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I’m all for extended celebration periods, which is why I love hearing about couples like K + T who plan wedding weekends rather than just wedding days. As bride, K puts it, “We envisioned and created a wedding in which our guests (and even the band members!) were “Windsor” houseguests for an entire weekend. Windsor members generously opened their homes so that everyone could celebrate ‘on campus.’ While the wedding was stylish and sophisticated, the atmosphere during the entire weekend of events was friendly and relaxed — trademarks of true Southern hospitality.” We couldn’t agree more!

HELLO, monogrammed cummerbund!! Such a fabulous and Southern idea!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We first met in high school growing up in Washington, DC where we had a common group of friends. We both had slight crushes on each other but were both a little shy, and nothing came of it. We went off to college and didn’t really have any contact with each other for 4 or 5 years. After college, we were both living in DC and ran into each other one night. Realizing we still liked each other, and feeling slightly less shy than before, we traded text messages, ad met each other out a few times. Before long, we were dating.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) We had planned a trip to Paris with another couple in the spring of 2010. The topic of marriage had come up between us, and K was partially thinking and hoping that a proposal would happen there. I did my best to convince her otherwise, then bought a ring a few days before our flight. After three days in Paris, I let our friends in on my secret, and we agreed to split up on the fourth day. K and I walked around the city as I looked for an inspiring spot to pop the question. After a long day of walking, we headed home, and I asked K if she wanted to stop and sit in a nice little park near our apartment. “No way, let’s go take a nap,” she replied. Back in our apartment as she got ready to lie down, I sat down next to her, fumbled around for the right words, and eventually produced the ring and asked if she would marry me. She said yes!

Three adjectives that describe the day are: perfect, perfect, perfect. Another three? Magical, elegant and classic.
In what month did you get married? April
How many guests attended your wedding? 130
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our hand-crafted starfish place cards. Some guests liked them so much that they turned them into boutonnieres!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Within two weeks of our engagement I had found my wedding dress. We were living in Chicago at the time, and I went to nearly every wedding dress vendor in town until I found “the one.”
Describe your wedding flowers: Bouquets were filled with peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Floral table arrangements were clean and simple: white with pink accents amongst candles suspended in water-filled vases.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our cake was chocolate with a raspberry filling and white icing with white chocolate shavings. We still have a piece saved in the freezer for our first anniversary!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge for us was the fact that it was an out-of-town wedding. Luckily for us, T’s mother spent a lot of time down at the wedding location and was incredibly helpful as our eyes and ears on the ground.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band. We love the Dexter Lake Club Band!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? T getting up on stage with the band and serenading me with the Beatles’ “Something.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I will be starting a Master’s program in Nurse Anesthesia in the fall, and T has hopes of one day going into business with two of his groomsmen. For now, we will continue taking care of our two adopted dogs, and we hope to start a family of our own a few years down the road.

Photographer: Studio222 Photography // Planner: groom’s mother // Venue: Windsor // Florist: Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry // Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Betsy (321-848-7145 or be[email protected]) // Caterer: Windsor // Paper Products: Save the dates by Minted, wedding invitations by Checkerboard, wedding program by Noteworthy by Design, thank you notes by The Paper Perfectionist // Bride’s Dress: San Patrick // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman and Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Simple Silhouettes

Want to see more like this?
Caitlin + Charlie’s classic pink wedding here and here
Our Pink Wedding Details Pinterest board

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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