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I was not surprised at all to learn that today’s bride, Meagan, joined the wedding industry after planning her and Logan’s wedding! Their day was such a fun mix of industrial decor, vintage vibes, and plenty of nods to their beloved home state of Texas. They weren’t afraid to incorporate their personalities into their celebration in big ways, whether that meant their unique cowhide aisle runner, the textural protea and cotton they included in their florals (arranged by Striking Stems), or the tasty Cajun cuisine they served to their guests. I can only imagine how much their family and friends loved being part of a wedding that reflected the bride and groom oh so well!

Thanks so much to Courtney Leigh (the cousin of the bride!) for sharing this happy day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I wanted the experience of dress shopping with my closest friends and family. Our plan was to make a girls day out of it and go “just for fun” to narrow down the style of dress I liked. I knew I wanted something unique, and after looking through magazines, I found I was really attracted to feather detailing. With that in mind, the girls and I walked around and picked out a few dresses that caught our eye. When I walked out in dress number three, we all had the same reaction. Everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing! It was such an exciting moment for all of us. After trying on a few more dresses just to be sure, I put it on again and decided to say “yes” to my perfect dress!

We chose to do a first look. I had a lot of reservations about it, but looking back, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. His reaction was so sweet, and we were able to take a private moment to exchange letters we had written to each other. Afterwards, the time leading up to the ceremony was even more special since we were able to enjoy the day and all the anticipation together. Plus, we took all of our photos pre-ceremony and were able to spend the whole evening with our guests.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? With us being from opposite sides of Texas, choosing the location was the first obstacle we had to conquer. Early on, we thought we would meet in the middle and select a venue near Austin. We checked out a few options in the Dripping Springs area, which were all beautiful, but there was just something holding us back. While visiting my family in Montgomery, Texas, we decided to look at a few options around there. The first venue we visited was Olde Dobbin Station, an old train station that had been restored and repurposed. From the moment we pulled up, I knew we had found the perfect place. There was just something so unique about the vintage-industrial look that drew us in and inspired my vision.

We decided on traditional vows. There was just something sacred and comforting about voicing the same words as generations of couples before us who had made the same commitment.

Describe your wedding flowers. Early on in the planning stages, I fell in love with the soft, romantic look of eucalyptus garlands and natural-looking bouquets with white, lavender, peach, and coral florals. I knew from research that I also wanted to include different textures, such as proteas, stalks of cotton, and blue thistle among the pastel florals. Logan grew up on a large cotton farm, so that element was a no brainer. Our floral designer did a fabulous job selecting the combination of florals that incorporated everything I had asked for.

My cake was a gorgeous, four-tiered, rustic, naked cake. As a dessert lover, I wanted my cake to represent my personality and offer our guests multiple flavor options. The flavors included vanilla bean cake with praline filling, banana cream cake (similar to banana bread) with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream. It was the most heavenly combination! The groom’s cake had a rustic birchwood design and the flavor was strawberry cake with strawberry compote filling and cream cheese frosting. This flavor was both of our first choice, but Logan had dibs on the strawberry from day one. Kristina of Buttercup Bakery has made several cakes for our family and she always amazes us with her product. She was one of the first vendors we contacted, and we were ecstatic when she agreed to join our team.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Logan and I met at Little Woodrow’s in the Houston Heights. He was in town for the livestock show and was staying with some friends who lived in the neighborhood, and I was living near there at the time. We started talking and realized we had a lot in common and shared a few mutual friends. The biggest thing was that we both graduated from Texas A&M with the same major. We couldn’t believe we had never run into each other over the years. Before we knew it, hours had passed and we were chatting away like old friends. That night, he walked me to my car and surprised me by asking if he could kiss me. All night long, I had picked up on his old school demeanor, but that moment melted my heart. I’m pretty sure I knew I had found my soulmate the first night we met. The only problem was that we lived on opposite sides of Texas. Over the next few weeks, we continued talking nonstop and decided to see where this led. When he asked me to take a road trip with some of his friends to meet up at his lake house, I said why not. After an amazing weekend on the lake, he asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest is history. We dated long distance for a year before we were engaged.
Tell us all about the proposal! One of Logan’s best friends happened to work in the same industry as me. Over the year Logan and I were dating, I had grown pretty close to him and his wife, and we often would hang out (even when Logan wasn’t around). When I was invited to attend a happy hour with them, I didn’t think anything of it. I drove over to their house after work to freshen up, and his wife and I planned to ride to the restaurant together. I had actually planned to wear a business suit to the event, but luckily, his wife convinced me to wear one of her dresses. This little wardrobe malfunction set us back a little bit and we showed up about 30 minutes late. When we pulled up, we noticed her husband was standing by the front door waiting on us. After greeting him, I attempted to head into the restaurant bar, worried because we were so late. He quickly redirected us to the garden area, where I noticed there was a camera sitting on the ground. I was told to turn to my left and look out at the gazebo. Then I saw him–Logan was standing alone, waiting for me under a gazebo in a beautiful garden that overlooked the Houston bayou. Once I made it to the gazebo, he dropped down to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was overwhelmed with joy and so surprised. Afterwards, we shared a champagne toast with our friends, followed by a romantic dinner. The whole evening was planned out perfectly.
When did y’all get married? February 20, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 275
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: From Meagan: My favorite detail was the head table that Logan and my father built. At 27 feet long, it seated all of our bridal party and their dates. The farmhouse table combined with the nickel bistro chairs blended perfectly with the natural character of Olde Dobbin Station. I loved the eucalyptus garland that ran down the center and the bridal party bouquets mixed in with tall candle cups. At each place setting, there were personalized marble sugar cookies created by Miss J’s Sugar Cookies serving as place cards. The head table was everything I had ever dreamed and more. From Logan: My favorite detail was my elk mount that we hung on the arbor in our ceremony setting. I loved that the antlers had sentimental value to me and that it incorporated one of our shared passions into our wedding decor.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Many of the details of our wedding included tributes to our Southern backgrounds and personalities. The groom’s attire included a feather bow tie and a shotgun shell boutonniere, representing his passion for shooting sports. Our ceremony included a cowhide aisle runner which symbolized our background of raising livestock. During our reception, the caterers served Southern Cajun cuisine, we paid tribute to our alma mater by swaying to the Aggie War Hymn, and we spent the remainder of the evening two-stepping and celebrating with our dearest family and friends.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We chose to DIY half of our wedding florals, which ended up saving us thousands of dollars. I placed an order with a local wholesale shop and picked them up a few days before the wedding. With the help of family and friends, we made boutonnieres, centerpieces, a few accent arrangements, and tons of eucalyptus garlands. We also reused all of the florals from our welcome party the night before. It was definitely a challenging task, but we really enjoyed sharing the experience with loved ones, and it was very rewarding to be surrounded by the product of our labor on our wedding day.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Choose vendors you click with, who understand your vision better than you do, and who will get things done even when you didn’t think it was possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Having a good team and being willing to delegate can eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are in process of purchasing a home in Montgomery, Texas. Over the last year, we fell in love with the beautiful town and community. We are excited to establish our roots and add our own personal touches to the property.

Photographer: Courtney Leigh Photography | Planner: Two Be Wed | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Olde Dobbin Station | Florist: Striking Stems | Cake Baker: Buttercup Bakery Houston | Caterer: All Star Catering Co. | Rentals: Events to Remember | Lighting and DJ: Exodus Sound | Event Design/Backdrop/Signage: A Pretty Perspective | Paper Products: Cooper Fox | Bride’s Gown “Duende” by Pronovias | Bridal Salon:: Brickhouse Bridal | Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN | Hair Stylist: Suzie Q | Makeup Artist: Jessica Kirkland | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Groom’s Attire: Jean Yves | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Custom Sugar Cookies: Miss J’s Sugar Cookies | Cake Display Rentals: Love Birds Vintage Rentals | Bistro Chairs: Old World Antieks | Groom’s Bowtie: Brackish Bow Ties | Groom’s Ring: Staghead Designs | Groomsmen Ties: The Cordial Churchman

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  1. avatar Dana reply

    Their ceremony set-up is so cool!

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I think it is safe to say that Maegan and Jared are one of the absolute coolest couples we’ve ever had the privilege of featuring. Maegan is a puppeteer/ventriloquist/model/actor, and Jared is a comedian/musician, so it’s no surprise that their unique careers are what first led them to cross paths–Jared reached out to Maegan online, she attended one of his shows, and the rest is joyful, adventurous history. While they now live in Tennessee when they’re not on tour, they chose their home state of Texas for their wedding, allowing them to celebrate with many of their favorite things (coffee food trucks, a Tex Mex spread for dinner, and perfect Texas spring weather, to name a few), as well as their favorite people–Maegan’s nine younger siblings all participated in the ceremony. I loved reading about the heart behind Maegan and Jared’s inspiration and their memories from their gorgeous day, and I hope you do too!

Thank you so much to the talented Heather Hawkins for sharing this celebration with us in V8!

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? Flowers are so symbolic to me and the growth of our relationship, so we wanted a very natural, loose, garden feel with lots of texture in purples, whites, and blues with lots of greenery. After working with Andi and Abby for a couple months, I had no qualms just totally letting them take the wheel–they knew what I wanted, and ordered and foraged whatever their hearts desired. And it was PERFECT.

There were so many special moments, but one of the stand outs for both of us was our around-the-corner prayer before the ceremony. We wanted to save our first look for the aisle, but also wanted a moment together beforehand. There was a perfect little cottage corner covered in gorgeous greenery, and we came out and stood on either side. As soon as we saw the other’s hands peek out around the corner, we pretty much lost it. We talked for a minute or two, then prayed with each other. Then, all the butterflies spawned into a million more, but it was the best, most excited feeling.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? The ceremony was so sweet and so profound. From the moment I came around the corner and saw Jared’s teary face for the first time, then hugging my dad after he gave me away, there was just such a joyous peace and thankfulness that stayed throughout the whole day. The sound of the music being played under the trees rustling in the soft breeze–it felt like our own little corner of the world stood still and joined in the moment. Exchanging personal vows was so meaningful, and I pray I’ll always remember the look in Jared’s eyes as vividly as I do now.
Who participated in your ceremony? Family members, friends? If so, what did they do? It was super important to me to have my siblings be a part of the wedding, so, in addition to the three older siblings who were in the wedding party, we had the remaining six walk down the aisle in pairs to sit on the grass on my side in front of the bridesmaids. My dad prayed over us when he handed me over to Jared, and that was a sweet moment. We also had an awesome friend, Ed Newton, officiate and he did such a great, heartfelt job.

We were so excited to have live music throughout our wedding. A friend who is a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played as guests arrived. For our processional, our full band played “Future/Past” by John Mark McMillan, “All That I Am” by Phil Wickham during our foot washing, and “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful for the recessional.

We knew we didn’t want a long engagement, but we also knew we wanted an outdoor wedding with pretty weather, so that landed us in May. We set our date and talked about lots of location options, but loved the idea of Austin. My family is from the Fort Worth area and his is from right outside of Houston, so it was a great in-between and still gave us a super fun destination feel. We love the vibe and the food trucks, and knew it’d be a good time. Picking a venue was definitely our biggest struggle! We knew the feel we were looking for and just weren’t finding it. I reached out to a wedding planner out of desperation–someone I knew had similar style and knowledge of the area–and it turned out to be the best accidentally genius thing I did. Melanie helped us get creative with a space we had loved from the beginning, but thought was too small, then helped us find a separate outdoor ceremony space. She was so awesome, we convinced her to stick around for the rest of the planning process and we were SO thankful to have her. The ceremony was outdoors at Angel Springs Event Center, a little gem I had to book last minute that ended up being so beautiful. The reception was down the road at The Union on Eighth. We loved this venue from the moment we saw a photo! It’s a transmission shop-turned-wedding venue–the owners have done an incredible job with the space and it was the perfect place to dance the night away. It had the industrial, but still warm and romantic, feel we loved, and Jared loved having man card bragging rights telling his buddies we were having our reception at an old car shop. It was a total win-win. Oh! We got married in Georgetown, Texas, which is in Williamson County, Texas. Jared’s home (and now mine, too, of course) is in Franklin, Tennessee, which is in, wait for it, Williamson County, Tennessee! That’s probably dumb and not worth printing, but I thought it was #destiny and, also, it held special meaning for us as a couple.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. Oh, baby, the SWEETS. Our cakes were unbelievable, and as if they weren’t enough, we also had donuts and pies–some made by my grandmothers, some from a favorite date spot in Dallas. We kinda went overboard, but don’t regret a bit of it.
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? Not traditions, exactly, but I did ask both my grandmothers to make our favorite pies, and the Hoosier cabinet we displayed them on belonged to my great-grandmother. They lived in a tent with a dirt floor on the oil field where my great-grandpa worked, and that little cabinet was her whole kitchen. It was in my grandma’s kitchen and has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I’ve always thought it was the coolest thing and was so excited when my parents said we could pack it up and tote it to Georgetown for our big day. It was one of my favorite details.

Tell us about your grand exit. We went with sparklers and drove off in his uncle’s Corvette–we sped off, stopped off around the corner, and just looked at each other. We both yelled “WE JUST HAD THE BEST WEDDING EVER” and had an awesome little geek-out moment over being married and on top of the world.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Long story short, he came across my name and reached out to me online to make a “business connection.” Coincidentally, a coworker had just seen him perform, making him legit and not a creepy magician stalker, so I responded. After a couple of months of talking and courageous persistence on his part, I went to a show he was doing in town. He was funny, cute, really talented, and super nice. We hit it off and he changed his flight, rented a car, and drove out to meet my family in our blue house in the country, among the chickens and ducks. It has been the best of rides ever since.
Describe the proposal: After a day that included an awesome breakfast (because our relationship has been built on a foundation of good food and coffee) and a hike down to a waterfall, he took me to an abandoned bridge overlooking the mountains of Alaska and (after saying some really sweet and genuine stuff that melted my heart) he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was simple and breathtaking, and I can’t imagine a more perfect moment. (Plus, he had mounted his GoPro, so we got to cry all over again watching it later.)
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Planning for marriage is SO important! A wedding can be your “happily,” but marriage is the “ever after!” (I just made that up and feel kind of proud.) We did some book studies together, listened to teaching podcasts, and also went through premarital counseling. I cannot say enough about the importance of premarital counseling–it is SO worth the time and effort and truly makes such a difference.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: JOY. That’s all I’ve got.
How many guests attended your wedding? About 200
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? I don’t think anybody can say they went through planning a wedding completely unscathed! We had our chosen food truck fall through just a few months before, we didn’t nail down a ceremony venue until six weeks out, and of course, my face had an allergic reaction to makeup that was still healing on our wedding day. I only say all of that to say: you know what? It all came together and totally didn’t matter–looking back, I barely even remember those things!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I just knew I was going to find my dress at a certain shop in Tennessee and made an appointment for the next time I’d be in town. Meanwhile, we went to visit Jared’s family in the Houston area after getting engaged, and his mom, sister, and I decided to go look just for fun. (Famous last words.) We pulled a few I liked and I totally had the “moment” when I put on “the one.” I FaceTimed my parents, and through happy, girly tears said, “Heck yes!” to that dress. I instantly fell in love with the elegant, no-fuss fit and the neckline. Jared likes my shoulders, but I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress…this was a perfect win-win.
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I knew I wanted a cohesive, but not contrived feel. I gave them words like “effortless,” “romantic,” and “French,” and we laughed because wedding brain sounds ridiculous sometimes. I love everything Alexandra Grecco puts out, and her tulle skirts were a big inspiration. Some girls went with those and some went with other styles, but we all worked together with a color palette, Pinterest board, and group text. At the end of it all, we brought and laid out all the dresses, skirts, and tops we’d gathered and decided on our lineup–some girls swapped and picked out their look the night before. It was a blast.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Jared’s sweet family rented the cutest little house for the girls to get ready in, and we had such a blast getting ready together and dancing to music. My brother brought us coffee and donuts for breakfast and my mom came with my siblings to hang out with me and make lunch. Jared and I also exchanged notes and gifts (Shinola watches). I read his over-achieving six-page note and had all the girls crying (and me so ready to marry that boy).
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? As Jared got older, he always hoped his Meemaw would be able to see him get married, so it was extra special to have her there. She’s 88 and one of his biggest fans. She’s always told Jared that some girl would come along and not be able to resist those dimples. She was right.
Did you try anything new or nontraditional? Instead of the traditional cocktail hour, we did a coffee and donuts hour with Krispy Kreme donuts and an amazing coffee truck. The coffee truck served the usual menu, plus a specialty rosemary honey latte–it was a huge hit!
What was Southern about your wedding? We’re both from Texas and Jared has lived in Nashville for the last six years, so we love the South, but weren’t looking to have Lone Star decor or cowboy boots. What we love about the South is its friendly, welcoming heart–the South welcomes people with open, giving arms and invites them in for a good time and good food. That was the Southern charm we wanted to give back to our guests. Oh! And our father/daughter dance was to “You Are My Sunshine” which my dad has always sung to me and my sisters. That’s totally Southern.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I’ve moved to Nashville and am loving the city and community there. Our schedules have kept us on the road a ton, so in between all the craziness, we’re just loving doing everyday life together and finding our groove. We’re still figuring out what scheduling will look like for us and trying to do as much together as possible, so we’re brainstorming ideas for a combined show and are excited about the future! That future will eventually include the adventure of children, but we’re content enjoying the adventures along the way there. ;)
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Make a priority list and beware of the Pinterest plague. Those were a couple things that helped us a lot. Right off the bat, we made lists of our top three priorities for the day. We wanted 1). to be married by the end of the day, 2). to get awesome photos/video of it all, and 3). for everyone to have a great time. That list kept us sane. In regards to Pinterest, it’s an awesome tool that I definitely utilized, but it’s so easy to get so sucked into the land of everyone else’s pretty that we lose sight of our own! The best thing I did was take a break from wedding blogs for a couple months, focus on Jared, and start a board that had no wedding photos–only inspiration from textures, colors, editorial shoots, and art (all images that resonated with me personally). It helped me hone in on creating something authentic and more “us.” And, of course, the only reason we have to buy the white dress in the first place is because of the boy who swept us off our feet and put a ring on our finger. If nobody shows up but you two and the preacher, you still get your happy ending/beginning. Everything else is just extra fun. :)

Photographer: Heather Hawkins | Videographer: Henry Weddings | Planner: Mayhar Designs | Ceremony Venue: Angel Springs | Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth | Florals: bows + arrows | Caterer: Whole Foods | Coffee Truck: Lucky Lab | Cake Baker: Cake and Spoon | Pies: Bride’s grandmothers and Emporium Pies | Bride’s Gown: “Isla” by Enzoani | Bridal Salon: Brickhouse Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tulle Skirts in Dusty Blue by Alexandra Grecco | Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke | Band: David & The Dimes | Menswear: Ted Baker, Allen Edmonds and JCrew | Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth | Linens: 12th Table

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  1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    OBSESSED doesn’t even begin, loveeee the florals and just so inspired by the love for each other and Jesus these two have. Stunning!

  2. avatar Allie Little reply

    The around the corner picture and that last black and white picture of the reception — SO powerful. Beautiful ceremony, story, and couple.

  3. avatar Caroline reply

    Such a gorgeous wedding!! I love the florals and the bridesmaid outfits!

  4. avatar Adrienna reply

    Everything about this wedding is so amazing! From the first touch, to the feet washing ceremony! You can really see how much love they have for each other.

  5. avatar Heather Hawkins reply

    Thank you Lisa for this beautiful blog post! I’m so humbled to have had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding, and so grateful for it to be shared with Southern Weddings readership. Maegan and Jared are one of my absolute favorite couples and Mayhar Designs did such an incredible job planning and designing the intimate event!

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There are countless ways to honor loved ones at your wedding, and choosing a meaningful venue is one of my favorites. It’s truly a beautiful thing to start your marriage in a place that holds sweet memories or history, and inviting your guests to experience that place too makes it all the more special! That’s exactly why Sarah and Adam chose Bald Head Island for their wedding–Sarah’s grandparents were active members of the BHI community since its development, and Sarah has countless memories of vacations and croquet games (a passion of her grandparents!) on the island. When she and Adam realized how many of their guests would have to travel to be a part of their big day, they decided to choose a place everyone would enjoy as a vacation spot. Bald Head Island was a natural fit, and I’m sure their touching ceremony and celebration added yet another layer of meaning to this special place for both them and their families!

Thanks so much to Rachel Red Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!

My mother flew from Virginia to Houston so that we could look for my dress. We blocked off two full days and booked appointments at salons all over town. Day one, we struck out, and our first appointment on day two went about the same way. I picked out and tried on several dresses, but never fell in love with one. I figured that this was going to be a repeat of the previous day, but then, the sales associate asked if she could pull a gown for me to try. When she brought it over, I was definitely skeptical, but once I saw myself in the dress, I fell in love! It was exactly what I wanted, but didn’t know how to ask for. I bought the dress immediately and couldn’t have been happier with it.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment from our wedding would definitely be when Adam and I saw each other for the first time. Without a doubt! I’m getting all teary-eyed just thinking about it. The look on Adam’s face was absolutely priceless. I could see and feel how much he loved me. It was the perfect way to start off our ceremony and reminded me how lucky I am to have him in my life. I’m so glad that we waited until that moment to see each other and I know that he feels the same way.

We decided not to write our own vows. As much as we love the intimacy of them, there is something about traditional vows that really spoke to us. We wanted to speak the same words that have been spoken for generations and have marked the start of so many amazing love stories. While we didn’t customize our vows, we did sit down with our officiant to discuss the ceremony. We wanted to make sure that it was an expression of our relationship. The instant we met our officiant, Kevin, it felt like we had known him for years. He did such a fantastic job infusing our personalities into the ceremony while still keeping everything classic.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Both of our families have roots in the South, but many have moved away over the years. We wanted to make sure that they were able to experience all of the best aspects of the South while they were down here. We welcomed our guests with tote bags stuffed with koozies, water, and island maps so they would be island-ready. We even included mini flashlights because it gets unbelievably dark on Bald Head Island. We wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous September weather and the fabulous setting by hosting our wedding outside. It was a bit risky considering we were on an island during hurricane season, but we’re from the South and a little weather doesn’t scare us. We did commit a pretty bad sin though–we got married on a football weekend. In our defense, we waited until Sunday afternoon, so we didn’t miss the game. Our rehearsal dinner had barbecue with all the fixin’s, homemade pimento cheese, and SEC football. Go Gamecocks! At the wedding itself, we served spicy shrimp and grits and provided rocking chairs for our guests to sit back and relax on.

There were so many different reasons why we chose to get married on Bald Head Island. Our families are scattered all across the country, and there are even members deployed overseas. We knew that people would have to travel to attend our wedding, no matter where we held it, so we wanted to host the wedding somewhere that everyone would truly enjoy. Beautiful beaches, Southern charm, and a laid back atmosphere…does it get any better? My grandparents built a home on Bald Head Island when it was first being developed, and my family and I have so many amazing memories on the island. Unfortunately, my grandparents are no longer with us, so this was one way for me to have them there and make them a part of my wedding day. We specifically chose the Bald Head Island Club for our wedding as another way to include my grandparents. They were club members for a very long time and were very active in the BHI community. They also happened to LOVE playing croquet and would travel around the country to do so. They brought that love with them to the island and played a huge role in having the croquet green added to the club. So, while we aren’t croquet players by any stretch of the imagination, we took a quick break from the wedding to play a couple of strokes. It was only a few minutes, but it really allowed us to slow down, appreciate the moment, and honor two amazing people.

Describe your wedding flowers. I absolutely loved our wedding flowers!! I wanted something soft, feminine, and romantic. The ladies at Kickstand Events did a fantastic job. They used garden roses, ranunculus, stock, hydrangea, spray roses, roses, and dusty miller in shades of peach, blush, coral, ivory, white, and gray. I really wanted the colors used in the florals to complement the beachy color palette, and they definitely did!

Our wedding cake was DELICIOUS! I am a huge cake fan. I don’t have a sweet tooth–I have an entire mouth full of sweet teeth. This was one of the wedding details that I was most excited about. I have always loved the look of big, traditional wedding cakes, but I usually hate the white cakes inside. Like my mother always says, “If it’s not chocolate, why bother?” I too subscribe to this philosophy on life. Fortunately for me, Adam doesn’t like sweets, so he let me have full control over the cake, and I couldn’t have been happier! One Belle Bakery did a fantastic job bringing everything together. They had the cutest cake names, and I’m a sucker for things like that. The top layers were a variation of their “Hey Y’all-mond” (an almond cake with chocolate fudge), the third tier was the “Lord Have Mercy” (a chocolate-chocolate chip cake with chocolate fudge), and the bottom tier was my own creation, “Orange you Sweet” (a chocolate cake with mandarin orange custard). The cake looked just as good as it tasted, and the team at One Belle Bakery got the cake from the mainland onto the ferry, then onto the island and set up at the club with no issues. I was incredibly worried that something would happen to my cake, and it didn’t! Thank goodness!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. From Adam: Sarah and I met about nine years ago in Richmond, Virginia through mutual friends. It didn’t take long for me to realize that she was “the” girl. We continued to hang out throughout that summer, and every chance I could, I would invite her to wherever I was. Unfortunately, we were both headed off to different college towns after the summer. There really wasn’t any communication over the next four years, but then we both returned to Richmond to start our “adult” lives. I had started working at an IT company and she started working at a jeweler. One day, I got a call from one of my clients who needed someone there ASAP to take care of an IT problem. I got there and, lo and behold, I saw Sarah. I immediately lit up inside and didn’t know what to do, so I froze. After that second, I knew that I was not going to let her go again. I asked her out to dinner and the rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! From Adam: We had decided to move to Houston for a job that Sarah couldn’t pass up, but before we left, we wanted to have a going away party. I had spent weeks prior to this trying to find the perfect ring and figure out how to propose to the love of my life before we left all of our friends and family. I decided that there was no better way than with all our friends and family in one place at the party. That night, people had started to gather, and eventually, I got everyone outside for goodbyes and speeches. After everyone had finished saying their words, it was my turn. I started to thank everyone for coming and saying that we would miss them. As I was wrapping up, I told everyone I had a story to tell. Sarah had no idea what was about to happen. I began to tell the story of the song I heard in the car when I was thinking about our future together, and as I ended the story, I looked at Sarah and dropped to one knee. She stumbled backwards as tears started to fill her eyes. I finally got the chance to get the girl I had always known I wanted…and she said yes!
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 50
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It is so hard for me to pick out a favorite detail from the wedding because I loved absolutely everything. If I had to pick one, it would be the bracelet that I wore. It says “Love you always” and was custom made for me using my stepmother’s handwriting. She passed away when I was 14 years old. She was an absolutely incredible woman and I miss her every day. I couldn’t imagine my wedding without her, so my dad and I had this bracelet made. Every time that I looked down, I was reminded that she was there with me and always would be. I haven’t taken it off since my wedding, and certainly don’t plan to any time soon.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We tried not to skimp on anything, but to make the most of our wedding budget, we reused the bridesmaids’ bouquets as floral decorations on the cake table and sweetheart table. We also split costs and extras with another bride who was getting married on the island. Sharing is caring, right?
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We’re getting settled into life as a married couple. Now that our wedding planning is done, we can finally have a life and get settled into our new house! That has been on the back burner for months, so we’re really looking forward to making it feel like home.

Photographer: Rachel Red Photography / Planner, Florist, and Paper Products: Kickstand Events / Venue and Caterer: Bald Head Island Club / Wedding Cake: One Belle Bakery / DJ: Active Entertainment / Violinist: Maura Kropke / Bride’s Gown: “Style #504” by Martina Liana / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Brickhouse Bridal / Bridal Jewelry: Hearts on Fire / Bridal Jewelry Store: Thomas Markle Jewelers / Handwriting Bracelet: Anastasia Savenko / Hair Stylist: Larry Davis / Makeup Artist: Wisp Salon & Spa / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Menswear: Jos A. Bank

One Belle Bakery is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory and Donna Morgan is a delightful SW sponsor!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Rachel Ashcraft reply

    Thank you so much for featuring Sarah and Adam’s wedding! It was the most gorgeous and sentimental day and I can’t imagine another couple more deserving of the spotlight. I appreciate you hard working ladies at Southern Weddings!!

  2. avatar Karen Miller reply

    With a bit of prejudice perhaps, as I am the mother of the groom, I want to say that this was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended. From the spectacular setting, and beautiful color scheme chosen by Sarah, to the incredible efficiency of the wedding planners and staff on the island, it was truly a dream wedding!!!! Thank you Rachel for capturing all of the splendor of this event in your beautiful photographs!

  3. avatar Lindsay reply

    I am obsessed with this wedding! Every details is gorgeous! And the proposal…. Precious!

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