This particular love story has a special place in my heart. Before I’d even met Jamie and Jason, I’d already heard some of their Fox stories. On the day of their wedding and wedding reception, I was their Event Manager from Affairs to Remember Caterers.
Theirs was one of the last events I managed, as I was already well into my role in Communications for the company, and it was also one of the most memorable events for me…because of them!
We recently enjoyed a “reunion” when I had the opportunity to interview Jamie and Jason. Their love for the Fox Theatre is genuine and heartfelt! I also made some photos during our visit that I’ll share here. Enjoy!
How did you meet?
“Like every great relationship, it started as a friendship. We met through friends at ‘On the Bricks’ in Centennial Olympic Park. It was an Alanis Morrissette concert sometime in the early 2000s,” said Jamie.
What was your first Fox date?
“One of our earliest dates was seeing ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at the Fox Theatre and another early date was a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Fox Theatre,” said Jason.
“Even today, we love any excuse to visit the Fox. It’s impossible to separate Atlanta from the Fox. The fact that the Fox is iconic and will be here for decades to come was a contributing factor in our decision to get married there. When we tell our wedding story, years from now, people will still know the Fox Theatre.”
Jamie shared, “Our dates at the Fox Theatre are countless! We’ve attended a variety of events at the Fox including concerts, plays, the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, the Annual Mighty Mo & More Holiday event, and we have recently purchased tickets to ‘An American in Paris.'”
Where did you become engaged?
Jamie shared, “Jason proposed at Westminster Abbey in London, in January 2013. It was my first visit to London. On our next to the last day of the trip, we visited Westminster Abbey.”
“In the North Cloister of the Abbey, Jason grabbed my hand and went down on one knee and said, ‘This Abbey has stood for a thousand years. I promise I’ll love you for at least that. Will you marry me?”
“I said, “Yes!'”
When were you married?
Jamie and Jason were married eight months after their engagement, on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Jason had said, “I only intend to do this once, so let’s make it extraordinary.”
Where were you married?
“When we began looking for a venue, the Fox Theatre was one of the first places that came to mind, but we assumed that it would be out of our budget range. We looked at half a dozen venues over 6-8 weeks, some as far as six hours away!”
Jason continued, “Then, on a whim, we called the Fox and started a dialogue that led to our dream wedding. Conveniently, the Fox was only a few blocks away from where we lived at the time!”
What were some of the highlights from the ceremony?
Jason said, “When we contacted the Fox Theatre and realized that it was a real possibility, I asked what was one of the most important questions for us…’Can our dog be a part of our wedding here at the Fox?’”
Expecting a “No, we don’t allow dogs“, Jamie and Jason were delighted to hear instead, “What kind of dog is it and how big is he?”
Jamie shared with me, “Our dog Mardi is a 22-pound West Highland White Terrier (Westie). He’s nearly 16 years old now. At the time of our wedding, he had just turned 12.”
Jason said, “Mardi got his tuxedo even before I got mine. And on our wedding day, he was the first one to arrive at the Fox. Our planner brought him over for us. A Westie in a custom tuxedo and sunglasses made for an impressive entrance.”
Mardi was indeed part of their wedding ceremony—he walked the aisle with Jamie’s mother—and was perfectly behaved! “He even barked on cue at the conclusion of the ceremony when the guests applauded,” said Jamie.
Mardi then escorted his newly married parents up the aisle. He didn’t stay for the reception, but Jason and Jamie showed me some of the photos of Mardi from their wedding day…super cute!
Actually, come to think of it, Mardi was at the reception…in the form of fondant. Jamie and Jason’s wedding cake topper was custom-made. The cake was adorned with fondant movie reels and a red carpet that spanned the entire height of the cake. The topper was custom figurines of Jamie and Jason in their wedding attire and Mardi.
Then there was the music…
Jamie and Jason’s love for movies was also reflected in their music selections for segments of the wedding party processional. Here’s their delightfully clever song list, which was performed live by a string quartet…
Seating of the Mothers: Edelweiss (The Sound of Music)
Groomsmen and Groom’s Entrance: Imperial March (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
Entrance of the Bridal Party: Your Song (Moulin Rouge)
Entrance of Bride: Canon in D (Ordinary People)
Exit of Bridal Party: When I’m 64 (The World According to Garp)
Jason shared that when the groomsmen and he started down the aisle to “Imperial March” some of the audience tilted their heads, perplexed by the unconventional entrance while fellow Star Wars fans had a great laugh.
Where was the reception? Tell us about your “Hollywood” theme.
Jamie and Jason shared, “Our reception was in the Egyptian Ballroom and we wanted to showcase not only our own interests but also what the Fox was famous for—movies and theatrical performances. We love movies and plays and it showed! The programs were playbills, the seating cards were movie tickets, and the table numbers were giant film strips. Affairs to Remember brought in decorative film reels and big candelabras; the linens were black and white with pops of red; and the wedding cake was pure Hollywood!”
Their menu included Miss Josephine’s Mac & Cheese, Atlantic Coast Antipasti, Caprese Salad Platter, and Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip, to name a few dishes. They told me that the Mac & Cheese was a huge hit!
“We love what Affairs to Remember did with our candy station! It was beautifully displayed on a piano and the spotlight shining on it from above made it look even more spectacular! We did find it a challenge to keep the wedding party out of it before the guests were invited into the Egyptian Ballroom, but we knew then that our idea for movie concessions candy station was going to be a big hit with our guests,” said Jamie and Jason.
What’s your favorite show that you’ve seen at the Fox?
“Without question, it has to be ‘Wicked’! We love how the Fox Theatre itself plays into the setting and serves as part of the set. It’s a magical, mystical place, so the Fox was the perfect setting to see this show,” shared Jamie and Jason.
If you could star in a movie, what film and character would that be?
With zero hesitation and while stroking his goatee, Jason said, “Han Solo! I’m a little ‘scruffy-looking’ and besides, who wouldn’t want to be Han Solo? Our guest book had photos from our engagement photo shoots and included romantic movie quotes. On one of the pages, there are photos of us with the famous lines between Han Solo and Princess Leia from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: ‘I love you.’ (Leia) and ‘I know.'(Han).”
One of their guests signed it, “Best page EVER!” I have to agree…that was totally awesome!
Jamie took a little longer to share an answer. Like me, she has a number of favorites. She landed on, “Maria, from ‘The Sound of Music‘. We’ve visited Austria and wanted to climb that famed hilltop to spin in the meadow like Maria did in the opening scene, but the weather didn’t cooperate while we were there. Next time, though!”
I’d like to offer Jamie and Jason a huge “Thank you!” for making time for a trip down memory lane, for sharing their love for the Fox Theatre, and for sharing their Fox Theatre love story. May your love be forever and span the reaches of a galaxy far, far away.