A Modern Urban Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia

When searching for a wedding venue, Angela Hilliard (47 and a chief strategy officer at an education nonprofit) and Nicholas Harrell (55 and an instit

When searching for a wedding venue, Angela Hilliard (47 and a chief strategy officer at an education nonprofit) and Nicholas Harrell (55 and an institutional investment manager) thought of one of their favorite hangout spots: Bar Margot at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple exchanged vows on the posh hotel’s rooftop with the city skyline as their backdrop, then celebrated with a glamorous ballroom reception and after-party at Bar Margot. “Nick and I are city dwellers,” Angela says. “We love Atlanta city life, and we wanted a venue that highlighted the beautiful skyline and energy of midtown Atlanta.” Angela and Nicholas decked out their venue in lavish flower arrangements, crystal, an abundance of candles and a palette of ivory, charcoal, navy and plum. The couple’s traditional Christian ceremony incorporated Scripture readings, a sand ceremony and a jazz trio and vocalist. Angela’s cousin, an ordained minister, officiated the ceremony. Her father escorted her down the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic,” and the newlyweds walked up the aisle to a jazz rendition of “Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)” as friends and family tossed rose petals. During cocktail hour, the couple served two signature drinks: an old-fashioned for her and a dirty martini for him. “Nick and I are all about the food, so we wanted to serve a menu that was representative of Atlanta’s food scene—good food and great fun,” Angela says. Dinner included a series of food stations, such as beef and chicken sliders with truffle fries; grits with shrimp, short ribs, and duck confit; herb-crusted tenderloin and roasted root vegetables; and a salad station. After dinner and dancing, the couple made their grand exit down the hotel’s formal staircase as guests blew bubbles. The newlyweds capped their celebration with an after-party at Bar Margot. —Marissa Hermanson

Since Angela’s and Nicholas’s last names start with an H, their stationery incorporated two interlocking Hs. “This design appeared on all the stationery,  including a custom die-cut band for the invitations, the photo frames for the photo booth and the cake topper, and it was also produced as a silver monogram for the dance floor.
On her wedding day, Angela donned a Matthew Christopher Couture strapless silk Mikado gown with a tiered organza chapel-length train. “It was love at first sight,” Angela says. She paired her glamorous gown with a cathedral-length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals and shoes by Rene Caovilla.
Angela’s sister was her maid of honor, and she donned a navy one-shoulder gown by La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni. She paired it with ombre navy Jimmy Choos.
Angela’s bridal bouquet of white roses was accented by deep purple calla lilies.
Dramatic floral arrangements in tall vases were placed at the beginning and end of the aisle, and the bride and groom were married under an arbor draped in ethereal fabric and flowers.
Angela and Nicholas’s traditional Christian ceremony incorporated scripture readings, a sand ceremony and a jazz trio and vocalist. The bride’s cousin, an ordained minister, officiated the ceremony on the patio of the Four Seasons, which overlooked downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
Escort cards were embellished with a sleek and contemporary purple font.
Angela’s decorative inspiration for the ballroom reception was “modern romance” with lavish flower arrangements, mirrored tabletops, custom linens, abundant candlelight and luxe tabletop decor.
Tables were topped with arrangements of ivory hydrangeas, roses, orchids and stock, along with an array of romantic candelabras, votives and floating candles.
Table centerpieces included a mix of high and low floral arrangements, such as elaborate petal garlands strung from metal structures.
The newlyweds’ cake took inspiration from Angela’s tiered wedding dress, and was topped with a custom “H.” The couple cut their cake as Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” played in the background.
The newlyweds entered their reception at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, to Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement.”