While your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime day… you’re building a life together. And that’s worth celebrating! Whether you’ve been together for 5 years or 50, renewing your vows is a powerful way to reaffirm your commitment to one another. Planning and designing The Johnson’s vow renewal at The Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta was an amazing experience- they’re a joy.
25 years later and a lifetime to go … the couple wanted a timeless, vow renewal.. Lots of white and gold, with luxurious finishes and romantic touches. Guests were instructed to wear white and the end result was an epic white celebration!
I love that these two shared a first look – this has been something in the wedding industry that is considered a “newer” tradition of sorts. Over the last 10-12 years, many couples have decided to see each other before the ceremony, so they can have some time to process their overwhelming emotion (as well as free up some of their time expectations, allowing them to have plenty of time for photos and keep guests from having a long cocktail hour).
The vow renewal space was opulent and elegant. Their altar space was the main design focus- with cascading white florals and hundreds of tealight candles all aglow (this later became the backdrop for their wedding cake). They exchanged personal vows and also included their children (and dog!).
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed the couple’s signature cocktail, “On the Run X’, crafted with vodka, peach schnapps, triple sec and a splash of sour and cranberry. As well as passed appetizers.
The reception design was chic and classic- lush white florals, plenty of candlelight, touches of champagne and gold. The couple’s custom monogram was on display on the dance floor, as well as on the menu cards at each place setting.
Side note: Mrs. Johnson’s reception dress change was everything! Her sheer, long-sleeve button-down gown featured a structured collar, intricate applique work and fit her life a glove.
Delicious food was a top priority for the Johnsons – instead of a traditional buffet, there were three food stations. Guests were served a selection that included Beef Short Ribs, Fried Chicken (and waffles), Pulled Pork, Beef and Pork Sliders, Mashed Potatoes, Collards, Caribbean Slaw and Brussel Sprouts. It was elevated southern, with Caribbean flair, fare and absolutely delectable.
Their wedding cake was the sweet ending to the meal, with a choice of Red Velvet or Vanilla.
I so enjoyed helping bring the Johnsons’ vision to life – a day celebrating their love and family bond is always well spent!