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Happy Monday! As our SW girls begin to trickle back in from what was, by all accounts, an incredible photo shoot in WaterColor, Florida, it only seemed right that I share this real-life Florida wedding from Audrey Snow Photography with you!  For this international jet-setting couple (the bride hails from Tennessee, the groom from Australia and the two met while studying abroad in Southeast Asia!), Nicole Kaney} of N.K. Productions could not have planned a wedding with a more suitable theme!  The Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art was transformed into a traveler’s paradise with remnants from Cristin + Justin’s own journeys from around the world.  The handmade luggage tags and antique suitcases the couple collected in the months before their big day were the perfect accent to their three-tiered luggage-inspired cake from Pastries by Design.  (How cute is the fondant rendering of Cristin, waving an American flag and wearing a replica of her Manuel Mota bridal gown, and Justin, holding an Australian flag and in his own wedding day best?)  I adore the groomsmen’s silk gray suits and traditional bowties almost as much as the ladies’ halter frocks from J. Crew.  Of course, Tiger Lily Flowers tied this glamorous blue and white affair together with eclectic bouquets of hydrangeas and delphiniums.  How perfectly vintage!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.We met as students on a study abroad trip in Southeast Asia. I was on my way to study at Curtin University in Perth where Justin was finishing up his degree. We both signed up for a Curtin Study and met in Kuala Lumpur, but it wasn’t love at first sight. I thought that Justin was so handsome there was no chance he was going to be nice or intelligent. It would be too good to be true! Shortly after we met, I was hit by a motorcycle in Laos. Justin was right there next to me for the rest of the trip, helping me with my bags and keeping me company as I crutched through Vietnam. When I would get frustrated from being so hot and sweaty and carrying the enormously heavy crutches, he would sing to me and make me dance with him. About two weeks after we met, his mother called his room at our hotel in the Philippines and Justin told her, “Mum, I’ve met the girl I’m going to marry.” It was amazing! I already knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him but had no idea he felt the same way!

Describe the proposal. I had been harassing Justin for weeks for an early Christmas present, so on Christmas Evewe walked out to the dock behind my family home. After reading an unusually sweet Christmas card from Justin, he handed me my Christmas present.I was convinced I was about to open a Christmas tree ornament! Justin told me it wasn’t actually a Christmas present and then dropped to one knee, grinning ear to ear. He then asked me to make him the happiest man alive and marry him! put my hand on Cristin’s, told her Iwould love her always and would she please make me the happiest man alive and marry me. Surprise, tears and cheeky photos in the background soon turned into my saying YES as he slid the engagement ring on to my finger.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? It was a travel-inspired theme since we’ve travelled so much together. We are from different countries and yet didn’t meet in either. Our families and guests travelled the world for our wedding and, at the end of the day, “travel” perfectly describes us as a couple.

Favorite design element of your big day: The hand-made luggage tags, which we used as place cards and favors.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I looked forever. I think I went to 12 stores in multiple states with my mother and friends. I finally woke up one morning and said, “Ok, today’s the day. I will definitely find my dress today!” Ah, the power of positive thinking! I went to Pronovias in Manhattan, which had only just opened. I had the most amazing service and found my dress almost immediately. They are a Spanish company, so the saleswoman was able to accommodate my need for something modest, but removable, for the Catholic service. Pronovias ended up sewing snaps into my straps, which I thought was brilliant.

Describe your wedding flowers. I knew I wanted blue flowers. I brought in a picture of a beautiful eclectic bouquet I found in a wedding magazine but my florist said it was too delicate to ever withstand the Florida heat. We ended up choosing blue hydrangeas and dark blue delphiniums. We used this look in all the arrangements at the ceremony and in the centerpieces.

Describe your wedding cake. The wedding cake had two distinct sides, a formal three-tier cake from the front and a stack of three suitcases with fondant renderings of us – an American gal and an Australian guy – sitting on top at the back! Our baking guru, Lyndsy, put the fondant bride and groom in replicas of our wedding clothes.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The vintage suitcases! My Mom and I looked for a long time to find suitcases we could use in photos. We ended up using the same suitcases to hold the programs at the Church and to display the luggage tag place cards and the scrapbook-style guest book cards at the reception. They were multi-purpose and helped maintain our theme.  

Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? I was handed a lucky wedding horseshoe as she left the church, a common wedding tradition back in Australia. The horseshoe is ‘U’ shaped to ‘hold’ the luck forever. Ribbons are hung to the open ends of the horseshoe to ensure that it is never turned upside down and the luck of the marriage is never lost.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Glamorous, loving, party!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We used traditional Catholic vows and were married by the same priest that has married my parents. We held the same “vow cards” in our hands that my parents used thirty-one years earlier.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Our next stop is back to life in Manhattan. The future is likely to hold many different cities and many different countries, but the exact locations are still very much open to suggestion!

Congratulations, Cristin + Justin!  We can’t wait to hear where your future travels take you!

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  1. avatar Angie reply

    Such a beautiful, blue wedding. I love the idea of the travel theme. The luggage tag place cards were a perfect touch.

  2. avatar Erica Brooks reply

    Absolutely charming. Right down to the matching socks.

  3. avatar Cristin (The Bride!) reply

    I had to give a little link love and shout out to my photographer ( and videographer ( Scott actually put together a three and a half minute SAME DAY EDIT of the wedding and showed this video AT THE RECEPTION – he was amazing! ( He and his team worked throughout the day to put together the short teaser clip and it was an awesome surprise for me and our guests that he showed it at the reception!

  4. avatar AnnMarie reply

    Gorgeous Wedding! Love it.

  5. avatar Jean reply

    What a beautiful day. I really love the the travel theme carried throughout the wedding, it really made for some great images. Congratulations to you both.

  6. avatar Brett (one of the bridesmaids) reply

    It really was a gorgeous wedding. Aside from all of the phenomenal pictures and the incredible suitcase props, I really loved the groomsmen’s blue and blue argyle socks. It was such a subtle detail but one that really tied the colors of the day together perfectly. Plus, the guys loved them! And those hand-made luggage tags? Cristin and Justin made those themselves — just another way for them to add a personal touch to their big day. Their invitations, which Cristin designed, really started the mood off right for the wedding. I loved the save-the-date that traced the journeys that they had taken individually and together around the world. Such a beautiful wedding for a truly beautiful couple!

  7. avatar Blossom reply

    Cristin, you make a beautiful bride. You wedding photos are simply gorgeous and I LOVE the theme. Beautiful Bride, Handsome Groom and a Glorious Wedding that is all one could ask for! Much luck in NY or where ever you should call home. I and JLSF misses you. Love your SF friend.

  8. avatar Audrey reply

    We had a wonderful time with Cristin and Justin and their planner, Nicole. This wedding was a photographer’s dream and we are happy to have been a part of it! We especially loved the travel theme.

  9. avatar Ashley Brockinton reply

    I love this wedding. I remember when I first saw it on the photographer’s blog and fell in love with it. She did such an amazing job capturing the beauty of the couple and the amazing details. What a lucky couple to have found Audrey Snow as their photographer.

  10. avatar Sara Oliver reply

    Your wedding is absolutely breathtaking! It looks like everything went perfectly!!!!

  11. avatar Aaron (best man) reply

    Cristin + Justin’s special day was without doubt the best wedding I have ever been to. Every intricate detail was successfully planned for and the end result was an amazing and truly memorable day!

  12. avatar Stephanie reply

    I love them both – everything was beautiful!

  13. avatar Elayne reply

    What a romatic story and love affair. May their travels through life be as beautiful as they are! This is a story to be shared by one and all.

  14. avatar SouthernGirl reply

    Wow! Simply luscious and beautiful. Everything appears to have been perfectly planned down to the last detail.

  15. avatar Claudine reply

    Wow! Awesome wedding pictures! Such a beautiful site for the handsome happy couple to wed and clearly a photographer with a creative eye. Congratulations!

  16. avatar Peggy reply

    FABULOUS photography; Audry really captures the magic and whimsy of this wedding!

  17. avatar Jennifer (Audrey Snow photograped my wedding) reply

    What an amazing wedding. I love the vintage suitcase theme. The photography is beautiful and timeless.

  18. avatar Amanda reply

    Glorious and spectacular wedding!! Cristin was beeeautiful and Justin was hansome as always. Magical ceremony and reception, so glad we could all make it =) photography was very very well done.

  19. avatar Erin reply

    These pictures are great – and I am totally stealing the idea of the fondant people! Genius!

  20. avatar Keenan reply

    Love the travel theme. Great photos and looks like a cute couple too!

  21. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    what a fun color palette! love the vintage luggage.

  22. avatar Kathy reply

    What a great story and such a beautiful wedding. So well planned out, right down to the smallest details, very creative. The pictures are amazing, excellent photography.

  23. avatar Kathy Lord reply

    I was there- it was majik!

  24. avatar Betty reply

    Amazing pictures! Everyone looks so relaxed and having fun! Audrey, you really did a great job capturing those precious moments.

  25. avatar Uncle Ted reply

    Tops my list of weddings over the past 50 years. The 2 of you are very natural together.

  26. avatar David Cuffley (Best Man v2.0) reply

    It was the wedding to end all weddings. I don’t think i will ever see it matched in terms of detail and execution; there was even adequate preparations for not one but two bumbling best men!

  27. avatar Carolyn reply

    Love the photos… Where did you get the suitcases from? Please email me and let me know.Best,[email protected]

  28. avatar Heather reply

    I love the airline route map "save the date." Where did you get that made? Thanks!

  29. avatar Sharon reply

    Beautiful photography! I love how you were able to capture the emotion of the special moments during the wedding and reception and the one of the Bride and Groom walking under the trees. Very ethereal.

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We were so happy when Mr. Pellowe sent these images our way if for no other reason than the bridal party fashion.  Isn’t it fabulous?  Jessica hand-picked a gown for each of her maids, and it’s clear that her careful planning really paid off.  This celebration wouldn’t have been complete without Masterson’s Catering, Cakes by Lisa, and, of course, Ashley Richardson-Jones of Events by Ashley & Company.  Kudos to you all for putting together such a beautiful celebration!  Have a great weekend, everyone!



Describe your wedding cake: About two months before our wedding, I took out a crayon, drew a wedding cake and handed the “design” over to our baker! We ended up with a beautiful five-tier round cake with white fondant and chocolate brown scrolls. The cake was topped with green and white flower detail and brown feather wisps.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: A large wedding party! We both pride ourselves on having the best family and friends anyone could ask for! It was out of the question not to include as many people as possible in our special day. The more good people you surround yourself with, the more exceptional your day (and life) will be.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Elegant, simple and fun!

What’s next for you as a couple? Settling into our new home, pursuing new business ventures, traveling and expanding our family.

Congratulations. Jessica + Nick! The SW girls wish you all the best with your expanding business and family!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Beth reply

    What an amazing wedding dress! The entire bridal party looks stunning.

  2. avatar wedding cakes reply

    Congratulations to the happy couple, they look great and so does their beautiful wedding cake! well done.

  3. avatar Michelle reply

    I love this wedding! Although I might be a bit bias as I am originally from Kentucky. :)

  4. avatar Ashley reply

    The entire wedding was absolutely stunning and nothing more than a sheer reflection of Jessica and Jason’s external, and internal, beauty! Every vendor did his/her part to make sure this wedding screamed AWESOME – another special thanks to all. As for those dresses that seem to keep catching everyone’s eye, I felt like I knew Jessica well enough by our second consultation to recommend something "different" … so glad I did :) Congrats!

  5. avatar Karol Welsh reply

    I love the fact that the bride Jessica selected each of the bridesmaid’s a different dress for her wedding. Each of the girls look sharp and pretty in their carefully selected dress but blend very nicely. Way to go Jessica!

  6. avatar Nickel Weddings reply

    I am so happy to see brides putting different dresses on their bridesmaids! People don’t have the same personalities… so why would you put them in the same dress? It looks absoulutely stunningly gorgeous!!

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Hey y’all!  Isn’t it wonderful that it’s Friday?  I’m taking over Katharine’s usual job of introducing our weddings to you because Jessica + Jason’s celebration caught my attention from the moment it landed in my inbox.  There are all sorts of reasons why we pick a certain wedding as a Southern Wedding of the Week, but this week, it’s all about the fashion: girly, fabulous, flirty, fun fashion.  I love it!  Because we know you’ll want all the details, Jessica’s dress is by Kenneth Pool, the feathery florals were put together by Wayne Easterly for In Bloom Again, and Events by Ashley & Company was the mastermind behind the details.  Jessica + Jason’s ceremony and reception were held at the historic Gardencourt and the Olmested, both in Louisville.  And the talented photographer that produced these images?  None other than our favorite Todd Pellowe.  See more of Jessica + Jason’s wedding on his blog and stay tuned for part II!  We are in love!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Jason and I met in college during my first semester. Fortunately, Jason had decided to stick around for an extra year to earn a minor. I was a member of the University of Louisville Ladybirds dance team, and he was the Cardinal Bird mascot! Need I say more?

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? I would have to say that I was inspired by ‘nature.’ Jason and I wanted the entire day to be focused around the beautiful setting at The Gardencourt. I was set on not adding any additional décor to the ceremony location except for one large floral arrangement we placed over a sundial in the middle of the garden.

Favorite design element of your big day: I would though have to say that I really, really loved my bridesmaids in their gowns. I had originally chosen one gown for all of the girls, and then my wedding coordinator suggested a different dress for each girl. Instead of looking for one designer who offered essentially the same dress in several different styles, I decided to take it a step further! I spent about two months searching for dresses in earthy shades of brown, ivory and champagne. I kept all of the girls in mind when picking out their individual dresses. The end result was just amazing. When you start getting compliments on the bridesmaids from your father, husband, and other male wedding guests, you know you did a good job! The girls looked so incredibly beautiful, and I was so happy they all had unique dresses they could truly wear again.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I began (and ended) my dress hunt at Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati, OH I knew from the beginning that instead of searching at several small boutiques, I wanted to go to one store with a massive selection to make certain I found something that day. It wasn’t two seconds after I had walked into the lobby that I came face-to-face with a breathtaking Kenneth Pool strapless trumpet gown. Who knew dress shopping could be that easy?!

Describe your wedding flowers: Not knowing much about flowers, all I knew is that we both wanted something unique. I told my florist the ‘vision’ and then basically let him go wild! I had seen his work and knew he was perfectly capable of creating spectacular pieces. I carried a bouquet filled with ivory mini calla lilies, Sahara roses, hydrangeas and white feathers. The bridesmaids carried small gathered bouquets of rust-brown cymbidium orchids, pheasant feathers, small reverse magnolia leaves and brown berries.

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  1. avatar Thalia reply

    Those bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous! Where are they from???

  2. avatar katharine @ southern weddings reply

    Hi Thalia! Aren’t these dresses amazing?! The bride hand-picked each dress for her attendants by shopping at many local department stores in the months leading up to her wedding. She did such a great job!

  3. avatar Leslee Mitchell reply

    The bride’s dress is stunning. I love it. It’s the first I’ve seen of a dress like that. I love it.

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