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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!

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  1. avatar FroggyMont reply

    Even more to love!!

  2. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Fresh Flowers reply

    The hydrangea is a fantastic flower to use for weddings. I have noticed this year more and more Brides selecting the hydrangea.

  3. avatar vencanice reply

    Really , really nice couple. This post is so good, thanks for sharing with us. I love her wedding cake.

  4. avatar dekoracija reply

    This wedding is so amazing. They have a perfect wedding decoration. Everything are so nice.

  5. avatar Gosia reply

    Love the hydrangeas!

  6. avatar David reply

    Gorgeous wedding

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Y’all knew I wasn’t going to let this Karlin Connell wedding slide without some form of minor freak-out, right?  Jenna Claire + Tyler’s wedding at the Pebble Hill Plantation is glitzy, glam and jam-packed with black-and-white goodness.  But seriously, how awesome is the bride’s stunner of a dress (Rivini, naturally) and matching veil?  And that shot of the bride with her gown moments before putting it on?  Wow, wow, wow!  Other faves?  The bridesmaids’ asymmetric Priscilla of Boston dresses, and all-white bouquets from Singletary Flowers.  And from one B&W bride to another: Jenna Claire, it was your bridesmaids’ coordinated bouquets that made me completely redo my own flower vision!  

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. Mutual friends set up Tyler and me on a blind date. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Tyler moved to Tifton, GA to work for his family’s medical equipment company. My roommate at the time, and best friend from college, was dating Tyler’s new roommate in Tifton. After spending a weekend with Tyler, she came home, walked into my bedroom and told me “I’ve just met the man you are going to marry.”  After a lot of persuading and plenty of mutual facebook-stalking, both of our roommates convinced us to at least meet each other and have dinner. From the moment we spent that first night laughing together over dinner, we knew we had something special in each other.    Describe the proposal. We were gearing up for a concert in Athens on a Friday night. Before we left for the trip, Tyler  told me that we had to make a pit stop in Greensboro, GA to pick up a piece of medical equipment. When we arrived at the Ritz Carlton, Tyler told me that they were having a medical device convention there and that one of their manufacturer’s reps was going to meet us with the equipment that we needed to take back with us. We went inside and the whole staff including the girl at the front desk was in on the whole thing. She told us that the rep. was on the way down and to have a seat in the lobby. Tyler insisted we walk around and look at the beautiful hotel.  We came outside to a beautiful illuminated fountain when Tyler turned to me and dropped to his knee.  We both had a very joyful cry together, and finally Tyler filled me in on the whole charade.  There never was any concert in Athens or any convention or person we were meeting at the Ritz.  We spent that night in the executive suite, drinking champagne and calling our friends and family, and the next morning we had a huge breakfast and a full spa day to celebrate our engagement.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Unique, intimate and timeless.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
Lots of things! Most importantly, the music! I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles performed with a classical guitar and violin. Our recessional was “Wedding Song” by Bob Dylan performed acoustically by a very close friend of ours. Our band played a great mix of oldies and Motown favorites and kept everyone’s energy up throughout the whole reception. Tyler’s favorite detail was his groomsmen’s shoes, as he bought all of his groomsmen a pair of black Toms to wear with their tuxedoes. We loved the idea that no one was wearing uncomfortable tuxedo shoes, and that we were contributing to a great cause at the same time. We both loved our neon wayfarer style sunglasses that we used as wedding favors. They were a great way to add some color to a formal reception and really upped the “party-level” of our guests.  In lieu of a guest book, Tyler’s grandmother gave us a very old Royal typewriter that we had each of our guests write us a personalized note on.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  What was Southern about your wedding?
First, the wedding venue was the iconic Pebble Hill plantation in Thomasville, GA, which is a classic example of old-world Southern design, architecture, and charm. We served our signature drink as well as sweet iced tea and lemonade in mason jars with antique lace tied around them. Any southern wedding would not be complete without shrimp and grits, and other modern takes on classic southern foods! Tyler and I left both the ceremony and the reception in a restored antique Chevrolet pickup truck. We arrived at the reception in the old truck with the entire wedding party in the wood paneled truck bed.

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  1. avatar WeddingXpert reply

    Omg, I’m dying! This is so incredibly adorable, and I’m totes jealous!

  2. avatar Sheasa reply

    I am so in love with these photos!! I L O V E the dress, gorgeous!!

  3. avatar FroggyMont reply

    I love this wedding!! I really can’t wait for my wedding at Pebble Hill in November now.

  4. avatar Kate reply

    Wow, this is SO gorgeous. And I agree with her adjectives — totally timeless!

  5. avatar Christy reply

    I have never ever wanted a veil, but 8 weeks before my wedding…seeing this post – OH MY GOODNESS! I have to have this look!

  6. avatar loving this reply

    what a great shot of all those lovely ladies! How fun!

  7. avatar Janice{Felicita Studios} reply

    Beautiful collection of bouquets for the bridesmaids. This is a very classy wedding, love it!

  8. avatar vencanice reply

    This wedding dress is so awesome, also the flowers are so fantastic, thanks.

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Louise + Drew treated guests to an authentic Southern reception at the bride’s home in Texas.  Brooke Schwab photographed the poolside soiree, and Angela Nix planned the event.  My favorite detail – besides to too-cool masks + sunglasses rocked at the end of the night, naturally?  The gorgeous flowered confection from Susie’s Cakes.  Want a bit more?  Take a peek at Brooke’s blog post from the evening here.

Describe your wedding flowers: My flowers and bouquet were by Jonathan Andrew Sage, but because the wedding took place in my family garden a lot of the flowers were potted plants and trees from Newton Nursery.
Describe your wedding cake:  The bride’s cake was a dramatic white cake with purple Irises climbing up it. The groom’s cake was our French Bulldog, Pickles resting by Drew’s law books.  The bride’s cake was white almond flavor.  The law books were carrot cake and Pickles was chocolate.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?  It really was a blast, my mother and I had so much fun. But if I had to say, a challenge was being patient to allow the day to arrive.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the isle and seeing Drew
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to traveling as much as possible and just enjoyed being married.  We are so happy!!!

Congratulations, Louise + Drew!  We hope you always will be this happy together!

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  1. avatar WeddingXpert reply

    The soft touches of purple are incredibly placed, the food is the epitome of comfort and class, and those CD favors are pretty much the best. I love when a couple can give a small gift that has a personal touch.

  2. avatar Shirley Kelly reply

    Love, Love, Love the chandelier and poolside setting. The cake looked to pretty to eat and what’s a southern wedding without crab legs? Beautiful wedding.

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    Everything is beautiful. I love the cake with the purple irises very elegant.

  4. avatar Wedding planning ideas reply

    Lovely!!! Everything is pretty….Wedding place its very big….& also i luv the wedding cake looking like yummyyyy

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  6. avatar vencanice reply

    Awesome pictures. Cake was so lovely with iris. And decoration was apsolutely amazing.

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