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Bride and groom running through tunnel of guests

Avery & Ben

Silhouette: Sheath

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Date: March 3, 2018

Photographer: Emily Battles

Wedding theme: Romantic traditional

Bride walking surrounded by bridesmaids and bouquets

Full circle:

Our first date was at the Atlanta Hawks’ first Tinder Night. When we came back the next year as a couple, the Hawks’ CEO offered to host our wedding at the arena if we ever got married! We couldn’t pass up his offer.

Who picked out the engagement ring?

Funny story: I liked one and apparently, Ben bought it. Then I changed my mind, and because I didn’t know, he returned the first one and got me the new one I wanted.

Groom picking up bride and kissing

Tell us about your dress and your party’s look!

My dress was a vintage lace Melissa Sweet gown with long sleeves, which I wore with lace shoes, a long veil, and my cross necklace. And I had 11 bridesmaids! I liked the look of different colors and styles, so my maid of honor wore gold sequins and the rest wore two other dresses in neutral shades.

Bride walking and holding flower girl's hand
Laydown image of handkerchief, shoes, pearls, bouquet and garter

Down-the-aisle song:

“I Get to Love You” by Ruelle. It’s a beautiful song and Ben and I both love it so much.

What was it like to get married at Philips Arena?

Even though it fits 15,000 people, we made it feel so intimate through lighting and decor. My florist made a beautiful backdrop with greenery, and I used a lace aisle runner to match my dress.

Bride and groom with daughter and father

What advice would you share with other brides?

Get help! Don’t try to do everything on your own. And try to enjoy all of it—you’ll be married before you know it.

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