According to James, everything starts with pizza. I personally don’t think anyone can come up with a good argument against that. When it comes to Emily and James’s relationship, that statement holds very true. Both Emily and James attended Kansas State University for graduate school, but neither knew each other. One fine day, James met Emily at a local pizza restaurant through mutual friends. Emily and James became friends seeing each other around campus now and then, but it took a full one and half years and the last semester of school before they started dating.
After an epic marriage proposal on vacation in Chattanooga that included great food, craft beer, and a handwritten poem, Emily and James started planning their Atlanta wedding. They decided on the historic Old Dekalb Courthouse for its rich history and architecture. The day started off with Emily and James, as well as their bridal party getting ready at the Marriott just a few blocks away before heading to the courthouse for their first look.
Although both Emily and James said they were not nervous, I think they both were a little, but all that faded away as they saw each other for the first time. After the initial excitement, they were ready to walk around the Dekalb Square. We stopped at King of Pops, because…well awesome popsicles are great when it’s hot, and King of Pops is always a great choice! Afterward, we made a stop at one of the local bars Emily and James often visited for a couple of portraits. The bartenders and customers were more than willing and excited to help out as well.
The ceremony quickly came and James was ushered in with his parents followed by the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Emily made her grand entrance and I swear I saw a tear on James’ cheek, but that was definitely not confirmed. After the sweet ceremony, everyone made their way downstairs for the cocktail hour while the second floor of the courthouse was transformed into the beautiful reception. Everyone enjoyed Mint Juleps and tasty treats before making their way back upstairs for the reception.
Once everyone finished their meals, no one hesitated to get the party started. After a few toasts, including a very special inside toast that included Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the dancing started and didn’t stop until it was time for the grand exit. The courthouse stairs were lined with guests lighting their sparklers. A few people had trouble, which is pretty normal for weddings, but everyone managed to get their sparkler lit right before Emily and James made their exit.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Emily and James’s historic Atlanta Dekalb courthouse wedding! Congratulations! :D
Wedding Coordinator – Elise Ann – Bliss Weddings Atlanta
Florist – Flowers By Us
Getting Ready Location – Courtyard Marriott
Ceremony & Reception Location – Old Dekalb Courthouse
Cake – Rhodes Bakery
Catering – Badda Bing! –
DJ & Lighting – Marquee Events
Dress Designer – Justin Alexander
Dress Salon – Sweet Elegance Bridal
Shoe Designer – Kate Spade
My name is Matt Druin and I’m an Atlanta wedding photographer that specializes in unique, offbeat weddings for all awesome people! Not only do I shoot amazing Atlanta weddings, but I also travel frequently for destination weddings, and weddings all over, with no travel fees in the US for amazing wedding photography. I also shoot Atlanta engagement sessions for newly engaged couples. I’ve even been known to travel, and far, for engagement sessions too!
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