Chris + Irene’s Joy-Filled Swan House Wedding

Moving into the middle of wedding season, I have to take stock of all the fabulous weddings I’ve been blessed to be a part of lately⏤from traveling adventures to Cancun and Colorado, to the elegant ballroom weddings at Chateau Elan and The Biltmore Ballroom in Atlanta. I  thought I had really seen it all, and then came Chris and Irene.

Chris and Irene wed at the Swan House which is part of the Atlanta History Center. If you’re a native Atlantan, or even a lover of Georgia History, you know that the Swan House is quite the show stopper for Atlanta events. For photographer, a venue like the Swan House is a dream come true. The beauty and history that encase the property are truly magical. Adding a couple like Chris and Irene who have a beautiful history of their own was really the cherry on top!

Chris and Irene met at the Amsterdam International Airport of all places. Chris spotted Irene while she was working on her laptop, and Irene noticed he had a charger that she needed. After some playful banter, Irene also noticed Chris had lovely eyes and was quite the gentleman. After a bit of conversation, Chris saw that besides Irene’s beauty, she had a love for the Lord, something he had prayed for in a partner.

After a solid friendship was formed, at the same spot where they met, Chris promised Irene that he would love and protect her always. A year later, at their hometown airport, Chris dropped down on one knee and asked Irene if she would be his wife. Luckily for him, she said yes!

Getting Ready | Wedding Hair and Makeup | Atlanta History Center Wedding at the Swan House | Wedding photos by Top Atlanta based wedding photographers Leigh and BeccaIrene and her bridal party got ready at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead. The view from 22 floors up was not bad at all!

Atlanta bridal beautyGetting Ready Photos by Atlanta Wedding Photographers Leigh and Becca

Groom portrait at the swan house by luxury wedding photographer Rebecca CerasaniThe Swan House is the perfect setting for the luxury bride. Wedding photography by Atlanta's luxury photographer Rebecca CerasaniOnce these two saw each other, the whole world seemed to just melt away!

Rebecca Cerasani, Atlanta's premier luxury wedding photographer, captures a joyful bride and groom after their first lookSwan House real wedding emotion documented by Rebecca CerasaniAtlanta History Center wedding photography by Rebecca CerasaniNothing but joy from these two following their first look on the Swan House lawn. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani.When asked to describe Irene, Chris replied, “Irene is graceful, caring, faithful and beautiful.”

Capturing candid emotions at the Swan House is something that top photographer Rebecca Cerasani loves to do.When asked to describe Chris, Irene said, “Christopher is my answered prayer. He is my protector and my sunshine.”
Rebecca Cerasani captures genuine emotions at this real wedding at the Atlanta History Center Swan HouseFlower girl dress and hairstyle captured by Swan House photographer Rebecca Cerasani
This bridal party group shot in front of the Swan House was captured by Atlanta based photographer Rebecca Cerasani
Irene was surrounded by love and support all day. It was clear how much she loved and was loved by the women in her life.

Bridesmaid dresses complement the classic beauty of the Swan House. Photo by Rebecca CerasaniDelicate details are brought together in this groom boutonniere captured by Rebecca CerasaniElegance and grace in this Swan House bridal portrait by Atlanta's premier photographer Rebecca Cerasani
Guests arrive at the Swan House for an outdoor wedding celebration. Event captured by Rebecca Cerasani Architectural details. There was something new around every corner.

Beautiful historic architecture surrounds the property of the Swan House. Photograph by Rebecca Cerasani
Wedding program ideas by Atlanta's top destination photographer Rebecca CerasaniParents of the groom start wedding processional. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani Weddings.A beaming groom looks on to see his bride walk down the Swan House steps to meet him. Documented by Rebecca CerasaniBride walking down the aisle of the Swan House. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani An emotional bride led by her mother and brother approaches her groom. Real wedding moment captured by Rebecca Cerasani Bridesmaids look on as their friend and sister gets married at the Swan House. Photo by Atlanta's Premier wedding photographer Rebecca Cerasani Swan House wedding photographer Rebecca Cerasani
Special moments while vowing each other their forevers.

Sweet moments captured during Swan House wedding ceremony by Rebecca Cerasani Rebecca Cerasani captures this joyful Swan House bride and groom as the leave husband and wife. Emotional wedding exit by Atlanta's premier wedding photographer Rebecca Cerasani
All the joy!

Floral and gold reception details at the Swan House. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani
Perfect reception details for their guests to enjoy.

Bride and Groom reception entrance. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani Bride and Groom first dance at the Atlanta History Center. Photo by Rebecca Cerasani. Atlanta History center wedding toast reactions. Real wedding emotion captured by Rebecca Cerasani Atlanta History center wedding toast reactions. Real wedding emotion captured by Rebecca Cerasani
Such fun toasts from Chris and Irene’s loved ones!

Groom winks while being congratulated by wedding guest. Top Atlanta wedding photographer Rebecca Cerasani Rebecca Cerasani captures flower girl celebrates at the Atlanta History Center. Vintage getaway car at the Swan House documented by Atlanta's premier wedding photographer Rebecca Cerasani

From a chance meeting at an airport in another country, to a friendship that blossomed into a forever love. Cheers to forever, you two. Dance the years away with each other and love with the joy you bring to the world!



Baker | Alpine Bakery

Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal

Cake Designer | The Pastry Studio by Alpine Bakery

Caterer | Epting Events

Ceremony Location | Swan House Gardens

DJ |  The TC Sh0w

Bridal Boutique | Bride Beautiful

Event Planner | The Veil Bridal Concierge

Floral Designer | Crafted & Yours Event Design

Groomsmen Attire |  Savvi Formal Wear

Hair Stylist | Janice Altidor

Invitation or Paper Goods Designer | Minted

Make Up Artist |  Alicia Vildor

Officiant | Elder Willie Russell

Signage | Aysza Tannis and Brass & Lace

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