In July of 2011, Marlene and James each headed to their local Target with a short shopping list. "We were both looking for super glue!" laughs Marlene. What they ended up finding (in addition to the glue, of course) was each other. Two years later, at dusk in front of a shipwreck on Grayson Beach in Florida, James asked Marlene to be his wife.
The couple spent a year planning their September 7th, 2014 wedding, working to combine the groom's modern style with the bride's romantic sensibilities. They chose Rathbun's in Atlanta, Georgia, marrying in the lobby of the Stoveworks building before heading into the restaurant for a reception for 75 guests. See how the couple's distinct styles came together, courtesy of Kelly Lane Photography.
Marlene let her Southern, romantic style come through in a lace gown by Enzoani, with a mermaid silhouette. She borrowed her sparkling belt and cathedral-length veil from her matron of honor, which she'd worn in her own wedding. The bouquet featured white, blush, and pink roses and white hydrangeas, studded with dusty miller leaves.
James chose a gray Banana Republic suit that was perfect for the couple's September wedding as it was both light-weight and not too formal for their restaurant reception.
Marlene paired her gown with shimmering crystalized Christian Louboutin pumps. Her bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses. "Navy is so classic, and it looks great on everyone," says the bride.
The couple decorated the Stoveworks building's industrial lobby for their ceremony with white pillars topped with arrangements of hydrangeas and blush roses. A friend of the bride officiated, helping Marlene and James choose meaningful vows and readings.
At the reception, tall glass vases were topped with roses and white hydrangeas, and filled with a single submerged calla lily. Bud vases held blush roses and hydrangeas. The menu featured some of the couple's favorite dishes from Rathbun's, including grilled beef skewers, crab cakes, and sweet potato gratin.
"We were able to save money by using the ceremony flowers at our reception, as well," says Marlene.
The four-tiered cake, decorated with buttercream roses, featured three flavors: vanilla cake with strawberry cream, pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. The top tier, pumpkin spice with cream cheese, was saved for the couple to freeze and eat on their first anniversary.
A nine-piece Motown band played a combination of oldies and current hits. The bride and groom's first dance was to "At Last" by Etta James. After the wedding, they spent two weeks touring Italy.
Says Marlene, "The best thing we did was decide what was really important to us, and find the best possible vendors. Which is how we picked such a great restaurant, an awesome photographer, and my dress."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rathbun's Restaurant || Bride's Wedding Dress: Enzoani || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair & Makeup: Van Michael || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Banana Republic || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Top Rate Diamonds || Florist: Flowers From Us || Invitations: The American Wedding || Ceremony Music: Chiasa of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra || Reception Music: Flavor Music || Catering: Rathbun's Restaurant || Cake: The Comerian || Rentals: Atlanta Rental || Photo Booth: The Classic Photo Booth || Photography: Kelly Lane Photography
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