Summer brunch wedding at JCT Kitchen

Laina & Josh were married at JCT Kitchen - what a great place to have a wedding!  If you are a foodie, as is Laina, you will appreciate the delicious cuisine of chef Ford Fry.  The restaurant is beautifully yet simply decorated, the light is fantastic, they have a courtyard perfect for ceremonies as well as ample and easy parking.

Laina's bouquet was an all white mix of freesia, peony and ranunculus.

This was also a brunch wedding which I think are wonderful.  You can have really yummy breakfast type food along with more traditional fare. 

The girl's bouquets were a collection of yellow and orange freesia, ranunculus, billy balls (craspedia) and white peony.

The groomsmen had simple orange spray rose and dahlia bud boutonnieres...

while the groom had white freesia and orange ranunculus. I do like the scruffy look on grooms :).

Courtyard tables held sweet and simple arrangements (I love thise shadow shot).  Mason jars were used inside and filled with a bright and cheerful collection of dahlias, freesia, ranunculus, hypericum berries, billy balls and lemon leaf.

Kraft paper table runners and mini chalkboard table numbers perfectly matched the charm of the restaurant.

Guests tied their wishes for the newly married couple on manzanita branches simply dressed with lemon leaf and ranunculus.

This looks like a magazine cover, doesn't it??

There are so many great spots for photos at Atlanta's Westside Urban Market location.

Cornhole is becoming a very popular activity at wedding receptions!

Bright green pants and a bowtie - yes!!  And so Southern...

The restaurant can even provide your cake!

Anyone who knows me knows I have a serious iced tea addiction.  I might have this photo framed.

Laina hand made ribbon swirlers (not sure if that is what you call them!) for her guests to wave as they departed into the beautiful afternoon.  It makes for a sweet going-away photo.

And anyone who knows me knows I love peaches.  You better believe I took a couple for myself!! What a great summer favor for guests and complements perfectly the whole "foodie" theme.

And here's a cute idea for your wedding gift thank you cards.

These terrific photos are courtesy of Anne Almasy.  Book her if you can - she's awesome!


Another one, dear to my heart...Allison & Ryan

It seems like just yesterday that my niece, Allison, was playing with her Breyer's horse collection and her bunny Elmo. But actually, a couple months before yesterday (March) she was a beautiful bride marrying her 6'6" groom at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Alpharetta.

My heart and soul went into these flowers as this was my gift to the newlyweds.  Allison's bouquet of white and emerald green hydrangea, viburnum, parrot tulips and grape hyacinth was wrapped with lace from my sister's wedding veil and topped with her sorority pin.

It was a chilly and misty day in March.  Perfect weather for photographer Laura Stone of ArtStar Photography.

Sweet flower girl, Sophia, looked like a little doll with her princess flower wand and tulle dress.

Allison had 7 bridesmaids (friends and sorority sisters) and 2 junior bridesmaids (cousins).  The junior bridesmaid on the far left is my daughter, Anna, age 9!  She was so thrilled to be a part of the wedding and loved having her hair and makeup done.  Allison's gifts to her bridesmaids were mongrammed shawls and pearl jewelry. 

Bridesmaids bouquets were all green flowers - hydrangea, kermit poms, viburnum, and super green roses.

Corsages and boutonnieres ready for pinning. 

Ryan's boutonniere of parrot tulips, ladies mantle, white and grape hyacinth blooms.

Altar and aisle flowers.

My brother-in-law, Allison's father, is a member of the Knights of Columbus at the church.  The Knights in all their regalia lined up from the church lobby to the altar. 

The reception was held at the Country Club of Roswell.

                            A giant lantern centerpiece for the foyer.

The photobooth props were set up just outside the ballroom so the bridesmaids grabbed some to help jazz up the wedding party introductions!

The vase pictured here was used in Allison's paternal grandmother's wedding.  She had passed away about six months before the wedding.

Allison first described her color scheme as apple green, navy and white (a combination she discovered and loved from the artwork and packaging of Blue Moon beer!)  Incorporating green apples into the decor made perfect sense.  This centerpiece was featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Bride's Atlanta!

There were three different centepiece designs for the 22 reception tables.  Tall vases, footed vases and cylinder vases filled with cut limes.

                      Green apples were also used as votive holders.

Over 200 apples were used at the reception.  After the wedding, my sister and I spent a day making pies, cobbler and applesauce for our families!

Vintage champagne glasses for the highboys.

The Baker's Man cake featured tiny replicas of Allison and Ryan's dogs - Reagan and Cappy.

Here's my sweet sister, Carol, wiping away a tear...

Here's to Allison and Ryan.  I wish you Happily Ever After! 
I was pleased and honored to be a part of your day!