Austin and Eric’s wedding at the Duke Mansion was perfectly suited to the majestic setting of the historic venue.
And the cooler, less-humid May weather was ideal for the outdoor ceremony.
Austin’s amazing Anna Maier-Ulla-Maija dress was a stunner. She said she had met the designer, Charles Bunstine, at the Atlanta shop where she bought the dress. He made this ‘type’ of dress in a few different silhouettes/colors/trains/shapes. “I ended up making my own combination dress from 3 different Anne Maier collection gowns,” Austin said.
She said the designer “seemed a little skeptical of my choices, as he had never seen someone “design their own dress out of his dresses” but ended up loving the final gown!”
Obviously design skills run in the family as Austin’s mother, Denise, made an incredible arrangement behind the altar and the 16 cylindrical vases that lined the ceremony aisle.
“Each white flower took her about 50 minutes,” Austin said of the large arrangement. “They had a weighted aluminum pellet at the bottom which was followed by petals of various sizes, strung on by a needle and thread.” She said it was totally made by white crepe paper and Blowing Rock twigs from their mountain house. “She said the whole thing cost $10!”
As always, great work by Gina Bailey and the staff at the Duke Mansion. Also the talented Jay Anthony of In Bloom, ltd collaborated well with Denise adding beautiful floral arrangements and Dan De La Portilla drove them off in style in a vintage Rolls. Company photographer Laura Mueller did an excellent job as always.
Congratulations to Austin, Eric and their families!