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Paul and Mecheal Johnson always seem to photograph the sweetest couples and families, don’t they? Katie + Clark are no exception. Their custom invitations from The Happy Envelope (see more on those here!) set the scene for a long weekend of celebration at WaterSound Beach in Florida. Stephanie of Savoir Faire Weddings planned the party (with plenty of help from the bride herself!), and enlisted Florals by the Sea for the beautiful blooms. One of my favorite details? Katie picked out her Vera Wang dress when she was searching for something to wear to her high school prom. Eight years later, B. Hughes Bridal made her Vera dreams come true! I’m just guessing, here, but I’m thinking Katie’s bridesmaids, wearing custom LulaKate dresses designed by the bride and purchased at Bella Bridesmaid in Nashville, must have been almost as happy (sartorially speaking) as the bride herself. We’ll be back with more from Paul Johnson soon!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met on July 22, 2006. My friend Amy and I were going to a party on Saturday night. While walking down the street, a car was speeding right toward us. It pulled up, and the person inside rolled down the window and yelled “Rooney-Morris, what’s up!” I looked at the person, confused. He knew me but I didn’t know him. Amy introduced us and it turned out to be Clark. We said our hellos and then went our separate ways. Later that night, Clark turned up at the party we were at. After a very fun night of dancing to and getting to know each other, Clark called it a night. Amy and I went to another place, where to my surprise, Clark showed up again! At this point, he said he wasn’t leaving without my phone number. I was a little hesitant to give it out, but with Clark’s persuasive skills, I handed it over.
Describe the proposal. Clark’s family takes a vacation every year at the end of July to Hilton Head Island, SC. After 4 years of dating, I finally made it to the Coffey family vacation. We had dinner reservations the night after we arrived for The Sage Room. Before dinner, Clark and I took a walk on the beach. While walking, Clark said, “Hey, what’s that?” I looked to my right and saw a circle of candles with rose petals in the middle, a bottle of champagne and 2 champagne flutes. At this point, I had an idea of what was about to happen. I began to cry and kept saying “oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” Clark got down on one knee and I don’t remember a thing he said except, “Katie Morris, will you marry me?!” I, of course, said yes, grabbed Clark and would not stop hugging him.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Flawless, elated, unforgettable.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had sweet tea (mixed with a little lemonade and Firefly vodka), sang the SEC football song, Rocky Top, we had burlap, fried green tomato BLT’s, and crawfish to top with at the mashed potato martini bar! We had a lot of Southern people doing what Southerners do best: throwing a party every night of the wedding weekend starting on Thursday, lots of “y’alls,” blessing our hearts and family love.

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} reply

    The bridesmaids dresses are lovely!! You could wear those again : )

  2. avatar Rachel Tatem reply

    What a beautiful day! The bride was radiant great job capturing it!

  3. avatar kalanicut reply

    Love the bridesmaid dresses. Look like a completely perfect day. Gorgeous!

  4. avatar Mecheal Johnson reply

    We love Katie and Clark! They and their family are so sweet and down to earth.
    Their wedding was so beautiful!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    Katie was such a joy and a delight to work with. Putting our heads together, we were able to create the perfect invites for her big day. Congratulations, Katie and Clark!

  6. avatar Madi reply

    I would love to know where those precious bridesmaids dresses were found!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Madi! Aren’t those bridesmaid dresses gorgeous? Katie customized them herself through LulaKate (www.lulakate.com) and purchased them through Bella Bridesmaid (www.bellabridesmaid.com). Hope that helps!

    • avatar doris reply

      congrats katie and clark!!

      i really love the bridesmaids dresses… are there any other websites where i can find the bridesmaids dress other than lulakate and belle bridesmaid??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Doris! I believe LulaKate dresses are sold at other retailers besides Bella Bridesmaid, but I’m not positive (and unfortunately, the retail locations link on their site seems to be down!). I would try giving them a call — they should be able to help you out!

    • avatar jal reply

      Emily:

      is this a zoe with full skirt or another design with a ruffle added on? i LOVE it…

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  9. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Jal! The bridesmaids dresses appear to be a mix of LulaKate’s “Zoe,” “Maggie,” “Christy,” and “Chandler” styles. I believe Katie let her bridesmaids pick their favorite designs. I hope that helps!

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  12. avatar Amanda reply

    HI! I am getting married and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bridesmaid dresses!! Is there anyway I could find out where she got them????? THANKS XOXO
    Amanda

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Amanda! These lovely dresses are made by Lula Kate, and Katie purchased them through Bella Bridesmaid. Best of luck!

  13. avatar Mary ann reply

    I love your bridesmaid dresses! Where did you get them? What brand are they?

  14. avatar alisha reply

    Hello there. I was wondering where you purchased your bridesmaid dresses. I absolutely love them. I am from Canada and I can’t find them anywhere. I am traveling to Myrtle Beach May 24 through May 29 and I would love to find a store in the vicinity that carries these dresses. If you can help that would be great. I would even appreciate the name of the designer or the name of the style of dress.

    Thank you so much in advance for your time. I really wish I had some “southerness” in my blood. lol

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Alisha!

      Katie customized her bridesmaid dresses through LulaKate. They appear to be a mix of LulaKate’s “Zoe,” “Maggie,” “Christy,” and “Chandler” styles. There’s a store locator for LulaKate here, and it looks like the closest ones to Myrtle Beach are in Charleston. I hope that helps! Best of luck :)

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  16. avatar Jenna Carter reply

    I’d love to know where you got these bridesmaids dresses! Adore them!

  17. avatar Dee reply

    Where can I find these bridesmaids dresses??

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We loved the jewel-tone palette Ashely + Paul incorporated into their intimate ceremony, but have to say the pops of blue – from the groom’s blazer to the handmade straws – made us fall in love with this Florida wedding all over again. For assistant textile buyer Ashley, the blue fabric swatch-inspired escort cards could not have been a more perfect – or Southern! – touch to their Palm Valley Gardens celebration. Another detail we love? Lori Parker’s rustic blooms are a spot-on complement to the burlap table runners, designed by planner Jennifer Corrente. For a sweet ending to their Florida nuptials, the newlyweds treated guests to a do-it-yourself s’mores station. Umm, yes, please? Hugs to Jenn Hopkins Photography for brightening up our Monday!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew what style and fit I wanted, and fell in love with two beautiful gowns. I went back and forth to each boutique twice before making my decision. I ended up choosing a lace, fit-and-flare Legends by Romona Keveza gown because of the unique neckline, and I could not have been more thrilled with my decision!
Describe your wedding flowers: I had so much fun picking out the flowers. My florist was able to bring out the garnet and gold of the bow ties and add some cotton bolls from her own family farm! We also avoided using plain glass vases and opted for Mason jars wrapped in birch wood to keep with the rustic feel of the day. I wanted my bouquet, however, to be classic, white and beautiful, and it was.
Describe your wedding cake: It was Funfetti with garnet and gold sprinkles!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Only being able to invite a small group of friends. It was such a wonderful day for us, and we wished we could have invited everyone!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The father-daughter dance. My step-dad married my mother when I was just five-years-old, and he has been my father every since. We had a friend of ours play “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley. It was the most emotional moment of the night.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are spending our first years of marriage in New York City! We are loving this experience of trying new things and making new friends, and doing our best to bring the South to the big city!

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Whitney Hall reply

    I love this wedding! I was wondering where the straws pictured above were found. I am looking for some of that nature for my June wedding! :) Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Whitney! I love those straws, too! I actually wrote a post about a few of my favorite sources to find them here: http://tinyurl.com/4438zev I hope that helps!

  2. avatar Anne Markey- Charlotte Wedding Planner reply

    Great details! Love the escort cards – I am a sucker for great fabrics!

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  4. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this!

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