Ashley Farmer and Ade Adamson were both college students in Atlanta (she at Spelman, he at Morehouse) when they met in a French class in 2004. "We were friends for years, and even both ended up going to graduate school in Boston, but it took a while for us to start dating," says Ashley. But that long friendship paid off when, in New York City, Ade proposed by filling a day with Ashley's favorite activities. "We started with brunch at my favorite restaurant, went to the Museum of Modern Art, had lunch at a French café in honor of the class where we met, then strolled in Central Park." Before dinner in Brooklyn, Ade proposed to Ashley with views of Manhattan in the background.
The couple returned to the city where they met for their wedding, inviting 175 guests to the High Museum of Art for a celebration with an artistic spin — and a killer dance party. Keep reading for some of our favorite tips from this museum bash, planned by Lemiga Events and photographed by Ross Oscar Knight.
Pick an off day
To give their planner ample time to set up the wedding, Ashley and Ade wed on a Sunday, when the museum is closed. But they didn't sacrifice the party: "We chose the Sunday of Labor Day weekend so our guests could enjoy the night and still have the next day to recover," says the bride.
The venue has an outdoor courtyard, as well as a built-in rain plan, the light-filled atrium. Says Ashley, "We made sure to pick a venue with a great back-up in case of bad weather, so it didn't feel like plan B!"
Know your priorities
The couple splurged on transforming the space for the reception, so they saved by keeping the ceremony décor simple. They even reused the flowers from the ceremony later that night to get more bang for their buck.
Ade's groom's cake was traditional chocolate on the inside, but the outside was much more personal. It took the form of a stack of guide books to countries where he'd lived as he grew up!
Include your guests
On the R.S.V.P. cards, the couple added an additional space for guests to write in the songs they wanted to hear during the reception. "Everyone got so excited every time one of their picks came on," Ashley says.