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Anna and Nathan’s outdoor ceremony looks like a breath of fresh air to me. The beautiful open field and prodigious tree at Blue Ribbon Vendor venue, Vinewood Plantation, provided the perfect Southern backdrop that they were looking for! Anna and Nathan’s goal throughout their wedding planning was to create a comfortable celebration, full of natural beauty and good food. You can’t beat that, and I venture to say that, judging by their joy that is beaming right through each of these photos, they’d agree!

Thank you kindly to Blue Ribbon Vendor, Chris Isham for sharing this lovely day with us!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did. Nathan and I cherished that moment and wanted it to be an intimate time. We both knew that it wouldn’t take away from the moment when I walked down the aisle, because I would be walking down the aisle to marry him, and it’s impossible to cheapen that. We loved having such a special moment between the two of us before all of the craziness began. It allowed us both to relax and take a deep breath when it was time for the ceremony.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had absolutely no idea what style I wanted, so I had to try on everything! After two dress shops, I was nearing the end of my pile when I tried on “the one” and instantly knew this was how I was supposed to feel. I didn’t want to take it off because it was so perfect! It was a classic dress with such a fun twist.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? For starters, it happened under a big tree in a huge field–does it get more Southern than that? Ultimately, we wanted our wedding to be comfortable, and to us, nothing seems more Southern than comfort, beauty, and good food.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Nothing compares to the moment that I walked down the aisle. It was as if everything slowed down for me. I thought about my sweet father walking next to me, just as he had for all of the years leading to that moment. I saw our bridesmaids and groomsmen, who had helped us arrive at this day. I was able to appreciate the fact that never again would we have so many people we loved in one place. Finally, I saw my groom at the end of the aisle waiting for me. That moment was the moment I had longed for and envisioned for over two years. I will never forget it.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We loved the uniqueness of our “naked” cake. It tasted great, it looked beautiful, and it was a little untraditional. It was one of the most fun details of the wedding.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Aside from premarital counseling and reading some recommended books, we sought advice from friends, family, and mentors who all have marriages that we admire. Needless to say, there was also a lot of prayer involved.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through some mutual friends! By July, we were best friends, and November brought our first date. After that, we realized we were done searching for our future spouses. Two years later, he proposed.
Tell us all about the proposal! My sister invited us to cut down a Christmas tree at a farm just north of where we live. She said we would need to drive separately to the farm, due to lack of space. When we got there, she hadn’t arrived yet, so Nathan and I went exploring. He took us off the path and we started wandering through these huge trees. I faintly heard string music as we neared the destination he was leading us to, and as we rounded a corner, I noticed a sign that said “Page, Party of Two.” Honestly, I don’t remember half of what he said after that because I was in shock, but I definitely caught the most important part: “Will you marry me?” When I realized that we really weren’t cutting down a Christmas tree, he took me to my sister’s house, where all of our friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us.
When did y’all get married? October 24, 2014.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Something borrowed was a cathedral veil, which was lent to me by a sweet friend. My something blue was the bottom of my shoes. My something old was a brooch pinned to the front of my bouquet, that had been passed down by my sister. My something new was my dress.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Chris Isham. Not only was his work phenomenal, but he also become more of a friend than a vendor through the wedding process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We want to learn how to love each other well and make our marriage as strong as it can be. For now, we are taking it one day at a time. The details will continue to fall into place as we go.

Photographer: Chris Isham / Venue: Vinewood Plantation / Florist: Laura Shain / Caterer: Tulla White / Lighting: The Funky Shack / DJ: Complete DJ / Ceremony Musicians: Celebration String Quartet / Paper Products: Katherine Latham / Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee / Hair Stylist: Mari Matthews / Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Menswear: H&M

Chris Isham and Vinewood Plantation are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Chris Isham reply

    Yes! Thanks so much for sharing Anne & Nathan’s wedding! Y’all are the best!

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With each and every wedding that appears on Southern Weddings, we are continually inspired by the creativity y’all pour into your wedding days to make them extra meaningful and beautiful. It was no small feat narrowing down this list of the most memorable decor and details of the year, but here are a few that stood out to us!

Katie and Josh‘s hydrangea-covered program table, by Callie Davis for Nancy Ray Photography

Alix and Dodd‘s magnolia ceremony arch, by Kat Braman

Abby and Matt‘s monogrammed ghost chairs, by Our Labor of Love

Amanda and Chip‘s Southwestern-inspired details, by Sara & Rocky

Sally Ward and Patrick‘s place cards, made of magnolia leaves from her childhood home, by Gene Oh

Emily and Josh‘s beautiful family photo display, by Haley Sheffield

Blakely and Curtis‘ nautical backyard reception, by Natalie Franke

Jennifer and Justin‘s pineapple centerpieces, by Nikki Santerre

Lauren and Chad‘s spirited favor display, by Sunglow Photography

Megan and Aaron‘s getaway truck, by Chris Isham

Don’t forget to take a look back at our most memorable bridal styles, bouquets, menswear, bridesmaid styles, and moments of 2014, and let us know which are your favorites!

Nancy Ray Photography, Natalie Franke, and Chris Isham are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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It took exactly one year for Kimberly and Jason to go from their first date to their wedding day. As someone who never would have imagined I’d get engaged just eight months after starting to date my now-fiancé, I could not agree more with Kimberly’s sentiment: when you know, you know! These two couldn’t resist tying the knot on the same occasion that fell on their first date, the Kentucky Derby. Drawing from this beloved Southern sporting event for inspiration, as well as Kimberly’s passion for all things equestrian, Kimberly and Jason set out to plan a sweet spring wedding, complete with fabulous hats and an abundance of mint juleps. Marilisa of Chancey Charm Weddings was on hand to ensure the day went off seamlessly, and our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Chris Isham, captured every special moment and detail!

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, a dark bay colt named Itsmyluckyday ran in the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Unfortunately for him, it was not his lucky day, as he finished near the end of the pack, but for Jason and me, that day changed our lives forever. It was the day we sat in a corner booth at The Capital Grille in Atlanta for over four hours on our first date. Less than a week later, we had a second dinner date that lasted over five hours, and by our third date, we both finally understood what the phrase “you will just know” meant. We both felt that all the years leading up to us meeting were years that God had used to mold and shape us to be ready for each other.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? The layout of our wedding day was a bit unusual in that we wanted to keep the ceremony very small and intimate, with only our families and extended families in attendance. Following the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour so that our ceremony guests could mingle, and the other 200+ guests who were invited to the reception arrived. We decided to do a first look before the ceremony, as we wanted a moment that was all ours to read the vows that we had written for each other. This was the most intimate moment of the day, and one we will never forget!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? When my dear friend, client, and business partner offered her farm to us as a wedding venue, the decision was a no-brainer–it is immaculately kept and so very serene! My horse is boarded at the farm, and I train clients’ horses, so I am there most days of the week. The farm is like heaven on earth to me! You could truly feel the presence of God at the farm on our wedding day.

I knew that our ceremony was going to be an emotional time, so we added a little comic relief by having my dog, Zhou, as our ring bearer! He goes to work with me every day, so he knows his way around the farm. He did perfectly coming down the aisle and sitting with us, but I guess he got a little bored, because he started rolling around in the grass at my feet. It was a great laugh!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Jason and I both agree that when our photographer took us to the pasture to have some photos taken between the ceremony and reception, we were truly able to breathe in the atmosphere. The reception guests had arrived, and the band was starting up, so from a distance, we were able to let everything sink in for a moment.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The Kentucky Derby theme was a lot of fun! It was quite significant considering our first date and wedding day were both on Derby Day. I have also ridden my entire life and have made my career training horses, so it fit my personality and passions. Our guests seemed to really enjoy the Derby attire, and everyone looked so posh! We wanted the overall feel to be elegant, yet comfortable, and I think the Derby theme helped us achieve this. From the Derby props in the photo booth to the lavender mint juleps, it was so much fun!

We wanted an environment that encouraged our guest to be up, moving and mingling. We had enough seating/tables for about half our guests, so those who wanted to sit had the option, but we also had a bunch of high tables set out for those wanting to stand. Mac the Cheese was the perfect fit for our desire to have people “grazing” on the Southern fixins’. They set up a couple of Southern food stations, and also served off the truck. We made sure to have plenty of sweet tea as well!

Jason and I discussed eloping right after we got engaged because neither of us considered ourselves “wedding” people, but it was so important for us to have our family there. I was not a girl who grew up dreaming of a fairy tale wedding, so I had to mentally break things down and think of it like planning a big party. In the end, it all turned out to be a fairy tale wedding, and we were so happy that we didn’t elope.

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Tell us about the proposal! On a Wednesday evening in early October, after having dinner in Chattanooga, Jason and I took a walk across the Walnut Street Bridge. While sitting on a bench overlooking the Tennessee River, Jason asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. We chose May 3, 2014 for our wedding date, and the 140th Kentucky Derby ran as our friends and families celebrated our union, exactly one year from our first date!
When did y’all get married? May 3, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 75 at the ceremony, about 275 at the reception
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding my dress was one of the easiest parts of wedding planning! I thought it might be a daunting task, as I am not much of a shopper, and I had never thought about my future wedding dress. I made three appointments on one day and invited my mom and sister to join me. My second appointment was almost cut short, as I did not want to dig through the hundreds of dresses on the racks at Bridals by Lori, but my sister jumped at the opportunity and started bringing dresses to me in the fitting room. I tried on a few that were beautiful, but the fourth or fifth dress brought a tear to my eye when I walked out to show my mom. The dress was so unique and had so many different elements to it. It was a perfect fit for my personality!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? For the ceremony, we wanted all the glory to be given to God. A childhood friend of mine, who is now an ordained minister, told our story of how God brought us together, and we took communion. We also put a unity cross together to represent two becoming one. We had scripture read, as well as praise and worship music played.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was a hair clip that my sister (my matron of honor) had worn in her wedding. For my something blue, I had fabric that belonged to my late grandmother (a seamstress) sewn in the underside of my dress. My something old was an old Italian handkerchief given to me from our mentor couple on our wedding day. I wrapped it around my bouquet under the diamond horseshoe brooch that I had pinned to the stems.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Breathe…your engagement should be about the marriage, not the wedding. We attend North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, and we were blessed to go through their premarital mentoring program. It was time well spent leading up to the biggest decision of our lives. We loved our mentor couple and continue to seek their wisdom and guidance!

Photographer: Chris Isham Photography / Videographer: Remedy Wedding Films / Planner: Chancey Charm / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Serenity Farm / Florist: Bloomin’ Bouquets / Cake Baker: Cakes by Darcy / Caterer: Mac the Cheese / Rentals and Lighting: Classic Party Rentals / Band: Az Izz / Photo Booth: Wow Photo Booth / Paper Products: Ecru Stationery & Design / Bridal Salon, Bride’s Accessories, and Men’s Attire: Bridals by Lori / Hair Stylist: Studio Todd G / Makeup Artist: The Moore Agency / Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams and Stuart Weiztman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bravura / Monogram Throw Pillows: I Do Linens / Transportation: Easy Ride Golf Carts

Chris Isham is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love that their wedding was able to take place at such a special spot for them!

  2. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    I think the small ceremony was a great alternative to just eloping. Beautiful wedding!

  3. avatar Charmaine (Rustic Folk Weddings) reply

    Love how the couple incorporated the cross at the altar. Beautiful wedding!

  4. avatar Marilisa reply

    Such a blessing to have worked with this amazing couple! Their sincere focus on the marriage more than just the wedding details was refreshing and obviously radiates in their love for one another in the photos :) Thanks SW ladies for sharing!!

  5. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    As someone who LOVES horses, this looks like the most darling wedding! What a beautiful location, and I adore that they had their dog in the ceremony!

  6. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    This wedding was such a blessing to be a part of!

  7. avatar Chris Isham reply

    Y’all are the best! Thanks so much for sharing this wedding!! :)

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