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Home is Where the Heart Is
By Kelsie Allen Barton | Photo: Studio Purdy | December 9, 2016
Romantic touches make for a highly luxurious yet deeply personalized affair for this reality TV star and her investment-banker beau.
It wasn’t until three days before their wedding that Harvin Eadon and Curtis Whitaker officially got engaged. The pair, who met through a mutual friend, had agreed to tie the knot but never shopped for rings together. “I knew he would give me a ring, I just did not know when,” says Harvin, a star on the Style Network’s Big Rich Atlanta and owner of jewelry and clothing line She Blames Me. Little did she know, Curtis, an investment banker, had spent nearly eight months creating the perfect ring with Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry and decided to surprise her by proposing with the stunning sparkler during a pre-wedding photo shoot. “It was most definitely well worth the wait!” she exclaims.
The couple’s North Buckhead home was the backdrop for that romantic moment, as well as their ceremony a few days later, which was filled with thoughtfully planned details. From selecting hymns they had grown up singing to hiring a live artist to capture the picturesque setting—doubling as entertainment for guests and as a special painting to later display in their house—every decision seemed to reflect the bride and groom’s story. Amadeus Strings Ensemble played and Divine Music Choir sang as Harvin floated down the aisle in her billowing Galia Lahav gown with a custom long-sleeved overlay by Rodica Lazarian using Oscar de la Renta lace. Bridesmaids wore classic floor-length black dresses by Jovani and clutched bouquets in the softest palette of blush pink and ivory by Unique Floral Expressions, further elevating the elegant scene.
Following the ceremony, guests headed to Cherokee Town and Club for a nonstop party that kicked off with the shag- and swing-loving couple’s memorable first dance, which they prepared for by taking private lessons with professional choreographer Khalil Johnson. Decor was chic and sophisticated with gold vases and flickering candlelight, punctuated by bright-pink flowers in the centerpieces and cake. Again, there was no shortage of personalized touches—instead of using their monogram, for instance, Harvin and Curtis opted to have lyrics from a favorite George Strait song inscribed on the cocktail napkins: “Drink up this love, and give it all we got tonight.”
For the newlyweds, their fairy-tale day ended in the same spot where it began—back at home, where Curtis loosened his tie, Harvin pulled on Ugg boots under her gown, and they sat on the front steps sipping Champagne, enjoying a picnic meal and recapping the day’s events. The couple continued the celebration with a glamorous honeymoon in the Swiss Alps, where they skied and dined to their heart’s content while taking in the jaw-dropping mountain views.
Ceremony Couple’s home in North Buckhead
Reception Cherokee Town & Country Club
Wedding Planner Ceremony: Lisanne McDearman, Watermark Weddings; reception: Allison Schultz, Cherokee Town & Country
Bridal Gown Dress: Galia Lahav, Bridal Reflections; lace overlay, RL Couture Bridal Design
Hair Styling: Samantha Gunn, Gunn Glamour; color and extensions: Staci Leavitt, Topaz Salon
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Jovani, Bravura
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire Men’s Wearhouse
Rings Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
Invitations Paces Papers
Calligraphy Diane Rember, Calligraphy Expressions
Floral Design Julie Coffin, Unique Floral Expressions
Catering & Cake Cherokee Town & Country
Music Ceremony: Amadeus Strings Ensemble and Divine Music Choir, KonstantGroove Entertainment; reception: I Love This Band, EastCoast Entertainment