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I think it is safe to say that Maegan and Jared are one of the absolute coolest couples we’ve ever had the privilege of featuring. Maegan is a puppeteer/ventriloquist/model/actor, and Jared is a comedian/musician, so it’s no surprise that their unique careers are what first led them to cross paths–Jared reached out to Maegan online, she attended one of his shows, and the rest is joyful, adventurous history. While they now live in Tennessee when they’re not on tour, they chose their home state of Texas for their wedding, allowing them to celebrate with many of their favorite things (coffee food trucks, a Tex Mex spread for dinner, and perfect Texas spring weather, to name a few), as well as their favorite people–Maegan’s nine younger siblings all participated in the ceremony. I loved reading about the heart behind Maegan and Jared’s inspiration and their memories from their gorgeous day, and I hope you do too!

Thank you so much to the talented Heather Hawkins for sharing this celebration with us in V8!

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? Flowers are so symbolic to me and the growth of our relationship, so we wanted a very natural, loose, garden feel with lots of texture in purples, whites, and blues with lots of greenery. After working with Andi and Abby for a couple months, I had no qualms just totally letting them take the wheel–they knew what I wanted, and ordered and foraged whatever their hearts desired. And it was PERFECT.

There were so many special moments, but one of the stand outs for both of us was our around-the-corner prayer before the ceremony. We wanted to save our first look for the aisle, but also wanted a moment together beforehand. There was a perfect little cottage corner covered in gorgeous greenery, and we came out and stood on either side. As soon as we saw the other’s hands peek out around the corner, we pretty much lost it. We talked for a minute or two, then prayed with each other. Then, all the butterflies spawned into a million more, but it was the best, most excited feeling.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? The ceremony was so sweet and so profound. From the moment I came around the corner and saw Jared’s teary face for the first time, then hugging my dad after he gave me away, there was just such a joyous peace and thankfulness that stayed throughout the whole day. The sound of the music being played under the trees rustling in the soft breeze–it felt like our own little corner of the world stood still and joined in the moment. Exchanging personal vows was so meaningful, and I pray I’ll always remember the look in Jared’s eyes as vividly as I do now.
Who participated in your ceremony? Family members, friends? If so, what did they do? It was super important to me to have my siblings be a part of the wedding, so, in addition to the three older siblings who were in the wedding party, we had the remaining six walk down the aisle in pairs to sit on the grass on my side in front of the bridesmaids. My dad prayed over us when he handed me over to Jared, and that was a sweet moment. We also had an awesome friend, Ed Newton, officiate and he did such a great, heartfelt job.

We were so excited to have live music throughout our wedding. A friend who is a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played as guests arrived. For our processional, our full band played “Future/Past” by John Mark McMillan, “All That I Am” by Phil Wickham during our foot washing, and “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful for the recessional.

We knew we didn’t want a long engagement, but we also knew we wanted an outdoor wedding with pretty weather, so that landed us in May. We set our date and talked about lots of location options, but loved the idea of Austin. My family is from the Fort Worth area and his is from right outside of Houston, so it was a great in-between and still gave us a super fun destination feel. We love the vibe and the food trucks, and knew it’d be a good time. Picking a venue was definitely our biggest struggle! We knew the feel we were looking for and just weren’t finding it. I reached out to a wedding planner out of desperation–someone I knew had similar style and knowledge of the area–and it turned out to be the best accidentally genius thing I did. Melanie helped us get creative with a space we had loved from the beginning, but thought was too small, then helped us find a separate outdoor ceremony space. She was so awesome, we convinced her to stick around for the rest of the planning process and we were SO thankful to have her. The ceremony was outdoors at Angel Springs Event Center, a little gem I had to book last minute that ended up being so beautiful. The reception was down the road at The Union on Eighth. We loved this venue from the moment we saw a photo! It’s a transmission shop-turned-wedding venue–the owners have done an incredible job with the space and it was the perfect place to dance the night away. It had the industrial, but still warm and romantic, feel we loved, and Jared loved having man card bragging rights telling his buddies we were having our reception at an old car shop. It was a total win-win. Oh! We got married in Georgetown, Texas, which is in Williamson County, Texas. Jared’s home (and now mine, too, of course) is in Franklin, Tennessee, which is in, wait for it, Williamson County, Tennessee! That’s probably dumb and not worth printing, but I thought it was #destiny and, also, it held special meaning for us as a couple.

Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. Oh, baby, the SWEETS. Our cakes were unbelievable, and as if they weren’t enough, we also had donuts and pies–some made by my grandmothers, some from a favorite date spot in Dallas. We kinda went overboard, but don’t regret a bit of it.
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? Not traditions, exactly, but I did ask both my grandmothers to make our favorite pies, and the Hoosier cabinet we displayed them on belonged to my great-grandmother. They lived in a tent with a dirt floor on the oil field where my great-grandpa worked, and that little cabinet was her whole kitchen. It was in my grandma’s kitchen and has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I’ve always thought it was the coolest thing and was so excited when my parents said we could pack it up and tote it to Georgetown for our big day. It was one of my favorite details.

Tell us about your grand exit. We went with sparklers and drove off in his uncle’s Corvette–we sped off, stopped off around the corner, and just looked at each other. We both yelled “WE JUST HAD THE BEST WEDDING EVER” and had an awesome little geek-out moment over being married and on top of the world.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Long story short, he came across my name and reached out to me online to make a “business connection.” Coincidentally, a coworker had just seen him perform, making him legit and not a creepy magician stalker, so I responded. After a couple of months of talking and courageous persistence on his part, I went to a show he was doing in town. He was funny, cute, really talented, and super nice. We hit it off and he changed his flight, rented a car, and drove out to meet my family in our blue house in the country, among the chickens and ducks. It has been the best of rides ever since.
Describe the proposal: After a day that included an awesome breakfast (because our relationship has been built on a foundation of good food and coffee) and a hike down to a waterfall, he took me to an abandoned bridge overlooking the mountains of Alaska and (after saying some really sweet and genuine stuff that melted my heart) he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was simple and breathtaking, and I can’t imagine a more perfect moment. (Plus, he had mounted his GoPro, so we got to cry all over again watching it later.)
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Planning for marriage is SO important! A wedding can be your “happily,” but marriage is the “ever after!” (I just made that up and feel kind of proud.) We did some book studies together, listened to teaching podcasts, and also went through premarital counseling. I cannot say enough about the importance of premarital counseling–it is SO worth the time and effort and truly makes such a difference.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: JOY. That’s all I’ve got.
How many guests attended your wedding? About 200
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? I don’t think anybody can say they went through planning a wedding completely unscathed! We had our chosen food truck fall through just a few months before, we didn’t nail down a ceremony venue until six weeks out, and of course, my face had an allergic reaction to makeup that was still healing on our wedding day. I only say all of that to say: you know what? It all came together and totally didn’t matter–looking back, I barely even remember those things!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I just knew I was going to find my dress at a certain shop in Tennessee and made an appointment for the next time I’d be in town. Meanwhile, we went to visit Jared’s family in the Houston area after getting engaged, and his mom, sister, and I decided to go look just for fun. (Famous last words.) We pulled a few I liked and I totally had the “moment” when I put on “the one.” I FaceTimed my parents, and through happy, girly tears said, “Heck yes!” to that dress. I instantly fell in love with the elegant, no-fuss fit and the neckline. Jared likes my shoulders, but I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress…this was a perfect win-win.
Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I knew I wanted a cohesive, but not contrived feel. I gave them words like “effortless,” “romantic,” and “French,” and we laughed because wedding brain sounds ridiculous sometimes. I love everything Alexandra Grecco puts out, and her tulle skirts were a big inspiration. Some girls went with those and some went with other styles, but we all worked together with a color palette, Pinterest board, and group text. At the end of it all, we brought and laid out all the dresses, skirts, and tops we’d gathered and decided on our lineup–some girls swapped and picked out their look the night before. It was a blast.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Jared’s sweet family rented the cutest little house for the girls to get ready in, and we had such a blast getting ready together and dancing to music. My brother brought us coffee and donuts for breakfast and my mom came with my siblings to hang out with me and make lunch. Jared and I also exchanged notes and gifts (Shinola watches). I read his over-achieving six-page note and had all the girls crying (and me so ready to marry that boy).
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? As Jared got older, he always hoped his Meemaw would be able to see him get married, so it was extra special to have her there. She’s 88 and one of his biggest fans. She’s always told Jared that some girl would come along and not be able to resist those dimples. She was right.
Did you try anything new or nontraditional? Instead of the traditional cocktail hour, we did a coffee and donuts hour with Krispy Kreme donuts and an amazing coffee truck. The coffee truck served the usual menu, plus a specialty rosemary honey latte–it was a huge hit!
What was Southern about your wedding? We’re both from Texas and Jared has lived in Nashville for the last six years, so we love the South, but weren’t looking to have Lone Star decor or cowboy boots. What we love about the South is its friendly, welcoming heart–the South welcomes people with open, giving arms and invites them in for a good time and good food. That was the Southern charm we wanted to give back to our guests. Oh! And our father/daughter dance was to “You Are My Sunshine” which my dad has always sung to me and my sisters. That’s totally Southern.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I’ve moved to Nashville and am loving the city and community there. Our schedules have kept us on the road a ton, so in between all the craziness, we’re just loving doing everyday life together and finding our groove. We’re still figuring out what scheduling will look like for us and trying to do as much together as possible, so we’re brainstorming ideas for a combined show and are excited about the future! That future will eventually include the adventure of children, but we’re content enjoying the adventures along the way there. ;)
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Make a priority list and beware of the Pinterest plague. Those were a couple things that helped us a lot. Right off the bat, we made lists of our top three priorities for the day. We wanted 1). to be married by the end of the day, 2). to get awesome photos/video of it all, and 3). for everyone to have a great time. That list kept us sane. In regards to Pinterest, it’s an awesome tool that I definitely utilized, but it’s so easy to get so sucked into the land of everyone else’s pretty that we lose sight of our own! The best thing I did was take a break from wedding blogs for a couple months, focus on Jared, and start a board that had no wedding photos–only inspiration from textures, colors, editorial shoots, and art (all images that resonated with me personally). It helped me hone in on creating something authentic and more “us.” And, of course, the only reason we have to buy the white dress in the first place is because of the boy who swept us off our feet and put a ring on our finger. If nobody shows up but you two and the preacher, you still get your happy ending/beginning. Everything else is just extra fun. :)

Photographer: Heather Hawkins | Videographer: Henry Weddings | Planner: Mayhar Designs | Ceremony Venue: Angel Springs | Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth | Florals: bows + arrows | Caterer: Whole Foods | Coffee Truck: Lucky Lab | Cake Baker: Cake and Spoon | Pies: Bride’s grandmothers and Emporium Pies | Bride’s Gown: “Isla” by Enzoani | Bridal Salon: Brickhouse Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tulle Skirts in Dusty Blue by Alexandra Grecco | Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke | Band: David & The Dimes | Menswear: Ted Baker, Allen Edmonds and JCrew | Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth | Linens: 12th Table

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    OBSESSED doesn’t even begin, loveeee the florals and just so inspired by the love for each other and Jesus these two have. Stunning!

  2. avatar Allie Little reply

    The around the corner picture and that last black and white picture of the reception — SO powerful. Beautiful ceremony, story, and couple.

  3. avatar Caroline reply

    Such a gorgeous wedding!! I love the florals and the bridesmaid outfits!

  4. avatar Adrienna reply

    Everything about this wedding is so amazing! From the first touch, to the feet washing ceremony! You can really see how much love they have for each other.

  5. avatar Heather Hawkins reply

    Thank you Lisa for this beautiful blog post! I’m so humbled to have had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding, and so grateful for it to be shared with Southern Weddings readership. Maegan and Jared are one of my absolute favorite couples and Mayhar Designs did such an incredible job planning and designing the intimate event!

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In her interview below, Madeleine says, “Everything is replaceable except people, so making time for our families and loved ones is a must for us.” I imagine that this core belief she and Caleb share is what informed so many decisions as they planned their Tennessee wedding! From their choice to do a first look, to the understated, but incredibly lovely, details that they selected to bring their vision to life, Madeleine and Caleb’s top priority throughout their engagement (and on their wedding day!) was focusing on what matters most to them: being in the presence of the people they love.

Thanks so much to Kristin Sweeting for sharing this sweet day with us!

I found my dress on the very first shopping trip! My mother, aunt, maid of honor, and I visited The Dress Theory, a beautiful boutique that was temporarily housed in a fantastic old train station, Houston Station, in my hometown of Nashville. I chose the second dress I tried on and it perfect for me!

Caleb and I had not really considered having a first look, but after attending several weddings throughout the spring and summer with and without first looks, we decided to do one, and I’m so happy we did! It gave us a priceless, sweet moment together before the ceremony, probably contributed to us being so relaxed, and helped us get to the reception and our guests more quickly.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did premarital counseling with our minister for several weeks, and during that time, we came up with the ceremony with him. He captured us perfectly and created a thoughtful, meaningful, funny, sweet ceremony. We are so grateful.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our minister weaved scripture into the ceremony, and Caleb and I lit a unity candle…which threatened to fall over, of course, but now it’s a funny memory!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think everything was Southern! I was born and raised in Nashville and love all the traditions of our family. We also chose a very Southern chapel, and served food that included pimento cheese on sweet potato biscuits and a macaroni and cheese bar.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? The farm tables and French sofas and chairs from 12th Table achieved the exact look I was going for at the reception, but the most important decision we made was choosing our photographer, Kristin Sweeting. The photos are exquisite and her sweet and professional presence added value to the entire day.

I not a cake person, so I was thrilled to find a cupcake that I cannot get enough of! The Painted Cupcake created a beautiful little almond cake for us to cut alongside mountains of the most delicious cupcakes and macarons.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in high school at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville–I had attended since kindergarten and Caleb started for his freshman year. We started dating as juniors and both went to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He’s the extrovert to my introvert, and it’s so much fun!
Tell us all about the proposal! Caleb and I were working on a student film at Union University. He was supposed to be interviewing me for some behind the scenes footage when he dropped on one knee! We have great professional footage of it!
When did y’all get married? September 20, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 240
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a string quartet for our ceremony music. I walked down the aisle to “Canon in D” and we walked out to “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars! Our first dance was to “At Last I See the Light” from the Disney movie, Tangled. We chose this because seeing Tangled was one of our first dates, so the song has always had special meaning to us.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I wore my mother’s pearl earrings and her 25th anniversary diamond bracelet. We realized the day before the wedding that we didn’t have something blue, so our florist tucked a blue ribbon into my bouquet.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We did several weeks of premarital counseling in the months leading up to the wedding, which I feel is important for all couples. We’d been dating for six years, but I still found it very valuable and special.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? There are so many options and choices, it takes careful planning and organization to choose the things that are important to you, not what someone else had or what you think you are supposed to have. I knew the feel and look I wanted for the wedding, and made decisions based on what would bring that about.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The cheers when we were announced husband and wife were amazing! Everyone was absolute roaring as we walked back up the aisle. I had never seen that at a wedding, and it was so much fun!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Being married is so much fun! We are working hard and pursuing our career dreams while loving on the people around us the best we possibly can. Everything is replaceable except people, so making time for our families and loved ones is a must for us.

Photographer: Kristin Sweeting | Videographer: Peyton Penuel | Planner: Cande Cook of MAC Presents | Ceremony Venue: Scarritt Bennett | Reception Venue: The Cordelle | Florist and Rentals: 12th Table | Dessert Baker: The Painted Cupcake | Caterer: Flavor Catering | DJ: Matt Morris | Paper Products: The Paper Place | Bride’s Gown: “Laelia Floral” by Temperley London | Bridal Salon and Veil: The Dress Theory | Hair Stylist: Michelle Clark of Clark & Co. | Makeup Artist: Annelise Nutt | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style F15933 in Wine by David’s Bridal | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

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  1. avatar Susan Deaton reply

    Thanks Lisa for such a sweet story on my niece Madeleine’s wedding to Caleb. It was a splendid day and you captured it so well.

  2. avatar Bethni Hemphill reply

    Thank you for a beautiful story on my beautiful daughter! It was a joyous day made even more special by all the great people working with us. Thank you!

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I’m obsessed with period pieces, especially about the early sixties, and I currently cannot get enough of the The Astronaut Wives Club. There is something about the style that is so timeless and unfussy, yet modern and chic. I could say the same thing about Jordan and David’s beautiful black and white wedding! Their relationship started at a honky-tonk in Nashville, but when they first discussed moving to David’s hometown of Tampa, Jordan began incorporating flamingos into her classic style. The fun bird played a role in their engagement, so they also subtly weaved it into their wedding design! The Oxford Exchange served as the perfect location for a sophisticated celebration complete with meaningful details, like brass candlesticks collected from yard sales and thrift stores by family and friends.

Big hugs to Kristin Sweeting for sharing Jordan and David’s beautiful day with us!

We found my dress at the first boutique we visited, and I only tried on four! My two sisters, my mother, and my future mother-in-law were there to help with the decision. I knew I wanted something very classic, with simple curves and a clean neckline. I found a dress on the sample rack that needed just a few alterations for size, and we removed the embellished belt that came with the dress for a very polished, modern, sophisticated look. The dress embodied everything that I wanted my wedding to be, and more importantly, it was comfortable and a perfect extension of my everyday style.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our readings were Mark 10:6-9 and Isaiah 62:5. Since I only had my sisters (and my brother) as bridesmaids, it was nice to have my best friends read at my wedding. I love the passage from Mark because it speaks to the very beginning of the institution of marriage, and that there is a beauty in leaving what is known in one way for something that is known in a completely different way. The scripture from Isaiah was important to us because it speaks to the essence of our being and the foundation of our faith as a couple. Marriage is just a small glimpse of what it is like to have a relationship with our creator.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The start and end of the ceremony. I don’t like to be the center of attention, so as the ceremony grew closer, I became anxious. A quick summer storm started as we walked from the bride’s room to the narthex. It was the kind of light rain that has a soft thunder, and smooth rays of light filter through the clouds. The world was so serene and quiet in that moment. By the time the ceremony ended, the storm has passed, but I’ll never forget God giving me that moment of calming assurance, beauty, and peace. As we walked back up the aisle, our guests cheered and clapped so loudly, as if they were just as excited for us to be married as we were. It was such a reminder of the support we have behind us.

We chose not to do a first look. I was willing to sacrifice the time for photos in order to have that special moment of seeing Dave at the end of the aisle in front of our friends and family. The tradition and history of that moment was something I didn’t want to sacrifice and it was like nothing I’d ever felt before.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? My younger sister got married in October 2014 in our hometown, so given the close timing, I wanted to do something different. Getting married in Tampa was a great way to celebrate the life I would start sharing there with Dave. We chose to get married in the church that Dave grew up in. At the time of booking the wedding, I was also interviewing for a position with the interior design firm at the Oxford Exchange, Oxford Design (I got the job!). I fell in love with the space and knew I could trust the team at Oxford to bring my vision for the night to fruition. The building fit the classic, yet modern, look I was going for, and almost everything could be handled in-house.

We didn’t want assigned seating, with the exception of the grandparents, but we did want the tables to look inviting and personal. We also wanted the evening to flow organically and naturally, and encourage eating and drinking at one’s leisure, wherever they were. At each seat, we had a card tied with a black velvet ribbon that read: “Eat. Drink. Dance. Your seat is here but your place is on the dance floor. Thank you for celebrating with us!” This politely let people know that they were encouraged to sit, but not to hold onto their seat.

Describe your wedding flowers. We were married in a beautiful sanctuary, and I wanted to make sure we didn’t do anything to hide the architectural appeal of the church. I wanted the service to be very reverent. My older sister created a simple arrangement of palm fronds, cut from my future in-laws’ backyard, and white tulips for the narthex. For the reception, I again wanted to let the space stand out, only using florals as embellishments for the tables. A large, glass arrangement of French white tulips greeted guests at the entrance, while the tables were decorated with a center garland of loose greenery foliage and white roses that were placed in brass candlesticks.

We served a two-tiered raspberry champagne cake from Chocolate Pi, and my uncle hand-made over 20 different flamingo toppers for us to choose from! My sister placed the extra flamingos in a flock formation on a sheet cake iced green in honor of my “yard flock” engagement at the bridal brunch. I also wanted to incorporate our dog, Tux, into the wedding somehow, so Savages Bakery hand-painted “Tux” cookies that were served along with the cake.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved all the “extras” at the reception. We had a caricature artist on-site for the first few hours of the reception, which everyone loved–it was a great party favor! I also loved having rock candy sticks in the champagne! The dance floor props of guitars, black and white feather masks, pink boas, and glow in the dark necklaces were crowd favorites, and the band especially loved the pink glitter flamingo glasses!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Dave and I randomly met at a local honky-tonk, Paradise Park, in Nashville. He asked me to dance and somehow, between the loud music and the large crowd, we were able to talk long enough to realize that we shared mutual friends, including my younger sister, Abigail, and her husband, Adam. A few months after we met, Dave asked me to be his date to a wedding, and we’ve been together ever since. I still have a screen shot of our first text message exchange from that night, which is framed above his bedside table.
Tell us all about the proposal! In discussing the future, Dave and I often discussed moving to his hometown of Tampa, Florida. Realizing that Florida may be my new home in the near future, I decided that, as a mountain girl, my aesthetic needed to change a bit, and I started to fully embrace flamingos. I came home one night in December to find my entire yard flocked with pink flamingos and Dave waiting on the porch for me, ring in hand. After a celebratory dinner, Dave had one more surprise. We went to the place where we first met, Paradise Park, and all of our Nashville friends were assembled for a congratulatory cheers! We carried the flamingo theme throughout the entire wedding.
When did y’all get married? May 23, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We chose to say traditional vows. I don’t know about my favorite phrase, but I do remember suddenly panicking over whether or not I should say “I do” or “I will” during the first response part of ceremony. I quickly looked over at my older sister (my maid of honor), who mouthed the correct words to me. During her toast the night before, she had teasingly spoke about always having to speak for me when we were small, and here she was, telling me what to say on my wedding day!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We served true Southern staples: shrimp and grits with collard greens, pecan-crusted chicken and waffles, and butternut squash ravioli. A vintage RV, recently renovated by my father, served popcorn and Coca-Colas as people left, and we drove off in my father-in-law’s restored 1951 red Chevrolet truck. The most Southern thing about my wedding, though? So many family members pitched in to help. Whether it was collecting brass candlesticks from yard sales and thrift stores for the tablescapes, mixing gallons of a special margarita mix, or painting stationery for our guests, our families pitched in and helped make the wedding feel unique and meaningful.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We started to renovate a condo together as our first home right after we got engaged–that will teach you A LOT about the person you are getting ready to marry! Working together on the condo was a great way for us to learn how we worked and lived as individuals, and what that would need to look like as a couple, both socially and financially.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My sister is a stylist and I work in interior design, so we were able to forgo a wedding planner, other than the day-of coordinators, who were amazing! We created our own photo booth using props and a backdrop I found for $5 at a closing sale. We used a personal collection of brass candlesticks for the tablescapes and kept the floral arrangements minimal.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? A day-of coordinator is essential–more than anything, guests appreciate a well-executed weekend. It’s a very emotional weekend, but also a highly logistical one! Make sure the weekend plans are clear and easy for your guests.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are continuing to settle into our new condo and look forward to working on some more renovations together. Mostly, we are just happy to be in the same city, which means that no one has to go home on Sunday nights!

Photographer: Kristin Sweeting / Videographer: Baxter Miller / Planner: Sarah Fairbairn of One Fine Day, Inc. / Ceremony Venue: Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue, Catering, and Lighting: The Oxford Exchange / Florist: Botanica International Design and Decor Studio / Cake Baker: Chocolate Pi / Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals / Band: The Voltage Brothers / Special Details: Brittney Forrister / Bride’s Gown: Martina Liana / Bridal Salon: La Raine’s / Hair and Makeup: Jess Waldroup / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Style D589” by Alfred Sung and “Feathered Hem Dress” by Ann Taylor / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Calligrapher: Jenny Elmore / Invitations: Reaves Engraving / Caricature Artist: Tony Hernandez of Carrot Catchers / Cookies: Savages Bakery & Deli / Brass Candlestick Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals and 12th Table / Red Carpet: Rent-All-City

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Nina reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I especially love the black and white shots and the ones showing movement. So real!

  2. avatar Michael reply

    they are so Young and beautiful. Hope that you will have the life that you wish for.

  3. avatar Dana reply

    Absolutely gorgeous… Every.single.detail!!

  4. avatar Robert & Sue Pickelsimer reply

    An Awesomely Beautiful Wedding Event of our niece Jordan & “new” nephew, Dave! SOUTHERN WEDDING did a wonderful job telling their beautiful LOVE STORY! Thank You! Uncle Robert & Aunt Sue

  5. avatar Kel Ward reply

    Oh, I love everything about this wedding! That dress is to die for!

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