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I never thought I would see the day when the Waffle House food truck would be a thoughtful and sentimental wedding detail, but thanks to LaKisha and Brently, that day is today! These two embraced tradition for many aspects of their Georgia wedding, such as their church ceremony and waiting to see each other until LaKisha walked down the aisle, but in other ways, they weren’t afraid to do things their own way. Case in point? The Waffle House food truck that served as a nod to their favorite game day snack, a tribute to their home state, and a meaningful moment for the couple and Brent’s grandfather alike.

We’re so grateful to CWF Photography for sharing this joyful day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had a relatively small budget to work with, so I knew I had to be frugal and creative to create the look I wanted. I stumbled upon Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta online, which sells designer sample gowns at discounted prices. I fell in love with one dress in particular, and when I finally got to my appointment, the dress I had been eyeing was already pulled. After I tried on a few other dresses, the owner, Abriel, helped me into the dress and I had a Cinderella moment. It fit perfectly, and I could not stop smiling. As soon as Abriel put on the beautiful cathedral veil, both my parents and I knew that this was the gown!

We decided to not do a first look. We have had friends who have done it and raved about how great it was, but we ultimately decided to keep with tradition and save that moment for the aisle. Looking back, I wouldn’t have traded that moment for the world! I did have a first look with my daddy though, and the pictures of that moment are priceless. He had had an unexpected open heart surgery a couple of months prior to the wedding that shook my world. I am so grateful that I had my daddy with me on my wedding day!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We chose Prince of Peace for the ceremony because it is my family’s church here in Atlanta. We have such a great relationship with the priest that having a wedding elsewhere wouldn’t have seemed right. Not to mention, the church is immaculate!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We had a traditional Catholic wedding and exchanged traditional vows. I am glad we opted to do this, because I don’t think I would have been able to recite personal vows without crying tears of happiness!

Pamela at Design House of Flowers was amazing to work with! She immediately picked up on my vision and was so knowledgeable of flowers that would work with my theme and budget! My bouquet and all of the flowers were breathtaking, and truly captured the whimsical garden feel I was going for. They included David Austin roses, blush pink sweet peas, dark pink anemones, purple Japanese aster, ivory astilbe, ivory ranunculus, and touches of seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. I had centered my whole wedding color scheme and theme around a picture of a cake I had seen on Pinterest, so naturally, I wanted to do a close replica. We had a family friend, who owns Rhodes Bakery in Roswell, recreate the cake! The groom is a big fan or strawberry cake, so the bottom tier was a delicious pound cake with strawberry preserves in the middle. The middle tier was red velvet, my favorite, and the top tier is a surprise! The groom and I can’t wait to cut into it on our first wedding anniversary!

There were so many details we loved, but the Waffle House food truck that we surprised our guests with was by far our favorite! Brent and I are addicted to their hash browns, which we have shared many times after football games, and eat practically every month. Waffle House was also founded here in Atlanta, so we were happy to be able to share it with out-of-town guests. The best part of this detail was bringing a smile to Brent’s grandfather. We learned while he ordered his hash browns that he and Brent’s grandmother used to spend every Christmas morning at Waffle House. She had passed away a couple of years prior, so to see him smile at this detail of the wedding warmed our hearts!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Brent and I are high school sweethearts. We met our junior year of high school in pre-calculus class, and I was so impressed with his mathematical abilities, which I completely lack! The first time we hung out just the two of us (before we officially started dating), we were working on a physics project at his house, and when I left, I accidentally blurted out “I love you”–how embarrassing!! We were inseparable for that whole year, and then endured four years of long distance while we were in college. The best thing about being high school sweethearts is that we have a relationship founded upon an amazing friendship. We were able to watch each other grow, and now that we are married, we get to continue to grow and do life together!
Tell us all about the proposal! After a couple of those “perfect moments” when I thought it was going to happen, I finally told myself to just let life happen and trust in God’s perfect timing. On Christmas day in 2013, I woke up to see my stocking stuffed–we had started a tradition that year of stuffing each other’s stockings instead of giving each other wrapped gifts. Brent was quite adamant that I start taking items out of my stocking first, so I did! One of the big items inside was a personalized calendar. I started flipping through the calendar to see what pictures he had chosen, and on the last month, instead of a picture, it had the message “Will you marry me?” written on it. I was in such shock, I do not remember a word he said–just the dazzling ring I had picked out back in 2010! I later found out Brent had had the ring since 2010, but wanted to wait till he had graduated from college in December 2013 before proposing. Now, that is dedication!
When did y’all get married? September 13, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 70
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We were tasked during our marriage classes with the priest to select our readings and come back and explain why we chose them. The readings we chose shared a common theme of the importance of prayer and the significance of us becoming one: Tobit 8:4b-8, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a, and Matthew 19:3-6.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Budget! However, I want brides to know that you don’t have to have a big budget to create a beautiful wedding. There were things we had to compromise on, such as reducing our guest count, but it ended up being a great decision because we were surrounded by only our closest family and friends. Websites like Etsy can also be extremely helpful!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The moment we were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Brently Todd McDonald! I have waited so long for that moment and it was so surreal!!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are just enjoying newlywed life together, and we are looking forward to our first wedding anniversary trip to Costa Rica! We have decided that instead of Christmas gifts/anniversary gifts, we will go on yearly trip together. We love to travel, so we are excited about this tradition! We are hoping to travel to South Korea and explore my grandmother’s heritage on our second anniversary.

Photographer: CWF Photography / Videographer: David Robertson & Todd Galucki / Ceremony Venue: Prince of Peace Catholic Church / Reception Venue and Catering: Reunion Country Club / Florist: Pam Holley of Design House of Flowers / Cake Baker: Rhodes Bakery / Candles: Ikea / DJ: Rob Clark / Envelopes: Paper Source / Paper Products: Paper Please / Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza / Bridal Salon and Veil: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “492” in Plum by Bill Levkoff / Menswear: Jos A. Bank / Men’s Socks: J. Crew / Food Truck: Waffle House / Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar David Strauss reply

    I love the idea of having food trucks instead of buffet lines

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  3. avatar Gerry Mayer reply

    Brent and LaKisha,
    Now that you are Waffley Wedded, I wish you a long, and very happy life together!

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Today’s wedding from V4 is an office favorite because of Becky + Cameron’s bright, preppy color palette and loads of customized details. Becky was lucky enough that her best friend is talented wedding designer Calder Clark (she’s even a bridesmaid in this wedding!). Calder used her relationship with Becky to create details that were so personal and unique to the couple. The sangria drinks served before the ceremony? They were a nod to Becky’s love of Spain and the couple’s upcoming honeymoon! Big thanks to A Bryan Photo for sharing!

Emily would not let me pass by this stationery shot without mentioning that it’s awesome and designed by Cheree Berry. We all love this suite!

Becky tells us a little bit about their ceremony: “We were married outside the club at Debidue, although we had our heart set on being married in a church. In the end, it was a blessing, as our Episcopal priest whom we flew in from Oregon is a mutual friend of ours. The ceremony was wonderfully personal and fun and meaningful since Colin knows both of us. The setting was gorgeous – under a tent in front of the marshes with a light breeze (wonderful on the warm August day!).”

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at work! I called on Cam and Joe (Cam’s dad) to see if they might have an interest in using our products in their business. Cam asked me out after that, but I demurred, citing a conflict of interest. He was persistent, though, and eventually invited me out for golf with a few fellow advisors from the office. Little did I know that I was being set up! When I arrived at the golf course, he was the only one there! We had a great time even though I’m not much of a golfer, and found we have a lot in common.
Describe the proposal: Cam and I decided to go to the beach for Halloween weekend since neither of us much enjoys the holiday. We stayed at his parents’ house, as always. When we arrived around 5 in the evening on that Friday night, we took Bogey down to the beach to play ball. Cam later told me he was hoping to propose then, at sunset, but being Oregon in late October, it was cloudy and there was no sun. He ended up proposing (down on one knee, of course) later that evening in the family room. I knew something was coming when he turned off the football game (that never happens!) and asked me if I wanted to “talk.” Hilarious!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Gorgeous, dreamy, and rip-roaring fun
How many guests attended your wedding? 70
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Our families met up in Scottsdale for Thanksgiving about three weeks after we were engaged. I set up an appointment to shop for a wedding dress with my mom and with Cam’s mom at Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale. I’m so glad I could have them both with me for such a special event. I had a dream dress in mind (a lace Monique Lhuillier), but Liancarlo was having a trunk show that day. After trying on a few dresses, including the dream dress that only looked okay on me, the Liancarlo designer suggested I try on the dress that I ended up buying. It was ruched across the bodice with a fun bubble hem and fan pleat in the back. It flattered my waist and hid the things that needed to be hidden!

Photographer: A Bryan Photo // Planner: Calder Clark // Venue: The DeBordieu Club // Florist: Blossoms Events // Caterer: The DeBordieu Club // Wedding cake baker: Jim Smeal // Bride’s gown: Liancarlo // Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Shoshanna // Groom’s attire: suits by M. Dumas, ties from Southern Proper, boutonnieres and corsage pins from Emersonmade // Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper // Calligrapher: Elizabeth Porcher Jones (elizporcher@gmail.com), Music: Archer String Quartet and Deas Guyz // Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals // Tent: Skyline Tent Company // Linens: Boutique Tents // Lighting: Technical Event Company // Transportation: Absolutely Charleston // Other: vintage bamboo bikes from Calder Clark

Love this wedding? Check these out:
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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Love, love the colors!!! Such a sweet wedding!

    xo

  2. avatar miranda reply

    LOVE this wedding — such beautiful, fun details!
    I’m curious about those boards near the drink station — what are they displaying?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Miranda! Aren’t those amazing? The goodies on the left are mini corsage pins for the gents, and on the right, larger flower pins/hair flowers for the ladies. Such a fun detail for a small wedding!

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Sidney’s a Southern bride if I’ve ever seen one – which is fitting, since the bride + groom celebrated their wedding at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Alabama. You don’t get more Southern than an antebellum plantation, elegant lace gown (Anne Barge, naturally), lace-trimmed cathedral veil and pearl accessories. The bridesmaids, in black LulaKate frocks of their choosing, offset the bride’s all-white bouquet (courtesy of Dennis Harris of Zimlich the Florist with rainbow-colored blooms. We love Studio A Photography, and can’t wait to share their shots of the equally-Southern reception!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Matt and I met in 2006 at a mutual friend’s Halloween Party. Whenever I tell someone our story, the next question I get is, “So what was his costume?” Matt was dressed as Don Johnson from Miami Vice. And me? In 2006, the TV Game show “Deal or No Deal” was popular, so I thought dressing up as one of the models would be easy. All I had to do was put on a cocktail dress and carry a briefcase!
Describe the proposal. I could probably write two pages on our proposal, but I will give you the short version. Matt proposed to me over New Year’s weekend in the mountains of Sewanee, Tenessee. My parents have a vacation home there and it is very special to me since I spent four years in that quaint town going to college at the University of the South. Somehow Matt got me to go inside the gorgeous chapel without me having a clue he was about to propose. He popped the question below a gorgeous stain glass window – with his dog in tow. It was absolutely perfect!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Vintage, Southern and elegant.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Definitely the fireworks! I surprised Matt and our guests with fireworks as we drove off in a 1929 Model A Ford at the end of the night. It was the perfect way to leave such a fun celebration!
What was Southern about your wedding? What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? The location. Our reception took place at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, an antebellum home built in 1855. Not only is the house beautiful, but the grounds are equally as gorgeous. The oak trees on the plantation were perfect for hanging lanterns! In addition to the venue, the menu had distinctly Southern elements. We served fried green tomatoes, mac n cheese, and pecan pie. We also had two signature drinks with Southern flair: a “Mason Dixon” and “Southern Mothers.”

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  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    The vintage lace dress is gorgeous and only made more so by the stunning lace edge veil!!

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  6. avatar Michelle @ Adirondack Weddings Magazine reply

    The wedding dress is gorgeous, definitely a dream dress of mine I will be pinning! Black and white has always been my favorite because it is so clean and simple, and in this case adds to the vintage feel of the wedding. The bridesmaids’ bouquets add a nice dash of color against their black dresses. I love all of it!

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