Romantic Southern Charm at Piedmont Driving Club: Hillary + Josh
From the moment you step into Piedmont Driving Club, you are surrounded by its unique southern character. Whether it’s the elaborate carved trim and moldings, ornamented gold mirrors, charming parquet flooring, or blush painted walls, the built-in architecture of the ballroom is an unlimited source of design inspiration. Together with Hillary, we dreamed up a soft and romantic wedding day that took the timeless character of PDC and introduced a subtle, modern element of lush garden allure.
Upon first glance, this invitation suite, created by Foglio Press, hinted guests to the tradition and romance of Hillary and Josh’s wedding day. It featured several unique custom elements, including a map of significant personal and wedding locations, a watercolor trellis envelope liner, engraved duogram, and marble-inspired wax seal.
Timeless with a twist, Hillary stunned in a classic lace gown with an updated silhouette, tied with a champagne silk belt. Similarly, bridesmaids donned a trendy wedding color of dusty blue, while the gents opted for classic black tux.
The courtyard of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta was the backdrop of Hillary and Josh’s sweet first look, followed by a sentimental ceremony in the dramatic and historic church sanctuary. Take a peek at below at the obvious joy on Hillary’s face in one of my favorite “just married” aisle snapshots ever.
As guests entered the outdoor cocktail hour at the Piedmont Driving Club, they were greeted by a vintage mirror with invitation suite duogram. Guests enjoyed cocktails and city views on the terrace, while listening to a jazzy music trio. A custom trellis and boxwood escort card wall (with matching bar fronts), displayed square escort cards of soft blue, each with a gold wax seal.
The reception ballroom was filled with a palate of lush white, blush, and peach florals. Plenty of greenery brought the garden feel inside, while the marble, cut glass, and gold accents kept the overall look elegant and refined. Classic white shantung draped over most guest tables. Decadent layers of soft blush tulle covered the head table, but it was the cascading floral garland and dramatic arrangements that drew your eye to the center of the room. Hillary and Josh enjoyed a private moment (and “first look” of their reception space) on the catwalk balcony that first inspired our trellis design, overlooking the ballroom.
Guests enjoyed wedding cake (design to mimic the arches of the ballroom architecture) and danced the night away to the tunes of the New Royals, before a courtyard sparkler send off under a canopy of cafe lights and stars.
Photography: Rachel Moore Photography // Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta // Reception Venue: Piedmont Driving Club // Planning + Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Flowers by Yona // Rentals: Sejour Event Design // Linens: I Do Linens // Videography: Josh Gooden // Band: The New Royals // Catering + Cake: Piedmont Driving Club // Stationery: Foglio Press // Signage: Kate Turner Studio // Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman //