The exquisiteness of a January wedding is hard to exaggerate. Though it’s often overlooked, to us, it’s a month that ushers in post-holiday calmness, crisp air, & the sign of new beginnings. The ideal winter wedding cocktail, if you will. Virginia & Tarver decided to capitalize on just that, & became husband & wife with the most beautiful & classic of celebrations!
While every wedding is special to us, this one was extra special, as Virginia’s sister is one of my (JP’s) dearest friends, & her husband, one of Ryland’s. It was such a sweet time getting to champion this family as Virginia & Tarver started their own!
Every detail of the day was classic. In true Southern fashion, Virginia wore a string of pearls clasped around her neck. Her veil cascaded all the way down to her feet, on which she wore the most stunning, royal blue silk flats! Virginia’s bridesmaids wore black dresses, & carried bouquets of white & cream peonies & roses.
Dobbs Chapel, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in the heart of Atlanta, played its part perfectly. Inside heavy wooden doors, the long nave with black & white tile floor leads to a marble platform, with suspended gold crosses & an organ at the top. With the low sounds of the organ & a soloist filling the room, the ceremony began. Their vows unfolded without a hitch, & was one of the most beautiful ceremonies we have ever witnessed! Just before Virginia & Tarver were announced husband & wife, the lights flickered a few times. The pronouncement led to a joyful processional, & just thirty seconds later, the power went out completely! We quickly pulled out our lighting gear & assembled family photos as well as bride & groom photos in the dark. All Virginia & Tarver cared about was being married, & even in the powerless room, they continued to beam.
Guests soon began to trickle into Georgia’s historic Whitlock Inn to celebrate. Tarver kicked off the reception by opening a $1500 bottle of bourbon, & the dancing commenced! After lots of dancing, & hugging their families goodbye, the evening crescendoed as they drove away in royalty– & we mean that in every sense of the word. The new Mr. & Mrs. Mygatt’s getaway car was one of Her Majesty the Queen (Elizabeth II)’s original vehicles, with the crest of the Crown emblazoned on the front & everything. It was spectacular!
Virginia & Tarver – thank you for letting us be first hand witnesses to your love! It was a joy to spend this beautiful day with you two. All our love, Ryland & JP.
Venue: The Whitlock Inn | Church: Trinity Presbyterian Church | Coordinator: Frances Swensson | Videographer: Adrian Rink | Dress: Bride Beautiful | Shoes: Etsy | Caterer: Carriage House Catering | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridals By Lori | Cake: Carriage House Catering | Invitations: Invitations By Dawn