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I wish y’all could have been in the office when Lara and I first received the full collection of Shannon + Victor’s images from Jonathan Canlas. No lie — we screamed a little bit. Something like, “WHAT! Oh. My. Goodness. You must be kidding me!” Then, we’d click over to the next photo and do that all over again. Scroll down and you’ll do the same. This couple is gorgeous beyond words and their wedding day is, as Shannon tells us, a reflection of who S + V are as a couple. Though some of Atlanta’s most historically significant locations acted as the setting for their wedding day, they purposefully chose not to follow the rules. The result is something both classic and contemporary. We think it’s the perfect match for a couple who wanted to celebrate their new life together as well as the legacy of their families.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress.  What is your favorite thing about it? I’m very decisive so when I know, I know. The dress I selected was the first dress I tried on at the first shop I went to in New York. The dress was Vera Wang, and the contemporary but classic style spoke to me. Another important element is that my mom surprised me by having a piece of her wedding dress sewn into mine. That was very special for me.

I didn’t want to do the “typical” bridesmaid’s dress. I searched far and wide to find unique items that would best showcase my fierce and fabulous friends. I fell in love with a Romona Keveza dress I saw on the runway a few years back. The dress was no longer being made so I used the vision (and the help of the wonderful, Linda Sears of TK Designs) to recreate the dresses for my girls.

These portraits are truly lovely and timeless. Jonathan Canlas does such a wonderful job of capturing each personality. We actually featured all of the bridal party’s portraits on two pages of the magazine because we loved them so much! The two above are a couple of my favorites. Shannon + Victor look in love, excited and radiant.

Were there any family traditions you included in the ceremony? We included large, canvassed black and white photos of various family members wedding in the entrance to the church. It was a nice sentimental touch that showed the tradition of marriage in both of our families.

I didn’t want flowers because I felt like they were too typical. A big part of the design scheme is that there were no flowers. Various types of greenery took the place of flowers. My bouquet was made of Proteas from South Africa. My mom and wedding planner surprised me with the flowers, which suited me well and worked with my vision to use inventive and international plants that reflected my desire for creativity and love of other cultures. The bridesmaids had feathers, not flowers! They each carried a black feather clutch. The boutonnieres were a guinea feather.

Tell me a bit about the wedding ceremony. Vic and I each selected two couples to do readings based on people whose marriages we admired and hoped to emulate. We asked each couple to choose a passage from the Bible that communicated what they felt it was most important for us to know as we began our marriage. The passages they selected were a surprise to us until the ceremony!
Did you write your own vows? We actually did! And then forgot them. So we said the standard vows at the ceremony.

What was the most memorable or touching moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle was definitely a moment. The minute I saw my dad, I felt a rush of emotion and I couldn’t even look at him. I definitely felt the bigness of the moment.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.  (From the groom) We met in Atlanta over Christmas break during our junior year of college. Shannon’s best friend was dating my cousin at the time. They were at a mutual friend’s house and I planned to meet them but got lost. Shannon picked up the phone to give me directions. We had a great time and saw each other again at a New Years Eve party where we exchanged numbers, and the rest is history!
What is a date you will always remember? (From the groom) On our first date, we were both in NYC and just explored the city. We even played in the massive Toys R Us in Times Square. It was all fun and allowed me to see how open-minded and exploratory Shannon was, a trait we both share.
Describe the proposal: (From the groom) I wanted to propose in NYC where we spent a lot of time dating but that wasn’t feasible logistically. I wanted the opportunity to ask her father for his blessing in person and I knew he would be in Atlanta for Labor Day. After I got his blessing, I proposed to Shannon about an hour later at her parents home. I wanted friends and family to be a part of the moment so it worked out well. 
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Adrenaline, celebratory, sentimental.
What was the weather like on your big day? The weather was perfect. Sunny and mild – which is exactly what we were hoping for.
How many guests attended your wedding? Around 300.
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: The bridesmaids’ dresses. And the groom.
Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding: The bride!
What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? Clearly communicating my vision. I would have ideas or concepts in my head and often had difficulty explaining them in detail.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your big day? I woke up feeling like it was any other day. It didn’t hit me until I saw all of my bridesmaids dressed and ready. Then, I started to get a little nervous.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? The most special guests for me were my grandfather’s and grandmother’s sister. Both of my maternal grandparents passed so to see their siblings there was so important to me. While I know my grandparent’s were there in spirit, it was nice to have them represented in a more tangible way as well.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Sukey reply

    What a fabulously stunning wedding! I love that the bride had such clear vision for her wedding day and stuck to it –from the feathers to those amazing bridesmaids’ dresses. Her gown and his custom attire are pure elegance – so sharp together!

  2. avatar Jen O. reply

    One of the most stunning weddings I’ve ever seen. Jon is amazing and captured it beautifully. I love, love, love this.

  3. avatar Desiree reply

    This was my favorite wedding from V5 — it’s to die for!! The bridesmaid dresses and the swag that was shown off as they processed…you can’t duplicate that. That’s all natural. I would want to party with these ladies all.the.time. And don’t even get me started on Shannon’s veil/hair piece. I gasped when I saw it!!! SO excited to finally see it on the blog!! ahhhh

  4. avatar Ursula reply

    Now that is what I call pure fab!! Absolutely gorgeous. I love that the bridesmaid carried a feather clutch instead of flowers. Original and breathtaking!! My favorite pics this year.

  5. avatar Emily reply

    The two page spread of the portraits from this wedding were hands down my two favorite pages in the V5!!! Ok, actually I cannot pick a favorite, but they were definitely near the top!

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    Hey! can you tell me what brand the groom’s tux is? I am having trouble finding a nice-looking white/ivory dinner jacket for my upcoming wedding :)

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  13. avatar Maurice Roberts reply

    This is one great and awesome pics!

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Y’all!!! And, yes, those exclamation points were completely necessary! I knew I was going to like this wedding as soon as I saw the title; I hadn’t even clicked in yet and I was excited! (Obviously: Monograms + Alabama = MAK heaven!) Emily is such a doll for letting me introduce Morgan + Matthew’s to-die-for wedding from Amy Arrington. I’ll even let the fact that M + M are attending school at Auburn slide for the sake of this gorgeousness!

I feel like Morgan is my long lost sister! Oh, where to start? How about the things I love about this wedding: the monogrammed necklace, her gown, the location, the ceremony backdrop, the gold glitter the flower girls threw… but, let me be completely honest, as much as I die over these gorgeous details, Morgan + Matthew’s contagious joy takes the cake as my very favorite detail. And that, my friends, is what it’s really about.

How fun is Morgan’s something borrowed? It’s her sorority sisters’ membership pins!

I didn’t even have to scroll down to know that Morgan’s gown was the “Dahlia” by Amsale because it’s one of my absolute favorite gowns. Ever! And add in the fact that she got it for 55% off — work it, girl!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I fell in love with a dress that I saw on Pinterest, but upon doing further research, I found out that it was way out of my budget. I was so bummed, but I thought maybe if I just did a Google search of the style, I could find a salon carrying it for less. I stumbled upon PreOwnedWeddingDresses, which quickly became my best friend! I found the exact dress I was looking for being sold by a sweet, sweet lady in New Orleans. I ended up getting my dress for 55% off of the original price AND made a new friend!

We originally planned on not doing a first look, but upon seeing the wonderful first look photos of other couples that our photographer had done, we decided it could be pretty neat. On the day of the, among the hustle and bustle, we lost track of time. Before we knew it, we had run out of time for a first look. So, we waited until the ceremony and it ended up being perfect. I think subconsciously it was what we wanted all along. It was a beautiful moment.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There was this small moment that I will forever remember. I surprised Matthew with a leather chair and ottoman as a wedding present. I placed it in the room where the men got ready, but he had no clue that it was for him. It just blended in with the rest of the furniture. After the ceremony, we signed our marriage license in that room and I told him the chair belonged to him. His face at that moment was priceless. It was a small detail in a busy day that meant the world to me.

How adorable are these buttons? I need that Alabama one for sure!

Describe your wedding flowers: We went all white with our flowers. My bouquet was a mixture of white hydrangeas, white roses and baby’s breath. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were all white hydrangeas and on the reception tables, we used white hydrangeas and baby’s breath.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was held at an old plantation home: big and white, with a wide front porch. There were many monograms. I wore a monogram necklace with my new initials at the reception, we had a monogram cake topper, and I had my monogram stitched into the inside of my dress. My husband threw the garter attached to a football (you can’t leave football out of anything here in the South). We also had monogrammed corn hole boards at the reception and they were a big hit!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We are still in school at Auburn University, so planning a wedding in six months and attending school at the same time was a challenge, but we are proud to say now that we have overcome and done wonderfully!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: A family friend made our cakes. We went with a simple white cakes with white butter cream icing. We originally had three cakes, a small three-tier cake and two small two-tier cakes. The morning of the wedding, there was a little mishap with the larger cake, so we smiled and moved on and enjoyed our two smaller ones. They sat on milk glass cake stands and the cake we cut was topped with a beautiful acrylic monogram.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Matthew and I met while doing mission work on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in southern Arizona. He was 17 and I was 15. I had worked on the reservation for many years but it was his first time. I led his group during the week they were in Arizona and we quickly became great friends. As teenagers do, we continued to text each other once we had returned home and our relationship quickly grew while we were separated by two states. In November of 2008, he made the special phone call and asked me to be his girlfriend. He told me that he knew a long distance relationship could be challenging but he was willing to work hard at it if I was. We were in a long distance relationship until I joined him at Auburn University in 2011.
Describe the proposal. During the summer of 2012, Matthew planned a cross-country road trip for us. It was a dream come true. We spent two weeks journeying from Kentucky to California and back home to Alabama. Along the way, Matthew planned a stop on the reservation in southern Arizona where we met and spent so much time serving together. He proposed at sunset in the very village we served in and once again, just as he did when he asked me to be his girlfriend, he told me he knew marriage could be challenging, but he was willing to give it his all if I was.
In what month did you get married? December
How many guests attended your wedding? 75
Did you write your own vows? We wrote our own vows, but kept them simple and very similar to traditional vows. Our favorite part was how they began: “I Morgan, take you Matthew, to be my husband, loving you now and as you grow into all that God intends.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. All of our songs were hand picked by my husband. He did an amazing job! I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys, and let me tell you, it’s a tear-jerker. We walked back up the aisle to “I Do” by Colbie Caillat and our first dance was to “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There wasn’t one particular thing, but the fact that it was very personal. We made almost every decoration by hand and put so much thought and hard work into the details.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t get caught up in the minute details. You will feel like everything, I mean EVERYTHING has to be perfect, but I can tell you now that it doesn’t. If things go wrong the day of, or even the week before, smile and move on. You will enjoy the special time so much more.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to everything God has in store for us! We are finishing up school here in Auburn and are ready for the big, big plans He has for us after that. We are adventurous and ready to follow His lead.

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my goodness, what a sweet, sweet wedding! I love how their tables are modern, but at the same time, they fit so beautifully with all of the laid back, Southern details. Not to mention, the bride and groom are just gorgeous together! :)

  2. avatar Caitlin reply

    What a beautiful couple. I love every detail but especially the monograms! Where did the bride get the monogram for the inside of her dress?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Caitlin! I’m not sure where Morgan got her monogram, but when I was married the seamstress who did all my alterations offered monogramming for the inside of the gown. Check with your seamstress or dress salon as they will know a great place to create the patch. xx

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    Y’all, I will have to tell you that there was a lot of modesty going on in that interview! :) I am Matthew’s sister (the groom) and now Morgan’s sister-in-law and I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how incredibly talented this chick is! They got married on the same day that my husband and I got married 5 years ago, but I was more than happy to share that date with them! I know she scoured wedding mags and websites, and, of course, Pinterest, for all these wonderful ideas and managed to make a LOT of them herself or design them herself. There isn’t a picture of the invitation (obviously, because they had already gone out), but she did a fabulous job. She’s like Reese Witherspoon (If it’s not moving, monogram it!) and loves all things southern, but still loves the appeal of modern prints and designs. Anyway, I am SOOO happy that y’all featured their wedding!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh, Sarah! You’re so sweet to comment, and say such kind things about Morgan! I have to say that I agree that she is so talented. This is one of my favorite weddings we’ve featured – the monograms just put me over the edge! And congratulations to you and your hubby on your anniversary – what a sweet thing to share! xx

  4. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Gosh so pretty! What a beautiful couple.

  5. avatar Cameron reply

    Amsale, Monograms, Auburn, Theta pins, and gold glitter….I die!

  6. avatar Anna (Lover.ly) reply

    Wow! What a gorgeous wedding, particularly that dress. And the fact that it was 55% off makes it even prettier :)

  7. avatar invitation consultants reply

    can’t go wrong with a monogram! and bowties too!

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  9. avatar Jen @ YumYum Weddings reply

    I love monograms, and they are a staple of most weddings, but I never thought to use it as a theme…this was wonderful! They look so happy to be together, and they really took something that nearly everyone uses, and made it their own. My favorite part would have to be his monogrammed football though…classy. ha ha.

  10. avatar Dominique reply

    Where did that Merry Christmas banner come from? I would LOVE to have one for my upcoming wedding!

    • avatar Sarah reply

      Dominique: Regarding the Merry Christmas banner: Morgan made it herself a while back. It’s been a tradition of theirs for a few years to have a Christmas picture taken with it and post it as their “Christmas card.” Since they got married so close to Christmas last year, they made sure to have it included in their photos.

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    Where did the Bride order the buttons from? So adorable!

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  20. avatar Mel reply

    Where did the brides monogram necklace come from? I just love it and I’m looking for a trusty site to order one from? Thanks! Gorgeous wedding!!

  21. avatar Mary Lou reply

    Your wedding was beautiful! My daughter is getting married in October and she would love to use the football idea. I have been looking but no luck.How or where did you get it?
    Thank you for your help,
    Mary Lou Crow

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Let’s start with a secret, y’all. When my husband and I registered for our own wedding gifts, we registered for only black and white items. My thought was that we didn’t have a home at the time and this way everything would match with my future stylings. Let’s be honest, the real reason we did this is because I’m obsessed with black and white. It’s classic, sophisticated and oh-so-chic! Much like Meridith + Patrick’s wedding! I’m smitten with their black, white and cameo pink color palette, but also the incredibly sweet details M + P incorporated into their big day. Especially the needlepoint silhouettes Meredith’s mama made, and her grandmother’s banana bread with Texas pecans in the welcome bags. And of course some good ol’ Blue Bell Ice cream!

We’re so glad Alyse French was on hand to capture this gorgeous fete!

I am not a girl to spend months trying on dress after dress after dress. A perpetual list crosser-offer, I was on a mission to find “the dress.” In one day. With my mom and best friend (and dad!) in tow. My only criteria was that it wasn’t overly ornate or something that would date. The December after our engagement, I came home to Houston for a long weekend for my mom’s birthday and while there, made appointments at three different bridal boutiques. I found a viable option during the first appointment and an even better — timeless meets preppy with pockets — option at the second. I didn’t have an emotional, teary-eyed moment, but definitely thought the dress was unique and reflective of my personal style. It felt right. Yet, we had one more appointment to go. After a massive (but comical) fail at the third boutique, I immediately called back the second — just minutes before their five o’clock closing time — to see if we could come back immediately to buy the dress. With luck and the kindness of our amazingly wonderful stylist, Fortunata, at Belle Mariee, we were able to procure the dress and open some bubbly, all the while meeting my goal of securing “the dress” in one day.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not?
Patrick and I did decide to do a first look for a couple reasons. First off, this is a really exciting moment for a bride and groom and one that we wanted to capture not only in our minds, but also in photographs, forever. Our church had photographer restrictions in the sanctuary, so a first look best enabled us to capture that moment up-close-and-personal. Second, it really helped with the flow of events for the day and alleviated some pressure on our timeline after the ceremony. We took bridal party photos in addition to the first look before the ceremony, which worked out really well.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I think we have a tie for two different reasons. For its symbolism, we really liked the tartan hair flower I changed into for the reception because it was made from the tartan of Patrick’s family’s Scottish clan. It represented the transformation of my joining his family through our marriage. For its sentimentality, we really liked the needlepoint silhouettes my mom made that hung from our chairs at the reception. It was really special to have this handmade touch from my mom at the wedding, and we are still enjoying them now because they are hanging above each side of our bed at home.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? When we first started planning the wedding, some of our biggest priorities were making sure that out-of-town guests felt at home, that family traditions were honored and that everyone had a really good time. In other words, that the event was chock-full of Southern (and Texas) hospitality. Sure, we also included many traditionally Southern details — Bluebell ice cream, seersucker bow ties for the groomsmen, pearls for the bridesmaids, “Texas” alcohol in the bar, Brennan’s pralines as favors and my grandmother’s banana bread with Texas pecans in the welcome bags — but I really hope what stays with guests the most is the genuine hospitality they received and a new or rekindled appreciation for both the history and modernization of the South.

Did you write your own vows? We didn’t write our own vows, however we did ask that our minister use the vows from the Book of Common Prayer, which is slightly different from the vows in the Presbyterian Church. The language from the Book of Common Prayer is both clear and weighty: “…To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.” That last part just has so much gravity and weight to it, reinforcing that you’re making this vow not just to your spouse but also to the Lord.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We tried to choose scriptures that brought to life several angles of God’s vision and design for marriage, so we had passages that spoke to Creation (Genesis 2: 4-7, 18-24), God’s love (1 John 4: 7-16), and the parallels between earthly marriage and that of Christ and the Church in eternity (Ephesians 5: 1-2, 21-33). We had two of our uncles and one aunt read these passages during the ceremony, so it was really meaningful for us.

Describe your wedding flowers: A black and white wedding couldn’t be complete without anemones, so we ended up using a blend of anemones and black berries to bring a “pop” of black to the bridesmaids’ otherwise white bouquets of vendella roses and hydrangeas. They were also used in Patrick’s boutonniere and the reception centerpieces with peonies, O’Hare roses, and hydrangeas. We wrapped the bridesmaids’ bouquets in black and white striped grosgrain ribbon, which was a detail we carried out in several places throughout the wedding. Our centerpieces were one of our favorite decor touches. We had two variations: three clusters of varying heights in black milk glass vessels, and fun black candelabras that gave several tables more height without obstructing guests’ views across each table. My bridal bouquet was also a lovely blend of peonies, Ella garden roses and hydrangeas with dusty miller, all wrapped in a blush satin ribbon to which we affixed my family’s gold wishbone pin. All of the women on my dad’s maternal side of the family (or marrying into it) have worn this on their wedding day, so it was really special to be a part of that tradition.

I’ve always loved Pachelbel’s Canon in D — it reminds me of ballet class from growing up — so my bridesmaids walked into the church with the organist playing this piece. My dad walked me down the aisle as Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary was played — a traditional choice, but we wanted a pretty traditional ceremony. For the recessional however, we followed a bagpiper, playing a traditional Scottish score called Scotland the Brave, down the aisle and out of the church. Patrick’s family roots are in Scotland, so having a bagpiper incorporated into the ceremony was a surprise that was meant to honor his family. At the reception, our bridal party entered to the up-beat song Walking on Sunshine, and Patrick and I entered to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E,” a favorite of Patrick’s. Although most of our decisions erred on the side of timelessness, one that could date was our choice for the first dance, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz with Colbie Caillat. The lyrics and score are just so darn cute and meaningful for us, and it was really fun to dance to! My dance with my dad was to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First,” which was a sentimental but appropriate choice for a girl who grew up on country music. We closed the night dancing to Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night” — a really energizing way to end the evening and one of Patrick’s and my mutual favorite bands right now.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Being from the Midwest, Patrick didn’t have the same desire for a groom’s cake that Southern guys do, however he also wasn’t a fan of the almond cake I fell in LOOOVE with during our tasting. What’s a bride to do? Add chocolate to the wedding cake. Within each tier of cake, we had an almond layer and milk chocolate layer sandwiching chocolate buttercream frosting and enveloped by a buttercream exterior inspired by the pintuck detail from my dress. It was the perfect compromise for our wedding cake.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I grew up in Texas and moved to Chicago in 2006 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meanwhile, Patrick grew up in Chicago and, after graduating from Miami of Ohio, life took him to Africa, Texas and Notre Dame before returning him to Chicago in 2009. In May of 2010, we both — not having met yet — found ourselves attending a singles weekend retreat with our church in Lake Geneva, WI. As providence would have it, we both decided to join a group of friends-of-friends to rent a boat one day during the long weekend. We had actually eyed each other the day prior while playing ultimate Frisbee, but it wasn’t until we were on the boat that we had a chance to really talk and connect. Chemistry was instantaneous and after some expert sleuthing skills on Patrick’s part to get my phone number, we immediately started hanging out back in Chicago.
Describe the proposal. Patrick’s first visit to my home in Houston was in August of 2011. At that point, we had discussed engagement, but I knew before he would officially propose, he would talk with my parents. So, we arrived in Houston and after settling in, I took Patrick on a driving tour of my favorite Houston hot spots. On our way home, we swung by a local bakery to pick up a dessert that my mom had ordered (supposedly). Patrick offered to run inside for the dessert so I could stay cool in the car. He came back with a HUGE black and white hat box tied with a bright pink ribbon. I was suspicious, but again, didn’t think it could really be happening. We got home and my parents were strangely not there. Patrick insisted that I (an obstinate, unwavering rule-follower) open the dessert box. Of course, I said no. But he insisted and gave me a look like I really needed to just open the box. I did and I saw that our dessert was in the form of cupcakes spelling out “Will U Marry Me.” Patrick dropped to one knee and said some of the sweetest words a girl could ever hear. Of course, I immediately said “yes” and we called my parents so they could come back home and the celebrating could officially begin. It turns out that Patrick had asked my parents’ permission the month prior while they were visiting us in Chicago – completely unbeknownst to me.
In what month did you get married? August
How many guests attended your wedding? 123
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I’ve always loved Pachelbel’s Canon in D — it reminds me of ballet class from growing up — so my bridesmaids walked into the church with the organist playing this piece. My dad walked me down the aisle as Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary was played — a traditional choice, but we wanted a pretty traditional ceremony. For the recessional however, we followed a bagpiper, playing a traditional Scottish score called Scotland the Brave, down the aisle and out of the church. Patrick’s family roots are in Scotland, so having a bagpiper incorporated into the ceremony was a surprise that was meant to honor his family. At the reception, our bridal party entered to the up-beat song Walking on Sunshine, and Patrick and I entered to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E,” a favorite of Patrick’s. Although most of our decisions erred on the side of timelessness, one that could date was our choice for the first dance, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz with Colbie Caillat. The lyrics and score are just so darn cute and meaningful for us, and it was really fun to dance to! My dance with my dad was to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First,” which was a sentimental but appropriate choice for a girl who grew up on country music. We closed the night dancing to Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night” — a really energizing way to end the evening and one of Patrick’s and my mutual favorite bands right now.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a wedding long-distance while having a demanding full time job was definitely a big challenge. I couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of everything Natalie and Ashley at Two Be Wed did throughout the planning process and on the big day to bring our vision to life and make sure everything was executed flawlessly. I would also be remiss not to be eternally grateful for my mom’s help on the ground in Houston and her ability to step in when I wasn’t able to handle things. Planning a wedding in general is a big challenge, and I was very lucky to have a solid support system to help throughout the process.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Finding the right reception venue was one of our earliest challenges in the planning process. We were torn between a less expensive venue and one that would cost more. The less expensive venue would have freed up money to do other things but also required more investment to transform the setting into what we had envisioned. The more expensive venue would leave less money for “extras” but require less transformation to achieve our vision. We ultimately went with the more expensive venue and at the end of the day, we couldn’t have been happier because the food was not only fantastic, but the setting was exactly what we were looking for — traditional with a modern sensibility.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had a lot of memorable moments, but the most meaningful was probably our vows. In that moment, everything else slips away and you just look into each other’s eyes with all of the excitement and gravity of the moment, making the most significant vow you’ll ever make to your best friend in the whole world, in front of God and everyone who matters the most in your life. It’s thrilling and emotional and weighty all at the same time, and something you can never forget.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Create a vision up-front and stick to it; decision-making is easier if you know what the overall aesthetic goal is. Also, avoid the temptation to over-saturate your brain with wedding stuff. Catch up with friends. Enjoy life. Don’t drive yourself crazy by continually second-guessing decisions because you’ve seen yet another new pin on Pinterest (aside: I didn’t join Pinterest until after the wedding because I knew I couldn’t handle the additional sea of ideas. Don’t get me wrong, Pinterest is awesome. But know yourself well enough to know your limits and create some boundaries).
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? At 120+ days in and counting, we’re still trying to get settled in at home; I feel like we have piles of randomness in every corner of our condo that need to be sorted through and either tossed or put away. But it’s been such a fun journey so far! It’s so great to wake up next to your best friend every morning and come home to them at night — to always have someone there to talk to (or just be with) and support you in every way. In 2013, we’re hoping to take a big step forward in adult responsibilities and get a puppy :) We are REALLY excited about this prospect. In the longer term future, I think we’re just really excited to see where life takes us, together. We literally have no idea where life will lead but we’re really excited to face everything together with the confidence that we’re not in this alone on several levels.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
15 Comments
  1. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    I love the black, white and pink and all the pretty and special details of this wedding!

  2. avatar Abby Grace reply

    I LOVE Alyse’s work! She definitely did this wedding justice!

  3. avatar Lisa Quattrini reply

    Merideth did a fabulous job (though as Matron of Honor I may be biased…). The level of care toward her out of town guests was superb, and the Houston- and Texas-centric touches were a perfect complement to the sophistication and class of the whole weekend. Thanks, Alyse, for doing such a wonderful job capturing my best friend, and thank you Marissa for letting Merideth shine in such a public way! The amount of effort she put into the day definitely warrants the beautiful piece you’ve given her. Great job, Merideth!

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  5. avatar Michelle Hickey reply

    This wedding is beyond classy. The silhouette accents and the black candleholder centerpieces are my favorite details! Natalie did such a wonderful job using black as an accent color, while still giving the overall wedding a light and airy feel. Bravo!

  6. avatar Natalie Dawley reply

    Thank you, Ladies for sharing our work with the world! You are a light in this industry and it is an honor to be a part of the family. Merideth and Patrick’s wedding will be on my fav list for a long time!

    A special thanks to Merideth and her precious mother, Debbie (and Hal too) and to Recollection Vintage Rentals and Tamara Menges Designs for interpreting the vision. Hello and Co was brilliant yet again and the same for Susie’s Cakes!

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  11. avatar Jennifer reply

    Love the pictures! Would love to know where you ordered your wedding invitations. I love them!

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  14. avatar Annette reply

    Where did you find the black candelabras??

  15. avatar Genevieve Strycharz reply

    Hi! I love your black candelabras!! Where did you get them?!

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