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Since 95 percent of Hilari and Grant’s guests traveled from out of town for their wedding, they wanted to not only show their guests a true Southern celebration, but also make them feel loved and celebrated. To me, that is the definition of gracious Southern hospitality. From the ceremony under a magnolia tree (which is extra special to Hilari, as every house she’s lived in has had one in the front yard), to hand-delivered welcome bags, and even a giant Jenga game at cocktail hour handmade by Hilari’s grandfather, I’m sure that through each element of Hilari and Grant’s wedding at Belle Meade Plantation, guests loved being part of this new chapter of their love story.

Thanks to Rachel Moore for sharing this lovely day!

I knew finding my wedding dress would be something special for my mom and I to do together. She and I are absolute best friends and I thought it would be something really sweet we could share together, forever. Through our shared Pinterest board, I kind of had an idea of what I was looking for, but in all honesty, was completely open to anything as long as it was unique and completely out of the box. The wedding colors had been decided months before (black, white, and glittery gold), and I wanted a dress that fit our venue, theme, and overall style. One Sunday, we decided to start the process and stopped into The Dress Theory boutique in Nashville. As soon as I walked in the door, I spotted a beautiful gold, glittery dress. In that moment, I knew that was my dress. It fit all of my criteria and was better than anything I could have imagined. Paired with a pretty belt and a simple veil, it was perfect. We found out later that the dress I chose isn’t typically isn’t carried at The Dress Theory–Sarah Seven was having a trunk show that weekend, so we lucked out and happened upon it. It was meant to be!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We tried to incorporate so many Southern details into our special day. Belle Meade Plantation is the epitome of Nashville Southern living. The venue was the perfect backdrop for our wedding and celebration, and had such a historical factor that our out-of-town guests loved. We chose to get married under the magnolia tree in the gardens, and tied magnolias into the boutonnieres and tables decor. This was especially sentimental, as every house I’ve lived in has had a magnolia tree in the front yard. Our guests absolutely loved the biscuit bar, with toppings that included pulled pork, fried chicken, hot sauce, homemade jams and butters, sorghum and more. We had familial ties throughout the day as well, including signature drink recipes concocted by my dad, corn hole and giant Jenga handmade by my grandfather, and welcome bags carefully crafted and hand-delivered to our guests by me and my mom.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes! I think this was one of the best decisions we made all day. It was a way for us to connect before the ceremony and truly soak in the magnitude of what was ahead. It gave us time to laugh, cry, reflect on our journey, and get really excited for the celebration ahead. I think we were both more nervous than we had anticipated, and this gave us the perfect opportunity to share in a special moment together, just us.

We chose Belle Meade Plantation for both our ceremony and reception because it was the perfect backdrop for our Southern wedding. 95 percent of our guests were traveling from out of town, and we wanted to give them a warm Nashville welcome and show them a truly Southern affair. It was the perfect size for our 125 guests and we were able to make full use of the gorgeous property. The ceremony was conducted under the big magnolia in the Boxwood Garden, then passed appetizers, signature drinks, and lawn games took place under the eaves. We dined under twinkle lights in the back tent and danced the night away in the Carriage House. Grant and I wanted our guests to feel loved and celebrated, and also introduce them to all things Southern!

Describe your wedding flowers. Where to begin? Our florist was incredible at bringing our floral dreams to life. We chose a gorgeous blend of whites, greens, and golds, and made sure to incorporate magnolias. The bridesmaid bouquets were white with pops of green, and my bouquet was white with gold accents to match my dress. The tables were adorned with gold-edged magnolias, candles, and gold vessels.

We opted for a small, two-tiered cake that was brought out to us at the head table. We cut it there and guests were served cupcakes with custom toppers and forks at the same time. My favorite flavor is funfetti and Grant’s is coconut. We were able to have a layer of each, and enjoyed the leftovers the next day (and still have slices in our freezer for whenever we want to revisit our special day!).

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It depends who you ask! We both agree that we met during our senior year at Vanderbilt, but my side of story doesn’t start until February 4. I lived off campus at the time and had a very busy schedule with nursing school. On that Saturday night, I was in my PJs, had a glass of wine ready, and was just about to start watching The Bachelor when my phone rang. It was my friend wanting me to join her at a party she was headed to, and I decided to head over, which is totally out of character for me once I’m settled in. I figured I’d stay for just a little bit. That all changed when I walked in the door…and there was Grant. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I asked my friend, “Who IS that and why haven’t I met him yet?!” She said, “You actually have!” After some awkward introductions, Grant and I start talking. We had so much in common and could have talked forever, but I figured this Southerner would want nothing to do with my Yankee self. Come to find out, Grant was the one who had really wanting me to come to the party in the first place! Two minutes turned into two hours, which turned into the rest of the evening. The rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! It all started when I got home and Grant was there waiting for me dressed up, which was unusual because we were about to go for a walk. He told me to get in the car–no questions asked! After a few minutes of detouring around the city, we finally arrived at Love Circle, the location of one of our first dates, which has a gorgeous view of Nashville. Grant had a picnic basket packed full of our favorite snacks and we walked up the hill. As soon as we spread out the blanket, Grant was on one knee and proposed. Of course, I said yes! With a champagne toast and a bunch of sweet treats, we celebrated while admiring the most amazing view of Nashville!
When did y’all get married? May 16, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 125
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. “Hey Pretty Girl” was Grant’s choice for our first dance because he says it reminded him of when he met me, and it always brings a smile to both of our faces. My father-daughter dance was to “My Girl”–I am a daddy’s girl through and through. My dad picked the song that was playing in the delivery room when I was born–it brings tears to his eyes every time, and was the perfect song for us.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Planning for our marriage was just as important, if not more, as planning for our wedding. We participated in a premarital course offered through a local church. This provided a place to talk about many things we had touched on previously, and allowed us to dive further into our values, goals, and hopes for marriage. We also made sure to have date night once a week to regroup on our life outside of wedding planning and make sure we were on the same page. This was essential in planting the seeds for a fruitful marriage.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I think the most memorable moment was sitting at our table, listening to my parents’ toasts, and looking around at the culmination of our celebration. Everyone we loved was in one place, under one tent, laughing, chatting, and becoming one big family. Love and relationships fire me up, and it was the perfect way to begin our journey together.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Prioritize. Make a master list (yes, it will be long!) and categorize each task into priority level. What is a “must do?” What can wait until most of the details are in place? Understanding your list in terms of priority level will help make the planning process less stressful, and will help you make time for what matters most. Also, have fun! This is such an exciting time! Don’t forget to celebrate, laugh, create memories, and live in the moment. It goes by so fast! One more tip: take a few days before leaving for your honeymoon. We left a week after the wedding, and it was so relaxing. During our wedding weekend, we could live in the moment and soak in every memory. Once we got home, the honeymoon packing and anticipation could begin!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are excited about settling into our new, married routine, and growing more deeply in love as the days, months, and years progress. We plan to travel, focus on laying the groundwork for a successful marriage, and make the most of each day together. Eventually, we want to start a family and create a happy haven for our children, a place for them to grow in a loving, supportive, and encouraging home.

Photographer: Rachel Moore Photography / Videographer: Needle + Thread / Planner: A Delightful Day / Venue: Belle Meade Plantation / Florist: Brocade Designs / Cake Baker: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes / Caterer: G Catering & Events / Rentals: Southern Event Rentals / Lighting: Bright Event Productions / Bands: Silver Strings and The Respectables / Paper Products: Minted / Bride’s Gown: Sarah Seven / Bridal Salon and Veil: The Dress Theory / Hair Stylist: Sarah Page / Makeup Artist: Nicole Diamond / Bride’s Shoes: Tieks / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Additional Vendors: Sucre Shop, Sugar Paper, You’re That Girl Designs

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Such beautiful wedding photos. The bride is so smiley. :)

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When you get engaged at a State Fair, it seems only fitting that your wedding has the same amount of color, whimsy, and fun! Country club weddings occasionally get a bad rap for all looking the same or being too difficult to personalize, but I daresay that Brooke and Bryan blew that idea out of the water. With the help of their planner, Kim Bignon, and designer, Stacy Coon Stage, they turned the Orlando Country Club into a truly fabulous and colorful place to become husband and wife!

We’re so happy Amalie Orrange shared this celebration with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! One of our first “official” dates was to the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Each year after that, we made sure to make at least one trip back to visit and snag a corndog. On our anniversary last year, Bryan convinced me that we were going to the fair to watch his dad receive an award. During our walk to “find his parents,” he stopped me in a garden, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! After he proposed, he surprised me even more with a party, complete with our friends, his family, and most importantly, my family who had secretly flown in from Florida. We ended the night with the fair’s mascot, Big Tex, congratulating us. It was perfect!

Living in Dallas while my mom and sister were living in Orlando made wedding dress shopping a little tricky. We were lucky to find one weekend when everyone could be in Orlando together to speed-shop for dresses! I tried on dresses in three stores, and by the second store, I knew I had found the one. It was the perfect mix of several other dresses I had liked earlier in the day! Although it was a bit scary committing to a dress after only one day of searching, I knew it was the one when every dress I tried on afterwards didn’t even compare.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Bryan and I chose not to do a first look before our wedding because we thought it would take away from the magical moment of walking down the aisle. Right before the ceremony, when the nerves were setting in, I thought it may have helped if I had seen him already. Walking down the aisle towards him was such an amazing moment though, and I am so glad we waited to see each other then.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Although it’s hard to pick just one detail, I think our favorite was our confetti exit. Our wedding designer, Stacy Coon, created the most elaborate and beautiful confetti bar where guests could make their own mix of confetti. There were about twenty varieties of confetti to choose from, including pieces with our pictures on them. As we made our exit, not only did our guests shower us with confetti, but there were also ten confetti cannons shot from the balcony above us. It was so much fun and made for great pictures!

Our ceremony and reception were both at the Country Club of Orlando, the country club I grew up attending. We initially wanted our ceremony to be in my parents’ backyard in Orlando, but due to the bugs and weather in Florida, we decided an indoor venue was a better choice. Since we couldn’t be in the backyard, the country club right down the block was the next best thing.

Our flowers were magnificent! Lana from Fairbanks Florist has been a long-time friend of the Bosserman family. She did an amazing job taking some of my weak ideas and turning them into beautiful floral pieces throughout the ceremony and reception venue. She made hundreds of arrangements in hues of red, pink, and white. Everywhere I looked, there was one (or ten!) of her masterpieces. One of the most special moments of the day was when she personally delivered my bouquet to me before the wedding. It was so special to receive my bouquet from a friend, who I know had worked so hard to make the day perfect for me!

Describe your wedding cake. Our cakes were absolutely gorgeous and, more importantly, delicious! Sugar Suite created the exact cake I had pictured in my head for months. The bride’s cake was eight tiers and had amazing red and pink sugar flowers running all the way down it. There were gold accents on the cake that matched the cake stand and sequin tablecloth. Bryan’s groom’s cake was a chocolate peanut butter cake in the shape of Texas with a replica of his favorite cowboy boots on top. The boots looked stunningly real. One of our favorite parts of our morning-after brunch on Sunday was eating leftover cake!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Bryan and I met in college through our roommates. I attended Baylor University and he attended Texas A&M. We attended several sorority and fraternity functions together before we started dating, almost ten months later. We lived in different cities for the first three years of our relationship, but finally both ended up in Dallas. We were in Dallas together for almost two years before we got engaged.
When did y’all get married? May 23, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 270
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Neither of us are marvelous writers, so we opted for traditional vows. We also found something special in reciting vows that thousands of other couples have recited before us.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had readings from Proverbs and 1 John.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Bryan and I walked back up the aisle to “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks. My dad suggested this song because Bryan is quite the cowboy. We did our first dance to “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney. This song was sweet and country–our favorite! We also danced to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder to officially start the dance party.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think what was most Southern about our wedding was that it was very traditional. Our venue was the Country Club of Orlando, which was founded in 1911 and is very traditional in decor. Our ceremony was traditional in that we waited to see each other until I walked down the aisle, old hymns were sung, scripture was read, and traditional vows were said. At dinner, we sat our guests at long banquet tables, which created a warm and inviting environment, showing Southern hospitality. Bryan’s groom’s cake also had cowboy boots on top of it–can you get more Southern than that?
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We planned for our marriage by attending an eight-week wedding prep class at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. We learned about roles in marriage, communication, finances, expectations, etc., in regards to our upcoming marriage and life together. It was a great way to have discussions on important topics that aren’t always the most fun to talk about, but that are so important when deciding to share your life with someone.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Find a solid team to help you. Whether it be friends and family who love doing DIY crafts or a team of trained professionals, don’t try to do it all yourself! Delegating tasks takes the stress off of you and allows you to enjoy the planning process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? When Bryan and I got back to Dallas after our honeymoon, we got right to work moving into a home we recently purchased together. For the next couple of months, we plan on finishing up house projects and making memories together with our friends and family in our new place. Our honeymoon to St. Lucia also inspired us to do some more traveling in the future.

Photographer: Amalie Orrange Photography / Videographer: Voila Cinematic / Planner: Kim Bignon / Venue and Caterer: Country Club of Orlando / Florist: Fairbanks Florist / Cake Baker: The Sugar Suite / Lighting: Kaleidoscope Lighting / Band: Frequency Band / Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige / Hair and Makeup: Simone at Makeover Station / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Designer: Stacy Coon Stage / Dance Floor Covers: Flourish Balloons / Paper Products: Balloon World Invitations and William Arthur / Cookies: Parker’s Crazy Cookies / Linens: Over the Top / Paper Flowers: Paperposh Events

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  1. avatar Amalie Orrange reply

    Ekkkk we are so thankful and excited to have Brooke and Bryan’s wedding published for all of the world to see. This was such a beautiful couple inside and out and we are honored that we got to capture their big day. <3

  2. avatar Laura reply

    I am sure that the cake was really tasty :D

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    I love this color! And they did it so well – just beautiful!

  4. avatar Stacy Bauer reply

    I absolutely love the use of red in this wedding, and that ring is incredible!! xo

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    Confetti bar is genius!!!

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    I absolutely adore her wedding ring and bands. Would she be willing to share where they got them?


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    I absolutely love her wedding ring! Would love to know where she got it! Thank you!

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    Dying to know where the ring was from!?


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I can’t even find a way to start this post other than with the good ol’ Southern contraction – y’all! Seriously…y’all. Caitlan and BJ’s wedding stole my heart right from the very beginning. These two met through mutual friends and had a self-proclaimed “whirlwind romance,” FaceTiming until their phones died while dating long distance. On their wedding day, jeans and t-shirt-wearing Caitlan donned a gorgeous blush sequined gown from BHDLN that literally took BJ’s breath away. As he said himself, “For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered what it would feel like to have your breath taken away. The moment that Caitlan came into view, that feeling was realized. To watch her clasp onto her father’s arm, trying her hardest to force a smile through her tears of joy (hopefully joy) was the single greatest moment, of not only that day, but of my life.” Are you kidding me? While that’s a bit longer of a quote than we normally include in an introduction, when Lisa and I read it, we both bawled our eyes out, and knew we HAD to share it with y’all. Three words: Love never fails. Now wipe your tears because you don’t want to miss this amazingly sweet day!

Thanks for sharing, Jen Dillender— you know the way to our hearts!

I adore Caitlan’s ridiculously chic, but somehow, completely laid-back look!

Frankly, I prefer jeans and a t-shirt over dressing up any day, so wedding dress shopping was the part of the planning process that I dreaded the most. I went into shopping knowing I wanted something plain with straps, and I HAD to go check out BHLDN. I made my appointment with one dress in mind, totally thinking it was going to be the one. I brought along my brutally honest mother and sister to help with the process. I tried on four dresses total, and the second dress ended up being the one–it’s a rare moment in which all three of us agree on something. The other dresses, including the one I had had my eye on, paled in comparison to the dress I chose. I left with a strapless, blush dress covered in sequins. I advise all brides to go into dress shopping with an open mind. You may surprise yourself!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I’m a born and raised Texas girl while BJ is a Nashvillian by way of Oklahoma. We first decided that the wedding would be in Texas–there is nothing more beautiful than the Texas Hill Country, so I knew that was the backdrop I wanted. I had previously attended a wedding out at Camp Lucy, so it was an easy choice. They were just about to open a second venue (Sacred Oaks), and it had us at the mere sight of the oak trees that hung over the ceremony site. We knew that was where we wanted to say our vows.

From Caitlan: Obviously, the moment I locked eyes with BJ was an unforgettable moment, but there was something about the moments leading up to that as I was standing arm-in-arm with my father. Aside from becoming BJ’s wife, walking down the aisle with my dad was my proudest moment. It was fitting to show my guests the man behind the woman I am today, as well as the man who set the bar incredibly high. It was an emotional walk down the aisle, and certainly something that I’ll never forget.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? This was the one battle my sweet husband lost during the wedding planning process. He has a way with words, while I tend to stumble over mine. Thankfully, our officiant (BJ’s best friend) came to our rescue with a heartfelt tribute to us, our love, and our future. It couldn’t have been more perfect and ended up being the highlight of the night to many of our guests. Well done, Trey!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Who needs readings when you have two of your bridesmaids singing? Two of my best friends busted out the guitar and their vocal chords for a pitch-perfect rendition of “Fire and Dynamite” by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. It added a beautiful and personal touch to our ceremony.

Describe your wedding flowers. I wanted the overall look of the flowers to be very natural and a little messy with lots of green. The in-house floral department at Camp Lucy did a great job incorporating lots of green by using nonconventional greens, including brussel sprouts, cabbage, and kale. The groomsmen donned my favorite craspedia, which tied in perfectly with the bridal bouquet.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. While I love to bake cakes, I don’t like to eat them. My husband, on the other hand, LOVES cake. We opted for a simple, two-tiered funfetti cake for him (because “love is FUN and FETTI sweet”) and a variety of cookies for me, thanks to the oh-so-delicious cookie delivery service, Tiff’s Treats. They never disappoint.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. BJ lived in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was good friends with my friend, Emily. We had spoken briefly in group texts and email chains, and it’s safe to say we were acquaintances. In summary: BJ needed dating advice. Caitlan offered her expertise. Caitlan checked in to see how things went/were going. Things hadn’t worked out. The rest is history–we dated long distance, as I was in Austin, Texas. We traveled many miles, used up hundreds (maybe thousands) of minutes on the phone, and, thanks to technology, spent hours upon hours staring at each other’s faces via FaceTime. It was a whirlwind romance, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Distance truly does make the heart grow fonder, and stronger.
Tell us all about the proposal! We got engaged on September 14, 2013. Months prior, we had made plans to head to College Station, Texas for College Gameday (gig ’em). BJ was quick to suggest that we should just go to Houston to watch the game with my family, so we did Gameday, gave BJ a tour of Texas A&M, and then headed home to watch the football game with my family. After watching Johnny Football put forth his best effort, it was time to get ready for dinner. Beej randomly told me to go outside with him, so I did, and the next thing I knew, we were in my dad’s car and he told me to blindfold myself. At this point, I knew something was up. Given the turns he made, I knew we were at Elephant Park (a park I frequented growing up), where he led me out of the car and walked me to a bench, only to inform me that he “forgot something in the car.” Moments later, I heard our family dog, my sweet Bailey boy, panting. When I took off the blindfold, Bailey was in my lap with a note tied to a precious bow tie collar. After reading the sweet letter, I looked up to see my man on his knee with a GORGEOUS ring! I didn’t think the day could get any better, until: 1. I spotted one of my best friends in the woods, where she had been secretly snapping photos. 2. The world’s greatest brother flew in from Raleigh to surprise me. 3. I walked into my house only to be greeted by 20 of my closest friends throwing us an amazing engagement party. It was the most magical day! I found out later that BJ had flown in that Thursday night (when he was supposed to be at a 5th grade retreat) to ask my parents’ and grandfather’s permission.
When did y’all get married? April 4, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 170
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Personally, my favorite part of a wedding is watching the groom’s reaction to his bride when he sees her for the first time. We opted out of a first look to allow our guests to be a part of our special moment. I couldn’t have been more happy with our decision. I knew he would be emotional, but I was shocked at just how emotional I got. Fact: we’re ugly criers.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We both agree that our favorite detail was the venue itself. The giant oaks that loomed above the ceremony site were enveloped with tiny lights. It was the perfect combination of rustic and serene.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? What’s more Southern than two born and raised Southerners getting married in the Texas Hill Country, eating fried green tomatoes/pimento cheese/biscuits, and washing them down with Shiner Bock and Lone Star beer?
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a wedding in Texas while living in Tennessee posed to be more difficult than I thought it would be. We used my parents’ house in The Woodlands, Texas as our “wedding headquarters,” and when it came time to head to Austin, we overestimated what we could fit into our cars. Thankfully, selfless friends and family members helped transport the goods to and from Austin.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I’m always looking for ways to save money! I used online paper vendors (Minted and Wedding Paper Divas) for all of our paper products and printed out our wedding programs myself. My mother and I tackled several DIY projects, including all of the rehearsal dinner decorations and the gift tags for our favors. We also reused flower arrangements from the ceremony as centerpieces at the reception.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographer, Jen Dillender. Everyone told me that the wedding day was going to fly by, and boy, did it ever. We are beyond thankful to have the beautiful images that Jen captured to help us relive (and remember) our special day. She is a master of her craft and handles herself with the highest amount of class and grace. We love her, and all of our photos! Also, I have to mention that Camp Lucy is the greatest venue. For someone planning from a distance, their in-house catering and florals were a blessing in disguise!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? From BJ: For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered what it would feel like to have your breath taken away. The moment that Caitlan came into view, that feeling was realized. To watch her clasp onto her father’s arm, trying her hardest to force a smile through her tears of joy (hopefully joy) was the single greatest moment, of not only that day, but of my life. The opportunity to lock eyes with her on her walk down the aisle was the icing on the cake. She was the single most gorgeous thing I have ever seen.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 1. ENJOY IT! 2. Stay true to yourselves. Don’t let other people’s weddings and opinions alter your vision. 3. Cherish the engagement/planning process and embrace those who offer a helping hand. I was blessed with parents who wanted to be there every step of the way. The wedding definitely wouldn’t have been the same without them.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life Currently, we’re settling into married life here in Nashville. We’re excited to see what life has in store for us. Hopefully, lots of puppies and cute kiddos :)

Photographer: Jen Dillender Photography / Venue and Florist: Camp Lucy (Sacred Oaks) / Cake Baker: Bride’s Table / Cookies: Tiff’s Treats / Caterer: Whim Hospitality / Rentals: Whim Rentals and Bee Lavish / DJ and Lighting: Greenbelt DJ (Joel Giorgio) / Bride’s Gown and Veil: BHLDN / Save the Dates and Rehearsal Dinner Invites: Minted / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Programs: Paint the Day Designs / Bride’s Jewelry: J.Crew / Hair and Makeup: Andrea Jaurez / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Men’s Bow Ties: Amy2004Marie’s / Miscellaneous Decorations: Hobby Lobby / Favors: H-E-B

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  1. avatar Emily reply

    As gorgeous as Caitlan’s gown is, her sweet groom’s words are even more beautiful! Always LOVE hearing the gents’ side of things!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    She looks SO stunning, I’m not surprised she took BJ’s breath away! :) Also, totally jealous of guests who got those favors…I stock up on HEB coffee (San Antonio blend!) every time I’m in Texas!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Reading these types of posts always make my day brighter. I have to admit, though, that today’s post is making me tear up! If I wasn’t at work (shhh!) I would be ugly-crying myself! This is so well-written and such a beautiful recap of what must have been an amazing day. Best wishes to these two!

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    P.S. — I’m in LOVE with this bride’s dress! It is for sure stunning!

  5. avatar Bridget reply

    That little Swiss dot cake is the most precious thing ever!

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