Coleen + Ramsay’s modern love story caught our hearts’ attention when we heard just how beautiful and thought-out every romantic spring wedding detail was. We are so thankful to have gotten to work with such a fun + adorable couple. From flying sandwiches at the proposal to the sentimental handwritten vows at the ceremony, you’re sure to love this couple as much as we do! Today, Coleen shares with us what made the big day so special + dreamy. Thanks to Chrissy Noel Photography for capturing these sweet moments!
Photo:Chrissy Noel Photography
How did you meet your husband?
We met online. Ramsay messaged me and after a few witty back-and-forth emails, we had our first phone call. After deciding neither one of us sounded crazy, Ramsay asked me to dinner and I agreed. However, a few days later I “downgraded” him to a coffee date. I arrived with an exit strategy and told Ramsay I had a prior engagement later that night. As anyone could have predicted, once I arrived and met the charming Ramsay all other “plans” for the evening were cancelled. Ramsay (rightfully so) still gives me a hard time about this to the day.
Tell Us How He Popped the Question:
Four years later, Ramsay once again had plans for me (and I once again almost ruined it). With the help of my friend Margaux, Ramsay arranged a surprise proposal at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Despite Margaux’s urging to go straight to the canopy bridge, I insisted on getting a sandwich (a girl has to eat). As we walked along chatting (and me munching), I noticed a guy standing at the bottom of the bridge holding flowers.
As we got closer I realized that was my guy and turned to Margaux who was filming the whole thing. After I realized what was happening and uttered the infamous phrase, “Now? Really? But I’m eating a sandwich!” I threw my sandwich over the bridge and joined Ramsay at the foot of the bridge. Ramsay told me that almost 4 years before when he and I had been on a tour here that he realized that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He then asked me to be his wife. I of course agreed and then Ramsay surprised me yet again by revealing that our families were there as well. Afterwards, our families joined together for a celebration lunch and the planning for the big day began!
Tell Us About Your Wedding Vision:
What was your wedding date and why did you choose it?
May 14th, 2016. It’s the perfect time in Georgia. The yucky yellow pollen is gone and most years, the weather is perfect.
What was your overall vision for your wedding?
We wanted a relaxed and intimate affair. I wanted very simple flowers. I kept explaining to my mother I wanted it to look like we just gathered wild flowers from the side of the mountain.
What do you feel was the most special component of your wedding?
Writing our own vows and having Ramsay’s sister perform the ceremony. Her beautiful words really captured us as a couple and the spirit of the day.
How involved was your groom in the wedding planning process?
He was lovingly referred to as “Groomzilla” at times. Ramsay was very passionate about the venue, food, and music.
Did you have a wedding theme or color pallet?
For our spring wedding we chose navy blue, with touches of light pinks and purples, and metallics. I let the girls pick out any navy dress they wanted (or already owned). It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t look good in navy!
Tell Us About Your Spring Wedding Day:
How important are the typical wedding traditions?
I wanted to expand on some things and eliminate others. It was important to me that we be introduced pretty much any way other than “Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay Florence.” We also skipped the garter and bouquet toss. It was very important to me to have my mother involved in certain parts. She joined my father in walking me down the aisle. I also added a surprise for her.
After dinner, Ramsay and I thanked everyone for coming and for all their love and support. When I spoke, I thanked my mother for everything she had done for us in regards to helping plan and creating this beautiful day. To top it off, at the end I handed her a pair of sunglasses and we had a special Daughter-Mother dance to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock N Roll.” It’s one of my mother’s favorite songs and it was a great way to kick off the dance party!
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
My mother found Tatum Acres and when we went for a site visit, the view sold me. It was absolutely breathtaking. All the services and items included in the package is what sealed the deal. We were extremely lucky to have chosen Tatum Acres as our venue. We knew we were going to have a beautiful spring wedding from day one. The staff was extremely supportive and always to answer questions and solve problems. We couldn’t have found a more perfect place if we tried.