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When it came to Griffin’s favorite detail of their wedding, he chose the custom mix-n-match bow ties that Shannon’s mom made for them. I’m definitely on his side – especially his houndstooth one! So dapper! Along with the bow ties, this wedding was truly a labor of love. Shannon + Griffin’s big day was full of sweet handmade details like the burlap, lace and vintage button boutonnieres, the bridesmaid’s pearls, and my personal favorite their non-traditional guest book. They had guests sign quilt squares that will be sewn into a quilt, so they’ll have a lasting memory of their celebration. What a sweet idea.

Big hugs to Shannon from Vine & Light for sharing such a lovely wedding with us!

Now those are some fine dancing shoes!

I had a vision of my perfect wedding dress and looked at probably 1,000 dresses online to find something that fit my vision, but none of them would do! When I started to try on dresses, I still had no luck. Then after a few days of trying on dresses, I walked into a bridal store and saw it! My vision! I tried it on and it was perfect! Come to find out, the designer said the dress had been discontinued, but they happened to have one left in my size and sent it the next week. It was definitely meant to be.

Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted my flowers to look very natural, like I picked them myself, nothing too structured. I also love it when a bouquet is a mixture of a bunch of different flowers. For my bouquet, I had a mixture of garden roses, dusty miller, baby spray roses, dahlias, scabiosa, ranunculus, stock, and astilbe. For the bridesmaids bouquets, I had a mix of light pink and white asilbe tied with lace. For the centerpieces, Rachel Kasie Designs took all of these flowers and made every table look different! They did such a wonderful job of making my vision a reality!

Did you write your own vows? No, we had a traditional Catholic service so we used the traditional vows.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Tobit 8:4b-8, Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22, 1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:8a
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Since we had a traditional Catholic service, I walked up the aisle to Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel and the bridesmaids walked in to Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach. It was beautiful. Our first dance was to Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” It kind of sums up our relationship. At the reception, we had so many different age ranges and I wanted everyone to like the music. During dinner, I did classic oldies like Frank Sinatra, Odis Redding, Elvis, mixed with some newer music like David Mathews Band, Michael Buble, and Jack Johnson. After dinner though, that’s when the party started!

Okay, this spunky little girl is too funny! She looks like she is quite the sassy little thing!

We had a dessert table with an array of a small cakes, cup cakes, cake pops, cream puffs, éclairs, and cannolis. I wanted something simple for the cake and had it resemble milk glass, since I used a lot of milk glass for the centerpieces, along with a simple pink garden rose. The cupcakes were my favorite part! Paradise Cheesecake made beautiful cupcakes with roses, ribbons and pearls in lace cupcake holders. To top it all off, everything was delicious!!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We are high school sweethearts. We met our freshman year when we had almost every class together. We instantly became best friends! I always knew Griffin had eyes for me but I didn’t want to risk our friendship. I finally decided to give it a try our junior year and I am so happy I did! We have been inseparable ever since. We moved to Orlando together to go to college and both got jobs in the area after graduating. We always knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and after seven years of being together, he popped the question!
Describe the proposal. We went on a mini vacation to visit my maid of honor, Lindsey in New York. We had the best trip! We spent time to the city doing the touristy things, shopped, and went to see Cirque du Soleil. On the last day of our vacation, we went wine tasting and apple picking in the Hamptons. Right before we had to leave, Griffin asked me to take a walk with him around the vineyard. After a beautiful walk, Griffin got down on one knee and proposed! The setting couldn’t have been more perfect! When we walked back, the band at the vineyard dedicated a song to us! Our vacation couldn’t have ended any better!!
In what month did you get married? August
How many guests attended your wedding? 135
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes. Getting beautiful pictures was definitely important to me and we didn‘t want to have to rush. It also got rid of a lot of nerves! Even so, I don’t think anything could change the feeling I had at the moment of walking down the aisle. It still felt like it was the first time I saw him!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: (From the bride) Its hard to choose! I really loved all of the flowers! Also, the many DIY details we incorporated throughout the wedding! (From the groom) My favorite detail was my and the groomsmen’s bowties and pocket squares that Shannon’s mom made. They were all different so it gave everyone their own individuality.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My favorite Southern touches were the handmade burlap, lace, and vintage button boutonnieres, the weedy bouquets hand-tied in lace, the bridesmaid’s pearls, the groomsmen’s bowties, the milk glass centerpieces and burlap runners. Also, we didn’t do a traditional guest book. Instead, we had a quilt guestbook. We had all of our guests sign a quilt square so we will have a beautiful quilt with lasting memories of everyone that came to celebrate our big day!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Doing everything ourselves! A wedding planner wasn’t in the budget, so we had to design, find vendors, and budget everything ourselves! Luckily. my mom and mother-in-law are kind of amazing!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Definitely photography! It was the one thing I knew I wanted to spend a lot of our budget on because that is how you will remember your big day! Shannon with Vine and Light photography couldn’t have done more of an amazing job!! It was totally worth it!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle as a married couple surrounded by our friends and family!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Make sure you give yourself enough time to plan, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. The months fly by! And try not to get caught up in the excitement and over-spend! You don’t want to be in debt the first years of married life. You can save by doing a lot yourself.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just bought a house together and are in the process of making it a home! We are super excited for what God has in store for us in the future and look forward to doing whatever it is together!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Leah reply

    This is just a beautiful wedding, love the colours and all the detail, gorgeous.x

  2. avatar DecadesofVintage reply

    I love all of the vintage touches. The cameo, the retro argyle socks, the vintage books. Very beautiful and romantic.

  3. avatar Ashley reply

    LOVE the quilt guestbook. Thats what we’re doing also!

  4. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Gorgeous shoes!!! Such a whimsical wedding!


  5. avatar Crystal reply

    I love the color you chose for bridesmaid dresses. What company did you order the dresses from. What shade of pink is shown?

    • avatar Shannon reply

      Crystal: Hi! Thank you! The bridesmaid dresses are by Allure Bridesmaids style 1221 in dusty rose.

  6. avatar Erin reply

    Hey there I was just curious about the name of the color of the bridesmaids dresses.

    Thank you!

  7. avatar Kara reply

    I am in love with those table number frames. Where are they from???

  8. avatar Becky reply

    Hi, what is the color name of the bridesmaids Allure dresses in the pink Florida wedding? Thanks!

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With a husband who travels frequently, I can definitely identify with the challenge Claire + Nathan faced when they took their relationship long distance. But with creativity and the help of Claire’s friends, I think Nathan came through with a sweet and surprised-filled proposal (be sure to read all about it below)! Then he poured on some more sugar during their ceremony, by vowing: “I give my all to you, my support for your achievement, my counsel for problems, my prosperity for yours, my shoulder for your tears and my ear for your voice.” Swoon!

Special thanks to Brett Heidebrecht for capturing their joy filled day!

Jumping up and down on the bed in hot rollers? I want to be friends with this bridal party!

Describe your wedding flowers: Gorgeous! We had wildflower bouquets with pale pinks and creams, light blue and burlap and lace tied around.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We each had a traditional cake (pink and creamy for mine and a red Razorback for his) and then had cheesecake squares!

Personally, I’m loving the mixed bridesmaid dresses. Each of Claire’s girl’s picked out her own short and sleeveless gray dress, and acccording to Claire, they came from Anthropologie, J Crew, and Nordstroms.

I walked down the aisle to “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” It was the same song that was also used in my parents wedding. During the wedding, our friend sang “Till Kingdom Come,” which is our song.

We decorated the property with a ton of white lights draped through trees and lining the buildings — it looked gorgeous as the sun went down.

We spent a good chunk on photography, knowing we would have those pictures forever! Food was another one — we wanted everyone traveling to our wedding to have a great time and enjoy the party!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met our junior year of college. I went with a group of girls over to a friend’s house to cook dinner and Nathan was there. Two years later, I graduated and Nathan went to India for a year. We didn’t speak until a year and a half later when he called to ask me on a date. I swooned and the rest is history!
Describe the proposal. Nathan and I dated long distance for a year while he lived in Arkansas and I worked in Lawrence, Kansas. I’d settled on not being surprised by a proposal because every weekend I saw him was so planned! But he arranged for my friends to plan my whole weekend – Friday, two friends took me to get a manicure and a spray tan and Saturday, two other friends took me to get coffee and out to a lookout that Nathan and I love. As I walked up the stairs of the lookout tower, I saw Nathan sitting there. I was shocked! He led me up the stairs and we looked through a photo album of the four years we’d known each other. It was four years to the day of when we’d met.
In what month did you get married? May
How many guests attended your wedding? About 230
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes, mostly for time’s sake.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My dad passed away when I was a kid, so instead of a father-daughter dance, I danced with my mom and sister to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” It was a sweet moment of celebrating our family
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Ask for help when you need it! Being stressed can take all the fun out of planning a wedding.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just moved to Springfield, Missouri to work with a college ministry at Missouri State University. We’re getting settled into our first home!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    beautiful pictures, what a stunning wedding

  5. avatar Barry again reply

    amazing imagery – they look so happy – so natural – well done..

  6. avatar Margie reply

    I loved this post! You did a great job with this post. Very beautiful,clear images!

  7. avatar Priscilla reply

    Where did u find those lanterns at

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