Google+ Real Southern Weddings Archives - Page 24 of 204 - Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings Magazine

Category: Real Southern Weddings

Bright coral pink is one of those colors that exudes cheerfulness, and when I read Nichole and Ricky’s equally charming interview, I knew they made the perfect color scheme choice for their wedding! After enduring a long-distance relationship and getting engaged in the town where they met, this sweet couple spent a year and a half planning their gorgeous Historic Cedarwood wedding. All of their hard work resulted in a wedding that struck the perfect balance between heartfelt, emotional moments and fun, playful details. Does it get much better than that?

Big thanks to Kristyn Hogan for sharing Nichole and Ricky’s beautiful day with us!

I had spent about a month going to several wedding boutiques pre-shopping in Houston before my mom came into town for Thanksgiving. I wanted to make sure that I had a few dresses picked out to help make the shopping really easy. However, I couldn’t seem to find one that made me feel like it was the one and I was really stressing out, not to mention that all of my girls lived in other states, so I was really going at this alone. Finally, my parents came to town for the holiday and my mom and I set out looking for the dress. I tried on several at the first boutique and even though my mom already had tears flowing since we were finally getting to have our mother-daughter experience, I still wasn’t finding the one that felt right for me. When we went to the next boutique, we had fun picking out dresses that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. Then I came across this one that I just fell in love with. I put it on and knew it was the dress. We were both crying and just so excited that this was it. We bought the dress, canceled the rest of the appointments, and then went out to celebrate since we still had the rest of the day with each other.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? 
I actually talked to my photographer and she said it was great for pictures, so I was more than excited to include this in our day. A month before my wedding, one of my best friends got married and did a first look. All of the girls begged to sneak a peek but not be seen. Wow–we were all in tears over the amount of emotion that they both had, and I couldn’t wait to have the same experience with my soon-to-be husband. Needless to say, we did!

What a sweet moment! I love the emotion in this picture, including all of the smiling guests in the background!

Did you write your own vows? 
We really wanted to, but we were so nervous that we would be too overcome with emotion and unable to make it through them. We were fortunate to have a wonderful officiant, who helped us plan our ceremony and gave us the opportunity to make it ours. The part that stood out to me the most was the preface to the vows. “I want remind us all of what a vow is. A vow is a solemn promise, a pledge that binds. A commitment of heart, mind, soul and body. It is tenacious, persistent and even stubborn in the face of challenges. These are your vows. It is one of life’s greatest gifts, to give and receive such a commitment. Understanding these things about your vows causes us to understand that these are not mere words and so we listen in great awe and reverence as you make these promises to each other.”

When I was initially conceptualizing the wedding, I fell in love with the idea of an outdoor ceremony, but wanted to make sure that we had rustic Southern charm as well. Since I am from Tennessee, we wanted to have the wedding in Nashville to give our guests the opportunity to experience this amazing city we fell in love with. Cedarwood was perfect with its natural meadow, outdoor garden, front lawn with a swing and chandelier, historic home, and beautiful landscape, so I had many different areas to utilize. We had our wedding ceremony in the meadow with the altar covered with beautiful flowers and the rustic barn in the background. The cocktail hour was held in the front of the house on the lawn. It reminded me of something out of Gone With the Wind. Our reception was held on the wrap-around terrace, which was open and surrounded by the beautiful landscape and decor.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
I would have to say Cedarwood Weddings. They walked me through everything. I really had no idea what I was doing and I relied on Cedarwood to point me in the right direction. The staff was fantastic. We were lucky enough to have started planning far enough in advance that we were able to book all the vendors that Cedarwood considered the best of the best. It all showed the day of the wedding, with every vendor and staff member. Everything went so smoothly and felt perfect. We were able to enjoy every moment.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
I completely loved our cake. I was the bride that was seated and eating a full plate while everyone was dancing. It was a round, three-tiered smooth-edged design with peach-melon colored icing, small lace detailing, and one big coral charm peony on top of a mint cake stand. All tiers were strawberry marble cake with white chocolate cream cheese filling and icing. I am so happy that we had some left over so I can have it over and over again. We also had a cookie bar setup. These cookies are the ones the aunts brought. They were displayed on various platters and cake stands and were a huge hit!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
I am originally from Tennessee and moved north for school and my career. While working at Tweenbrands in Columbus, Ohio, I met a really great group of girlfriends that had all gone to Ohio University together. We all hung out and eventually started going to their boyfriends’ softball games, which is when I started to hang out with Ricky. We would all go out after the games and hang out, eating pizza and fries on Thursday nights, and we continued meeting up through the weekend. I could really tell that Ricky and I had a lot in common. We were both going through art school and it was so easy to talk and relate to him. We became a couple just a few months before he was offered an amazing job in Houston, TX. We both felt it was the right thing for him to do and we continued to make the relationship work. After a very long two years of long-distance calls and flights back and forth, we both felt like we needed to be together. I left my job and moved to Houston for us and two years later, we were finally engaged.
Tell us all about the proposal! 
It was so cute! We traveled back to Ohio and I had already been sick for a week but I was being a trooper. We ran around all day getting ready for a Halloween party that night and stopping at all our favorite places in Columbus, where we met. Then, in the parking lot behind our favorite coffee house, he started to complain about his leg hurting. I offered him some Aleve, but he said he would be fine. We got into the car when Ricky started freaking out about his leg really hurting. He told me to stop and let him get out to stretch. I rolled down the window to see how he was doing and he told me he needed me to get out and help him (by the way, he was kneeling in a puddle). I got out, really confused since he never complains about pulled muscles, and there he was, on one knee (still in the puddle), asking me if I would marry him. Then, he opened the box and the ring fell out and rolled under the car. He politely asked me to “hold on a sec” while he fetched it and I was tearing up. It was the cutest thing and I was so happy that I forgot to say yes till we got back in the car! Eventually, he did get his answer.
When did y’all get married? 
May 26, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
I really wanted to use some “not so typical” music during our ceremony. Working with our guitar/violin duo, we were able to add some Beatles songs that keep the feeling more current. We incorporated “In My Life” for the seating of the guests and “All You Need is Love” for the recessional to kick off the celebration! Ricky had this great idea that at the end of the reception, we have the DJ play “Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack as if it was the last song. Then, we surprised our guests with “One More Time” by Daft Punk for one last chance to dance. It was so much fun!!
Describe your wedding flowers. 
Cedarwood did an amazing job with the flowers. I provided a picture I had seen online of an arrangement with many different types of natural textures and colors that I wanted to replicate. I wanted to make sure that we were making an effort to not be matchy-matchy and focus on various shades of our colors: light pinks, melon, and ivory. They did a custom-designed bouquet using cabbage roses, coral charm peonies, light peach/pink stock, light pink spray roses, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, and ranunculus. It was hand-tied with burlap and a band of material used for my dress sash around the middle. We switched the color variations for the bridesmaids so the bouquets would pop against their papaya J.Crew dresses, and tied each with a ribbon to match my sash as well. They were beautiful! The groom’s boutonniere was a light peach spray rose and seeded eucalyptus to match my bouquet, tied with twine. The groomsmen boutonnieres were similar, but in a lighter shade.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
I have a few that really stood out for me. First, I made all the paper goods, from the save the dates, to the large logo sign used for the favor wall and photo booth, to the guest book. I really enjoyed taking the time to make sure every little detail was consistent with our Nashville wedding, with the large bright flowers and the NP + RK theme. Ricky was always there helping me get all the tiny crafts completed, bless his heart. Second, I decided to do white Wayfarer Sunglasses with our “NP + RK” logo as our favors. I thought it would make great photos and it was totally appropriate with the outside wedding venue. Third, there is a family tradition on my husband’s side that the women of the family make these amazing little cookies for weddings. They are insanely good. RK’s aunts made the drive all the way down from Pittsburgh with the cookies in tow for our wedding. It really meant a lot that his family would take so much time to make all of them. There were so many different kinds of cookies and the table never seemed to be bare since the staff had enough to keep it stocked all night. I purchased kraft favor bags so our guests could take some of their favorite ones home with them. Somehow I still ended up taking plenty to snack on back home. Fourth, my dad had this amazing idea to incorporate a Chinese wishing lantern into the wedding, which I thought would be a unique thing to do as a sign of our unity. It was really beautiful to release the lantern into the air with all of our family and friends watching as it soared into the night sky.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I faced was being so far away from everything, including my family, friends, and the venue. I did a lot on my own and had to utilize technology as much as possible with FaceTime and sending photos. I had a lot of support from my parents during the planning process. They really were amazing. We also had our initial design meeting at Cedarwood to cover every detail of the wedding. It was outstanding and really helped me decide what direction to go with my wedding.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
My most memorable moment would have to be at the ceremony, standing there with Ricky, announcing to everyone that we were forever joined as husband and wife. I remember, even through my nerves, taking a moment to look at everyone that had traveled so far to be there for us, and knowing that others so wanted to be there and couldn’t make it. It really touched our hearts.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Try not to rush it. I had about a year and a half engagement. I really feel like it’s worth taking the time if you can. I would also suggest, if your venue doesn’t offer it, to get a wedding planner, even if it’s just for the day of your wedding. It was great to not have to worry about anything the day of and to enjoy all the hard work I put into creating the special day with everyone we love.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
We are looking to save money and start looking for a house. We are ready to settle down and begin the rest of our lives together.

Photographer: Kristyn Hogan | Planner: Cedarwood Weddings – Linda Wright, Kortni Wells, and Erika Hoelscher | Ceremony Venue: The Historic Cedarwood - Cedarwood Weddings | Reception Venue: The Historic Cedarwood - Cedarwood Weddings | Florist: Cedarwood Weddings – Karen Wright | Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes | Caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering | Band: Jace Aaron Entertainment | Bride’s Gown: Watters, Belmont Style, Bride re-designed sash | Paper Products: Bride self-designed and made, NP+RK Designs | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Jewelry: Anthropologie (Hair Accessory), Bride’s Own (Jewelry) | Bridesmaids’ Hair Accessories/Jewelry: Bride made (Hair Accessory), Bride re-designed (Jewelry) | Hair Stylist for Bride, Mother of the Bride, and Mother of the Groom: Studio BBC Salon | Hair Stylist for Bridesmaids and Flower Girl: Leslie Dockery of On Broadway Hair Salon and Lynnell Randolph Ferguson | Makeup Artist: Studio BBC Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Lucky Brand light mint ballet flats | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew Miranda Dress in Cotton Candy – Sweet Papaya | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Havana Destination Suit | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank Havana Destination Suit

Cedarwood Weddings is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Kat reply

    I’m in LOVE with those porch flowers, the dark brown chairs against the pink linens and that huge bloom on their cake!! Her “try not to rush it” advice is spot on too :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    This wedding is packed with gorgeous details, but I have to say their signature drink might be my favorite! Looks delicious!

  3. avatar Ivy Ellen reply

    I love your idea of releasing a Chinese wishing lantern. Such a magical thing to do. Congratulations to you both.

  4. avatar Linda reply

    Loved this wedding and layers upon layers of pretty details. Working with Nicole and Ricky (and her parents) was a treat for the Cedarwood team, and we are always pumped to partner with Kristyn Hogan. Thanks for sharing this one!

  5. avatar Kristin reply

    I am not a cake girl but heavens that cake looks delicious! I love the big coral charm peony on top!!

  6. avatar Claire reply

    The flowers are gorgeous! Love this color combo

  7. avatar Latrice reply

    This wedding is amazing! The Cedarwood team + Kristyn Hogan are a perfect combination.

  8. avatar Dana reply

    there are so many perfect peach aspects and gorgeous flowers in this wedding, im so in love with it!!

  9. avatar Blakely reply

    We are doing similar colors! Where did the bride get that cake stand? I may need one!!

  10. avatar weddingchicks reply

    love seeing our sweet favor bags! (:

  11. avatar » Wedding Favor Bag Ideas May I Have The Ring reply

    [...] Nichole designed the invite suite herself to go along with her pink and mint wedding and we thing she did an utterly fabulous job. You can see more of Nichole and Ricky’s rustic chic wedding over on SWS Magazine Blog! [...]

  12. avatar Mint and Coral Cedarwood Wedding | Historic Cedarwood | All Inclusive Designer Weddings reply

    [...] Nicole and Ricky’s mint and coral pink wedding is a southern show stopper that explodes with personality.  We had an incredible time helping pull all the details together for this celebration, anchored by the amazing paper goods Nicole designed for her wedding.  If you love what you see in these fantastic photos by Kristyn Hogan, you can read about her wedding vision and details in the blog feature by Southern Weddings Magazine! [...]

  13. avatar Rosy Pink Wedding Ideas | Heart Love Weddings reply

    [...] 1: Bridesmaid Dress and Bouquet captured by Kristyn Hogan Photography via Southern Weddings, Peaches via Serenella, Letterpress Wedding Invitations via Vintage Press & [...]

  14. avatar Amye reply

    Hi just checking I read correctly.. Did nichole really make her own wedding invitation package? I am really wanting to make my own as well and this has been great inspiration! Any tips on how/where to get started? What program’s are good to use?


    Amye xx

  15. avatar This + That // Strawberries + Pink | Coastal Bride reply

    […] Hogan Photography via Southern Weddings // Rylee Hitchner Photography via Once […]

  16. avatar Pastel Pink & Mint Green | ベンジャミンズパーティー reply

    […] source} Southern Weddings / Photography by Kristyn […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

Two words kept coming to my mind when I was reading Kaylie and Noah’s interview and scrolling through their wedding pictures: beautiful and happy. With the rolling Virginia hills in the background, lots of fluffy pink blooms and plenty of sweet details, beautiful is a given. But even more beautiful than all of those things? The joy on Kaylie and Noah’s faces in every single one of their pictures! It is so easy to see their happiness, and particularly when I read about Kaylie running through the mud in her new Badgley Mischkas because she was so excited to see Noah for their first look, I knew that those smiles were completely genuine and joyful. Just the way a bride should feel on her wedding day. :)

Hugs to Katelyn James for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom, Noah’s mom and my MawMaw came with me to Becky’s Bridal in Lexington, VA. We stopped at The Southern Inn for a quick lunch and then off to Becky’s we went! I had an idea of what I wanted in my mind and Becky at Becky’s Bridal knew the exact dress that I should try on. I tried on a few before the Maggie Sottero “Sarchi” gown, but as soon as I put it on, I fell in love! The fit and flare gave my figure shape and the beaded belt was the perfect touch. I also loved that the straps were removable. I was set on having a cathedral length veil as well.

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, so I knew I definitely wanted to incorporate those into the flower arrangements! Mary at Country Garden Florist did an amazing job with everything and incorporated the pink and green from the wedding with pops of peach to add more depth. I knew I wanted the ceremony focus to be on us and the beautiful view of the mountains, so she made two urns full of gorgeousness to go on either side of Noah and I. The girls carried bouquets of simple baby’s breath and the MOH carried a bouquet of astilbe. The groomsmen had mini succulents as their boutonnieres.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a string quartet for the wedding ceremony and a DJ for the reception. My Dad and I walked down the aisle to Trumpet Voluntary. I loved it, and the first time I heard it, I could picture the doors opening and this beginning to play for my dad and I to walk out. I knew it was perfect! Later on for our dance, my dad and I danced to Trace Adkins “Just Fishin” because as I was growing up, he taught me to fish and we still fish together to this day. It reminds me of a lot of memories that we shared during our fishing trips! Noah and I danced to “Our Love is Here to Stay” by Eric Clapton. We really liked the old-timey sound of the song.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Do we have to choose? We had TOO many favorites, including our beautiful venue in the mountains and our sweetheart table that my mom put together with our new china and monogrammed napkins!

Sarah at Pastry Love did an amazing job with our cake! When we went to the cake tasting, we fell in love with her amazing lemon cake and raspberry buttercream. She alternated layers of lemon cake with raspberry buttercream and lemon cake with vanilla buttercream. We thought the flavors were perfect for our summer wedding. I brought a picture of an ombre ruffle cake I had found online and she did such an amazing job recreating it how I asked—it turned out perfectly!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Noah and I attended the same high school and after he went away to college (he was a year older than me), we reconnected. For our first date, he came home from school to watch me cheer in my last home football game and surprised me with flowers and a date to our favorite restaurant! After I graduated from high school, I went off to Virginia Tech and luckily, he was right down the road at Radford University. He popped the question on Valentine’s Day 2012 and we were engaged for a little over a year before getting married in June 2013.
Tell us all about the proposal! Noah and I have a love (OK, it’s an OBSESSION) for Chinese food! He came to pick me up on Valentine’s Day morning and told me to be ready for breakfast. He showed up dressed in his best sport coat with flowers, two HUGE stuffed animals and two mason jars full of homemade fortune cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. We have this tradition where when we go out to eat, he holds the two fortune cookies in his hand and I get to pick one out. That morning, he told me to pick one from one of the mason jars, but I couldn’t open it until later. We got in the car and he drove onto Virginia Tech’s campus to the Duck Pond and walked me out under a willow tree (my favorite tree at the Duck Pond). He told me I could open the fortune cookie now. As I opened it, he got down on one knee, pulled out a BEAUTIFUL ring, and I read fortune, which said, “Will you marry me?” Obviously, I said yes!! Then we went to our favorite French restaurant in Blacksburg for brunch.
When did y’all get married? June 15, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 150
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? One reason that we chose Katelyn James as our wedding photographer (other than that she’s AWESOME!) is because she LOVES to do first looks. Noah and I really liked the idea of seeing each other before the ceremony because not only would we have time together alone on our wedding day, but we also really wanted those intimate moments captured for us to cherish for years to come. Not to mention, first looks definitely calm the nerves!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we had the pastor do traditional vows—we wanted a short and sweet ceremony!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I used Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny” on my toes for my something blue and thought that it would be fun with my pink ruffle shoes. I wore a silver square ring with my “old monogram” on it. I had three something new’s–a beautiful set of diamond earrings with pearls that my Dad gave to me the night of the rehearsal dinner and an Origami Owl locket. Also, all my girls and I had matching Tiffany & Co bracelets to add to my something new. My mom put the Origami Owl locket on my bouquet and told me that each of the ladies in my family had chosen a charm to go inside that represented a memory that they had of me! I can wear it now as a necklace!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The rehearsal dinner was at the Southern Inn in downtown Lexington and guests had a choice of local rainbow trout, meatloaf, or Southern fried chicken. The wedding was at the Irvine Estate, which sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful hydrangea bushes—my favorite! We loved the idea of our invitations being handkerchiefs. The guests brought them to the wedding to wave them as we exited. We thought they could use them to dry tears, and they can keep them for years to come to remember our special day. Our invitation suite was designed by my wonderful mom and printed using Spoonflower. And of course, the bowtie that Noah wore was definitely Southern!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Deciding on a color scheme was definitely hard for me! Pinterest can be helpful, but also distracting at times. I knew that I didn’t want anything too crazy to take away from the venue, so that helped me narrow down the choices. Once I finally settled on pink and sage as our main colors, everything was much easier!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We really loved the venue we chose because they provided everything we needed, from the china, silverware, tables, chairs, food and drinks! We didn’t have to deal with a million different vendors for rentals because everything was already there and it took a ton of stress off of us when planning the wedding. And of course, we wanted to remember our wedding day forever, which is why we chose Katelyn James as our photographer. She and Michael capture the special moments in such an awesome way and we knew we wanted them for our wedding—we’re SO glad we chose them!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment about our wedding day was going to see Noah for our first look. I picked a spot down the road with a willow tree that I thought would be perfect for our pictures! After Katelyn got permission from the owner of the property, we made our way down toward the pond with the willow tree. The only problem was that it had rained the ENTIRE week before the wedding and the ground was super muddy! I trudged down the hill through the mud in my pink ruffle Badgley Mischkas, not thinking twice because I was SO excited to see Noah for our first look! By the end of our first look, my shoes were covered in mud before the wedding, but I didn’t care!!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy it! I found myself getting so caught up in every little detail sometimes that I would forget the big picture: that at the end of the day, we would be married and be able to share it with our family and friends. Also, don’t let Pinterest get the best of you. It is a great resource to find so many ideas, but sometimes those ideas can sidetrack you! Once you set a “theme,” delete anything off your wedding board that doesn’t vibe with the theme and feeling that you are trying to have on your wedding day! And don’t be afraid to ask people around you for help!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Settling into our place in Richmond, VA and exploring the city. Noah will be finishing up grad school at VCU in the spring and we are excited about that as well! Oh, and we would LOVE to get a puppy soon :)

Photographer: Katelyn James | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Irvine Estate | Florist: Country Garden Florist | Wedding Cake: Pastry Love | Caterer: The Irvine Estate | Rentals: ASAPLinen | DJ: Joey Crawford | Bride’s Gown: Becky’s Bridal, Maggie Sottero “Sarchi” | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Becky’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Monica Ouimette from Penny’s Pioneer Salon | Badgley Mischka “Adele” in Pink | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew Factory | Invitation Printing: Spoonflower | Invitation tags: Christina Williams Etsy Shop | Pink Shimmer Cards and Envelopes: LCI Paper | Guest Book Design: Bleu de Toi Etsy Shop | Mustache Favor Buttons: Button Arcade Etsy Shop | Balloons: Shop Sweet Lulu | Set of Forks: Onecraftivist Etsy Shop | Monogrammed Napkins: KatieClaire Memorable Monograms Etsy Shop | Garters: Glitz and Garters Etsy Shop | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Otis B. Jewelry | Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Tiffany & Co. | Monogrammed Flutes: Vinyl-E-Yours Etsy Shop
Katelyn James is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    this wedding is so sweet! her dress is beautiful!

  2. avatar What Makes You Marriage Material | Wedding Blog | reply

    [...] Image via Southern Weddings [...]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

Friends! Apologies for the later start this morning. We have a good excuse, though — we were running around the countryside yesterday in these gorgeous gowns for our fabulous team photo shoot!

Thought y’all would enjoy a sneak peek! Now on to today’s wedding!

The only thing that would have made our fabulous shoot yesterday even better, although it would be difficult, would be Adrienne’s sparkly dancing shoes! While my Jacks were nice, I think these would have complimented my gown just a bit better!

I adore the relaxed yet completely overflowing-with-joy feeling this adorable couple achieved by adding sweet accents like Adrienne’s just-gathered-from-a-field bouquet, dapper gents in grey suits, and even a goat on their drink menu. (Confession: Nicole and I may have had a little squeal in the office over that detail!) And my own grandmother would be quite disappointed if I didn’t mention Adrienne’s beautiful family heirloom cameo as her something old and borrowed!

Big thanks to 13:13 Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! For some of these details, I chose to honor both of my grandmothers who I really wish could have been there at my wedding. I wore my maternal grandmother’s blue cameo ring on my right hand, and had her Marine Corps pin on my bouquet. From my cousin, I borrowed a beautiful cameo brooch pin that belonged to my paternal grandmother. I put that on my bouquet as well. I felt amazing on our big day in my new dress and gold glittery Kate Spade heels.

We decided to do a first look to make sure we could capture that beautiful moment perfectly by having the photographers stage it. We also thought that it would be better to get through that first nervous moment together and be able to enjoy and remember the short ceremony more calmly. We were able to take pictures together and with our wedding party before the ceremony too, so we could join the party sooner after the ceremony.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We compiled our ceremony together, using fairly traditional vows, but also adding in our own pieces to be sure it was personal. Our very favorite part was the reading from “The Alchemist.” Many of our friends and family commented afterwards about how beautiful and thought-provoking the reading was.

Describe your wedding flowers. For myself, I had a natural, just-gathered-from-a-field bouquet with blush pinks to complement the wedding colors. It was gathered with a ribbon and had strings of gold sequins hanging from it. We decorated the tables with simple white flowering plants that we planted in vases I had purchased from Goodwill and spray-painted in an array of metallic colors and white. My bridesmaids carried matching clutch purses from an Etsy shop instead of bouquets. I planned for the groomsmen to wear fabric boutonnieres I also purchased from Etsy, but at some point in the pre-wedding activity, those were left behind! They were very cute!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our processional was Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line” because it makes us think of each other, our future, our parents at our stage in life, and being young and so in love. We always tear up when it comes on the radio. We also loved it for our wedding because it’s upbeat, light-hearted and familiar. I walked out to “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by The Beatles, and we walked down the aisle newly married to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, both songs we will always love.

I can’t get over the little goat on this bar menu! What a fun way for A + B to incorporate Goat Island into their decor!

Our wedding celebrated the beauty of coastal South Carolina. Our guests were able to enjoy a boat ride over to the island with marsh and waterway views, complete with pelicans flying overhead, ocean breezes and sparkling water. We enjoyed an afternoon under the oak trees, sipping sweet tea. It doesn’t get much more Southern than that!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. A dear friend offered to bake our wedding cake for us, so we designed it together. The cutting cake was a two-layer, round funfetti cake with white pearl fondant and white polka dots. My bridesmaids and I made the topper of gold glitter hearts. For the guests, we had funfetti and chocolate cake balls, which were designed to complement the cutting cake. The cake balls were a big hit with our guests.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I first saw Bryan while lounging by the pool at a work friend’s birthday party. He walked in (also as a guest of the party), and I thought, “Wow, that’s the kind of guy I’m looking for!” I asked my friend to introduce us after she informed me he was single and that Bryan makes amazing barbecue. Although we exchanged a few timid glances at the party, we didn’t meet that day by the pool. We finally met the following week at a local barbecue place (naturally!) with some other friends and had our first official date not long after. While neither one of us would say we knew for sure at that time that we had met the one we would marry one day, we both felt from the beginning that the other was someone very special and recognized that possibility.
Tell us all about the proposal! Bryan and I have a “spot.” It’s no secret that the Old Pitt Street Bridge is a gorgeous, romantic place. It’s an old railroad bridge that has been converted into a little park that overlooks the Charleston harbor from Mount Pleasant. We had an amazing time when we had a picnic dinner at sunset there early in our relationship, and we always talked about how it was a lovely moment in our love story. On November 2, 2011, just over a year after that first romantic picnic together, Bryan planned an even more special picnic there. When we had finished eating and were lying on the blanket admiring the spectacular view, Bryan proposed. He chose to give me his dear grandmother’s engagement ring, since she had given it to him long ago with the understanding that he would give it to the woman he would marry one day. I now also wear her wedding band. Although I never had the pleasure of knowing her, I’m so touched that he gave me her rings, and I love that my rings have a beautiful story to tell.
When did y’all get married? October 20, 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 110
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. We were married on Goat Island, an island across the intracoastal waterway from Isle of Palms. It was all outdoors, and the island is only accessible by boat, so I had to consider that when choosing my dress. After just one day of shopping with two of my dear friends, my mom, and my then-future mother-in-law, I had my bridal moment with happy tears and all. I chose a 1950s-inspired strapless, champagne-colored, tea-length, tulle ballerina gown by Amy Kuschel.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We had the wedding on Goat Island on the property of some family friends. It’s quiet and peaceful and feels like another world out there. We’ve always loved it, and it was amazing to share that magical place with all of our closest friends and family on such a beautiful day.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was a challenge to find a caterer that was willing to make the trip by boat with all of their crew and supplies, and to spend the day out on the island. Bricklane Catering accepted the challenge, and gave us exactly what we had envisioned.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We are so thankful to have been able to work with Sarah and Yessy of 13:13 Photography. We love their style and eye for pretty little details. They were so gracious and friendly, and they were able to capture the casual, light-hearted, intimate feeling we experienced spending the afternoon on the island with our nearest and dearest.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When the ceremony began and I walked out from the wooded pathway to the open area where we had the ceremony, I was overcome with gratitude to see all of the smiling faces of the lovely people we are fortunate to have in our lives. I was so thankful in that moment that so many friends and family members were able to join us for the wedding. I’ll never forget that feeling.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I was overwhelmed at times by all of the options and choices and decisions to make and all of the DIY details that I could’ve done. We tried to just keep it simple and make sure to include the most important details. Our day was awesome because we made it our own and prioritized what we thought was most important. Also, our coordinator Katherine Miller (YoJ Events) helped to make sure our wedding day went smoothly and that we didn’t have to worry about anything except getting married and enjoying ourselves. I highly recommend hiring a planner to take over two weeks before the wedding so you don’t have to stress out.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We look forward to traveling more together, building a home together, and having children one day. We’re a team now, and I’m so excited to have started our many adventures together.

Photographer: 13:13 Photography | Katherine Miller from YOJ Events |  Ceremony Venue: Family friend’s property on Goat Island | Florist: Buy The Bunch | Wedding Cake Baker: Friend of the Bride and Groom | Caterer: Brick Lane Catering | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Bluegrass Band: The Green Levels | Bride’s Gown: Amy Kuschel, “Paige” Dress | Paper Products: Designed and made by the Bride | Bride’s Earrings and Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Emily Pence from Stella Nova | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chosen individually by Bridesmaids | Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zenga | Groomsmen Attire: Chosen individually by Groomsmen | Transportation: Barrier Island Eco-Tours

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    The scenery is amazing! What a perfect place for such a charming wedding!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    Ha! I love those funny food signs with the little goat in the corner!

  3. avatar Kristin reply

    Dying over her sparkly shoes!!

  4. avatar southern weddings feature goat island south carolina south florida wedding photographer | 1313 South Florida Destination Wedding Photography reply

    [...] an exciting day to see Adrienne and Bryan’s beautiful Goat Island wedding in South Carolina featured on their [...]

  5. avatar Friday Fresh Squeeze | Floridian Weddings reply

    [...] Ooh, even more gorgeous pink (mismatched!) bridesmaid perfection. [...]

  6. avatar Food Station Ideas for Weddings and Showers | Mexico Wedding Expert reply

    […] Photo Credit: Southern Weddings […]

  7. avatar Food Station Ideas for Weddings and Showers | Wedding Gifts Tips reply

    […] Photo Credit: Southern Weddings […]

  8. avatar Food Station Ideas for Weddings and Showers | My Website reply

    […] Photo Credit: Southern Weddings […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

I am a big believer in the idea that when it comes to the person you’re meant to be with, when you know, you know. Today’s beautiful bride and groom, Erica and Danny, are the perfect example of this. They met when they were kids, but they didn’t start their relationship till years later. When they finally got together, they both knew right away that they had found “the one” and committed wholeheartedly. I love how Erica described their first year together when she said, “We confidently jumped in head first and never once considered putting floaties on.” That takes courage, y’all, and as you can see here in their overflowing-with-love wedding pictures, it was completely worth it.

Thank you so much to Megan Thiele for sharing Erica and Danny’s wedding with us!

I put off wedding dress shopping for a year. I didn’t feel great about my body after being pregnant, but I was worried that if I waited any longer, I wouldn’t be able to get the dress of my dreams in time for the big day. To my surprise, I loved almost every dress I tried on. I planned to buy one of the dresses from the first boutique I went to, but my mom convinced me to try one more place. At the Wedding Gallery in historic downtown St. Charles, I tried on three dresses and again, loved them all. The dresses were now starting to run together, so my mom suggested trying something different than the lace mermaid gowns I had been trying on, and I agreed. The wedding dress specialist asked me what I envisioned I would look like on my wedding day. I laughed and said, “A princess, of course!” I told her I loved beaded dresses but was afraid that with a rustic venue and wedding, I would look out of place. She said, “I think I have something” and brought out a beautiful Martina Liana beaded and lace dress. I thought the lace gave it the vintage, rustic look I was going for, but the beads gave it a glamorous look too. I had my mom wait outside the room until I had the belt and veil on too. When she walked in, she didn’t say a word. My mom is not a crier, so I knew I wasn’t going to get any tears out of her, but I thought she’d at least have something to say about it, so I asked “Well, aren’t you going to say something?” She replied, “You look like a princess.” Needless to say, that was the dress I wore on my wedding day.

Mismatched navy dresses, cowboy boots, and some seriously gorgeous bouquets? This bridal party has style in spades!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Danny and I have known one another since we were kids, but the stars just never quite aligned — that is, until New Year’s Eve 2010. I truly believe we were always meant to end up together, just not until then. I believe it takes heartache and mistakes to learn what you want in a relationship and who you want to be in a relationship. I also think it takes knowing what “wrong” feels like in order to know what “right” feels like. With that being said, when Danny and I had started dating, we both knew right away, this was right. This was it. We confidently jumped in head first and never once considered putting floaties on. Within the first year of our relationship, we moved in together, bought and built our first home, got engaged, and brought a beautiful baby boy into this world.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There were two moments in particular that will most definitely stick with me forever. First was when Danny started to cry while reading his vows. In the many years I’ve known Danny and the three years we’ve been together, I have never seen him cry. I think everyone was shocked and it caused quite the chain reaction. The second one was when my dad said in his speech, which will make me cry writing this, “I love my daughter with all my heart and I know Danny does too, but nobody could possibly love her as much as that little blonde-haired, blue-eyed grandson of mine does.” Everyone knows how much I adore my little boy and Connor is most definitely a mama’s boy, but hearing my dad say that really tugged at my heart strings. I felt that my father was really proud of the person and mother I had become and that I was doing a good job as Connor’s mom.

If I had to choose one detail that was my most favorite, it would be the table design. I wouldn’t say it was one detail, but every part of it was so well thought out and detailed. We had navy linens on the guest tables, and on the head table, we used hemstitched tablecloths over navy linens. Each person had a chevron, polka dot, or stripe placemat with a rattan charger on top and a light blue linen napkin. Each place setting had a vintage mismatched flowered china plate, just like my grandma’s! The silverware was wrapped in twine and had a yellow billy ball and blue thistle tucked into it. My centerpieces were flowers in wood boxes or mason jars on top of wood slabs or wood pillars, and there were metallic candle holders all around them. Our guest sat in white chiavari chairs, and Danny and I each had an oversized wood chair with signs that said “Better” and “Together.”

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Susie G’s Bakery made us three simple but delicious wedding cakes. They were white cake with raspberry filling, covered with buttercream icing. Our dessert bar was much more elaborate. We had assorted cakes in mini mason jars and yummy chewies that were inspired by Danny’s love for turtles, provided by Susie G’s Bakery. We also had a variety of freshly baked cookies from Grandma’s Cookies, s’mores cupcakes from Sarah’s Cake Shop, and assorted fruit pies from Sugaree Bakery. At the end of the night, my wedding planner said she had never seen a dessert bar picked over as much as ours was. Both my family and Danny’s have a sweet tooth!

Tell us all about the proposal! Danny asked me to marry him on October 14, 2011. I was eight months pregnant and we had just built and moved in to our new home. I was a bit overwhelmed with everything, so although I knew a ring would eventually come, I definitely did not think it would come then. Danny and I were both born on the 13th and Connor was not only due on the 13th, but on my birthday. I had dropped a few hints that the 13th is a great day and it would be fun if all the important things in our lives happened on the 13th, hint hint. So, on October 13, Danny spent half the day trying to carve a pumpkin that said “will you marry me,” but since he couldn’t finish before I got home from work, he decided to throw the 13th idea out the window. On October 14, I came home from work to see the carved pumpkin surrounded by flowers and candy corn (great gesture for a pregnant woman). Like a gentleman, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. He said he didn’t just love me during our good times, but that he loved me all the time, even in the worst of times, and that he never wanted to see me sad or stressed. He said his goal in life was to always take care of our family, and promised that if I would be his wife, he would never stop working to make sure our family had everything they need.
When did y’all get married? June 8, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, we did. Our ceremony didn’t start until 5 p.m. and I just didn’t think it made sense to be apart from my best friend for most of the day on one of the most important days of our lives.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, Danny’s vows were amazing from top to bottom, but my favorite part was when he said, “I am a major believer that everything that happens in life happens for a reason, and for some reason, the man upstairs has blessed me with a beautiful angel and the sweetest baby boy a father could ever ask for.” Danny’s favorite part of my vows was, “You and Connor are what make my heart beat and one lifetime with you could never be enough”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our good friends, Jamie and Andy Pusateri, each wrote an original reading for our wedding. We honestly couldn’t have asked two better people. Jamie wrote and read “Love Through the Eyes of Little Ones,” which was beautiful and extremely appropriate, as she knows exactly the love we have for our child. Andy wrote and read “Love Defined.” He memorized it completely and it was honestly the best reading we have ever heard at any wedding. We told him he really needs to consider having it published!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to the keyboardist and violinist playing David Grey’s “This Year’s Love.” The first time we heard it, it gave me chills. Danny and I had our first dance to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” This song is the anthem to our relationship. I even based my vows around the quote “Only fools rush in where angels fear to tread” and ended them saying “but I just couldn’t help falling in love with you.” My dad and I danced to “My Girl,” by The Temptations. My favorite movie growing up was My Girl and I always told my friends that that would be the song I would dance with my dad to on my wedding day. It was a really hard song to slow dance to, but my dad and I took a dance lesson and practiced every morning in my living room until my wedding. Connor and I heard it on the radio the other day and he immediately started humming and dancing—he knew it was baba (what Connor calls my dad) and mama’s song!
Describe your wedding flowers. Tina Barrera did an unbelievable job on our flowers. I knew I wanted them to have a lot of pink and I wanted a rustic look, but without too much greenery or too many berries. The bridal bouquet consisted of coral peonies, white astilbe, hot pink ranunculus, ivory peonies, magenta stock, blue thistle, yellow billy balls and silver brunei berries hand-tied with lace. The bridesmaids’ flowers were the same as the bridal bouquet, except they had less white throughout and were wrapped in burlap instead of lace. All of the men in the wedding wore coral spray roses, hot pink ranunculus, billy ball and thistle boutonnieres. At our ceremony, we hung mason jars down the aisle filled with hot pink stock, coral roses, blue thistle, silver brunei, pink garden roses, yellow billy balls and white hydrangeas, which were also placed on wooden pillars of various heights on the head table. Throughout the reception venue, we used wood box centerpieces, mason jars on wood slabs, tin cans, and birch vases, filled with the same flowers that were spread throughout the venue. Upstairs, where we held cocktail hour, we had small clusters of all-white hydrangeas, stock and roses in small mason jars.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Everything! I may be from the city but I am a country girl at heart, and Danny is most definitely a country boy! For attire, Danny and the groomsmen all wore bow ties and vests and had matching navy and light blue striped socks. The bridesmaids and I wore cowboy boots. The ceremony was at a winery and took place outdoors near a pond, and the reception was in a big red barn. At the ceremony, they handed out signature wine slushies with monogramed straws. We had a lemonade and tea station, hay barrels with quilts around the dance floor, and a bonfire. We had an H monogrammed on the dance floor in chalk. Our ring bearers and flower girl came out in an old western wagon with tin cans attached and rustic signs that said “Here Comes the Bride” and “My Mommy and Daddy are Getting Married.” At our dessert station, we had tons of wicker monogrammed E+D and H signs, as well as burlap and quilt banners with cute sayings on them. Also, we were in the country, so the scenery was high grass, grape vines and corn fields. On the way there, you passed sheep and cows and other farm animals. And of course, we had mason jars galore, tin cans, wood slabs, birch vases and old wood boxes all over the venue.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something blues were my necklace and earrings. I wore Danny’s birthstone, aquamarine. My something old was my grandmother’s ring. It was passed down to her from her Grandmother and she passed it down to me! My something new was an earring of mine and Connor’s birthstone, from one of my maids of honor. I borrowed one of my mom’s rings, that included Danny’s birthstone, which I wrapped with twine around my bouquet.
What is the one details or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Katie Fogerty, owner of Kate & Co would be first. My wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without Katie. I am a complete perfectionist, and get anxiety about the smallest things not being perfect. Anything Katie and her crew were responsible for was perfect, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I also have to say my seamstress, Connie Simpson, owner of R & M Design. When I bought my wedding dress, I was still trying to get baby weight off and was also still nursing my son. By the time the dress arrived, I had lost all the baby weight, and then some. It didn’t even look like the same dress. Connie took it in six times and miraculously made me have some curves again (in the places I wanted them)! When I had my final fitting, I fell in love with the dress all over again. Also, my wedding photographer—she didn’t miss a detail and I can keep reliving the day over and over. Plus, she saved the day and drove the hubby and me to our ceremony when our trolley broke down!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Raising a baby while planning a wedding. I felt guilty focusing on the wedding and not giving Connor my 100 percent undivided attention. I didn’t think it was fair to him, so I did the timely stuff after he fell asleep or super early in the morning before he woke up. Anything that needed to be done during business hours, I did at nap time. I can’t even tell you how many of my vendors probably got emails from me at midnight.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? To do a same-day edit film, especially if you are doing pictures before the ceremony. It was extremely important to me that since we weren’t going to see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle that everyone would be able to see our first look at the reception. It was the most beautiful short film I’ve ever seen and I’m not exaggerating when I say there was not a dry eye in the entire place. The staff was even tearing up! It started the night off just right, and those five minutes were worth every penny!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Expanding our little family. Connor is such a miracle and I hope God blesses us with more little miracles.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    What a beautiful story! I love the beading on her dress and the contrast with the ivory of the gown.

  2. avatar Dana reply

    what an adorable, happy family. i love what her dad said at the wedding!

  3. avatar Charissa reply

    What a darling wedding, love the brides white cowboy boots!

  4. avatar Joel reply


  5. avatar Show Your Wedding Seats A Little Love – You Mean The World To Me : You Mean The World To Me reply

    […] Image: Megan Thiele via Southern Weddings […]

  6. avatar Wedding Place Setting Inspiration | Simply Peachy Wedding Blog reply

    […] Photo Megan Thiele  via Southern Weddings. […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

It should come as no surprise that the wedding of For the Makers co-founder Janet was a perfect example of DIY-done-elegant — after all, through her genius business, this talented gal has subtracted the guesswork and multiplied the beauty of craft projects everywhere. (LOVE!) So even though her wedding to Collin was filled with DIY projects, from the dye-dipped napkins and table runners, to the watercolor invitations and custom wine labels, the chalkboard photo booth backdrop, Janet’s jewelry, and ALL the desserts, the end result is clean, sophisticated, and understated. Huge thanks to Julia Wade for capturing everything to perfection so we could share!

What a beautiful sentiment with which to start your wedding day!

Janet’s gorgeous necklace was actually featured as a DIY on For the Makers — find it here!

A lot of the music, both from the ceremony and reception, was really just songs that represent memories that we’ve shared. Many of the songs were later-year hits from the Beatles. I walked down the aisle to “Here, There and Everywhere,” and exited to “All You Need is Love.” We chose Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” as our first dance because we love the song and we were married on the first day of fall (just after a harvest moon).

So many happy faces in a row!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college. He sat in front of me in Art History. I asked him for pencils. The whole semester, he would turn around to look at a clock behind me, even though we both knew that he couldn’t actually see it from where he was sitting. On the last day of class, I asked him out for coffee. He said yes (and that he had wanted to do the same but was too shy) and we’ve been inseparable since. That was ten years ago.

I saw a Vera Wang dress in a magazine and thought it would absolutely be the one. I booked an appointment at the showroom along with a few other places in NYC, and my mom came up from North Carolina to help me look. The Vera Wang dress turned out to be a complete disaster — I took it off just as fast as I put it on. At the next location, I pulled several dresses from the racks, and the second one I put on made my mom start crying. I loved its simplicity and subtle structure. I slept on it and we went back the next day and bought it. I wasn’t a fan of the flutter sleeve that it originally had, so we had them alter the shoulder for a more streamlined look. After that change, I loved it even more.

Describe your wedding flowers. Natural, loosely arranged in pretty pale tones. Both the ceremony floral arrangements and the table arrangements were stunning. Each one was different and in a different vase/vessel. We included fruit and lots of foliage. We wanted it to feel natural and fit in with the gorgeous venue.

Get ready for your mouths to water, y’all…

Instead of a cake, we opted for cakes. My mother, an excellent baker, crafted more than a dozen cakes, plus cookies, truffles and macarons. The specific cake that we cut was a three-layer white velvet cake with milk chocolate buttercream icing, wrapped with French vanilla buttercream. It was topped off with a poured dark chocolate ganache. And it was the best cake ever.

Tell us all about the proposal! It was my birthday. We spent the day wandering around the city, shopping, eating and drinking. Hours later, we went to my favorite restaurant and ordered my favorite meal. On the way out to catch a cab, he asked me if I felt like the luckiest girl in New York City and I said yes. Then he said “will you make me the luckiest guy in New York City”? I turned around and he had knelt down on the sidewalk looking up at me with a cute box in his hand. I said yes before he could even open it or say anything else. All I remember saying was “oh my God” over and over again. I was shocked. After nine years of dating, you just don’t expect it. He asked me if I liked the ring and I realized I hadn’t even looked at it. It was gorgeous and perfect. We got into a cab and drove off to midtown to catch a Broadway show we had tickets for. After that, we met up with friends for celebratory drinks. It was the perfect day.
When did y’all get married? September 22nd, 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 170
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, neither of us wanted to. Collin said the first time he wanted to see me was when I walked down the aisle. I felt the same way.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite details really sprang from my DIY skills. My mother, my bridesmaids and I worked to create one-of-a-kind pieces that tied in with the overall theme of the wedding. From dye-dipped napkins and table runners to watercolored invitations and custom wine labels, the wedding really reflected the warm, personal feel of an idea that was hand crafted. The ultimate centerpiece was a huge chalkboard that doubled as a photo booth backdrop and giant wedding card.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! On the inside of my dress, we sewed in one of my late Grandmother’s blue silk hair ribbons that I borrowed from my mom. So that covers everything!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We heard it was good luck to bury a bottle of bourbon a month before the wedding so it wouldn’t rain. We did that. It absolutely worked. We had gorgeous weather and not one second after the last song ended, it started to rain. The next day, we dug the bourbon up and drank it, as all good Southerners would do.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenges when planning the wedding centered around our distance from the location. While the caterers, photographer, florists, and most importantly, our family members were busy planning and facilitating, we were hundreds of miles away in NYC. We both had fairly unforgiving schedules at the time, so finding our way down to meet and plan with all of the various folks that really pulled this day off proved to be incredibly challenging.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Hands down, Julia was the best photographer we could have ever asked for. She was so warm and professional that she truly felt like a part of the bridal party by the end of the week. While all of our vendors were amazing to work with and blew away our expectations, Julia still managed to shine.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We both agree that our favorite moment was the walk down the aisle. Everything was perfect. Neither one of us have ever smiled half as hard as we were in that moment.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Just more of the same. Please and thanks.

Julia Wade is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Photographer: Julia Wade / Ceremony Venue: Ayr Mount Historic Site / Reception Venue: Ayr Mount Historic Site / Flowers & Decor: The English Garden / Catering: Durham Catering Co. / Rentals: Big Sky Rents & Events / Lighting: Big Sky Rents & Events / DJ: Joe Bunn / Photobooth backdrop: DIY / Photobooth Equipment: Classic Carolina Photobooths / Bridesmaid Dresses: Suzanne Neville / Bride's Necklace: DIY / Bride’s Shoes: Alexandre Birman / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Groomsmen Accessories: The Tie Bar / String Trio: String Trio / Rentals: American Party Rentals
emily Written with love by Emily
1 Comment
  1. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    I love this – that dessert table is simply incredible! And I LOVE “For the Makers!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to: