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In our editorial meeting this week, we were chatting about how for many couples, rain on their wedding day often ends up playing a big role in some of their favorite memories. This just so happens to be true for Meagan and Chris! Despite being terrified of the possibility of rain on their wedding weekend at Oldfield Club, when it actually rained just as their outdoor ceremony started, Meagan experienced one of her favorite moments. With her best girlfriends, lots of laughter, and a bit of champagne, not even the rain could dampen their spirits. After a few minutes, the sky cleared and their ceremony restarted. To honor her late father, Meagan and Chris were married by her cousin in a ceremony that was not only special, but full of joy–exactly what her father would have wanted. Don’t miss the funny way her cousin closed the ceremony!

Big hugs to Ashley Sewell for sharing this Lowcountry wedding!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My sister and one of my bridesmaids went shopping with me in New York. We went to one salon at a larger department store and I had one of the first appointments of the day. When we got to the door, there were a few other brides there also waiting for their appointments. When they unlocked the door, it was like a Black Friday sale at Target–people were speed-walking and throwing elbows. I don’t think I ever really recovered from that initial experience and didn’t love any of the dresses. We then headed over to Mark Ingram and the experience was completely different. The consultant was wonderful and gave her opinion in a way that I truly appreciated. My sister and friend got to sit in the dressing area and everything just felt so much more relaxed. They were having a Peter Langner trunk show that day and when I put on one of his dresses, it just felt right. My friend told me that she knew she had found her dress because after she tried it on, she didn’t want to take it off. When I tried on this dress, I got that same feeling and knew that I had found exactly what I wanted. Peter Langner was actually in the salon that day, and after getting his approval and a photo with him and Mark Ingram, I knew that I was done with the dress decision.

Chris and I both wanted to get married outside and it just so happened that the time had changed the Sunday before our wedding, so it was going to get dark early. In order to have a ceremony and a reception at a time that we both agreed on, we knew that photos would have to happen before the ceremony. We also wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests and didn’t want to be off taking photos during cocktail hour! Ashley Seawell was so helpful talking through all the details with us, and I really trusted her judgment when it came to timing and logistics for the first look. The actual first look was such an amazing moment and gave Chris and me the rare opportunity to spend a couple minutes alone just enjoying the day.

We used traditional vows for our ceremony but took a more untraditional approach for our officiant, as my cousin married us. He works in advertising and is, quite frankly, hysterical. My dad had passed away about ten years ago, and when he and my uncle would get together, it was like being at a comedy show. I knew that I wanted to have a ceremony that he would have enjoyed, because he appreciated a good laugh better than most people. My uncle walked me down the aisle and my cousin performed a ceremony that literally every single person enjoyed–we knew that we wanted our ceremony to be special, but we also wanted to laugh and enjoy this incredibly joyful moment! He even ended it with “and now, I have officially married my cousin!”

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I grew up in Texas and went to the University of Georgia, so I have a soft spot in my heart for the South. Chris grew up in Virginia Beach and spends most of his life fishing or thinking about fishing. We knew that we wanted to do a quasi-destination wedding that was in the US, but also knew that we needed to be on the water, as Chris had always wanted to go fishing with his groomsmen the weekend of the wedding. I started doing a lot of research and actually spent a ton of time on the Southern Weddings website researching venues. When I saw Oldfield, I immediately knew that was the spot. It is beautiful, on the water, has the most amazing people that work there, and had the ability to house our entire wedding party onsite, something that was very important to us given the amount of time and money people from across the globe were spending to get to our wedding. We really wanted to take all the thinking out of it once people got there. We used all of the venues at Oldfield for our events and it worked out perfectly. They all have a unique charm to them and it made each event seem different!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My amazing mother-in-law spent hours and hours creating the most amazing oyster garland. After we got engaged, I remember showing her a photo of an oyster garland and telling her about how cool I thought that was. She was able to bring the image to life! She collected oyster shells from oyster roasts, restaurants, etc. and then cleaned them, drilled holes in them, and strung them together to create this amazing garland. In addition to the garland, she made oyster candle holders and wreaths that were so beautiful and were perfect for our Lowcountry vibe. I’m currently trying to convince her to open a shop on Etsy. I also might have bought an oyster chandelier in the craziness of wedding planning. I’ll hang that in our house one day, right?

We used Minette Rushing for our wedding cake and the groom’s cake. For the groom’s cake, I surprised Chris at our rehearsal dinner with a cake in the shape of a marlin. It was such a fun little detail, and the actual cake was to die for. Toward the end of the welcome dinner party on Friday night, they were running low on the cake, but they didn’t want to cut the marlin cake. Well, my mom, who is a true sweet lover, was just not okay with only getting a couple slices of cake that night. She stuck her finger in the marlin and looked up and said, “now you can cut it.” We were all dying laughing, and of course, were excited that we all had more cake to eat! The wedding cake was perfect as well. Minette created a cake that was exactly what I wanted. All of this goes back to my theme of trust the experts. I think that Chris and I are most looking forward to our one-year anniversary so we can eat the cake top tier, because we didn’t get any at the wedding!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Chris and I both attended business school at the University of Virginia. Chris graduated two years before I did, but I never met him through recruiting or other alumni events while I was in school. He moved to New York after graduation and I then also landed a job there. I was on a walk with one of my friends from school right before I moved to the city when she told me that I should meet Chris when I moved. I didn’t really think much about it, as I was mentally preparing for a career in investment banking and a move to a completely new city.The night I moved to New York, I went out to dinner with some friends and we decided to stop by a bar called Village Tavern for a couple of drinks. I guess you could say the stars were aligned because Chris and his friends had the same idea. The people we were with knew each other and we all started talking. Chris and I were introduced, really hit it off, and a couple of weeks later, went out on our first date. I didn’t think it was possible, but I literally met my husband the day I moved to New York!
Tell us all about the proposal! My family is from Texas and we used to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico. Chris and I decided that it would be fun to honor that tradition and celebrate Christmas in Mexico with both of our families. On the Friday before we were scheduled to leave, I had just gotten home from a canned food drive for work and was busy packing. The apartment was rather clean and Chris looked nice, but I didn’t think too much about it, as we had dinner plans with our friends–plans that I thought I could get out of because I was super tired and couldn’t imagine having a big night before we got on our 6 A.M. flight for Mexico. I was in our bedroom packing when Chris asked for me to come help him with something. I stood there for a second thinking that maybe if I didn’t immediately respond, he’d figure it out. Well, he called for me again and I walked into the living room to find him in front of our little Christmas tree on one knee with maybe the most terrified look on his face! He asked me to marry him in our 600 square foot apartment with Frank Sinatra singing “Christmas Waltz” in the background, and it was perfect. We went to eat at Little Owl, one of our favorite restaurants, and spent the night celebrating with friends–and still made our 6 am flight to Mexico!
When did y’all get married? November 7, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 175
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had two readings during our ceremony. One was n excerpt from “Gift From the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and the other was a quote from John Lennon: “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” The John Lennon quote is written in chalk on the wall of one of our favorite coffee shops in Hatteras, North Carolina. Chris spent most of his life going on fishing trips in Hatteras and we were glad that we were able to work in a special ode to that in our ceremony.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? In his speech on Friday night, Chris said that I challenge him in ways that he would have never expected. One of those ways was enrolling us in dancing lessons before the wedding. I think I had this vision of us executing a perfect ballroom dance routine and Chris loving every minute of dancing practice. Neither of those things happened, but dancing lessons started to be a special activity for us. We were obviously not great at actually dancing, but through those lessons and the dinners that we treated ourselves to after the lessons, we spent a lot of time learning about how we work together and talking about expectations that we both had regarding our marriage. It started out as something we dreaded, and after it was all over, we both agreed that we should always try and make it a priority to find time for these special activities that we could do together to continue to learn about each other and grow as a couple. We are currently taking golf lessons and we might be better dancers!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I had obviously been stalking the weather and when I saw that it was going to be 80 degrees the weekend of our wedding, I thought to myself, I’m so glad I bought pashminas for all the female guests for the ceremony and have an espresso/coffee truck coming to serve guests warm drinks during our reception! I also noticed a little chance of rain around the time of our ceremony. Fast forward to our ceremony and I remember standing by the side of the house, looking up at the sky right before I was supposed to walk down the aisle, and telling my uncle that it was going to rain. The bridesmaids had all walked down the aisle and everyone was in their seats and I could feel the rain drops (my uncle continued to just say, “it’s not raining”). Ten seconds later, the sky completely opened up, so I ran into the house and sat in the bathroom as the entire wedding party and all the guests also ran into the house to take cover. My bridesmaids came into the bathroom with me, along with a couple of glasses of champagne. The champagne was opened and all the guests had a little pre-ceremony cocktail hour as we waited for the rain to stop. I sat in the bathroom with my bridesmaids and we just laughed and had an amazing time. Thirty minutes later, the storm passed and the sky looked beautiful, so we just picked up right where we left off, and Chris still cried when I walked down the aisle! During the planning stages, I was terrified of the possibility that it might rain that weekend, but when it actually happened, it turned out to be one of my most favorite memories of the day!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? You are most likely not a wedding planner and do not host parties for 100+ people on a regular basis. Trust the experts and listen to your vendors. Also, my biggest regret is not having a video of the speeches at our rehearsal dinner and of our ceremony. Even if you don’t have a videographer, make sure you capture these moments on video!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Chris and I just rescued an epileptic Pomeranian that we named Kirby Smart, after the new Georgia coach. We are still loving living in New York and are just excited about continuing this crazy journey together!

Photographer: Ashley Seawell Photography | Planner: Embellished Events | Venue and Caterer: Oldfield Club | Florist: Garden on the Square | Wedding Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes | Rentals: EventHaus | Band: Papa-Sol via East Coast Entertainment | Paper Products: The Wedding Library | Bride’s Gown: Peter Langner | Bridal Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier | Hair and Makeup: Christine Stephens | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Attire: Hickey Freeman | Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi | Custom Map and Signage: Signet Sealed | Custom Monogram: Katherine Killeffer | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Espresso Truck: Corner Perk | Live Painting: Elaine Burge

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Bri A reply

    I’m so amazed by all the details that shine through (that oyster garland!!) and their love for each other is so clear! Thanks for sharing, Meagan!


  2. avatar Jess Metcalf reply

    That oyster garland!!! I love it!

  3. avatar Mel reply

    These are my favourite bridesmaids dresses!! Love, love, love!

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Lynnsey and Chandler wanted a romantic, classic feel to their wedding, and good gravy, did they achieve that! From saying their vows alongside a candlelit altar at one of the oldest churches in Augusta to an abundance of all-white flowers with magnolia leaf greenery, I couldn’t think of two more fitting words to describe their sweet Georgia wedding than the ones they were going for. But, when it comes to Lynnsey’s Martina Liana gown, I sure can think of a few more: stunning, gorgeous, dreamy… I think you get the picture!

Thanks for sharing, Mark Williams Studio –I’m sure glad you did.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was my sister’s veil. My something blue was a beautiful blue rosary my mother-in-law gave me that I wrapped around my bouquet.

From the beginning, I wanted a long-sleeved lace gown. My sister lives in Charleston, so my mom and I went down there for the weekend to shop for wedding gowns. I only tried on about ten or so gowns before I tried on a sleeved lace gown that had the most beautiful lace train. I fell in love with it, so I bought the gown and had lace sleeves added.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Sacred Heart is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Augusta. The Richmond on Greene is an old Augusta hotel that was turned into a private event location. They both have a romantic and classic feel, which is what I wanted for my wedding.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Saying our vows was one of our favorite parts of the night. The ceremony setting was so romantic, thanks to the candles in the big, beautiful church, and repeating our vows in front of our family and friends was so special.

Describe your wedding flowers. White, white, white! My flowers were absolutely gorgeous. I wanted classic white flowers, and a lot of them! We had flowers everywhere. For greenery, we used magnolia leaves. The result was gorgeous, Southern, and classic.

My wedding cake was such a statement piece. I got so many compliments on it. It was a huge cake with white fondant and our initials trimmed in gold. The cake was absolutely delicious too; half of the layers were traditional vanilla with raspberry and lemon filling. The other layers were chocolate Kahlua fudge.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. My two best friends, Ali and Catie, were our matchmakers. We were away on a trip to Lake Oconee, and Catie and Ali invited their cute cousin, Chandler. We immediately hit it off and have been together ever since. My best friends turned into my cousins!
Tell us all about the proposal! The day we got engaged was like a fairy tale! Our plan was to go to our niece’s christening and then take family pictures down at the river. I had no idea what was about to happen! The spot where we were going to take pictures is so beautiful, and it overlooks the river. When we pulled up, I immediately knew something else was going on–I saw flowers and candles everywhere, and Chandler’s mother looked at me with tears in her eyes. I got out of the car and walked down to a spot where Chandler had put an iPad with a video for me to watch. The video he had put together was so sweet; it was all pictures from the time we met and all the years we dated. After I finished watching the video, I got up and walked down the bridge, where I saw Chandler at the end. When I got to the end of the bridge, he got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful diamond ring I had ever seen! I, of course, said yes! One of the best parts was he had our friends, who were also our photographers, there to take pictures, along with my sister and my best friend. We had a quick engagement shoot and then headed to my parents’ house to celebrate. My parents had all of our friends and family at their house, and we had a champagne-filled celebration!
When did y’all get married? November 21, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 350
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Pre-ceremony and walking down the aisle, we used traditional wedding songs. When Chandler and I exited after the ceremony, we played Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.” Our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” My dad and I danced to Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” which is the same song my sister and my dad danced to at her wedding. My sister and I chose that song because my dad asks my sister and me every single day, “have I told you that I love you?” It is our special song!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographers were friends with my sister and me in college, so having them as part of our wedding was very special. They have a great family business and it is so much fun working with friends.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We just took our late honeymoon to Rome, Florence, and Venice. We had an amazing time in such a romantic country. We are looking forward to celebrating our first anniversary coming up in November!

Photographer and Florist: Mark Williams Studio | Videographer: That Rainwater | Planner: Ashley Greene of Posh Petals and Pearls | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Richmond on Greene | Wedding Cake: Dianna Tornow Cakes | Caterer: The Silver Palm Catering Company | Band: Palmetto Groove Party Band | Bride’s Gown: “Style 675″ by Martina Liana | Hair Stylist: Brittany Harrington of Studio 285 | Makeup Artist: Holly Hall and Crystal Atkins of Cucumber and Mint | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Calvin Klein | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    Awh, Mark William Studio is the BEST! We adore them, such a sweet group – and they killed it on this one! Way to go ladies!

  2. avatar Melidds reply

    What brand are her shoes?! Love them!

  3. avatar Taylor reply

    Love those shoes! Do you know the designer?

  4. avatar Marielle Singletary reply

    Thanks for featuring their gorgeous wedding! We don’t often design florals for our clients anymore, but this one was well worth it thanks to their trust in our love for design :). Love that their late honeymoon in Rome is leading to a precious little baby :). Lynnsey and Chandler were such a joy to work with. We can’t wait to watch their family grow ;).

    Shoes are Nina.

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A little behind the scenes gossip; we actually looked long and hard for a dress similar to Whitney’s Vera Wang showstopper for a V9 editorial shoot, and never thought of the amazing idea she had to customize it by wrapping a simple tulle veil. It was the perfect addition to the strapless design. While I could talk plenty about her gown, there is much more sweetness about Whitney and Cory’s wedding day that you’re not going to want to miss. Like the amazing florals from Philosophy Flowers. Whitney loves to garden and had quite a vision that she hoped Kelly could bring to life. Not only did she make her vision come to life, but she even surprised Whitney with little details like unripened blueberries hidden in my bouquet and our table arrangements. A fun nod to Whitney’s love for the color navy. Of course, a girl after our own hearts, Whitney’s favorite detail wasn’t detail exactly; it was simply having all their friends and family together to celebrate their wedding and marriage together.

Big hugs to our darling Blue Ribbon Vendor Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography for sending us this lovely day!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Corey: Although we worked at the same company at the time, we didn’t know each other, and thanks to the company Christmas party in downtown Raleigh, we had the chance to meet. Whitney was holding a UNC cup and I was wearing a Santa hat. I had to politely let Whitney know I disagreed with her choice in drinkware (go Wolfpack), and Whitney wanted a Santa hat to match her green dress. From there, we struck up a conversation and ended up dancing the night away. It took about a month before our first date and on our date, we found out that our dads used to fly together for the same commercial airline and we just clicked. Six and a half years later, we haven’t looked back!
Tell us all about the proposal! Corey: So the main goal of the proposal was to make sure Whitney was surprised. I came up with an elaborate plan to have my older sister and her fiancé call and cancel their ‘plans’ of joining us for dinner last minute. I made sure Whitney was in the room when my sister called to cancel and put on a performance pretending to be upset. Since we were pretty much dressed already, I convinced Whitney we still needed to go to dinner. After dinner, I told Whitney I wanted to get a picture in front of the restaurant and since we parked out back, it was a little strange to walk out front. So we took a picture, continued walking around the restaurant, and unbeknownst to Whitney, waiting for us was a horse-drawn carriage. I urged Whitney to pet Marty the pony, but Whitney didn’t think he and his carriage were for us. I asked the carriage driver for a ride and he said “sure, hop on in!” I couldn’t contain my excitement and almost immediately asked Whitney to marry me. She said yes! I had her mom, her best friend, my mom, and my sister waiting for us at the State Capitol building as we made a loop around downtown. I then had a bunch of our friends meet us back at our townhouse to celebrate… it was an amazing night that we will never forget!
When did y’all get married? June 4, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Whitney: Finding my dress was definitely an experience, in the best possible way! I knew I only wanted my mom and my maid and matron of honor to help me decide as I am notorious for being the worst decision-maker. I figured the less people and less opinions, the easier it would be. We ventured out to our three appointments at various bridal boutiques in Raleigh, only to be disappointed with the first two appointments. When we started heading towards Alexia’s, I was incredibly anxious, thinking that we weren’t going to find my dress that day even though I knew I had plenty of time to find the one! I was bound and determined to find a classic dress and to steer clear of the strapless ball gown style. Well, lo and behold, I ended up with the strapless ball gown. After arriving to Alexia’s and chatting with the girls and telling them what I was looking for, they brought out three dresses for me to start with. The first dress blew me away even before I put it on. I saw the dress and started getting excited as it was poofy and draped in tulle with an amazing unstructured skirt! I was completely shocked that as soon as I put the dress on, my entire demeanor changed and excitement and emotions flooded my face! However, I knew something was missing. I asked if they could bring me a plain tulle veil and had them tie it around my arms! This completely made the dress for me and I knew this was the one! The girls at Alexia’s worked with me on creating this custom wrap for my dress and it was exactly what I saw myself in on the day I would marry Corey! My mom and maid of honor even lit up and they knew the second they saw my face that this was the one!
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, we decided to do a first look and are so happy we made the decision to do so. After months of anxious planning and looking forward to the day, we knew we couldn’t wait any longer to see one another, plus it helped calm our nerves! Both of us wanted a special moment for ourselves prior to the ceremony; along with deciding to have most of our pictures with the wedding party and family done prior to the ceremony, we wanted a private moment with one another.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Once we started with the planning phase, we knew we wanted to get married close to home! While we initially started thinking that we would get married in Raleigh, as this was the place where we’ve both called home for the last ten years and we would be starting our lives together here too, we also knew we’d love to get married in another place we both love: Blowing Rock, NC! We both love the area and the quaintness of the town and after narrowing down a few locations, we fell in love with the outdoor area at the Inn at Crestwood, nestled between Blowing Rock and Boone. The trees lining the lawn and the brick paver terrace were exactly what we envisioned. Of course, the rain had other plans on our wedding day. Meris and her team were able to have everything moved indoors and in the midst of a few rain showers, our guests were still able to get outdoors and enjoy the view we fell in love with! We also were very grateful that the rain held off just long enough for us to have our first look on the lawn!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Whitney: Corey and I are pretty traditional and loved the idea of reciting traditional vows during our wedding. We knew we wanted the preacher to read a few of our favorite verses (Romans 12:9-13 and Ruth 1:16), which we believe embody what we view in marriage and faith.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had such a difficult time narrowing down our wedding song! We have three songs that we have always cherished and fit our love to a point. After much debate and thinking about the style of our band, we decided on “I Found You” by the Alabama Shakes. This song has always had a special place in our hearts and it was so wonderful to hear as we twirled on the dance floor, not following any particular steps and dancing to our own tune! It recently played on a random shuffle we were listening to on a trip and we got the same butterflies we had on our wedding day, just listening to that song!
Describe your wedding flowers. Whitney: Two of the main aesthetic aspects of our wedding which we knew were incredibly important to us were the flowers and the photography. I am a true lover of all flowers and gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. Corey knew I had a vision when it came to our floral design and was very supportive of letting me take the reins on working with Kelly on our design. I knew the minute I found Kelly that it was a perfect fit. After hearing my long and exhausting plan, Kelly immediately knew what I wanted, sketched out everything, and made my vision come to fruition! She even mentioned sneaking in some amazing little design surprises and it was perfect! To our surprise, we had unripened blueberries hidden in my bouquet and our table arrangements. What a fun detail! I was blown away; who would think of this sweet little touch and design detail? Kelly was so patient with me and always listened to my thoughts and ideas, and seeing her bring her team together to have our floral ideas come to life was truly amazing.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Whitney: After a little debate, Corey and I decided on a dessert bar as I am not a big cake person. We knew we still wanted at least a small couple’s cake to cut and have the memory of cutting the cake at our wedding so once we sat down with Beth at Ugga Mugga Bakery, we came up with a great plan to have a couple’s cake to cut along with a dessert bar for all of our friends and family. Corey’s favorite cake flavor is funfetti, and Beth jumped at the idea of making us a custom and simple funfetti cake! After talking with Kelly, our floral designer, we knew we wanted a simple floral element as part of our cake and everything turned out exactly how we wanted! It was perfect and a big hit with all of our guests.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail was probably not a detail; it was simply having all of our friends, family, and those who support us in one room there cheering us on and celebrating our wedding and marriage together. While we knew we wanted to keep the wedding small, we wanted to make sure we had a chance to speak to everyone there, and we did! Sharing one of our favorite places and having those we love in one place, all together for the same purpose, was something we will always cherish.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Whitney: Yes! Navy is my absolute favorite color and when I found my sparkly navy shoes, I was smitten! They were my something blue. My dress was new and my mom let me borrow one of her bracelets which I have loved since I was a little girl. It was so special that she let me borrow it for the big day. My something old comes from a sweet story from our earlier years when Corey and I were dating. My birthday is right before our anniversary and leading up to my first birthday with Corey, he and some of my friends had planned for us to go out of town to celebrate. Upon arriving at our destination, Corey snuck away, unbeknownst to me, to pick up my birthday present. Later on, Corey surprised me with a pair of pearl earrings from Tiffany’s. Earlier in the year, I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and had lost one of the pearl earrings gifted to me by my parents when I was younger. He remembered this little detail months later and definitely surprised me with a new pair! I wear them almost every day and thought they would be such a wonderful addition to wear at our wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Whitney: Corey and I both grew up in the South and are definitely both Southern at heart! We wanted somewhere that reminded us of home, had a classy Southern mountain vibe, with great views. Crestwood checked all of those boxes. Also, while we stuck with simple wedding traditions, we knew we wanted to make our wedding black tie. The one Southern tradition we forgot about (and wished we hadn’t) was burying a bottle of bourbon at the location prior to the wedding!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? During our engagement, we both had many things occurring (buying a house, a new job, traveling, etc.) and at times, the stress got to us both. While Corey is definitely the more laid-back one of the two of us, we both knew we had to focus on our wedding and what lies ahead. Never going to bed angry is such a cliche, but it is very true for us and has been a grateful reminder during our years together and looking forward. We will keep this in our minds no matter if it’s life’s little stresses, planning a family, or focusing on little bumps in the road that come our way. Focusing on each other, our faith, and home will be a key aspect in our lives together.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Honestly, how can we pick? Callie, Meris, and Kelly were the ultimate team and they were able to capture every detail we had planned for. From Callie and her team working all day on capturing the details and making us feel at ease to Meris and her team focusing on making sure everyone was happy and timelines were being met was an incredible feeling to have. The details alone were a lot to keep up with and seeing everyone come together truly put smiles on our faces. Kelly captured our dream floral design and everything was perfect! The white and cream floral pallet was everything we wanted for our timeless floral design. These ladies are amazing and we cannot thank them enough for being the amazing artists and professionals that they are. There are not enough words to do them justice!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? As I was sneaking up behind Corey for our first look, my heart was racing with excitement! That feeling, the sweet kisses we stole during that moment, and the look on Corey’s face will stay with me always. I knew everything we planned for together was finally happening and to begin our marriage together was perfect! Corey: The moment I turned around and saw Whitney during our first look was incredible; I will never forget that moment and could not wait to marry her!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We would definitely suggest not stressing, if that is even possible! At the end of the day, if something goes wrong, it does not matter as long as you are happy, married, and having an amazing time! We had to keep telling ourselves that during the entire process and it helped immensely!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Since the last year has been quite busy and hectic with many travels, buying our first house together, and planning the wedding, we are looking forward to relaxing and adding four furry paws to our family! We cannot wait to add a puppy to the mix and to welcome him or her to our home.

Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography | Planner: Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang | Venue: The Inn at Crestwood | Florist: Philosophy Flowers | Dessert Baker: Ugga Mugga Bakery | Band: Phase Band | Paper Products: Julie Patoolie’s | Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang | Bridal Salon: Alexia’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Julianna Knox | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Place Card Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studios

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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