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While many of us are enjoying the festivities of the holiday season, some lucky individuals are receiving a little something extra to make their season bright … aka an engagement ring! Although, not commonly known, Thanksgiving is the #1 holiday for engagements followed by Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day. This is what we wedding pros like to call Engagement Season and it’s such a wonderful time of the year! While we know it can be nerve racking for the guys out there, we thought we’d pass along a few pointers to help the gentlemen make that proposal extra special.

· Get the right ring – Now that you’ve made up your mind to ask your special lady for her hand in marriage, make sure you get the perfect ring that is right for her. If in doubt, ask for help from her best friend, mother or another important females in her life. OR if you’re creative enough (it’s ok if you are not) you can design one on your own. She will love that you put a lot of thought into it! After you’ve decided on the style of the perfect ring, be sure to go to a reputable jeweler.engagement-ring-trends-2013


· Ask Her Parents — We understand that some people aren’t what we would describe as traditional but if your girlfriend is, we recommend asking her father for her hand in marriage. Even if she isn’t, there is just something incredibly sweet about this tradition. If her father is deceased ask her mother or another father figure. She will definitely be impressed with your efforts.

· Personalize the Proposal – We’ve seen many great proposals on the Internet, but you will need to determine what is right for your lady. Would she prefer it to be at home with a quiet dinner, just the two of you or more public with a little extra wow factor? Do you want to surprise her? Why not host a secret proposal party with both families and closest friends? Or does she have a favorite pet? You could tie the ring around the neck of her furry loved one and coax it to over at just the right moment. Whatever you do, personalizing the proposal will get you brownie points for years to come.Pet-Proposal


· Capture this moment – Do hire a professional photographer or videographer to capture this special moment! Don’t leave this special moment up to just her memory. She will love that she can go back and look at this special moment over and over again.

· And Lastly DO get down on one knee. Yes, we said it! There is just something about this gesture that makes the proposal complete.Hawaii-Beach-Proposal-3-1


Still not sure what to do and you need a little extra help planning that perfect proposal, let us help you! Park Avenue can help you create the perfect moment, just give us a call.

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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


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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