Green weddings have become a popular trend with many couples as reducing your carbon footprint becomes more and more important. When spring arrives we welcome all things green as the trees, grass, and plants all begin to show their new green leaves for spring and we are reminded to go green in all parts of our lives, including weddings!
Hosting a wedding on the grounds of the Chattahoochee Nature Center already checks off some of the eco-friendly boxes.
>> The ceremony and reception can happen at the same location. The CNC grounds have multiple locations you can use for the ceremony and reception depending on the needs and size of your wedding.
>> If you are local, you are already picking a location close to home. There are many hotel options in Roswell that will keep your guests local too.
>> The natural beauty of the nature center grounds will limit the number of decorations and reduce time spent on set up. The colors of the season will further support your eco-friendly choices.
A great way to extend the eco-friendly, green wedding concept all the way to the end of your wedding day is to provide biodegradable confetti to your guests to shower you with wishes as you leave as a married couple.
Leaf confetti makes for a great eco-friendly wedding-exit toss, especially when they’re elegantly packaged in envelopes and placed on each of your guest’s seats. You can even choose leaves to complement your wedding aesthetic!
At the end of the day, all the little things add up. If we all do our best to impart some small changes in our everyday lives, we can make a big difference!
15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor Top Wedding Vendors Across America
December 21, 2020
Roswell, GA—The Chattahoochee Nature Center is pleased to announce our selection as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings. This accolade represents the highest- and most-rated from wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning, registry brand, and mobile app.
Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.
In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.
To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.
“The Ben Brady Pavilion is a lovely space to hold an event. The large pavilion is mostly covered and sits right on the water. As night falls, the cafe lights add ambiance and charm. The spacious green lawn adjacent to the pavilion is great for overflow for larger parties. The staff at CNC are responsive, helpful and kind. You can tell they love what they do and are proud of where they work.” – Julie Cumming, ‘cue Barbeque
Surrounded by nature with lush trees and a lake, the Chattahoochee Nature Center presents couples with a choice of multiple locations, amenities, and affordable packages. The welcoming staff will help make your special day unique and unforgettable. Suitable for boutique or large weddings, the five venues offer something for every bride and groom. As an award-winning venue, they offer an exceptional level of service for your long-awaited celebration.
Chattahoochee Nature Center was founded in 1976, and we focus on our mission of connecting people to nature. For over 40 years, CNC has welcomed thousands of visitors to our 127 acres of forest, wetlands, and riverside habitat. We also preserve the natural splendor of the local area, presenting a bountiful setting for your special day.
Press Contact: Tracy Begley, Marketing Specialist
Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
As the weather is about to cool down with the arrival of fall, everyone will be ready to spend more time outdoors. Having the opportunity to exercise outdoors is one of the best things you can do for yourself. A favorite among many yogis is taking your practice outdoors. While yoga studios are often a relaxing, zen environment, nothing can beat fresh air which is even more important at the current time. Are you ready to give outdoor yoga a try? Here are some of the ways that the outdoors benefits your practice:
Currently, there are so many ways to make meditation accessible whether you’re at work or about to go to bed. But if you are looking to take your meditation to the next level, you have to take it outdoors. Scientists have found that meditation helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol in the body and being outdoors vs. in an urban setting helps to reduce these levels more. It also might help you stay focused if your mind tends to wander.
3. Gives you the chance to check out new places
For many of us, our house or apartment is located in urban settings and not always conveniently located near the beach, park, or nature center. Why not make a trip out of it? If you are looking into making it more of a getaway trip, there are many yoga retreats held locally or in popular destinations. In your community there are sure to be events by local yoga studios, such Plum Tree Yoga. However, if you are looking for something more low-key and close-by some of the best trips can be a day trip with family and friends, or even as alone time.
What has been your experience with outdoor yoga? Do you feel like it adds to your practice?
Pack your yoga mat and water bottle! Immerse yourself in nature at our outdoor yoga class hosted by Plum Tree Yoga Studios at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Come breathe in the fresh air and listen to the soothing sounds of nature with occasional sound journeys done by Vibrational Sound Technician, Michael Burke. Two yoga blocks and one small blanket are recommended but not required for practice.
Another great offering at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to get outdoors and get your nature on!
Elle Kaufmann and family were headed for the Haas Promenade, the Tayelet, in Jerusalem for a July 20 bat mitzvah ceremony and festivities. As COVID evolved in May, the family decided to redirect and execute the event at the lush Roswell Chattahoochee Nature Center. A sentimental addition to the event was Elle’s maternal grandmother Annetta Kornblum sharing the b’not mitzvah ceremony.
Elle, a seventh grader at The Lovett School, observed, “In a way I was disappointed because the thought of being in Israel was very ancestral and spiritual. As long as I was surrounded by Bubbe and my family, I was happy.” Kornblum added, “Growing up in Dayton [Ohio] in an Orthodox setting, girls were not encouraged to have a bat mitzvah. When Elle exclaimed, ‘You have to do this with me,’ I was thrilled.”
Kornblum was familiar with prayers and services but had never read Torah. They both studied with tutor Linda Weinroth to perfect their parts. Elle did two segments and Kornblum did one in parsha D’varim.
On Monday, July 20, a small group of immediate family, uncles and aunts, Craig and Sheri Kornblum and Josh and Tara Kornblum joined Elle’s parents Paige and Rocky Kaufmann, and brother Aidan, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Great Aunt and Uncle Rachel and Jack Rosenberg were special guests. Kornblum recalled, “In the original plan in Israel, family was coming from New Jersey, California and Florida, which obviously was not happening.” Others were invited to Zoom.
“By renting the CNC pavilion, we were secure in unpredictable weather, and every family member had a part.” Elle noted, “It was certainly hot and humid there, but we had sunny skies and beautiful scenery. I was a little nervous, but everything flowed.”
Kornblum’s speech was sentimental. She said Elle is her youngest grandchild to have a bar or bat mitzvah. “Where has the time gone? I am blessed to be in this beautiful setting wrapped in Zayde’s tallis, which he wore so proudly.”
Mom Paige focused on Elle’s resilience and role as a trailblazer – a female wrestler and fishing enthusiast. “I cried when I learned we were having a girl, and we named you Ahava, which means love. … All of you here today have contributed in various ways and stepped up when we had to completely switch gears. This was not something we could have done ourselves and we are truly grateful for every detail. Dealing with one Bat Mitzvah girl is enough, let alone two!”
Paige praised her mom for her role as an educator, world traveler and community volunteer, in addition to being a devoted ‘Bubbe-dutied chauffeur.’”
Star Elle spoke about Moses’ instructions to the people as a reminder of the advice she gets from her parents daily. Detailing her community service project, donations to the Atlanta Humane Society, she recalled that her mom always adopted the most pitiful creatures into their home.
Elle also described her relationship with her older brother, Aidan. A rising Lovett 10th grader, he celebrated his bar mitzvah on Masada two years ago. “Thank you for always standing up for me and allowing me to sleep in your room when I found a bug in mine.”
Lastly she acknowledged the best friendship shared with Bubbe, “And please don’t cry as I know you must be doing now.”
Rabbi Brian Glusman explained to the AJT, “We just completed Bamidbar, the book of the wilderness. In the concluding portions, Moses records each of the 42 places where the Hebrews camped on the way from slavery to the Promised Land.
“Our rabbis ask, ‘Why is it necessary for the Torah to list all the encampments throughout the wilderness?’ The stops serve as a reminder that life is not about the destination, but the journey. We are taught to appreciate the beauty and the treasures accumulated along the way.
“While this was not the original destination for Elle and her Bubbe’s b’not mitzvah, this day was an important stop on their journey. They will always remember it and appreciate the love and support that made it all possible.”
To set the scene:
Elle wore a Ted Baker layered white-on-white short-sleeved dress with navy Converse high tops. Bubbe wore a navy outfit with a periwinkle bottom. Zest Atlanta Catering laid out a luscious traditional “Jewish brunch” of bagels, tuna, fruit and French toast casserole. The cake by Cakeology had cheerful Mazel Tov icing.
Other vendors: Event planning: Bluming Creativity Photos: Laura Tarquino of Vosamo Photography Décor: Let’s Celebrate Bar: Complete Beverage