Oh, what a beautiful day it was! Our family had such special memories of this wonderful day of Lauren and Philip’s wedding. The weather could not have been more perfect.
A beautiful Spring day in Atlanta.I arrived early, camera in hand and went around looking for pics to capture in memory. I found Lauren, the bride in with her bridesmaids getting dressed for pics. The bride and groom did not see each other before the wedding, so pictures before the ceremony were coordinated with that in mind. Lauren and the girls getting dressed. She was a spectacularly beautiful bride!She had her hair put up in a beautiful twist. Getting her veil on, ready for the photographer. I then left them getting ready and headed upstairs to where the reception will be. The Vinings club is a swanky spot on top of Vinings mountain, with a beautiful view overlooking downtown Atlanta.
Me and a friend of my sister’s, Susan, came over early Saturday morning and got the tables set up. They had lots of framed photos of Lauren and Philip to add on the tables around the room. I love this touch!
Tables are set with fine linens and the band is warming up. The Vinings Club feels like a living room out here and is a great place to socialize.As the guests enter from the elevator, this is what they see.Here’s that gorgeous view of downtown. With a nice clear day like we had, it was just stunning! Outside on the terrace, the tables are ready.Lauren, the bride is ready for photos, so I hurried and took a few before the photographer scurried her off. I had to be careful about getting too close to the photographer and interfering with what she was doing, but I managed to get quite a few good shots. Love this one! Lauren is a gorgeous young woman.A beauty, with simple pearls. The perfect touch.Her Aunt Toni (the florist) made her bridal bouquet, as well as all the bridesmaids. I loved the simple elegance of all the flowers.And here are all the bridesmaids with the two precious flower girls. Are they all just gorgeous? Here’s some interesting news on the bridesmaid dresses. They all came from Target, as well as the shoes. I loved the simplicity of both. Bronze shoes were perfect. Simple champagne satin ribbon ties around the dresses were the perfect wedding touch, along with the pin on the back. Lauren did not want dresses that scream bridesmaid and these were just perfect. They are getting hurried outside for some shots.The fountain outside The Vinings Club was the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. These were just a few shots I got in between the pro photographer doing her thing.Don’t you love that dress?? She found it at David’s Bridal and I love the choice of it too. It fits her to a tee. She is a size Zero and has been since high school. I know, I’m jealous too. Well, actually if I was a size Zero, I would totally blow away. 🙂Beautiful bride, beautiful day.My mom and Aunt Frances, who is married to my mom’s brother, Edward. We had several family members who came into town for the special occasion.Aren’t they stylish ladies? Back to the girls, posing in front of the fountain.
Cute girls, they are!
Philip’s mom, Karen and my mom.The bride is whisked away and the groom arrives, looking as handsome as ever in tails.One of my dearest and oldest friends, Wanda, drove over from SC to attend. We had a great time catching up.The guys turn to pose. They are all looking dapper and handsome.More family members arrive: Aunt Mary, Uncle Eugene (Mom’s bro from Florida) and their daughter, my cousin Brenda, who lives in Atlanta, and my mom.Wanda, another dear friend, Judy, and Tammy, who both live in Atlanta. They were looking so pretty that night too.
Down on the terrace, the guests are arriving. It was a balmy Spring evening, just perfect for a 7 pm wedding.There were around 130 guests attending.
Lauren’s Uncle Dale put together this beautiful fresh floral swag and I brought it out here and attached it to the arbor. It really made a huge statement, crowning the ceremony just perfectly.My sister’s husband, Bruce escorted my mom down.Philip’s mom and dad arrive for the ceremony.Bruce and Renee, mother of the bride.All the groomsmen are in place.As are the bridesmaids and flower girls.Philip’s cute little nephew, Douglas, was the ring bearer. He’s adorable and looks just like Philip’s baby pics.And the moment arrives. The bride arrives on her granddaddy’s arm (my dad). She is closer to my dad than she is her own and she has always wanted him to walk her down the aisle. She enjoyed her regal walk in, down the winding stone path.My dad’s nephew, Billy, helped with the wedding ceremony officiating. Dad, on behalf of our family, gave Lauren away.Philip’s mom read some beautiful scriptures from Genesis on marriage.And the ceremony begins.Douglas sat in his grandmother’s lap.And I caught his eye. He’s so adorable.A song during the ceremony.The vows are exchanged.Lauren looking beautiful and serious.Exchanging the rings.The kiss!And a new Mr. and Mrs. are introduced.And away they go.On to their new life together.Lauren, with mom and dad right after the ceremony.Lauren’s bouquet was beautiful. Simple ivory roses. My dad talking with Philip’s grandparents.Beautiful couple.Renee, sitting down and probably sighing with relief that it’s finally over. A beautiful wedding party. I love the neutral ivory and black wedding. Yay for the happy couple! Cute, cute, they are all so cute (and young!).Not quite in focus, but dreamy.Inside the reception, guests are ready to celebrate. Rose petals for throwing and bubbles for blowing.Philip’s family brought doberge cupcakes for the groom’s cake, which is a thin cream layer cake originating in New Orleans. I had never heard of them before, but they were very sweet and tasty.The wedding cake was beautiful, with sour cream pound cake on the bottom, and chocolate and strawberry on the top layers.These are not great pics, but you can get an idea of the reception. It was just beautiful. Lots of great food.The bride and groom take their first dance together.I finally got a peek at Lauren’s blue wedding shoes, her choice for something blue.They cut the cake and do the honors.And her dear old aunt finally got a pic of the two of us.
A beautiful day indeed.
I hope you have all enjoyed the wedding plans and pics. It certainly was a highlight for our family and we celebrated it to the hilt.
Joyce Ackley says
Beautiful wedding, Rhoda, and a stunningly beautiful bride. Looks like everything was absolutely perfect. You look so pretty, too, Rhoda. Fresh and Young!!!!
Rachel Pedersen says
Thank you and the new couple for sharing such a happy, beautiful story. It is nice to read something positive with all the negative that is around. Best of luck to the new couple. Hope you are getting settled after this whirlwind 🙂
What a beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing with us. Congratulations to the new husband & wife.
Linh C says
Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing your family’s happy occasion. 🙂
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Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!!!
Loved seeing all the photos Rhoda! Thank you!
My what a beautiful wedding! After reading your blog for the past few years, I feel like I know your entire family. Thanks for sharing the pictures of this beautiful young couple and their families. I know you have been through a lot Rhoda, but I have to say…..you looked stunning also!
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What a beautiful bride and ceremony! So glad to hear she had good weather that weekend, as you know our weather was AWFUL this past weekend during your move (our daughter’s prom night). Congratulations to them both!
Kathy :) says
Oh Rhoda worth the wait…..what beautiful pics. God Bless them !!! I wish them all the best 🙂 Everyone looks so happy …….
**Must be my computer I didn’t see the last 7 pics….I will try again later !!!
Alice A says
Thanks so much for sharing all the beauty and happiness of the lovely wedding…. I know Lauren felt the love of all her family…. and especially her favorite Aunt….( she”s your special niece I know, and looksso much like her beautiful aunt!)… the pictures of all the activities leading up to the big day were delightful too….. what a beautiful bride she is…. and what a fortunate young man,Phillip… prayers for a happy and wonderful ever-after for them…. and special blessings to you as you look foward to the days ahead…E njoy the beach time!
Kristi Wyckoff says
What a wonderful storytelling of such a meaningful and beautiful wedding! I’m sure family and the couple are delighted to see it put together so nicely this way and I’m sure long before the professional photos are viewable! Thank-you so much for sharing a personal celebration in your family’s life. This also gives me a little push to get some photos of my brother’s wedding together. I seem to have completely given up my personal blogs, but may bring back the family one. I’ll let you know if I do, in case you are interested. 🙂
Beautiful bride, beautiful wedding and reception. While not simple in the least, proof positive that an “over the top” wedding is just not necessary to have. May the couple grow old together!
Sarah K says
The beautiful bride looks a lot like her auntie!
How beautiful! I’ve secretly been following all the pre-wedding festivities and just had to say how beautiful everything was! Congrats to the new couple, and now the whole family can relax!
Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says
Congratulations to Lauren and Philip! It was a lovely ceremony. They both looked wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Everything looked beautiful, Rhoda! Your niece is stunning and her dress was just perfect for her! I loved hair too. It looks like you definitely did have such a nice day and it looks like a beautiful place, too. Congratulations!
Rhoda, one word “BEAUTIFUL” sums up the wedding. I still say your niece looks a lot like You. Thanks for sharing……..
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Elizabeth H says
So beautiful, just perfect. Loved all the pictures but especially loved the one with Lauren and your Dad coming down the stone path and the one of you and Lauren. Great!
Beautiful. The last pic shows that your eyes and Lauren’s are the same!
I was hoping you would post pics from the wedding.
The bride was so gorgeous. LOVE the dress and that veil, oh the veil… Fab-U-lous!
Wanda P. says
You did a great job! I enjoyed all the pictures. Lauren is so beautiful. And YES that little boy is soooooo cute! Renee, you look GREAT! No wonder Lauren is so beautiful! Yes Bruce you look GREAT too!!