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As y’all know, our dear Lisa and I traditionally share email gush-fests over our gorgeous Real Weddings before they get to y’all, our sweet readers! Well, Katie and Evan’s wedding came with a long chain–Lisa said this is what she imagines my wedding would look like if it was coming up, and I can assure you, in my dreams, it does! ;) Gold glitter everywhere, soft pink blooms, and an absolutely stunning ball gown–yes please! Not to mention, this sweet day happened at a ridiculously beautiful chapel (floor to ceiling glass walls, y’all!), and followed the sweetest proposal–fellas, take note! Yep, for my blush and bashful-loving sister, Shelby, and myself, that sounds about perfect!

SW hugs to Weddings by Christopher & Nancy for sharing this pretty pink day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I walked into Low’s Bridal (a very well known bridal shop in a little bitty town called Brinkley, Arkansas), and the first dress I saw, I knew it was the one. I walked in, was greeted by the owner, and I told her I wanted that one, right there. She pulled it down, I tried it on, and we were done!

We did a first look, for a few reasons. One, we don’t really believe in superstition… well, unless the Razorbacks are playing, then Evan is very superstitious. Two, we wanted to have time by ourselves to see each other, and we didn’t want to have to go through the emotional toll at the altar when everyone was watching. It made for some great pictures, and it was everything we wanted in a first look.

Me oh my, this is SUCH a pretty chapel!

Having all of our friends and family at our wedding was the best! The thing about weddings, especially during the summer, is that sometimes people can’t make them due to other plans or circumstances. That wasn’t the case with their wedding. Every single one of our dearest friends and family members came, and that made it a day that we will never forget!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I loved the champagne glasses with gold sugar rims and the snow cones!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The distance between Evan and I during the planning was tough. Most of the big plans were set in stone before the summer started, but a lot of the minor details weren’t set until July. Evan was in Hot Springs working all summer, while I was in San Antonio planning the wedding. We were together every other week and worked out the details then.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Evan and I were both transfers to Ouachita Baptist University in fall 2011. On the day before classes, Evan and his roommate walked into the cafeteria and saw my friend and me walking towards them. Evan had known my friend since junior high, so he stopped to say hello, and she introduced us. The next day, Evan and I found ourselves in the same history class. Somehow, he got my number… only to find out I had a very serious boyfriend back home. That didn’t stop him from pursuing me, even though he was shot down many times. Time passed, and once I had broken up with my boyfriend, Evan finally took me on a date. He was nervous and constantly looked at his phone, which made me think he wasn’t interested in me. Fast forward to late January, Evan was with one of his good friends, Jared, and Jared’s girlfriend at the time, Kaylee (one of my best friends). Kaylee had told Jared to say something to Evan about taking me to the Beta Valentines banquet, so Jared did just that. Evan was surprised that I had any interest in going, only to find out later that I used him to go to this banquet because all my friends were going to be at it. Evan didn’t let that get him down though; he took it as a challenge. Well, he totally won that challenge, because 19 months later, here we are, married!
Tell us all about the proposal! The proposal came on a cold morning in mid February. Evan and I drove to Fall Branch Falls, while I was blindfolded! Once there, he took me from the car and walked me to the trail. After taking off my blindfold, it was no surprise as to what was coming next. Photographers began to snap pictures of us, and my face lit up. Evan had planned the proposal to take place at the picturesque waterfall at the end of the trail. Along the trail were signs that were created to look like chapters to a book. The chapters represented the different stages of our relationships and had stories about what took place during each stage. The last chapter was located beside the waterfall, where a table with a beautiful bouquet of flowers waited. Beside the flowers was a bible. He picked it up and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. After reading, he took my hands and told me, “The last chapter is blank, and rightfully so. We haven’t begun to write this chapter yet, but if you say yes, we will have the rest of our lives to write it.” It was then that he got down on one knee, as I screamed at the top of my lungs, “YES!!!!” As soon as he stood up, he turned me around to see my parents and his parents standing on top of the waterfall. I thought my dad was in NYC and my mom in Houston, but Evan had snuck them up for the big day. He then flipped the bible he had been reading to the front cover–it was inscribed Katie Greenwood. He then surprised me with a party for our closest friends to come celebrate with us. It was the best day of both of our lives at that point, but the wedding day would soon take that spot!
When did y’all get married? August 9, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 300
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographers, the Nolans! As soon as we walked into their chic loft studio and were greeted by the both of them, Evan and I knew these guys were the ones! Nancy and Christopher were so personable and willing to work with whatever plans we had in our head. Evan and I screamed and danced as we watched our slide show!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are finishing our last semester of school and will both be graduating from OBU with our bachelor’s degrees in December. We plan on moving to Little Rock, Dallas, or San Antonio after graduation, depending on Evan’s job. We love just being together 24/7. Once we get settled in after graduation, wherever that may be, we cannot wait to make our new home cozy. Once we get established, we want to have kids, and we cannot wait for that!

Photographer: Weddings by Christopher & Nancy / Videographer: Aspire Studios / Planner: Randi Slick / Ceremony Venue: Anthony Chapel, Garvan Woodland Gardens / Reception Venue and Catering: Hot Springs Country Club / Florist: Flowers and Homes / Cake Baker: Ambrosia Bakery / DJ: Rodney Block / Bride’s Gown: “9100” by Allure Bridals / Hair Stylist: Freedom United Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Menswear: At Last Bridal and Formal

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Ben [Thailand DJ] reply

    Wow, you can really see the emotion in these photos. Congrats to a beautiful couple!

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  3. avatar Loverly reply

    Never have we seen a chapel as amazing as this one! What a spectacular place to exchange vows- and such a fun looking reception to follow! :)

  4. avatar Jennifer Horton reply

    I was responsible for doing the brides makeup but was not mentioned in the credits.

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Some of our longtime readers may remember this cute couple. Sarah + Ryan were the winners of the mega-popular photo contest sponsored by Brion Hopkins back in 2010, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to feature their dream wedding at the Belle Meade Plantation. The bride happily donned the Melissa Sweet “Prague” gown she first fell in love with online, but it’s her snazzy Hunter boots – and sweet smile – that really complete her wedding day look. (Her more formal but equally adorable glittery kicks are a J. Crew find.) Y’all seem to love chic sweater ensembles just as much as I do, so you’ll probably swoon over Sarah’s cardigan-clad bridesmaids in matching J. Crew ensembles and carrying rustic bouquets from The Enchanted Florist. Mary Alice Sublett of A Delightful Day offered day-of coordination, and Brion Hopkins (naturally!) photographed the lucky newlyweds.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We actually met at Robert’s, a Nashville honky-tonk one week after Ryan moved to Nashville to begin his residency at Vanderbilt. He asked me to dance, I said “yes,” and the rest is history. What can I say? Ryan’s a great dancer.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Heartfelt, fun and perfect.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Ryan’s favorite detail was the dessert table. He’s the decisive one, I guess, because I can’t name one specific detail that was my favorite. I loved everything about the day: the invitations, the ceremony programs, the acoustic guitar/vocal solo during the ceremony, the bouquets, the décor, the lighting in the stables and, most of all, the sheer joy on every single person’s face.
What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was very Southern! Our ceremony took place in the horse stables of a Southern plantation, followed by a reception in the adjoining carriage house. We hung magnolia wreaths on every window, and used magnolia leaves as a main element in the floral decorations. For extra seating at the reception, we covered hay bales with ivory quilts and throw pillows. We served mac & cheese out of mason jars, to which I affixed our monogram and tied the lid with a twine bow, and Tennessee brisket. Even our band was very Southern, playing songs that allowed our greatest friends and family to two-step well into the night.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew that I wanted an understated and ethereal, yet elegant, wedding dress, which is actually really difficult to find! I looked at what seemed like thousands of dresses in magazines and on websites, and found just one dress that I absolutely loved: Melissa Sweet’s Prague dress. Only one store in Nashville, The Bride Room, carries Melissa Sweet, so I called to see if they also had the Prague. The Bride Room did not have the dress, but they requested it from Melissa Sweet’s showroom and shipped it to Nashville for me to try on the weekend that my mother was visiting. It was the first dress I tried on and, although I tried on other beautiful dresses, I knew all along that I was going to wear the Prague on my wedding day. I am so thankful for the girls at the Bride Room for finding the perfect dress for me!

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Cori Cook Floral Design reply

    Love this wedding. Seems like a easy going bride!

  2. avatar Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New reply

    Beautiful pictures. Love those sparkly shoes!

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    Awesome job Brion! What a cute couple.

  4. avatar Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair reply

    Those Hunter Boots are SOOOO CUTE! I am OBSESSED with them! I am constantly shopping for them and not buying them! It KILLS me! I love brides in Hunter Boots! I’m SOOOO jealous! :D

  5. avatar Maggie reply

    LOVE this wedding! All of the details are so rustic and chic. The couple looks adorably happy in every picture, too!

  6. avatar Kara reply

    Does anyone know who makes the glitter shoes shown above? I am looking for some major glam under 4 inches, without going broke… hard to find!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Hi Kara! Sarah’s sparkle-tastic shoes are from J. Crew. Amazing, right?

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