SB note: Recently, Mattie (Smith) and Drew Carney celebrated their one year anniversary as they were married on December 30, 2017. Yes, with that date, wedding memories were made as a new year beckoned. We held off featuring this wedding until this January as we wanted to showcase it during a similar time of year when the air was rich once again with the expectancy that only a new year brings. We know you’ll enjoy this wedding as much as we have!
“The time of year made the weekend unique,” Mattie shares. The couple’s nearest and dearest dressed in their finest garb for the festive affair, which offered a Great Gatsby feel. “It was fun to see guests in furs and sequins,” Mattie continues. “All 370 wedding guests looked stunning!” Nuptials were exchanged and were followed by a festive affair — complete with black-tie attire, balloons, neon signs and champagne towers.
After the ceremony at Scarritt Bennett Wightman Chapel, officiated by Pastor Jim Bachmann, guests made their way to Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Ballroom, where the cocktail area and ballroom were dressed with a gold balloon installation by Vroom Vroom Balloon and white balloon clouds covering the ceiling, a black lacquer bar set in front of emerald green velvet draping, a black-and-white checkered dance floor, a neon sign, beautifully draped fabric and tables set with lemons, greenery, white roses and gold candelabras. Each detail was designed to impress, and everything fit the festive theme and green, gold and ivory color scheme. “The vibe was a mixture of Palm Beach, Positano and the Beverly Hilton — very old world elegant!” Mattie shares.
Mattie donned a long sleeve gown, reminiscent of the wedding dress of Grace Kelly. Touches of silver, nude and blush offered a unique design, and the dress was elegantly paired with a cathedral length veil. Drew matched her elegance in a white dinner jacket. The chapel’s doors opened to reveal the bride, and Highland Cathedral was in full song with bagpipes and organs as Mattie made her way done the aisle to an altar filled with candles and an urn overflowing with green leaves and white orchids. “The music was emotional and moving,” Mattie explains. Vows were exchanged and sealed with a kiss.
At the festive reception, guests were welcomed by a seven-tier champagne tower. After the initial glass of champagne, guests made their way to the bar to sip cocktails from silver mint julep cups and enjoy an Italian meal in honor of the bride and groom’s engagement story.
Drew proposed to Mattie in Positano, Italy, their last destination on a two-week trip through Europe. Inside Positano’s famous Le Sirenuse, with the Italian sea as an unbeatable backdrop, Drew asked Mattie to marry him. At the wedding, the dinner menu was written in Italian with a note from the newlyweds regarding their engagement. The Italian meal featured Caprese salad and short rib and mushroom cheese ravioli followed by an almond wedding cake. The traditional, five-tier almond cake was covered in buttercream icing and white roses. Using a silver cake cutter, Mr. and Mrs. Carney cut into their wedding cake and cheers-ed with crystal coupe champagne glasses.
The evening continued as guests danced to the music of the 12 South Band. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and the bride and her father danced to The Manhattan’s “Shining Star.” Additional memorable moments include a confetti machine that exploded onto the dance floor at the end of the night, the ever-popular “Shout,” which got everyone moving, and a Michael Jackson impression by one of the lead singers that Mattie remembers as being “too close to real”!
As the bride and groom made their exit, the bride wore her third look of the night — her mother’s wedding dress, which had been shortened. The couple ran through sparklers, shared a big kiss and drove off in an old, classic white Bentley, which took them to Sonic, where they enjoyed a burger in the backseat.
Cheers to the newlyweds and starting another year full of love!
- Venue: Scarritt Bennett Wightman Chapel and Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Ballroom
- Photographer: Austin Gros
- Event Planner: HThreeEvents
- Balloons: Vroom Vroom Balloon
- Cake: A WARD Cakes
- Band: 12 South Band
- Florist: Phillipe Chadwick
- Confetti: Atlanta Special FX
- Rentals: Music City Tents and Events
- Bride’s makeup: Sharon Marie Garza
- Bride’s hair: Morgan James
- Calligrapher: Valorie Ward Cole Calligraphy
- Paper: You’re Invited
- Lemon + Monstera Leaf Placemats: Hester & Cook
- Bridesmaids’ dresses: Custom designed by the bride; made by Rosie at Textile Fabrics
- The bride’s looks:
- Wedding dress: Inbal Dror
- Wedding shoes: Silver strappy stilettos by Aquazzura
- Reception dress: Gold brocade fabric with feathers that lined the off the shoulder silhouette by Alice McCall
- Reception shoes: Metallic gold fringe stilettos by Gianvito Rossi
- Exit dress: Mom’s original wedding dress that the bride had altered and cut short.
- Exit shoes: Metallic gold fringe stilettos by Gianvito Rossi
To see more weddings we loved from last year, click here.