The way Patricia describes her and Kyle’s reception is exactly the way I know so many couples across the South envision their weddings: “We danced the night away to a country band, ate Southern BBQ, and drank sweet tea, all under the star-filled Alabama sky.” Is there anything more fun than that? Not much that I can think of! Along with a fabulous party, Patricia and Kyle’s guests were also lucky to witness their sweetly emotional ceremony and enjoy a gorgeous afternoon at J&D Farms–when Patricia and Kyle spotted the venue in an advertisement, they immediately knew it was just the place for their celebration!
Thanks so much to Cathrine Taylor for sharing Patricia and Kyle’s lovely day with us!
Since having beautiful flowers at our wedding was very important to me, choosing them was probably one of the hardest decisions. I couldn’t decide on colors after so many florists told me that my favorite flowers (peonies, poppies,and anemones) would not be in season. Laura ended up doing an incredible job and actually went above and beyond what I could have ever dreamed of. She went with a vibrant color scheme of whites, blushes, deep reds, and purples, plus lots of greenery, which gave each piece a whimsical feeling.
I went to multiple stores and tried on many, many dresses that just didn’t seem right–I think that is because I went in thinking I knew exactly what I wanted. Eventually, I was able to narrow it down to two dresses that were completely different from each other. One was a soft, delicate, lace mermaid dress with a short train, and the other was a tulle/organza fit and flare gown with a longer train. I had my mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law with me, which was very helpful. I ultimately chose the tulle/organza gown and never looked back.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? For me, it would be waiting at the carriage house to walk down the aisle, and being able to watch all the guests smile and laugh at seeing my best friend pulling my flower girl/dog Bijou down the aisle. It was really comical and helped my butterflies stay at bay for a few minutes longer.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We went through a six-step marriage counseling process at the Church of the Highlands, which really helped us open our hearts up to each other and to the Lord while also preparing us for all the ups and downs of marriage.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Before our engagement, we had started to look at different venues in Alabama and in Tennessee. When we saw an ad for J&D Farms, we both fell in love with the rustic barn venue.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The ceremony was outside in a apple orchard, complete with white church pews and a wooden arch and cross. At our reception, we danced the night away to a country band, ate Southern BBQ, and drank sweet tea, all under the star-filled Alabama sky.
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We both attended the University of Alabama and had mutual friends. Kyle lived in Memphis, Tennessee and I lived in Montgomery, Alabama. A few years after we graduated, Kyle asked me out on a date. Our first date was brunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Birmingham when Kyle had come back for an Alabama football game. After months of long talks on the phone and trips to Birmingham to meet, we decided to make a long distance relationship work. Each weekend, we made the five-hour commute to see each other. It was difficult being so far away from each other, but it made us take full advantage of the time we had when we were together.
Tell us all about the proposal! It was August 22, and it was a typical weekend in Memphis for us. Kyle had planned for us to go to the zoo, but a huge storm came through and we weren’t able to make it. Later in the day, the weather cleared up, and Kyle asked me if I wanted to take Bijou, our dog, for a walk. We went on a walk down to the river and Kyle proposed in front of the turtle pond.
When did y’all get married? March 12, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 135
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Kyle isn’t a big fan of cake, but he loves chocolate pie, so instead of doing a groom’s cake, we decided to have a family friend make chocolate pies, which ended up saving us a good bit.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t stress about the small details. From the start, we told each other we wouldn’t worry about making every little detail perfect or even having every small detail we had dreamed of, because that would have been very unrealistic for us while trying to stay within our budget. Yes, it would have been great to have those extra details but at the end of the day everything turned out perfect and we ended up having more money to spend on our honeymoon in Paris.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? With Kyle being in the Navy and graduating from dental school at the end of May, we are excited to be moving to Virginia to start our new life together.
Photographer: Photographer: Cathrine Taylor Photography | Planner: Elle Affairs | Venue: J&D Farms | Florist: Laura McCarty | Cake Baker: Olexa’s by Diane Olexa | Caterer: Full Moon BBQ | Rentals and Lighting: Top Notch Events & Rentals | Band: James Miller Band | Metal Storage Trunks: Idyllhome | Paper Products: Austin Roton of Alabama Printers | Bride’s Gown: Alvina Valenta | Bridal Salon: Lady in Lace | Hair and Makeup: Katina M. Carter | Bride’s Shoes: Camara Jeweled Pointed Pumps by Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham | Menswear: Joseph Slim Fit by Jos. A. Bank | Ties: Primary Dot/Navy Tie by The Tie Bar | Garter: AnnaMarguerite | Signage: PaperandPineCo | Handkerchiefs: LarkspurAndLinen | Flower Dog Dress: FashionTailsBoutique