A Rooftop Garden Wedding in Atlanta
Amy Robinson and Brandon Brown dated for seven years before getting engaged, a fact that the brideâ€™s mother didnâ€™t let them forget. â€śShe always said she would hire a choir to sing at our wedding once we finally tied the knot,â€ť she saysâ€”and on the day-of, Amy made sure it happened!
On October 15, 2016, Amy and Brandon's 170 guests, including the mother of the bride, were surprised when they arrived at The St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. The couple had transformed the already beautiful space into a whimsical garden wonderland, with help from wedding planner Suzanne Reinhard of Suzanne Reinhard Events. â€śI wanted flowersâ€”lots of flowers!â€ť says the bride. At the hotel, the outdoor terrace (which is located on the 7th floor!) and Astor Ballroom were filled with soft blooms in shades of blush, peach, and white. Basically, with that many flowers, they transformed the blank space into an enchanted setting full of romance and Southern charm. Check out these stunning photos by Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography for yourselfâ€”and flower lovers, you may want to take note.
â€śIâ€™d always dreamed of feeling the way I did when I saw myself in this dress,â€ť says Amy of her strapless Monique Lhuillier gown, which was embroidered with flowing ribbons. The bride wore a double veil (one short, one long) to delicately drape over her face during her walk down the aisle.
Gray accents added a pop of color throughout the dayâ€”from the bridesmaidsâ€™ dresses to the flower girlâ€™s tulle belt.
Can you believe this garden is on the hotel's roof? An arch of hydrangeas and roses surrounded a boxwood wall, which was accented with more blush blooms.
The brideâ€™s father escorted her down the aisle to meet Brandon at the altar. After they were pronounced husband and wife, a choir started singing â€śOh Happy Day.â€ť â€śYou could hear their voices echoing across the terrace, and it gave me chills,â€ť Amy says. â€śMy mom was absolutely shocked!â€ť
Inside the ballroom, the head table was topped with a mirrored runner and lit with pillar candles in glass holders. Overhead, a floating garland of garden roses, tulips, hydrangeas, and eucalyptus branches added a dose of drama. â€śBrandon and I sat in a love seat, which our florist decorated with greenery and roses,â€ť Amy describes.
The bride took on a huge DIY project: hand-painting every invitation with a watercolor floral pattern. â€śIt was a much bigger undertaking than Iâ€™d anticipated,â€ť she says. The print made another appearance on the coupleâ€™s hand-painted wedding cake, with fresh blooms adding color to each tier. Inside, almond cake was layered with fresh strawberries and champagne mousse. After the cake cutting, the newlyweds opened a bottle of champagne with a saber and then hit the dance floor!
The Downtown Band came in from Nashville to play for the evening, and had guests on the dance floor all night. â€śWe danced nonstop, and it all went by so fast,â€ť says Amy. â€śHaving so many family and friends in one room for one purpose, to celebrate our marriage, was an incredible feeling and made it a night Iâ€™ll never forget!â€ť