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A Fairytale Atlanta Wedding at The Carlyle

Before we dive into this fabulous Atlanta wedding, let’s revisit the origin story of the Teleps. Laura Beth Ellis and Matthew Telep met in 2016 at the popular Smith Point bar in Washington, DC. Laura Beth’s best friend and roommate Carly was dating Matt’s best friend and roommate Ian. “As one of the single roommates, I was always willing to go out and hang out with new friends,” says Laura Beth. “One night, when Carly invited me to a bar with Ian and his friends, I went!”

Wedding reception prepared by Laura Beth and Matt

An epic wedding took place on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at The Carlyle in Atlanta, GA. Let’s relive how Laura Beth and Matt got here.

Boy was Laura Beth glad she made that life changing call. She met Matt on the dance floor after using an all-you-can-drink tab at the bar for a friend’s birthday. “I never thought that this stranger I met in a bar would become my husband,” says Laura Beth. “Matt and I didn’t start dating until about six months after we met. He moved into our neighborhood so there was no going back from him after that!” says Laura Beth.

Laura Beth and Matt Tel

Fun fact: Laura Beth first tried asking Matt out. But instead of the two going to the movies together, Matt invited all of his roommates over as well. “We still laugh about it,” she says. “He made it up to me by asking me to be his girlfriend at my 26th birthday party.”

Laura Beth and Matt’s engagement story is also one for the books. Christmas Eve is Laura Beth’s favorite day of the year, so Matt set out to plan something special at her home in Atlanta, GA – they’ve only lived there a few months. “He found out that my parents lived in our apartment building and got engaged!” says Laura Beth. “So he planned to propose on a bridge at Bobby Jones Golf Course, where my parents got engaged more than 30 years ago!”

It snowed that night, and Laura Beth was upset when Matt proposed to her stroll to a mysterious Christmas party. With their hair in ruins and their anger simmering, they finally reached the bridge, and Matt was on one knee. Laura Beth’s entire family came out of hiding. “My older brother completely disguised himself and hid in a tree to take pictures!” Laura Beth recalls. “We celebrated that night, continuing our Christmas Eve tradition of church and dinner. [2020] was the perfect Christmas Eve and the perfect Christmas.”

Laura Beth and Matt Wedding Invitations from Simple Put

“I was ready to marry Matt as soon as he proposed to him, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Laura Beth says of their 14-month engagement. Simply Put has started work on this stunning stationery suite.

When they landed at a wedding in her hometown of Atlanta, Laura Beth tapped into the same wedding planner, Yvonne Spiotta, that her older brother had used just four months earlier. She wanted a venue that she could make her own—something that wasn’t already defined by a specific look or vibe. Yvonne pitched The Carlyle, a newer venue that opened in March 2020. “It’s a contemporary space that we can design, decorate and make anything we want,” said Laura Beth.

The entrance to a stunning reception at The Carlyle

“[The Carlyle] was the perfect destination in town!” says Laura Beth. They divided the space into three large rooms, a middle bar and a small outer courtyard.

A wedding ceremony at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

“My biggest wish for my wedding was to be married where my parents were married: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church,” says Laura Beth. And we can certainly see why.

For the look of the evening, Lara Beth turned to the professionals. “Flowers, decorations, etc. are not my forte,” she admits. “Thank goodness I had the entire team from my mother Yvonne and florist/decorator Britt Wood to bring our vision to life.” They went into it without a theme, but wanted to ensure the early March wedding favored spring vibes over winter vibes .

A detail shot of a huge white and purple floral arrangement

Purple played a whimsical, elegant role in the floral design.

“My favorite colors are green and blue. That was really the only direction I gave the team,” says Laura Beth. “Britt has such an amazing eye for what looks best in a room. He transformed The Carlyle into a magical forest with beautiful flowers, lanterns and lots of greenery hanging from the beams. He even created a photo wall of flowers and ivy.” Matt’s only request was for yellow forsythia to appear somewhere in the venue. “Britt has put the largest display of forsythia we have ever seen on the main bar in the buffet room. It was amazing,” adds Laura Beth.

The beautiful table at The Carlyle in Atlanta

Checkered tablecloths, a sea of ​​table candles and hanging lanterns create a scene from an enchanted fairy tale.

On Mother’s Day weekend 2021, Laura Beth asked her mother, aunt and future mother-in-law to join her in the dress search. She started the day with only two reservations and an open mind. “I loved my experience at Bridals by Lori because I feel like I tried on every style just because I could! Some of them made us laugh so much, others made us feel really good. By the end of my appointment, I loved three different pieces from three different dresses,” says Laura Beth.

After lunch and a few cocktails, they headed to Britt Wood Designs (yes, the same Britt that made her flowers!). “I’ve also tried many different styles with him but still haven’t found exactly what I was looking for,” says Laura Beth. “Britt asked me, ‘If you could design your own dress, what would you do?’ I have described all my favorite parts of the three different dresses. He wrote everything down and said, ‘I will sew your dress for you.’ I looked pleadingly at my mother and she nodded.”

Mother holds bridal procession

It looks like mom was just as happy with this final product as her daughter!

Bridal portrait in front of an ivy wall.

Britt Wood designed a dream wedding dress that combined all the elements Laura Beth loved.

The bride with a bouquet of white and purple flowers

Looser and more asymmetrical bouquets are in, and we’re here for that!

Once the dress and RSVP cards arrived, it was wedding weekend. “I was too nervous to write my own vows, so I wrote him a letter on the wedding day instead,” says Laura Beth. After the exchange of traditional vows, a smiling crowd of more than 300 left the stately church and made their way to The Carlyle.

The bride with her bridesmaids in blue dresses

Laura Beth chose a dusty blue color from Birdy Gray and let the bridesmaids choose their own style.

They waived a first look, and Laura Beth said, “It was so much fun!” Since there was no pre-ceremony photo session, the bride, groom, their families and best friends posed for photographer Lauren Bowen of Peacock Photo Video while guests enjoyed a cocktail hour to get the party started.

Crab cakes on a plate

Passed appetizers included empanadas, crab cakes, and spring rolls to name a few.

Matt’s signature cocktail was a standard tequila soda, and Laura Beth’s was a Bramble. “It was my favorite cocktail when I was studying at Washington & Lee in London,” she tells us. “[It’s] the perfect spring cocktail combining dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, crème de mûre and crushed ice.”

Bride and father dance first

Laura Beth and Matt’s first dance was “Loving You Easy” by the Zac Brown Band. She danced with her dad to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September,” and Bob Segar’s “Night Moves” ended the night.

A wedding party in The Carlyle dining room with people eating.

During dinner the room took on a magical aura.

For dinner, guests enjoyed several delicious buffets in a large room. There was a beef carving station, a seafood tower, a pasta station, and a taco station. After the first dances and the cutting of the cake, everyone was invited to go into the dining room and sit somewhere to create a communal, lively environment.

The bride and groom enter the dance floor.

The Evolution Party Band kept the dance floor buzzing all night with the new Teleps taking center stage.

Andrea and Chris leave their reception by sparklers.

Matt wanted an old-fashioned car to give her a lift, but her driver got COVID. Instead, a black van full of leftover food and to-go drinks picked her up. They took a short tour of Atlanta before arriving at their hotel for the night.

“I was very fortunate to take a five-week work sabbatical on our honeymoon,” says Laura Beth. They started out on Sugar Beach in St. Lucia for a week, then repacked in Atlanta and headed to Beaver Creek to go skiing with the family. Finally, they explored Yosemite for four days of hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. We’re sure that after more than a month of celebrations, Laura Beth and Matt were excited to return to Atlanta – this time with some new rings and lots of new memories.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Laura Beth and Matt! And thanks to Lauren Bowen from Peacock Photo and Video for the fabulous photos.

RESOURCES

Ceremony: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Reception: The Carlyle
Planner: Yvonne Spiotta
Day coordinator: Yvonne Spiotta
Photographer: Peacock Photo Video
Flowers: Britt Wood Designs
Stationery: Put simply
Hair and make-up: Page and Milly
Wedding Dress: Britt Wood Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Groom’s and best man’s attire: choice of tuxedo
Meals: The Carlyle
Cake: Anne Sineath
Entertainment: Evolution party band
Rental: Britt Wood Designs
Glassware: The Carlyle
Linen: table linen and curtains

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Zoe Yarborough
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Zoe Yarborough

Zoe is a StyleBlueprint writer, native of Charlotte, Washington & Lee graduate, and nine-year transplant from Nashville. She teaches Pilates, helps manage recording artists, and enjoys “researching” Germantown’s food scene.

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