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Villa Christina

Panicked Bride
Panicked Bride
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Getting married in style.

Millions of people reside in the greater metropolitan area of Atlanta. And statistically speaking, on any given day, thousands of them become engaged to marry. Once that roller-coaster emotional moment has passed, planning begins. A major part of the plan is where to get married, as in a locale. Fortunately, Atlanta has myriad places, ranging from the simple to the most chic. I don't know about you, but I'll choose elegance and panache over plain and simple any day of the week.

So would my cousin, Amy, who recently got married. By the way, that's not her real name. She threatened me with a long, agonizing and premature death if I so much as hinted at her real identity, which I guess is to remain mysterious for a variety of reasons. Anyway, as she said, "I only plan on doing this once, so I wanted to make it memorable." Boy, did she. It was a grand affair held at the Villa Christina wedding venue at Perimeter Summit. It was like going to Italy for a traditional European wedding.

The actual ceremony ' the exchange of vows ' took place in Villa Christina's wedding pavilion, which, as far as I'm concerned, made Disneyland look like a poorly organized county fair carnival in Hicksville. Surrounded by lush, perfectly manicured outdoor lawns, magnificent terraces, and gardens, I felt like Alice in Wonderland.

They even had the wedding rehearsal dinner there. I missed it, but I did hear about it. Villa Christina's Executive Chef sat down with my cousin and her intended. Together they came up with a customized menu that included such items as Honey Soy Salmon and green grape pie. I know, I've never heard of it, either. Abstract speculations and obscure commentaries, I'm sure, don't do it justice, so I won't even try to imagine what it tasted like. But according to the pseudonymously named Amy, "It was the bomb! Totally epic."

After the ceremony concluded, there was the traditional receiving line thing, followed by the reception in the classically appointed ballroom, which boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking the marvelous gardens. I was informed that they could have hosted the reception in the Villa's restaurant, but they invited too many people, making that option non-viable.

I guess that's what happens when you have too many friends. I took a quick peek in the restaurant area, just to see what it had to offer: it's more contemporary, as the brochure would say. Translation: more hip and with it, definitely way cool. Lots of glass work, iron accents, and big mother mural right in the middle of the dining room. Imagine the movie Blade Runner set in Vienna and you'll get the picture.

And get this: they had an open bar, which meant unlimited per person consumption of fruity drinks, lemonade, Pepsi, along with stronger libations, of which I personally took advantage. But we don't need to dwell on that.

What we should dwell on is this: Villa Christina is a kick-ass place to get married.

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Updated Aug 12, 2017 1:49 PM EDT | More details

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