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Swan House at the Atlanta History Center Wedding – Katie & Shu

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July 29, 2021

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Bride on the steps of the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center

Katie’s Bridal Session at the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, GA was the perfect way to end 2020. We met on what was one of the nicest December days I’ve ever experienced – with temperatures in the high sixties, it was incredibly warm & pleasant, even for a city that has […]

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Atlanta History Center Wedding Bride at Swan House Wedding at Atlanta History Center with White and Green Florals

Katie and Shu’s wedding at the Swan House and Atlanta History Center is one I’ve been excited to share in more detail for months! I’ve kept it under wraps while waiting for their wedding feature to come out in the most recent issue of Modern Luxury Weddings Atlanta. And now the magazine is finally here!

There are so many things to love about this wedding. From portraits at the Swan house to the beautiful reception that felt both grand and intimate, it was a wonderful day. And above all, Katie, Shu and their amazing family and friends were incredibly warm & hospitable. It was an honor to be a part of this one. And what an amazing creative team we had pulling it all together. Leading the charge was Tailor and Table who did an absolutely beautiful job with planning and design. Inspired by how perfect each element was for Katie & Shu, I was excited to hear how everything came together.

Upon chatting with the team, I learned that inspiration for Katie & Shu’s wedding came from three areas. First, Katie’s family is from Savannah, so tradition, southern tradition in particular, was an influence. You can see this in the use of Hydrangea & magnolia as well as in the monogram, among other things. Secondly, Shu’s family is Japanese, so elements and a few traditions were added in as a nod to his culture. One example was the sake & tea bar in the reception. Sake and tea were also passed to guests as they arrived during cocktail hour. Third, both Katie and Shu are into nature, and their personal aesthetic leans modern, contemporary.

The juxtaposition of these styles played through the entire design from the invitation suite’s monogram to the furniture choices and florals. While the floral color palette stayed in the more traditional realm of green and white, the designers brought in some darker elements (deeper berries & anemones) for seasonality. The Japanese floral influence came from the sweet peas and orchids, which the design team had flown in from Japan. The linens were neutral and earthy (ivory, dark browns and blacks), and they used velvets to bring in warmth, perfect for a winter soiree. The furniture choices were also modern and earthy, with side tables and cocktail tables chosen with an Asian influence.

From warm sake and hot tea available upon arrival to cozy lounge seating positioned comfortably around the ballroom, it was evident that each decision was made with guest experience in mind. And it all came together beautifully. Are you ready to dive in?

Rings on custom stationery for Atlanta History Center WeddingBridesmaids walking at the Swan House WeddingCustom Invitation Suite for Swan House Wedding in Atlanta

One of my favorite details was definitely the invitation suite by Paper Daisies! The monogram was designed based on all the influences that shaped the entire wedding design – a monogram in gold + ivory flanked by modern ginkgo leaves. The invitation was letterpressed with gold ink. In the styling, I tied in vintage stamps of both coastal Georgia and Japan as a nod to where Katie & Shu originated. Lastly, I used a variety of white, green and gold hellebores as a nod to nature and as a way to tie in the overall wedding color palette.

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The bride and bridesmaids bouquets by Natalia with Tailor & Table were an absolutely breathtaking combination of anemones, orchids, Japanese sweet peas and roses.

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The front entrance of Cathedral of Christ the King was lined with greenery and wreaths.

Groom portrait at Atlanta History Center Wedding Bout on Groom Groom & Groomsmen at Atlanta WeddingGroom prep at CTK in Atlanta Groom and Groomsmen Groom with Groomsmen on Film in Atlanta Church doors with Greenery in Classic Atlanta Wedding Groom's Face Atlanta Wedding Bride Processional in Winter Wedding in Atlanta Groom's face in Church weddingDad giving away Bride at Cathedral of Christ the King Night wedding portraits in Atlanta

Following the ceremony, Katie and Shu took some portraits in Olguita’s Garden at the Atlanta History Center, which was beautifully blooming, even in January!

Couple Portrait after dark at Swan HouseWedding Party in Coca-cola cafe at Atlanta History Center Bride and Groom at Olguita’s Garden at Atlanta History Center Bride and Groom in Coca-cola cafe at the Atlanta History Center

Since Katie works for Coke, we also took some portraits at the Coca-cola cafe at the Atlanta History Center – complete with Katie & Shu coke bottles!

Sake Bar at Grand Overlook at Atlanta History Center

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with sake or hot tea at this beautiful sake station on their way into the Grand Overlook ballroom

Sake Station at Swan House Wedding Sake and Hot tea for guests Grand Overlook ballroom welcomed guests with lounge seating and intimate table seating

Warm and inviting, the Grand Overlook ballroom drew guests in with cozy lounge seating, intimate tables and decor inspired by nature.

Southern florals at Swan House wedding Grand Overlook ballroom wedding at Swan House in Atlanta Lounge seating in the Grand ballroom at the Atlanta History Center

Doesn’t this make you want to cozy up with your date & stay awhile?!

Highboys with white Japanese sweet peas Japanese sweet peas on black and white film

These gorgeous sweet peas were flown in from Japan for the wedding and were a highlight of the design.

Gold and white luxe cake at Atlanta History Center Orchids on cake captured on black and white film

Obsessed with this gorgeous cake by Lush Cakery – the orchids have such a beautiful texture on black & white film!

Guests mingle at Atlanta History Center wedding Grand Overlook ballroom winter wedding at Atlanta History Center Japanese orchids at Swan House wedding on black & white film Sake cheers at Swan House WeddingGuests in Grand Overlook Ballroom at luxe wedding at Atlanta History Center Japanese influenced design at Swan House wedding on black and white film Happy Entrance into reception in Grand Overlook at Atlanta History Center First Dance in Grand Overlook Ballroom First Dance in black and white at Swan House Wedding Bride dancing at Swan House Wedding at Atlanta History Center First Dance moment at Atlanta History Center Cake Cutting at Grand Overlook Toast at Grand Overlook ballroom at Atlanta History Center Cake slice and coffee at Swan House wedding on black and white filmGuests enjoy lounge seating in Grand Overlook at Atlanta History Center wedding Soft candle lighting at January wedding at Atlanta History Center Band in Grand Overlook ballroom

One of my personal favorite bands – A Town A List – brought the party and kept the dance floor rocking all night!

Party at Atlanta History Center Band in Grand Overlook ballroom Bride and Groom dance at wedding in Grand OverlookGrand Exit with bubbles at Atlanta History Center Wedding Couple kisses after wedding on Peachtree street

Congrats, Katie & Shu! Capturing your wedding was a joy and one of the highlights of my year!

Planning & Design: Tailor & Table
Getting Ready Venue: St Regis Atlanta
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King
Ceremony Music: Dr. Tim Wissler & Bryan Lewis
Reception: Atlanta History Center
Photography: Carrie Joy Photography
Videography: Imagine Video Productions
Catering: Bold Catering
Entertainment: A-Town A-List
Beauty: Jade Jamrozy
Attire for Bride and Groom: Wedding Angels
Stationery: Paper Daisies
Bride & Groom’s Cake: Lush Cakery
Linens: La Tavola
Rentals: Active Production & Design, Mayker, Atlanta Party Rentals
Transportation: Atlantic Limo
Coat Check: Connie’s Coat Check Company

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