We first got to know today’s bride, Cynthia, when she styled our Love Never Fails tee for Cozy Fall. At that point, she and Andrew were just a few weeks away from tying the knot, so you’d better believe that when their wedding day came around, I was checking in on her blog and Instagram for sneak peeks of the newlyweds! As you can imagine, we were delighted when Happy Everything Co. sent their lovely day our way, and we got to hear the whole stories behind Cynthia’s beautiful gown, how she and Andrew selected their dream outdoor venue, and even about the abundance of Southern cuisine our Blue Ribbon Vendor Sun in My Belly whipped up for the celebration. Cynthia and Andrew were no stranger to hardship throughout their engagement, so seeing what a joyful wedding day they had is all the more sweet!
Tell us all about the proposal! It was a complete surprise to me! We went to dinner on our third anniversary on January 11, 2013. Afterwards, he took me on a walk down this moonlit path at Roswell Mill. At one point, Andrew held me close and asked me if there was anything about our relationship that I would have changed over the past three years. I thought he was trying to be romantic, so I gave in to his cuddling and said, “No, we’ve had a pretty good run, would you change anything?” At that moment, he said “Yes I would. I’d change your last name.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, to which I, of course, responded “Yes!”
Like many sorority girls, I had been pinning wedding things onto my Pinterest board for years, and once I was engaged, I recalled pinning the most gorgeous gown. The problem with Pinterest is that pins don’t always take you to the retailer’s website, so I spent weeks looking for this dress. I finally found out that it was by Stella York and started searching online for where I could buy it near me. A bridal boutique called Atlanta Bride Couture had it in their store, so I made an appointment for when my Grandma was going to be in town, and had my mom and my friend Ellie come with us. I picked a couple of dresses to try that day, along with the Stella York, and almost had a heart attack when I saw that the dress I had been lusting over for almost a year was under $900. When I put it on, I knew it was the dress for me!
I really love that earthy, organic style that looks as if you’ve gone through a meadow and picked a bunch of wildflowers for a bouquet. I loved the romantically wild look of our flowers created by Victory Blooms. She did a spectacular job creating table runners of silver dollar eucalyptus and a stunning mantel piece. Our head table was like something out of a dream, and the flower girl really loved her crown made of wax flower! She looked like a little princess.
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes! I love first looks. I think they are so romantic and a great way to ease the butterflies in your stomach. Andrew and I met by the lake and exchanged our written vows to each other, and shared some kisses and stories about our day. Besides that, we were also able to get all of our wedding party pictures done before the ceremony, which left more time for eating and merriment afterwards.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows and exchanged them before our ceremony. We also said the traditional vows during the ceremony.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had a knot-tying ceremony at the wedding, which was a lot of fun and helped ease the nervous tension with laughter from the crowd when we messed up.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the calligraphy we had done by Emily of Foster Pen and Ink. It was the smallest touch that I thought added a lot of personalization to our wedding. Andrew’s favorite detail of the wedding day was probably that he and his groomsmen got to go shoot the trap course the day of leading up to it. Our favorite detail together was definitely the venue. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, we hardly needed to decorate because the interior was so gorgeous, and the sun sets just behind the ridge you get married on at Legacy Lookout. It was a dream! You hardly feel like you’re 25 minutes from the Atlanta airport.
True life: I married someone who hates cake. At cake tastings, I’d ask Andrew his opinion on the cake and he would just say “Well, you know I don’t like cake, so…I guess it was good.” I realized I’d be going at it alone when deciding on a cake. I found my baker through an open house at Foxhall. Lush Cakery was there for everyone to try. It’s perhaps the best cake I’ve had in my life, and she only uses buttercream to decorate with. We ended up getting the salted caramel and amaretto white chocolate raspberry flavors. We had a three-tiered cake with ruffles, pearl dots, and a cascade of garden roses and antique hydrangeas. I got a cake topper that said “Cynthia & Andrew” off of Etsy that we had painted gold.
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It was never the right time for us. I had a boyfriend when we first met on a bus to a band party my sorority was hosting. After staying in touch loosely through the months, he held the door open for me to the parking deck one day, and we both had an “Aha, there you are” moment. However, he had a girlfriend at the time, so we stayed friends. One day in October, when I realized I was getting feelings for him, I decided to tell him I couldn’t hang out with him anymore. Fate had a funny way of intervening that day, and he and his girlfriend broke up the same day I mustered up the courage to end our friendship. A couple of weeks later, we had our first kiss and the rest is history!
When did y’all get married? October 23, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 110
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Andrew and I are both into outdoor sports: he’s a hunter (he only hunts for meat he will eat, not sport) and I ride horses competitively. When we found Foxhall, we were captivated by how it combined both of our interests, and the setting was spectacular. We loved that we were able to bring our own food and drink onto the property to help save some money as well.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food! I am a huge Southern food advocate and I wanted to include as much Southern flair in our cuisine as possible, so we hired Sun in my Belly to cater our reception. Appetizers consisted of mini lumps of crab cake, shaved ham on a sweet potato croquet, duck confit and bing cherry toasts, and fried green tomatoes. For dinner, we served baby spinach salad with a balsamic drizzle, fried chicken, fig braised pork loin, truffled fingerling potatoes, and mac and cheese. We also served local beer from Sweet Water Brewery for our guests.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Andrew and I already had great communication skills, but we had other areas we needed to work on. We both had talks with our families about marriage and how we are a team now. We worked on being better people for the other person’s sake and we talked about supporting each other’s dreams for the future. He wants to go to grad school and I want to have my own business, so it was important to us that we were ready to accept the challenges that lie ahead for those dreams of ours.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We didn’t have a fairy tale engagement, and we even pushed our wedding back from June to October because my mom was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer a month after we got engaged. It was a really scary time for us. During her treatment, all wedding planning was off, but we were conflicted as to what to do: do we get all the big things out of the way and pray my mom was going to be there for the wedding, do we wait and just push off getting married indefinitely, or do we elope and just skip the wedding altogether? There was no right answer for what to do during this situation. Thankfully, my mom finished her treatment in October and has since received a clean bill of health.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? As a couple, we hope to figure out our lives as adults in the next couple of years. We have a lot of goals we want to reach, like being debt free, buying a house, and opening a business, so we are going to work on attaining those before we bring in any other responsibilities.
Photographer: Happy Everything Co. | Planner and Paper Goods: Shelley Legg of Aubree Elle Events | Venue: Legacy Lookout at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club | Florist: Victory Blooms | Cake Baker: Lush Cakery | Caterer: Sun in My Belly | Linens: Creative Coverings | DJ: DJ Q-Tip | Calligraphy: Foster Pen & Ink Calligraphy | Bride’s Gown: Style 5932 by Stella York | Bride’s Earrings: Kendra Scott | Hair and Makeup: Linda Margarita | Bride’s Shoes: “T Strap Wedges in Blush and White Crystal” by Dune London | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style 6639 in Celadon by After Six | Menswear: Savvi Formalwear
Sun in My Belly is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!