Modern Earth-Tone Wedding at the Iconic Atlanta History Center

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

Kelly + Jake’s wedding day took place at the iconic Atlanta History Center, a stunning backdrop for a modern, eclectic wedding to come to life. Inspired by nature and earth-tone wedding colors, Kelly + Jake collaborated with Drake Social and stylist Taylor Dawn who helped curate a bohemian, artistic West-coast ambiance paired with refined, thoughtfully curated details. Kelly shared how they really truly made the design reflect them as a pair:

Jake and I kept most details of the wedding to ourselves during planning. We didn’t seek advice from friends/family so it was a very personal experience for both of us! We had an intimate elopement in Vegas in 2019 and knew that this event would be the complete opposite. Since we were already married, the excitement and nerves around the idea of being married did not exist. We felt like we were truly able to enjoy the company of friends and family even more!

Let’s have a look at the photos by Jessica Gold Photography!

invitation flat layAnd just like that, we are already utterly undone by these earthy colors in Written Word Calligraphy‘s invitation suite!

Half-Moon Floral Arch

Crescent Moon Floral Ceremony ArchThe gorgeous floral backdrop was brought to life by Amanda Jewel.

Crescent Moon Floral Ceremony Arch

Bride in Berta

Berta Wedding DressKelly wore a beautiful Berta gown with cascading floral appliques.

Peach Coral Bouquet

A First Look to Remember

first look groom crying

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The first look. Jake is NOT emotional and I could count on one hand the number of times he's cried in the 4 years I've known him. He could not hold back the tears and it is a moment we will never ever forget. So raw, real, and personal. On such a busy, crazy day, it was a great way to ground us to the why behind it all!

first look groom cryingfirst look photos by Tandem Wedding Productions

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

Our Musical Choices

Processional: "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine

Recessional: "Dogs Days Are Over" by Florence & The Machine

First Dance: "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding
How insanely romantic is this venue?!

Earth-Tone Wedding Reception

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding
Take a closer look at that table and please appreciate the ombré floral arrangements!

modern seating chart

wedding reception lamp decorOverhead, rattan lamps created an intimate ambiance for the wedding party to enjoy their dinner.

acrylic table runnerThe Estate Table displayed a totally rad hand-painted acrylic art piece as the backdrop running along the entire length of the table! Here’s a fun acrylic name card DIY that would totally fit this vibe!

wedding reception lamp decor

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The colors and textures here — STUNNING.

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

terracotta pot centerpiece
Organic blooms everywhere and this earthy centerpiece might just be a favorite!

terracotta plate namesGuests sat down to hand-painted and calligraphed terracotta place cards on custom acrylic chargers.

pampas grass centerpiece

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Understanding this is no easy task: I simply could not have done it without my wedding planner, Courtney from Drake Social.

You cannot be expected to know everything there is to plan. Having someone whose full-time job is to make your dream wedding into a reality makes it all that much easier.

Stay strong in your own ideas. To me, a timeless wedding is not the goal. This really is one of the only times you can show off your personality and personal style to all your family and friends, embrace it!

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding
When we say there were blooms everywhere, we mean it! Even the stage was framed by organic florals.

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

Modern Garden Atlanta WeddingA simply perfect cake by Bold Catering.

photo by Tandem Wedding Productions

Modern Garden Atlanta Wedding

Such a beautiful day! Congrats to Kelly + Jake from all of us at GWS!

photography: Jessica Gold Photography // venue name: Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA // event design: Drake Social // planning: Drake Social // florals: Amanda Jewel // wedding dress: Berta // bride's shoes: Loeffler Randall // hair stylist: Erin Ryser // makeup artist: Erin Ryser // groom attire: The Black Tux // groom's shoes: The Black Tux // videography: Tandem Weddings // paper goods: Written Word Calligraphy // calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy // catering: Bold Catering // cake: Bold Catering // tabletop rentals: Mayker Events // furniture rentals: Peachtree Tents & Events // specialty rentals: Milieu Decor // lighting: Active Productions // band: Jackass Flats Band // quartet: Candlelight String Quartet // transportation: Atlantic Limousine & Transportation // drapery: Unique Event Elements // stylist: Taylor Dawn