Crystal & Mike’s Sweet and Simple (with a hint of Steampunk) Wedding
Today we have a sweet, simple, and chic wedding laced with quirky and non-traditional personal touches — steampunk details, a cake made of cereal, bride & groom outfits that reflected the couple’s hip style, and a nod to He-Man at the ceremony? Awesomesauce.
Here’s Chris and Melinda Golden Photography to tell you more:
We really enjoyed photographing Crystal and Mike’s wedding right after Thanksgiving. In fact, we had Thanksgiving lunch right before we left to meet them at the hotel! They are an amazing couple. We had the pleasure of doing their engagement photos at the Avondale Estates in Atlanta during the springtime. Their wedding was unique and reflected their personality. We loved being able to spend a lot of time with just the bride and groom before the ceremony at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location with the white columns outside, classic furniture and decor inside, and the scenic golf course. It was a little cold outside, but we were thankful it had warmed up slightly from where it was earlier in the week. The ceremony and reception was held at the Brickyard at Marietta Station. It is located right off the Marietta Square. The guests formed two lines to create an aisle down the middle of the venue. Then Crystal and Mike entered together. It was a short and sweet ceremony featuring lines like “by the power of greyskull…I know pronounce you husband and wife!” And then it was right into party mode with the brass band coming in. Wasted Potential Brass Band did a great job and kept the party going all night. They were dressed in Steam Punk clothing. One of the band members was also the DJ. Another one of the unique features of the reception was the gluten free wedding cake made of rice krispies. It was delicious! Macon Cakes did a great job! The wedding was wonderful and we were so happy to be a part of it. We love it when our brides aren’t afraid to break traditions and make their weddings exactly how they want them.
Let’s get to know the lovely couple a little better:
Crystal recently received her graduate degree from Kennesaw State University in the field of American Studies with a focus on Ethics and Leadership, and is currently working with The Siegel Institute, an organization associated with KSU that develops programs and classes in the Ethics field. She loves reading, travel, and games.
Mike is a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently working in the Atlanta area as a Motion Graphics artist. He enjoys music, movies, and trivia. In fact, he hosts a local bar trivia night once weekly. He also loves playing games, and all told, Crystal and Mike have a collection of nearly 100 board games.
Together they live in a condo in Decatur, GA and have two wonderful dogs (Tom Hanks and Olivia). They hope to be able to buy a house later in the year, and make that their life-long home together.
From this point on, Crystal will be taking you through how the details of their special day enabled them to make the celebration uniquely theirs:
We did not have any specific theme for the wedding per se, but there were some themed elements. The cake (which was actually a giant Rice Krispies treat) had a steampunk motif, and the topper was 2 robots, custom-made to look like the bride and groom.
From the beginning, we knew that we wanted to make our wedding our own, and not be worried with traditional wedding expectations. We are not really ones to do things according to tradition. Our ceremony was very short (less than five minutes), and the officiant (a good friend of Mike’s) actually married us “by the power of Greyskull.”
After the brief ceremony, the band entered and the dance party began. We knew we wanted this to be more of a party and a celebration of our love, as opposed to a traditional wedding and reception, and we think we did a pretty good job of making our day very special and unique. We had a live New Orleans-style brass band who were also dressed in steampunk garb.
Advice from the newlyweds:
Make your wedding yours. It’s your special day that you are sharing with the one person you love more than anyone else. It is your celebration, and your chance to show others your unique brand of hospitality. Don’t let anyone tell you what you need to do or how you need to do it. It’s your wedding, and the only person you need to make happy is you.
Thank you Chris and Melinda for sending your beautiful images my way, and congratulations Crystal and Mike! I wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss 🙂
Photographer: Chris and Melinda Golden Photography
Reception Venue: The Brickyard in Marietta Square
Cake Designer: Macon Cakes Bakery
Band: Wasted Potential Brass Band
Caterer: Triple Js Catering. Beer provided by Red Brick Brewery
Image submission via Two Bright Lights