Kate & Caroline {or Indigo} and their rainbow & glitter Paris on Ponce wedding EXTRAVAGANZA had my heart almost immediately. Both of these amazing people work in the nonprofit world, are unbelieveably talented and design-minded, appreciate art and the weird like you wouldn’t believe, and are more than happy to sit and discuss the last four Shakespeare performances you’ve seen. They are incredibly joyful, a hell of a lot of fun, and a complete delight to work with.

Paris on Ponce is already a completely awesome venue. Right on the Atlanta Beltline with tons of access to work by local artists, and a venue for local craftspeople itself, it comes with both a pleathora of opportunities while letting you put your own spin on it at the same time. It’s a killer spot and Kate & Caroline DID IT RIGHT.

They also have some utterly fantastic advice throughout, so start scrolling and enjoy the happiness!

Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

Our vows. We had been working on them and talking about them a bit, but they were a surprise to each other. I (Kate) had gotten a little fixated on what would actually feel different after we were married, and we put a lot of focus into making promises to each other that we could keep forever. Parts of our wedding were a blur, but we slowed down for this and took the time to really send all of our love and care to the other person.

Funniest moment on your wedding day?
Caroline’s dad is a pretty reserved guy a lot of the time, but no one can stand firm against the amount of glitter and rainbows we had in that room! We were talking with a friend after cutting the cake, and suddenly he appeared, grinning, with a cup of glitter confetti he found by the bar. He threw it all over us and everyone else he could find, so the pictures from the end of the night show everyone speckled with an extra dose of sparkle. Delightful.

First look of wedding couple at their Paris on Ponce wedding.

Gay wedding portraits in Downtown Atlanta by Georgia wedding photographer You are Raven
Urban wedding photos of lesbian couple by Atlanta photographer You are Raven

What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?
So, there was a Hurricane — and it really must be mentioned that it was named after Kate’s mom — barreling toward the Southeast over our wedding weekend. We lost the chance to have a few close friends there because of the storm, and that was really weighing on us, especially Kate, as the RSVP changes rolled in. We didn’t want to celebrate while people were losing their homes, and we hated missing out on sharing the experience with our loved ones. In the end, of course we wished they could have been there, but we’re excited to show them pictures and tell them stories.

Rainbow bridesmaids at LGBTQ wedding at Paris on Ponce in Atlanta GA.

Paris on Ponce wedding first kiss photo at ceremony.

What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t take everything so seriously. It’s a party. Also, wedding stuff costs more than you think it will, so plan for that. It’s easy to lose yourself over every small detail, but don’t get caught up in thinking that every choice you make is a referendum on your love. People care about you more than place settings, and this night isn’t your whole marriage. Work on your ceremony during the planning process, too. When your reception is making your head spin, the ceremony will ground you again.

Paris on Ponce bridal portraits on pink wall at lesbian wedding.
Rainbow wedding decor at Paris on Ponce wedding for lesbian couple.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
We would have probably taken it a little easier on ourselves, especially around decor. But no. It was perfecty-perfect and we’d like it just as it was, thanks.

Paris on Ponce first wedding dance on red stage.

Glittery gold wedding ring photo by Georgia photographer, You are Raven

Any tips for future couples on how to prepare for their wedding photos?

Prep your families for what to expect. And get yourselves a charming and perceptive photographer who makes you laugh so you won’t freak out. (Thanks, Raven.)

    • Florist: Purchased from 3 Porch Farm and assembled by baby sis! (bridesmaid flowers fake from Michael’s)
    • Caterer: BarTaco https://bartaco.com/
    • Cakes/Desserts: Little Tart Bakery. Mmmmmm, lemon curd filling and hibiscus buttercream omg.
    • Getting Ready, Ceremony, & Reception Venues: Ceremony & Reception at Paris on Ponce
    • DJ/Band/Musicians: Spotify
    • Hair Stylist & Make-Up: Lindsey Ewing
    • Planner/Coordinator: Self-planned. Day-of Coordinator Donna Weber (and also kind of Nicolette at PoP)
    • Attire/Clothing: Caroline’s suit was from Bindle & Keep. Kate’s dress was White By Vera Wang, courtesy of a going out of business sale at David’s Bridal
    • RingsWorthmore Jewelers (love Jonathan!)
    • Bartenders: S&S
    • Officiants: Kate & JoAnna, who were the best thing and we cry every time we think about it.

Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and completely awesome wedding day. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, Dahlonega and beyond, documenting love.

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