankful to have collaborated with so many amazing wedding vendors to make this happen. See the vendor credits below for more info, and click here to read more about the inspiration behind the design.
Planning & Coordination: Gina Livingston for Pretty Swell Parties
Photography: Tin Can Photography
Floral & Event Design: Juli Vaughn Designs
Cake: Miss Mamie's
Bridal dress: Adore Bridal Boutique
Invitations & Paper Goods: Foglio Press
Jewelry: Mickey Lynn Jewelry
Menswear: The Modern Gent
Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Raney O'Keefe
Venue: The Georgian Terrace
One of the best parts of planning weddings is getting to know the couples we work with and their families. We tend to get really attached to our clients, and often feel like we are part of the family by the end of the wedding. We loved working with Mollie & Jonathan, and this wedding is a great example of that!
Now, onto the photos! But first, here are a few words from Erin of Tin Can Photography, who captured the day beautifully:
With pops of bright pink alongside their preppy wedding details, Mollie & Jonathan brought a modern twist to this classic venue and infused every part of the day with their vibrant personalities. From personalized Converse kicks to springtime signature drinks to homemade hot sauce favors, these two had their guests happily surprised around every corner.
Their laid back personalities and love for each other truly made for such a great day. And the evening ended with some seriously great moves on the dance floor!
Let me introduce you to two amazing women, Rosemary & Ginger, aka the Spice Girls (get it?!).
While we are still basking in the glow of #lovewins, it seems like the perfect time to share some photos of their beautiful summer wedding. This day was so full of love and joy!
From the luxurious lounge furniture to the perfectly mismatched china, custom ginger candy and rosemary infused olive oil favors -- they really thought of every detail.
Ginger surprised Rosemary with a custom embroidery sewn into her dress with a silly message, which was the perfect thing to make her laugh through those last few minutes before their first look!
It really was an incredible day, and we were so happy to have been a part of it! Congrats R&G!
Wedding Planning: Pretty Swell Parties
Photography: W.Scott Chester
Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens
Floral Design: Candler Park Flowers
Lounge furniture, chalk sign, window lettering: Crush Event Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Louie Lieberman
Catering: Sun in My Belly
DJ: Black Tie Events
Vintage china & silver: The Vintage Chicks
Caitlin and Brian chose to get married at the Ansley Golf Club, where Caitlin has spent many childhood summers swimming and eating chicken fingers by the pool (which they served as a late night snack for their guests!).
There were many parts of the day that were totally classic, but with their own unique twist. For example, their ceremony was traditional, but the bride walked down the aisle with her father to the Indiana Jones theme song.
They did a flawless waltz as their first dance song...
but then chose to sabre champagne, instead of cutting a cake!
Instead of traditional table numbers, Carly created these using pages from Pride & Prejudice. And every table also included a stack of books, along table runners hand sewn by Carly's mom.
It would be nearly impossible to find a wedding detail more fun than these cocktail napkins. Make sure you read each one!
Did you catch the second pair of shoes for Melanie? Who wouldn't love sparkly sneakers?
After learning about the venue's history as a factory, Melanie's family made the connection that her grandfather had worked there when he was young. To tie this detail into the evening, Melanie and Justin provided all of their guests with work punch cards so they could "clock in" to the reception using a vintage time stamper provided by Krista with Blue Eyed Yonder (who I think can now confidently say that she can find literally any vintage touch you are looking for!).
Thanks to Melanie & Justin! We loved being a part of your day!
If you've been involved in any of our weddings over the past year, its very likely that you've already met Nicole. On any given wedding day, you'll find her running behind the scenes to make sure everything feels perfect for the bride, groom, and all of their guests. She is always thinking one step ahead to make sure our clients are well taken care of, and all crises are averted. And now, I'm so excited to announce that Nicole is available to coordinate a limited number of weddings for 2015 and beyond!
We could not ask for a better coordinator to be part of our team. She is thoughtful, creative, and organized, and she knows the wedding industry from all sides.
In addition to working with us coordinating weddings, Nicole also works for a wedding favor company, so she already has great relationships within the Atlanta wedding industry. She also recently planned her own wedding and has a great understanding of the bride's point of view. (Click here to see her incredible wedding photos!)
Here's a little bit more about this sweet gal:
Jenn and her bridesmaids started their day at The Millenium Gate near Atlantic Station for some photos. We loved this mismatched look for the girls -- everyone got to choose their own dress, and it all came together so nicely!
Jenn and Kevin opted not to see each other before their ceremony, which made her entrance a little extra special.
The greenery, string lights, and candle installation on the stairs all made the ceremony space so dramatic and beautiful.
After an amazing dance party (including an impromptu chair lifting!)....
Jenn and Kevin made their getaway in style.
Videography: Wages Films
And over the head table was an incredible floral chandelier with the words "we do" hanging over Heather and Andrew's seats, tying in the gold script in once again.
Isn't the look on her face just priceless? Her flawless makeup and hair are by the ever-talented Louie Lieberman of Lux Studio.
Side note: if you need to buy or sell a house, Heather is your girl!
Look out for Heather & Andrew’s Wedding, Part II up on the blog soon. There were so many amazing details in this wedding, we couldn’t fit them all in one post!
Here are are a few more photos of this sweet couple for now:
A little more info from Wedding Wire:
The wedding was truly a fun-filled and very beautiful family affair! Sarah's uncle happens to be the fabulous Al Dellinger of 2000 A.D. floral design. He and his team set the tone for this rustic wedding at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, creating an arbor under which Sarah and Jay said, "I do." This backdrop was perfect for the delicious food stations set up by Zest Atlanta. Can we say biscuit bar? (I can't - I'm too busy drooling over sweet potato biscuits with chicken fried steak.)
We ended the day with a pretty ribbon send-off and a happily ever after.
Besides blending their styles, the couple also blended their cultures. The rehearsal dinner was held at Alma Cocina to represent C.S.'s Mexican heritage, while the wedding cuisine from Endive was purely southern -- a nod to Jen's South Carolina roots. The ceremony was performed by the bride's brother, and translated into Spanish by the groom's sister. Guitarist Brandon Crocker played some great American classics for the ceremony and cocktail hour, while DJ Eric Anthony brought along some Latin favorites to spice up the reception.
They also brought in some of their favorite things including carefully chosen wine selections served from the venue's gorgeous wooden bar (adorned by ever talented Bloomin' Bouquets), a special chocolate cake made with olive oil and sea salt, the couple's favorite dessert from La Tavola Trattoria, and specialty cupcake flavors like creme de menthe and samoas, created by Amy from Sugar Moon Bake Shop.