There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our brides walk down the aisle towards the love of their life. We are thrilled to bring you a series of Anya 2014 Real Weddings and we only hope you enjoy reading their stories and seeing their wedding photos as much as we have.
Katie + Ryan
On January 10, 2014, my boyfriend of 4 ½ years sent me on a scavenger hunt around Atlanta. After gathering my clues, one of which led me to my favorite nail salon to be pampered, my final clue sent me to Lenox Park, where Ryan was waiting. He got down on one knee and, in so many words, asked me to marry him. I was ecstatic! I thought that was the best night of my life, until October 11, 2014, our wedding night. We began planning our wedding the night of our proposal, as it was much anticipated. Ryan had asked my family to be in town for the proposal, much to my surprise. My mom knew that I loved Allure Couture dresses so she had already made an appointment, without my knowledge, at Anya Bridal to go wedding dress shopping the next morning.
As we arrived at Anya Bridal, in my mind, I knew exactly what kind of wedding dress I wanted—a very simple, low back, lace dress, with no bling. After trying on five dresses that fit that description, and not being wowed by any of them, I realized that may not be what I really wanted. The bridal consultant at Anya brought me a dress and asked me to try it on. I was hesitant at first, as it was covered in bling, but I trusted her opinion and put it on. As I slipped it on, I knew it was "the one". I walked out of the dressing room and showed my mom and grandma. They quickly agreed with me. The sixth dress I tried on, the one that was the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted was MY dress. I ended up in an amazing Allure Couture bridal gown that my wedding guests couldn’t stop talking about. This being said, my advice to other brides-to-be is to keep an open mind and be willing to step outside your comfort zone—you never know, it could be the dress of your dreams. Now that the wedding dress could be checked off the list, it was time to get down to the real planning.
The theme we were going for was “Southern Elegance Under the Oaks”. Because there is so much natural beauty at my parents' home, we kept the decorations very simple, but elegant.
Our wedding colors were various shades of gray and white. All of the bridesmaids wore chiffon maxi dresses in various styles and shades of gray and carried bouquets of baby's breath. The men wore simple dark gray suits with a lighter gray tie. We had a short, but meaningful, ceremony in the front yard. Ryan and I did not do a first look. Some of our friends have done it and they expressed about how great it was, but we decided to keep with tradition and see each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. I wouldn’t have traded that moment for anything!
The reception was in the backyard immediately following the ceremony. While guests were waiting for pictures to be complete, Cruton & Co. Catering passed crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, and tomato basil squares, while Top Shelf Events bartenders passed our signature drink, a Moscow Mule. We also wanted to make sure to include some of our own personal touches, with a s'mores bar and root beer float bar (Ryan and my favorite dessert to eat together). Of course, we also had a beautiful cake and cupcakes for dessert. Because of our love for food, as an added personal touch, we chose to have a monogrammed wood cutting board and a white platter for guests to sign, in place of a traditional guest book.As the night was coming to a close, everyone was surprised with a fireworks show that preceded the final song of the night, Piano Man. As we exited the reception, there was a glowing sparkler sendoff that led us to the chartered bus that took us and our guests for an after-party at the host hotel.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and we were told by many that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Our wedding day was, by far, the most amazing day of our lives. It was beyond our wildest dreams, and we couldn’t have asked for anything better! Being surrounded by our family and closest friends as we embarked on the next journey in our lives together was the greatest feeling in the world. I will never forget the way I felt when the words, "I present to you, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs." came out of my uncle's mouth. Not only will I always remember the way I felt during our ceremony, but being able to dance and socialize with our guests during the reception was just as memorable.
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