Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, recent medical school graduate Michelle Leigh Juneau was busy with her internship in New Orleans when she was asked to be in a friend’s wedding in Atlanta. As her friend’s big day drew near, the busy intern was looking forward to getting away for the weekend with her college friends. Meeting someone was the furthest thing from her mind, but as luck would have it Robert Ford Willis III was also part of the wedding party. The two struck up a friendship and stayed in touch throughout Michelle’s internship, but they didn’t really start dating until she took a job in Atlanta a few years later.

After dating for a long while, Robb planned an intimate proposal at Michelle’s house after the two went to dinner. Of course, Michelle said “yes!”, and the couple celebrated by flying to Miami for the weekend. When they returned, they began planning a wedding that centered on family and close friends.

Many of their friends were from out of town, so after their rehearsal dinner at Restaurant R’evolution, they welcomed folks to the city with a party at the Bourbon House. The memories made with friends that evening fit right in with the feeling of celebration and tradition that would carry over into the wedding and reception.

On December 8, 2018, Michelle and Robb were married by Father Allan Weinert at St. Mary’s Chapel on Jackson Avenue. The couple was surrounded by loved ones, many of whom played important roles in the ceremony. Michelle’s sisters were the maid of honor and matron of honor, and Robb’s father and brother were his best men. Their godchildren proudly stood up as flower girls and a ring bearer. After the wedding, the party continued at Arnaud’s.

Michelle chose Arnaud’s for the reception for many reasons: she wanted to give out-of-town guests a taste of the French Quarter, she loves the food and her family has spent many a special occasion there. Like the ceremony, the reception reflected the importance of family. While sipping Arnaud’s signature French 75 cocktail, guests learned that the topper on Michelle and Robb’s wedding cake was the very same one that her grandparents had used for their own wedding 67 years ago!

The reception also allowed guests a glimpse of Michelle and Robb’s favorite things. The couple incorporated UGA arches and golf balls into the ice bar, and they shared their first dance to a song that makes them both smile: “Warm Love” by Van Morrison, played by Rhythm Nation, a band from Atlanta. The dancing continued throughout the reception and into the street, when the evening ended with a second-line.

After the wedding, Michelle and Robb enjoyed their first Christmas as husband and wife before heading to New Zealand and Australia for a two-week honeymoon. They returned to their home in Atlanta, where Michelle is a dermatologist at Dermatology Consultants and Robb is a lawyer/lobbyist and chair of Troutman Sander Strategies.

With This Ring: Juneau – Willis

With This Ring: Juneau – Willis

With This Ring: Juneau – Willis

With This Ring: Juneau – Willis

Reception décor & Florals: Flowers by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts 

Coordinator: events 

Celebrant: Father Allan Weinert  

Ceremony Music: Jack Craft, cello; Harry Hardin, violin; Barney Floyd, trumpet; Sheila McDermott, vocalist; Francis Scully, violin; Robert Zanca, organist/leader  

Wedding gown: Sareh Nouri dress, Neiman Marcus Atlanta; Rl Couture Bridal Design veil, custom made in Atlanta  

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Black dresses of their choosing  

Bride’s wedding band: Diamond eternity band as well as gold band, Friend and Company 

Groom’s wedding band: Gold band, Friend and Company  

Invitation: Ginna Dunlap calligraphy  

Caterer: Arnaud’s 

Wedding cake: Royal Cakery  

Groom’s cake: Ice sculpture bar with UGA arches and golf balls   

Photographer: Julia Bailey 

Videographer: Vieux Carre  

Hair: Sarah from H20 

Makeup: Sarah Walsh  

Music: Rhythm Nation, Atlanta