Chris and Kelly were married today!
When Kelly said yes to Chris, she was blessed to not only start a new life with a fabulous man, but with his three kids as well. They were excited while planning the wedding to join as a family, but got a surprise they didn’t expect…a new little one! When Kelly and Chris found out they were pregnant, they decided to scale back the wedding and have things be more intimate. Kelly, however, did not scale back on her dress, having her gloriously textured Enzoani gown from Bridal Accents Couture altered to fit her baby bump.
By choosing Calhoun Beach Club for their ceremony and reception, Kelly and Chris embraced an elegant, modern wedding. Kelly took this even further by designing the entire wedding around a black and white damask pattern. The bridesmaids wore lovely Jim Hjelm gowns from Rush’s Bridal and the guys looked spiffy in their suits. The one punch of color, deep red, was left in the capable hands of Violet’s Flowers. Jean created gorgeous bouquets that brought Kelly to tears. I loved how she used anemone, tulips, and ranunculus…the combination was stunning. When photographing against the gray walls of the Beach Club, the red really popped!
Reverend Tomkin Coleman officiated the ceremony in the Boulevard Room. He did a great job tying in the story of how they met with the journey they will now take together as a family. I can’t decide on the highlight of the ceremony, the five-way lighting of the unity candle, or Kelly’s dad reading an Irish Blessing…both made me mist up. This is truly a family that enjoys each other and cherishes their time together. And this feeling was emphasised even more at the reception dinner.
The entire guest list sat at one family style dining table, with arrangements of red blooms down the middle. Each place setting had a small jar of honey that was harvested by Kelly’s sister. D’Amico brought their A game with the food, amazing appetizers, endless wine pours, and beautiful entrees. Kelly was very excited for her red velvet wedding cake as well, and by the end of the night, I think everyone was ready for sweatpants and sleep.
Chris and Kelly, thank you so much for having me photograph your wedding. I had a wonderful time getting to know your friends and family and can’t wait to meet your little girl in a few months! Here are my favorite images, enjoy!