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As many of y’all know, Rosemary Beach is one my favorite places on the entire earth! It’s holds a very special place in my heart as it’s where BDK and I took our very first vacation together – it’s even where I’d hold my dream Southern summer wedding! So, of course, I am tickled pink to share Sarah + Nick’s sweet day. From the adorable rhymes on their chalkboard signs to their bridal party’s dance floor antics, it’s hard not smile while seeing the pure joy in the photos from Pure 7 Studios! I love weddings that look like they were a complete blast for all in attendance, and I’d venture to say that Sarah + Nick’s definitely has that look!

Opting out of the first look? Sending a sweet note to your beau is one of my favorite ways to share your excitement without seeing each other!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I actually found it on Pinterest of all places! Just searching around, Pinterest took me to the BHLDN website and miraculously, they have a store in Houston (only 2 in the country!). I went with one of my best friends on my lunch break because I really didn’t think it was going to be THE dress, but the second I stepped out of the dressing room and saw the look on her face, I knew I had found the one!

We decided not to do the first look. I really wanted the first moment that Nick saw me to be when I was walking towards him down the aisle. I did however, decide to do a first look with my dad which was really fun!

Grab a tissue y’all, Nick’s expression in the photo below is sure to having you reaching for your hanky!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something blue and old was a combination. My grandfather passed two months before the wedding and I had a piece of one of his blue shirts, as well as a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress, cut into a heart shape and sewn on the back of my dress. I guess my something new was just everything else!

I can’t help but imagine Nick said the sweetest/funniest thing to Sarah right before this photo, and her reaction is THE best!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes. His vows to me were absolutely perfect. One line read, “I promise to watch Shark Week with you every year, even though it is the same episodes over and over.” Just hearing how he felt and knowing they were his words meant the world to me. He ended them with “I will always remind you that you is kind, you is smart, and you is important”.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Being surrounded by all of our family and friends. Seeing everyone out on the dance floor and having a wonderful time was priceless. And all of the lights set up under the tent were amazing!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My husband’s family is from Louisiana, so we did a second line during the reception.

Describe your wedding flowers. The flowers were perfect! My bouquet and the centerpieces were a mix of tulips, roses, ranunculus and baby’s breath in light shades of pink and white, as well as greenery. The bridesmaids carried baby’s breath and lavender.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. The wedding cake was white and off-white, four tiers, with little round balls all around it. It was exquisite and fun at the same time! The groom’s dessert was a delicious cheesecake with a New Orleans Saints emblem designed on it.

I love this Second Line — such a fun tribute to Nick’s hometown!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Nick and I actually knew each other in high school. We didn’t really hang out in the same group of friends, but we ended up in the same prom group during our senior year. After we graduated, I went to Texas A&M University and he went to the University of Texas, so we pretty much went our separate ways. Nick eventually moved to Reno for work and was home to visit family for Christmas 2010 when we ran into each other at a bar in our hometown. He asked for my number and ended up calling me that March. We had immediate chemistry and talked for hours that first night. He moved back home that August and the rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Anyone that knows me knows that I love anything to do with the ocean, more specifically, sharks. I interned at The Aquarium of the Pacific after graduating college and I had always wanted to take a trip to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have always had an obsession with that aquarium, but wasn’t ever able to make a trip to see it. Nick knew how much I would love to visit the aquarium, so he surprised me with a trip for my birthday. I was blown away that someone would fly across the country with me just to see an aquarium! I was so excited about the trip that a proposal was the last thing on my mind. After a day at the aquarium, followed by dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant (ironic, I know), we decided to explore our beautiful hotel, which was right on the beach. We walked down a stairway that led down to the ocean and just stood there with his arms around me talking about how amazing the trip had been. Then, he said “I think I know how I could possibly make this trip better” and I responded with a very ladylike “Huh?!” The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee. I honestly couldn’t tell you what else he said because I was just so blown away, excited, wanting to scream yes! Of course, I said yes and could not wait to start this next chapter in our lives
When did y’all get married? March 2, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 85
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. For some reason, I had always wanted to walk down the aisle barefoot to the sounds of a steel drum, so that is exactly what I did. I wanted a beachy, but not cheesy, feel and all of my vendors succeeded in that without a doubt. Our first dance was “That’s What’s Up” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. They are one of our favorite bands and the words really spoke to us. This is a somewhat fast song, so we really improvised with our first dance by just kind of jumping around, singing and laughing to the music. The whole reception had perfect music from Van Morrison to a Skrillex to Jack Johnson. Our last song of the night was “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun. A perfect song to end a perfect night.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? How overwhelming it can all be! I had to remember to take it one day at a time and trust all of my amazing vendors.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Honestly, I can’t choose just one vendor I was the happiest with. They were all perfect!! If I had to choose one, it would have to be Jen (number 2) from It’s a Shore Thing, since they pointed us in the right direction to all of our vendors. Our wedding wouldn’t have been half as amazing if we didn’t have them!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Aside from Nick’s amazing wedding vows, I would say that the dancing and fun everyone had at the reception were the most memorable moments. I took a few moments to step back and just take everything in, and seeing all of these people that we love having a great time was worth everything.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Just relax! No matter what happens, if the weather isn’t what you wanted, if your bridesmaid dresses don’t turn out right, at the end of the day, you will be married to your best friend and that is all that matters!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We just moved to a new town home in Houston and we are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying married life!

Photographer: Lindsey and Ryan from Pure 7 Studios / Videographer: Adam Grumbo / Planner: It’s a Shore Thing / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Western Green in Rosemary Beach, Florida / Florist: Celeste Barefield / Wedding Cake: Rhonda Joodi / Caterer, Rentals, Lighting, Paper Products and Special Details: Celeste Barefield / DJ: Brian of BBoy Productions / Bride’s Gown: “Luella” from BHLDN / Hair Stylist: Johnathan Doria from Pure and Couture Salon / Makeup Artist: Renee Armour / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Men’s Pants and Vests: Perry Ellis

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Kat reply

    LOVE that cake!! And her laugh during the vows was priceless :) Beautiful wedding!!

  2. avatar johnathan reply

    Incredible wedding!

  3. avatar Kristen Moss reply

    We’re so delighted to see the memory of your happily ever after captured so beautifully!

  4. avatar Tom Heines reply

    I consider myself very fortunate to have been invited to the wedding of these two wonderful young people. I’m one of Nick’s uncles and I watched him grow up lo these many years. I’ve always hoped for the best for this fine young man, but I couldn’t have imagined how “best” his new bride would be! Sarah and Nick are a terrific couple, and the great wedding at Rosemary Beach was the perfect way for them to start their life together.

    All the best, Sarah and Nick!

    Uncle Tommy

  5. avatar Ann reply

    Another great Foster wedding!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    Love that photo of the groom reading his note! And the pearl cake :)

  7. avatar Lisa reply

    They may be one of the cutest couples I’ve ever seen! The way they’re looking at each other in all of these pictures is darling, and that ceremony kiss is priceless!

  8. avatar Karen Sherman reply

    This is amazing!! And “I” was a part of it – how awesome is that! I love both of you very much. If you’re ever in North Carolin, you have got to come see us’

    Aunt Karen

  9. avatar Sharon Foster reply

    I am blessed to be the mother of the groom and then doubly blessed to now be the M-I-L of Sarah. I can attest to the fact that the wedding was beautiful! The photographers were great, as well as the wedding coordinators. The DJ was amazing too! We had a blast and it shows in these pictures. Rosemary Beach was absolutely the perfect setting for this wedding.

  10. avatar Kate Biggs reply

    So beautiful!!

  11. avatar Jen Fisher {“Jen2”} reply

    I don’t even know where to start . . . from the first time I met Sarah & Nick, I absolutely thought they were just the cat’s meow (no, really). SUCH a sweet couple – and I genuinely enjoyed working with and getting to know them throughout the planning process. It’s sweet brides (and moms – hi, Karen!) like this that make me love what I do – and seeing such a deserving couple featured on THIS blog = happy, happy heart. Adore y’all and hope to see you again soon! XOXO ~Jen2

  12. avatar Karen Brock reply

    Love you both bunches!! The most perfect day!

  13. avatar Brock reply

    These photos are great! What an awesome wedding for an awesome couple!

  14. avatar Kim Cartlidge reply

    It was an amazing wedding in every way!!!. From the photography to the caterers everything was wonderful!!! Nick and Sarah are a perfect couple!! Rosemary Beach was a beautiful place to began a beautiful life!!!

  15. avatar Margaret Sambrooks reply

    Lovely reliving the most beautiful & fun wedding!!
    I always knew Sarah would be the most beautiful bride(I’m her proud grandma!) &Nick makes them a lovely couple – soo happy together & so photogenic!
    So many touching moment-Love you both

  16. avatar Kevin Brock reply

    An unbelievable wedding for the perfect couple! I’ve never been to a wedding where everybody was having such a great time, from old to young, everyone was on the dance floor. From the food to the DJ, it couldn’t have been any better. Thanks again to everyone involved in making this a great day!

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Like the best Southern events, this beach wedding was the product of an entire family’s hard work. Bonnie + Brent took advantage of their surroundings and had their guests sit on quilts that were made by generations of women in Bonnie’s family. Guests sat family-to-a-quilt and watched as Bonnie, looking cool and relaxed in her Wtoo by Watters dress, meet her barefooted hubby on the shore of Hutchinson Island. I’m crazy for the slightly boho headband Bonnie made and wore and her fluffy peony bouquet by Rainbow Gardens. And see that fabric bouquet? It’s the handiwork of the bride! Don’t forget to come back for Part II, it just keeps gettin’ better! Thanks again to Maile Lani for sharing!

Describe the proposal. Brent and I went to my hometown for a festival and rodeo. After the morning parade, we went for a picnic on the river. Once there, we lay together on a dock with our dog, Shiver. Brent had the ring on Shiver’s collar and revealed it to me after sharing his feelings with me. In a high-pitched voice he asked me to marry him, and after a few moments of shock I screamed, “Yes!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Cozy, relaxed and touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s a tie between our quilts and the ceremony music. The quilts we used for seating during the ceremony were made by myself, our mothers, grandmothers and even great grandmothers – it was a way to incorporate family into the day. The ceremony music was played on acoustic guitar by a sweet friend and groomsman of ours. Years ago, when I realized Brent was “the one,” I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to a Radiohead song that we love. I asked our friend if he would play it for us. It was a surprise for Brent and it made the moment so much more beautiful.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After watching way too many episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” with my maid of honor, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted – something simple and architectural. When we arrived at the boutique, it was the first dress I saw. I knew even before I tried it on that it was the one.
Describe your wedding flowers: As a landscape architect, this may have been the most difficult task. It sounds nerdy, but I love ALL plants! I ended up with wildflowers for the arrangements because they reminded me of the ones I used to make as a little girl.

Photographer: Maile Lani Photography // Videographer: Eric Horner Films // Planner: En Vogue Event Planning // Ceremony venue: Courtyard Marriott // Reception venue: Indian Riverside Park // Florist: Rainbow Gardens // Wedding Cake Baker: Bride’s mother and grandmother // Caterer: Gator Hammock // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Wtoo by Watters // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: bride // Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: various // Accessories: bride

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    this is SO unique, beautiful, and personal!! i LOVE it!

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the little pajamas the bride and bridesmaids are wearing to get ready in! I wish I knew what brand they are!

  3. avatar eve reply

    hey those pics do look really great !!!

  4. avatar kaity reply

    love this! go gators!!

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    As an onsite hair and makeup artist in Florida, I do a LOT of beach weddings, and this one is so unique with the picnic tables and blankets! I loved how natural they kept most everything. Beautiful!

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  8. avatar Brittney reply

    Does anyone happen to know where those Bridemaids dresses are from with the ruffle collars? I would love to get something like that for my Bridesmaids!!

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Paul and Mecheal Johnson always seem to photograph the sweetest couples and families, don’t they? Katie + Clark are no exception. Their custom invitations from The Happy Envelope (see more on those here!) set the scene for a long weekend of celebration at WaterSound Beach in Florida. Stephanie of Savoir Faire Weddings planned the party (with plenty of help from the bride herself!), and enlisted Florals by the Sea for the beautiful blooms. One of my favorite details? Katie picked out her Vera Wang dress when she was searching for something to wear to her high school prom. Eight years later, B. Hughes Bridal made her Vera dreams come true! I’m just guessing, here, but I’m thinking Katie’s bridesmaids, wearing custom LulaKate dresses designed by the bride and purchased at Bella Bridesmaid in Nashville, must have been almost as happy (sartorially speaking) as the bride herself. We’ll be back with more from Paul Johnson soon!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met on July 22, 2006. My friend Amy and I were going to a party on Saturday night. While walking down the street, a car was speeding right toward us. It pulled up, and the person inside rolled down the window and yelled “Rooney-Morris, what’s up!” I looked at the person, confused. He knew me but I didn’t know him. Amy introduced us and it turned out to be Clark. We said our hellos and then went our separate ways. Later that night, Clark turned up at the party we were at. After a very fun night of dancing to and getting to know each other, Clark called it a night. Amy and I went to another place, where to my surprise, Clark showed up again! At this point, he said he wasn’t leaving without my phone number. I was a little hesitant to give it out, but with Clark’s persuasive skills, I handed it over.
Describe the proposal. Clark’s family takes a vacation every year at the end of July to Hilton Head Island, SC. After 4 years of dating, I finally made it to the Coffey family vacation. We had dinner reservations the night after we arrived for The Sage Room. Before dinner, Clark and I took a walk on the beach. While walking, Clark said, “Hey, what’s that?” I looked to my right and saw a circle of candles with rose petals in the middle, a bottle of champagne and 2 champagne flutes. At this point, I had an idea of what was about to happen. I began to cry and kept saying “oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” Clark got down on one knee and I don’t remember a thing he said except, “Katie Morris, will you marry me?!” I, of course, said yes, grabbed Clark and would not stop hugging him.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Flawless, elated, unforgettable.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had sweet tea (mixed with a little lemonade and Firefly vodka), sang the SEC football song, Rocky Top, we had burlap, fried green tomato BLT’s, and crawfish to top with at the mashed potato martini bar! We had a lot of Southern people doing what Southerners do best: throwing a party every night of the wedding weekend starting on Thursday, lots of “y’alls,” blessing our hearts and family love.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} reply

    The bridesmaids dresses are lovely!! You could wear those again : )

  2. avatar Rachel Tatem reply

    What a beautiful day! The bride was radiant great job capturing it!

  3. avatar kalanicut reply

    Love the bridesmaid dresses. Look like a completely perfect day. Gorgeous!

  4. avatar Mecheal Johnson reply

    We love Katie and Clark! They and their family are so sweet and down to earth.
    Their wedding was so beautiful!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    Katie was such a joy and a delight to work with. Putting our heads together, we were able to create the perfect invites for her big day. Congratulations, Katie and Clark!

  6. avatar Madi reply

    I would love to know where those precious bridesmaids dresses were found!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Madi! Aren’t those bridesmaid dresses gorgeous? Katie customized them herself through LulaKate ( and purchased them through Bella Bridesmaid ( Hope that helps!

    • avatar doris reply

      congrats katie and clark!!

      i really love the bridesmaids dresses… are there any other websites where i can find the bridesmaids dress other than lulakate and belle bridesmaid??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Doris! I believe LulaKate dresses are sold at other retailers besides Bella Bridesmaid, but I’m not positive (and unfortunately, the retail locations link on their site seems to be down!). I would try giving them a call — they should be able to help you out!

    • avatar jal reply


      is this a zoe with full skirt or another design with a ruffle added on? i LOVE it…

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  9. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Jal! The bridesmaids dresses appear to be a mix of LulaKate’s “Zoe,” “Maggie,” “Christy,” and “Chandler” styles. I believe Katie let her bridesmaids pick their favorite designs. I hope that helps!

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  12. avatar Amanda reply

    HI! I am getting married and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bridesmaid dresses!! Is there anyway I could find out where she got them????? THANKS XOXO

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Amanda! These lovely dresses are made by Lula Kate, and Katie purchased them through Bella Bridesmaid. Best of luck!

  13. avatar Mary ann reply

    I love your bridesmaid dresses! Where did you get them? What brand are they?

  14. avatar alisha reply

    Hello there. I was wondering where you purchased your bridesmaid dresses. I absolutely love them. I am from Canada and I can’t find them anywhere. I am traveling to Myrtle Beach May 24 through May 29 and I would love to find a store in the vicinity that carries these dresses. If you can help that would be great. I would even appreciate the name of the designer or the name of the style of dress.

    Thank you so much in advance for your time. I really wish I had some “southerness” in my blood. lol

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Alisha!

      Katie customized her bridesmaid dresses through LulaKate. They appear to be a mix of LulaKate’s “Zoe,” “Maggie,” “Christy,” and “Chandler” styles. There’s a store locator for LulaKate here, and it looks like the closest ones to Myrtle Beach are in Charleston. I hope that helps! Best of luck :)

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  16. avatar Jenna Carter reply

    I’d love to know where you got these bridesmaids dresses! Adore them!

  17. avatar Dee reply

    Where can I find these bridesmaids dresses??

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