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Hey, summer brides: I know they’re traditionally fall colors, but what do you think of the scarlet and rust hues Jenifer + Kenny chose for their AL wedding at The Waters?  Personally, I think the colors are a wonderfully rich and romantic twist on more conventional summer shades, and I’m all kinds of crazy about the bridesmaids’ silk Watters & Watters frocks.  And Jenifer, in a classic Jenny Lee gown and cathedral-length veil, looks how I imagine a bride should look on her wedding day: stunning, dreamy and perfectly content.  Jill Sampson at Weddings by Jill designed the ladies’ full bouquets, and take a peek at those too-cute boutonnières from etsy-fave, Rationale.  My favorite image from Josh Moates of Kim Box Photography?  That serene shot of the bridal party in from of the all-white chapel.

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. We met at a party for the University of South Alabama (USA) theatre department in March of 2002. At the time, I was attending Auburn University and had gone down to visit my best friend, Jean, on a whim. There happened to be a huge party that night, which is where I saw Kenny. We only spoke a few words to one another the whole night, but we were both smitten! After a long summer of asking about each other through mutual friends, I transferred to USA, and after a few weeks of crazy flirting, Kenny asked me out on our first date. Describe the proposal. In September of 2008, we took a two-week trip to Europe. It was incredible! We ate amazing food, saw beautiful art and spent the days exploring one enchanting city after the next. For our last night in Paris, we wanted to go all-out for dinner and experience the true art of French dining. Several of the locals recommended this rustic and ridiculously romantic place in the Latin Quarter, Le Coupe Chou.  After dinner, we decided to go for a walk along the banks of the Seine. We crossed under the Petit Pont and a moment later, Kenny took my arm and said, “OK, I think this is how itgoes… ” I had no idea what he was doing. He opened his jacket and pulled out a little, blue Tiffany’s box.  The minute I saw it, I went into hysterics! He got down on one knee in the middle of Paris and said, “Jenifer Rae Borntrager, you are my best friend and I love you. I’d like to know if you would do me the honor of spending the rest of your life with me.” After several minutes of crying, hyperventilating and profuse giggling, I managed a resounding “YES!” This wasn’t a storybook… it was my very own fairytale come true.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Unique, FUN! and Glamorous
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
The confetti canons were so awesome! That was one of the things we both wanted right out the gate. Our parents were pretty freaked out, but in the end, it was beautiful!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
One of my bridesmaids, who’s a wardrobe supervisor in the theatre, gave me the best tip: Try everything on, even the ones you don’t like it on the rack!  You’ll be surprised with what is actually flattering for your body. This became my mantra. The wedding dress I had envisioned I would wear was the complete opposite of the dress I ultimately chose.  I distinctly remember rummaging through the racks and pausing at what later ended up being my dress. I thought, “Hmm! That’s interesting.  Ok, try everything on!” I t wasn’t until we zipped it up that I had that “Oh my God, this is my dress” moment. Everything about it just screamed ME: the old Hollywood feel, the blush lining and the fact that it gave me a beautifully sculpted hour-glass figure.
Describe your wedding flowers:
My wedding planner, Jill Sampson, was my floral designer. I wanted something romantic and vintage. We used a lot of peach, buttery yellows and rust-colored flowers. For my bouquet, I wanted a pastel version of my bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Describe your wedding cake:
I actually found a photo of my wedding cake and said “That’s it!” I didn’t want a version of the cake, I wanted the same cake. I loved the asymmetrical tiers.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle! There were double doors leading into the chapel that were closed before I entered. I remember standing there with my father, waiting for the music cue for those doors to open. I was so nervous and excited at the same time. It was pretty dramatic and really emotional. Neither of us had seen each other the day of the ceremony. And the wait was totally worth it!
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?   
Kenny’s art, Kudu-lah, is really taking off, and we are looking at expanding into merchandising too. He is also writing a children’s book now. When not helping him in the studio, I’m co-producing with a non-profit theatre company based in New York City. I know it’s cliché, but we really want a dog! We recently got new landlords, so we are waiting to hear their thoughts on a pup. 

Congratulations, Jenifer + Kenny!  We’d love to hear what you name your new furry friend :)

Written with love by Southern Weddings
16 Comments
  1. avatar Anna Kim Photography reply

    I would have loved to be a guest at this wedding! Beautiful images!

  2. avatar Dani reply

    I love the confetti canons. It looks wonderful in those pics.

  3. avatar Olivia Leigh reply

    The confetti is awesome! What even is a confetti canon? I have never heard of them but now I want them at all my weddings!

  4. avatar Tunji Sarumi Weddings reply

    Beautiful images. I like the ceremony details.

  5. avatar Chantz Houghq reply

    hahahaha! The confetti canons are amazing! What a classy southern bell wedding! Kinda jealous right now :)

  6. avatar Susan Sanford – Willrich Bridal reply

    Beautiful wedding. I love the colors.

  7. avatar heather forsythe reply

    beautiful imagery!!! LOVE love love the shot of the groom in the field – just stunning! And what a sweet sweet idea with the ceremony confetti!

  8. avatar gift registry reply

    I love the venue! Its gorgeous!!

  9. avatar Jenifer reply

    YAY! We are so excited that everyone is crazy for the confetti!! This was one of the must-have things for both me and Kenny. We are huge Flaming Lips fans and they always kick their shows off with lots of confetti… and it’s just pure JOY!

  10. avatar Cate reply

    I love the playbill programs, the sashes on the chiavari chairs, and the stunning result of the confetti cannons! How about those cute personalized cups – where would you order those?? And War Eagle, Jenifer!

  11. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Flowers reply

    I think the colors work beautifully. The bride wanted a combination of fun and glamour and she made it work with her choice of colors. It’s true that rust-colored accents are usually reserved for fall weddings, but you know, it just makes this gorgeous summer wedding even more unique.

  12. avatar Erika reply

    What a great compliment and dead-on description of a fabulous bride. These two did it right all the way down to having a blast and enjoying their day. The confetti was such a fun surprise and perfectly-fitting ending for a personal and super-sweet ceremony.So happy to see them featured here. Thanks, SWS!

  13. avatar Kristy R. reply

    The confetti shot is stunning; so dynamic and unexpected!

  14. avatar Deb Cull reply

    Wow, what a breathtaking wedding. These are some of the best wedding photos I have seen in a long time. I’m so glad you posted this wedding!

  15. avatar clair reply

    what a pretty wedding. where is that beautiful church located?

  16. avatar Brittany reply

    great photos!!! so romantic. does anyone know where you got that cool chalk board easel from?? I would like get one just like that. thanks!

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