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While I do believe that love can grow from friendship, I am always so tickled to hear from our sweet couples with love-at-first-sight stories. Since I felt the same way about BDK that Jenna felt the first time she saw Cole, I can be a little partial, but there is just something so magical about that moment! Jenna and Cole’s love has continued to grow, and as much as I appreciate how they incorporated college football into their big day, my favorite part has to be their personal vows to each other. While Cole promised to clean up Jenna’s “tornadoes,” Jenna promised to remember that she can be wrong “occasionally.” I love that!

Big thanks to Leah Jean Photography for sharing their big day!

I borrowed the gold pendant that was placed on my bouquet from my great grandmother. My something blue was my Gator garter. I wrapped my bouquet in lace from Cole’s mother’s wedding gown and I wore my grandmother’s pearl ring for my something old. My something new was my rustic cream cowboy boots!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I never really put much thought into my wedding dress prior to getting engaged. However, I did know that I wanted it to be simply elegant with a little special touch. I tried on a few dresses, and honestly, I liked most of them. I ended up with the dress I chose because I fell in love with the back detail.

Describe your wedding flowers. Our dear family friends and amazing floral designers, Trish and Ashlee from Simply Roses, created the most gorgeous wedding florals for us. Since we were having a rustic chic orange and blue wedding, they created three variations of centerpieces using curly willow, burlap-wrapped bottles, and mason jars full of orange garden roses, orange star of Bethlehem, orange thistle, Gomphrena, orange ranunculus, and more.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did do a first look and it was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We really wanted to make sure we had enough time for all the photos we could possibly want, but we also did not want to miss a single moment of the cocktail party and reception. We both love to dance, so a first look was the only way to accomplish everything.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail of our wedding was the incorporation of our favorite football team, the Florida Gators, into our wedding. We had orange and blue incorporated into hand-printed cloth wedding napkins, the flowers, koozies, handmade menu cards, parting gifts, place cards, and wedding programs. The Gator fight song was also played when we were announced at the reception.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to “Over the Rainbow” (the Jason Castro version), sung by the Tom Sartori Band. We walked back up the aisle to “If I Could Make a Living Out of Loving You” by Clay Walker, which we chose because it showed our roots of growing up in a small Florida town. Our first dance was to “Love Your Love the Most” by Eric Church, sung by the Tom Sartori Band. We picked this song because of the lyrics “And I love college football games…but I love your love the most.” We both are HUGE Florida Gator fans, so these lyrics were perfect for us.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It was love at first sight for us. We met at a mutual friends’ wedding. I saw Cole across the room and told each of my girlfriends that I was “going to marry that man!”
Tell us all about the proposal! Cole planned a weekend in one of my favorite places on earth–Highlands, North Carolina. On our first night there, Cole proposed while we were enjoying a glass of wine by the outdoor fireplace. Of course, I said yes! I thought my evening couldn’t get any better, but it did. Cole had arranged for my closet group of girlfriends, who are really more like sisters, to arrive with champagne to celebrate with us for the whole weekend. It was simply perfect!
When did y’all get married? October 13, 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we did. My favorite phrase from Cole’s vows was “I promise to clean up your tornadoes and to make you coffee every day.” Cole’s favorite phrases from my vows was “I promise to continue to make dinner time a priority for us and to remember that I can be wrong occasionally.”
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We decided to have a dessert table, which included old-fashioned banana pudding served in shot glasses, key lime tartlets, chocolate cake petite squares, and a red velvet cake topper.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We served shrimp and grits and sent each guest home with a bag of grits, along with a family recipe for shrimp and grits. We also served three variations of sweet tea, pulled pork on cornbread medallions, and Southern succotash at the reception.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Blending both of our families’ ideas on what our wedding should be, while still staying true to what we wanted.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? My favorite detail of our wedding was that so many of our close family and friends traveled to be part of our special day–our guests traveled from Florida, Boston, Georgia, Louisiana, and numerous other locations to celebrate with us.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When I saw Cole on the bridge for our first look. He looked so handsome that I literally had to stop for moment and catch my breath.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Just breathe and try to enjoy every moment, because before you know it, your day has come and gone. And have a glass of wine when the stress becomes too much. :)
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We just purchased a new home and are starting all the interior and exterior remodeling. We love projects!

Photographer: Leah Jean Photography / Day-Of Coordinator: Christine Faust Events / Venue and Catering: Timberock at Hopkins Farm / Florist: Simply Roses Florist / Cake Baker: Michal from Soby’s / Rentals: Professional Party Rentals / Band: Tom Sartori Band / Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal / Jewelry: Bloomingdale’s / Hair Stylist: Hair by Franci / Makeup Artist: Nails by Nancy / Bridesmaid Dresses and Shoes: Their own / Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank /

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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We love a memorable end to a wedding. In fact, we ran a whole editorial devoted to them in V4! From confetti to school flags to vintage bikes to sky lanterns to fireworks, we’ve seen a lot of ways for a couple to go out with a bang – but not this one.

Enter today’s Southern Spotting: Yep, that’s a tractor. And yep, this adorable couple escaped on it at the end of their wedding.

They even decked the tractor out with cans and a bow — how cute is that?? Congratulations to Emily and John (such good names, no?), and big thanks to Sara of Whitebox Weddings for sending these images our way!

P.S. More Southern Spottings:
A cheeky bar
A fabric invitation suite
A surprise breakfast

Whitebox Weddings is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Leslie reply

    i LOVE this!! How fun and unique!

  2. avatar Kristina reply

    Too funny and cute!

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    Love the tractor……It looks sooo much fun !

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Marilisa + Taylor’s Georgia wedding was plantation perfection that takes gingham to another level! I love that the groom and his men rocked the gingham shirts and big belt buckles. Their adorable yellow bow ties were the perfect shade to pop against the pattern and accent the ladies’ wildflower bouquets. Marilisa’s ‘maids look positively darling in their mismatched frocks and colorful shoes, but of course they didn’t outshine the bride, who looked effortlessly beautiful in a flowing Amy Kuschel gown, cowboy boots, and a pretty updo. I love the view of the Fair Havens Plantation that stretched behind Marilisa + Taylor’s altar and the big celebratory hugs, post-ceremony. Big thanks to Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love who caught the moment and shared this wedding with us.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Taylor and I both grew up in the Northeast and met when we were 12 at a summer church camp in New York. My family moved to Georgia right before I started high school, but he and I stayed in touch over the years and reconnected after he moved to Athens for school. We developed a great friendship, which only deepened the following year when I moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. Taylor and I would go on jogs or work out together and usually end up eating somewhere and talking about God. Having such a strong spiritual connection really caused the sparks to fly! During the summer of 2008, we worked together at a church camp and by the end of the summer, we were dating.
Describe the proposal. (From the groom) For about two years I knew that I wanted to propose at dusk, under a perfect sunset, out in a field, far removed from anyone. Thus, the search began for the perfect spot. Last July, I drove by an open field off Route 53 in Watkinsville, Georgia and instantly knew I had found where I wanted to propose. I found the owner of the property and told him that I wanted to use his property to propose to my best friend. After receiving his blessing, all that was left was for the ring to arrive and for time to pass. Early in the afternoon, my brother and I loaded a table made from wood from an early 1800s smokehouse into a friend’s truck, drove it out to the field and left a bunch of yellow daisies on it. All that was left was for me to pick up Marilisa for what she thought was a dinner date with friends. As we drove out to the field, I tried to enjoy the moment and remember the speech I had been practicing. We got out of the car and walked towards the table and as we walked, I told Marilisa that the Hebrew word for “helper” in Genesis could be translated as “lifesaver” and that I felt this perfectly described how I saw her role in my life. I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me and she said yes! It seriously felt like we were the only people on the planet (until this kid drove behind us on an ATV). We left Athens and drove back to Atlanta to celebrate with her family and then flew to Connecticut to be with mine.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Relaxing, glorious, and one-big-crazy reunion!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: A few weeks after the proposal, I was on OnceWed and the main page featured a beautiful San Francisco wedding with the bride in a stunning Amy Kuschel gown. I immediately searched her site for the dress style (Margherita) and discovered the designer only sold her gowns to one store in Georgia, Kelly’s Closet. I made an appointment with the boutique and planned a weekend for all my bridesmaids to come with me. It was the first dress I tried on there and all my girls fell in love immediately! The soft fabric felt so dreamy and I knew it was the perfect style for our rustic outdoor wedding!
Describe your wedding flowers: I wanted the flowers to look as if someone had just plucked them from an open field and our florist did a fantastic job capturing that vision. My bouquet consisted of white peonies, roses, blue thistles, green buttons and craspedia. Flowers for the other bouquets and decorations included monte casino, solidago, seeded eucalyptus, and millet.

Photographer: Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love // Venue: Fair Havens Plantation // Florist: The Garden Gate Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: Brett’s // Caterer: Brett’s // Paper Products: Three by The Quill Penn // Bride’s Dress: Amy Kuschel via Kelly’s Closet // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Sara Gabriel via Kelly’s Closet // Bride’s Shoes: Frye // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own // Accessories: Earrings from Aurum

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    What a stylish bunch!! Those gingham shirts are amazing, and I love the mismatched bridal party…and of course, the bride and groom are gorgeous! :)

  2. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Such soft and pretty details! Lovely!


  3. avatar Emily reply

    Hmmm looks like mix and match bridesmaids strike again! Perfect after yesterday’s post! :)

  4. avatar Shannon Fitzpatrick reply

    I almost jumped out of my socks after I read this proposal story!!! I go to Gainesville State College in Watkinsville, Ga and when I saw that he proposed in one of the nearby fields, I almost fainted! I drive by those beautiful fields every day on my way to school and daydream about having a wedding in one.. Being proposed to must have been so beautiful! I can tell you first hand how vast and gorgeous they are. Props to the groom!!!

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  6. avatar Sydney reply

    I have never seen gingham in a wedding before. I am in love. When was the wedding? Like, during what month?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Sydney! Isn’t the gingham bright and fun? The wedding was in May. Marilisa and Taylor even painted their initials and wedding date on their corn hole boards!

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