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Some couples are together from the first day they meet, but for Maggie and Kevin, their relationship needed time to bloom…as did they, considering they met when they were just five and six years old! After their families moved apart, Maggie and Kevin spoke sporadically over the years until college, when a bold text message from Maggie gave Kevin the confidence boost he needed to take a chance on his childhood friend. They’ve been together ever since that fateful message; however, since their families were no longer from the same town, they had to make the big decision of where to say “I do.” After creating memories there in college and on their first vacation together, Maggie and Kevin chose to celebrate their marriage in the beautiful city of Charleston. Both families traveled to witness their wedding at The Governor Thomas Bennet House, and many even planned extended vacations after–something Maggie had hoped for when inviting their guests to share the culture and history of a place so special to her and Kevin!

Big SW hugs to Magnolia Photography for sharing such a sweet day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! YES! My somethings borrowed were the stunning diamond earrings and gold and diamond bracelet from my mother-in-law, Mary. She ended up gifting me the bracelet after the wedding! My something old was lace from my mother’s wedding dress, wrapped around my bouquet. My something new was my new monogram inside my wedding dress! I used to have four initials, so it was exciting to finally be able to monogram something. My something blue was the Swarovski crystals that were sewn into the dress around the monogram in little clusters. My mom picked up these crystals at the Swarovski Museum in Austria during a whirlwind tour of Europe we went on together the summer before I started eighth grade. This trip really meant a lot to both my mom and me, so it was a real gift when she thought of incorporating these as my something blue.

I would describe my flowers as very organic, whimsical, romantic, lush, and soft-looking in shades of coral, ivory, and gold, with yellow, orange, and peach accents. All of the arrangements were full of some of my favorite flowers, including ranunculus, poppies, peonies, lily of the valley, sweet pea, garden roses, and tulips. My bouquet included lace from my mother’s wedding dress, and wrapped around the base were my late grandfather’s wedding ring and a ring we found of my late grandmother’s. We had a floral chandelier and a floral garland going up the staircase. We also had a wreath and floral garlands draping the signage and bars. Little posies dressed the cocktail bars and gorgeous centerpieces in mercury glass and hobnail vases adorned the tables.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. Kevin was very opposed to the idea and wanted to stick with tradition and see me for the first time at our ceremony. I was happy with this choice. Since we weren’t getting married at our church, I thought it was nice to stick with this tradition, and I couldn’t wait to see Kevin’s face!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had different friends and close family members read selections from “From Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne, “In One Another’s Souls” by Rumi, and “Adam Bede” by George Eliot during the ceremony. Also, a very dear family friend of my parents and a good friend to us married us. It is something that we hold very close to our hearts.

Like any little girl, I had always dreamed of finding my wedding dress and what it would be like. I was scrolling through Instagram one night when I stumbled upon Monique Lhuillier’s (one of my favorite designers) Spring 2016 line. I saw the Ella dress and instantly fell in love! I took a screenshot and sent it to my mom, saying “This is THE dress!” I was very serious! The next day, she called Maddison Row in Charleston, South Carolina, which carried Monique. We asked when the dress would be available, and Lindsey informed us that it wouldn’t be there until October…but, she had an idea! She decided to call Monique Lhuillier’s people to see if she could intercept the dress from photo shoots between LA and Milan. She got the good news that she could, but that she could only have it for a few hours! When I heard this news, I was so excited, and my mom and I planned a trip down to Charleston to try on the model-sized dress. We got to Maddison Row and were able to spend three hours with the dress. I tried it on and instantly fell in love. Even though it wouldn’t zip up all the way, I could envision the dress in my mind perfectly. Just to be sure, I asked Lindsey, “If I had come in as a normal appointment and told you my style, what dresses would you put me in?” She pulled four other dresses, some that I liked and some I hated. Then, I tried on Ella one last time. I started to cry when I saw myself in the mirror–it was romantic, whimsical, and fun all at the same time.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We had our ceremony and reception at the Governor Thomas Bennett House in Charleston. I first saw the house online and made it a must-see on my list of places to go while venue hunting. When I saw it online, it reminded me of a Southern plantation in the middle of the city. Driving up to the house, I was hesitant, but hopeful. After taking one step into the front gate, I gasped. It was gorgeous. The gardens were lush and full of blooming azaleas. There was a huge live oak tree, the planter boxes were bursting with flowers, and ivy covered the bottom piazza. The fountain was flowing and I could instantly envision bistro lights and cornhole in the “secret garden” area. When we went inside, I started to tear up. I was in love and could picture us getting married here! We toured four other venues, but none made my heart skip a beat like the Governor Thomas Bennett House. The next trip to Charleston, we brought Kevin, and he instantly fell in love with the venue as well! Charleston has a very special place in my heart. I was a graphic design intern for Charleston Magazine during the summer between my junior and senior year of college. I used to walk the Battery and ride my bike around South of Broad and dream of having someone that I could share this romantic and beautiful city with. I had a bit of a rough year my junior year in college, so when I moved to Charleston, I really found myself as a person, and since then, the city of Charleston has always had a very special place in my heart. Charleston is also where Kevin and I went on our first vacation together and was always a fun, long weekend getaway destination for us! Our families live all over the country, so anywhere we were getting married, people would have to travel. We wanted to share this special place with the people we loved.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The venue, hands down. Our favorite detail of our wedding was being able to share Charleston and the Governor Thomas Bennett House with our family and friends, especially my 83-year-old grandmother from Washington state! The house was truly everything we could have wanted and more! Most of my family comes from the Northwest and most of Kevin’s is from the Northeast. Having everyone cross state lines to come see our favorite place and share in its culture and history is something amazing, and then having them LOVE it was incredible! A lot of folks planned extended vacations after our wedding, which is exactly what I had hoped for.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was a lemon cake with a raspberry filling and Italian buttercream icing. The small desserts by Cru were: Grand Marnier strawberry shortcake with macerated strawberries and vanilla bean whipped cream, mini biscuits served in mini mason jars, layered with dark and milk chocolate mousse with fresh berries, and mini bourbon pecan pies with vanilla bean meringue.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Kevin and I first met in 1996 when we were five and six, and both living in Cary, North Carolina (yes, there are pictures!). We were friendly as kids, but by no means were we best friends. Kevin’s family moved to Newtown, Connecticut, but our families kept in touch through the years, and we finally saw each other again when Kevin’s family moved back to North Carolina in 2006. When he came back to visit for the first time that summer, we got together and went to the movies with his older brother. On the ride home, a song by The Fray came on the radio and I turned the channel and said “Oh, that song brings up bad memories.” Kevin remembers thinking to himself in the backseat, “I don’t want her to have any bad memories.” He didn’t tell me this until we started dating. We kept in touch through high school and college. I had heard through the family grapevine that Kevin was back in school at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, and when he came back, I tried many times to get together with him. Kevin was a little to nervous to see me and would always have something come up when we had plans to get together. I finally decided enough was enough and texted him, “Kevin, how have we not hung out yet?” We literally haven’t stopped talking to each other or being around each other since that text I sent to him. He always says he was so happy I was forward and took a chance on him.
Tell us all about the proposal! Kevin took me to one of my favorite places to go in North Carolina during the fall, the Biltmore Estate. It was the perfect fall day, and we toured the house and saw some of the new rooms–one of my favorite things to do! I noticed Kev seemed a little distracted, but I didn’t think much of it. We wanted to walk a little, so we went through the gardens, which were gorgeous. I was walking ahead of him when he said “Hey Maggie!” and I turned around to see him standing under a big oak tree. I walked back over and he got down on one knee, struggling to get the ring out of his back pocket, and asked me to marry him! I said “YES, a million times over, yes!” I was so excited and happy that it was intimate and a moment for just the two of us to remember.
When did y’all get married? April, 16 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to an acoustic version of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, sung live at our wedding. This has been our song ever since we heard it, and it still is! My walking down the aisle song was “Bright” by Echosmith, which always reminds me of our love story when I hear it, and how Kevin can always brighten up my darkest day with his jokes or laugh. Our father/daughter dance was to Billy Joel’s “Lullabye.” I actually didn’t know this, but my dad had this song picked out for years to be our dance song. The mother/son dance was to Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” This has been Kevin and his mom’s song since Kevin was a little boy. Their dance was incredible and joyous! The song we cut our cake to was “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, which was just a classic song to both of us, as well as one of Kevin’s grandma’s favorites.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We have amazing role models and examples to look to–my parents have been married for 36 years and Kevin’s have been married for 30 years. Whenever we would get off track while planning the wedding, we would turn to these trusting couples for advice.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Ben Keys from Wed on Canvas was the vendor from our wedding that I think separated it from the rest. My mom surprised me by having him there after I saw his work on Instagram. What was really surprising and great about Ben was how in love and surprised all of the guests were with his work. They were able to see him paint us getting married and exchanging our vows through the whole ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They were so impressed by this!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? In June, we moved to Boston! I am starting a letterpress and design business and we hope to be traveling soon. We look forward to ALL of the memories together: the laughs, the cries, the fights, and the make ups…that’s the best part about marriage!

Photographer: Magnolia Photography | Planner: Winship Productions | Venue: The Governor Thomas Bennett House | Florist: Branch Design Studio | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kasarda | Caterer and Desserts: Cru Catering | Rentals: Pure Luxe Bride | Ceremony music: Charleston Virtuosi | DJ: Darby Events | Paper Products: Maggie DeMar of Honeysuckle Letterpress & Design Studio | Bride’s Gown: “Ella” by Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Salon: Maddison Row | Bride’s Accessories: Sara Gabriel | Hair Stylist: Reina Lawrence of Sola Salon Studios | Makeup Artist: Rebecca Walsh of Pink Dot Beauty Bar | Bride’s Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” in Coral Dune by Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Liles Clothing Studio | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Escort Card Table: 428 Main | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Hat Box: Trousseau & Co. | Rings: Tacori from Diamonds Direct | Bow Ties: Brackish Bow Ties | Candles: Rewined Candles | Transportation: ACW Limo & Vintage Rolls-Royce | Cornhole Boards: Victory Tailgate | Live painting: Wed on Canvas

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  1. avatar Matt Selby reply

    Awesome styling! The dresses & bouquets look great :)

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I can’t think of a lovelier way to start the week than Kelly and Chris’ bright, joyful Charlottesville wedding! Kelly is a talented food blogger and one of our Southern Bride Bloggers, so we already knew she had an eye for fun details and a love of all things colorful. That cheery aesthetic combined with the sweet touches she had always dreamed of including in her wedding (like walking down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”), nods to her and Chris’ love story (they got engaged in Charlottesville and hope to call it home someday, too!), and plenty of Southern goodness (ahem, ham biscuits), made for quite the celebration, as well as the sweetest setting for Kelly and Chris to become husband and wife!

Thank you so much to our dear friend Jodi Miller for sharing this fun day with us!

We had so many beautiful details, but I absolutely LOVED our wedding paper! The invitations were really important to us, as this is the first glimpse guests have into your big day, so I wanted to make them extra special. So many details went into these beauties, including custom calligraphy, hand-painted watercolor, gold foil, and pretty ribbon, all tied together in peony colored envelopes with vintage stamps. I’m still getting compliments on our invites to this day!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. After visiting about 10 different dress boutiques and still feeling disappointed, I randomly came across the designer Augusta Jones at a trunk show and fell in love! The detail of the lace she used was just exquisite and so romantic, I knew I had to have one of her dresses. Well, when I went to try on a few, I was completely torn between two–I loved the top part of one dress that had this gorgeous neckline with lace falling across the shoulders, but the bottom of another dress. When I shared my dilemma with the stylist, she informed me that Augusta Jones loves doing custom orders, so they could combine both and give me my dream dress! I cried right there on the spot and knew I had found the “one!”

Describe your wedding flowers. Oh, our flowers! I knew from the beginning of the wedding planning process that our florals would be one of the most important details that we wanted to showcase, and Southern Blooms certainly delivered! I chose an array of peaches, pinks, and golds with lots of lush greenery, and I literally cried when I saw my bouquet for the first time. It was full of garden roses, beautiful peonies, and ranunculus, with eucalyptus leaves and vines cascading down, all wrapped up in long, gorgeous ribbon. Our farm head table had this amazing floral runner with tons of candles on it, and the guests’ tables had tall candelabras with overflowing flowers on the top. It was simply magical!

At first, we were against doing a first look, as Chris was adamant about not wanting to see me until I walked down the aisle. After talking it over and knowing we wanted to make the most of our amazing photographers, as well as enjoy cocktail hour with our guests, we decided on doing a first look, which ended up being a huge blessing. We were able to get so many gorgeous photos outside at the vineyard before it poured on us!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Charlottesville, Virginia is such a special place to us, as we are huge UVA fans. Some of our first dates were spent drinking wine at the vineyards, and it was also where Chris proposed, so it was pretty much a given that we were going to plan our wedding there! Veritas Winery was the first place I looked, and not only did it have some of the most gorgeous mountain views, but the ballroom absolutely blew me away. It reminded me of a tented reception, which is something I had always envisioned for our wedding, with its floor-to-ceiling white drapery. Needless to say, we signed a contract that day and I never even looked anywhere else!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge actually didn’t come until the day-of! We had gorgeous weather all day, but we knew Tropical Storm Bill was expected to hit us right around 6 P.M. when the wedding was about to start. Sadly, we had to make the call that afternoon to have the ceremony inside so that the florist could set everything up for the ceremony, even though the weather was absolutely beautiful at the time. Luckily, we had amazingly talented people who were able to make the ballroom look so breathtaking, and we were still able to overlook the mountains, as we were married right in front of floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always envisioned a beautifully classic wedding ceremony that included Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” The bridesmaids all walked down to an instrumental version of “A Thousand Years,” but when Pachelbel’s Canon started, it was the first time that day that I was instantly brought to tears. My dad and I waited a few seconds to walk so that I could take in that special moment and reflect on what was to come. It truly made our wedding complete and is something I’ll always remember!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? To maintain that Southern feel, we had his and hers signature cocktails named “The Belle” and “The Beau,” the guys all wore pink bow ties, and we served delicious Virginia baked ham biscuits with apple glaze during cocktail hour, which really made us feel at home! We also had a drink station set up for guests with sweet tea, lemonade, and water with fresh cucumber and mint, and our welcome bags had local Southern fare that our guests absolutely loved!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Charlottesville has some amazing local vendors, so we were able to cut transportation and delivery costs by using them. My talented cousin designed some of our beautiful signage and our florist re-purposed the ceremony flowers and bridesmaid bouquets at the reception, which saved us lots of money!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Your wedding is only ONE day, but your marriage lasts forever! I had to continually remind myself of this throughout the planning process, as I’m super detail-oriented and would start to obsess over how the napkins were to be folded, if I should have ribbon or greenery at each place setting, where the cakes should be displayed, etc. At the end of the day, no one noticed the extra ribbon, nor did they care how the napkins were folded, but everyone had the most amazing time and we have so many memories that we will carry with us forever!

We chose to have three mini cakes that varied in size and were adorned with gorgeous greenery and flowers. They were displayed on a gold sequined overlay, which really made them stand out. We also have a close friend who owns her own donut truck, and she surprised us with over 200 cinnamon apple donuts for our guests!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Chris and I were introduced at a Rascal Flatts concert in 2010. We literally danced the night away and I was instantly smitten! Ironically, I found out that not only did we have many friends in common, but he had grown up in the same town as I did my entire life, and we were even born in the same hospital only 10 days apart! I knew we were meant to be.
Tell us all about the proposal! Chris and I absolutely love Virginia wine country and Charlottesville is one place that is near and dear to our hearts. Knowing this, Chris planned a special trip to Trump Winery on Thanksgiving weekend, which wasn’t out of the ordinary, since we go so often and he knew our family would all be in town. When we got there, we found a cozy little spot outside by a fire that sat us all, and Chris wanted to get a picture of us in front of the beautiful scenery. When we posed for the picture, which unbeknownst to me was actually a video, he got down on one knee in front of our friends and family and asked me to marry him! It was the perfect proposal and a moment I’ll never forget!
When did y’all get married? June 20, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We were both so nervous that we decided not to write our own vows, but we did write personal letters to each other to read before the ceremony, which was very special to us.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My absolute favorite verses have always been 1 Corinthians 13:4-12 and Ephesians 4:2 which, to me, sum up the beauty of true, unconditional love. I think it’s so important for our marriage that our love continues to grow through our shared love for God.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Praying with each other daily is really important in our relationship, and has only brought us closer together as a couple. We also have some amazing people in our lives who model what a true happy and healthy marriage should look like, so we hope to follow in their footsteps!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Oh goodness, ALL of our vendors were absolutely amazing and I loved everyone that we worked with, but we were truly blessed to have some amazing planners! Ainsley and Wendy of Fete Weddings became such close friends to us throughout the entire process and truly went above and beyond all that was asked of them. For instance, one of our wedding guests had a strap that broke on her dress, and without hesitation, Ainsley whipped out a sewing kit from her apron and fixed it right there on the spot! I couldn’t have asked for better girls to work with and I knew we were in such great hands!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are currently living in our first home together in Northern Virginia with our sweet pup Oliver, but our dream is to build a home in Charlottesville for our future family. We’re also looking forward to welcoming our second niece into the family and spending lots of time with them!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? One thing that was really special for me was that my brother, who is in the U.S. Marine Corps, was able to fly all the way from Japan, where he is currently stationed, to be at our wedding. I only get to see him maybe once year if I’m lucky, so having him be apart of everything was truly a blessing!

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography / Planner: Fete Weddings / Venue and Caterer: Veritas Vineyards & Winery / Florist: Southern Blooms / Cake Baker: Sweethaus / Rentals: BB&J Linens / DJ: Roger Cruz of Astro Entertainment / Signage: The Paper Walrus / Paper Products and Calligraphy: Goodheart Design / Bride’s Gown: Custom by Augusta Jones / Bride’s Shoes and Jewelry: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Ave 42 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Morgan”, “Sarah” and “Rhea” in Blush, Honeysuckle and Peach Fuzz by Donna Morgan / Menswear: Jean Yves / Laser-Cut Wooden Tags: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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    We are so excited to see Kelly and Chris featured today! Kelly was a dream bride – great ideas, a love of color, and so much enthusiasm for life. We are honored to have been included in the spectacular team that was assembled for this gorgeous day!

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One of my favorite interview questions to read is what the couple’s most memorable moment is from their wedding day. Sometimes, the unexpected moments turn out to be the very best ones, but Adrienne and Scott’s is one for the record books! With the gracious help of the Tuckahoe Plantation staff, what could have been a very unfortunate situation (a tornado warning and a storm headed right toward their venue!) was replaced by a favorite memory (a few drinks indoors and a mini history lesson on Tuckahoe) that Adrienne, Scott, and their guests are still talking about! Though not ideal, Adrienne and Scott dealt with this challenge head on, hand in hand. I’m sure it’s not the first marriage lesson they were expecting, but I’d bet it’s one that will always stay with them.

Big hugs to Stephanie Yonce for capturing this lovely day!

Scott and I went to Houston to visit my parents, as well as so I could look for a dress with my mom, stepmom, and sister. We ended up dress shopping on my birthday, which was the best birthday present I could have asked for! My dress was the fourth one I tried on. I wasn’t 100 percent sold at first, but my mind kept going back to that particular dress when we looked at other ones. We ended up leaving the store and going to another. I think it took looking at some other options to realize that that one was it. We went back to the original store with my dad so he could see it–that’s when the tears came and we were sold!

My mom had a few requests when it came to the music. She requested she walk down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles, because that was the song she sang to me as a baby. She also requested I walk in to “Canon in D.” Obviously, we were happy to accommodate her requests. Scott and I walked back up the aisle to “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates. We wanted to choose something fun and upbeat to really set the tone for the rest of the night.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows. I don’t know if we had a favorite line–our vows were short and sweet and reflected our relationship perfectly.

Scott and I love being outside and knew that we wanted to have everything outside (yes, we knew the risk of weather, and boy, were we the classic example of why you should ALWAYS have a backup plan!). I had seen Tuckahoe Plantation online a few times and instantly fell in love. We toured a few places just to make sure we were covering all of our bases, but I think we both loved Tuckahoe from the start. We ended up choosing a “Texas meets Virginia” theme for the wedding, and knowing that Tuckahoe Plantation is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson really sealed the deal.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Besides the flowers, our favorite detail might have been our stadium cups that I designed. One had our monogram on it surrounded by a wreath and the other had a drawing of Tuckahoe Plantation with our date at the bottom. Not only were they practical (no broken glass on the dance floor!), we also love going to friends’ houses and seeing the cups in their cupboards.

My mom is a florist in Houston and I had no doubt in my mind that she would do an amazing job. We talked a bunch about what we were thinking in terms of colors, style, particular flowers, and ideas. I got to the point when I was becoming so overwhelmed with details for the wedding, I finally threw my hands up and told her that I trusted her creativity and she could do whatever she wanted. She absolutely blew us away–everything was organic, colorful, out of the box, and complimented the venue perfectly. She even went to the lengths of sending us curly willow sticks in March, which we had to leave in water in our backyard while they sprouted leaves. I am pretty sure our new neighbors thought we were crazy! It was well worth the mosquito infestation to see that she used them to make the tent poles into floral trees. I wanted all of the other decor to take a backseat so the flowers could shine.

Our first dance song was “I Get Carried Away” by George Strait– as a Texas girl, one of his songs was an obvious choice. My father/daughter dance song was “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” by The Tams. I actually ended up splitting my father/daughter dance with my dad and my 90-year-old grandfather–he absolutely stole the show and it was a moment I will always cherish.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college my freshman year at High Point University in our “Jesus and the Gospels” class. Scott sat behind me and spent an entire semester throwing little balled up pieces of paper with his phone number on it into my bag. We didn’t start dating until four years later after Scott had graduated.
Tell us all about the proposal! We were down in Florida visiting my grandparents when Scott asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach. Scott hates any kind of PDA, so when I went to hold his hand, I asked him if it was too cheesy for him…that’s when he got down on one knee! I was completely surprised–I had no idea it was coming. When we got back to my grandparents’ house, we first told my grandmother, who was extremely excited for us. We then went inside and told my grandfather. He didn’t really have a reaction, which I found odd. My grandmother asked us if we had thought of any plans yet and my grandfather then said “What are you planning?” I told him again, a little louder, that Scott had proposed. His reaction was much more excited after he actually heard what I had said! I was especially glad Scott decided to propose while we were in Florida and that my grandmother was able to be a part of our story, because unfortunately, she passed away a month before our wedding.
When did y’all get married? June 20, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 110
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had two small, simple wedding cakes with flowers on top. We also had the world’s best pecan pies from Goode Company BBQ in Houston. Ever since I brought one back to Richmond after visiting Houston, Scott’s dad has told me I am never allowed back in the state unless I have one of their pies in hand!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My something borrowed was a pair of my grandmother’s earrings, which she helped me pick out on a visit to Florida. My something blue was my wedding band, which has sapphires (both of our birthstones) in it. My something old was both of my grandmothers’ wedding rings tied to my bouquet, my mother’s veil with lace from two of my great-grandmother’s wedding dresses, and a Texas Navy button my paternal grandfather gave my maternal grandfather when my parents were married. My something new was my dress and my gold Sperry Topsiders (I had to wear Sperrys on my last day of being a Sperry!).
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of our day came right after all of our first dances. I was talking to one of our friends when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, the owner of Tuckahoe Plantation on the front lawn talking to Sarah. I immediately went over to Sarah, and in the calmest voice, she told me, “So, we are going to have to take a little break–we have a tornado warning for the area and the storm is coming right for us. Family, the bridal party, and out-of-town guests are going to head into the main house for a little history lesson on the plantation, and everyone else is going to head to the Old Stable.” Sarah is queen of always telling her brides that guests are going to react to situations however the bride and groom react to them. I told Scott, and we grabbed a drink and headed indoors. A situation that could have ruined the entire wedding ended up being our favorite memory of the whole day. Everyone hung out inside for about 20-30 minutes, learned some more about Tuckahoe, and then went right back outside to enjoy the rest of the party. Even after talking to our friends weeks later, they all agree that it made for one memorable evening and they could not have had more fun. We truly cannot thank the family at Tuckahoe Plantation enough for their generosity, allowing all of our closest family and friends inside their home. They really went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was safe, and we are so appreciative of that. Their staff even went to the length of chopping up a tree that had fallen over the driveway in a matter of minutes to make sure that everyone was able to get home safely.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are enjoying making our new house a home with our dog, Miller!

Photographer: Stephanie Yonce / Planner: Sarah Taylor / Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation / Florist: Houston Flower Girls / Cake Baker: Gourmand Bakery / Caterer: A Sharper Palate / Rentals and Lighting: Commonwealth Event Company / DJ: Darrell Johnson / Band: Slack Family Band / Special Details: Paisley and Jade / Bride’s Gown: Allure / Hair Stylist: Noelle Eastwood of Avenue 42 / Makeup Artist: Megan Barden of Avenue 42 / Bride’s Shoes: Sperry / Menswear: Jos. A. Bank / Ties: Collared Greens Ties

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
3 Comments
  1. avatar Stephanie Yonce reply

    Thank you for sharing!! Love this couple to the stars. Their wedding was quite the adventure and can you imagine having a mother so talented!?

  2. avatar Paisley and Jade reply

    Thanks so much for including P&J in this beautiful Southern Weddings feature! Tuckahoe Plantation is one of our favorite venues and Stephanie Yonce captured some stunning images from this day. We were thrilled to play a part in this wonderful wedding!

  3. avatar Friday Fresh Squeeze #214 – Floridian Social reply

    […] Kudos to the bride and groom, their guests and the team at Tuckahoe Plantation for keeping this colorful celebration going after the […]

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