While completing her degree in Fashion Merchandising at the University of Georgia, Elisabeth had to choose a topic that analyzed a cultural item to write a final paper. She proposed the topic of wedding gowns, but ended up writing about the culture of pearls. She soon found out that pearls, throughout history, have been a symbol for marriage. From ancient times until today, persons of influence have received pearls as a wedding gift from parents or future spouses to be worn during the ceremony.
As she planned her own wedding, Elisabeth began to explore other wedding traditions, finding the meaning behind every action she incorporated into her ceremony and reception. (She did not foresee that she would be able to help uniquely implement these traditions in the dream weddings of her future clients.)
Over a year and a half ago, Elisabeth decided to follow her passion for events in the most meaningful and sacred of avenues: the covenant of marriage. To her, it added an ultimate purpose and joy to the job at hand. The skills she has learned through her career in retail and planning events in the past, along with her natural talent, make her efficient and graceful in the flawless execution of a wedding. She loves to help clients create and execute a unique vision for their dream wedding from the color palette to the reception send-off.
A little more about Elisabeth… She grew up in a large, artistic family. She gives credit to them for her obsession with china, curtains, and Monet reminiscent oil paintings. She can only blame herself when it comes to her obsession with fashion, and especially the collection of cocktail frocks she curates. She loves cooking (especially baking), and since you need a crowd to eat a cake, she regularly has friends over as an excuse to whip up a treat smothered in buttercream enjoyed with a glass of good Spanish wine. In order to offset her love for baking, Elisabeth also enjoys being very active and is always up for trying a new type of fitness class. She has one fur baby, Sir Winston, a West Highland Terrier who has stolen her heart. Her true love is her high school sweetheart, Jonathan, who she married in the wedding of her dreams in 2014. They currently live in an early 1900’s home in Augusta, Georgia, while Jonathan finishes his medical degree. The wedding industry brings Elisabeth to the Atlanta area often, although she frequents Augusta and Athens, as well.
Photography by Logan Potterf
“We chose Molly McKinley Designs and had Elisabeth Perry as our Month-Of-Coordinator at Summerour. Working with Elisabeth was so easy and enjoyable! She is super sweet, talented and very organized! Elisabeth’s calm and confident personality was exactly what we needed to stay on track for the big day. She was always quick to respond to any texts, emails or phone calls and she was always pleasant! She contacted all our vendors and arranged a walkthrough of the venue and even went with us to choose all the beautiful linens for the reception! She was with the wedding party from early in the day to the late night send off to make sure everything went smoothly. We just relaxed and enjoyed the events of the wedding day because we knew Elisabeth had it all under control. My daughter’s wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to Elisabeth!!”
– Alisa Galloway, Mother of the Bride
“Hi Elisabeth – I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to send this email to you but my first week back to work after the wedding and honeymoon was crazy… I just had to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU so much for making our wedding day PERFECT. I seriously can’t thank you enough for all that you did. It was an absolute dream, and we are so appreciative of all that you did to ensure everything went smoothly and to plan. We had an amazing time thanks to the fact that we did not have to worry about a thing so thank you, thank you, thank you! You are amazing :)!”
– Lauren Mines, Bride