Just when I thought this wedding from Karlin Connell Photography couldn’t get any better… Jenna Claire + Tyler pull out the big guns with their reception at the Pebble Hill Plantation. If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of long, simply-dressed banquet tables, and J + T’s tablescapes definitely get my whole-hearted approval. Heavenly Tiers Cakes designed the black + white cake with floral accents. Now, I’ve heard of some brides that don two dresses for their big day, but did anyone catch the groom’s quick change from a basic black tux to a white smoking jacket? Loves it! If you need me, I’ll be trolling Karlin Connell’s blog for more images. Here’s a good place to start, if you care to join me!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew I wanted to find something unique and couture, but classic at the same time. I made three appointments in Atlanta to try on dresses one weekend. I thought I had found “the one” at the first appointment; however I wanted to go to my second appointment just to be sure (and to not be rude!). When I walked in Bridals by Lori, I was overwhelmed with their selection of beautiful gowns. My maid of honor spotted the Rivini beauty on a mannequin and insisted I try it on. As soon as I put it on, I felt like a bride. It was everything I wanted in my dream dress and more!
Describe your wedding flowers: My favorite flower is the hydrangea. I knew I wanted them showcased throughout the wedding. We used them both as Tyler’s reception boutonniere and in our centerpieces with a combination of pears and limes. Because each of my bridesmaids are extremely different, I chose 10 different white flower bouquets consisting of hydrangeas, lilies, daisies, etc. that would accentuate each of their personalities. My bouquet was made up of a mixture of each of the ten choices that I used for my bridesmaids and turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Describe your wedding cake: We wanted something simple and elegant. It was a three tier round fondant cake with pearl and black ribbon accents. We adorned it with dark plum flowers. Tyler, a huge music fan, chose his groom’s cake in the shape of a vintage record player, complete with an edible David Bowie LP and album cover.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Of all the wonderful moments on our special day, the most memorable moment was probably when Tyler and I had our first dance. We danced to “A Girl like You” by The Troggs. Our band, The Grapevine, of Macon, GA, learned the song especially for our wedding. It was very upbeat and so much fun. We put our own spin on the first dance and it was fantastic!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but since Tyler’s closest childhood friend who is a minister in Athens, GA married us, he sent us separate questions to answer about one another and included some very funny answers in the ceremony. It was extremely intimate and sweet and really gave our guests a glimpse of “who we are” as a couple.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just purchased our first home and are enjoying decorating and spending time there. We are looking forward to spending some time together as a young married couple traveling and enjoying each other as husband and wife, and eventually having a house full of children!
Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy marriage, Jenna + Tyler!