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Sorry for the delay this morning, friends! It is our last day with V6 before sending her (yes, we call it a her) off to the printers, and good gracious y’all, she is a beauty! Have you placed your preorder yet?

As a new North Carolina resident, I can attest to the fact that this state is easy to fall in love with. Kortney and Kyle met shortly after Kortney moved to North Carolina herself, and after many porch-sittin’ dates and a romantic Christmas morning proposal, they were married in one of the prettiest parts of beautiful NC. The views from their mountain venue take my breath away! Even more breathtaking? The love Kortney and Kyle clearly have for each other–Kortney even says that the hardest part of wedding planning was waiting to marry the love of her life. So sweet!

Thank you kindly to Ivan & Louise for sharing Kortney and Kyle’s wedding with us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I had just moved to Charlotte, North Carolina from Bloomington, Indiana. It was my first full weekend in Charlotte, living in a new place for the first time by myself. I was visiting a church on Sunday, and when I stepped through the doorway of the church, Kyle was the first person I laid eyes on. It truly was a “love at first sight” moment–he made me feel calm in the midst of being surrounded by the unfamiliar, without even saying a word to me. There was something special about this guy. It only took him four weeks to notice me at church! But when he did, he made a point to cut me off during my race for the door and introduce himself. After finding out how much we had in common, including our visions for church planting and our affinity for craft beer, we spent night after night porch-sitting on rocking chairs together at my Uptown townhome, overlooking the Charlotte cityscape. I fell in love porch-sitting with this man whose love for the Lord and calm, caring personality made me feel more comfortable than I’d ever felt before.

Finding my dress was a breeze! I am pretty particular when it comes to my taste and style, so I knew what I was looking for. I described my hope for a classic, yet simple, look and feel, with an empire waist and a sweetheart neckline. The consultant brought out four dresses and the third time was the charm. I put on the gown, my hands found their way to the pockets, and I was sold! My best friends’ tears helped seal the deal, too.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to forgo a first look for the chance to capture our pure, raw emotions of walking down the aisle and meeting one another at the altar to become husband and wife in front of everyone we love. We wanted to share in the moment with our closest friends and family and I am so glad we did.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Kyle adapted a classic set of vows to fit our style and commitment. They were beautiful. They displayed our promise to live as positive examples of Christ and to stay grounded in the Word of God. Our relationship wouldn’t exist if not for the work of Christ in our lives; He brought us together.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Hebrews 10:23-25: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Two weeks before our wedding, we picked this as our family verse to live and love by.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The stream! It was so much fun throwing our shoes off and dipping our feet into the cold river to snap a few unique shots. We love being outside, especially near water. During our first visit to the venue, we passed the stream on our way in and I was sold at that moment. The scenic drive through the woods, up the stream and through the mountains, was a fairy tale.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Besides the pimento cheese, sweet tea, and barn reception, our wedding took place in the gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina beside the Blue Ridge Parkway. It truly a Southern wedding dream, complete with a parasol!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t try to do it alone. I hosted a fun decor-craft party, complete with snacks, Izze’s and music. As long as you make it fun and not too long or complicated, people will be more than willing to help. People are excited to be a part of your special day and need creativity in their lives. Involve others and your day will be elevated from a so-so event to your dream wedding affair, I promise!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our cake was a very special part of our day. Kyle’s grandmother has been baking wedding cakes for her whole life. She has made everyone’s cake in the family, and throughout the years, has never lost her touch. She baked us a delicious white wedding cake with simple lily of the valley icing accents, topped with a festive mini fringe bunting to tie in our theme.

Tell us all about the proposal! Kyle proposed on Christmas morning of 2012. We have been keeping a journal since the day we started dating that we pass back and forth to each other, in which we record every funny moment, road trip, struggle, and happiness. He wrapped the journal as the last gift under the tree. I started getting suspicious when my family was waiting around the gift instead of rushing to the kitchen for breakfast casserole. He had written me a beautiful letter in the notebook, and when I turned the page, I immediately started that silent-happy-cry, because a ring was tied to the notebook binding on the next page. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was intimate and simple, exactly what I had always hoped for.
When did y’all get married? August 2, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to “Beautiful, Scandalous Night.” The words were perfect for a Christ-centered, mountainside ceremony, and put to words exactly what was happening in that moment. We believe that marriage is the closest thing we’ll experience to a relationship with Christ, and we got married under a beautiful oak tree. The chorus says: “At the wonderful, tragic, mysterious tree, On that beautiful, scandalous night, you and me were atoned by His blood and forever washed white, on that beautiful, scandalous night.” We exited the ceremony to an upbeat tempo of Amazing Grace, to celebrate the joyful occasion of beginning a grace-filled life together. We absolutely love the Avett Brothers and know that they frequently visit Asheville, NC, near our wedding venue, so the perfect first dance song was “Swept Away.”
Describe your wedding flowers. I had a vision for simple and soft florals. My bouquet was a beautiful mix of white and blush pink hydrangea, pale pink lisianthus, and blush pink roses, accented with lambs ear, succulents, and eucalyptus foliage. The stems were wrapped with a band of natural twine. The ceremony aisle was lined with large galvanized buckets filled with a cloud of baby’s breath, personalized with our parents’ wedding dates and our wedding date. The centerpieces were self-assembled with an assortment of whiskey and wine bottles, and were filled with baby’s breath and pink hydrangea.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Borrowed: The beautiful necklace with diamonds from my grandmother’s engagement ring. Blue: I sewed our initials in blue thread into the inside of my dress. Old: Kyle’s grandmothers lavalier that her mother wore on her wedding day. New: My feather hair piece. Every girl needs to have feathers in her hair at some point in her life!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was waiting–waiting on marrying the man of my dreams was tough! But I had a lot of planning, details, and showers to get me through it! ;)
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? So many different people came together to help us plan the perfect day. Truly, our day would not have been the same without our loving families, friends, and community. By far, they were the highlight of our day. Also, I loved our giant 36″ balloons tied with handmade tissue paper fringe! They were so fun, and a little violent when the wind caught them, but they brought that extra special touch to our ceremony and photos. Just make sure you have a minivan to haul them in!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle to my future husband, surrounded by people we love and that love us. It was very simple and laid back, yet elegant. I felt like a princess because of the love that I felt walking down that aisle–by everyone sitting in the crowd, by our bridal party, by my husband, teary-eyed, ready to make me his wife.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We plan to make life as much of an adventure as we can, to laugh a lot, to pray a lot, to dance a lot in the living room, and to eat frozen pizza a lot during these first couple years. We can’t wait!

Photographer: Ivan & Louise / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Fields of Blackberry Cove / Florist: Blossoms at Biltmore Park / Wedding Cake: Roberta Holtzhower / Caterer: Caroline Allured Catering and Kim Aasland / Special Details: Jessee Nevins of Quaintly Uncommon / Bride’s Gown: “Strapless Shantung Taffeta Sweetheart Ball Gown” from David’s Bridal / Big Fringe Garland Paper: Carte Fine / Bride’s Earrings and Gold Bracelet: Anthropologie / Feather Hairpiece: Etsy / Hair Stylist: Lola Salon and Gallery / Bride’s Shoes: Julie’s Boutique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Drifting in Pink” from ModCloth / Men’s Attire: J.Crew /  Men’s Suspenders: Etsy / Men’s Shoes: Aldo / Craft Beer: Greenman Brewery

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Kat reply

    I love the sweetness of this wedding! Her DIY reception details, the stream & those big, white balloons make my heart smile :)

  2. avatar Pam reply

    How cool to read about your wedding here, Kortney!!!

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    You had such a beautiful wedding!!! I hope you don’t mind me asking but I was wondering the estimated cost of the venue. I saw that you put the budget of your wedding but I wasn’t sure what all that entails. I would greatly appreciate it!

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It’s easy to love Kimberly and Salvador’s joyful wedding pictures–they look so happy and relaxed, just how I imagine every couple wants to feel on their wedding day! What I love even more, though, is how they crafted a wedding that was so meaningful to them. They were inspired by a Bible verse about a deeply rooted tree throughout their planning, which, in turn, inspired a loose theme of roots and growth. What could be more perfect for that than a wedding at the place where Kimberly’s roots are–her family’s (working!) farm? Even the flowers at the backyard reception were in pots, which now decorate Kimberly and Salvador’s newlywed home!

Thanks so much to Michelle Boyd for sharing Kimberly and Salvador’s wedding with us!

I dove into wedding dress shopping with a very specific idea in my mind, and ended up purchasing a dress that I had made fun of the first time I saw it! It took a couple of trips to David’s Bridal, and I was about to give up when I decided that I should try something different. The moment I slipped the dress over my head, I knew I had found it! Soft to the touch, a bit of lace along the neck and hemline, and ruffles down the back of the dress–it was perfect!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? YES! As a wedding photographer myself, I noticed that the “first look” was one of the rare moments that the bride and groom shared exclusively on the wedding day. I decided a long time ago that I wanted a first look at my wedding, and Salvador was definitely on board with seeing me as early in the day as possible! Those moments during the first look were my favorite from the entire day. It was so peaceful, calming, and perfect!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose “A Thousand Years” as our wedding song. Music is very important to Salvador, so we came up with a few ideas to make the song sound like “us.” A few of his groomsmen played an instrumental version consisting of the guitar, accordion, and the xylophone as the grandparents, parents, and bridesmaids entered. My lovely bevy of bridesmaids sang the words to the song as I walked down the aisle. It was such a neat moment! All of our guests loved how unique the music was, and we loved it too!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We initially planned to write our own vows, but we ended up going with the traditional ones. We rephrased them to sound more like us, but we really loved the promises originally written.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Psalm 1:3 “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” When we began dreaming about our wedding, we landed on this verse. We desired for our marriage to be like a tree that is deeply rooted, thriving, and prosperous. All of the details for our wedding stemmed from this idea, and this verse became the words that rooted us down in the midst of planning the wedding!

Picking a venue was really tough for me! I kept going over and over what would make the most people the most happy. My mom and Salvador had to remind me several times that the wedding needed to be about what Salvador and I wanted–not what we thought everyone else wanted. Since we wanted our wedding to center around roots and growth, we decided to have the wedding where my roots started: the house my parents built. It was a lot of work to turn a working farm into a wedding venue, but thanks to my family, it all came together beautifully!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Wedding cake is my favorite dessert, so it was very important that I find THE cake. We did taste tests at several bakeries around town, and I was on the brink of giving up when I found out that some of my friends were starting a cottage bakery. We scheduled a cake tasting, and I knew from the first bite that I had found the perfect wedding cake! We had a vanilla bean cake with rosette-styled frosting, along with two strawberries and champagne naked cakes. Salvador isn’t a huge fan of cake, so we did mini pies for the groom’s table. My family and I made the pecan pies with pecans from our trees, and The Prickly Pear Bakery made delicious apple, peach, and cherry pies as well!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college, but we didn’t become good friends until we started working together at Hardin-Simmons University. We would go out to lunch together, collaborate on projects, and go for walks around campus to take a break from the office. I always assumed we were just really great friends (even after he asked me out a few times), but Salvador always knew better! Being the patient and persistent man that he is, he stuck around in the “friend zone” for several years, waiting for me to figure out that we were perfect for each other. After I told him (for the third time) that I didn’t think it’d be a good idea for us to date, he backed off. Of course, I started to miss my best friend! I slowly realized that I had feelings deeper than friendship, so I asked him out on a date. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love, and all of our friends were so relieved that we FINALLY got together!
Tell us all about the proposal! We were in Hawaii celebrating the recent marriage of some of our best friends. On the last day of the trip, we collected shells on Hapuna beach, played in the waves, and soaked up one last beautiful sunset. I noticed that Salvador seemed distracted, but I didn’t think too much of it. Most of my friends were convinced that he would propose on this trip, but I honestly didn’t think he would! So I was totally surprised when he stole me away for a few quiet moments by the ocean after sunset. He gave me a box of sand from the beach, which I thought was just a souvenir. It wasn’t until he dropped down on one knee that I realized he had buried a ring in the box of sand!
When did y’all get married? July 6, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Describe your wedding flowers. My bouquet was a mix of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and billy balls! The bridesmaids bouquets and the boutonnieres were a mix of yellow blooms, and I loved the pop of sunshine they added to the wedding colors! We decorated the yard and tables with a blend of pink and yellow flowers planted in pots. We wanted the flowers to have roots so that they would reflect our theme of growth. We’ve been enjoying the flowers all summer, and I love that our wedding flowers are decorating the steps of our first home together!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite details ended up being the things that we made ourselves. We wanted the details to be unique, reflective of us, and handmade. Salvador built our beautiful backdrop out of picket wood, and it turned out even better than I had imagined! He also cut coasters out of logs (which were hand stamped with our wedding logo–there are lots of perks that come with marrying a graphic designer) as favors for our guests. He also designed our invitation suite, AND he letterpressed our invitations, AND he brushed a watercolor wash over all of them! I made a few signs for the wedding, including the chalkboard menu and the labels for the tea table, and although it might be silly, I was really proud of those signs and loved how they turned out! I also loved the potted plants we used in place of cut flowers for decoration. Our wedding centered around the idea of growth and having roots that run deep, and we wanted the details of our wedding to reflect that. We also planted a tree in my parents backyard at the beginning of the reception!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food and sweets were definitely Southern-inspired! We served sweet tea and lemonade popsicles to our guests before the wedding started, and we served a heap of Southern goodness at the reception, including biscuits with homemade butter, cool watermelon, and homemade pies. The reception felt like a typical summer evening in the South: good food, good company, a beautiful West Texas sunset, and plenty of sweet tea!
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? It’s a tie: the Prickly Pear Bakery and Michelle Boyd Photography!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? We had two very memorable moments from our wedding day. The first sight came at just the right time in the day. Salvador and I had both been busy and a bit stressed, and seeing each other made all of that melt away. Those 20 minutes of just me and him were bliss! The moment when our good friend and wedding officiant jumped out from the back end of our car as we were pulling out of the driveway was pretty unforgettable too!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? As soon as you get engaged, spend some time together in prayer thinking about your marriage. Planning a wedding is a stressful ordeal, and having a grounded view of why you’re doing it all is very important. Find a scripture that gives you both peace and lean on those words when everything feels like it’s reaching a boiling point. Remember that a wedding is a celebration, and perfection doesn’t need to be a part of it. And have as many bridesmaids as you want! Even if it is a full dozen. :)
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are both looking forward to sharing every moment of life together! We are so excited that we’re finally married and get to experience it all together!

Photographer: Michelle Boyd Photography / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Hawkins Family Farm / Florist: The Knox City Florist / Wedding Cake: The Prickly Pear Bakery / Lighting: Unorthodox Weddings / Graphic Designer: Salvador Torres / Bride’s Gown: Galina Chiffon Gown with Ruffle and Lace / Paper Products: Red Circle Letterpress / Bride’s Shoes: Bandolino Sterling Platform Sandals in Pink / Groom’s Attire: Kohl’s

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Michelle Boyd reply

    Oh hooray!! Thank you so much for featuring Kim and Sal’s wedding, y’all!!

  2. avatar Rayna {Colorado Wedding Photographer} reply

    What a sweet love story. I love how life has a funny way or working out. :-)

  3. avatar Nicole reply

    Oh, I love this wedding!!!! Those portraits are the happiest.

  4. avatar Heidi reply

    Super cute! Love all the joy and down-home details! Congrats!

  5. avatar Zoe reply

    I love this wedding. Happiness just radiates.

  6. avatar deb dichter reply

    Can you tell mw what the WHITE covering on hay bales is? I see some had quilts but can’t tell what the others have. See photo above, left side, next to one showing quilt detail.

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  16. avatar Dara reply

    I also am wondering what the WHITE cover for the hay bales is. We are planning on using hay bales and wondering what you cover them with.

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