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Lisa & Will: A Ruby Red and Mango Wedding in Atlanta, GA

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"We knew we wanted to get married in a church and have the reception at a really interesting and fun venue," Lisa says. She and Will actually had another place in mind when she went to see Mason Murer Fine Art. "Art has always been kind of a theme for us—we took a 'Paint Your Guts Out' art therapy-type class early in our relationship, and we both l ...
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To stand out against the stark space of the gallery, Lisa and Will chose an eye-popping palette of red and orange. They also figured these hues would be perfect for the flowers -- a vivid contrast with green leaves.
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Lisa's bridesmaids (including her daughter, who was the maid of honor) also made a contribution to the color scheme, wearing different styles of dresses in reds and oranges from Saeyoung Vu Couture.
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The bright red and orange flower arrangements were created with calla lilies, orchids, and roses featured prominently in tight, modern designs. Lisa’s bouquet was put together in such a way that she could pull out four roses—as she walked down the aisle, she handed a rose to her mother and grandmother, and (after she and Will were officially marrie ...
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The father of the groom performed the traditional ceremony, which took place in Emory Presbyterian Church. Lisa's 8-year-old son walked her down the aisle while Will awaited at the altar before two arrangements of red, orange, and yellow blooms. Lisa's cello teacher performed the ceremony music along with a flutist and a violinist.
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As guests entered the gallery, they walked along a hallway accented by draped red fabric where Lisa and Will's collages and the mother of the groom's artwork were on display. The drapes then flowed up and were gathered with a "flower ball" of grape vines, moss, curly willow, and bamboo hanging above the cake.
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The cake was a five-tiered fondant-covered pound cake adorned with crisscrossing red and orange fondant ribbons and fondant gerbera daisies.
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Square tables were scattered around the dance floor. Orange linens with sheer, white-checkered overlays were topped off with scattered votive candles and three or four vases filled with different types of red, orange, and yellow blooms. "It really was magical looking," the bride says.
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"I've been called the Dessert Diva!" Lisa says. She baked 750 snickerdoodle cookies and packed them into white bags with red labels and orange and red ribbon attached. Lisa also tied a piece of red paper on which she’d printed an inspirational or love-related quote to each bag.
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The groomsmen sported orchids, but Will's boutonniere was especially interesting as it was tied with a calla lily and placed on a small (and very artistic, of course) arrangement of bamboo.
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Lisa & Will in Atlanta, GA

Lisa Clay and William Mount III were friends long before they began dating. They first met as part of a marathon-training group. Lisa was looking for a massage therapist, and a mutual friend introduced her to Will who just happens to be one! Lisa started going to him regularly for massages, and the two sometimes trained together, but it was four years before they discovered "there was definitely a deeper connection," Lisa remembers. The Bride Lisa Clay, 38, biotech sales rep The Groom William Mount III, 39, massage therapist The Date June 9 While the couple were on a trip to Hawaii to run in the Honolulu marathon, Will planned a proposal -- or tried to, at least, as his plans kept getting spoiled. Finally, "Will actually got down on one knee in our hotel room to propose!" Lisa says. "I, of course, was thrilled -- who needs a sunrise or a waterfall when I was getting a great man like him?" They soon began planning a fun, festive wedding celebration in an Atlanta art gallery.
- Kate Wood
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