Cathedral of Christ the King & Monday Night Brewing: Layla & Justin


Layla Lester and Justin Harkness got married on September 2nd, 2017 at the Cathedral of Christ the King and followed up their elegant ceremony with an energetic reception at Monday Night Brewing. We loved working with Layla and Justin because of the sweet and fun essence of their relationship! The nature of their love was definitely captured in the sophisticated yet fun-loving style of their wedding design. Two of our favorite elements of the wedding party’s looks were Layla’s colorful heels and the groomsmen’s classic yet modern black tuxedos.

The whole day was full of laughter and wonderful touches. One of the most memorable moments was the wedding party’s spontaneous midday trip to Chick-fil-A for an afternoon snack after pictures. Two of the sweetest details were Layla’s monogrammed necklace gifted to her by Justin and her edgy “Harklest” custom leather jacket. Layla and Justin’s goal was for the wedding to feel like a celebration for all of the guests, and the live band and eclectic brewery setting absolutely conveyed that.

The florals by Adaptation Floral Design were beautiful, and their band, The Retreat, wowed guests with their arrangements of Layla and Justin’s favorite songs. The crowd danced the night away and Layla and Justin were in the middle of the dance floor the whole time!

It was so special to be a part of such a loving couple’s big day. One of our favorite aspects of the day was witnessing the couple’s excited smiles and sweet first dance – it was SO evident just how much these two are meant to be! The happiness these two share will undoubtedly last a lifetime, and Laura Barnes Photo and Oak & Willow Wedding Films captured it so perfectly!

We are so thankful to Layla and Justin for asking us to take part in the best day of their lives – we love you, Mr. and Mrs. Harkness!


Photography: Laura Barnes Photo // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King // Reception Venue: Monday Night Brewing // Planning, Design + Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman // Florals: Adaptation Floral Design // Catering: Mac the Cheese // Cake: Lush Cakery  // Videography: Oak & Willow Wedding Films // Band: The Retreat // Rentals: Peachtree Tents & Events