A round of smoothies and a few games of Connect Four at a local coffee shop was all James and Allison needed to see the amazing connection they had. James said it was like a first date that never ended. Two years later, in September 2020, James proposed to Allison at the Longleaf Restaurant inside the Atlanta Botanical Gardens — a place where they share a lot of beautiful memories.
Allison had always dreamed of getting married at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina, so it was an easy choice, after touring the venue, to select it as the place where they would host their entire wedding.
The overall day had an air of intimacy and elegance with a wisteria, pink, silver and white color palette. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the wedding party moved into the Hyatt’s ballroom for the reception and James and Allison shared their first dance.
“We danced on a cloud for the first dance,” James says. “It was like a scene from a movie. And the father/daughter and mother/son dances were truly special.”
The father/daughter dance was probably Allison’s most memorable moment. “My dad really came to the party and showed his moves that day!”
The DJ kept an energetic atmosphere with song choices that sparked “that’s my song” moments for people over and over again. For the meal, guests enjoyed a plated dinner of chicken or salmon served with roasted potatoes and vegetables.
The whole day unfolded beautifully, and the couple honeymooned in Jamaica.
NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS: 60
EVENT PLANNER: LaPorchae Thompson with Lasting Moments Events
PHOTOGRAPHER: Danielle Brown Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: Jonquil Creative
VENUE: Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina
ENGAGEMENT RING: Kay Jewelers
WEDDING RINGS: Kay Jewelers (Allison) and Zales (James)
BRIDE’S GOWN: David’s Bridal
BRIDE’S SHOES: Badgley Mischka
BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES: Swarovski
FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
GROOM’S SHOES: Johnston & Murphy
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: David’s Bridal
HAIR: Victoria Alana, Beauté Boutique
MAKEUP: Joyua Gibson, BeSimply Stunning
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Minted
FLORAL & DÉCOR: Perfect Petals
CAKE & SWEETS: Confection Perfection
ENTERTAINMENT: Exquisite Sounds Entertainment