Mazel Tov

by Greg Ceo

With the help of a solid Savannah support team, an Atlanta power couple marries tradition and romance at the Mansion on Forsyth Park.

William and Karyn, both very busy Atlanta attorneys, knew they would need a lot of help planning their wedding given their demanding work schedules. They gave themselves a year to plan and put together a solid support team, including Karyn’s mom Shelley, planner Alysse Sweeney of Design Studio South and Greg Ceo’s photo studio manager Michelle Solomon, who specializes in helping brides figure out their wedding day scheduling.

By Jewish tradition, weddings cannot be held on the Sabbath, therefore Saturday wedding ceremonies must take place after sundown. Many of the decisions Karyn and William made were based on getting the timing just right.

The couple planned a First Look so that they could take photographs in Savannah’s most romantic locations while the sun was still up. After seeing each other for the first time in the courtyard of The Mansion, the couple took a walk around Forsyth Park and the surrounding area with photographer Greg Ceo, using Savannah’s spring blooms as their backdrop.



Karyn wore a ruched gown with a long veil that she capped off with an elaborate lace jacket. This allowed her to have her shoulders covered during the wedding ceremony while still getting the strapless look she wanted for the reception. Stylist Heather Ferguson swept her hair up into a low bun, leaving soft loose waves to frame her face. A to Zinnias created a bouquet of all whites flowers accented with velvety soft grays, tied together with a stormy satin ribbon, perfect for this March wedding and the transition between winter and spring.


Because their ceremony was after dark, the couple decided to forego a cocktail hour and instead greeted their guests with champagne upon their arrival at the ceremony. Karyn explained, “More than 90% of our guests were from out of town, so the most important aspect of our wedding was making sure everyone felt welcomed.”


The ceremony took place in the Mansion’s outdoor courtyard under a softly draped white chuppah accented with large bouquets of white blooms.  With their ketubah on display just behind them, the couple shared their vows, exchanged rings, drank from the kiddush cup, and finally broke the glass.  Their guests joined in a resounding “Mazel Tov” and the bride and groom exited as the new Mr. and Mrs.


After the ceremony, the guests proceeded into the Mansion’s ornate gold ballroom, which was laid out with long banquet style seating.  Karyn’s goal was to balance the traditional elements of her wedding (the Jewish ceremony and classic big band) with her preference for a modern design aesthetic. Tables of 16 and 8 were placed in alternate directions within the space, allowing for the floral arrangements to be seen from all angles.

To create a clean look, the tables were draped in soft gray linens and paired with white chairs with taupe linen cushions. Karyn raved about her her planner’s success: “Alysse worked in modern elements, like bringing white Chiavari chairs into the ballroom and utilizing a neutral color palette. She did an incredible job creating an inclusive layout for the ballroom that flowed beautifully.”


The three-tiered showstopper of a cake by Lowcountry Confections was placed front and center, creating a focal point for the room and ensuring that all guests had a perfect view of cake cutting. The cake was all white, covered in fondant, with an extra tall middle tier providing a more modern look.  Full-petalled white blooms added extra detail to the top and bottom tiers.  A gold, chain-link, mirrored tray sparkled like a piece of jewelry.


After the cake cutting, the bride and her father danced to “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor, followed by the groom and his mother dancing to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. After that everyone joined in a raucous hora, led by Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra who know their klezmer.

The evening ended with guests lined up along either side of the Mansion’s front courtyard, creating a sparkler tunnel for the bride and groom’s exit.  As the couple approached the end of the line they shared in a kiss for the perfect ending to a perfect day!



Karyn Heavenrich and William Alexander

Season: Spring
Palette: Snow white, dark and light gray, beige and pale blue
Planning time: 12 months
Guests:  135 guests
Ceremony and reception: Mansion on Forsyth Park

Behind the Veil

The big day: March 12, 2016
Planner: Alysse Sweeney, Design Studio South

Photographer: Greg Ceo,

Rehearsal dinner: Elizabeth on 37th

Officiant: Rabbi Brian Glusman of Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
Ceremony music: David Mescon {groom’s brother}
Gown: Dress and jacket by Pronovias Barcelona, purchased at Sweet Elegance Bridal
Accessories: Shoes by Jimmy Choo, jewelry gifted to bride by the groom’s late grandmother.
Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and groomsmen’s attire: Tuxedos provided by J. Parker Limited
Catering: Mansion on Forsyth Park
Reception music: Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra
Florist: A to Zinnias
Cake: Lowcountry Confections
Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals
Linens: BBJ Linen