A Romantic, Whimsical Summerour Studio Wedding: Gemma + Bryan


Last year, I received a call on a weekday morning from just about the sweetest bride ever. She was halfway into planning her big day, and realized she couldn’t bring all of the details together herself for her big day at Summerour Studio. After talking with her mum Lesley (yes, mum - Gemma is from Great Britain!), I knew that we had to be part of this special occasion. It was hilarious (and so fun) to balance the differences between a British wedding and an American one, especially in the midst of the most recent Royal Wedding!

Gemma and Bryan began their day at Ponce City Market. Gemma’s light-filled apartment here was the perfect place to reveal her gown, which her mother crafted herself with handmade French lace (and a whole lot of love!). Getting ready at Ponce City presented its challenges. We had a whole other worksheet with maps, codes, and directions for vendors! However, its importance in the couple’s story was too precious to discount.

The couple decided on one of Atlanta’s most beautiful Catholic cathedrals for their ceremony, Christ the King. In British weddings, brides exit their car directly prior to walking down the aisle. Gemma opted for the more American version, spending her last moments before saying “I Do” in the church’s beautiful bridal suite with her dear friends. After their traditional Catholic ceremony, guests were invited to an in-between social hour at Watershed prior the reception starting. Our couples are always concerned about how to host their guests after 2pm Catholic ceremonies, and this was a great solution! The Vintage Rolls Royce and Trolley used to transport the wedding party brought a fun flair to the day.

The formal cocktail hour and reception took place at Summerour, which continues to be one of our very favorite venues. Gemma envisioned a romantic, organic affair with lots of candles and greenery. We convinced her to incorporate a subtle pop of mauve into the day, and I’m so glad she went for it! I loved how her design turned out. It was classic and timeless, with a hint of warmth and character. Gemma carried one of our favorite bouquets of the year, made by Stylish Stems. Our favorite detail was the head table escort cards by Kate Turner, which paired gracefully with the gold rimmed chargers. Kate watercolored a bit of greenery on each hand torn card to add a unique touch. In true British tradition, the parents joined the head table with seats of honor right next to the Bride and Groom.

As the reception began, Bryan’s brother played an original song for Gemma & Bryan’s first dance. It was absolutely amazing — we can’t wait to relive it when we see the wedding video. Emerald Empire, per usual, kept guests on the dance floor all night. Later in the evening, the mother of the bride performed a surprise drum solo. She had been secretly taking lessons. You can imagine how fun that was!

We’re so grateful we were able to celebrate with these two high school sweethearts. Gemma & Bryan, we wish you a lifetime of love and happy surprises.

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Photography: Bianca Cherisse  // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King // Reception Venue: Summerour Studio //  Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Stylish Stems // Cake: Frosted Pumpkin // Videography: ByDesign Films // Band: Emerald Empire Band // Catering: Bold American // Signage: Kate Turner Studio // Hair + Makeup: Salon Capri // Menswear: The Modern Gent // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids