A Family-Focused Wedding in Atlanta, Georgia

Real Weddings

Julie Glasson and Michal Ilai first met at a synagogue function in March of 2009, and after two years of dating, the pair decided to take the next step — buying and renovating a house in Georgia, that is! After a romantic dinner in December 2011, Julie brought Michal to the property under the guise of checking on the progress of their future home. Inside the otherwise dark home, Michal found the words "I love you" spelled out in glowing candles on their kitchen counter. There, Julie popped the question and, of course, Michal said yes.

The pair decided to wed at Atlanta's Mason Murer Fine Art Museum on March 8, 2014. With the help of Isabel Bryan of Best Event Ever, Julie and Michal planned an elegant and inviting celebration for 160 of their loved ones and put a major emphasis on family throughout the day. Keep reading to see all of Anna and Spencer Photography's photos from their romantic celebration!

Each bride chose a dress that reflected her own personal style. Julie immediately fell in love with a knee-length Rebecca Taylor dress, complete with vintage beads and sequins, a low v-neckline, and a cut-out back. She accessorized with Manolo Blahnick gun metal mesh pumps, an antique bracelet from her late great aunt, a diamond choker from her mother, and a pair of diamond earrings that Michal had gifted her.

For Michal, choosing the perfect style required a little more work. She chose to design her own dress, working with a local seamstress to source the perfect fabric and create her dream silhouette. The winning look was a vintage European lace dress with an asymmetrical hemline, short sleeves, and beading. She finished her look with light gray Manolo Blahnick sandals and diamond earrings that Julie gave her.

The couple's three children played an important part in their day, serving as Michal and Julie's wedding party. They started their duties by helping their mothers get ready and then kicked off the ceremony. "They walked down the aisle individually immediately before us," the brides say. Then, Michal and Julie walked down the aisle hand-in-hand. They exchanged traditional vows beneath a chuppah made from locally-sourced Georgia tree branches and decorated with lavender and seafoam statice. The floor was covered with white and purple rose petals that formed the couple's initials.

"We didn't write our own vows," they explain of the ceremony. "We both wanted traditional liturgy to be read by our rabbis. Our oldest daughter wrote us a special blessing that we included in the program."

The reception was held in an adjoining space within the museum and was decorated in keeping with the couple's romantic vibe. Guests found their seating assignments on classic white cards that were tucked into an ornate frame. Round tables were dressed with patterned linens and topped with dramatic lily centerpieces. Ornate frames held each table number.

As a DIY project, Michal and Julie created a three-dimensional metal heart that served as a guestbook. Guests wrote messages on lace-trimmed tags that they affixed to the art piece. After the wedding, the couple displayed the heart in their home.

During dinner, the couple's cake was displayed beneath the chuppah where they exchanged vows. The four-tiered confection was made from layers of different flavored cake, including French vanilla with lemon raspberry mouse, chocolate with salted caramel, French vanilla with cappuccino mousse, and almond with almond mousse.

"Enjoy every minute of the planning process," the couple advises. "It all happens too fast, and often what you'll remember of the wedding is the planning stage. Use that opportunity to choose things that represent you as a couple!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mason Murer Fine Art || Wedding Planner: Isabel Bryan of Best Event Ever || Dresses: Rebecca Taylor; Linda Gillentine Designs || Jewelry: Cachet Fine Jewelry || Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue; Neiman Marcus || Hair & Makeup: Faith Brooks || Florist: Jim White Designs || Invitations: Simply Put || Other Paper Products: A Paper Passion || Music: DJ Chris Rimby || Catering: Affairs to Remember || Cake: Frosted Pumpkin || Favors: AustiNuts || Accommodations: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta || Videographer & Photographer: Anna and Spencer Photography

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