A Playful, Glam Wedding at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia
Though timeless and elegant on the surface, Abby Wolbe (31 and works in theatrical marketing) and Charlie Dan’s (30 and works in finance) early November at Puritan Mill wedding was jam-packed with personality.
After settling on a color scheme of ivory, gold and navy blue and collaborating with Kate Stone of Legendary Events and coordinator Lindsay Pitt to dream up one-of-a-kind centerpieces complete with bell jars, brass candlesticks, gilded knickknacks, flickering pillar candles and an array of stunning ivory arrangements, Abby and Charlie got to work putting their own personal touch on the day.
From the menu to the playlist and even the midnight snack — Vietnamese banh mi subs — every detail captured the couple’s unique personalities. The day started with a traditional Jewish ceremony and a not-so traditional, in which the couple exchanged vows under a curly willow chuppah. “We wanted the decor to be a little wild and wily, with a chuppah of branches, and the font that Erin Palermo put together for our printed materials went a little fun and loopy,” says Abby. “We really liked the combination of traditional colors with irreverent details.”
For cocktail hour and dinner, the couple drew inspiration from their favorite vacation spots and the places in which they’d lived to created a standout menu featuring all the foods they loved. “Nearly everything on our menu meant something to us. We love going to Charlie's parents' home in Maine every summer, so two of our hors d'oeuvres paid homage to that: a walking raw bar of seafood and a recreation of our favorite Maine breakfast, sharp cheddar cheese and blueberry jam on toast,” says Abby. Guests sipped on Alton Brown’s Cape Fear Punch — Charlie’s favorite — in pint-sized glasses bearing the couple’s custom logo and indulged in a mouth-watering spread of sweets including coconut cake inspired by “When Harry Met Sally,” banana pudding shots, macarons and chocolates.
Pure Party Band killed it out on the dance floor with a set list of upbeat hits and guests hit up the couple’s stacked Smilebooth photo booth when they needed to rest their dancing feet. “We filled it with props referencing all of our homes, like an Elvis wig for Memphis, a Statue of Liberty crown for New York City and a Sherlock Holmes getup for London,” says Abby. “We also borrowed a friend’s chalkboards and let people write crazy notes too, of course.” At the end of the night, the couple made a grand exit in a shower of vibrant rainbow-colored confetti.
Abby and Charlie’s favorite detail: “The logo our friend Christy designed is so personalized. It had cats, a banjo, a Georgia peach and the Brooklyn Bridge, all in a ship's wheel. We were thrilled to be able to use it creatively on our save-the-dates, favors, welcome bags and more. We always said we didn't need to invent anything for our wedding that had never been done at any wedding before, but we did want it to feel like US, and it really did. And one major piece of advice: If you're going to have a band, say yes to a horn section.”