Laura and Michael had a beautiful and emotional March vow renewal and reception at Dunwoody Baptist Church and Ivy Hall in Roswell last weekend. In the wake of the mother of the bride Kelly's passing the week before due to a long fought battle with cancer, the couple married privately before their planned wedding day, followed by a heartfelt vow renewal & blessing during their originally scheduled reception, symbolizing love's resilience amidst loss. It was beautiful to witness the love this family held for each other and the way they came together to celebrate Laura & Michael even in midst of grief.


The ceremony was held at Laura's childhood church and celebrated by the pastor that knew her mother well and Michael's Catholic priest uncle. Laura made a stunning bride (see if you can spot her wedding Crocs), and her bridesmaids were a fun and happy group of women in medium blue. Michael, who serves in the Marine Corps, wore his dress blues as did some of his groomsmen. Laura serves with the Navy, so it was neat that some of the groomsmen wore their Naval uniforms as well. Their ceremony consisted of a vow renewal, readings from scripture, some hymns, a nuptial blessing, and a meditation on the gift of marriage. Following the ceremony, Laura and Michael participated in the Naval sword arch. The tradition of the Navy sword arch at weddings has its roots in naval customs and traditions. This ceremonial gesture is a symbolic way for the bride and groom to pass through a "guard of honor" formed by officers wielding ceremonial swords, and symbolizes the collective support and well-wishes of the couple's comrades as they embark on their journey together.


After some wedding party photos around the iconic Roswell Mill bridge and waterfall, Laura and Michael changed into reception outfits and spent some time at cocktail hour. Their wedding reception at Ivy Hall was beautiful, with bud vases and candles decorating the reception space. They had a memorial table in honor of Laura's late parents, and a table with photos of loved ones who were serving in the military and unable to be present. In lieu of a traditional cake, Laura and Michael had a cookie cake topped with bobblehead replicas of themselves and a late night assorted desserts table. Lou with Spectrum Events did a phenomenal job DJing (as always) and the dance floor was popping all night! I absolutely love working weddings with the Events Catering team who run Ivy Hall, they always put on such fabulous events, and this reception was no exception. I'm incredibly thankful for the wonderful couples who entrust me with capturing their photos and cherished memories. Congrats Laura and Michael!


Vendors

Church: Dunwoody Baptist Church || Photography: Nicole Sandercock Photography || Reception Venue & Catering: Ivy Hall, Events Catering || Florist: Above and Beyond Designs || DJ: Lou with Spectrum Events