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Y’all, there are so many sweet Southern details I could gush over from Julie + Shane’s wedding! Like the amazing estate tables with monogrammed burlap runners, the glorious gold accents, the Arnold Palmer bar (I die!), and Julie’s custom lace gown, to start. But of course, my favorite part is that J + S’s reception took place in a real life, working hay barn! What?! Seeing how Julie and her planner, Erica Weddings, literally worked from a completely blank canvas to create a ranch wedding that was sophisticated Southern at its best is mighty impressive! And I’d be remiss not to mention that the caterers worked it out with a sit down dinner for over 200 without any power at all!

We’re dishing out big hugs to Josh McCullock for helping us feel like we stepped right into Julie + Shane’s soirée!

Shane and I were able to do a first look before the ceremony, and that time spent alone together in the quiet before all the festivities began was easily one of the best moments of the day. It was such a special moment for the two of us to anticipate what was to come. Not to mention, our wonderful photographer, Josh, got some stunning portraits during this time that we will always treasure.

I’m a big fan of these mixed bridesmaids’ dresses! They’re relaxed, classic, and compliment each other perfectly!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
Our florist (and wonderful friend!) Lindi with The Bridal Garden did such a fabulous job. I wanted the flowers to reflect all of the textures and the layers that were driving much of the design of the day. She nailed it. From our ceremony arrangements (placed on the stumps of a fallen tree off the ranch that my Dad cut for us), to the bouquets that were each a bit different and unique to each bridesmaid, and the countless table arrangements where no two arrangements were the same. I borrowed the milk glass that my sister had collected for her own wedding, and collected my own gold glassware to add to the “layered” look and add some sparkle.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
We were married under a giant oak tree. Our reception was in a barn — a real life, working hay barn. And it was 100 degrees. Does that count?! Kidding aside, one of my favorite Southern touches was the Arnold Palmer lemonade/sweet tea bar we had. Though Shane isn’t necessarily Southern by birth, he is definitely Southern at heart and loves his sweet tea. Our caterers set up assorted flavored lemonades and teas and our guests mixed and matched them as they pleased. They were served in vintage milk bottles we found, salvaged in their original crates from the University dairy at our alma mater. (Go Pokes!!!)

Josh, our photographer, stole us away immediately following our ceremony. Shane and I spent time just talking and soaking up the moment as the sun set over the ranch. I will never forget the way I felt in that moment, as we sat on the dock at the pond and watched our dearest friends and family gather to celebrate our marriage. It was a super powerful twenty minutes, and I am forever grateful for that time. Josh was able to snap a few of my most favorite pictures during this time, too.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
I am a bit of a foodie, and it was so important to me to have great food at our wedding. Our incredible caterers tackled the impossible task of serving a seated, three-course meal to more than 200 people in a barn without electricity, without any semblance of a kitchen nor anything a caterer should need! They went above and beyond my expectations, and served the most delicious meal. We are still getting rave reviews to this day. Of course our photographer (and now friend!), Josh McCullock is hands down the best around. I began online stalking his website before Shane and I were even engaged, and I knew he was a perfect fit for the style we were looking for in our wedding photography. I literally did a happy dance when he responded that he was not booked for Labor Day, and would indeed be available to shoot our wedding. He is beyond talented, and fabulous to work with.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
Shane was never a huge dessert eater before I entered his life and showed him the path to happiness by way of cake (and pie and cobbler…). We had a traditional white wedding cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream. And as a “groom’s dessert” our caterers served a dessert course of fresh berries and real whipped cream with a honey drizzle in mini stemless martini glasses. For the record, neither of us were able to have any dessert that night!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
One of our favorite elements of our wedding day were the family and friends in attendance! People traveled from all over the country to Oklahoma to celebrate with us. As a nod to all of our favorite people traveling, our favors were two sugar cookies: one Oklahoma cookie and one California cookie, each with a heart on our hometowns. Attached to the box was a thank you note featuring a US map with tiny hearts all over the country showing where guests had traveled from.

Y’all know we love a good sorority sing, and this one looks like it was a complete blast!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
Shane and I met in college. A mutual friend introduced us the weekend prior to the first week of classes our freshman year. He was this very tall, very cute boy from California who seemed very much out of my league as a girl from small town Oklahoma. We chatted for a short bit then went our separate ways that night, and I half expected not to speak to him again. Wouldn’t you know it, I walked into my first class Monday morning, and there sat that handsome curly headed boy I had been introduced to. We spent that next semester in class together — me doing the daily crossword puzzle, and Shane taking meticulous American Government notes. Over the course of the next year we had become the very best of friends. About a year later, we went on our first date. And the rest is history. We’ve been together ever since!

Tell us all about the proposal! 
It was an unusually beautiful and sunny January day. Shane asked me to take a walk in the park. We brought along our adorable dog Eleanor. Towards the end of our walk, Shane very simply asked me if I would be his wife and spend my life with him. He gave me the most beautiful ring, and I said, “YES!”

When did y’all get married? 
September 1, 2012

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
About 225

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
I had been to a handful of bridal stores, tried on many dresses, and just was not pleased with anything I had found. I would like the skirt of one dress, but the top of another. I would like the lace of another dress, but the shape would be wrong. Let’s face it — I’m as picky as they come. I finally found Kristine, the owner of a local bridal boutique. We worked together off of a rough sketch I drew that combined the elements of what I was looking for in a dress. She custom designed the perfect dress for my wedding day. Every last detail was more than I could have dreamed!

Did you write your own vows? 
When it came to our vows, we opted for the traditional, Christian marriage vows. I just love the traditional vows. Talk about powerful! “To have and to hold from this day forward…” Does it get any better than that?!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
Two of our dearest friends read passages from my late grandfather’s bible: Romans 8:31-39 and Philippians 4:4-9. An excerpt from Romans: “In all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
An acoustic version of “Come Thou Fount” was played during the processional. We exited to Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams (Come True).” Our first dance was to Little Big Town’s “Bring it on Home.”

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? I borrowed my sweet mother’s tennis bracelet, a gift to her from my Dad many years ago. The brooch on my belt was vintage. My mom made my veil herself for my something new. And we just plain forgot about blue!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
I searched for a venue. I tried, I really did! But nothing appealed to me more than the blank slate of the giant hay barn with the beautiful backdrop of our close family friends’ working ranch in rural Oklahoma. With my background in design, I really wanted to design the entire event from the ground up, exactly as I envisioned it. Most of our family and friends thought I was crazy, and I probably was. With the help of my momma (she’s a saint!) and countless other family members and friends we transformed the barn into a pretty stunning reception space. We swept the dirt floor, we draped all the walls and ceiling beams in fabric, we brought in lighting. It was unbelievable. Shane and I will be forever indebted to all of those who put in hours of hard labor to help my vision become a reality!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Be organized. And EDIT. No one will notice those teeny details that you are losing sleep over. As a details-obsessed bride, I KNOW it’s hard. Don’t forget to take time for you and your fiancé and enjoy your engagement!! Also, if there is any way you can fit it in the budget, hire a really great day-of coordinator. There is no better gift you can give yourself.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
We are enjoying married life in our new home state of Kansas, settling into our first house, and contemplating adopting another dog-child. We are looking forward to the West Coast reception my husbands’ parents are hosting in California this summer, and seeing those that couldn’t make it to our wedding.

Photographer: Josh McCullock | Planner: Erica Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Private Ranch | Reception Venue: Private Ranch | Florist: The Bridal Garden by Lindi | Wedding Cake: Merritt’s Bakery | Caterer: Ladyfingers Catering | Rentals: Party Pro Tulsa | Lighting: Zach Downing/Empire Lighting | DJ: Zach Downing Entertainment
Special Details: Signage/Paper Products/Calligraphy: Bride’s Own, Etsy Shop: Lovely Letter Inc | Bride’s Gown: Abelina’s Bridal | Invitations: Paper Girl | Hair Stylist: Kiersten at identity salon | Makeup Artist: Faccia Bella

Josh McCullock is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    All of these photos are so sweet! Love the ones of Julie + her dad and Julie + Shane!

  2. avatar Rayna {Colorado Wedding Photographer} reply

    Wow, what am amazing wedding and beautiful bride! Love all the advice too. :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Gold details are my weakness, and these ones are perfect!

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Today’s wedding took place in December, but it’s proof that winter weddings can be full of bold, beautiful colors (so you know it’s got my stamp of approval). I actually forgot this wedding was in December until I re-read Lauren + Michael’s interview! Their festive spin on traditional holiday colors is like a jolt of energy, just like these images from Landon Jacob are. Like true Southerners, Lauren + Michael made sure all of the wedding weekend events could be in downtown Columbia, the place they call home and where they fell in love. Despite their short four-month engagement (“We were ready to be married!” says Lauren), their big day is full of details that served as wonderful treats to their guests who came to celebrate (and plenty of actual treats, too). Big hugs to Landon Jacob Photography for sharing this sweet day with us!

I was really unsure of what I wanted for wedding flowers. I knew that I did not want the more traditional bouquets and centerpieces.  I wanted flowers that would pop and be a beautiful accent against the emerald green in the bridesmaids’ shawls. I saw an inspirational shoot that Jordan from Landon Jacob Productions had done where the colors were reds and corals.  I loved how there were so many different types of flowers, but how they truly blended together beautifully.  When I showed Sarah from Fern what I had in mind, she orchestrated beautiful bouquets, as well as incredible centerpieces!  The main flowers that were used were poppies, anemones, ranunculus (one of my favorite flowers!), peonies, tulips, and jasmine bay leaves.  My absolute favorite idea that Fern had was to include pomegranates in the bouquets and in the centerpieces.  The pomegranates were something I had never seen in a bouquet, but they were phenomenal!  It was perfect for the time of year that we had our wedding, and really added so much to each bouquet.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I made my first appointment at Bella Vista in Columbia.  I did not expect to find a dress in my price range, but still wanted to look.  Due to the short timeline, I had to buy a dress off the rack as there was not enough time to order one.  We picked out several dresses.  I know it doesn’t work this way for most people, but the first dress I picked out and tried on was honestly the one!  It did have one strap that I wanted to take off, but other than that, I loved it.  I wanted to be sure, so we looked at one other store, but nothing compared to this dress.  It was nothing like I thought I wanted, but I fell in love with it!
Did you decide to do a “first look”?  We did!  Landon and Jordan from Landon Jacob Productions suggested doing a first look, and allowed us to see many pictures of “first looks” that she had photographed.  After also talking with friends who had done a first look, we decided that it was what we wanted.  Our biggest concern was that it would take away from the moment when I walked down the aisle, but it actually built the excitement!  Another reason that we chose to do a first look was because we were concerned with losing light for pictures.  Seeing each other prior to the ceremony was great for us.  It gave us time together and calmed some nerves!  We would absolutely recommend it!

We wanted to choose songs for our ceremony that represented the ultimate purpose of our marriage: God’s display of His constant and perfect love for us through Jesus Christ.  I walked down the aisle to “Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go” by Ascend the Hill, which was a wonderful correlation of marriage and our relationship with God.  We chose to take communion with our guests as “Resurrection (He Lives)” by Joel Davis.  We had two extremely talented friends perform the music for our ceremony.  They played an original song as we walked back up the aisle.  We danced to “That’s Where It’s At” by Sam Cooke as our first dance.

I love this shot, below!! Even more than the sweet, happy kiss the newlyweds are sharing, I adore the faces of the guests behind them.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite moment of the day was when we had our first look.  There was so much anticipation, and I was beginning to feel a little overwhelmed.  But once I saw Michael, it was like none of that mattered.  I was right where I wanted to be!  We had a few minutes to ourselves and I felt so calm and peaceful, but mostly excited!  I was reminded that I get to marry my best friend! We got to laugh, cry, and be silly together. It was great!

What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our black and white striped tablecloths!  It absolutely made that room!  We loved 701 Whaley from the beginning, but with the high ceilings and large windows, we wanted to find something to really pop in that room.  Jessica suggested looking into black and white tablecloths, and it was the perfect addition!  They were classy, yet simple!

The biggest challenge that we faced was the timeline.  We chose a shorter engagement (four months).  A lot of people thought we were crazy, but we were ready to be married!  The biggest detail with a short engagement was the venue.  We looked at a lot of different options, but due to the time of year and short timeframe, we ended up having to be flexible on the date.  We were blessed with being able to have our ceremony at Main Street United Methodist Church and our reception at 701 Whaley.  We loved it!  We wanted all of our events (rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, ceremony, reception) to be in downtown Columbia, and it worked out!

We felt so blessed to have our friend, Gwyn Marie Pevonka make a chalkboard mural for the reception.  She did an amazing job, and it was a fun personal touch!  We are so grateful that she offered to make that for us!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  What was Southern about your wedding? I really wanted to have barbeque at our wedding.  I love barbeque, and felt like it was the big Southern thing that I wanted.  A friend of ours had used Fancy That! Catering and suggested that we try it out.  I went and had one bite of their barbeque and didn’t need to look any further!  Fancy That! was great to work with.  They provided lots of options in our price range.  Along with the barbeque, we had baked chicken, green beans, a mashed potato bar, macaroni and cheese, fruit trays, and cheese and crackers.  It was amazing, and the perfect Southern addition!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We had a last minute change of plans with the cake, but ended up with a beautiful DIY cake by Jessica from Parkside Wedding Studio. I ended up choosing a small, round, two-layer white cake.  Jessica then decorated the cake with flowers from the wedding and edible gold flakes.  She did a better job decorating than any bakery I’ve seen by far!  For the guests, we ordered chocolate and vanilla sheet cakes.

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met in the fall of 2005 at Anderson University.  I was a freshman, and Michael was a junior. Michael led an organization on campus that I began to attend in order to get to know people.  We became friends and served together in the organization which led to many trips together alongside friends.  When Michael graduated in 2007, he moved to Columbia, SC (my hometown) to help with a new church.  The lead pastor of the new church was actually the husband of my best friend. When I graduated in 2009, I moved back to Columbia, unsure of what my next steps would be.  We remained good friends while there.  People often made little jokes that we should date which we both continually blew off.  We insisted that we were just friends.  It wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that anything started between us.  We went on a trip to NYC over July 4 with another friend.  I was planning to move to NYC, but on that trip, I felt like it wasn’t the right time.  Coincidentally, it was there when I first realized that I had feelings for Michael.  Yet, it wasn’t until January 2012 that Michael worked up the nerve to ask me on our first date.  Technically, you could say I asked Michael to go to a work function with me first and he said, “yes,” but refusing to be outdone he then immediately asked me on a date for the weekend before.  We still debate over to who asked whom on the first date!
Describe the proposal. Michael did a phenomenal job making our proposal incredibly special for the both of us!  For months, he had me thinking that he was on a different time line, so I had no idea that it was going to be as soon as it was.  In September 2012, Michael and his family invited me to go to the opening game of Clemson University’s football season at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta against Auburn. The night of the game, Michael asked me if I would like to get a very early breakfast the next morning with my best friend who had moved to Atlanta — like 6 am early.  At first I thought it sounded a little strange, but shrugged it off and told him that would be fine.  The next morning on our way to our very early “breakfast,” I fell asleep in the car.  When I woke up, we were pulling up to the airport.  I asked him what we were doing and he said, “We’re going to New York for the day!” He had me fooled for months because we had talked about how fun and spontaneous it would be to go to New York City again, but just for the day. A proposal never even crossed my mind. We got to New York around 9:30, and took a taxi to the Upper West Side to have breakfast on the patio at Fred’s, one of my favorite little restaurants in Manhattan.  After breakfast, we walked around and then decided to go to Central Park. Central Park is my favorite place in Manhattan and, coincidentally, also the place where I first thought, “I think I like Michael!”  Knowing this, he took me on a walk for the “perfect view of the city.”  We didn’t find it, but we did find a beautiful meadow to sit in.  Pretty soon after we sat down, Michael told me that he had a gift for me, and he pulled out a Bible.  I had mentioned many times that I wanted a new Bible, and was so appreciative.  He told me that he wrote something in it, and at this point I start putting the pieces together.  As I frantically flipped through the Bible, he took it from me and turned to Ephesians 5 and read a portion of it, explaining that he wanted to commit the rest of his life to loving me and our family in the same way that Jesus has loved us.  He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  Without hesitation I said, “Yes!”  We looked around, unsure of what to do next and were stunned that the world was still going on around us.  After calling several friends and family, we spent the rest of the day walking around the city, going to Brooklyn, and finally taking a flight back to Atlanta that night.  His parents were waiting to celebrate with us when we got back to Atlanta.  It was so much fun and could not have been more perfect!
In what month did you get married? December
How many guests attended your wedding? 250
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy being engaged!  It will all get done, and what doesn’t get done no one will even notice.  Being engaged is so much fun, but can be stressful.  Just take things one day at a time, and decide what are the most important things.  And remember, you are marrying your best friend!  That’s the most important thing to work on — your future marriage.  The wedding details will come together!
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? We don’t have any big plans, just learning to be married and love each other well!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    What an amazing wedding! I just adore the stripes, the colors, and all the gold. To die for!

  2. avatar Leigh Pearce reply

    Love those linens!!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Wow, wow, wow…I am FLOORED that they pulled this off in just four months!! Every detail is so gorgeous, I can’t even try to start choosing favorites. Plus, that post-ceremony shot is an absolute gem!

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    What an incredible proposal! Love the bright winter wedding, too!

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    The bouquet and cake were gorgeous! I think I saw some pomegranates in there, didn’t I!!

    The couple’s proposal was very sweet, too…pulling out a Bible with the page marked! So clever :)

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A few days ago, Emily sent me an email saying I would die over this wedding, and she couldn’t be more right! Today I get to combine two of my favorite things – gorgeous Southern weddings and Alabama football (I know, lucky duck!). Lindsey + Michael honored their alma mater and their relationship with fun-filled celebration in the Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium! Beyond their reception taking place at such an incredibly cool location, their cream and gold color palette made for classic formal Southern style at it’s best! High fives and Roll Tide to fellow Alabama girl, Kelly at Spindle Photography, for capturing all the awesomeness that filled Lindsey + Michael’s wedding day!

P.S. Don’t miss Lindsey + Michael’s highlight film by Hampton Road Studios, seen here!

Details weren’t as important to us as the overall feel of the weekend. It was important to me that the bridal party enjoyed themselves and felt like they were a part of something really special. The girls had a great morning listening to music, having mimosas, and getting their hair and makeup done in the bridal suite, and the boys got to kick back and catch up over cocktails and lunch at Innisfree. The day was meant to feel classic, formal, and fun for the guests. The vendors did a great job of transforming the Zone at the stadium into a cream and gold ballroom with draped tents, chandeliers, lots of candlelight and all white flowers. Guests could dance to Motown under twinkle-lighting, have dinner with friends and family, or mingle over cocktails on the balcony overlooking campus.

Describe your wedding flowers: Gary at Jester’s Flowers did an outstanding job. I gave him no specifics other than everything had to be white. The result was a mix of vintage roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. It was tasteful, classic and, of course, beautiful.

I instantly loved the quality of the materials and the construction of all of the Amsale gowns, but I especially loved the look of the tulle and satin Calista gown. It was formal, yet easy to dance in, so it was a must.

Gosh, I was not sure I can swoon more over this wedding, and now their adding adorable pups! I’m a goner!

During the ceremony and after the vows, turning around to face the crowd and being blown away by how many people were there for us. You could really feel the love in the room!

Perhaps the most Southern aspect of our wedding was the atmosphere. We wanted everyone to feel welcome and have fun. At the rehearsal dinner, speeches were limited to encourage mingling instead of tears. The ceremony was light and uplifting. The reception venue is a place that holds great memories for many of the guests. The band played music that appealed to both the young and old. We also knew that as long as we had fun, our guests would also.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: The bride’s cake was almond liqueur-soaked with buttercream frosting and gold fondant lace trim. Mary’s Cakes and Pastries ordered special materials and put lots of time and patience into the cake. The final product was gorgeous, and sat under its own canopy draped tent and golden chandelier. The groom’s cake was a chocolate ganache reproduction of the Coaches Trophy (the National Championship football trophy) with a white chocolate football sitting atop. Mary’s reproduction was spot-on. We had fun cutting the cake, and guests had fun posing with it. Plus, it was delicious. It was devoured in an hour!

The theme for food was “fancy Southern food.” Many of our friends and family are not from the South and we wanted them to experience a great-tasting (and filling) Southern meal. Dinner was served all night using stations. The menu included fried green tomato BLT’s, crab cakes, boiled gulf shrimp, marinated crab salad, pimiento cheese tarts, a full grits bar, smoked chicken with white BBQ sauce, and a beef tenderloin station. After guests enjoyed the full bar for a few hours, mini grilled cheeses were passed around.

I can’t think of a better way to end the night then with some Alabama shakers! Congratulations L + M, and a big ol’ Roll Tide Roll!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in 2005 during our freshman year of college at Alabama at a fraternity party. Our sense of humor completely clicked. We went on a dinner date the next night and have been together ever since. There never really was a point where we decided “this is it.” We have known from the start.
Describe the proposal. Michael took me down to the beach on May 13 of 2011 for what I thought was a Mother’s Day weekend trip. On the way to dinner one night, he pulled into a parking spot and pulled out a ring. Our friends and family were waiting on a catamaran in the bay to celebrate with us. We spent the afternoon cruising and then celebrated all weekend at the beach with our friends.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? 400
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went to about 10 different stores in Atlanta and across Alabama but did not find anything that I wanted to buy. I am petite, very hard to fit, and extremely picky I finally took a trip to Bridals by Lori in Atlanta because I knew they had a large selection.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We didn’t do a first look. Neither of us are sentimental! We had already seen each other in our attire before the wedding day. When I did my bridal shoot, Michael put on his tuxedo and we took pictures at our house, with our dogs, and around the UA campus. This was one of the best decisions we made. Those have been some of our favorite pictures so far and we would never have been able to get them on the actual wedding day.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Ephesians 4:1-16. “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” It was fitting because it is uplifting and inspirational.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble played the ceremony with piano accompaniment. Az Izz danced and sang a fun mix of Motown and R&B at the reception. They also played our first dance song, “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was turning the Zone into a ballroom, for which our vendors deserve all of the credit. Specialty lighting played a large role, as it allowed us to transform of the venue’s fluorescents, which don’t allow for good pictures or ambiance, and give the room a warm, candlelit look.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? A great florist and decorator. The best will create the best for you!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Also, the little moments with our family and close friends were the best part of the weekend. Most of them are spread across the country and we don’t get to see them often. Having our friends by our side made what could be a nerve-wracking experience a lot of fun. We were sad to leave them at the end of the night! The biggest surprise was seeing the finished product after a year of planning. We weren’t overly specific with our vendors. I had no idea how the church or the Zone would look until that day. Needless to say, our vendors came together and created something that exceeded every expectation.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Everyone has a different idea as to what makes the perfect wedding weekend, and that’s OK. The bride and groom set the tone for the weekend. If you both feel good about what you have put together and enjoy yourselves, your guests will too.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? The greatest time of the year in Tuscaloosa is right around the corner! Roll Tide!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Deb Pare reply

    The Bari Jay #126 dress looks like it has straps…did you just order it strapless or is is a different style?

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  8. avatar kathy reply

    Could someone tell me who designed or made the gorgeous engagement ring?? I love it!!!

    • avatar Mary reply

      I would love to know the designer of the engagement ring. It’s amazing!

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