Kristine and Josh met in Atlanta and one of their favorite places was the Fernbank Museum. Even though they'd built a life together in Denver, It was a clear choice for them where they wanted to get married.
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: We both work in Science and have always loved visiting the Fernbank Museum together. It's the perfect venue that blends timeless architectural beauty with nature and a touch of nerd. We wanted to parallel this with our theme of classic, timeless details with just a touch of dinosaurs. Our final outing before the COVID Pandemic was actually the Georgia Tech Grad Gala at the museum, while we were still dating. The whole night we were dancing and drinking and eating under the dinosaurs saying "we must get married here!"
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: We really wanted the venue itself to be the decor, so we kept centerpieces as minimalist candle votives, the bouquets, and classic ivory linens and seating. The reception had blue and purple uplights shining on the columns in the Great Hall. Since we flew in from out-of-state, we did not DIY anything for the wedding.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: I kept the bouquets floral-forward in timeless pinks and whites with no leaves. Our florist included gorgeous garden roses and hydrangeas in my bouquet to give it a lush, round shape.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: When planning the wedding, we focused on good food, good drinks, and good music. We wanted to include a variety of delicious foods for all guests, so our food stations were Italian, Southern food, and a chef-attended steak carving bar. We skipped a cocktail hour so our guests could enjoy the food and drinks right away, and kept the bars open until midnight. Once the dancing started (after toasts and the first dance), we didn't stop the music at all. We opted not to do a cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss, or sendoff. That way we could truly enjoy our party for the whole night. I am so happy we did this, as the dance floor was never empty. Even our photographers were getting down with us all! I designed the playlist to start with some Motown and move into a little Disco, some 80s pop, then progress through the decades--the vibes were immaculate!
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: We both wanted timeless looks! I opted for simple, form-fitting satin gown with buttons all the way down the train. I actually bought the dress while we were still living in Georgia (2 states ago!) and I was so so happy it still fit me! Josh wanted a 3-piece charcoal suit, so we went shopping in Beverly Hills while we were living in California. The vest was custom-made and the whole suit was tailored to perfection. I chose satin as well for my bridesmaids in blue because EVERYBODY looks great in blue! Each girl chose a different gown and hairstyle, allowing individuality to shine despite the coordinated colors.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met our freshman year of college at Georgia Tech. Josh proposed using our pet cat. He got an engraved tag on her collar that read "will you marry me" and cooked a special dinner at home. We had actually picked out the ring 6 months prior to the engagement--I couldn't believe he held onto it for so long! I was getting nervous that he'd changed his mind about asking me to marry him haha!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: The first dance! We love listening to music and dancing together and had so much fun with it. We played "You're my Best Friend" by Queen and had such a grand time.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Don't worry! No matter what hiccups happen along the way, you get to go through them with your person, so it's all gonna be okay. And try to keep things convenient for your guests!!!