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How Sweet It Is

 A fateful afternoon on the river turned into forever for this classically Southern pair.

 It was love at first sight for Margaret when she spotted her Le Spose di Giò gown at Joan Pillow Bridal, who also made her custom lace bolero for the ceremony.

For her something borrowed, the bride incorporated an antique pin worn by her grandmother at her own wedding in the bouquet.


 The groom’s ring was engraved with the couple’s wedding date.

 Faith Flowers centerpieces were designed to capture the essence of spring in Atlanta.

An elegant paper suite was designed by Marguerite Peele Fine Stationery and designer Brent Ellis Fraim of Dear Elouise. 

Cherokee’s pastry chef crafted a buttermilk pound cake with Grand Marnier buttercream icing, accented by fresh flowers. 

After Margaret Mansfield returned from a year abroad the summer before her senior year at University of Virginia, there was one thing she had left to do: be introduced to a friend of her best friend’s boyfriend. “She kept telling me all summer how we would get along and had a similar sense of humor,” recalls Margaret, who finally met the friend—John Ale—during a tubing trip down the James River that fall. What started as a float down the river, feet hooked in each other’s tubes, turned into both of them floating on air when John proposed about six years later.

With the help of Kate and Campbell Creative Weddings & Events, the bride (who works in real estate development and construction for Peachtree Construction Company) and groom (who is vice president at Noro-Moseley Partners), planned the perfect affair to capture the essence of springtime in Atlanta. Flowering cherry branches, dogwoods, and green and white florals by Faith Flowers set the tone. Leading up to the big day, the pair took dance lessons to learn a choreographed Marvin Gaye number for their first dance, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Before the reception dinner, held at Cherokee Town Club, the newlyweds got the chance to take a private spin on the dance floor while guests were at cocktail hour. “It certainly helped calm our nerves!” remembers Margaret.

While the bride had planned to change into a short, beaded white dress for the reception, she ended up saving it for the afterparty, staying in her strapless Le Spose di Giò gown from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon. The happy couple bid farewell to the reception in style, rolling out in a vintage white Rolls-Royce before rejoining friends at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead for an impromptu late-night celebration.



Ceremony Trinity Presbyterian Church
Reception Cherokee Town Club
Wedding Planner Kate and Campbell Creative Weddings & Events
Bride’s Gown Le Spose di Giò, Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
Bride’s Hair & Makeup The Moore Agency
Groom’s Tux Jos. A. Bank 
Rings Pickens, Inc. Jewelers
Florals Faith Flowers
Catering & Cake Cherokee Town Club
Invitations Marguerite Peele Fine Stationery, 404.352.8158; Brent Ellis Fraim, Dear Elouise
Linens I Do Linens
Photographer & VideographerPeacock Photo Video