Y’all knew I wasn’t going to let this Karlin Connell wedding slide without some form of minor freak-out, right? Jenna Claire + Tyler’s wedding at the Pebble Hill Plantation is glitzy, glam and jam-packed with black-and-white goodness. But seriously, how awesome is the bride’s stunner of a dress (Rivini, naturally) and matching veil? And that shot of the bride with her gown moments before putting it on? Wow, wow, wow! Other faves? The bridesmaids’ asymmetric Priscilla of Boston dresses, and all-white bouquets from Singletary Flowers. And from one B&W bride to another: Jenna Claire, it was your bridesmaids’ coordinated bouquets that made me completely redo my own flower vision!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Mutual friends set up Tyler and me on a blind date. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Tyler moved to Tifton, GA to work for his family’s medical equipment company. My roommate at the time, and best friend from college, was dating Tyler’s new roommate in Tifton. After spending a weekend with Tyler, she came home, walked into my bedroom and told me “I’ve just met the man you are going to marry.” After a lot of persuading and plenty of mutual facebook-stalking, both of our roommates convinced us to at least meet each other and have dinner. From the moment we spent that first night laughing together over dinner, we knew we had something special in each other. Describe the proposal. We were gearing up for a concert in Athens on a Friday night. Before we left for the trip, Tyler told me that we had to make a pit stop in Greensboro, GA to pick up a piece of medical equipment. When we arrived at the Ritz Carlton, Tyler told me that they were having a medical device convention there and that one of their manufacturer’s reps was going to meet us with the equipment that we needed to take back with us. We went inside and the whole staff including the girl at the front desk was in on the whole thing. She told us that the rep. was on the way down and to have a seat in the lobby. Tyler insisted we walk around and look at the beautiful hotel. We came outside to a beautiful illuminated fountain when Tyler turned to me and dropped to his knee. We both had a very joyful cry together, and finally Tyler filled me in on the whole charade. There never was any concert in Athens or any convention or person we were meeting at the Ritz. We spent that night in the executive suite, drinking champagne and calling our friends and family, and the next morning we had a huge breakfast and a full spa day to celebrate our engagement.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Unique, intimate and timeless.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Lots of things! Most importantly, the music! I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles performed with a classical guitar and violin. Our recessional was “Wedding Song” by Bob Dylan performed acoustically by a very close friend of ours. Our band played a great mix of oldies and Motown favorites and kept everyone’s energy up throughout the whole reception. Tyler’s favorite detail was his groomsmen’s shoes, as he bought all of his groomsmen a pair of black Toms to wear with their tuxedoes. We loved the idea that no one was wearing uncomfortable tuxedo shoes, and that we were contributing to a great cause at the same time. We both loved our neon wayfarer style sunglasses that we used as wedding favors. They were a great way to add some color to a formal reception and really upped the “party-level” of our guests. In lieu of a guest book, Tyler’s grandmother gave us a very old Royal typewriter that we had each of our guests write us a personalized note on.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? First, the wedding venue was the iconic Pebble Hill plantation in Thomasville, GA, which is a classic example of old-world Southern design, architecture, and charm. We served our signature drink as well as sweet iced tea and lemonade in mason jars with antique lace tied around them. Any southern wedding would not be complete without shrimp and grits, and other modern takes on classic southern foods! Tyler and I left both the ceremony and the reception in a restored antique Chevrolet pickup truck. We arrived at the reception in the old truck with the entire wedding party in the wood paneled truck bed.