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Although Winter weddings aren’t traditionally as popular as the other seasons, we are here to tell you just why you should consider them! One of the key elements to a charming and inviting winter wedding is FOOD! If you are a foodie or simply enjoy the ideas of comfort food, we have some great suggestions for you!Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 12.08.21 PM

 

Nothing says cozy quite like a warm drink or meal on a cold day and to kick off your winter wedding, might we suggest a great passed hors d’oeuvres idea that puts a spin on the classic comfort food; tomato soup served in a shooter glass accompanied by bite size grilled cheese sandwich.Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 12.14.34 PM

 

You can also simply put your favorite soup into mini coffee mugs. These make great presentation pieces but are also warm to the tummy.Sipping-Hot-ChocolateSignature drink during cocktail - hot cider nog

 

We love adding signature drinks to any wedding and a warm wintry cocktail would be perfect for your guest. These can be served before or after the wedding ceremony. Great options include; eggnog, ciders, spiked coffee, teas, etc. These are just a few wintry cocktails we love.IMG_5289

 

For the meal, skip the salad and add a heartier option like warm risotto for your first course. If you are offering a buffet, why not add a gourmet mac-n-cheese station or a sweet potato bar. There are so many great comfort foods options to choose from so ask your chef for his/her ideas.Screen shot 2014-11-18 at 1.17.42 PM

 

No meal is complete without something sweet! You can add warm cobblers and pies or bring out the kid in everyone with a fabulous s’mores station. Add a warm drink to your dessert bar, such as a hot cocoa station with bottles of marshmallow vodka for the adults in attendance.free-chalkboard-printables-hot-chocolate-bar-wedding-or-holiday-party-upcycled-treasures

 

Winter weddings can be equally as fun and delicious as their counterpart seasons, so embrace this glorious season and all it has to offer!

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087We were super excited to work with Abby and Matt for their April wedding. They chose their venue, Ventanas, because it was the perfect location to entertain their family who traveled in from New York. The beautiful Atlanta skylines and the clean and open space encouraged the use of modern touches such as ghost chairs supplied by Sweet Seats with the couple’s monogram and a wedding arch made of acrylic to let the skyline peak thru provided by Perfect Petals Design Group.Abby and Matt 1549 copyAbby and Matt 2262

 

By choosing Ventanas as their venue, it allowed Abby to embrace her playful side and love for the Audrey Hepburn era. Abby kept the class and sophication of Audrey’s day with her wedding gown and the lace dresses for her bridaly party. Her bouquet was unforgettable with gorgeous antique brooches that Abby’s mother and aunt provided along with perfumers in the women’s bathroom.347 copy226

 

Abby and Matt kept what was near and dear to their hearts in perspective so they chose to forgo wedding favors and donate to their favorite charity. . . Atlanta Pet Rescue. It was a beautiful celebration and we are so pleased that Southern Weddings Blog thought so too! Check out more details on their blog!

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We are so excited for our beautiful couple, Kimberly and Ralph. They had a fabulous engagement session with their wedding photographer Livingston Jaxon of Jaxon Photography.RC14E3571

 

We always tell our couples to incorporate things they love in their engagement session and have fun. That is just what Kimberly and Ralph did in these gorgeous images! This energetic and fun loving couple enjoyed one of their favorite past times – playing golf and Jaxon Photography captured it beautifully. After an exciting round of golf; the couple opted to change their attire and have a more sophisticated photo shoot at Stone Mountain.RC14E3548RC14E3523RC14E3511RC14E3561CollageRC14E3593

 

The couple’s ceremony will be hosted at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Lithonia this coming Saturday. Followed by a beautiful dinner with friends and family. After dinner is complete, they will head over to Stone Mountain for an exciting after party. We can’t wait to show you details! Stay Tuned!

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We had the honor of planning the beautiful union of Chakeeta and Serome and the day came together beautifully!Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-114

 

Chakeeta and Serome opted for a “First Look” before the ceremony and with the help of Sophia Barrett Studios, staged a playful (although a little rainy) meeting in midtown near the Federal Reserve Building.Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-45Chakeeta-and-Serome-Portraits-70

 

The April showers didn’t dampen their spirits as they exchanged vows among their closest family and friends at the Defoor Center. Chakeeta and Serome’s wedding color palette of eggplant, teal and gold made a grand statement in the venue. They chose purple up-lighting for a dramatic effect and Stylish Stems provided floral décor with lots of glitz to create a very high style look.Chakeeta-and-Serome-Ceremony-65Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-43Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-36Chakeeta-and-Serome-Details-49

 

Once the ceremony was over and the introductions were complete, DJ Tron of Urban Legend had the guests on their feet and working up an appetite on the dance floor! Soon the gourmet dinner of Tuscan stuff chicken or Black and White sesame crusted salmon were served and they were delicious! Of course, no wedding would be complete without a wedding cake and Perfect Wedding Cake did not disappoint with a cake that was both stunning as well as delectable!Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-183Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-177Chakeeta-and-Serome-Reception-157

 

These beautiful images are courtesy of Sophia Barrett Studios. Congratulations Chakeeta and Serome!

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Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Aria Zambataro, Director of Client Relations at Beauty Bar of Buckhead. With her background as a make-up artist for over 14 years, she has had the opportunity to make women feel empowered, confident, and beautiful from the inside out which gives her a bird’s eye perspective on what it takes to create the perfect wedding day look. We wanted to share some of her tips and reasons why hiring a professional make-up artist and hairstylist is important!Makeup-Collage1

 

DIY- Why You Shouldn’t: With the trend of youtube make-up tutorials, women are feeling more comfortable with personal make-up application. However, there is a vast difference from applying day to day make-up versus application for a special event, particularly a “once in a lifetime” celebration. Although the wedding day make-up may appear very natural, there is a lot of preparation to give the appearance of a “blushing bride”. Working with an expert, one can achieve a natural look more efficiently and effortlessly. In addition, some women might think that the usual day-to-day look will suffice for the camera. It is a well-known industry fact that more make-up (in particular areas, such as the eyes, lips and cheeks) is needed for pictures so that the bride and her bridesmaids refrain from looking washed-out.IMG_6069-copy

 

Photography- Editing is costly: Another aspect to consider is the lengthy and costly chore of photography editing. Having a seasoned hair & makeup artist on hand, there will be far less editing required, as the artist has a knack for concealing blemishes, birthmarks, scars, etc. that the bride and/or bridesmaids will surely want to mask. Not only will concealing properly from the beginning save time and money, it will also provide the woman a “peace of mind” as she will be more confident in her appearance.IMG_6078-copy

 

Cohesive Look: Maintaining a cohesive look among the bride and bridesmaids is key! Leaving each woman to her own creative hair and make-up licenses is a recipe for disaster! Just as the bride carefully chooses both she and her bridesmaids’ dresses so that they ever-so-gracefully glide amongst one another, she too must take into consideration that both the hair and make-up looks are meticulously on point. Reflecting a clean, classic and polished look will be acknowledged and appreciated by everyone on her special day as well as for years to come.Wedding-Talk-89-of-123

 

Peace of Mind: And, lastly, Brides! Let’s not forget that this is YOUR day!!! YOUR day to be the “belle of the ball”, YOUR day to be a stress-free queen, YOUR day to enjoy essential time with your family, dearest friends and soon-to-be hubby! Why not have your cake and eat it too!?

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