Amanda and Clay’s Brickyard Marietta Wedding
I’m super excited to feature this precious city-loving couple on the blog today. Amanda and Clay tied the knot this summer with a beautiful industrial chic Brickyard Marietta Wedding. Needless to say, their wedding was one of those weddings that I was excited about from the moment we sat down for our consultation at the Chattahoochee Coffee Co in Atlanta. With Amanda’s bubbly spirit that was absolutely contagious, I knew their big day was going to be one to remember.
Creating a Meaningful Event
One thing I love about The Brickyard is their open, versatile space. With its white brick walls, open floor floor plan, and cement floors, you can really transform the space into whatever your heart desires. It also has such great potential to transform an open-floor plan into an intimate gathering place to celebrate your big day with your loved ones. And, that’s exactly what we did.
Not only was I excited to return to The Brickyard for another event. But, even more so, I loved the outlook and meaningful detail that Amanda already had for their big day. It was safe to say that the one thing she held dear more than her beloved Atlanta was her family and friends. (And, of course, Clay!) She wanted to create a meaningful event for their loved ones to come together and simply celebrate what God was doing that day. In fact, she even had me help her reserve her venue for an hour longer to have more time to dance with their friends on the dance floor!
In More Ways Than One
When I was putting together Amanda and Clay’s wedding day details into their wedding weekend itinerary, it became apparent that their wedding day was about two becoming one. However, it was about this in more ways than just one! Their families and friends really came together for more than just a ceremony on that big day. They came together and essentially made it happen with details that were special, meaningful, and could be cherished for a lifetime. With their gorgeous backdrop made by a friend, scrumptious wedding cake made by her grandmother, honey jar wedding favors made by her father, and their close friends playing the roles of DJ and Officiant, there’s no doubt how much their family and friends cherished Amanda and Clay.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. McCullars!
As a wedding planner, we have a more behind-the-scenes perspective of a couple’s wedding day. This is why I love working with such amazing photographers who share with me the gallery of our couple. I love getting to see the wedding day from the couple’s prospective. Needless to say, my heart completely melted when I saw these images from Linda Threadgill Photography. There is not a single photo in this gallery where Amanda and Clay weren’t completely glowing or with scrunched noses and grinning from ear to ear. As you can imagine, it was almost impossible to choose favorites for a blog post!
Amanda and Clay, I am so honored that you chose me to be a part of your truly magical wedding day. You are absolutely the sweetest couple, I adored your families to pieces, and it was such a joy getting to work with you to make your wedding day your best-day-ever. I can only hope to have more couples like you in the future who laugh and love as much as you do. I wish you all the happiness and well wishes in the world as Mr. and Mrs. McCullars!
A Wedding Planner’s Favorite Moments
As a wedding planner, I often get asked what my favorite moment of a wedding day is. I’ll be honest with you, while I love all the details that go into a wedding day, it’s never those. It’s not the venue, the decor, or even the dance parties that follow at the reception. It’s always and forever this one right here – the moment right after the ceremony where the couple walks out the doors as a married couple. That moment that they’re so overwhelmed with raw emotion – that kind of raw emotion that makes you laugh and cry at the same time because you finally married that one person your whole being loves and can’t live without. It’s my favorite thing in the world and it’s one of the many reasons why I absolutely love what I do.
Taking Celebration Seriously
I’m a firm believer in couples enjoying their wedding day. In fact, that’s why I hold their experience as my top priority while planning. Believe it or not, I oftentimes have to remind my couples to enjoy their wedding reception. Otherwise, they get so caught up in making their rounds that they don’t have the chance to actually enjoy the party that’s about them! Amanda and Clay were definitely one of those couples that took the celebration aspect of their wedding day seriously. (as every couple should!) Another favorite moment of the day was when they ‘crashed’ the DJ booth. They even got to play a song for all their family and friends!
An Ice-Cream Lover’s Dream
You can probably tell by how much I’m gushing about this couple. But, there’s really so much from their big day that I absolutely loved. Like I mentioned, Amanda and Clay put a lot of meaningful detail into their big day. With their extreme love for late night ice-cream, they wanted to have an alternative option aside from the traditional wedding dessert. While they still had a beautiful cake made by the bride’s grandmother, we loved surprising their guests after cake cutting with the ice-cream truck song as the main doors opened back up to reveal a real ice cream truck! Needless to say, it was an absolute hit! Guests absolutely loved it.
Meanwhile, their exit was also one dance party to remember. Glow sticks are always a great option to keep the party going outside. (I mean, who doesn’t like glow sticks!) They bring out the kid in all of us. But also, they’re a sure fire way to get your friends and family excited for your grand exit. Not to mention, guests always love to take them home. I mean, they have to continue the party back to the hotel in the UBER somehow, right?
Our Vendor Dream Team:
- Venue: The Brickyard in Marietta, Georgia
- Wedding Coordinator: Cathy Nugent Weddings
- Photography: Linda Threadgill Photography
- Caterer + Food Truck: Mac the Cheese
- Ice Cream Truck: Atlanta Ice Cream Truck
- Cake: Bride’s Grandmother
- DJ: Leighton Gilling
- Florist: Stylish Stems
- Hair and Make-up: Rachel Rozanski