A Real Roswell Wedding: Amy & Steve Stroud | October 14, 2018

Steve Stroud and Amy Gates wed on Sunday, October 14, 2018 setting an example for all of us on how to #marrylocal

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AMY & STEVE

Amy Gates (Executive Director at GivingPoint) and Steve Stroud (Executive Director of Roswell Inc) take a weekend off from their community driven business lives to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends, Roswell-style.

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OF COURSE WE’D HOPED TO WRITE ABOUT ALL OF THE romantic details of their first date up through to Steve’s proposal; however, those who know Amy and Steve won’t be surprised at all that they preferred we put the spotlight on all of the fabulous small business owners in Roswell who helped them put together a truly special day. As Amy puts it, “The ones who made their day flawless, beautiful, delicious and so memorable, with an extra shout out to Laura Beisel and the staff at Table and Main, who made sure the day was perfect.

Get a pen and paper, guys, because this is how you do a wedding, Roswell-style:

Wedding Venue: Table & Main - where they had their first date July 21, 2016 - tableandmain.com

Photographer: Christina DeVictor, Someplace Wild - a Roswell based photographer, Roswell High School graduate, www.someplacewild.com

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Officiant: Ryan Pernice, owner of Table & Main, Osteria Mattone, Coalition F&B - a friend and former neighbor at Roswell City Walk, Roswell High graduate - www.rohospitality.com

Florist: Ashley Harvard, N. Fulton based

Entertainment: The Graduates ATL - an amazing A Cappella group that had performed a North Fulton Community Charities event Amy and Steve attended. www.thegraduatesatl.com

Honeymoon: Michael Consoli of Cruise Planners Int’l planned their island hopping cruise in the southern Caribbean - www.planmycruise.com

This wasn’t just a wedding day but an ‘entirely Roswell’ wedding weekend. Amy grew up in Connecticut, the youngest in a big family who all flew in for the occasion. Each of the out of town guests were presented with Roswell-style swag bags that included gift certificates to Gate City Brewing Co. (www.gatecitybrewingcompany.com), Variant Brewing Co. (www.variantbrewing.com) and Deep Roots Wine Market (www.deeprootswine.com). Other swag included beer glasses from Variant Brewing and ‘Canton Street’ beverage coasters designed by Michelle Weyant of MWDesignStudios (www.mwdesignstudios.com) and purchased through Roswell Provisions.

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All the extended family were able to rent homes through Airbnb and VRBO which were within walking distance to Canton Street, so no one had to rent a car.  They walked everywhere, which is just how we do it here in Roswell, right? Amy was so excited to finally be able to share all of the things she and Steve love about our community with her siblings and family from Connecticut. Most had never even been to Georgia, let alone a modern Southern town like we have here.  They got the royal Roswell treatment as Amy and Steve introduced them to all of the places they love.

The first group of family flew in Thursday night, so wedding weekend festivities began on Friday morning at Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast (www.graciousplentybb.com) on Canton Street. Later in the day, the ladies were treated to mani-pedis at Plush Wax & Nail Bar (www.plushwaxandnailbar.com). The group enjoyed lunch with the good folks at Local on North (www.localonnorth.com) and wrapped things up with drinks and appetizers at Osteria Mattone (www.osteriamattone.com) Friday night. 

Our terrific open container/to-go cup allowance on Canton Street was a big hit with the northerners, as well as meeting all of Amy and Steve’s favorite restauranteurs, bartenders and other locals who have made a positive impact on their lives. 

Saturday was more of the same good times, starting with breakfast at Crazy Love Coffee House (www.crazylove.coffee), followed later in the afternoon by casual gatherings of family and friends hanging out together at Gate City Brewing. Saturday night Amy and Steve hosted family at their home in Park at Historic Roswell (www.montehewetthomes.com), for an intimate cocktail party, after which they walked over to Deep Roots Wine Market where the owner Dana Gurela had a charcuterie board for all of the guests. Amy laughs saying her family was so impressed they are hoping someone will open a Deep Roots Wine Market in CT!