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Michelle & Skyler // Upstairs Atlanta Wedding

Upstairs Atlanta Wedding // Michelle & Skyler

Michelle & Skyler’s wedding at Upstairs Atlanta was chock full of color and life and a rad as hell party. They brought an incredible topical vibe to the blank space at Upstairs Atlanta, bringing their personality to such a unique venue. One of the things I love most about Michelle & Skyler’s wedding day is that it was simple. They chose to let their florals make the biggest impact – and it worked SO well for their wedding. I’m stoked for you to see all of this incredible wedding day in Atlanta!

bride and spouse smile together inside Upstairs Atlanta Getting Ready

Before their celebration, Michelle got ready with their best friend and mom. They were gathered in a gorgeous black and white room. Michelle & Skyler chose to have no wedding party, which was really special, so they simply chose to have the people that mean most to them with them throughout the morning. Michelle & Skyler’s outfits were one of my favorite things about their day. Skyler’s dark turquoise suit, dark boots, turquoise shirt, and crossover tie & Michelle’s pearls, textured lace dress, and ribbon-tie pointed shoes. They both brought so much personality to their outfits for the day of the wedding – and I LOVED the fun pop of color that Skyler’s tux brought to all of their portraits.

tropical wedding bouquet of bright coral flowers and monstera leaves gold wedding bands rest under tropical flowers bride prepares for wedding morning in black and white suite at Upstairs Atlanta mother helps bride with jewelry on wedding day bride's custom white shoes with white bows First Look at Upstairs Atlanta

We found a beautiful spot outside Upstairs Atlanta for Michelle & Skyler’s first look. I’ve never photographed at this venue before now, but I always make sure to scope out the best spots for moments like this. We weren’t sure how much time we’d have with the ceremony (and then reception) space, so I kept my eyes out for a neutral space that would work well for their first look. This space definitely delivered! As Michelle & Skyler had their first look, I really had a chance to check out of all of the little details of their looks. Like the fact that Skyler had a tiny pineapple in their boutonnière! It was adorable. After their first look, Michelle & Skyler headed back inside for a little privacy and to check out all of the incredible work their planner and florist had been putting together. Michelle’s friend was actually their wedding planner and she was amazing all day long – keeping us moving and on schedule for this beautiful celebration.

newlyweds laugh together in courtyard at Upstairs Atlanta marriers sit on leather couch holding topical flowers Tropical Wedding Ceremony

For their ceremony, the decor was full of deep pinks, reds, turquoise, and green with tiny pineapples and palms and monstera everywhere – and there was even a gorgeous arch behind them for their ceremony. Upstairs Atlanta is a pretty neutral, white space, so all of the deep tropical colors and greens of their florals really popped even more than normal in a space like this. As their guests filtered in, I began to realize that Michelle & Skyler are surrounded by incredible, artistic people. It was fun to watch them arrive and see the looks they chose for the big day! When it was time for the ceremony, Skyler walked in before a sweet “bubble” girl. All day long, she had fun using an enormous pink bubble gun! It was SO fun. She was obsessed the whole day but it was so worth it. Michelle & Skyler had a lovely ceremony that included lots of emotional moments. There was definitely a ton of tear wiping with their handkerchief {everyone should have one!}.

menu rests on large tropical leave at Upstairs Atlanta

flower girl uses bubble machine by window inside Upstairs Atlanta

bride walks down aisle with father during Upstairs Atlanta wedding ceremony marriers stand by gold arbor with tropical flowers inside Upstairs Atlanta spouse wipes away tear with handkerchief during ceremony inside Upstairs Atlanta Portraits at Upstairs Atlanta

Michelle & Skyler are loved by so many incredible people. They were amazing the day of the wedding – letting me quickly direct and move us through the family portraits and formal portraits. We wanted to get out of Anna {the wedding planner}’s way so they could flip the ceremony space into the reception! I’m always grateful for people who work together to make those transitions possible. Michelle & Skyler truly had the best vendor team, for the record.

spouse in teal suit kisses bride's forehead outside Upstairs Atlanta newlyweds hug on lawn at Upstairs Atlanta marriers smile together outside Upstairs Atlanta at sunset Cocktail Hour & Wedding Reception

As the vendors worked to flip the room, Michelle & Skyler and their guests were able to explore more of Upstairs Atlanta. The venue has some really cool spaces that allow people to get some air and space during their parties. All of their guests were able to take a breather and have time before the reception began. Michelle & Skyler even had a giant charcuterie spread for their cocktail hour! When Anna was done flipping the space, it was time for the reception. Michelle & Skyler had the most beautiful centerpieces throughout the space {I even got to take one home and STILL love it!}. Behind their sweetheart table, Michelle & Skyler had a custom neon sign – and you know I’m a sucker for neon! They also had pink and white rock candy at each place setting. It was just a lovely little touch.

During the reception, one of my favorite moments of their wedding day happened. Michelle was dancing with their dad and had issues with the train on their dress. Skyler ran out to the dance floor and swooped up the train. It was so special and just a way to see how Michelle & Skyler really care and serve each other. The reception was truly a wild party, with Skyler changing into shorts {but keeping the jacket and boots: stunning} and Michelle changing into a dancing dress. I highly recommend a second outfit if it feels right for you, even if it’s just a small change for your comfort!

spouse helps bride with shoe on patio at Upstairs Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta with bright pink and green centerpieces guests walk through Upstairs Atlanta during cocktail hour newlyweds dance during wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta spouse leans into bride's forehead dancing during reception bride dances with father while spouse helps with train of dress marriers eat wedding cake at Upstairs Atlanta spouse gives speech during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta bride dances with guests during Atlanta wedding reception guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta spouse and guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta guests dance during Atlanta wedding reception at Upstairs Atlanta newlyweds kiss during bubble exit from wedding at Upstairs Atlanta This day was such a blast and it felt so, so right for these two. Congratulations again, Michelle & Skyler!

Atlanta Wedding Vendors

Planner & Florist: Sweet Grass Weddings
Venue: Upstairs Atlanta
Caterer: Boards and Platters, The Mad Greek, and Tacos &Tequila
Bakery: Publix, Fresh Market, and Dulce Vegan
Entertainment: FaeDead
Beauty: Courtney Musick Beauty
Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston
Suit: Studio Suits
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Officiant: Dani Heard

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day, specializing in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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