Kismet in Roswell...Couple finds romance at Roswell wedding

Meet at Roswell wedding, return for same

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Dottie Etris, director of the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, lights up when you want to talk about brides in Roswell.

“Roswell is truly unique when it comes to weddings.  Many areas have a place or two as a venue where someone can get married other than their local church. But, Roswell has over 35 venues in all,” Etris said.

You like outdoors, Etris suggests the Chattahoochee Nature Center pavilion overlooking Kingfisher Pond - or their rooftop garden. Then there is Historic Roswell’s town square park and the Roswell River Landing - with its spectacular view of the Chattahoochee.

Of course Roswell’s historic homes have their unique appeal.

“Those venues include Primrose Cottage, Naylor Hall, Kimball Hall, Roswell Founders Hall, the Gardens at Great Oaks, and the ambiance of the Old Mill where Ivy Hall and Roswell Mill Club are located,” Etris said.

Weddings are possible on the grounds at 117-year-old Barrington Hall. Stately antebellum Bulloch Hall with its pavilion and lovely grounds was the site of the marriage of Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.

“For those who wish something a bit different - Roswell has a facility with a quirky yet trendy warehouse vibe with burnished concrete floors and gritty industrial charm. Or they may select a facility with exposed brick walls that add a raw backdrop for any color palette. Sports enthusiasts may wish to utilize Andretti’s with their large banquet space” she said. 

But there are even more when it comes to receptions and the rehearsal dinner.  Many of our restaurants have rooms that can be used for gatherings of this nature as well as the full service hotels and the event facilities.

How Romantic is Roswell?  Well, there again, Roswell’s trendy Canton Street restaurants district provides great romantic evenings with a wide selection of culinary options and specialty cocktails.   

That’s just scratching the surface or Romantic Roswell. For information go to ■

Karissa Hodges and Brandon Poppell were fated to be together, but fate had to be persistent. 

Karissa and Brandon went to the University of Florida, went to the same fraternity and sorority parties and had mutual friends. But it took the special magic of Roswell to finally bring them together.

What better place for them to meet face-to-face than the elegant 1839 Primrose Cottage and the wedding of a mutual friend? They didn’t meet cute, they met romantic.

“We noticed each other at Primrose Cottage. Although we knew of each other’s names because of our mutual friendship with the groom Thomas Carson, we never locked eyes until Thomas’s wedding in Roswell. We were seated at the same table, immediately a spark flew when we saw each other. We knew something happened,” Karissa said. 

They began talking and realized how they went to the same college and parties but never connected.

“Then we also recognized that we went to the same summer camp. It turned out that Brandon that week was moving to California near where I lived. It was such a strange coincidence. He called me when he arrived and the rest is history,” she said.

“Without Roswell we would have never connected. We knew when we got engaged that there was no more meaningful place in the country than Roswell for our wedding to take place.”

Asked how to describe how she found Roswell, she explained it this way: 

“Charming, quaint, friendly, romantic, beautiful and historic are a few words that describe Roswell to me” she said. “Roswell is a small-town place that makes you feel welcomed.  Roswell is worth coming back to again and again. Life slows down here and makes hours, days and weeks so much more enjoyable. It truly is a magical place.” 

So May 14 at Roswell’s historic Barrington Hall they were wed, followed by a huge reception at Founder’s Hall on Canton Street.

Karissa said she was so glad she chose to come back to Roswell for her wedding.

“All our guests fell in love with Roswell. They loved that this Southern small town is so beautiful. They loved that they could walk to so many places, eat at fantastic restaurants, tour historical homes. And were most of all charmed by their southern hospitality,” Karissa said. 

“It was so much more than we thought it would be. It was magical.”

Mother of the bride Lenore Hodges has raved about the wedding’s setting in Roswell, not just for its romantic setting and storybook ending, but the way the bridal professionals embraced her and Karissa to make everything absolutely perfect.

She said she and Karissa were blown away by their professionalism, their attention to detail and most of all their attention to her.

“What I loved about Roswell’s vendors is that when I spoke with these people I felt a genuine concern about achieving my vision within my budget. That was completely different than when I looked in California where I live,” Karissa said. “There it was all about cost, all they cared about was the sale and were not very caring or concerned about much more. They did not listen like the wonderful vendors in Roswell did.

“Gillian Marto our wedding planner understood our goal to use all Roswell Vendors and helped us achieve this dream - she is amazing [],” Karissa said.

Shelby and Emily at Founders Hall (for the reception) worked with her “step by step” and even skyped her into a meeting they had with the wedding planner and video photographer Carissa Boles at Founders so she could make decisions with them.

“Wedding Angels shipped the dress to me in California and told me to bring my dress to them when I came back for the wedding. They wanted to steam it the day before the wedding so it would be perfect. And no extra charge,” Karissa said.

“They made me feel like they were all part of my wedding and helped me with making decisions especially when I was lost. To all these vendors that helped I feel so close to them, they will always be a part of my life.”

How close? She is planning to celebrate her first anniversary in Roswell and said she can’t wait to work with them again.


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