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Lynnette & Greg, Legacy Test Kitchen Ceremony

Lynnette and Greg reached out to me in January to help plan their two day wedding celebration. They'd have an intimate ceremony on Friday evening and a larger celebratory party on Saturday (to come in a later post). When their guest count for Friday came in around 30 people, I was excited to show them a venue I had visited months earlier acquired by Legacy Ventures that was simply perfect for their needs. Lynnette and Greg were set on the Legacy Test Kitchen from their initial visit as it was truly the ideal setting for their intimate ceremony and dinner.  

The evening was truly a beautiful event filled with incredible love and friendship. When we opened the floor for impromptu toasts during dinner, I'm not exaggerating when I say that half of their guests stood up and shared beautiful stories and words of love and support. There was so much personal thought that went into planning from their customized ceremony in which they mixed traditional and Jewish elements to Lynnette dazzling us all with her beautiful vocal talents. 

See all the vendors and some of my favorite photos from the evening below.

Lynnette and Greg Sharing their first look before guests began to arrive

Lynnette and Greg Sharing their first look before guests began to arrive

watching their guests arrive from above

watching their guests arrive from above

Mazel Tov! 

Mazel Tov! 

Venue: Legacy Test Kitchen 

Photography: Laura Anne Watson Photography & Audrey Grace Photography 

Floral: The Arrington Company

Catering: Legacy Ventures Catering 

Makeup: Megan Quintana Artistry 

Hair: Ashley Alexis

Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta

Jazz Pianist: Louis Heriveaux

Bassist: Mike Beshara 

 

 

A Beautiful Cross-Cultural Wedding

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September 10, 2016

Leia and Jibran had one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I've ever witnessed. ever. They did a wonderful job of weaving together Pakistani wedding customs with the traditions of an American wedding.  In addition to their Saturday Ceremony/Nikkah and Reception they celebrated their union in the days leading up with a Mehndi Ceremony as well as a Pithi Ceremony.

Venue: The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Photography: Viridian Images Photography

Videographer: Eric, Nice Entertainment

DJ: Hans, Nice Entertainment

Florals: Tina Dockery

Ceremony Musicians: Perfect Harmony String Ensemble

Cake: The Frosted Pumpkin

Coordination: Hannah Sabolik & Kimberly Vinings, Like the Dazzling Weddings

It was truly a joy witnessing not only the love that Leia and Jibran have for one another but the love and support from their friends and family as well. Kimberly and I had a blast coordinating this stunning, Georgian Terrace Wedding captured by the talented Viridian Images Team, Lisette and Orlando. Enjoy!

 

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How sweet is this photo of the girls celebrating pre ceremony! 

How sweet is this photo of the girls celebrating pre ceremony! 

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Leia and Jibran share such a special 'First Look'

Leia and Jibran share such a special 'First Look'

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I love the excitement here captured directly after the ceremony

I love the excitement here captured directly after the ceremony

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Seriously, all these guys looked like they stepped out of a GQ magazine

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Looking back on 2014

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2015. Looking back, I cannot believe how fast 2014 flew by. New Years Eve 2014.....I had just moved to Charlotte,NC a few months earlier and had just begun working with a great wedding planner in the area, as well as at a beautiful downtown charlotte events venue. The beginning of 2014 brought feelings of gratitude for a new year and new beginnings, as well as sadness as I looked back on a year (2013) that I felt could almost solely be summed up with the death of my brother, Joshua. He would have turned 30 in February of 2014.IMG_4960IMG_4950

Looking forward into 2014, I was determined to begin anew and develop a new normal with this huge piece of my heart missing. With the support of my amazing and supportive boyfriend whom I moved away from Asheville to be with, as well as my family and close friends, I founded an organization called Veteran Jam in February of 2014. In memory of my brother, Joshua A. McArdle my family and myself planned and executed a 5K Run and Festival on June 22nd in Asheville, NC to spread awareness for PTSD and show support for our veterans. The amount of participants and volunteers that came out surpassed our expectations and it was truly an amazing event. Through the planning of that event, I was fortunate to learn of so many amazing organizations and people in WNC that worked for similar causes.

A few months after living in Charlotte, my boyfriend Joe received a great job offer in Atlanta, Georgia so there I was moving a second time just 5 months after moving to CLT. I was both excited for a new scenery and disappointed to leave after just having felt like I was settling in. We moved March 31st and spent my birthday April 1st unpacking and exploring our new city. 9 months later, I feel like I belong here and truly enjoy calling Atlanta home! Funny, because I was so scared to move to such a large, busy city!   IMG_4388IMG_5407

The Veteran Jam is now in the process of becoming a 501c(3) organization where we will increase awareness of the sacrifices and struggles of our veterans through community events aimed to foster purposeful and healing relationships. I am tocontinue working towards a greater cause for our veterans and humbled to be doing it in my brothers name.

With my new move, I took the opportunity to make a step towards my own future as well and make the decision to start my own company planning social events in Atlanta. I have two great clients that I am currently working with for their 2015 weddings and lofty plans to expand in this new year.

Overall, 2014 was a year of many new beginnings and I look forward to what 2015 has in store. I'm ready.

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