Courtney was busy planning the summer wedding of her dreams when she received news that would change her life. She had leukemia, and her summer wedding plans would have to be put on hold while she began the fight for her health. Despite the odds, she was determined to marry her sweetheart Eddie after all. Instead of a summer wedding, which was impossible while undergoing treatment, she and Eddie decided to change their date to have a winter wedding in early January. The months rolled by, Courtney recovered, and finally the big day arrived. And my, how beautiful it was! Choosing the beautiful The Foundry at Puritan Mill, an old warehouse venue in Atlanta, as their backdrop, the bride and groom created a day that was filled with vintage flair and Christmas-inspired decor. In a beautiful area with brick walls and high-beamed ceilings, Andie Freeman Photography documented the couple’s emotional vow exchange. “He didn’t have to vow to her that he would be there in sickness and in health,'” said Andie Freeman Photography about Eddie, “He had already proven that it is the case. Illness, and especially life threatening illness, intensely tries the strength of our relationships. And I think that only those who are truly devoted to each other can make it through those times.” After the ceremony, the reception waited just steps away. The open-concept floor plan was highlighted with fun stations featuring vintage props, including an old dresser topped with holiday cakes from The Posh Cakery. Wedding planner and event designer Jessie Patton of Southern Sophistication Designs expertly designed and styled round reception tables with sophisticated china and red rose/white hydrangea centerpieces. And, a darling white wrought-iron bistro table made a perfect sweetheart table for the newlyweds. Courtney’s lace gown from local shop Bride Beautiful complemented the retro-theme splendidly, while Eddie’s classic black tux added a nice touch of modern elegance. To top it off, bride’s adorable short blonde curls are a wonderful sign of her happy return to health. They may not have had the southern summer wedding they had their hearts set on, but Courtney and Eddie’s winter day brought something even better to their story — the gift of love and life together.
Congratulations, Courtney and Eddie!
Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography//Cake Designer: The Posh Cakery//Caterer: Bleu House Cafe//Dress Store: Bride Beautiful//Cinema and Video: Hammond Studios//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse//DJ: Osborne DJ Entertainment//Ceremony Location: Rev. Sam The Marrying Man//Event Planner: Southern Sophistication Designs//Reception Venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill//