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FROM THE EDITOR As we enter the fourth year of publishing our Brides issue, we are extending our coverage into Cherokee County. Each year I look forward to putting together this issue; I enjoy seeing the creative and personal touches that make the wedding day truly special for local couples. Within those details, you catch a glimpse of the brides and grooms’ personalities, love for one another and also the love between family and friends who devote time and energy into making it a memorable occasion. I’ve also noticed throughout the years how the excitement surrounding weddings extends beyond the couple and immediate family. Many of those behind the scenes — the designers, planners, venue owners, florists, etc. — also get a gleam in their eyes when talking about weddings. It's an industry in which most seem to really enjoy contributing in some way to such an important occasion, helping make a couple’s dream day a reality. Whether it's an intimate ceremony or a lavish affair, weddings require a ton of planning and decision-making — an endeavor that can sometimes be stressful.

Brides One thing that resonates with the brides featured in this issue, is the sense of fun and joy they brought to saying ‘I do.’ More than anything, the wedding day is a time for fellowship and celebrating love. You can see that throughout these pages. This year's issue is packed with ideas, tips and stories from local retailers, designers, wedding planners, photographers, friends and families of brides, and brides and grooms themselves. We hope you enjoy. I’d like to give a huge thank you to the team who endured the freezing weather of January for our wedding dresses feature. Korbin Johnson and Sara Thomasburger at Three-13 Salon did a stellar job creating beautiful hair and makeup and even assisted with holding lights and props. We photographed on location at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, which even in January, was lush and full of magic. Many thanks to the helpful staff there for assisting us as well. If you haven't been to this Cobb County gem, venture out in Spring when it's in full bloom and prepare to be amazed.

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W H AT ’ S I N S I D E 8 LOCAL LOVE A wedding centered around the Marietta Square


12 SHADES OF BLUE From jewelry to shoes, ideas on how to incorporate ‘something blue’ into your wedding 18 BRIDAL SHOWER A Southern potluck-style gathering of friends 22 PLANNING GUIDE Tips and ideas from the experts and local couples 34 AISLE STYLE A look at this year’s trends in wedding dresses 52 GETTING HITCHED With the help of their horse community, this Canton couple creates a gorgeous DIY wedding

58 WITH THIS RING Rock her world with these engagement rings, plus make your own wedding bands 62 SAY I DO A guide to local wedding venues

ON THE COVER: Lee and Stacey Lively of Canton at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. See more on page 34.

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hen local lovebirds Allison “Allie” Swinford and Jeremy Edwards decided to get married last year, everything from the proposal to a bridesmaid brunch to the rehearsal dinner to the wedding itself happened in Cobb County. Oh, and the cake, the wedding photographer, the caterer, invitations and hair and make-up? All Cobb-based as well, with Tin Can Photography’s Erin Sintos taking the photos and Formsmith being responsible for the invitations. Three-13 Salon and Spa handled hair and make-up. “We also wanted to make it all about the Marietta Square,” Swinford (now Edwards), a former Marietta resident, said of planning the nuptials. The couple stuck to their plan. Almost everything to do with the wedding itself was on the Square or within walking distance. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Marlow House, a brunch for bridesmaids at the Brumby House and the wedding recep-

tion at The Brickyard. The Carriage House supplied the catering and Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes, Cakes and Such made the four-layer wedding cake. The journey to become husband and wife started a little distance from the couple’s beloved Marietta Square when Edwards, who is in sales, proposed to Swinford, a 3rd grade teacher at Dowell Elementary and his girlfriend of three years. “Jeremy proposed on New Year’s Eve,” said Swinford, “He woke me up that morning and said ‘Let’s go hike Kennesaw Mountain.’ We hiked to the top.” The couple stopped to enjoy the view and the picnic that Edwards had packed for their outing. “He started talking about and rehashing our relationship and memories,” Swinford continued, “Then he got down on one knee and proposed.” “I ran all the way down the mountain to get my phone so I could call my mom and tell her I was engaged!”

Cobb couple show local love by choosing all Cobb County vendors for their big day


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Allie & J e re m y Ed ward s Acworth Married 6.22.13

Favorite moment Allie: “Saying our vows, yes…but if I had to pick one moment, it was our first dance to John Michael Montgomery’s ‘I Love the Way You Love Me.’ We took ballroom dance classes together before the wedding. He dipped me at the end and kissed me!” Jeremy: “When the doors opened and I saw Allie in her wedding dress for the first time. We didn’t take photos together before the wedding. When we actually got married was the first time I got her see her in her dress.”

Best thing about being newlyweds Allie: “Waking up on Saturday mornings and planning fun stuff to do together. We were lucky to be able to buy a house and plan our future. We want to start a family.” Jeremy: “We’re always together. We live together now. We get to spend more time together than we did when we were dating and ‘commuting’ to each other’s place.”

Biggest challenge Allie: “I was in a Master’s program while we were planning the wedding. Finished in May, got married in June. I don’t know what I’d have done without my mom! She was wonderful!”

Favorite part of wedding planning Jeremy: “Cake tasting at Miss Mamie’s!”

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athy Swinford, the bride’s mother, deftly orchestrated most of the wedding planning while Allie was in graduate school and was quickly given the title “miracle mom” by her daughter. The couple exchanged traditional vows, with 200 guests in attendance, on June 22, 2013, in Marietta’s First Presbyterian Church, which – you guessed it – is within walking distance of the Square. After an initial challenge of where to hold the reception and wrestling with several different ideas, the couple finally decided on The Brickyard. Besides the location being just right, they enjoy the “chic, lofty feel” and it has a big room where the newlyweds and guests could be together. The cake was easier to decide on. With help from Miss Mamie’s they came up with four layers that perfectly suited their combined tastes. The first layer was Reese’s peanut butter flavored. The second layer was strawberry, the third tier was lemon coconut and the top tier was yellow cake.


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Another personal touch was his and hers signature drinks. Being native Georgians, Swinford and Edwards wanted these to reflect their “sweet South.” His was an Arnold Palmer (lemonade and sweet tea) mixed with vodka. Hers was a Peach Bellini. So in keeping everything close by and easy to access for bride, groom and guests, plus using local vendors from beginning to end, the couple’s overriding desire for their wedding was a simple one.

“We wanted everyone to have a good time,” smiled Swinford.

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Local couples and retailers share suggestions for the timeless ‘something blue’ tradtion

BLUE by Stacey L. Evans Photography by Sam Bennett

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Powder Springs resident Marina Taenkova creates these gorgeous handmade garters in a variety of styles and colors. We especially love the Tiffany blue “Classic Elegance” collection. Made with lace, ribbons, brooches and crystals, you’ll be happy the dazzling pair comes with one keepsake and one toss garter. If you want matching accessories, Marina makes it all from guest books to wedding sashes in a variety of styles. >>> Shop at or find MarkaDecor on Facebook. Some items are also for sale at The Wheeler House in Canton. Brides 2014 Cobb/Cherokee Life

Powder Springs resi dent Marina Taenkova creates a variety of hand made bridal -ac cessories

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Hope & Allen Wong

Smyrna Married 5.18.13

Arrival/departure vehicle Smyrna residents Hope and Allen Wong found their something blue, which also happened to be borrowed—and looks like new! Allen borrowed the 1941 classic Chevy truck from Ron Hamrick. “He has Accenting a been like a second father to me growing up; I’ve been helping Ron bouquet with a restore cars all my life. It’s been a great hobby,” said Allen. blue brooch is The couple drove off into the moonlight in the shiny blue truck a popular way after the wedding and reception at the Wheeler House in Canton to add some on May 18, 2013. thing blue. “We felt Ron’s truck fit in perfect with the Wheeler House setting,” said Allen. “We wanted something different. It was also a good prop to take pictures with the wedding party!”

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Sequoyah High School grads Marisa Danielle Pilcer Chavez Rainer and Jacob Andrew Rainer said ‘I do’ at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church last January. Marisa chose these dark blue suede shoes to match Jacob’s Marine Corps uniform. “From the decor down to the shoes, we are a couple that wanted to proudly express our dedication and love for the three most important things in our life throughout our wedding: Our Christian faith, our country and each other,” said Marisa. The couple didn’t have much time for wedding planning. “As they say in the military, ‘When you're married to a military man, you're married to the military,’” said Marisa. “Seconds before walking down the aisle I realized [the shoes] were my something blue, and it was the perfect color for me.” For an extra special touch, she purchased ‘I do’ stickers from Michaels to add to the bottom.

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Blue Converse If high heels aren’t your style, rock out with a pair of custom Converse All Star Bride shoes. Smyrna resident Eleanor Donnelly chose these when she walked down the aisle with Jonathan Barber. “I really wanted to be myself on my wedding day and be able to look back at the photos in years to come and see myself as I really was,” said Eleanor. “I am short and I believe in embracing who I am, so I didn’t want to wear heels and be grumpy because my feet hurt. I have been wearing Converse almost every day for most if my life, so why not wear them on the most important day and feel like myself?” Shoes can be personalized with any color and pattern at “I chose to make mine purple to go with the bridesmaids dresses, and I decided to put a contrasting blue heel stripe on them and make them The best thing my fun something blue,” about wearing said Eleanor. Converse on my “Both myself and Jon wedding day ... wore Converse — we are I danced and both big SciFi nerds and one danced! of our favorite shows is Doctor Who, in which the lead character always wears Converse with a suit for a quirky look. So the Converse were a fun way for us to be ‘Nerd and Proud.’” The couple had a lot of other quirky touches in their wedding — the first dance was inspired by the twist scene in Pulp Fiction and Jonathan wore Marvel Comics cufflinks.


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southern style The bridal shower is an important time for girlfriends to gather and fellowship. This Southern-style potluck brunch for bride-to-be Jamie Klucsarits was full of laughter, good food and sharing tips.


t was just a routine game of kickball. But that day, Jamie Klucsarits met the man she was going to marry. “We met playing kickball at a GoKickball league located in Smyrna. We were on opposing teams and actually met on home plate, where I was playing catcher and he was running the bases,” she recalled. When Jason Zaikov decided to propose after he and Jamie had dated for 18 months, he went back to that kickball field in Cobb Park. “He arranged with my old team a very elaborate scheme to get me on base. And when I ran home from third base, he was there on home plate with a sign that read, ‘Will you marry me?’” Jamie said. “It was really special that he proposed in the same place we met. I of course said yes, but the ref made us start the kickball game over and my run didn’t count.” This charming tale was a big hit with

By J o a n D u r bin | P h o to g r a p h y b y E r i n G r a y the guests at Jamie’s bridal shower when the bride-to-be revealed it during a sumptuous sit-down brunch. On this rainy day, the smiles and laughter were plentiful inside the stylish yet eminently comfortable East Cobb home of Jamie’s mom, Jayne Hebert. Planned by maid of honor Bonnie Howard, the 22 guests were a generational mix of Jamie’s and Jayne’s friends. “I’ve only been to a handful of bridal showers,” said Bonnie. “Jamie is actually one of the first of my friends to tie the knot, so this is my first shower planning experience.” “For the most part my planning for this shower has stemmed from speaking with Jamie about what she’d like to have, as well as countless Pinterest searches. Jamie’s mother, Jayne, has excellent taste and is handling most of the decorating/staging. We’re aiming for a sort of classic southern elegance style.” Bonnie asked the guests to provide a

brunch or lunch dish they’d like to share. “They will also bring the recipe for their dish and I will transfer each one to a recipe box as a gift for Jamie,” she said. “I brought a personal family favorite, monkey bread. Everyone likes biscuits rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and stuck together with brown sugar and butter.” As guests entered, shook off raindrops and began revealing their tantalizing culinary contributions, an impressive array of food set out buffet style began to take shape. Jayne’s ham with condiments of Dijon and stone ground mustards as well as horseradish cranberry and cassis champagne compotes was a focal point of one of the food-laden tables. Jayne also provided her own homemade “Cajun Southern” cheese straws. “You can’t have a bridal shower in the South without cheese straws. Mine have a little bite, due to using an aged cheddar and cayenne pepper,” she confided.

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Butter pecan bars from her mother’s recipe and freshly made mincemeat cookies also were Jayne’s handiwork. A dish of strawberry compote brought for pound cake by her friend and former Addison Elementary teacher Martha Stamps rested atop a crystal pedestal that had belonged to Jayne’s great-great grandfather. Tradition blended gracefully with contemporary touches. Items such as seven layer dip, cinnamon apple muffins, turkey curry and chicken almond rice casserole joined dishes like sausage, egg and cheese casserole brought by Jayne’s longtime friend Robin Egaas, who made it from a cherished recipe she obtained from her aunt, now 93. Everything was homemade from triedand-true recipes. “It’s a Southern thing. Everyone has their go-to casserole dish that they bring to baby and wedding showers,” Bonnie said. Champagne, a Bloody Mary bar as well

as Coke and tea completed the spread. A master gardener and art teacher at Addison Elementary in East Cobb, Jayne’s artistic sensibility was evident in the two dining tables with elegant settings ready for guests after they filled their plates. “I am in my element decorating my home,” Jayne said. “As an avid gardener, I love incorporating branches, sprigs, and berries. The fashion today is to ‘bring the indoors out.’ Well, I have always believed in the reverse as well, ‘bringing the outdoors in.’ I certainly am not original with this concept. Colonial Williamsburg has been decorating with natural materials for over 300 years.” Jamie’s color scheme for her Feb. 22 wedding at Founder’s Hall in Roswell is raspberry and chartreuse, so Bonnie put together table favors for the guests of nail polish in a raspberry shade. After the meal, gifts were opened and the bride was teased with gently humorous word games.

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Bride-to-be Jamie Klucsarits socializes with her bridesmaids over mimosas. A potluck gathering allows guests to choose from a variety of items such as this plate that has strawberry shortcake, turkey curry and sausage breakfast casserole. Maid of honor Bonnie Howard’s cinnamon monkey bread. Stepmother of the bride, Andrea Klucsarits, takes a bite during the party. Fruit cake cookies. From left, Bonnie Howard, Jamie Klucsarits and her mother Jayne Hebert.

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Jayne said she has probably attended at least 25 over the years and has noticed an evolution. “They have definitely become less formal. Today people are more relaxed, and as a result, enjoy themselves more,” she said. She offered some tips and “must do” things for a memorable event. >>> “Appeal to all the senses. Fresh flowers are a must. For a visual impact on the tablescape, layer fabrics. Staging with garden statuary provides unexpected accents, especially when accompanied with candles or strings of white lights.”

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>>> Brainstorm with friends, make a timeline, and reserve some free time right before the event. “Anyone who has ever given a shower or any kind of party will know it is not really free time. It is most importantly time reserved for emergencies or lesser surprises, like the third trip to the grocery store just hours before the guests are due to arrive.” >>> Use what you already have on hand for decor. “Walk around your home with fresh eyes. That flower pot can hold utensils. Layering is one of my favorite tricks. Using stacks of books, empty paint cans and such, arrange spaces of varying

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Glenda Gordon, who is also recently engaged, talks about her proposal.

heights on the buffet table. Drape table cloths or cuts of fabric, scrunching for a cascading effect. A sheer fabric with miniature white lights tucked underneath as a final layer, gives the display additional drama. Food platters arranged on these tables will be a delight for the eyes.” Bonnie also had tips for future shower planners. “I’d say the smartest thing is to keep in constant contact with your bride. She probably already has a vision for her shower and it is great to be able to provide a lasting memory for her that includes her favorite people and things.” Typically, around six weeks of planning should be enough to cover a small or mediumsized shower. Definitely get invitations out early, and if possible, be sure to include where the bride is registered. “One of the best parts of the shower is opening gifts,” Bonnie said.

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A DAY LIKE NO OTHER Planning a wedding? No pressure. Okay - lots of pressure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun or joyful endeavor to make your wedding everything you want it to be. From social media manners to knowing when to shun Pinterest, here’s what should be considered for weddings in 2014. B Y T H E R R A C . G W Y N


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obey your budget (AKA, JUST SAY NO TO PINTEREST) “Stop looking at Pinterest at least a month or two before your wedding,” insists Marietta mom-of-two-brides Kathy Swinford. “It’s really easy to get caught up in wanting everything you see and before you know it, your budget is blown.” Swinford is an exception to the “Don’t let a family member plan your wedding,” rule. She outlined both her daughter’s weddings down to Kathy Swinford the last detail and both days went without a hitch. planned her The retired Cobb County teacher has a helpful daughter Allison list. Sage advice from Swinford includes: Edward’s gorgeous Marietta wedding. >> Keep a notebook with ideas and make a (see it on page 8). file for each vendor you work with. Go back to each vendor and confirm everything before the day of, leaving nothing to chance. >> Order your dress early if it will be constructed in China (as most wedding dresses are these days). Factories shut down for Chinese New Year, sometimes for up to a month. Expect to do several fittings. >> If you have or are a family member helping plan a wedding, have a wedding or event coordinator on site during the big day to take over duties, so you can enjoy the festivities you worked so hard on. TIN CAN PHOTOGRAPHY


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budgeting blooms “It’s so easy to go over your budget when it comes to flowers,” says Kristen Ley, co-owner of Something New For I Do bridal resources in Ball Ground. “There are ways to save money. Get bouquets for the bridesmaids and then put them in jars after the ceremony where they can be used as centerpieces at the reception.” Or forget traditional flower usage entirely. Floral necklaces make a romantic vision with the right bridal fashions. Construct paper flowers or make a bouquet out of brooches. “There are so many ways to make wedding keepsakes,” insists Ley, “And not just use flowers that dry out and are stuck away somewhere later on.”

Placing the bridesmaids bouquets in vases — or, for a more rustic feel, hollowed out logs — to use as centerpieces at the reception is a way to cut down on costs.

You can also save money by creating your own arrangement, mixing faux flowers with real ones, like Marisa Rainer did (see page 14). She got tips on how to arrange them at Michaels.

Brooch bouquets are a popular trend and a way to save your bouquet forever. Get a custom made one from Powder Springs company MarkaDecor.

color outside the lines Wedding dresses in other than traditional white will be very visible this year. So says Debbie Routon, bridal consultant at Marietta’s Bravura Bridal. Beautiful blushes and tea rose are in-demand shades. “It’s about color in 2014,” says Routon. Also on the rack: Ombre dresses that begin with ivory at the top and blend down through the bodice to a champagne hue at the dress’s hem. “Very dramatic and beautiful,” says Routon. “For the contemporary bride, this is new.” Anything left over from last year? “Lace is still as hot as ever,” she adds. Bravura Bridal 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta 770.977.8916 Ext. 1

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go seasonal

Micah & Michael Married 4.14.13 at The Whitlock Inn Spring/summer weddings allow for outdoor games, music and fun, like the vintage English tea party-inspired wedding of Micah and Michael Walsh at The Whitlock Inn in Marietta. MORNING LIGHT BY MICHELLE LANDREAU


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Autumn weddings are fun in most climates and can incorporate favorite fall touches. Consider bonfires, s’mores, hayrides and pumpkins painted with couple’s names, “Just Married” or various good wishes. Winter Getting married close to Christmas doesn’t mean everything has to be red and green. Deep berry and winter white are classy, festive colors. What other time of year can you have a beautifully decorated holiday tree at your venue? Spring and summer weddings have a lightness about them that can include a ride in an open-air vehicle for the newly married, a scooter for the young or young-at-heart or a bicycle built for two if a couple is part of the green scene.

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go retro China or place settings that don’t match can still match a bride’s personal style and wedding color palette. Pick pink Depression glass, an old-school mod mixture or rustic retro. Find vintage dishes from antiquing and in thrift shops and use later or just rent for the event. Vintage-style wedding invitations are popular again, with small being big this year. Try classic-looking invites tinier than the traditional 5” x 7” and ultra-precious.

Micah and Michael Walsh’s wedding at The Whitlock Inn in Marietta also had vintage touches including mismatched teacups and china rented from Vintage English Teacup.

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Darius Riggins and Shannon Page had an intimate ceremony with close family and friends at Whittier Mills Park in November.

e t a m i t n i t i keep Not every wedding is planned ten months in advance or has a designated bank account. Some couples opt to elope or celebrate in a cozy manner due to time, work or money constraints, family issues or illness. For many, smaller weddings make sense for second marriages. Couples who go to the courthouse or celebrate smaller do not have to give up touches that make a wedding day special.

Although many photographers sell their services in all-day, all-inclusive packages and do not price by the hour, Atlanta-based wedding photographer Cayce Callaway of Cayce Callaway Photography will for smaller affairs. She’s happily photographed weddings where it was just her, the couple and an officiant. Callaway calls these “mini-weddings” and admits she likes them very much. “I find them so sweet,” she says, “Everyone there, whether it’s a small


guest list or just me and the couple, is part of the wedding. It’s fun and intimate.” She shoots up to 10 a year and says demand is on the rise. “They usually happen on non-weekends,” she explains. “Perhaps a Wednesday morning or a Thursday night.” Yet the day and the event are special regardless. “I’ve had family members who couldn’t be at the wedding tell me later they really appreciated the photos. It made them feel a part of the special day.”

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go all out Extravagant and ornate weddings with yesteryear flair are making a comeback for some couples. Think “The Great Gatsby,” with big band music, goldrimmed china and a roaring good time. Brookstone County Club in Acworth offers weddings on a manicured croquet lawn and can host receptions in its ballroom — complete with 18-foot ceilings — for 200 guests. Atlanta Vintage Rides will supply a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow or 1961 black Bentley to roll the happy twosome into married life. Edward’s Classic Rides in Marietta can send a proper chauffer to pick up a bride and groom in “Charlize,” a 1937 bronze Chevy Master Deluxe, fully restored.


Allie and Jeremy Edwards of Acworth rented this white 1966 Princess/Wraith Rolls Royce from Special Day Limos and Wedding Transportation to drive them from The Brickyard to the hotel. The service provided champagne and a red carpet lining the walkway to the vehicle, along with a driver wearing a tuxedo.

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Mother and daughter team Debbie and Kristen Ley, co-owners of Something New For I Do in Ball Ground have plenty of DIY ideas for weddings.

the birds and the bees Brides can also rent bird cages at Something New For I Do, place them on a venue’s entrance table and pin tags with seating arrangements to them or fill them with flowers for unique natural wedding décor. Other inexpensive au natural ideas can be decorative or decorated: colored glass bottles, wood cuttings, wildflowers, even pine cones. Something New For I Do has a planning studio where brides can let their creative juices flow and take commonplace objects and transform them into special, memorable touches. Information:


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Canton couple Adrienne and Romney Scott had a ‘wishing tree’ at their wedding instead of the traditional guest book. Family and friends wrote messages on paper leaves. See their story on page 52.

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creative favors The wedding favor — such as an herb-infused salt that little thank-you-foror a small bottle of wine, or coming gift — has risen to vinegar or olive oil in a disnew heights. tinctive flavor. With so many choices, Couples with a cooking made even more numerous specialty might offer homewith personalization and made goodies, often with online inspiration, favors custom labels and packaghave become more specific ing. Frugoli recalls a groom to the couple, their wedding who made his famous bartheme or the venue. becue sauce; a couple that Great favors nowadays gave honey, and another include food and photos — that did marinated olives. things that guests can enjoy “If there’s something immediately and that aren’t they’re known for or they “going to clutter their do well or they want to house,” said Frugoli, who share with people, I’m seealso co-owns a sweets coming them make their own pany. stuff,” she said. When the party is over, Instant gratification also guests can find bags and comes by way of the photo containers to fill with decofavor, a strip of pictures rated cookies, candy from a from a photo booth, an incolorful buffet, popcorn in stant photo that gets popped fun flavors or the fixings into a frame, or a flip book for s’mores. made from a short video “It goes back to a nostaltaken at the event, somegia thing,” said Frugoli. times with silly props. “People are looking for a The bridal couple often lot of comfort food and fun gets a copy of the images things.” too. “They get to see everyBaked goods — cake body, like Grandma in a pops, pie pops and cupmoustache and glasses,” cakes — can be decorated said Frugoli. to fit a theme or color A favor can also do douFood is becoming a pop- ble duty. scheme. ular wedding favor. From Heartier fare, like pizza “Instead of one large top: Adorable bride and and crepes, is sometimes centerpiece, a bride will do groom cake pops. Mariserved up after a night of eight tiny little vases that etta couple Allie and Jedrinking and dancing. create a centerpiece toremy Edwards gave “We’ve been seeing a lot away bags of popcorn. gether, and each person of people doing a food takes one home as a favor,” Mini bottles of olive oil and vinegar. Homemade Condon said. Or there truck at end of the night,” jam is another idea. Condon said. “As guests might be picture frames are leaving, they can pick holding the table numbers. up a midnight snack for the ride home.” Frugoli has seen couples grow “braver,” Foodie couples may give a gourmet gift, more willing to eschew tradition and give

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what feels right to them. Those with an outdoor ceremony in a cool setting might give fleece blankets; others might hand out hangover kits with mints and pain reliever. Or they can customize a drink cozy or tin of tea. “The result is phenomenal,” Frugoli said. “They feel happy giving those things out because it has a purpose. The guests are happy because they are getting something fun, cool and unique.”

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Acworth artist Tracy Braun creates these memorable pieces of artwork for couples wanting unique memorabilia of their wedding cake.


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Cake art. The answer for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind gift to give newlyweds or for a bride who wants to fondly recall her wedding cake years after it’s gone. Smash Cake Canvas Co., the creative brainchild of Acworth artist Tracy Braun, allows couples to capture their wedding cake in customized artwork and to preserve the sweet memory. Already married, cake long gone? No worries. A photo and a chat with the artist will suffice. Also consider this gift using treasured photos of a parent’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s cake from weddings in family history. Information:

social media etiquette AND FINALLY: What to do with your social media urges when friends or family are getting married? Of course you are wildly happy about the union but use discretion. Everyone enjoys celebrating a couple in love but remember what the wedding photographer is for. Prematurely post a photo of a bride she doesn’t find flattering and you may get unfriended on Facebook. Let the happy couple post the photos they choose to share of the engagement and vows. Be fully present at “I do” without your camera or phone between you and the moment. Save your social media space for congratulations or preparty wedding photos and reception shots of friends saluting the happy couple. Then share, share, share.

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Wedding season is almost upon us, and for blushing brides-to-be that means the sky seems more blue, the birds sing more melodically, the bells ring more sweetly and the sun shines more brightly. It also means the hunt for the perfect wedding dress is about to begin. This is the time when Southern brides reunite their college girl group for back up on the big day before heading to local bridal boutiques in search of that dream dress. If all goes according to plan, her bridesmaids will be harmoniously singing her praises (and that of her dress) as she goes to the chapel, strolls down the aisle and says, “I do.” This year, the annual bridal trends are as diverse as favorite musical styles (think ombré, tea length and dramatic backs to name a few), and a woman doesn’t even have to be a pop star to look like a million bucks on her wedding day.

Want a bit of embellishment without looking like a disco ball? This tulle slim Kelly Faetanini gown with crystal beading and translucent cage effect (style Becky $2,175) is for you! Kelly Faetanini gowns are available at Adore.

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Appliqués never go out of style, but this metallic guipure lace fit-to-flare gown by Kelly Faetanini (style Nikola $3,958) updates the trend with a bit of color and a detachable neckline. Kelly Faetanini gowns are available at Adore.

The team from Diamonds R Forever kept to the subtle color palette by adding faceted white quartz teardrop earrings ($625), a yellow gold and pave diamond woven bracelet ($6,800) and two-tone diamond engagement ring.

TREND #1: Peplums This flared ruffle at the waist has a long and sordid fashion past. Popular in the 1930s (classic) and again in the ‘80s (yikes), the peplum has finally found its way onto bridal gowns. There is a seemingly endless array of modern variations, but the peplum still functions to slenderize the waist by accentuating the hips. Talk about va-va-va-voom!

TREND #2: Wraps From luxurious faux fur to delicate lace, from floor length to mantelet, fancy capes and wraps took the bridal runways by storm this season, likely evolving from the illusion necklines so highly coveted in years past. Even Southern brides can take advantage of this trend with so many options. There’s never been a better way to wrap up! Cobb/Cherokee Life Brides 2014


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For the 21st century bride, this Theia (style Carrie $2,220) ivory duchess satin ball gown with an origami folded bodice over a crystalencrusted corset exemplifies the trend toward sleek, modern style. Theia gowns are available at Adore.

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TREND #3: Mod Sleek and modern is where it’s at for 2014. Complementing this trend is the continuing popularity of black and white, which has lingered in bridal fashion for two years and shows no signs of going away. Add pops of black with a sash or gloves (another popular trend this spring) or go all out with a black and white dress to go totally mod a la Twiggy.

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Delicate, beautiful and a little bit old world, this a-line tulle and satin Intuzuri gown (style Aracelia $2,517) features a sweetheart neckline, off the shoulder short sleeves and a separate, peplum-inspired skirt with longer chapel train. Intuzuri gowns are available at Adore.


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Subtle pearl jewelry, including a pearl and sapphire double strand bracelet ($1,200), sterling silver pearl stud earrings ($50) and a Sylvie Collection five-stone halo ring add understated elegance to this modern classic.

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is blossom g e in v Trends for bouquets this year include colorful creations (like the vibrant one on page 34) with lots of textures, a variety of flowers and other elements such as berries, succulents, feathers and “anything else you can imagine,� said Mike Whittle of K. Mike Whittle Designs in Marietta. White flowers are always a classic choice, and a florist can really make the bouquet stand out with unique greenery. Simple arrangements featuring only one flower, such as dendrobium orchids, can make a great impact.


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Gatsby glamour is all the rage this season, and this Theia (style 890046 $1,670) porcelain hand-beaded sheath dress with separate silk organza and tulle a-line skirt simply screams roaring ‘20s. Theia gowns are available at Adore.

The pros at Diamonds R Forever paired it with an 18K white gold pave heart necklace, ($975), I. Reiss triple teardrop earrings ($2,999) and a Princess and Traps ring ($4,830).

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A nontraditional blue topaz and diamond pendant necklace ($879), vivid blue topaz and diamond martini stud earrings ($500) and white gold halo ring ($3,900) complete the look.

This bouquet by Mike Whittle is actually a composite design of rose petals put together, which makes a stunning creation that’s sure to elicit ‘ooh’s and ‘aahs.’

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Canton couple get hitched in a fair ytale wedding with DIY creative touches

Having the wedding of your dreams usually requires month of planning, but sometimes what’s meant to be just falls into place in a matter of weeks. Together for six years, Adrienne Symanowski and Romney Scott postponed marriage because it was prohibited by their employer. When Adrienne started a new job, Romney proposed. “The proposal was perfectly imperfect,” said Adrienne. “I was travelling a lot for work and due to conflicting schedules, we had spent only about three of the previous 30 days together. It was late at night and I had just returned from a trip. Romney was up waiting for me.” He gave her a gift bag containing horse-themed items. At the bottom was an engagement ring. “I began crying. As I’m not much of a crier, Romney nervously inquired if I was crying because I accepted or declined his proposal,” she said. She accepted of course, but they faced another obstacle to having their dream wedding. Several recent deaths in both families caused a financial strain, so they considered a low-key courthouse ceremony. That’s when friends Elizabeth Wood and Barry Zuber of Bits & Bytes Farm stepped in. Adrienne bought a thoroughbred horse from the couple in 2010, and remained part of the farm family since. “Adrienne is a very kind, special person and we all care about her very much,” said Elizabeth. “She’s like a daughter to Barry and I.” When Adrienne told her of the proposal, Elizabeth offered to help throw her a wedding at the Canton farm.

Adrienne and Romney Scott tied the knot at Bits & Bytes Farm in Canton. The horse farm community pitched in to create a beautiful, whimsical wedding for the duo. Top, the wedding invitations and itineraries were designed by Canton resident and NickerDoodles artist Melanie Eberhardt.

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“We love her and figured we can pull it off,” said Elizabeth. “We have a saying ‘nobody goes hungry at Bits & Bytes Farm.’ When we throw a party or go on a trail ride everyone chips in and brings incredible food. We have a great spirit. We know what it takes to get things done, so we pitch in and do it.” There is an abundance of talented people connected to Bits & Bytes Farm, The wedding was full of creative and whimsical touches. Frames were hung from the rafters for fun photos taken with polaroids. Equine decor was prominent, including in the groom’s boutonnière. Opposite page, a memoriam chair. The newlyweds lead their horses.

whose mission is to promote the thoroughbred racehorse as a sport horse when his/her racing career is over. Elizabeth and Barry assist sellers and buyers, serving as sort of matchmakers between horses and people. Elizabeth and Barry called upon the Bits & Bytes Farm community, and the magic began working. Adrienne found her dream dress, a champagne silk organza Tadashi Shoji, within 24 hours. “I saw it and fell in love with it in 2012, but did not buy it because we had no idea when or what type of wedding we would have. I began hunting for the dress in September, after setting a date. Surprisingly, I was able to find the 3year-old dress in the color I wanted and

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size I needed.” The dress was a perfect match for her dream wedding “full of horses, whimsy, and English country charm.” With the help of the community, the beautiful event came together in less than seven weeks. “Because of what our mission is at Bits & Bytes, we attract people like Adrienne and other boarders, so we are all like-minded,” said Elizabeth. “The whole personality of the farm and why it all pulled together is these are Favorite moment people who care about horses and It’s difficult to pick a single help each other and moment. The placing of roses to honor our family do whatever we members who had passed need to make it away or were too ill to athappen. We took tend held special meaning the same attitude for the both of us, but Romwe apply to horses ney named it as his favorite to wedding and moment, followed by the that’s why it was a preacher and I tripping over success. Nothing my name, and watching me can’t be done if we ride down on my horse. For work together.” me it was being surrounded by those closest to us and Did it all go off fulfilling a lifelong desire to without a hitch? ride one of my horses More or less. The sidesaddle. animals involved did stir things up a Favorite thing bit. The night beThanks to our gifted friends, fore, horse Dancin’ the wedding was chock full Dan ate all the of personal and unique eleflowers in the pasments, but I must say my fature, knocked over vorite “things” were the chairs, pulled decor animals. From our equine out of trees and greeter, Punch, who was scattered the hay decorated in artwork from bales set up for the the wedding invitations to Lacy, the cheeky miniature ceremony. Just behorse. fore the reception, Sugar the dog helped himself to a rather sizable sampling of cake. And there was a small flood in the kitchen hours before the wedding. But the group took it all in stride. “We roll with it — that’s how you have to be when with horses,” said Elizabeth. “You gotta roll with the punches.” Cobb/Cherokee Life Brides 2014


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TIP S fo r do -i t -yo u r s el f

Wine for the wedding was created and bottled by Bits & Bytes Farm’s farrier Chase New. The wine labels, created by Bits & Bytes Farm, were a play on the bride and groom’s nicknames for each other.


>>The group used, a great resource to communicate, share ideas and stay updated on what’s being done, said Elizabeth. >>For decor, they pooled resources together to use items they already had. “If you look around and get creative, your friends have lots of stuff you can use. We repurposed everything. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to decorate,” said Elizabeth. Also, she recommends checking websites like eBay for centerpieces. >> Mixing real and silk flowers together also keeps the cost down, said Elizabeth. For Adrienne’s wedding, they placed the arrangements in mason jars to hang around the farm. You can also ask local nurseries about renting flowers for the day, or using potted flowers that guests can take home afterwards. Baby’s breath placed in shrubbery is also an inexpensive way to dress up outdoors. >>Christmas lights can be used to create beautiful illumination inside a tent. >>The wish tree and ‘horse d’oeuvres’ gave guests something to do while photographs were being taken before the meal was served. >>DIY Photo Booth: Picture frames were hung from rafters in the barn. Polaroid phtos were taken and hung up on a clothesline so everyone could see.

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(770) 517-6788 • 678-445-4351 Fax 108 Arnold Mill Road, Bldg. C • Woodstock, Georgia 30188 • Elizabeth said a bride having the same quality is what makes the day perfect. “So many brides get all stressed out over their wedding and don’t enjoy their Being newlyweds day,” she said. We haven’t really experienced “Adrienne enjoyed any challenges as newlyweds, every moment of because we have been toher day and when gether for quite some time. In things went wrong, that time we have weathered she didn’t stress. If nearly every major life event the bride is uptight, you could imagine. Just in the everyone is worried last year we lost Romney’s dad, about her. Adrienne and my mom and my dad. really set the tone Soon after, my granny, who I — this is a celebra- am very close to, suffered a major stroke. That said, the tion of their margreatest thing about being riage, a gathering newlyweds is knowing how of friends and she happy our marriage would wanted it to be a have made them. fun gathering in a beautiful environWedding planning ment.” advice And how did Make a budget and stick to it. the bride feel on You can create a dream wedher day? ding without overextending “It’s a little emyourselves. Don’t expect perbarrassing to admit, fection — life is messy, perfect isn’t possible. The unscripted but I felt like a bits can make the best memoprincess,” said Adrienne. “There is ries. Have fun! Your wedding is a standing joke that your celebration, enjoy it. Bits & Bytes Farm is not a “princess” barn, but they made me feel like royalty.”

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hen it comes to wedding rings, Cobb and Cherokee counties are rich with retailers and expert advisors that can guide you to finding an engagement ring and bands that are a perfect fit. For a ring or bands that are truly one-of-a-kind, Nobles Metales in Marietta can create a work of art from scratch or redesign an existing piece of jewelry into an entirely new creation. “Not a lot of people are craftsman anymore,” said Dana Ruth, a jewelry designer who describes her style as industrial architectural. “The old-school craftsman technique is what I pride myself on. It’s rewarding to make something from nothing.” Imagine dazzling your bride-to-be with something that’s specially made for her. Or, for the majority of women who choose their own engagement ring — instead of spending countless hours searching for the perfect one,

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imagine designing your dream ring yourself. “Brides want something to reflect their personality,” said Andrés Cárdenas, owner and designer at Nobles Metales. “Each person has their own taste. I like the stories behind the rings — it’s nice that relationship people can get with a piece of jewelry. That’s why I like to do this, for when [clients say] ‘wow, that’s exactly what I wanted.’” When choosing a ring, Cárdenas said it’s important to consider things about your lifestyle. For instance, a high setting wouldn’t be conducive for the every day of a woman who’s very active and outdoorsy. An expert can help you to make the best choice. “[Brides and grooms] trust us to navigate what can be a very confusing process,” said Ruth. “There’s much more to a diamond than cut, clarity, color and carat. There’s a lot of consulting and that personal touch to make the ring fit their dream and fit their lifestyle.”


Andrés Cárdenas-Whorton, owner and designer at Nobles Metales.

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W 14K white gold 3-stone with pave accents .73 carat round H Si2 center, .46 total carat weight round H Si2 side diamonds and .81 total carat weight in band $6,000 Diamonds R Forever

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Getting a custom design doesn’t mean it has to be zany or extremely different. Most clients choose classic designs with personal touches, such as their initials engraved inside or worked into the design. Regardless of how similar or different to what’s popular in the marketplace, custom designs have the personal touch of being made especially for one person, and the process itself can create a Dana Ruth lasting memory. “I love being a part of one of the most special pieces you can create for a person,” said Ruth. The enjoyment of creating something special for couples gave her the idea for a wedding band workshop, which allows couples to make their own one-of-a-kind wedding bands at Atlanta Art Worx studio in Marietta. “These days it seems that moments are fleeting. People are looking for more in what they do, how they spend, what they share, and who they share it with. This


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At With This Ring, I Thee Wed Wedding Band Workshop in Marietta, jewelry designer Dana Ruth instructs couples in basic skills in a class to create their own wedding bands. workshop provides an experience that provides amazing returns long after couples have left the studio,” said Ruth. In With This Ring, I Thee Wed workshop, students first learn basic foundation skills of the craft by making a bangle bracelet. Then students transfer those skills into crafting their wedding bands in sterling silver. When completed, they have the option to personalize their bands with a hand-stamped message. The class typically lasts about six hours. “Couples are working and learning together to create the bands that signify and represent their relationship and the commitment that they are making with, and to, one another,” said Ruth. “Anyone can pick a wedding band out of a catalog, but how many people can say that they made their wedding band? Experiences provide meaning and long lasting, enduring memories. To me, that's priceless.” Those memories are captured in a photo book that is also included in the workshop.



Diamonds R Forever 4200 Wade Green Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30144 770.422.0845

Nobles Metales 24 Mill St, Marietta, GA 30060 770.355.8777

With This Ring, I Thee Wed Wedding Band Workshop at Atlanta Art Worx 770.420.3818 led by Dana Ruth Cost: $799 per couple, including materials + photo book (Brides readers can get a discount).

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CEREMONY & CELEBRATE a listing of local venues to say ‘I do’ and dance the night away

M o l l y V a ug h a n an d J o sh Maro tta of Acworth: Married 10.5.13 at The Wheeler House

The Wheeler House 510 Gilmer Ferry Road Ball Ground, GA 30107 770.402.1686

CH RI ST Y PARRY P HOTOGR APHY Acworth residents Molly and Josh envisioned a rustic wedding in the fall, and The Wheeler House in Ball Ground had all the elements they were looking for. The historic home has 8 fireplaces, 4 claw footed tubs, a hanging bed, beautiful draped arbor and 10 chandeliers hanging on the grounds (some wired as high as 40 feet up in the trees). The bridal party can stay overnight in the bedroom suites or just go early for a day of pampering before the ceremony. “I wanted it to be simple and elegant using burlap, candles and


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hydrangeas. With it being an evening wedding, the lighting and atmosphere of the Wheeler House completed the overall vision I had in mind,” said Molly. “The grounds were absolutely beautiful. I loved the strung lights and the idea of chandeliers hanging from trees. The barn was not built yet when I chose the venue, but when they told me about the addition I was beyond excited!” Though they had a traditional ceremony, the couple wanted everyone to let loose at the reception with lots of dancing, a photo booth with props and a fire pit for s’mores.

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Molly and Jo s h

the proposal

Josh surprised Molly with a proposal at the Georgia Aquarium. “We were snorkeling with the whale sharks and as we were swimming he pointed to his sister who was watching through the glass. I looked down at her and she was holding a big sign that read, “Molly, will you take another plunge with me? Make me the happiest man in the world… Marry me!” I looked over at Josh, and not being able to talk under water, he rolled his sleeve up on his wet suit to show me the ring tied around his wrist. Once we got out of the water he got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes! It was so unique and perfect!” C H R I S T Y PA R RY P H OTO G R A P H Y

Cedar Plantation 4610 Northside Drive, Acworth Built in 1850, this mansion features gardens, a huge magnolia tree and a front porch with wrought iron tables and chairs; the home features 28-foot ceilings, a large crystal chandelier, three fireplaces and a grand staircase. Accommodates 300 for reception, 125 for sit-down dinner. Services provided includes catering, cake, flowers, music, and servers. Must use on-site caterer. Information: 770.917.0067,

Cobb Galleria Centre 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta The Cobb Galleria offers an elegant and uptown feel for a wedding that includes in-house catering, personal wedding coordinators and white-glove services. The John A. Williams Ballroom and The Gallery are at high demand at the Galleria and the rooms are great for receptions or weddings. Information: 770.955.8000, Olde Towne Athletic Club 4950 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta has exquisite cuisine and an in-house culinary staff. The venue offers special event space with a Grand Ballroom and other areas for weddings. Information: 770.578.9901,

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CEREMONY & CELEBRATE The Conservatory at Waterstone 4849 N. Main Street, Acworth Historic building with brick walls in downtown Acworth includes two levels of large space for seating options and a covered balcony overlooking a garden; packages include catering from the Waterstone Grill. Information: 770.974.4899,

The Marietta/Cobb Art Museum

The Pavillion of East Cobb 736 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, Ga 30068; 770.578.1110 Celebrating 30 years of great events. Setting the gold standard with award-winning food and remarkable service since 1984. The Pavillion provides seamless service in an intimate, yet spacious setting. Customize your menu and tailor your event specifically to your style. Call Suzanne Cagle for a complimentary consultation and see how The Pavillion can make your event unique and memorable.


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30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta The museum makes an ideal venue for weddings with its spacious, elegant and picturesque setting. The Carriage House Events Management is the exclusive event coordinator for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Information: 770.528.1444,

Hollycrest Hall 2235 Sewell Mill Road, Marietta Features hardwood floors, antique furniture and oriental rugs. The ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows that can also be transformed into a dance floor for an evening event. Information: 770.565.4146,

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a listing of local venues to say ‘I do’ and dance the night away Taylor Brawner House and Brawner Hall 3180 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna This 1890 Victorian home has been historically renovated with interior period stylings. The 5-room interior features a grand foyer, elegant dining room, meeting room, artifact room, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The venue is ideal for 50 seated or 75 mingling guests. Brawner Hall is a two-story Greek Revival style facility featuring a reception room that can accommodate 85-95 guests. It features hardwood flooring, large windows, a wellequipped warming kitchen, built-in sound system, and display screen. Information: 678.631.5545 or Smith-Gilbert Gardens 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw Strolling through lush 16 acres of botanical gardens, guests enjoy the distinctive blend of sculpture, history and plantings. There grounds also feature the historic Hiram Butler House and a carriage house as a guest suite. Information: 770.919.0248, The Brickyard at Marietta Station 129 Church Street, Marietta The open floor venue was originally constructed in 1920 in historic Marietta and features: barreled wooden ceilings, original

brickwork, a main room, gallery, patio, dressing area and kitchen. Accommodates up to 200 people. Information: 678.404.0129, Brumby Hall 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta This Greek revival house and its gorgeous gardens are surrounded by towering oak and magnolia trees. The grounds include boxwood, perennial, knot, rose and topiary gardens. Information: 770.427.2500 Marietta Educational Garden Center 505 Kennesaw Avenue NW, Marietta Enchanting antebellum home with gazebo in garden and the first floor of the home which is decorated with exquisite, period antiques and rugs. Information: 770.427.3494, The Whitlock Inn 57 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta One block from Marietta Square, this Victorian home features fragrant gardens, a spacious ballroom, and regal fireplaces. Information: 770.428.1495, The Strand Theatre 117 North Park Square, Marietta

This 1935 Art Deco theatre was renovated and reopened in 2009; the auditorium seats 531 and features a projector, movie screen, stage, orchestra pit and 4 dressing rooms back stage. Information: 770.293.0080, The Vinings Club 2859 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta Featuring a breathtaking view of the Atlanta skyline, outdoor terrace and elegant ballroom. Information: 770.431.9166, Grande at Kennesaw 3030 North Main Street, Kennesaw An open structured, Victorian-style home with a ballroom and gardens. The florist, chef, wedding coordinator, disc jockey, videographer and photographer all work out of the venue. Information: 770.514.8524, Log Cabin Community Church 2699 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna This charming chapel in Smyrna has a beautiful stone structure that was built in 1949 and hosts weddings that can be held inside or near the memorial garden on the grounds. Log Cabin also provides a bride’s suite. Information: 404.351.1912,

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CEREMONY & CELEBRATE a listing of local venues to say ‘I do’ and dance the night away Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs Canton The Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center has complete onsite catering facilities and services, large dance floors and entertainment staging. Ball rooms accommodate 75 for seating and the largest 275. Information: 770.721.7800 or email

The Rock Barn 658 Marietta Hwy, Canton The Crescent Farm Historical Center, known locally as the Rock Barn, is a treasured landmark of Cherokee County. Constructed in 1906, it is believed to be the only existing rock barn in Georgia. The interior has been modernized, including a fully-equipped catering kitchen and huge projection screen. The building has a maximum occupancy of 180, but tents may be set up outside on the lawn to extend the facility. Information: Eventwise Management 678.386.9593;

Hawks Ridge Golf Club 1100 Hawks Club Drive, Ball Ground Planning on arriving in to your wedding via helicopter? Then Hawks Ridge Golf Club is the venue for you. Nestled in the rolling hills of Cherokee County, the venue features classic Southern charm in its guest cottages and clubhouse and valet service in addition to the helipad. Accommodates up to 200 guests. Information: 770.205.6889 xt 1118, Brookstone Golf & Country Club 5705 Brookstone Drive, Acworth Brookstone Golf & Country Club offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event space to suit your needs, including beautifully-landscaped croquet lawn

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Showers • Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners... The 112 year old house sits right off Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With the same style as the Smith House, the charm of the Blue Willow and food reminiscent of Aunt Fanny’s cabin, Front Porch has opened and is serving guests daily. Check Out Our Facebook Page!


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for wedding and vow renewal ceremonies, elegant ballroom for receptions and their experienced, on-site catering and event specialists. Information: 770.425.8500 or The Georgian Club 100 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta The Georgian Club offers floor-toceiling windows with a view of Atlanta, Buckhead and Stone Mountain. They have a variety of reception packages and ceremonies can be held outdoors in the Galleria Gardens adjacent to the club. The Gardens include a 20-foot cascading waterfall and bell tower. Information: 770.952.6000, The Marlow House 192 Church St., Marietta This 1887 Victorian home features a grand entrance with a winding staircase, a courtyard with a gazebo and fountain, and a covered back deck. Packages can include caterer, photographer, minister, flowers, tables, wedding cake, videographer and live music. Information: 770.426.1887,

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