Real Wedding: Kate + Andy’s Modern Wedding

I’m really excited to share the work of the talented husband + wife team of W Scott Chester based out of Atlanta, Georgia. This fun, modern wedding took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in GA. So many great photos and just an overall fun vibe from the day! It looked like such a fun time was had by all. Kate, the bride, works as an associate editor at my most favorite music magazine, Paste. (If you aren’t familiar with this magazine, you should totally check it out!) She was also sweet enough to send some details from the day which you can read below throughout the post.

Kate – you are stunning!

Kate gifted her bridesmaids (+ herself!) these beautiful rings designed from vintage buttons. such a cute idea – I would totally wear one of those :)

I think this photo of the groomsmen walking is one of most favorites ever! love it.

The ties were custom made by one of their friends …who happens to be a girlfriend of one of the groomsmen!

We were married in front of an old garage door that I found at an antique market–the panels were replaced with glass. That was the first thing I purchased for the wedding, and we designed the rest of the details around it. Andy really wanted to use paper lanterns, but we couldn’t hang them due to the gallery’s super high ceilings, so I found the large white balloons, hoping they would have the same effect. We used twine for the strings and collected antique knobs and hooks to use as weights–we were so happy with the way the balloons turned out, and they definitely set the mood. Since we planned and designed the wedding ourselves, we chose to keep it simple and focus on creating just a few beautiful details.

I really love all the big white balloons – so modern and fresh!

the vintage photobooth was from their good friends company, majestic photobooth

Favorite Memory of the Day: The dance party at our reception. At one point Andy and I looked over and saw our moms dancing together to a song by one of our favorite bands, The Arcade Fire. And when our DJ played “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift, everyone on the dance floor knew all the words. Truth comes out after a few margaritas–everybody loves Taylor Swift!

Another favorite memory for me was reading a card from Andy right before I walked down the aisle. It had been a whirlwind of a day, and I was starting to feel nervous about the 250 people waiting for me to come out. It hit me when I read Andy’s note that in a few minutes, I was going to marry my favorite person in the world.

We honeymooned in Palm Springs and San Diego. We stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs–my new favorite place. My husband (he’s a photographer) took some photos. We even brought our wedding clothes and a tripod for some desert pics in Joshua Tree. What a fun idea!! And I agree, the Ace in Palm Springs is super rad!

Any advice for those planning now? Brides: Your fiance has opinions too! Your wedding will be more special if you make decisions together. Each of us chose a priority and agreed to be flexible about the rest–it made for a fun and relaxed planning process, and a joyful wedding day.

Congrats to Kate + Andy!

Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (got it at a sample sale for $200!)
Hair and Makeup: Clove Salon
Shoes: Seychelles–bridesmaids wore same shoes in taupe
Bridesmaid Dress: Priscilla of Boston-Vineyard
Groom Suit: Zara
Cinematography: our friend Aaron Keuter
Floral Design: Gitche Yah Yah
Invitations/Paper Goods: our friend Claire Whitehead
Cake: Matty Cakes
Music: DJ- Ryan Burleson/Beats and Bells
Catering: Chef and students from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school with my father (he’s a chef)
Photography: W Scott Chester (with the exception of the Joshua Tree photos which are by Andy)

See more from the wedding on the W Scott Chester Blog and be sure to click here to see a fun stop motion video of the wedding party! Thanks Cristen + Scott for letting me share your work today.

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  1. WOW. This photography is amazing. I love the garage door and the white balloons. I love the photos with the bridal party and the balloons. Also, what a fun idea to take portraits on your honeymoon!

  2. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G photography. going to check more of their work now. thanks for the heads up! you feature the most amazing photographers!!

  3. It was a great wedding! Modern and fresh and most importantly fun! We looove Kate and Andy. They have such great taste.

  4. kate is one of the sweetest people. so glad you posted this!

  5. the shoes and bridal dressses are to die for! i should add them to my list of favorite shoes for this week

  6. The photography is so great! Love the balloon detail, such a great impact and cute after.

  7. The photography is flawless!!! This is gorgeous, such a beautiful find.

  8. Yay for Atlanta weddings! Seeing fantastic events like this one makes me happy that I'm using this photograher, DJ AND photo booth vendor! See everyone in May!

  9. I concur with Laura! YAY for Atlanta weddings!! I'm thrilled to be using the same photographer in May as well. AWESOME job Scott and Cristen!! And Kate seems like the sweetest. I plan on keeping her advice in mind!!

  10. Beautiful wedding!!

    I would like to know where she got the balloons. I have tried to find the large round ones online and have been having trouble.

  11. Love this wedding- congrats Scott + Cristen! Really gorgeous photos- love the shot of the back of her head- the veil in the light- magical. And I used to live a block from where the guys took that picture on the "Charles Willis" wall. I always thought that would be the most amazing photo- and it is :)

  12. This wedding is amazing. I love all of it. Especially the balloons. I am going to use some of the photos on my blog if that is alright. I will of course link back to here and the photographer. Just a totally amazing wedding.

  13. what a beautiful wedding! these pictures are wonderful. thank you for sharing! such a great post!

  14. Love the white balloons and sparklers… and the "ENJOY" sign… SO CUTE!

  15. FANtastic photography, yum yum yum.

  16. I could SWEAR that was my wedding dress! But she says it is Priscilla of Boston and mine was Watters. Are they the same company?

    Also I payed MUCH MUCH MUCH more for mine. :)

  17. where are those shoes from?? love them! if anyone knows please let me know!!!

  18. LOVE the balloons!!!!! I am going to borrow this idea for my upcoming wedding!

  19. Lucy Joy – The shoes are by Seychelles

    Jillian – You should be able to find large balloons like that at your local balloon store. Call and see if they have 30" balloons. If not, this site – also sells them and you could buy them here and have them filled at your local balloon shop. Have fun!

  20. that shot of the groomsmen walking across the roof is one of my favorite photos you have ever posted…truly unique!!! xoxo

  21. Gorgeous wedding – wonderful photography! We are using the same blue in our wedding and I've actually been on a mad search for those exact pair of teal Seychelle shoes in a size 8-9! They are sold out everywhere! Any advice? Where can I buy or rent these gorgeous shoes to wear on my wedding day?


  22. Also – where did you find the groom's tie? It's the perfect color! Thanks again for posting this!

  23. hey katie – the groom's tie's were actually made by my groomsmen's girlfriend out of the same material as the bridesmaid's dresses. andy

  24. Very cool – Thanks Andy!

  25. Thanks a lot!!!




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