For their March wedding, Amanda and Luke chose a striking venue for their ceremony: Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. “Luke and his family are Catholic, so we decided to get married at a Catholic church,” Amanda says. “We had been to Christ the King before, and it is a truly stunning church, so it was a good fit for us.” The couple chose equally stunning wedding attire for both them and their wedding party that coalesced into a truly gorgeous event.
When Amanda started searching for her wedding dress, she knew exactly what she wanted: “I wanted to look like a movie star, not a cupcake,” she says. She found the perfect dress in an elegant design by Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri. The strapless satin trumpet gown featured hand-beaded lace on the bodice, on the satin belt and at the hemline. She chose a full-length Bill Levkoff dress in plum that provided a striking contrast to her own gown. The men wore black tuxedos from Black Tie by Lori. “The groomsmen had purple vests to match the bridesmaids, and Luke had an ivory vest to match me,” Amanda says.
To complement their attire, Amanda chose calla lilies and orchids. “The wedding party had calla lilies that were the reverse of our dresses,” she says. “I had a deep purple calla lily bouquet to match the bridesmaids dresses, and they had ivory bouquets to match my dress. The groom and groomsmen matched us; Luke had a single deep purple calla, and the groomsmen had a single ivory calla.”
After an elegant ceremony, the newly married couple headed to The Wimbish House for their reception, where everyone was ready to relax and enjoy the party. It didn’t take long for family and friends to engage in a dancing showdown. “We had granny out on the dance floor and everyone dancing to our awesome live band,” Amanda says. “We made sure to have plenty of liquid courage at the bar, and people were definitely feeling brave on the dance floor!”
Of course, not everyone stayed on the dance floor. “It was awesome when Luke’s groomsman, Stan Chia, got up and played with our wedding band,” Amanda says. “They played two songs, but Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’ was definitely a highlight!”
Although Amanda was surprised at how nervous she was before she walked down the aisle–“I thought I might pass out!” she recalls–both she and Luke felt their wedding turned out perfectly. “It’s all a blur in many ways, but the main thing that sticks out is just a feeling of happiness and being surrounded by happiness,” Amanda says. May that feeling of happiness continue for many years to come!
- WEDDING DRESS Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri
- SHOES Michael Kors
- BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Bill Levkoff
- TUXEDOS Black Tie by Lori
- PHOTOGRAPHY David Hearne Photography