As Beth and I look back on last weekend’s wedding celebration, we thank you for making the sacrifice of time and money to bear witness to one of the most important moments in our lives.
And our deepest appreciation to Tony and Shari Perry, whose unconditional support, encouragement, and assistance allowed us to craft a weekend that reflected our relationship in detail and dimension.
To my mother, Jean Bennett, whose super-human courage and compassionate heart inspires us all. She assumed responsibilities beyond comprehension during the planning process — choosing a dress with Beth in New Jersey; traveling to Virginia to learn how to bustle it; hand-tying 150 programs and 150 favor boxes the week of the wedding … all while her first granddaughter was coming into the world. And to my father, Gary Bennett Sr., whose quiet strength, advocacy, advice, and backing make it all possible.
To my brother, Gary Jr., for caring enough to type and send his toast for my parents to read — even as his wife, Leah, was about to give birth to their first child.
To Ernest Johnson, Mike Engel, Justin Vero, and Joe Carlos for capturing our day in vivid detail.
To our bridesmaids, groomsmen and ceremony readers, whose friendship we treasure. We are indebted. And an extra thanks to Beth’s maid of honor, Tiffany Miller, for opening her home to us during our countless planning visits to Atlanta.
To the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., who honored us by officiating our ceremony, and Pastor Shaun King, who offered the thoughtful and Spirit-filled blessing at the reception. Both altered their busy schedules to join us, and we are eternally grateful for their consideration and kindness.
And to our intrepid team of vendors, many of whom we now count as friends:
Wedding Coordination: Eliana Baucicault of Elly B Events
Venue: Robin DeFoe of The Atlanta History Center
Flowers: Nina Goodrum of Bella Blooms
Catering: Sharon Moskowitz of Bold American Catering
Welcome Dinner Catering: Shelby McMichael of Dennis Dean Catering
Cake: La’Meeka Edwards of Cakes By La’Meeka
Photography: Danielle Wehunt-Millwood of Ella Rue Photography
Videography: Suzanne and Jeremy Doublestein of Three Ring Media
Ceremony Musicians: Celebration String Quartet
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Fermin Spanish Guitar
Lights & Sound: Jackie Leiby of Magnum Companies
Chairs & Tables: Amy Nichols of We Rent Atlanta
Hair: Elan Carmichael of Beauty by Elan
Make-Up: Nicole Martin of Martin Management
Linens: Mary Hernandez of Connie Duglin Specialty Linen
Transportation: Jerry Moore of Georgia Trolley Services
Hotels: Ellide Smith of the St. Regis Atlanta and Freny Jokhi of The Wingate By Wyndham
Alterations (Beth’s Dress): Mrs. Kim of Arlington, Virginia
Tailoring (Geoff’s Tux): Mr. Kim of Arlington, Virginia
Blessings to you all!