Anna + Jon’s Fresh and Fun Atlanta Wedding Reception

February 14th 2018 | by nuauthoravalon

On August 12, The Trolley Barn was filled with so much love and happiness. We are grateful that we could help bring Anna and Jon’s wedding dreams to life at this historic location. With a serene brick patio situated among lush gardens this was the perfect place for their upbeat entertainment and an innovative custom menu.

Wedding at the Trolly Barn

Kayla Johnson Photo

Let’s take a look at how spirits soared into the peaks of the 30-foot ceilings found in this 1889 building.

Creating a Summer Wedding Festival in the Garden

Beautiful Natural Wedding Décor

One look at the wedding cake decked out with a navy ribbon and flowers and you would have a good sense of what awaited guests when they arrived at The Trolley Barn. Following a beautiful ceremony at City Church-Eastside, guests stepped into a reception space that was overflowing with a navy, yellow and celery green design scheme. This décor perfectly reflected and complemented the natural food and rustic garden setting.

Anna and Jon's Wedding Cake

Kayla Johnson Photo

Photographer Kayla Johnson and videographer Lucas Hicks did a wonderful job capturing the history and natural beauty that filled this premier Atlanta wedding venues. The richness of the photographs reflects the warm atmosphere that helped Anna and Jon’s 165 guests relax and enjoy the exemplary food and service by one of the most experienced Atlanta wedding catering companies.

Bountiful Cocktail Hour

As guests entered the patio, we greeted them with an abundance of beautifully presented food and drinks filled with the season’s best flavors. The watermelon Granita and lemonade passed with champagne were a big hit.

With a drink in hand, guests got their first glimpse of the world-class cuisine that filled this beautiful wedding reception. Guests mixed and mingled among these food stations:

Local Cheese Presentation Wedding

Kayla Johnson Photo

Local Cheese Presentation

  • Asher blue, Thomasville Tomme, Green Hill and Gouda
  • Preserves, Savanah Bee Co. honeycomb, mostarda, baguettes

Summer Fruit Presentation

  • Classic Italian Charcuterie Salamis, sopressata, prosciutto, grainy mustard and local preserves

Seafood Station

  • Smoked Trout Dip Croutons, summer vegetable crudites
  • Grilled corn, arugula and watercress salad
  • Poached Gulf Shrimp With classic cocktail sauce

Our professional staff also offered guests these delicious small bites:

  • Gazpacho Shooter Garlic crouton garnish
  • Marinated Tortellini Antipasto style
  • Pork belly on an Asian spoon Pickled onions, shishito peppers and scallion
  • Heirloom Summer Tomato Bruschetta Pimento cheese and arugula


Upbeat Music Sets the Tone

At 6:15pm, as Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling came on, the bridal party was announced into the reception. This was just a taste of the music handled by Christian from Nice Guys DJ that would illuminate this fun reception. Soon followed music like This Will Be by Natalie Cole and My Girl by Temptations for the traditional dances.


Let the Fresh Feast Begin

When our buffets opened at 6:30pm, guests were eager to have at the incredible array of food stations that were filled with fresh, local and seasonal food. The creative presentations of innovative menu items beautifully meshed the styles of both families.

Food was light and fresh yet plentiful and satisfying. From the bride’s request for a dish starring eggs and green beans to the groom’s desire for lamb, macaroni and cheese and tortellini, we brought unique tastes together in a cohesive and elegant menu.

Wedding Buffet

Kayla Johnson Photo

Guests found a Mediterranean yet mainstream culinary trend among these three custom food stations:

Station One

  • Cocktail Lamb Lollipops Rosemary jelly
  • Caprese Salad Fresh mozzarella, local basil and heirloom tomatoes
  • Farro Salad Radish, summer vegetables, scallion vinaigrette

Station Two

  • Grilled, Skewered Chicken and Potatoes Drizzled with a roasted rosemary vinaigrette
  • Green Bean Frittata Light and fluffy frittata with green beans, basil, chive and feta cheese
  • Lightly Pickled Cucumbers and Vidalia Onions Rice wine vinegar

Station Three

  • Grilled Beef Sirloin Carved thin and served with buttermilk yeast rolls, horseradish sauce and a salsa verde; lightened with a little mint
  • Celery Salad Washington cherries and a lemon vinaigrette with celery leaf
  • Signature Mac-n-Cheese


The Celebration Continues with Incredible Energy

With guests more than satisfied, energy was high as the upbeat tune of Cake by Flo Rida signaled the cutting of a stunning two-tier cake and opening of the dance floor. It was not long before the mesquite wood floor was filled with guests dancing the night away.

With two full bars open, a steady stream of soft drinks and mixers kept guests hydrated as they celebrated.

Open Bar with Cocktails Wedding Atlanta

Kayla Johnson Photo

Finishing Touch: Seasonal Sweets

When it came to dessert, we wanted to give guests an extra vibrant burst of the sweet flavors that seasonal ingredients offer. Our dessert buffet featured hand-held peach pies and summer berry galettes with lemon curd.

With Cult Carts on-site, guests happily enjoyed plenty of fun treats while Sugar Event + Design staff collected items such as the guest book and gifts. Relieved of any such asks, Anna and Jon enjoyed a last dance before leaving through a sea of guest-blown bubbles on the driveway.

Bride and Groom's Bubble Exit

Kayla Johnson Photo

If you want the same flawless Avalon experience that Anna and Jon enjoyed at your Atlanta wedding, contact our experienced catering team online, via email at or give us a call at 404.728.0770.

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