Real Weddings: Madeleine & Chris

June 23, 2012: The Club at Longview
Photographs by Rachel Fesko
The long, flowing bow on Madeleine’s raw silk Palazzo gown from J. Major’s became her wedding theme, incorporated into hand-tied wedding programs and table linens.

With a proposal following a Cirque du Soleil performance, Chris Pethan, a project manager for GE, and Madeleine Haugh, a speech pathologist for Emory Voice Center, set the stage for a flamboyant, kaleidoscopic wedding.

Despite the formal setting of The Club at Longview, their celebration included dueling pianos, a cigar bar a fireworks show by Southeastern Pyrotechnics—and a first dance to “Let’s Get It On.”

Opting for the light drape of elegant raw silk, Madeleine says, “I didn’t want people to talk about my dress; I wanted them to talk about how I looked in my dress.” While his groomsmen went traditional in black Ralph Lauren from Savvi, Chris matched his bride with an ivory vest and necktie, finding Converse high-tops to go with her purple satin Kate Spades.

The room was a riot of color: orange linens, green chair bows, submerged centerpieces, and purple Alfred Sung bridesmaids dresses. Knowing Madeleine’s preference for bright colors, The Flower Diva designed bouquets of magenta, yellow, orange, and green.

Guests feasted on champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner by Chef Paul Verica, followed by marbled chocolate and vanilla cake with chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and buttercream by Wow Factor Cakes. After dancing until the wee hours, the couple departed amid a blaze of giant sparklers in a gleaming Rolls-Royce Phantom, headed for a honeymoon in Greece and Turkey.


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