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What I love most about Sarah and Sean’s wedding is that it gets right to the heart of what a wedding is really about: marrying the person you love and celebrating with your family and friends. These two care about their community in a big way–so much so that their loved ones inspired practically every detail! From the daffodils Sarah chose (and arranged with her bridesmaids) in honor of her grandmother, to the way they spent the wedding morning (in church together with their bridal party), everything from Sarah and Sean’s wedding decor to their timeline was centered around the people they love most. I’m not too surprised to hear that as they focused on blessing their community, their community, in turn, blessed them–don’t miss the story of Sarah’s wedding dress below!

Many thanks to Michelle Boyd for sending this special day our way for Southern Weddings V9!

My bridesmaids wore long skirts the color of daffodils. I wanted each girl to be able to showcase her unique personality, so I left the top up to her! One of my favorite memories from the wedding was making bouquets with my bridesmaids. I ordered flowers wholesale from the Austin Flower Market. Then, with rainbows of flowers piled before us, we made our bouquets together. I chose daffodils because my grandmother and namesake, Sara, loved yellow daffodils.

Tell us all the basics of your wedding! Why did you choose these things? Did any of these details hold special meaning for you as a couple? Sean and I got married at Brison Park, a city park tucked away in a sleepy neighborhood, under the Grandmother Tree where Sean had proposed. During the golden hour, under an arbor built by my family, and surrounded by our people, we said yes to forever.

Because our relationship was so marked by our community, we wanted our wedding to be as well. As I walked in, all of our wedding guests sang. Our ceremony was in the round, our bridal party was big, and our friends played music and sang and read verses from the Bible.

What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? All of our bridal party and family members gathered around us and prayed for our marriage and future life together. I’ll never forget standing there in that moment–under God, under the Grandmother Tree, under the arbor, and under the love and prayers of our friends and family.

Did you try anything new or nontraditional? We thought it would be fun to make our exit by running through the field behind our ceremony. So after we had been pronounced husband and wife, our bridal party parted and we darted through the opening and away toward the tree-line.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? Our wedding was overflowing with friends. I know one wouldn’t usually describe a design inspiration as community, but there’s no other way to put it. Every inch of the wedding–from the bouquets the bridesmaids put together, to the arbor built by the family, down to the wedding band that had been my grandmother’s–was influenced by our community. There would have been no wedding without our community gathering around us to make it possible, and it was oh so sweet!

As Sean and I planned the reception, we just kept thinking, we get to throw a big party for our best friends! Instead of stressing about every detail, we tried (key word, try) to plan the best party we could to bless our community. We ate a fabulous farm-to-table dinner around long wooden tables that snaked through the woods, strung with candles and lights. We danced into the night in an old barn lit with lanterns.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at Dallas Theological Seminary in Houston on the first day of our first week-intensive class. By the end of the week, we decided to date, despite living in different states. By the end of the month, we had decided to get married.
Describe the proposal: On a hot day in August, Sean moved from Nashville to College Station. He had always said that our first date living in the same city would be a bike ride. Before his car tires were cool, he jumped on his fixie and I on my ten-speed, and we raced off to buy a Coke. We biked to my favorite park, Brison (where we got married!), and sat under the Grandmother Tree. The tree is thus named because she is stately, beautiful, and very old. No doubt, she’s watched countless young Aggies fall in love under her branches. Sean picked me up and sat me on a drooping branch. He then said some wonderful things that neither of us can remember, and then asked me to be his wife. I said yes twice! We stayed at the park an hour or two more, just laughing and talking and praying and dreaming, before we told anyone. Those few hours of keeping our special news to ourselves were priceless.
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? About once a week for the months leading up to our wedding, Sean and I had meaningful discussions on all matter of topics, from sex to finances, with our mentor couple and dear friends from church, the DeVores.
How many guests attended your wedding? 200
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: My house where I lived with my roommates was just around the corner and a few blocks down from Brison Park, so all of the girls got ready together at the house, and then, gathering our skirts and bouquets, we walked down the road to the park.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? After finding the dress of my dreams at a consignment shop in Austin, but being unsure that I could afford it, I was told that my dress and all accessories had been anonymously paid for hours earlier. I’ll always remember that as an incredible gift from God to me.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Since Sean and I got married on a Sunday, we wanted to spend the morning at church with our bridal party. That was one of my sweetest memories.
Tell us about your grand exit. Sean’s uncle shot off a cannon (which scared most of us) at the end of the Aggie War Hymn. Through a tunnel of sparklers, Sean and I ran to his beat-up Toyota Corolla that was filled with balloons.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? In all of the planning, with all of the decisions and deposits, don’t forget what the day is about: the person you love, surrounded by the people you love.

Photographer: Michelle Boyd Photography | Videographers: Michael and Alyssa Meyerdirk | Ceremony Venue: Brison Park | Reception Venue and Caterer: Ronin Cooking | Florals and Bride’s Flower Crown: Sweet Magnolia Floral Studio | Dessert Baker: 1541 Pastries and Coffee | Bridal Salon: Second Summer Bride | Bride’s Earrings: Francesca’s | Bridesmaid Skirts: Morning Lavender | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Tara at Head Shoppe | Groom’s Fashion: Jos. A. Bank and Levi’s

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  1. avatar Brittany reply

    Dying over this bride/color scheme. Everything is dreamy!

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One of the biggest delights of my job is getting to interact with our Blue Ribbon Vendors. They’re just such a neat group of people — passionate about their jobs, weddings, and marriages. We feel so lucky to have like-minded partners, and grateful that we can recommend them to y’all! A few of our newest favorites who have joined the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory

Bustle is a luxury wedding gown consignment boutique in Birmingham specializing in designer, vintage and sample gowns. Meredith’s sweet Southern style and impeccable eye leave us with no doubt that the collection of gowns she pulls together will please the most discerning bride!

Carla White’s hair and makeup team is based in Greensboro, NC, and they specialize in making brides even more beautiful! We love her soft spot for the love stories of her couples, and know she’d be a kind, encouraging presence on your wedding morning.

Jeff and Jane Greenough’s years of experience don’t dim their excitement for each new couple they work with, and their fresh approach is apparent in their elegant, classic images. They are based in Charlottesville, VA.

Jennifer Pharr’s work is quiet and lovely. We love how she finds the beauty in each wedding day by capturing the intimate and tender moments! She is based in Spanish Fort, AL.

We love the way Jessica Rourke goes about her job — with the belief that she’s not just planning a wedding, she’s “marrying the stylistic and strategic details of the day that marks the beginning of a beautiful new adventure.” She is based in South Carolina.

Katie Nesbitt has a modern and fun style that will appeal to our delightful Virginia brides! Her infectious enthusiasm for life, love, and her clients shines through in her images.

There’s no shortage of gorgeous images in Michelle Boyd’s portfolio (so dreamy and full of beautiful smiles!), but we almost love her gorgeous heart more. You will love her sweet personality and devotion to capturing the love and legacy of your wedding! Michelle is based in Austin, TX.

Catherine’s work is clean and joyful. We love her belief that no one needs to feel rushed on their wedding day, and know a day spent with her would be calm and encouraging! MyLife Photography is based in Georgia.

It’s easy to see that Perry Vaile is a lover of life, and it shows in her images — whether intimate and sweet or joyful and exuberant, they capture the wide range of human emotion and record it beautifully for posterity. Perry is based in Raleigh, NC, but regularly shoots throughout NC, SC, and VA.

Aside from being one of the sweetest souls we’ve had the pleasure of working with, Kaitlin’s collection of vintage goodies is lovely and enviable. You will adore working with her to pick out the perfect pieces for your wedding! Simply Put Vintage Rentals is based in Raleigh, NC.

Take a peek at all of the talented folks in our Directory right here! Of course, we’re always happy to hear your recommendations for others who should be added – just email Emily!

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Like many of y’all, I’ve been doing a lot of dreaming and planning about what I might want my 2014 to look like. And you know what? I wouldn’t be too sad if it looked a lot like this! Dreamy pastels, piles of soft texture and pattern, and warm, welcoming spaces are perfect for inspiring everyday life AND beautiful weddings. Big hugs to Michelle Boyd, who took these lovely images, and to the ladies of Glow Workshop (Shalyn and Amanda) for bringing this picturesque scene together!

These two cuties are currently dating, but apparently after they posed for the workshop all the attendees are rooting for a proposal! :)

Glow was held at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, a beautiful Texas venue full of all the shabby chic details its designer is known for. I love that they stuck with that look for the workshop!

Don’t forget to take a peek at this scene in action!

Models: Rian Nichole Brooks and Garrett Grimes | Photography: Michelle Boyd | Styling: Sweet Sunday Events | Venue: The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell | Stationery: Blue Eye Brown Eye | Cakes and Sweets: Cakewalk | Florals: Kate Foley Designs | Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry | Videography: Stringer Productions | Workshop Hosts: Amanda Marie Lackey and Shalyn Nelson – Love, the Nelsons

Michelle Boyd is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Nicole O’Hara reply

    Every bit of this shoot is just gorgeous!! Love the chair backs and the invitation display. Oh, and that backdrop! Amazing!

  2. avatar Madi Reid Sanders reply

    Beautiful images, Michelle! And Emily! After the workshop (this past week to be exact) these cuties DID get engaged! How fun is that? Rian, bride model, is a sweet friend from college and Amanda, Glow Workshop co-founder, is one of my bests!
    So fun to see familiar faces on the blog today.

  3. avatar Kyla F reply

    Oh my stars! Between her bouquet, his charming bow tie, her one-shoulder gown, and everything about that table, I am smitten with all of these details. I am going to go on a search for those precious clothespins!

  4. avatar Kate Foley reply

    What a beautiful feature ~ thank you!! Love seeing our flower designs on your blog!

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  6. avatar Shalyn Nelson reply

    Thank y’all so much for featuring Glow!!! It was seriously the best day ever! Michelle & Clayton captured it PERFECTLY! Love Love Love Y’all! <3

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