Kara Clements & Steve Gower
Aug 6, 2016
Atlanta , Georgia
The First Encounter
Kara was registered to run her first marathon in Disney World for her 25th Birthday. We decided to make a trip of it, take a few days off work and celebrate Kara’s birthday and the marathon with her family. On Kara’s birthday we went and picked up everyone’s race packets and then headed to the Magic Kingdom. As we walked down Main Street a show was taking place in front of the castle and Kara got lost in what was happening on stage. The ring was burning a hole in Steve’s pocket, he pulled aside her dad and said he had to ask right then. They found an older gentleman that was a photographer for Disney and asked him for help. The photographer offered to take a few birthday pictures in front of the castle. He grabbed Kara’s hand and led her to the rose garden next to Cinderella’s Castle. Kara remained oblivious to what was happening as the photographer snapped a few photos in different poses. He asked for one final pose and asked Kara to close her eyes and lean forward. Kara leaned forward and closed her eyes and waited. As expected, she finally got impatient and opened them to see Steve on one knee with a beautiful ring. Kara cried, after forgetting to answer and being asked again, SHE SAID YES!
Fun fact: The first thing we did after we got engaged was go to the Hall of Presidents.
Our wedding coordinator, Sabrina with Legendary Events, was wonderful. Legendary Events owns and operates our venue and we were so blessed to have a team of people at the estate that worked so hard to make our wedding perfect. Kara is a summer camp director at a non-profit for children with special needs and our wedding date was the day after the summer camp ended. We worked hard to make decisions early and Kara’s parents did a lot, if not most, of the leg work after May. Kara and one of her mentors from camp built, stained, distressed, and decorated our cross for the ceremony over the summer and Kara also designed the photos and framed poster for our donation table. Although not ideal, we had a wonderful team of people that were able to help us pull off a beautiful wedding after a busy and stressful summer!
The Big Day
The bridal party and groomsmen got ready in club suites at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. The staff was great and we had a lot of fun spending time with our closest friends leading up to our ceremony and reception. Georgia in August is extremely hot and humid but we decided to have an outdoor ceremony anyways and opted for an evening wedding to allow temperatures to cool. The timing was perfect and we are so glad that we chose to have our ceremony outdoors in front of The Estate; it was beautiful! Our reception was a dinner with several stations including a mac n’ cheese bar and s’more station to fit the personalities of the bride and groom. We worked with our DJ, Hollon, to time and choose several songs that were important for us or our friends. Hollon was great and had everyone out dancing and partying before we even cut the cake! With time quickly passing, we decided to forget garter and bouquet tosses so that we could loosen up and dance with our guests. Kara changed into a second dress for the end of the party and could definitely dance better without so many layers of tulle! We ended with a sparkler exit, toured the city in a classic car with champagne, and met many of our guests at the hotel afterward for an after-party that lasted late into the night!
We left the day after our wedding for a 9-day stay in Grenada. We stayed in a butler suite at Sandals La Source and loved our butlers, Don and Kervin. They knew Kara’s love for Diet Coke and made sure there was a mini-cooler at our beach chairs stocked with them (and anything else we wanted). We made friends with the locals that drove the boats, took the photos, and were on the entertainment team at the resort. We were lucky to be in Grenada for their annual Carnivale which is a massive celebration with parade, paint, music, and colorful costumes. We took a boat over to the celebration, saw jab-jab bands singing and dancing in the streets, and celebrated. Grenada is a spice island known for nutmeg and we spent a day touring the island and buying spices and nutmeg products and their open-air market. Grenada is beautiful and full of the friendliest and most welcoming people and we will absolutely be going back for anniversaries to come!
Favors & Gifts
Bridals by Lori
Rad Wagon Entertainment
Rentals & Decor