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Though Katharine + Kyle’s wedding might have been short(er) on the details we’re used to seeing on blogs and in magazines, it was full of the most important stuff: LOVE. Kyle’s two brothers and Katharine’s sister and best friend gave fabulous (hilarious) toasts, and there was not a dry eye in the house during Katharine’s heartfelt toast to her Dad and subsequent father-daughter dance.

There were a few details, though! The baby’s breath centerpieces Lara artfully arranged (with blooms from Fifty Flowers), and the candelabra and linens from Festive Occasions were all that were needed to set the Harvard Club of Boston off to its best advantage. Programs, escort cards, and table numbers were put together (for a great rate!) by 2bSquared on Etsy.

Love, details… but what about fun? Yep, there was PLENTY of that. Seven months later, my boyfriend is still talking about the insane dancing that went down at K + K’s reception. I’m sure guests are still talking about the funfetti-esque cake, too, a special request from the groom that was masterfully executed by Montilio’s Bakery. But my most memorable moment? Singing along to “American Pie” at the tail end of the reception, ringed in a circle around Katharine + Kyle with the rest of the guests. Magical? Yes, indeed.

Huge thanks to A Bryan Photo for these fabulous photos that truly capture all of the emotion. Check back tomorrow for a post from Katharine with a few things she learned from her wedding!

P.S. New reader? Check out this post for links to all the posts Katharine and I co-authored during her engagement!

A few last words from Mr. Gibler, the groom:

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My high school friends singing our St. Xavier alma mater. (We went to an all-boys high school. Don’t judge us.)
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase/verse/or line? Yes, we did write our own vows… some sooner than others. Rumor has it Katharine started working on her vows several months before the wedding. I hashed mine out a few minutes before the ceremony. She cried, so it was all good.
What was Southern about your wedding? The bride. And her Southern lawyer father.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? In the (censored) words of Ludacris: “Move. Get out [of] the way.” Translation: let the bride plan everything, and do whatever she says.
Who was your most honored guest at the wedding? My ninety-four-year-old Grandma Busam. (Just don’t tell Grandma Gibler!)
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Eight months later, I’m looking forward to finally taking my wife on our honeymoon, which we had to delay because of my med school schedule. I’ve planned a trip to the Western Caribbean… and gotten Kat plenty of seasickness medication.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar megan beth reply

    Amazing wedding. Loving all the details from this elegant wedding…and I just adore that image of her singing to her father!

  2. avatar Natalie Norton reply

    Timeless. Beautiful. Joyful. Love it!

  3. avatar Kate reply

    I just have to say….best real wedding interview ever. Thanks, Kyle! And the wedding was beautiful, of course.

    • avatar Katharine reply

      You are so sweet, Kate! Kyle is going to be happy to hear at least someone was pleased his interview… :) He’s a ham! Hope to see you again soon, Mrs. Seely.

  4. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar reply

    This wedding looks so classy and elegant!


  5. avatar So Long, Farewell: Katharine Says Goodbye « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] And then there was that time I got married. As much as I dreaded the planning process and prided myself on being an atypical bride, I have to admit my wedding day was, in fact, the best day of my life. See our official posts on the wedding here, here and here. […]

  6. avatar Meredith reply

    Oh, my! So dreamy- what a lovely day!

  7. avatar Mackenzie reply

    I love her dress! Does anyone know who the designer is?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Mackenzie! Katharine wore the gorgeous (and perfect for her!) “Blakely” by Amsale.

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Katharine + Kyle’s ceremony was traditional, but also very personal. They used the age-old vows, but also wrote individual (tear-inducing) “promises” to each other, exchanged right before. They chose scripture from The Bible, but also a variety of readings with intense personal meaning, read by their closest friends and relatives. The ceremony was the part of her wedding Katharine planned most carefully and was most looking forward to, and I think it lived up to her expectations.

As for the details? Our happy pair were married at The Memorial Church of Harvard University. The Boston String Quartet provided gorgeous music throughout the service. Wiregrass Weddings printed the simple, classic programs, emblazoned with Harvard’s seal. Katharine added a custom lace cathedral-length veil made by Chaviano Couture to her Amsale ensemble for the ceremony. And those gorgeous photos (especially those portraits at the end)? All by the talented Bryan Johnson, of course!

The details from Kyle, the groom…

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The weather. 75 and sunny. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. I also loved going back to Harvard for the wedding. We got married five years to the day after we first met, and even had our “first look” back at the freshman dorm where we played that fateful “Never Have I Ever” game.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Her dress didn’t have a turtleneck or sleeves (which I was legitimately worried about since she likes both), so I was fine. Also, it wasn’t beige.
Describe your wedding flowers: There were flowers? Kat tells me they were white….
Describe your wedding cake: As the lead designer of our wedding cake, I chose a funfetti cake, inspired by a birthday tradition my mom started when I was three. I dare anyone to tell me it wasn’t delicious.
Were there any wedding traditions or new ideas you included in the wedding? After my wedding, I’m pretty sure all my high school friends will adopt the tradition of singing our high school alma mater at the reception. Also, I think the wedding started (or perhaps continued?) our new family tradition of letting my wife make every major life decision. And so it begins…

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar michelle reply

    WOW. That bouquet tossing picture is JAW DROPPING. Oh, and her veil, I want to wrap myself up in it. Lovely.

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Michelle, Annette does the best custom work! My veil was one of my very favorite parts of the entire wedding. (And Bryan Johnson does do some jaw-dropping work, huh?)

  2. avatar So Long, Farewell: Katharine Says Goodbye « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  3. avatar Paulina reply

    Beautiful couple and wedding! I would live to know where she got her veil it is gorgeous!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Paulina! Katharine’s veil was a custom creation by Annette of Chaviano Couture ( It’s truly gorgeous, isn’t it?

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Today, belles and beaus, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing my dear friend and colleague’s wedding to the love of her life. Katharine and Kyle are kind of an epic couple (they have the same first initial thing going for them, Kyle’s about six and a half feet tall, they met as undergrads at Harvard, etc., etc.), and their wedding was fittingly epic: classic, romantic, meaningful — everything you could hope for on the day you begin your new life as a couple. I was honored to be in attendance (and to be a bridesmaid, of course!).

But on to the details! Katharine’s gorgeous dress is the “Blakely” by Amsale, purchased on an epic (yes, again) trip to Kleinfeld last January. Its clean, structured style really set the tone for the rest of the wedding day, in my opinion. She paired Miss Blakely with the “Elke” shoes from Nina and a clutch from Davie & Chiyo (a shower gift from yours truly!). The ‘maids wore floor-length black gowns, and most of us wore gold and pearl jewelry from Erin McDermott, a gift from Katharine at the rehearsal dinner. We all carried white bouquets arranged by SW’s Editor in Chief, Lara Casey (the lovely blooms came courtesy of wholesaler Fifty Flowers)!

I think KTW was a bit nervous about how her wedding day “look” was going to come together, but it’s safe to say that the inimitable Scoobie West surpassed everyone’s expectations, not only creating flawless updo’s and faces for everyone who asked, but keeping the getting-ready room light and nerve-free. (He did scold us for eating pre-ceremony pizza in our dresses, but we’ll forgive him that.)

Take a peek at these portraits of the ladies, gents, ladies + gents, families, and “first look” (outside of K + K’s freshman dorm — awww!) then come back quick for all the ceremony details! Gorgeous images courtesy of Bryan Johnson of A Bryan Photo, who perfectly delivered on Katharine’s request for black and white images.

Readers, you should know that Mr. Kyle stepped up and filled out the interview on behalf of the happy couple… enjoy!

Occupations: Professional student debtors.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I was lucky to meet Katharine on my first day of college freshman year during a dorm-wide game of “Never Have I Ever.” (We were both assigned to the “Hurlbut” dorm. It was fate.) While I was immediately attracted to her, she was just as quickly suspicious of me. A cat and mouse… or, more accurately, a Kat and Kyle… game ensued. Eventually, I wore her down with weekly dates to Dollar Scoop Tuesdays at Baskin Robbins. And my devastatingly good looks.
Describe the proposal: The short version? Kyle got down on one knee, and Katharine said yes. The longer one? I took Katharine back to Harvard, where we first met, and arranged for a candlelit dinner of Chinese cuisine by the river. It was hopelessly romantic. Just like I am. The catch? I apparently overlooked the fact that Cambridge in December is a little chilly, to say the least. After accepting my heartfelt proposal, Katharine proceeded to inform me she had never been so cold in her entire life. To that end, she couldn’t even put on her engagement ring for a full hour until her hands had thawed.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Tigerblood, #winning and Sheentastic. Fast, 2Fast and 2Furious. No, but really: classic, elegant and timeless.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Whatever my wife told me it would be. Next question?
Favorite design element of your big day: The vintage Rolls Royce my father-in-law surprised us with after the ceremony. Thanks, Dad!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Brittgary reply

    Beyond gorgeous. I am slightly obsessed with the dress. Truly classic and beautiful!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Thank you, Britt! It was my father’s favorite, so that settled it :)

  2. avatar Natalie Norton reply

    My GOSH Katherine, your dress blows my mind.

  3. avatar Gabriela reply

    I went to college with Erin McDermott. Her jewlery is lovely. I am so glad to see it on your blog :)

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Erin is AMAZING! (And so is UVA!) She was my babysitter way back when and attended the same middle and high school. I felt lucky to have her design something special for my wedding, and my girls loved the finished product :)

  4. avatar Taylor reply

    I am so sorry if this question has already been answered, but Katharine, can you share your nail polish color? Love the vintagey-red and that you didn’t go with some predictable shade of “bridal-nude” or “bridal-pink.” Thanks!!

  5. avatar So Long, Farewell: Katharine Says Goodbye « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  6. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Classical elegance to the Max! And I’ve had such a good experience with Fifty Flowers. 2G Roses were my go to wholesalers but I’m starting to reconsider…

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  8. avatar Weddingfriends Blog reply

    Absolutely beautiful images! Very nice wedding!

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