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Reading how couples met is on the top of my list of favorite things about my job. Sometimes couple’s stories are hilarious, others are movie-like. For Natalie + Wade, it was meeting at the right time, at the right place. I love how this V4 couple chose to spend their wedding day on the beaches of Watercolor Inn and Resort, the same place they first met. The tree under which they stood to recite their vows was filled with hanging flowers and looks so dreamy. See that photo of Wade with his eyes closed during the ceremony? Bliss. Biggest thanks to Tec Petaja who captured that moment and shared this wedding with us.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Wade and I met on the beach in Watercolor, Florida at the perfect time and place. I had just graduated from Texas A&M and began to question if I would ever find “the one.” Ironically, Wade was simultaneously praying about his future wife. One week after arriving at Watercolor, unbeknownst to me, I’m hanging out on the beach next to my future husband. We believe our families’ chairs were placed next to each other on the beach, not by coincidence, but by God. My nana and mom instantly bonded with Wade’s mom and sister because of their sweet spirits and common interests. After talking with his family for an hour or so, I discovered he was single like me, and our families immediately started trying to play matchmaker. They were successful in setting up a family date before their vacation was over. After returning to Tennessee, Wade decided he would fly back down to Florida a week later to pursue this possibility with me. He invited me to Nashville two weeks later, and after regular trips between Texas and Tennessee, the rest is history.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Breathtaking, romantic, unforgettable
How many guests attended your wedding? 210
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went to two different bridal shops in Houston to find the perfect wedding gown. I had looked through numerous wedding magazines, as every young bride does, and thought I would love a mermaid style Vera Wang gown. But after trying on a mermaid style Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, I fell completely in love with it and knew it would be perfect for the garden setting of my wedding. Once I made my decision, I never looked back!
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I did not want traditional bridesmaids’ dresses because they are not my style at all, so instead, I picked out various BCBG dresses that were muted tones for the girls to choose among.
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: My flowers were one of my favorite elements of the wedding. I wanted them to be muted neutrals with pops of peach and blush tones featuring hydrangeas, David Austen roses, succlents, lamb’s ear, craspedia, and seeded eucalyptus. I purchased a wedding bouquet token to attach to the bouquet that said “I love you to the moon and back” with the date of our wedding on the back.

Photographer: Tec Petaja // Videographer: Celia Hilton // Planner: Watercolor Inn and Resort // Ceremony Venue: Western Lake Park at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Watercolor Inn and Resort // Florist: Bella Flora // Wedding Cake Baker: Confections on the Coast // Caterer: Fish Out of Water // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG and J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuiller // Hair Stylist: Katie Carter // Makeup Artist: Two Fishes Artistry // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Bride’s Jewelry: Grandmother of the bride’s // Bride’s Veil or Hair Accessory: Toni Federici veil, BHLDN wreath // Groom’s Fashion: J. Crew // Groomsmen Fashion: J. Crew // Paper Goods: Save the dates by Posh Paperie, invitations by Rock Scissor Paper, programs and maps by Jennifer Lane // Rentals: Bella Flora // Linens: Bella Flora // Favors: Kraft and Jute // Lighting: Bella Flora

Love this wedding? Check out these past features:
Natalia + Levi’s plantation wedding here and here
Mix and match bridesmaid dresses (inspiration + shopping guide)

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Gosh – just truly breathaking. Watercolor is beautiful on its own – one of my favorite places on the coast. The bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers? DIE. I love their story too – so sweet!

  2. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Oh my goodness, this is breathtaking!

  3. avatar Paula {} reply

    Absolutely love all aspects of this wedding – the sweet story of how their family matchmade, the beautiful locale, flowers, dresses, shoes and of course, the stunning bride and groom. The only thing missing are the shots of the food, cake and desserts which I’m sure matched this well planned and detailed wedding!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Paula! Make sure you check out the second post — there’s a gorgeous cake!

  4. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    That dress is gorgeous. She looks like a pretty pretty princess!

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  7. avatar Jame reply

    What is the name of that dress? I know it’s by Monique Lhuillier, but what is it called? I have been looking for a dress like that forever and would love to try it on!!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jame! I’m almost positive it’s “Devotion” by Monique!

  8. avatar Naomi reply

    Love this wedding!!!! Please help me find how/where those antiquey wooden French doors!

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    I love her dress! Does anyone know what the name of the dress is?

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    The details of this wedding are incredible. And the beautiful light and amazing skills of the photographer make for some beautiful wedding photos. My favourite part is those old wooden doors, which make the entrance to an outdoor church. Love it!

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