The Dogwoods Were In Bloom

The light shone on the Church beautifully as guests arrived.

After saying I do at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Molly Kelly and Charles Stevens joined their family and friends at Coosa Country Club for a formal reception.

As guests arrived they were greeted with many choices of passed hours d’oeuvres, including bacon wrapped water chestnuts (that smelled and tasted amazing) and tenderloin brioche with steak sauce. Lines at the bar were not an issue because there were three in total! Utilizing the front entryway of the club, beer and wine was served in the front living room. After walking past the beautiful candles leading back to the ballroom, guests had the choice of catching the setting sun on the back terrace while getting their drink of choice or moving their way closer to the ballroom to select a beverage.

There was an array of floral arrangements throughout the venue. Atop the high top tables sat mint julep cups filled with roses, hydrangeas and tulips. Following the white and pale pink tones, the tall arrangements among the dinner tables in the ballroom included hydrangeas, roses, and one of my personal favorites, snap dragons. Instead of the bouquets being laid around with no sense of forethought, they were purposefully placed in mint julep cups on the tables alongside the wedding cake and desserts after the wedding party arrived to the reception.

Dogwoods were a special element to the wedding, and were used on the save-the-dates, and were drawn onto custom fabric made for the groom and groomsmen’s ties, by the bride’s colleagues at Vineyard Vines.   This was especially perfect considering that April 13 was the first weekend the dogwoods had bloomed in Georgia this year. Even the beautiful four-tier cake from Honeymoon Bakery included some of these Georgia blooms.  Three elegant and simplistic tiers of smooth buttercream, made up the top and base layers of the cake, while the tallest tier was covered in perfect sugar-flower dogwood tree blossoms. To add yet another special touch to the cake display, the bride and groom took their take on the traditional cake cutting and made it their own by using the sword belonging to the bride’s grandfather.  The beautiful piece was laid in front of the cake until the actual cake cutting occurred.

The combination of this beautiful display and the light streaming in through the windows lighting the cake, the extensive buffet and impeccably decorated ballroom set a beautiful scene for this couple’s celebration.


The timing was simply perfect for guests to enjoy the sunset as they enjoyed a drink on the back terrace.

The beautiful cake from Honeymoon Bakery made for an elegant centerpiece to the ballroom.

Jun 10, 2013