“Love, family, dancing and more dancing!” Sounds like Beatriz and T.J. had an amazing wedding, right? Getting down is always a good thing—we all have been to those weddings where the shoes come off, ties get wrapped around heads, the air is electric with fun, and everyone ends up wishing the night would never end!
In Beatriz’s case, her guests’ happy feet were due in part to her background. “My family is Spanish so we had our DJ play Spanish music before dinner ….it started with all my family and some of our guests on the dance floor dancing to traditional Spanish music and next thing you know all of our friends and family joined!! It was so much fun and dance lessons were being given! Dinner had been served and everyone was still on the dance floor so the DJ asked if anyone planned on eating dinner and everyone laughed. That was a special moment for us and so much fun to see our family and friends coming together in support of Spanish traditions.”
Beatriz and T.J. were introduced in their hometown of Hoboken by Beatriz’s old friends Brooke and Alex (whom she’s known since the 5th grade). From then on, they were a duo whose story came full circle when, with the help of Brooke and Alex, T.J. proposed in Hoboken.
Now living in Atlanta, Beatriz and T.J. proceeded to plan a simple, elegant celebration with a pop of blue. That blue, by the way, started out subtle—the bridesmaid dresses, T.J.’s. suit, the invitation. But, girls, though Beatriz wore our Abigail top and sleek Kate skirt for her ceremony and pictures, our playful bride turned up the cerulean by slipping on a floaty, gauzy skirt the color of a summer sky for her reception.
How did your sweetie propose?
“In Hoboken, NJ on the waterfront with two of our best friends! I grew up in NJ and we met and lived in Hoboken for four years before moving to Atlanta, GA. It is actually quite the funny story. We were staying with our friends Brooke and Alex who I’ve known since 5th grade. Brooke actually introduced T.J. and I as she went to Penn State with him. T.J. called Brooke and Alex earlier that week so they strategized that we’d walk along the waterfront in Hoboken and then head to my favorite sushi spot for dinner. We were walking around the water and T.J. asked if Brooke and Alex could get a picture of us, my response: “Come on—we aren’t tourists! We lived here forever!” I finally gave in for one picture and immediately started walking away completely not realizing that T.J. was getting down on one knee to propose! It was an easy yes! Hoboken will always have a special place in our hearts and this moment solidified it.”
How did you choose your gown?
“I tried everything! I didn’t go into the process with a vision, but I quickly became fond of the idea of separates and wanted a simple and elegant look. My Mom came down from NJ for a weekend and we went on a dress-trying marathon (not even kidding!). At Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, I quickly fell in love with the Lea-Ann Belter separates—the detail on the lace top is amazing!”
Tell us about your day!
“Our day turned out to be everything we wanted and we owe all of that to our fantastic vendors! We got married at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead and our reception was at Summerour Studio. We fell in love with Summerour Studio when we saw it because of the beautiful courtyard that makes you feel like you are in Europe and we loved the rustic look of the interior of the building. Everything was simple, elegant and with a pop of blue!”
What was your first dance song?
“A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.”
What was the funniest moment of your day?
“My family is Spanish so we had our DJ play Spanish music before dinner as most of the wedding guests wouldn’t recognize the music and we wanted to play more recognizable songs after dinner. It started with all my family and some of our guests on the dance floor dancing to traditional Spanish music and next thing you know all of our friends and family joined!! It was so much fun and dance lessons were being given! Dinner had been served and everyone was still on the dance floor so the DJ asked if anyone planned on eating dinner and everyone laughed. That was a special moment for us and so much fun to see our family and friends coming together in support of Spanish traditions.”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
“My dress was my something new and a bracelet from my Mom was my something borrowed. And my something blue—well that was everything! I love blue and I can’t thank Taylor (my wedding planner / everything) enough for helping make my crazy blue dreams come true. There were blue accents throughout the day and of course the blue skirt that I paired with my Lea-Ann Belter top for the reception!”
Three words that best describe your partner (you or both of you can answer!):
“Patient, supportive, Dog Dad!”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Venice, Italy and then Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik in Croatia. We absolutely loved it and highly recommend those cities for couples!”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“As much as I’d like to say don’t stress, I won’t because I did and I know how difficult it can be—it’s a big day! The best advice I can give is to enjoy it and remember the day is about you and your future husband/wife at the end of the day. All that matters that day is that you married your best friend and you are surrounded by friends and family that couldn’t love you more—it sort of takes your breath away.”
Beatriz + T.J.’s Buckhead Wedding Vendors
bride’s finery: Lea-Ann Belter Abigail top + Kate skirt via Kelly’s Closet Atlanta, blue skirt via Chantel Lauren | photographer: Rustic White | planning + design: Taylor Dawn | paper goods: Lairsey Paper Co. | flowers + catering: Bold Events | music: DJ Spontaneous | hair + makeup: Jennifer Neiman | drapery: Quest Events