A Romantic, Garden-Inspired Wedding at the Piedmont Room in Atlanta, Georgia

With Cindy Soo (31 and an assistant professor) living in the US and Ian Malster (29 and a sales manager) living in England, finding a wedding venue in

With Cindy Soo (31 and an assistant professor) living in the US and Ian Malster (29 and a sales manager) living in England, finding a wedding venue in Atlanta, Georgia, could have been daunting. Luckily, the Piedmont Room captured the elements Cindy and Ian were looking for: The elegant ballroom provided an indoor escape from the Georgia humidity, as well as oversize windows displaying Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Skyline. “We wanted to give our guests a sense of being in Atlanta, since it would be the first time visiting the city for many of our family members and friends,” Cindy says. She envisioned a romantic, garden-inspired wedding with over-the-top flowers, and that’s what wedding planner and florist Amberly of Wrennwood Design created. Working with a blush, ivory and gold palette, Amberly filled the day with fluffy peonies: in Cindy’s bouquet, in the centerpieces and even on the cake. "I wanted the feeling of being in an outdoor garden while still being indoors," Cindy says. To match the lush floral wedding arch, there was an eye-catching blush and ivory flower arrangement hanging from the ceiling. Cindy and Ian incorporated details from their English and Chinese heritages to personalize the day: a Pimm’s Cup signature cocktail, Chinese characters on their stationery, readings in their ceremony and even a moving Chinese lullaby father-daughter dance song. But if you ask Cindy and Ian for their favorite part, they’ll tell you how meaningful it was to have all of their loved ones together in one place. "Our families are really important to us, and we felt so grateful that so many of them came from so far to be at our wedding," Cindy says. See the beautiful, garden-inspired details, captured by Amy Arrington Photography, below.

Cindy wore her hair in a romantic updo pulled away from her face, with a textured quality to create softness. She wore natural makeup with soft pinks and blushes to match her palette. Fashion Taipei Studio "not only did a fantastic job but helped create such a calm atmosphere while we were getting ready," Cindy says.
Cindy wore an ivory strapless ball gown with a floral lace bodice, an ivory sash and a layered tulle skirt. “The simplicity of the top made me feel very bridal as soon as I put on the dress, and tulle layers gave me the feeling of romance and softness that I was hoping for,” Cindy says.
Cindy's bridesmaids all wore different styles of silk chiffon dresses from J.Crew in the Misty Rose color. "I loved how the mix-and-match styles in my favorite color, blush, looked in the end, and really thought all my friends looked so beautiful in their dresses," Cindy says. A bonus: J.Crew was great to work with and provided a lot of flexibility in ordering the bridesmaid dresses.
Cindy wore blush pink heels with a ruffled floral applique to echo the blush pink and floral themes in her wedding at the Piedmont Room in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cindy absolutely loves peonies. Her planner and florist, Amberly of Wrennwood Designs, created a her bouquet: a round arrangement of blush and ivory peonies that were in perfect bloom. "Amberly was able to find the biggest and fluffiest peonies I have ever seen to have in my bouquet, centerpieces and wedding cake," Cindy says.
The groomsmen wore notched satin lapel black tuxedos with black onyx button studs and cuff links, complete with black patent shoes. "We were really happy we found the Black Tux," Cindy says. "They had the slim fit look Ian was looking for and were easy to work with."
Cindy envisioned a romantic, garden look with lots of flowers for her wedding. "I wanted to bring the feeling of being in an outdoor garden while still being indoors," she says. To accomplish this, Wrennwood Design created a huge hanging silk floral arrangement that brought the garden into the ballroom.
Cindy and Ian said "I do" underneath a wedding arch covered in greenery with pops of blush and pink hydrangeas and ivory roses that echoed the florals in the hanging flower arrangement over their ceremony. Behind the wedding arch was a round table with blush pink linen set with their unity candles.
Ian wanted a classic black tuxedo (like James Bond) with a slim fit. He and his groomsmen rented from the Black Tux, which was helped him find the right fit. "They sent a test tuxedo two months ahead of time so Ian could make sure he liked the look and fit," Cindy says.
Cindy wore a tulle knee-length bridal veil that flowed softly, along with the fluffed tulle of her ball gown dress. Her bridal style was soft and romantic in every way.
Cindy and Ian’s guests traveled from all over the world, so they wanted a centrally located venue that felt like Atlanta, without the humidity. “The Piedmont Room seemed like the perfect venue for us, located right in midtown, with gorgeous views of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta skyline from the oversize windows,” Cindy says.
“I loved the idea of sitting down and being surrounded by the fluffiness of my wedding dress,” Cindy says. She wore an ivory strapless ball gown with a tossed tulle layered skirt, an ivory ribbon sash and a floral lace bodice. “I loved that the dress looked so full, but was actually very light and airy to wear because of the tulle layers.”
Metallic gold table numbers added a chic modern touch to the garden-inspired dining tables at Cindy and Ian's ballroom reception at the Piedmont Room in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cindy and Ian chose a simple gold script for their ivory menus to match the gold chargers at each place setting. A folded ivory linen napkin was placed under each guest's charger.
The head table, set under the large hanging flower arrangement, had textured blush linens with gold chargers and gold chiavari chairs at each place setting. Alternating tall and low flower arrangements of peonies, dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses and Queen Anne's lace in hues of pink, coral and blush enhanced the garden theme.
The long guest tables at Cindy and Ian's reception at the Piedmont Room had glossy shantung blush linens with alternating tall and low flower arrangement centerpieces. The pink and ivory florals included peonies, dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses, astilbes and Queen Anne's lace with touches of greenery to bring the garden vibe to the ballroom reception.
Cindy and Ian had a three-tier wedding cake with textured ivory buttercream, decorated with fresh blush and pink peonies and garden roses. The cake table was covered in a glittery blush sequined linen, and the cake stood atop a stunning metallic gold cake stand. This was one eye-catching cake display!
Cindy and Ian had a sparkler grand exit, which they said was a lot of fun. But their celebration didn't end there. "We knew that we wanted to stay for the whole party, so we went back to dancing afterward," Cindy says.