Oh my goodness, y’all. Really, Katie + Mike, can you and your wedding get any cuter? Pink and navy are fairly common wedding colors. I love how they’re usually presented as romantic and tailored in the wedding world, but I am just smitten with how K + M turned these colors into a poppy and preppy seaside soiree. We’re sending big virtual hugs to Jacqueline Schmitz Campbell for making our day with this one.
I tried on dresses three different times — once with mom and nanny, again with my mom and sister-in-law, and the third time just with my mom. We were in Raleigh, NC at Alexia’s Bridal. I would say I tried on a total of 10 dresses at Alexia’s and had three dresses that I loved, but none of them were “the one.” The owner then went to pull one of the dresses in the window — this amazing dress that I saw on the way in. I tried it on and I knew immediately. I looked at my mom and she was tearing up and that’s when I knew I had found the dress. I was all smiles!!!
Describe your wedding flowers: They were gorgeous, ivory and soft blush with accents of lilac and buttercup yellow. I had dahlias, peonies, spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace, scabiosa pods, maiden hair fern, and astrantia. My bridesmaids carried a bunch of mini daisies. The flower girl carried a leaf covered basket decorated with ribbon full of cream and blush rose petals. The groom and groomsmen had hypercium berries, astrantia, maiden hair fern and ivy.
We had a string trio, Sage String Quartet for the Processional which played “Bittersweet Symphony.” For the bridal entrance, I walked to Cannon in D. For the recessional, we played “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” During our cocktail hour, they continued to play an eclectic mix of music. We had a DJ for the reception. He introduced everyone to Calvin Harris’s “The Rain.” Our first dance song was “Feels like home,” by Chantal Kreviazuk and our father-daughter dance was to “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? I had no budget. My parents are the best. At first, Mike and I didn’t want a big wedding. Instead, we wanted to get married in my parents’ beautiful backyard. My parents envisioned their little girl’s wedding to be something different. We compromised; I had a vision of an outdoor garden party for all our closest friends and family.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The venue. The Inn at Perry Cabin, in St. Michaels, Maryland was gorgeous.
How fun is this tent? Cheery flags waving against the blue sky are a sure sign of wedding festivities. Just wait until you scroll down to see the rest of the tent — gorgeous!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Ours was a lemon pound cake with lemon curd and fresh raspberry preserves surrounded by a lemon buttercream icing. The cake was three-tiered with mini blush sugar flowers arranged on the exterior of the cake. We also had a vintage candy bar that showcased old school candies as well as some of our favorite sweet cravings such as Fishers Caramel Popcorn, combinations of dark chocolate and a variety of cookies.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at school at East Carolina University. I was a sophomore and Mike was a junior. We met through mutual friends but most importantly, we have to give thanks to our friend Justin, one of Mike’s groomsmen for introducing us.
Describe the proposal. I knew it was coming but I didn’t know when. Mike had been acting strange and out of the ordinary — like very nervous all the time. We were visiting my parents at their beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, our most favorite place to getaway. It had been an extremely rainy month, but finally there was a break in the rain and the sun came out on May 21. We rode our bikes up to the beach. Usually I carry a beach bag with everything we would need, but this time Mike insisted on bringing his backpack. At the time, I thought nothing of it. We sat together and had a mini picnic. I had a full belly so I began to doze off. Suddenly, I felt someone standing over me. I opened one eye and saw Mike getting down on one knee. I don’t even remember his exact words. I said at last, “YES…YES!” I do remember we were both so happy you couldn’t smack the smile off my face.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? 122
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we wrote our vows together. “I knew you were the one when I realized I loved you more than I loved myself.”
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? It was on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Mike and I live in the South so we wanted to bring a flair of the South with us. During cocktail hour, we had specialty drinks served in mason jars. We also served Ruby Red Margaritas and gin and tonics, mini canapés including shrimp and grits, frozen watermelon, fried chicken and waffles, tomato mozzarella and Bloody Mary oyster shooters…delicious.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning from out-of-state is pretty tricky. Mike and I live in North Carolina but we were married in Maryland where I grew up.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment was right after we said “I do.” We took pictures with our wedding party first, and then Jacqueline, our photographer whisked us away to take pictures in private. That was our first moment alone as a married couple. I also remember at one point, under a tent at the reception, taking a look around and noticing how awesome it felt to be surrounded by our closest family and friends celebrating the start of new beginnings together.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I have a friend getting married soon. I tell her all time to make sure that on the day of the wedding you are calm and relaxed and you enjoy every moment that you can because you spend so much time agonizing over every little detail and then the day of goes by so fast!!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are excited to create our life together as Mr. and Mrs. We are excited to start our own family in the near future.