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As y’all know, our dear Lisa and I traditionally share email gush-fests over our gorgeous Real Weddings before they get to y’all, our sweet readers! Well, Katie and Evan’s wedding came with a long chain–Lisa said this is what she imagines my wedding would look like if it was coming up, and I can assure you, in my dreams, it does! ;) Gold glitter everywhere, soft pink blooms, and an absolutely stunning ball gown–yes please! Not to mention, this sweet day happened at a ridiculously beautiful chapel (floor to ceiling glass walls, y’all!), and followed the sweetest proposal–fellas, take note! Yep, for my blush and bashful-loving sister, Shelby, and myself, that sounds about perfect!

SW hugs to Weddings by Christopher & Nancy for sharing this pretty pink day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I walked into Low’s Bridal (a very well known bridal shop in a little bitty town called Brinkley, Arkansas), and the first dress I saw, I knew it was the one. I walked in, was greeted by the owner, and I told her I wanted that one, right there. She pulled it down, I tried it on, and we were done!

We did a first look, for a few reasons. One, we don’t really believe in superstition… well, unless the Razorbacks are playing, then Evan is very superstitious. Two, we wanted to have time by ourselves to see each other, and we didn’t want to have to go through the emotional toll at the altar when everyone was watching. It made for some great pictures, and it was everything we wanted in a first look.

Me oh my, this is SUCH a pretty chapel!

Having all of our friends and family at our wedding was the best! The thing about weddings, especially during the summer, is that sometimes people can’t make them due to other plans or circumstances. That wasn’t the case with their wedding. Every single one of our dearest friends and family members came, and that made it a day that we will never forget!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved the champagne glasses with gold sugar rims and the snow cones!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The distance between Evan and I during the planning was tough. Most of the big plans were set in stone before the summer started, but a lot of the minor details weren’t set until July. Evan was in Hot Springs working all summer, while I was in San Antonio planning the wedding. We were together every other week and worked out the details then.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Evan and I were both transfers to Ouachita Baptist University in fall 2011. On the day before classes, Evan and his roommate walked into the cafeteria and saw my friend and me walking towards them. Evan had known my friend since junior high, so he stopped to say hello, and she introduced us. The next day, Evan and I found ourselves in the same history class. Somehow, he got my number… only to find out I had a very serious boyfriend back home. That didn’t stop him from pursuing me, even though he was shot down many times. Time passed, and once I had broken up with my boyfriend, Evan finally took me on a date. He was nervous and constantly looked at his phone, which made me think he wasn’t interested in me. Fast forward to late January, Evan was with one of his good friends, Jared, and Jared’s girlfriend at the time, Kaylee (one of my best friends). Kaylee had told Jared to say something to Evan about taking me to the Beta Valentines banquet, so Jared did just that. Evan was surprised that I had any interest in going, only to find out later that I used him to go to this banquet because all my friends were going to be at it. Evan didn’t let that get him down though; he took it as a challenge. Well, he totally won that challenge, because 19 months later, here we are, married!
Tell us all about the proposal! The proposal came on a cold morning in mid February. Evan and I drove to Fall Branch Falls, while I was blindfolded! Once there, he took me from the car and walked me to the trail. After taking off my blindfold, it was no surprise as to what was coming next. Photographers began to snap pictures of us, and my face lit up. Evan had planned the proposal to take place at the picturesque waterfall at the end of the trail. Along the trail were signs that were created to look like chapters to a book. The chapters represented the different stages of our relationships and had stories about what took place during each stage. The last chapter was located beside the waterfall, where a table with a beautiful bouquet of flowers waited. Beside the flowers was a bible. He picked it up and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. After reading, he took my hands and told me, “The last chapter is blank, and rightfully so. We haven’t begun to write this chapter yet, but if you say yes, we will have the rest of our lives to write it.” It was then that he got down on one knee, as I screamed at the top of my lungs, “YES!!!!” As soon as he stood up, he turned me around to see my parents and his parents standing on top of the waterfall. I thought my dad was in NYC and my mom in Houston, but Evan had snuck them up for the big day. He then flipped the bible he had been reading to the front cover–it was inscribed Katie Greenwood. He then surprised me with a party for our closest friends to come celebrate with us. It was the best day of both of our lives at that point, but the wedding day would soon take that spot!
When did y’all get married? August 9, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 300
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? Our photographers, the Nolans! As soon as we walked into their chic loft studio and were greeted by the both of them, Evan and I knew these guys were the ones! Nancy and Christopher were so personable and willing to work with whatever plans we had in our head. Evan and I screamed and danced as we watched our slide show!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are finishing our last semester of school and will both be graduating from OBU with our bachelor’s degrees in December. We plan on moving to Little Rock, Dallas, or San Antonio after graduation, depending on Evan’s job. We love just being together 24/7. Once we get settled in after graduation, wherever that may be, we cannot wait to make our new home cozy. Once we get established, we want to have kids, and we cannot wait for that!

Photographer: Weddings by Christopher & Nancy / Videographer: Aspire Studios / Planner: Randi Slick / Ceremony Venue: Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens / Reception Venue and Catering: Hot Springs Country Club / Florist: Flowers and Homes / Cake Baker: Ambrosia Bakery / DJ: Rodney Block / Bride’s Gown: “9100” by Allure Bridals / Hair Stylist: Freedom United Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Menswear: At Last Bridal and Formal

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Ben [Thailand DJ] reply

    Wow, you can really see the emotion in these photos. Congrats to a beautiful couple!

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    Never have we seen a chapel as amazing as this one! What a spectacular place to exchange vows- and such a fun looking reception to follow! :)

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    I was responsible for doing the brides makeup but was not mentioned in the credits.

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Kelly and Ted’s Palmetto Bluff wedding was full of soft and sweet details, from pastel flowers to the most charming chapel ceremony. Sentimental details, like the “starstruck” ceremony references (Ted proposed during a blue moon!) and bits of lace from Kelly’s grandmother’s gown wrapped around her bouquet, made this destination wedding feel right at home. Hugs to Kay English for sharing!

Kelly and Ted’s invitation suite, designed by Reverie, featured cafe lights in gold foil with gray letterpress on blush Arturo paper. Gray envelopes were calligraphed in blush-colored ink. The cafe lights served as a hint of the celebration to come, and cafe lights were overhead at both the welcome dinner and the cocktail hour on the wedding day.

Kelly’s bouquet featured cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, anemones, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, silver brunia, gilded seeded eucalyptus, sword ferns, dusty miller, and lemon leaf. Her bouquet was wrapped in velvet ribbon and a swatch of lace from her grandmother’s wedding gown. A gold pin– treasured by her late grandfather– was pinned to the ribbon. The groom’s boutonniere featured white ranunculus, silver brunia, gilded seeded eucalyptus and a sprig of rosemary.

The ceremony was held in a little white chapel, and we surprised guests with a full gospel choir, singing and clapping their way down the aisle just when the doors opened and guests expected to see the bride! Kelly was then escorted by her dad down the aisle to the music of the choir, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel.

As the sun set, guests enjoyed cocktails under cafe lights strung between big oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. Their semi-circle-shaped bar and vintage furniture lounge under a black and white striped tent were enjoyed by all (as were the ‘his’ and ‘hers’ southern signature drinks!). Big, blush cafe au lait dahlias in mercury glass vases graced the tables covered in mint Irish linens.

When guests were escorted inside for the reception, they were greeted with miniature bourbon bottles with hand-calligraphed escort tags. Rustic farm chairs and peach Irish linen runners were complemented by long wooden boxes filled with Kelly’s favorite blooms and accented with mercury glass. Instead of a cake topper, Kelly and Ted’s cake featured individually-cut sugar letters placed around each tier that read, “Once in a blue moon, something extraordinary happens.” Guests danced to a live band, as well as a DJ, and they bid farewell to Kelly and Ted via a sparkler send-off before enjoying s’mores around a bonfire.

Location: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff | Photographer: Kay English Photography | Cinematography: Cinema Weddings | Floral and Event Design: Reverie Events | Invitations: Reverie Events | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Palmetto Bluff Wedding Photographer Kay English reply

    Thank you again for the double feature!!! <3

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Her gown is stunning–I love the shot of the two of them walking, with her veil blowing in the wind. And don’t even get me started on the cuteness of that chapel!

  3. avatar Kristin @ Reverie Events reply

    I am over-the-moon excited to have our work featured twice today on your lovely blog! This wedding was an absolute dream to design, from the flowers to the stationery, and the couple was just so sweet. Love reminiscing about this beautiful weekend.

  4. avatar Kristen D. reply

    Gorgeous!

  5. avatar Lara reply

    I LOVE the “can I get a witness” sign and the choir – so great!

  6. avatar Stephanie reply

    The “once in a blue moon” cake is perfection!! And I absolutely love the chapel where the couple was married + the gospel choir – such celebration and joy!

  7. avatar laura irion reply

    i could pin every picture from this wedding- amazing!!

  8. avatar Ann reply

    How did you create your his/hers drink signs? Is it vinyl lettering, or printed on a specific kind of paper? It looks lovely, very professional.

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    Would you mind sharing where the bride got her headband? I would love to try to find a similar one for my wedding. thank you very much!

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