We took a poll in the Southern Weddings office today, and the unanimous decision is that Amy + Clayton, married at the Rosemary Beach Eastern Green, have the formula for an authentic Southern wedding down pat: quaint venue on the lush Seaside, FL property + rich navy and lime green accents x Paul Johnson Photography = wedding success! We’ve had a week of brides in gorgeous veils this week, and Amy is no exception in her lace-trimmed veil from Opulent Creations at Kelly’s Closet. Looks great against her classic Modern Trousseau princess gown, right? Christina Gshwandtner of Fete Events planned and designed the couple’s Florida nuptials. Wonder if the chic Coren Moore b’maids frocks and hand-tied bouquets from Nouveau Flowers were her suggestion? Adorable!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We love sharing the story of how we met! We had both recently moved to Atlanta after college. I met a friend through Bible study who had been good friends with Clayton in college. For months, she tried to set us up on a blind date, but we were both hesitant. One Friday night, both Clayton and I were out with friends at one our favorite bars, Five Paces, and Emily finally had the opportunity to introduce us! I thought Clayton was so cute, and was kicking myself for not going on that blind date! Luckily, he asked for my phone number that night and the rest if history!
Describe the proposal. Clayton proposed to me on the morning of July 4th in 2009. The morning of the proposal was no different than the other 4th we’d spent together: we woke up, drank our coffee on the balcony and headed to the beach for a walk. We were casually walking by the ocean when Clayton stopped me. He looked at me and told me how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me – then he dropped to one knee! I had no clue this was coming! I immediately started crying, and we both hugged and kissed! Then we went back to our beach condo to share the good news with everyone. We walked back up the boardwalk, only to be greeted by our whole family – in their pajamas – shouting and screaming with excitement from the balcony! We cooked a big breakfast, had a champagne toast and spent the day at the beach calling family and friends! That day ended with fireworks over the harbor. It was a day we’ll never forget!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Beautiful, cheerful and fun!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: God was so in the details and so many neat things happened over the weekend! We were blessed to have such amazing weather. We also loved the overarching theme of our wedding: we went with a preppy, nautical, J.Crew-like look. Our colors were navy and green, and they looked so crisp against the Eastern Green! Clayton’s favorites included the oysters and the band! We hired the 24/7 Band out of Nashville, and they literally kept everyone on the dance floor the whole night!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom, sister and I started the wedding dress hunt last fall. I thought I wanted a simple lace dress, but when I tried on my Modern Trousseau dress at Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, I fell in love. It was the first “big” dress that I tried on and I loved it! When do you ever get to wear a dress like this again? My sister knew this was the one, because I just kept looking at it from all different angles in all of their mirrors. I didn’t want to take it off! After trying it on, I knew I’d have to call my father and discuss the “budget,” but I ended up being able to purchase it right off the rack for half the price. It was meant to be!