Weddings

Josh and Bridget’s Beautiful Spring Wedding at The Solarium

Bridget and Josh tie the knot on a beautiful spring day at the Solarium in Decatur. April 8, 2017. © 2017 Ashton Songer Photography, all rights reserved. www.ashtonsonger.com

After torrential downpour and crazy storms last week, Saturday was the perfect spring day for Josh and Bridget’s wedding at the Solarium in Decatur. It was one of those dreamy days that were just meant for all kinds of goodness. Sunlight dripped through the trees surrounding the ceremony space, dappling everything it touched. It poured through the myriad windows of the Solarium, lighting up every nook and cranny decorated with florals of spring greens and dainty lavender-colored tulips.

Josh and Bridget were very intentional with their details, saying “no” to standard traditions and “yes” to only the things that were of utmost importance to them. Best of all, they hosted one heck of a celebration surrounded by their families and closest friends. Their ceremony was the sweetest and most tender of all ceremonies and included this beautiful poem read by a friend:

Mouthful of Forevers

I am not the first person you loved.
You are not the first person I looked at
with a mouthful of forevers. We
have both known loss like the sharp edges
of a knife. We have both lived with lips
more scar tissue than skin. Our love came
unannounced in the middle of the night.
Our love came when we’d given up
on asking love to come. I think
that has to be part
of its miracle.

This is how we heal.
I will kiss you like forgiveness. You
will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms
will bandage and we will press promises
between us like flowers in a book.
I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat
on your skin. I will write novels to the scar
of your nose. I will write a dictionary
of all the words I have used trying
to describe the way it feels to have finally,
finally found you.

And I will not be afraid
of your scars.

I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.

—by Clementine von Radics

And one of my favorite moments of the whole day ocurred during their vows. I’ve heard vows a million times over, but I’ve never witnessed the depth of emotion that Bridget expressed during theirs. It was incredibly moving and an absolutely beautiful expression of their love for one another, sealed. Thanks for sharing your day with me, Josh and Bridget!

Enjoy!

P.S. The guest shoe game was ON POINT. And don’t forget to relive their wintry engagement session at Old Fourth Ward Park!

VENDORS:

Venue: The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite

Hair & Makeup: Sweetgrass Salon

Dessert: King of Pops and Little Tart Bakeshop

Catering: Candler Park Market

DJ: Dookie Platters/Scott Morris

Day-of Coordinator: Mariah Caitlin Events

Shoes: Nine West

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