Summerour is truly one of the most beautiful venues in Atlanta — just wait until you see this wedding from Jason Hales Photography and you’ll agree too. Ansley and George wanted to bring the garden aesthetic indoors, and thanks to the never-ending talents of Juli Vaughn Designs the couple was able to bask in the glory of an event executed to perfection!
From the bride, Ansley: From the decor, to the food, to the band – our Atlanta wedding was a perfect representation of George & I and the people and things we love most. I wanted the overall feel of the wedding to be what I like to call “boho traditional.” It was important to G & I to get married in a church, so we set the ceremony at our church – Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead. And the moment I saw Summerour Studio, I was in love and knew we could bring the bohemian elements I wanted to include into our reception. I loved the courtyard with vines growing up the brick walls and that inside the venue was a blank space that we could make our own. Juli Vaughn truly brought the feel of the courtyard into the reception space and perfectly captured the whimsical/romantic/bohemian style by hanging vines from the steel rafters, string lights, Edison bulbs and a ton of gold and silver Mercury glass.
My friend created menus and escort cards with hand-drawn floral wreaths that also included vines that were a consistent theme of the reception. We used soft colors of blush, sage and gold and the floral centerpieces softened the industrial space to give it the romantic feeling I wanted. Amid the boho and romantic feel of the reception, I worked in traditional elements with my full lace, trumpet-style gown. I also paid homage to the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” by wearing a garter made by my aunt from tatting lace hand-crafted by my great-grandmother, my grandmother’s diamond bracelet and my mother’s sapphire ring.The menu covered all of our Southern favorites, and each station represented one of our favorite meals from throughout our relationship. The fried chicken and mac & cheese station (that was based off the meal we had the night we got engaged) was a guest favorite! And the bite-sized southern desserts were a fitting reflection of the out of control sweet tooth George and I both have. After dinner, dancing commenced and the dance floor was packed for three straight hours.
After so many months of planning for this day, and having so many of our friends and family come to celebrate with us, we couldn’t bear the thought of the night ending, so we continued the celebration at the Artmore Hotel with more champagne and late night eats from the Waffle House food truck! After a sparkler exit, as G & I drove away in a ’56 Bentley, we knew it was the best night of our lives and the months and months of planning had come together just as we had pictured. The sweetest moment of the day was our first look. George’s reaction was more than I could have imagined – so many tears! We had a lot of laughs about our first dance as husband and wife that we had practiced so many times, but ended up completely improvising. And of course, a favorite memory was having all of our loved ones in one (beautifully decorated) room to celebrate such an important day with us.