Thank you to Jill Doty Photography for the beautiful images in this post. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is SO fun!
What do you get when you combine a food truck, a brewery, a live band, and a sweet couple joining their lives together? A fantastic Friday night. Chris and Kaitlin’s wedding was one for the books. My heart is so full over this wedding that I’m sure I won’t be able to capture it in the space I have here, but I’ll do my best.
Before she was one of my brides, Kaitlin was my mentor and supervisor in college! She taught me so much about event planning and was instrumental in me joining this field to begin with, so when I had the opportunity to help her pull off this incredibly fun day, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
If you were to spend an afternoon with Kaitlin and Chris, you would quickly find how warm and welcoming they are. You would likely have a drink in your hand, a stomach ache from laughter, and a thoughtful conversation to ponder. These two are genuine and kind and dearly love to celebrate, so their wedding was sure to be a party.
Set in Atlanta, GA, Kaitlin and Chris chose Monday Night Brewing for both their ceremony and reception venue. This uber cool spot is one of the city’s favorite gathering places and had a seriously fun atmosphere (don’t believe me? The ‘About’ page on their website lists 3 dogs as staff members, so beat that). MNB is not only a hip, urban setting for wedding, but it is a brewery, which means craft beer on tap. *thumbs up*
What catering could equal the fun level of a brewery venue? Food trucks, duh! Yumbii is a fantastic and fascinating dining experience, combining flavors from all over the world with a unique spin. They served three flavors of delicious tacos with sesame fries on the side and had us all going back for more.
No party is complete without the entertainment, and the Emerald Empire Band absolutely set the tone for a great night. I can’t speak highly enough about their energy, the quality of the music, and how great they were to work with. Just wonderful.
As you’ve already seen from the pictures here, Jill Doty is a fabulously talented photographer. What you may not be able to see is that she is also so much fun! She has such a lovely personality that having her capturing the day only added to the merriment. To see more photos from the day, check out Jill’s website.
Hair & Make-Up: Van Michael Salon | Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Cake/Desserts: King of Pops and Sprinkles cupcakes | Floral Design: The Bloom Theory Studio | Wedding Coordinator: Heather Perrin
While Kaitlin and Chris’s wedding day was incredibly fun and we were all thrilled with how it went, no wedding is without its hiccups. Some of the best advice I can give a bride-to-be is that something will go wrong. It may be something small, it may be something large, but that’s why I’m here! I’m committed to ensuring that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible, even when the less than perfect moments do come. I firmly believe that a wedding can be perfect without being perfect. When these bumps do come along in the road, it helps to have someone who can navigate over them so you don’t even feel them.
1. Set-up Time – Because MNB is a functioning business during the day and Chris and Kaitlin had a Friday wedding, we only had two hours prior to the ceremony to get everything set up. That included tables and chairs being delivered, centerpieces assembled, and vendors in place. Not to mention, this is prime photo-taking time for the bridal party.
2. Weather – We all hold our breath for a successful outdoor ceremony, but mother nature had a different plan for us that day. We had to make a last minute switch to have the ceremony inside and then flip the room to have the reception in the same space.
3. Wardrobe Malfunction – In the midst of enjoying her sesame fries, an elderly guest accidentally bumped into the bride and caused ketchup to fall on her dress. A little bit of club soda and quick thinking kept it from staining her gorgeous BHLDN dress.
I tell you these things not to scare you, but to remind you that at the end of the day, the day will be over. You will be full of joy, heart overflowing from all of the love from family and friends, celebrating the beginning of your new lives together. If you ask Chris and Kaitlin, I know they’ll tell you they remember only wonderful things from their wedding day. It can be perfect, even if everything doesn’t go according to plan.
I have so much love for these two and am so thankful to have been a part of this celebration!