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Bright coral pink is one of those colors that exudes cheerfulness, and when I read Nichole and Ricky’s equally charming interview, I knew they made the perfect color scheme choice for their wedding! After enduring a long-distance relationship and getting engaged in the town where they met, this sweet couple spent a year and a half planning their gorgeous Historic Cedarwood wedding. All of their hard work resulted in a wedding that struck the perfect balance between heartfelt, emotional moments and fun, playful details. Does it get much better than that?

Big thanks to Kristyn Hogan for sharing Nichole and Ricky’s beautiful day with us!

I had spent about a month going to several wedding boutiques pre-shopping in Houston before my mom came into town for Thanksgiving. I wanted to make sure that I had a few dresses picked out to help make the shopping really easy. However, I couldn’t seem to find one that made me feel like it was the one and I was really stressing out, not to mention that all of my girls lived in other states, so I was really going at this alone. Finally, my parents came to town for the holiday and my mom and I set out looking for the dress. I tried on several at the first boutique and even though my mom already had tears flowing since we were finally getting to have our mother-daughter experience, I still wasn’t finding the one that felt right for me. When we went to the next boutique, we had fun picking out dresses that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. Then I came across this one that I just fell in love with. I put it on and knew it was the dress. We were both crying and just so excited that this was it. We bought the dress, canceled the rest of the appointments, and then went out to celebrate since we still had the rest of the day with each other.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? 
I actually talked to my photographer and she said it was great for pictures, so I was more than excited to include this in our day. A month before my wedding, one of my best friends got married and did a first look. All of the girls begged to sneak a peek but not be seen. Wow–we were all in tears over the amount of emotion that they both had, and I couldn’t wait to have the same experience with my soon-to-be husband. Needless to say, we did!

What a sweet moment! I love the emotion in this picture, including all of the smiling guests in the background!

Did you write your own vows? 
We really wanted to, but we were so nervous that we would be too overcome with emotion and unable to make it through them. We were fortunate to have a wonderful officiant, who helped us plan our ceremony and gave us the opportunity to make it ours. The part that stood out to me the most was the preface to the vows. “I want remind us all of what a vow is. A vow is a solemn promise, a pledge that binds. A commitment of heart, mind, soul and body. It is tenacious, persistent and even stubborn in the face of challenges. These are your vows. It is one of life’s greatest gifts, to give and receive such a commitment. Understanding these things about your vows causes us to understand that these are not mere words and so we listen in great awe and reverence as you make these promises to each other.”

When I was initially conceptualizing the wedding, I fell in love with the idea of an outdoor ceremony, but wanted to make sure that we had rustic Southern charm as well. Since I am from Tennessee, we wanted to have the wedding in Nashville to give our guests the opportunity to experience this amazing city we fell in love with. Cedarwood was perfect with its natural meadow, outdoor garden, front lawn with a swing and chandelier, historic home, and beautiful landscape, so I had many different areas to utilize. We had our wedding ceremony in the meadow with the altar covered with beautiful flowers and the rustic barn in the background. The cocktail hour was held in the front of the house on the lawn. It reminded me of something out of Gone With the Wind. Our reception was held on the wrap-around terrace, which was open and surrounded by the beautiful landscape and decor.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
I would have to say Cedarwood Weddings. They walked me through everything. I really had no idea what I was doing and I relied on Cedarwood to point me in the right direction. The staff was fantastic. We were lucky enough to have started planning far enough in advance that we were able to book all the vendors that Cedarwood considered the best of the best. It all showed the day of the wedding, with every vendor and staff member. Everything went so smoothly and felt perfect. We were able to enjoy every moment.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
I completely loved our cake. I was the bride that was seated and eating a full plate while everyone was dancing. It was a round, three-tiered smooth-edged design with peach-melon colored icing, small lace detailing, and one big coral charm peony on top of a mint cake stand. All tiers were strawberry marble cake with white chocolate cream cheese filling and icing. I am so happy that we had some left over so I can have it over and over again. We also had a cookie bar setup. These cookies are the ones the aunts brought. They were displayed on various platters and cake stands and were a huge hit!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
I am originally from Tennessee and moved north for school and my career. While working at Tweenbrands in Columbus, Ohio, I met a really great group of girlfriends that had all gone to Ohio University together. We all hung out and eventually started going to their boyfriends’ softball games, which is when I started to hang out with Ricky. We would all go out after the games and hang out, eating pizza and fries on Thursday nights, and we continued meeting up through the weekend. I could really tell that Ricky and I had a lot in common. We were both going through art school and it was so easy to talk and relate to him. We became a couple just a few months before he was offered an amazing job in Houston, TX. We both felt it was the right thing for him to do and we continued to make the relationship work. After a very long two years of long-distance calls and flights back and forth, we both felt like we needed to be together. I left my job and moved to Houston for us and two years later, we were finally engaged.
Tell us all about the proposal! 
It was so cute! We traveled back to Ohio and I had already been sick for a week but I was being a trooper. We ran around all day getting ready for a Halloween party that night and stopping at all our favorite places in Columbus, where we met. Then, in the parking lot behind our favorite coffee house, he started to complain about his leg hurting. I offered him some Aleve, but he said he would be fine. We got into the car when Ricky started freaking out about his leg really hurting. He told me to stop and let him get out to stretch. I rolled down the window to see how he was doing and he told me he needed me to get out and help him (by the way, he was kneeling in a puddle). I got out, really confused since he never complains about pulled muscles, and there he was, on one knee (still in the puddle), asking me if I would marry him. Then, he opened the box and the ring fell out and rolled under the car. He politely asked me to “hold on a sec” while he fetched it and I was tearing up. It was the cutest thing and I was so happy that I forgot to say yes till we got back in the car! Eventually, he did get his answer.
When did y’all get married? 
May 26, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
85
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
I really wanted to use some “not so typical” music during our ceremony. Working with our guitar/violin duo, we were able to add some Beatles songs that keep the feeling more current. We incorporated “In My Life” for the seating of the guests and “All You Need is Love” for the recessional to kick off the celebration! Ricky had this great idea that at the end of the reception, we have the DJ play “Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack as if it was the last song. Then, we surprised our guests with “One More Time” by Daft Punk for one last chance to dance. It was so much fun!!
Describe your wedding flowers. 
Cedarwood did an amazing job with the flowers. I provided a picture I had seen online of an arrangement with many different types of natural textures and colors that I wanted to replicate. I wanted to make sure that we were making an effort to not be matchy-matchy and focus on various shades of our colors: light pinks, melon, and ivory. They did a custom-designed bouquet using cabbage roses, coral charm peonies, light peach/pink stock, light pink spray roses, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, and ranunculus. It was hand-tied with burlap and a band of material used for my dress sash around the middle. We switched the color variations for the bridesmaids so the bouquets would pop against their papaya J.Crew dresses, and tied each with a ribbon to match my sash as well. They were beautiful! The groom’s boutonniere was a light peach spray rose and seeded eucalyptus to match my bouquet, tied with twine. The groomsmen boutonnieres were similar, but in a lighter shade.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
I have a few that really stood out for me. First, I made all the paper goods, from the save the dates, to the large logo sign used for the favor wall and photo booth, to the guest book. I really enjoyed taking the time to make sure every little detail was consistent with our Nashville wedding, with the large bright flowers and the NP + RK theme. Ricky was always there helping me get all the tiny crafts completed, bless his heart. Second, I decided to do white Wayfarer Sunglasses with our “NP + RK” logo as our favors. I thought it would make great photos and it was totally appropriate with the outside wedding venue. Third, there is a family tradition on my husband’s side that the women of the family make these amazing little cookies for weddings. They are insanely good. RK’s aunts made the drive all the way down from Pittsburgh with the cookies in tow for our wedding. It really meant a lot that his family would take so much time to make all of them. There were so many different kinds of cookies and the table never seemed to be bare since the staff had enough to keep it stocked all night. I purchased kraft favor bags so our guests could take some of their favorite ones home with them. Somehow I still ended up taking plenty to snack on back home. Fourth, my dad had this amazing idea to incorporate a Chinese wishing lantern into the wedding, which I thought would be a unique thing to do as a sign of our unity. It was really beautiful to release the lantern into the air with all of our family and friends watching as it soared into the night sky.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I faced was being so far away from everything, including my family, friends, and the venue. I did a lot on my own and had to utilize technology as much as possible with FaceTime and sending photos. I had a lot of support from my parents during the planning process. They really were amazing. We also had our initial design meeting at Cedarwood to cover every detail of the wedding. It was outstanding and really helped me decide what direction to go with my wedding.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
My most memorable moment would have to be at the ceremony, standing there with Ricky, announcing to everyone that we were forever joined as husband and wife. I remember, even through my nerves, taking a moment to look at everyone that had traveled so far to be there for us, and knowing that others so wanted to be there and couldn’t make it. It really touched our hearts.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Try not to rush it. I had about a year and a half engagement. I really feel like it’s worth taking the time if you can. I would also suggest, if your venue doesn’t offer it, to get a wedding planner, even if it’s just for the day of your wedding. It was great to not have to worry about anything the day of and to enjoy all the hard work I put into creating the special day with everyone we love.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
We are looking to save money and start looking for a house. We are ready to settle down and begin the rest of our lives together.

Photographer: Kristyn Hogan | Planner: Cedarwood Weddings – Linda Wright, Kortni Wells, and Erika Hoelscher | Ceremony Venue: The Historic Cedarwood – Cedarwood Weddings | Reception Venue: The Historic Cedarwood – Cedarwood Weddings | Florist: Cedarwood Weddings – Karen Wright | Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes | Caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering | Band: Jace Aaron Entertainment | Bride’s Gown: Watters, Belmont Style, Bride re-designed sash | Paper Products: Bride self-designed and made, NP+RK Designs | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Jewelry: Anthropologie (Hair Accessory), Bride’s Own (Jewelry) | Bridesmaids’ Hair Accessories/Jewelry: Bride made (Hair Accessory), Bride re-designed (Jewelry) | Hair Stylist for Bride, Mother of the Bride, and Mother of the Groom: Studio BBC Salon | Hair Stylist for Bridesmaids and Flower Girl: Leslie Dockery of On Broadway Hair Salon and Lynnell Randolph Ferguson | Makeup Artist: Studio BBC Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Lucky Brand light mint ballet flats | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew Miranda Dress in Cotton Candy – Sweet Papaya | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Havana Destination Suit | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank Havana Destination Suit

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
21 Comments
  1. avatar Kat reply

    I’m in LOVE with those porch flowers, the dark brown chairs against the pink linens and that huge bloom on their cake!! Her “try not to rush it” advice is spot on too :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    This wedding is packed with gorgeous details, but I have to say their signature drink might be my favorite! Looks delicious!

  3. avatar Ivy Ellen reply

    I love your idea of releasing a Chinese wishing lantern. Such a magical thing to do. Congratulations to you both.

  4. avatar Linda reply

    Loved this wedding and layers upon layers of pretty details. Working with Nicole and Ricky (and her parents) was a treat for the Cedarwood team, and we are always pumped to partner with Kristyn Hogan. Thanks iloveswmag.com for sharing this one!

  5. avatar Kristin reply

    I am not a cake girl but heavens that cake looks delicious! I love the big coral charm peony on top!!

  6. avatar Claire reply

    The flowers are gorgeous! Love this color combo

  7. avatar Latrice reply

    This wedding is amazing! The Cedarwood team + Kristyn Hogan are a perfect combination.

  8. avatar Dana reply

    there are so many perfect peach aspects and gorgeous flowers in this wedding, im so in love with it!!

  9. avatar Blakely reply

    We are doing similar colors! Where did the bride get that cake stand? I may need one!!

  10. avatar weddingchicks reply

    love seeing our sweet favor bags! (:

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    Thanks,

    Amye xx

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Welcome back to part two of Kalen + Parks’ fab Real Wedding from V5! Kalen described their pink + gold reception at the Old Edwards Inn as a “gigantic party with a big dancing crowd and lots of cheerful faces.” Now that sounds like the kind of wedding I’d love to attend!

Together with their designer Calder Clark, K + P mixed elegant community tables with small plates stations of yummy Southern food to create a laid-back atmosphere where guests felt at home. Along with the gorgeous blooms, I can’t help but adore their uber-Southern dance floor that Calder created using old white oak fumed gray and stencils. And you know we SW gals can’t help but love their background of gold paillettes!

Special thanks to Jeremy at Harwell Photography for making us feel like we were there celebrating right along with Kalen + Parks!

The reception was a traditional Southern station-style dinner, so there wasn’t a formal cocktail hour. After the ceremony, guests entered the pavilion through floral-lined fabric drapes and perched at the barn wood topped community table or lounged on our furniture vignettes while they listened to the cocktail pianist, enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres and hung gold glitter tags filled with their well-wishes on our antler sign-in wall. When we entered the pavilion after post-ceremony pictures, guests gathered around to watch our first dance, then enjoyed some traditional (with a twist) Southern food, and danced the night away…until it was time to go to the after party!

What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? What wasn’t different?! The Robinson and Keys families both like to be different. I am so glad I went with a place that was rustic and charming. Anyone can do a ballroom wedding. Calder Clark Designs turned a rustic location into a romantic plethora of enchantment. Everything from the food, to the atmosphere, to the setting and the timeline was different — which is exactly what we wanted.
Did you include any Southern traditions in your wedding? We had a groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner that was a replica of the Nikes Parks gave our wedding party. I did a cake pull at my bridesmaids’ luncheon. Parks’ dad was his best man.

What was your reception like? A gigantic party with a big dancing crowd and lots of cheerful faces. It was a mash-up of elegant community tables with small plates stations of exquisite food, then tons of silly touches like neon Kanye sunglasses to help everyone let their hair down (this crowd didn’t need that much help!).
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: Our designer, Calder Clark dreamed up incredible raw gray barn wood bars with crusty old Victorian corbels. She had an artist hand-paint these raw linen slipcovers for our furniture vignettes and had our florist build oversized gray wood pergolas dripping with Southern blooms hanging over folks’ heads in little lounges in the corners of the room. Calder designed a dance floor that was old white oak fumed gray and appliqued with this Anthropologie-esque stencil — it was totally cool and very “us.” We even had a band backdrop made of giant gold paillettes.

What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Am I allowed to say “Hire Calder Clark Designs?” I think I was super level-headed about the reason we were there. It was about Parks and me committing ourselves to each other for the rest of our lives. Who cares about a flower or a menu or lighting? At the end of the day, the people around us were the most important part — even though our flowers, menu and lighting were all exquisite!! The memories are the most important part because nine times out of ten, you look back on even the stressful moments and just laugh. Also, when you are making decisions, make the decision and move forward. Don’t go back and change things. You can keep making decisions for months, but the bottom line is no one is going to notice if the centerpiece was perfect or not. They will remember how in love you were with your hubby on your first night of being married. Stay rational!

Our cake was a five -tiered confection with an interior of pink butter cake and mocha mousse filling. The base layer of the cake was covered in gold buttercream and the other four tiers were iced with buttercream in ombre shades of pink. The cake was garnished with a few delicate sugar flowers and simple gold bands between each of the tiers.

I found the song “Home” when the infamous father-daughter duo put it on YouTube. I loved the lyrics, so I Google searched the song. Whenever I get down, Parks will just look at me with a smile and say “Holy moly me oh my” and it never ceases to make me smile. It soon turned into that, when I was down, we ended up dancing around the house to the song. It’s a fun song but means a lot so we chose it as our first dance. We wanted to have fun with our dance and we did. During the most stressful moments of planning, it felt good to go to dance lessons and just let it go.

What were some of the highlights? Watching people have the best time ever. I kept trying so hard to soak it all in. We would be dancing and I would just look around. I remember every single moment so vividly.
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? Parks and I used the same sterling toasting goblets that his parents used for their wedding.
Did you try anything new or untraditional? We kept it simple and had fun. I didn’t want anyone to ever feel that they were supposed to be somewhere or wonder if they were allowed to go get a drink. I wanted them to feel at home. Go get a bite to eat, go get a drink, go dance the night away. Just have fun!
Tell us about your grand exit. Guests lined up outside of the pavilion and showered us with metallic mylar pom-poms as we ran toward the vintage Rolls Royce positioned outside.
Did you include any Southern traditions in your wedding? We had a groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner that was a replica of the Nikes Parks gave our wedding party. I did a cake pull at my bridesmaids’ luncheon. Parks’ dad was his best man.
What was Southern about your wedding? Our guests had welcome bags full of trucker hats, bourbon balls, Garden & Gun, Barker’s Mill grits, Fat Buddies BBQ sauce, and more!
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. A good ol’ cowboy friend of my dad’s came up to us and said “Hey y’all! Some say marriage is hard. It ain’t hard if you don’t let it be. Just enjoy it and be happy with each other.” That advice has really stuck in my head. Don’t make it hard. Learn to communicate, give, take and just be happy. Parks’ dad also reminded us to never go to bed angry.
Who was your favorite vendor and why? Calder Clark Designs. Calder and Caitlin became so much more than a vendor. They became friends and mentors. They are family now. I remember Calder saying that to me the first day I talked to her on the phone, “My brides become my friends.” I thought it was just a selling point or something she says to all her brides. Not true. To me, they became way more than friends. I knew that through the wedding planning and on the wedding weekend, I had NOTHING to worry about because I knew that Calder and Caitlin would make it perfect. They made me a very calm and happy bride that could just focus on me and my husband and our guests all weekend. I would really like my sister or brother to get engaged so that I can spend another year with them!

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    the rose ‘curtains’ are absolutely amazing! what a fabulous fête!

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    Those flower curtains must have been amazing to walk through!!

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Ooh, y’all! I am SO tickled to be blogging the first wedding from our latest issue, Southern Weddings Volume 5! If you haven’t gotten your hands on this beauty, order here!

Let me first start by saying I feel like I’m a kindred spirit to Kalen + Parks, as their “meet-cute” involves the words “Roll Tide!” AND Parks was a college baseball player. Change a few details, and you’ve got a similar exchange from when my husband and I first clapped eyes on each other!

Though I love the rest of their story and y’all should absolutely read it below, let’s get on to the absolutely divine details of this sweet Southern soiree! Kalen and Parks chose the Old Edwards Inn in the mountains of North Carolina, making theirs a destination wedding for both them and their guests. They chose it in part because they wanted to make a memory at a new destination that they could return to for anniversaries for years to come, which I love! Kalen and her super-talented planner Calder Clark teamed up with Blossoms Events to create one of the most lush and detail-filled events we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to share it in two parts today. By the way, gigantic thanks to Jeremy at Harwell Photography, a true gentleman for capturing every (pink) detail in stunning style!

How about those metallic foil + pink invites?? You are just the bee’s knees, Cheree Berry!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Girly-girl meets rock ‘n’ roll.
Why was this design special to you as a couple? We both come from very laid-back families. For us, it’s more about who you are with then what you are eating on. While our moms have very impressive china collections, it is not uncommon to see us eating on a paper plate during holidays with a can of Bud Light (my family) or Miller Lite (Parks’ family). I think our wedding represented that. It was homey and comfortable, much like our families. There was never a stuffy moment about the wedding. It was elegant, yet functional and touchable. Calder did such a great job on making it so “us.”
What were your wedding colors? Gold, gray, and tonal shades of pink, from blush to bubblegum.

My favorite part of finding my wedding dress was the weekends I got to spend with my mom and sister in NYC on the hunt. All three of us went up the first time and after three appointments and knowing only that I wanted lace, we found the one I loved at Pronovias. I knew that it could get better. While the dress came with patches of lace, I wanted them to fill it in completely. Against that romantic lace, I thought inconspicuous glimmers of sparkle would give it the perfect “me” touch. We went to the garment district on the hunt for sparkle and ended up finding itty bitty little Swarovski crystals. Pronovias graduated them through the dress, heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top. While the dress was amazing, my favorite part was the adventures that it gave my mom, sister and I with the multiple trips to NYC for fittings.

Bouquet perfection in pink! Kalen’s bouquet recipe included lisianthus, peonies, assorted garden roses, stephanotis vine, blushing bride, astilbe, maiden hair fern, and dusty miller. Her maids’ included lisianthus, peonies, assorted garden roses, astilbe, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, and phalaenopsis orchids.

Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. My mom actually bought the dress from Anthropologie for a holiday party. The second she pulled it out, she gasped and said “Kalen, I found the perfect bridesmaid dress for you!” I wanted a neutral color with gold, but I absolutely did not want it to be from a wedding store. So I dug hard and found the dress for my girls. It was perfect and pulled all of the elements of the wedding together. I remember that once we found them, I felt like I could actually visualize all of us standing up there and everything coming together.

What did the groomsmen wear? Our Groomsmen wore the Vera Wang tux from her new men’s line, “Black.” The groomsmen were hard. I wanted them to look dressy enough to match the wedding, but didn’t want them to look overdressed and stuffy. The new tux from Vera doesn’t have silk lapels, and so I felt that was the best option. We also had custom Vineyard Vines ties with little sneaks and boots on them. Being that I have a boot store and Parks has a running store, our friends often call us Sneaks ‘n Boots. I gave my bridesmaids boots at the bridesmaids’ luncheon as a thank you, and Parks gave our groomsmen custom sneakers from Nike. The guys changed right after the ceremony into their bright kicks. So Parks!

Favorite design element of your big day: The flowers! Holy cow! How does one find that many perfectly-bloomed flowers?! I absolutely loved the romanticism of the flowers, the antique china and the lace and pearls mixed up with raw, rustic wood. It represented our families perfectly. We are all very traditional people and very wholesome people, but there is a pistol inside of all of us. Both of my parents and Parks’ parents, all of our siblings and Parks and I will give you the shirt off our backs, but we will also fight like hell for each other. I think the girly, romantic feel of the wedding mixed with the raw, wholesome elements played off of each other perfectly.

Holy moly!! Can you just imagine looking up, and seeing those gorgeous blooms as you said your vows? I’m not sure I could concentrate!

What was the most memorable or touching moment about your wedding day? Parks says it was seeing me walk down the aisle. I would say just being together. Parks and I never left each other’s sides so that we would have all the same memories of the night. Every dance and every moment was special. We soaked every second in.

Guess what, y’all… there is more coming a little later from this beauty!

Occupations: We both own retail stores. Parks has a running specialty store that offers anything a runner would need and currently has six locations. I have a boutique in Tampa that has a country theme, selling the latest in fashion trends along with cowboy boots.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. My mom had been wanting to start running, but her feet always hurt, so we stumbled into Fit2Run. Parks was working the floor that day and started helping my mom find the perfect shoe. Parks said he had played baseball at Georgia, so I replied with a “Roll Tide.” Parks said his parents went to Alabama and my mom said, “she has a bulldog!” Parks had a bulldog, too, so we started showing pictures of them. My mom then continued to drill him with questions. He answered every one of her questions perfectly to meet her dating criteria for her daughter. She asked him about politics, religion, family values, and hobbies. After two hours of “shoe shopping” with Parks and realizing we both had retail in common, he asked for my number. He called me the next day and we met up at the Bucs game that weekend. I had my sister with me and he was with all of his brothers. We hung out there, and the next night he took me on the best first date I’ve ever had on Clearwater Beach. We have been together every day since and the rest is history.
Describe the proposal: July of 2011, Parks took me to Grand Cayman for a few days away from work. Everything about the location, time, and atmosphere was so fun and perfect that I was never expecting a proposal. I just completely forgot about it. Tuesday, we hung out on the beach all day and Parks insisted that we go for a run before we went to dinner. I had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Nike Lunarglide when Parks said he had a present and pulled them out of his suitcase. I put them on and said “Let’s go!” He told me to put a Nike chip in my shoe since he didn’t think the GPS would work. I took the shoe off and opened the hole where the chip goes. Still not seeing anything, I handed him the shoe. He insisted I put the chip in myself. When I finally looked in the shoe, my ring was inside of the hole. Parks then got down on one knee and of course, I said yes. It was perfect..
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Romantic, enchanted, and most importantly, FUN!
What was the weather like on your big day? Warm and sunny with clear skies and a mountain breeze.
How many guests attended your wedding? 210 people attended the wedding weekend events, which included a rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and reception, an after party, and a farewell brunch.
Who participated in your ceremony? A great friend of our family, Jack Taylor married us. It meant so much to me to have someone special do that for us. One of my best friends, Evie, read the Apache blessing during the ceremony.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? Each and every person was special. It meant so much to us that so many people came from so far to celebrate our wedding. What a blessing it is that we have so many family and friends and such a great support system.

Harwell Photography is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
28 Comments
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my, I adore her bouquet! Those engraved mint julep cups are amazing, as well!!

  2. avatar Kat reply

    I LOVED this one in V5!! Those wooden pews, her color scheme…and I adore all of her pretty blooms – from her bouquet to the the ones draping in the tent… it’s to die for!

  3. avatar Jocelyn reply

    I love this wedding. It is just fabulous! How fitting that today you feature a Manuel Mota bride…..

  4. avatar Adrienne reply

    I saw this wedding in V5 and it blew me away. The tent is the most gorgeous tent I’ve ever seen, and those flowers are to die for. I love that they got married in the mountains of NC too. Perfect. Just Perfect.

  5. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    This was hands down my favorite real wedding in V5! I fell head over heels for the floral design- especially the ceiling details in the ceremony and the lined entrway at the reception. The mint julep cups, the champagne jello shots, the draping, and the lounge seating also stole my heart.

    I’m also so happy to hear the bride’s perspective in this post. I love the story of how they met and I now finally understand those fun sneakers on the groomsmen! Such a lovely story :)

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Eeep! I couldn’t agree more, Jessica. I died over the groomsmen and their sneakers. Totally something my husband would have LOVED to have done. And of course the floral design blew me away!

  6. avatar Jeremy Harwell reply

    So honored to have been a part of Kalen & Park’s wedding! They are such a wonderful couple! Calder, Caitlin and Lauren were such a joy to work with and so many of the other amazing vendors gave me such beauty to photograph! I am so honored and excited to be featured in V5 and on Southern Weddings blog!
    Thank you so much!

  7. avatar Jeremy Harwell reply

    A special thanks to my amazing second photograph Gabe Aceves http://www.gabeaceves.com who’s photograph of the large urn at the ceremony as well as the image of Kalen and Parks saying their vows.

  8. avatar Erika reply

    Hi there. I know this is random but you look identical to my sister. The resemblance is crazy! Y’all honestly look identical!

    Erika

  9. avatar Lisa reply

    Truly, the most stunning florals I’ve ever seen!

  10. avatar Sheena Roberts reply

    Hi I am getting married soon and want to do as much DIY progects as i can. When i saw your flower girls basket i fell in love. Where can i get the pattern to make it? I have looked all over and cant find it.

  11. avatar Passion Roots reply

    BREATHTAKING flowers! So in awe! So gorgeous and delicate, yet striking! WELL DONE!

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    How was the canopy or tent made and what is it made out of?

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