Inside Weddings - - Weddings - June 11, 2015 Greens­boro, Ge­or­gia | Pho­tographed by Vue Pho­tog­ra­phy

June 11, 2016 Greens­boro, Ge­or­gia Pho­tographed by Vue Pho­tog­ra­phy

Blind dates that have been ar­ranged by your par­ents can prove awk­ward, but what about be­ing set up by a work su­pe­rior? Luck­ily for Anna Glazer and Danny Si­mon, her boss and his fa­ther – who had done busi­ness to­gether in the past – were spot-on when they de­cided the two would hit it off. “We’ve been in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since!” Anna muses. “Af­ter about a month of dat­ing, he even bet me $50 that we would get mar­ried.” Danny af­firms, “I knew from the be­gin­ning that I wanted to marry her – it was just about find­ing the right time.”

The per­fect moment came al­most two years into their re­la­tion­ship while the pair was on a trip with both sets of par­ents in Aspen, Colorado. “My ini­tial in­ten­tion was to ask her mother and fa­ther for their bless­ings in per­son while there,” ex­plains the groom. “But then, I came to the re­al­iza­tion that ac­tu­ally propos­ing in Aspen, while both sets of par­ents were present, was a no-brainer.” Danny got the ap­proval of Dr. and Dr. Glazer via phone call, ar­ranged for their si­b­lings to join the va­ca­tion as an added sur­prise, and popped the ques­tion on a river­side stroll with his beloved.


When it came to se­lect­ing the venue for their spe­cial day, the Chicago-based duo had quite the choice to make. They knew that they did not want to tie the knot in Illi­nois, so they be­gan look­ing at venues in Anna’s home­town of La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia. Un­for­tu­nately, they were un­able to find a lo­ca­tion that could ac­com­mo­date their de­sired guest list, so they ex­panded their search be­yond the Golden State. Sud­denly, Anna re­called a lux­ury re­sort in Ge­or­gia that hosted a large re­union for her fam­ily years prior. “I knew Danny would love it,” she smiles. “We both grew up going to sum­mer camp, and be­tween the lake, the ac­tiv­i­ties, and the scenery, [the prop­erty] has that kind of feel.”

As ex­cited as they were, both the bride and groom knew their des­ti­na­tion wed­ding was un­ex­pected. “Me be­ing from Chicago and Anna from the San Diego area, Lake Oconee may have been a bit of a sur­prise for our guests. How­ever, ev­ery­one quickly re­al­ized that it was an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial place,” Danny notes.

“I loved the shades of white and green we ended up with.”

Af­ter a day or two of min­gling and en­joy­ing the re­sort, the time had fi­nally ar­rived. Brides­maids – all in bright shades of white – were ac­com­pa­nied by grooms­men wear­ing clas­sic suits as they walked down the burlap aisle to the tune of “Waste” by Phish in the mid­dle of a wooded area. The groom, equally stylish in his own noir tuxedo, could not help but feel sen­ti­men­tal as he watched the wed­ding pro­ces­sion “start­ing with our clos­est friends, to our fam­i­lies, to my three neph­ews and niece. But the in­stant I saw Anna, my heart skipped a beat,” he ex­plains. The bride wore a sleek, fit­ted gown boast­ing a sweet­heart neck­line, an em­bel­lished belt, and beau­ti­ful lace de­tail­ing in the back. The cou­ple ex­changed vows be­neath a ver­dant chup­pah, which show­cased a wild ar­ray of snowy blooms, as well as the shawl worn by the mother of the bride dur­ing her own nup­tials.

As soon as the of­fi­ciant – the cousin of the groom, “a lawyer, and prob­a­bly the fun­ni­est per­son we know,” Anna ex­presses – pro­nounced the two hus­band and wife, the new­ly­weds pro­ceeded up the aisle as the theme song from the TV show Curb Your En­thu­si­asm played in the back­ground.

Guests con­tin­ued con­vers­ing over cock­tails be­fore head­ing in­side to join the re­cep­tion, find­ing their seats at one of the cir­cu­lar din­ing ta­bles that filled the space. Ta­blescapes fea­tured an eg­gshell-hued linen, china charger plate, and a cen­ter­piece com­prised of var­i­ous blooms, suc­cu­lents, ex­tended branches or small stumps, and a col­lec­tion of vo­tives, pro­vid­ing soft light­ing to the room. “Our venue dic­tated the color scheme – I wanted ev­ery­thing to blend with the rus­tic el­e­gance of the re­sort,” the bride shares. “I loved the shades of white and green that we ended up with.”

Though the evening was a for­mal af­fair, the party at­mos­phere was kicked up a notch by the lively en­ter­tain­ment. “I was in charge of the band,” con­firms Danny. “We flew them in for the wed­ding and that was eas­ily the best pos­si­ble de­ci­sion I could have made. They main­tained the crazy, en­er­getic pace of the night that both Anna and I were pray­ing for.”

Ad­ja­cent to the cake ta­ble stood an ice sculp­ture ded­i­cated to the one guest un­able to at­tend: “Our year-and-a-half-old bull­dog, Phyl­lis,” the groom ex­plains. “The lo­gis­tics made it im­pos­si­ble for her to be there.” Nonethe­less, the love­birds danced the night away with their near­est and dear­est, end­ing their event with a splash – quite lit­er­ally! “Shar­ing our first dance sur­rounded by our fam­ily and friends was truly amaz­ing – though, a very close sec­ond to that was jump­ing in the pool, fully clothed, with our friends at the af­ter-party!” ex­claims Anna.

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