MEET THE SANTORAS
Southern Exchange Ballrooms
Planning a wedding is never a simple feat, but can you imagine planning THREE weddings? Nicole, like so many #COVIDBrides did just that! Her chic downtown wedding was the culmination of having to postpone two previous weddings...but it was all well worth the wait!
Nicole and Nick each said "I Do" to the love of their life, in front of 145 of their family members and friends. From beginning to end, the couple wanted to ensure that their guests had a memorable wedding experience, and personal touches were incorporated in every element of the special day. One of Nick's groomsmen- John Moura, officiated the nuptials and was sure to include a few chuckle worthy moments for everyone.
After the vows were spoken and rings were exchanged, guests were treated to a cocktail hour featuring violinist Brook Alford. When guests were not being serenaded by the unexpected sweet sounds they were able to enjoy tasty bites provided by Rosendale Events (“The Peach Tree,” Peach and Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Truffles was a favorite of Nicole's), view photos of the couple, and record video messages to the newlyweds.
A true minimalist, Nicole chose a modest table design to highlight her sophisticated design. Black, white, and gold were accented with bright orchids. Each guest table was draped with a black tablecloth, sleek gold chargers, white napkins and featured a trio of floating candles and orchids.
Dinner did not disappoint, as it was a far cry from traditional wedding fare. Duck fat fried chicken was the star of the culinary adventure and was served alongside braised collard greens, sweet cornbread pudding, Portabella mushroom ravioli, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh seasonal vegetables.
After dinner guests were presented with pistachio crème brulee, soft berry cheesecake bites, tiramisu parfait and chocolate and almond wedding cake. To help everyone dance off the delectable meal the DJ duo of Real Class Entertainment played an eclectic mix which included hits from Daddy Yankee, DJ Unk, Mark Anthony, Michael Jackson, and Phil Collins.
Venue: Southern Exchange Ballrooms
Catering: Rosendale Events
Florist: The Berreta Rose
Officiant: John Moura
Bride's Hair: Minakata Styles
Bride's Makeup: Shanaj Mamun
Photography: Jack Parada Photography
Videography: Kevin Hursh Films
Baker: Tiny Cake Creations
Violin Artist: Brooke Alford
Entertainment: DJ Lexx and Dj Tito of Real Class Entertainment
Bride's Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
Groom's Accommodations: The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Coordinating & Signage: Court Style Wedding & Event Management
Wedding Day Associate: Elubia Goolsby
The Santora wedding implemented several MODEST green practices.
Minimal waste was incurred as flowers were given away to guests at the end of the night and the bride and groom took home left over food
Obvious choices were made by offering china dinnerware and flatware for dinner service
Double duty decor was highlighted as bouquets were used as accent decor and ceremony decorative elements were repurposed for the reception
Energy efficiency was evident with the use of wireless uplights that created a romantic vibe
Sustainable venue- Southern Exchange Ballrooms was restored many years ago and was once a Macy's
Thoughtful materials such as pictures of the couple, that were placed around the venue, can be reused in the Santora home for years to come
BONUS GREEN MOMENT- The bride and groom both stayed at hotels within walking distance of the venue, eliminating the need for transportation for the entire wedding party, and out of town guests