Monday, January 23, 2012

Intimate Weddings

Two weekends ago, Julie and Jeff were married at the Mansion on Forsyth Park.  An unusually warm and sunny day for mid-January, everything went smoothly and I was impressed by how calm, personal, and intimate their ceremony was.  Apart from the beautiful weather, the couple was surrounded by their closest friends and family, an intimate 25 guests, giving everyone the chance to be close to the bride and groom as they said their vows. Even before the ceremony, all attendees met for a group photo, with everyone fitting easily into a single frame, sharing laughs and hugs before the bride left to get ready for her walk down the aisle. 
The organization of this event made me appreciate and remember what I love about small, intimate weddings. Everyone attending has a chance to feel an involvement in the ceremony that you just can’t have when there are so many people. I’ve attended many beautiful weddings where the bride and groom spend the first couple of hours after their ceremony "making the rounds" through the room of guests in order to say hello to everyone. It seems challenging to enjoy yourself on what should be one of the happiest days of your life, and also give your thanks to a huge room full of guests for attending your wedding!
Intimate ceremonies give more creative power to the bride and groom, with more freedom to customize every aspect of the day.  A small guest list can also open up more potential small venues and of course save a few bucks. Many couples choose to have a small wedding in order to splurge on the things that really matter to them, like an open bar, unbelievable dinner, or special wedding favors.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Burson! 

Thanks for the photos from Matthew Kent

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