A wedding in the Family
When a son or daughter gets married, it’s a wondrous thing! Paul and I have helped plan many weddings here at The Dansereau House, and we take pride in making every wedding perfect; fitting the needs of each bride and groom. When our son announced his engagement, we sadly acknowledged that the wedding would not be here in southern Louisiana, in this beautiful venue, but somewhere in the Atlanta area. When they called us to say that they had chosen Kimball Hall, in Roswell, Georgia, we could tell that they had found the place they had been envisioning.
“This is it!” I remember my daughter-in-law saying. Kimball Hall is a two-story Queen Anne house dating from the 1880′s. The owner, Julie Stephens, has transformed the house into the perfect wedding venue. I came for a visit in December, and took a peek around the outside. Even though the gardens were in their winter state, I knew why this was “IT.” By June, the yard and garden had transformed in a lush, flowering oasis. Dan and Erin were married under the arbor in the garden, which has been designed to create a cocoon of privacy and beauty. The reception was held inside the house, in the lovely ballroom made almost totally of floor-to-ceiling windows. The decor is spectacular, planned to fit any bride’s color-scheme and taste. The flowers were perfection!
The kids had told me repeatedly what a wonderful host Julie is, and they did not exaggerate. She has the ability to make the bride and groom feel that their wedding is the most important that she will ever host, and her attention to detail and ability to handle wedding-day chaos is remarkable.
The upper rooms are used for bridal preparations, and Julie and her staff do a marvelous job of keeping bride and groom separate until the final moment. The little room for the newlywed supper is one of the best ideas I’ve seen! Special touches are everywhere inside the house, and the gardens outside make this a photographer’s dream! The food and bar service was wonderful!
Having done our share of weddings here at The Dansereau House, I knew that I would look at things elsewhere with somewhat of a critical eye. It was the most perfect day, with nothing that needed changing! Kimball Hall was full of love and joy and sparkling beauty. I know that all of us returned to our real lives feeling like we’ve experienced something magical. Thank you, Julie and the Kimball Hall staff!