Emily Walker, 28, Clinical Dietitian, Decatur GA
Torsten Schreiber, 28, Strategic Portfolio Manager, Decatur GA
We met in Atlanta, GA on New Year’s Eve! At the time, neither of us were living in Atlanta. I lived in Washington DC and Torsten lived in Charlotte, NC. We were both with friends, and we both showed up at the bar too late to be inside for New Year’s Eve, so we celebrated in line in an alleyway. Eventually, his friends introduced us, and we hit it off! We exchanged phone numbers, and a few months later Torsten drove up to DC for a weekend (our “first date”). We dated long distance for about 2 years before I moved down to Charlotte.
We both immediately noticed how tall the other one was!
We went on a vacation with my family about 9 months after we had first met to Oregon. After our first evening there, which was spent having dinner with my parents and aunt and uncle, we said I love you!
After I graduated from my Masters in Nutrition program, we planned a trip to Paris! I had a suspicion he might propose on the trip, but as the week went on, I convinced myself it wasn’t going to happen. Torsten had planned to propose in Monet’s garden at Giverny, but it was so filled with tourists, it just wasn’t the moment. That night, we went to an incredible dinner that lasted well past midnight, and on our walk back to our Air BnB on the Seine, he pulled me over to the side of the river, dropped down on one knee and proposed!
Our goal was to have our wedding feel like an intimate dinner party with our closest friends and family. The food and drinks were very important to us. We had a family style dinner with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, skillet cornbread, dilly beans, turnips, collard greens and more. Torsten and I didn’t do toasts or dancing (except for first dances!) as they just aren’t our style. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and to be able to spend quality time with all of our guests.
Peach, dusty blue, forest green and grey.
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Revival, a James Beard award winning southern food restaurant in Decatur, GA. The restaurant is decorated with all sorts of family heirlooms and was already so beautiful, we didn’t need to do much! I tried to incorporate lots of photos of us as a couple, and each table had baby pictures of the two of us for guests to look at. Torsten made a corn hole set and painted it in wedding colors for the reception, which was lots of fun!
It’s a tie! The first look was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was so anxious beforehand, and the second I saw Torsten and hugged him, everything was right in the world again. It was so special and intimate – we’ll never forget it!
My other favorite moment was at the end of the night, when all of the guests were in the beer garden behind the restaurant, sitting under twinkle lights on picnic tables, just chatting. Seeing all of the people we love most in the world meeting and relaxing was such a treat. It was also wonderful to have a calm moment on such a crazy day.
The cake! Tasting cake and frosting flavors and choosing the design of the cake was hands down the best part of wedding planning.
Ceremony Site: Revival, Decatur, GA
Reception Site: Revival, Decatur, GA
Stationery: Unica Forma
Photographer: Elli McGuire
Consultant: We had a day-of wedding coordinator – Peachy Keen
Flowers: Candler Park Flowers
Hair: Erin Ryser
Make-Up: Erin Ryser
Engagement & Wedding Rings: Blue Nile
Jewelry: I wore my grandmother’s star sapphire ring as my “something old” and my “something borrowed” – otherwise I didn’t wear any jewelry.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom and Lulus
Menswear: They picked out their own navy suits and floral ties
Rentals: Chairs from Sweet Seats
Catering: The restaurant provided all food
Cake: Ginger Spice Bakery
Music/DJ: Spotify playlists!
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