Happy New Year, All!

Admittedly, this month has gotten away from me what with last minute client bookings and quick turnaround needs. I know I have been slacking a bit on the blogging front!

I want to start this year out by giving a nod to a fishy (get it?) and fun wedding held at the Georgia Aquarium last November! I was elated when Ashleigh and Joe decided they wanted to work with me for their wedding. Not only was I working with a couple so clearly in love, but they had plans to get married in front of a Beluga whale tank! How cool is that?!

Working in a new venue always has its challenges but I was so excited to take this one on! Ashleigh wanted a fine balance between a black-tie affair and an aquatic wedding. We kicked things off by narrowing down her color scheme to one involving deep reds, silvers, whites, and some pinks. A lot of our time was spent discussing how to incorporate an aquatic feel into her decor without it being too kitschy. For the linens, we stuck with a simple white and opted for a sheer pink chiffon to drape down the double-wide estate table and onto the floor. We wanted to make the estate table extra special so opted for red chargers and a long cascading garland arrangement to rest atop the pink chiffon (more professional photos to come of this). We went with silver chargers for the round tables and chose silver mercury glass candle holders to add some extra sparkle!

Being a floral enthusiast, I had the best time working with Ashleigh to design her floral decor! For the garland arrangement, she was seeking something with an aquatic feel again. We opted for the garland to be made from Italian ruscus. When bunched together, the Italian ruscus gave enough of a sea-plant type feel that it won out in the end! A large part of the floral design was also dedicated to spider mums - another nod to her oceanic venue. For Ashleigh, the spiky shape of the spider mum petals really helped play off of their surroundings in a subtle way. For the bouquets, we were focused on keeping them classic with a fun mix of red, white, and pink roses, and pale pink spider mums. We added a Fall-like feel to the bouquets befitting of November through the combination of privet berry and hypericum. For Ashleigh's bouquet, we wanted to set it apart by incorporating more of the red roses with some pops of pink in a round shape - using the privet berry to add a cascading element.

Now on to my favorite part - the cake!

Ashleigh and Joe ordered their cake from a very talented mother-daughter duo (if you are interested in the vendors Ashleigh and Joe used, I have them listed below). Not only was the wedding cake stunning, but the groom's cake stole my heart! I am a sucker for cake-cutting photos. Ashleigh and Joe chose a Coca-Cola themed groom's cake and everyone in the bridal party had personalized glass Coca-Cola bottles (with titles such as bride, groom, etc). It was a blast seeing them all cheers each other in celebration of Ashleigh and Joe's big day!

To top the night off, the Rioux's had a blissful bubble send-off with a fairy-tale horse and carriage ride out into the city!

Cheers to you, Ashleigh and Joe, for a little over two months of marriage and many more months to come!

XO, Heather

Vendor List: Cake Hag (Wedding + Groom's Cake), MDR Imagery (Photography), Wedding Film Pros (Videography), Wolfgang Puck Catering (GA Aquarium Venue-Specific Caterer)