You guys - Hannah and Rob's day was so perfect, even with COVID-19 taking center stage! I've watched their wedding film about 10 times already, so I had to lead this blog post off with the AMAZING moments that Giorgio of Brevity Media Group captured to prove that weddings may look different now, but LOVE wins, always!
Grab a cup of coffee and soak it all in! Happy watching + reading, friends! <3
The Date Change
Hannah and Rob was one of our #COVIDcouples that decided early on to postpone their April 25, 2020 wedding date due to the global pandemic. I remember it clear as day when they made the most heartbreaking, but responsible decision to postpone back in March. I had a whole day full of meetings with 2 of our other sweet couples postponing and my third, evening video call was with Hannah + Rob.
Just like everyone else, I had absolutely no clue how to navigate this, but this particular day was especially hard since I had back-to-back meetings essentially discussing the same, heartbreaking postponement topic. It had been one of the TOUGHEST days in my career, so before I hopped on the video call with Hannah and Rob, I poured a glass of wine (don't judge), breathed deeply and put on the best smile I could muster up.
Seeing Hannah and Rob on the other side of that video was so gut-wrenching because all of us knew what had to happen - a postponement. We drew up and discussed scenarios and poor Rob had to see not just one Hannah, but two Hannahs get extremely emotional. I held it together up until the point that I looked at the both of them and said that they (as a couple) were the most deserving of a beautiful wedding day, surrounded by all those who love and support them. After a few moments of tears and sips of wine, we made a game plan for their new date on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Their Wedding Day
Fast forward past all the hurdles and bumps along the postponement path and it was FINALLY wedding day for this ever so deserving and beautiful couple! Brooke and I arrived at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort where the bride and groom were getting ready for the big day! I love getting to stop by to see the couple and their families prior to the venue because we get to share even more precious moments with our dear couples!
Hannah was so intentional with precious items on display in the bridal suite including images of loved ones, little gifts for all the girls and specific items for the traditional something old, something borrowed and something blue. It made our flat-lay design come together so effortlessly.
One of my favorite intentional parts was that Hannah's father called her tulip, so as a surprise, Hannah asked me early on to incorporate a tulip in her bouquet. When I tied her bouquet, I put the tulip in the back so whenever she looked down at the bouquet, she could get a glimpse of it. We even took it a step further in her detail shots and had Kiyah and Giorgio (our phenomenal photo + video team) capture their rings in a cut tulip we brought for flat lay and detail shots. It's simple, intentional touches like this that make the wedding day so very personalized and beautiful!
After we finished up with detail shots, Hannah + Rob got dressed to head to the venue and my team and I got a head start on designing their ceremony and reception spaces! Just look at these getting ready photos at their hotel - they were so stunning!
Their overall wedding design consisted of a palette of whites, blushes and dusty blues, which originally was planned for their spring time celebration, but worked as a nice "nod" to independence day as well! We actually had no idea that the color scheme worked for the fourth of July until day of - seriously so much went into the design so even with the postponement, Hannah stayed firmed in her overall design and it was executed SO well!
Hannah and Rob's wedding was kicked off with a contemporary Jewish ceremony. The arbor at Vecoma at the Yellow River was transformed into a chuppah design that covered them and the Rabbi during the ceremony. The Ketubah which was designed by Rachelle from The Delicate Brush in Tel Aviv and written by Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe of 18Doors Atlanta, was a perfect artisan touch to their ceremony and overall design.
The couple also participated in candle lighting, drinking of the wine, seven blessings, wrapping of the tallit, and my personal favorite - breaking of the glass which happens at the end of the ceremony and everyone says, "Mazel Tov!" Because the couple had many guests not of the Jewish faith, they opted to explain these key ceremonial items on the back of their personalized programs. If you are considering a highly cultural and religious ceremony, I definitely suggest doing this so that your guests can know what happens before it happens!
Of course, a ceremony during a pandemic isn't the same as pre-COVID times, so Hannah and Rob made guests feel at ease with displaying masks, signage and hand sanitizer. The seating was intentional as well by having family group sets spread out over the lawn of the ceremony.
Of course this sweet couple considered lots of shifts in order to keep guests and vendors safe, so they made a seating chart with accompanying spaced out tables and even on their menus put a special note about outdoor seating that was available just in case anyone wanted to transition to outdoor seating.
Even on the dance floor, guests were keeping their distance. DJ Jeff Silvers with Sound by Silvers lead the celebration properly for the new Mr. + Mrs. Keena! As for the reception design, the minimal floral and gold touches framed the dance floor and room so nicely!
Their shimmery 3-tier cake carefully created by Blue Rooster Bake Shop & Eatery stole the show with it's intricate "K" crest design and taste, which matched all of the other floral designs in the room and Hannah's simplistic aesthetic!
The Grand Finale
Seriously, every part of this wedding day seemed like a dream (on a very hot day). This sweet couple endured SO much during the wedding planning process, so the day felt like something out of a movie. This was the first postponed wedding we had since COVID had hit, so it gave us a little taste of how gracious, kind and inspiring our #COVIDcouples will continue to be in the future.
Hannah and Rob, it was truly a gift to be a part of your beautiful day and getting to witness each stage through the wedding planning process with the both of you. Your marriage is going to be so strong and unwavering with everything you've been through. I cannot wait to keep witnessing your love towards each other. Thanks for letting me and my team play a role in such a beautiful and cherished day!
Their incredible vendor team:
Venue | Vecoma at the Yellow River
Planning + Florals | Your Best Guest
Photography | River West Photography
Videography | Brevity Media Group
Ketubah Design | The Delicate Brush
Hair + Makeup Artist | Margaret Snider & Co.
DJ | Sound by Silvers
Officiant | Rabbi Malker Packer-Monroe
Getaway Car | Cowry Limousines Worldwide Services
Bridal Gown Designer | Claire Pettibone
Bridal Boutique | Kelly's Closet