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Leah & Richard

This notable pair embraced Atlanta landmarks, earthy yet elegant decor, and family for their big day.

The happy couple

On their first real date, Richard Davis, an assistant vice president of sales for National Distributing Company, knew attorney Leah Greenberg was “the one.”

Introduced by his first cousin, the bride was living in New York at the time, and when Davis visited for business, the two met for a drink. A few years later during the fall of 2012, Davis surprised Greenberg by having her parents come to Atlanta from out of town the night they were engaged. Dinner at Aria that evening found both of their parents waiting for them to share in the joyous celebration. Soon after the engagement, the planning process began.

“Because we were having our ceremony and reception at a hotel, we wanted to do something different for the rehearsal dinner,” Greenberg explained. The historic and gracious East Lake Golf Club fit the bill perfectly. Davis’s father, Jay, owner of National Distributing Company, served as master of ceremonies for the event, where wedding coordinator Christina Zubowicz of Magnolia Events & Planning created a feel of rustic elegance that complemented the classic elements of the clubhouse. The evening’s fare, described by the bride as “modern-style Southern,” began with passed appetizers, including pigs in a blanket and smoked salmon on cucumber. Dinner featured smoked brisket, duck, baked salmon, potato salad, slaw, mashed potatoes and grits. Guests also enjoyed challah and biscuits. For a fun twist on dessert, mini cupcakes, fruit tarts and cookies delighted guests of all ages. In keeping with the golf-club theme, a signature East Lake golf hat with the monogrammed wedding date was gifted.

For the ceremony and reception, Greenberg and Davis chose the luxurious The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The Ritz had fittingly recently redone their ballroom, featuring gorgeous chandeliers and other opulent details, which helped bring the couple’s vision for their elegant black-tie wedding to life. “We wanted the chuppah to be dramatic without being over-the-top, and Marie-Laure Coste Dujols of Le Jardin Francais helped us create the perfect look with white drapery and lighting,” Greenberg shared. Candles and flower petals lining the aisle also created intimate ambience. In a special personalized touch, the couple wrote notes on their escort cards to each guest, expressing how much each person meant to them.

Post-ceremony, pink Champagne at every seat made for a beautiful arrival at the chic guest tables. The extended cocktail hour featured hors d’oeuvres, including sliders and sushi, to keep the guests satisfied and ready to dance to High Cotton Orchestra once they hit the reception. The bride found culinary inspiration via the Internet, adding, “The Ritz was really wonderful about trying things I found on Pinterest, like mini-meatballs for example.”

As for the groom’s favorite moment of the ceremony, it’s no surprise it was all about his bride: “The moment they opened up the doors and Leah’s parents were escorting her down the aisle. She just looked so beautiful and happy.”