A Formal Ballroom Wedding at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead, Georgia
Leah Eichholz (26 and an occupational therapist) met Grant Cohen (26 and an advertising copywriter) through mutual friends at the beach during summer vacation from college. After being encouraged by her best friend to make the first move and a few weeks of escalating Facebook messages, the pair began officially dating. Leah considers Grant's proposal the most "Grant" thing he's ever done—random, unconventional and a bit awkward. "I on the other hand would argue that it was sweet, well-intended and only little bit awkward," says Grant. "I crawled out of bed early on a morning that we were going to sleep in and turned on the lamp. I was greeted with a groan from Leah, turned on soft music and knelt beside the bed with the ring." Eight months later the pair hosted a luxe ballroom reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead, Georgia. A color palette of white, cream, blush and silver enhanced the couple's theme of romantic elegance. Leah and Grant's formal chuppah was decorated with flowing sheer white drapery with blush blooms adorning the front poles and was repurposed for the reception after their indoor ceremony. The elegant d?cor included candles, silver mercury glass compotes, tall glass vases and soft peony arrangements. On the round tables, large arrangements sat atop tall cylinder vases and included hydrangeas, roses, garden roses, stock, astilbe and ranunculus. "Aside from having a photobooth for the guests during the reception, we wanted to venture outside the typical bridal party pictures and have a little fun with our friends before getting swept away by our families," says Leah. "So after the traditional group photos, we surprised everyone with an impromptu Nerf gun shootout: we spent five unadulterated minutes shooting, dodging and scrambling for ammo, and shooting again. The brave photographers eluded countless rounds of foam to get great photos of the dart fight. Though the crossfire resulted in an estimated several dollars of property damage but everyone walked away unscathed!"