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Two words kept coming to my mind when I was reading Kaylie and Noah’s interview and scrolling through their wedding pictures: beautiful and happy. With the rolling Virginia hills in the background, lots of fluffy pink blooms and plenty of sweet details, beautiful is a given. But even more beautiful than all of those things? The joy on Kaylie and Noah’s faces in every single one of their pictures! It is so easy to see their happiness, and particularly when I read about Kaylie running through the mud in her new Badgley Mischkas because she was so excited to see Noah for their first look, I knew that those smiles were completely genuine and joyful. Just the way a bride should feel on her wedding day. :)

Hugs to Katelyn James for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom, Noah’s mom and my MawMaw came with me to Becky’s Bridal in Lexington, VA. We stopped at The Southern Inn for a quick lunch and then off to Becky’s we went! I had an idea of what I wanted in my mind and Becky at Becky’s Bridal knew the exact dress that I should try on. I tried on a few before the Maggie Sottero “Sarchi” gown, but as soon as I put it on, I fell in love! The fit and flare gave my figure shape and the beaded belt was the perfect touch. I also loved that the straps were removable. I was set on having a cathedral length veil as well.

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, so I knew I definitely wanted to incorporate those into the flower arrangements! Mary at Country Garden Florist did an amazing job with everything and incorporated the pink and green from the wedding with pops of peach to add more depth. I knew I wanted the ceremony focus to be on us and the beautiful view of the mountains, so she made two urns full of gorgeousness to go on either side of Noah and I. The girls carried bouquets of simple baby’s breath and the MOH carried a bouquet of astilbe. The groomsmen had mini succulents as their boutonnieres.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a string quartet for the wedding ceremony and a DJ for the reception. My Dad and I walked down the aisle to Trumpet Voluntary. I loved it, and the first time I heard it, I could picture the doors opening and this beginning to play for my dad and I to walk out. I knew it was perfect! Later on for our dance, my dad and I danced to Trace Adkins “Just Fishin” because as I was growing up, he taught me to fish and we still fish together to this day. It reminds me of a lot of memories that we shared during our fishing trips! Noah and I danced to “Our Love is Here to Stay” by Eric Clapton. We really liked the old-timey sound of the song.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Do we have to choose? We had TOO many favorites, including our beautiful venue in the mountains and our sweetheart table that my mom put together with our new china and monogrammed napkins!

Sarah at Pastry Love did an amazing job with our cake! When we went to the cake tasting, we fell in love with her amazing lemon cake and raspberry buttercream. She alternated layers of lemon cake with raspberry buttercream and lemon cake with vanilla buttercream. We thought the flavors were perfect for our summer wedding. I brought a picture of an ombre ruffle cake I had found online and she did such an amazing job recreating it how I asked—it turned out perfectly!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Noah and I attended the same high school and after he went away to college (he was a year older than me), we reconnected. For our first date, he came home from school to watch me cheer in my last home football game and surprised me with flowers and a date to our favorite restaurant! After I graduated from high school, I went off to Virginia Tech and luckily, he was right down the road at Radford University. He popped the question on Valentine’s Day 2012 and we were engaged for a little over a year before getting married in June 2013.
Tell us all about the proposal! Noah and I have a love (OK, it’s an OBSESSION) for Chinese food! He came to pick me up on Valentine’s Day morning and told me to be ready for breakfast. He showed up dressed in his best sport coat with flowers, two HUGE stuffed animals and two mason jars full of homemade fortune cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. We have this tradition where when we go out to eat, he holds the two fortune cookies in his hand and I get to pick one out. That morning, he told me to pick one from one of the mason jars, but I couldn’t open it until later. We got in the car and he drove onto Virginia Tech’s campus to the Duck Pond and walked me out under a willow tree (my favorite tree at the Duck Pond). He told me I could open the fortune cookie now. As I opened it, he got down on one knee, pulled out a BEAUTIFUL ring, and I read fortune, which said, “Will you marry me?” Obviously, I said yes!! Then we went to our favorite French restaurant in Blacksburg for brunch.
When did y’all get married? June 15, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 150
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? One reason that we chose Katelyn James as our wedding photographer (other than that she’s AWESOME!) is because she LOVES to do first looks. Noah and I really liked the idea of seeing each other before the ceremony because not only would we have time together alone on our wedding day, but we also really wanted those intimate moments captured for us to cherish for years to come. Not to mention, first looks definitely calm the nerves!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we had the pastor do traditional vows—we wanted a short and sweet ceremony!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I used Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny” on my toes for my something blue and thought that it would be fun with my pink ruffle shoes. I wore a silver square ring with my “old monogram” on it. I had three something new’s–a beautiful set of diamond earrings with pearls that my Dad gave to me the night of the rehearsal dinner and an Origami Owl locket. Also, all my girls and I had matching Tiffany & Co bracelets to add to my something new. My mom put the Origami Owl locket on my bouquet and told me that each of the ladies in my family had chosen a charm to go inside that represented a memory that they had of me! I can wear it now as a necklace!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The rehearsal dinner was at the Southern Inn in downtown Lexington and guests had a choice of local rainbow trout, meatloaf, or Southern fried chicken. The wedding was at the Irvine Estate, which sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful hydrangea bushes—my favorite! We loved the idea of our invitations being handkerchiefs. The guests brought them to the wedding to wave them as we exited. We thought they could use them to dry tears, and they can keep them for years to come to remember our special day. Our invitation suite was designed by my wonderful mom and printed using Spoonflower. And of course, the bowtie that Noah wore was definitely Southern!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Deciding on a color scheme was definitely hard for me! Pinterest can be helpful, but also distracting at times. I knew that I didn’t want anything too crazy to take away from the venue, so that helped me narrow down the choices. Once I finally settled on pink and sage as our main colors, everything was much easier!
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? We really loved the venue we chose because they provided everything we needed, from the china, silverware, tables, chairs, food and drinks! We didn’t have to deal with a million different vendors for rentals because everything was already there and it took a ton of stress off of us when planning the wedding. And of course, we wanted to remember our wedding day forever, which is why we chose Katelyn James as our photographer. She and Michael capture the special moments in such an awesome way and we knew we wanted them for our wedding—we’re SO glad we chose them!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment about our wedding day was going to see Noah for our first look. I picked a spot down the road with a willow tree that I thought would be perfect for our pictures! After Katelyn got permission from the owner of the property, we made our way down toward the pond with the willow tree. The only problem was that it had rained the ENTIRE week before the wedding and the ground was super muddy! I trudged down the hill through the mud in my pink ruffle Badgley Mischkas, not thinking twice because I was SO excited to see Noah for our first look! By the end of our first look, my shoes were covered in mud before the wedding, but I didn’t care!!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax and enjoy it! I found myself getting so caught up in every little detail sometimes that I would forget the big picture: that at the end of the day, we would be married and be able to share it with our family and friends. Also, don’t let Pinterest get the best of you. It is a great resource to find so many ideas, but sometimes those ideas can sidetrack you! Once you set a “theme,” delete anything off your wedding board that doesn’t vibe with the theme and feeling that you are trying to have on your wedding day! And don’t be afraid to ask people around you for help!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Settling into our place in Richmond, VA and exploring the city. Noah will be finishing up grad school at VCU in the spring and we are excited about that as well! Oh, and we would LOVE to get a puppy soon :)

Photographer: Katelyn James | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Irvine Estate | Florist: Country Garden Florist | Wedding Cake: Pastry Love | Caterer: The Irvine Estate | Rentals: ASAPLinen | DJ: Joey Crawford | Bride’s Gown: Becky’s Bridal, Maggie Sottero “Sarchi” | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Becky’s Bridal | Hair Stylist: Monica Ouimette from Penny’s Pioneer Salon | Badgley Mischka “Adele” in Pink | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew Factory | Invitation Printing: Spoonflower | Invitation tags: Christina Williams Etsy Shop | Pink Shimmer Cards and Envelopes: LCI Paper | Guest Book Design: Bleu de Toi Etsy Shop | Mustache Favor Buttons: Button Arcade Etsy Shop | Balloons: Shop Sweet Lulu | Set of Forks: Onecraftivist Etsy Shop | Monogrammed Napkins: KatieClaire Memorable Monograms Etsy Shop | Garters: Glitz and Garters Etsy Shop | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Otis B. Jewelry | Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Tiffany & Co. | Monogrammed Flutes: Vinyl-E-Yours Etsy Shop
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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    this wedding is so sweet! her dress is beautiful!

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  4. avatar Hattie reply

    Love the handkerchief invitations! Where did you have those made?

    • avatar Kaylie Johnson reply

      Hi Hattie! better late than never, right?! My mom deisgned them and had them printed from! A friend cut and finished the edges for us :)

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I love a classic Southern bride! Lauren (who happens to be one of our Southern Bride Bloggers, y’all!) and her beau, Aaron arranged photos in the Raleigh Rose Garden before marrying inside a church. The photos the resulted from Vesic Photography are simply stunning and their moody blue and green surroundings remind me of our V4 cover, but with a life of its own. Lauren actually took inspiration from Southern Weddings to come up with the readings with Aaron, collecting quotes from other couples to craft the perfect ceremony. I love the idea of incorporating the words that strike your heart in addition to the traditional vows and think Lauren’s tactic of slowing curating her favorite words often works best.

For forever, I dreamed of wearing a lace mermaid wedding dress. I had a modest budget so I found myself going to many stores to find the perfect dress. I tried on about 30 dresses in total. I finally found the dress while shopping with my mom and aunt at Bridalmart in Burlington. Bridalmart is this huge store and they have hundreds of dresses at many price points, but you have to pull them yourself. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want! My aunt pulled and showed me the dress, but I was hesitant because I wanted a strapless dress and the fit was more trumpet than mermaid. I tried it on anyways and it was so beautiful. I was still skeptical, but my mom snapped many pictures. Looking at the pictures the days after our visit, I knew this was my dress!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
I wanted a color palette of cream, pink and peach. We used four types of garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, spray roses, limonium and seeded eucalyptus. I think the funniest part was visiting my parent’s house the day after the wedding and seeing it packed with flowers.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? 
We did! I am so happy we did. Our photographer had us stand back to back and we exchanged a few words before turning around. We hugged and kissed and I was so happy. Like many people say, it was our only time alone that day. Also, it was our only opportunity for outdoor photos. We shot ours at the Raleigh Rose Garden, which was minutes away from the church. I have a large family and after the ceremony, we spent time taking the traditional family photos inside the church.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
I actually used Southern Weddings for readings inspiration. I would copy and save readings onto my computer that I liked! We ended up choosing Philippians 2:1-5. “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

We had very traditional songs during our ceremony because as a little girl I had always dreamed of getting married to these songs. Pachelbel’s Canon in D was the bridal processional, the recessional was Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. During the ceremony, we had two songstresses. Emily, who introduced us, sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and the Lord’s Prayer. Andrea, my good college friend, sang “Center of My Joy” by Richard Smallwood. We loved having our friends take part in our wedding ceremony. At the reception, Aaron and I danced to “I Was Made to Love You” by Gerald Levert. We were nervous about the turns in our dance so we whispered to each other before every turn to make sure we were on the same page! My dad picked “I’ll Write A Song for You” by Earth Wind & Fire for our daddy-daughter dance. If you read the lyrics, you’ll want to cry because it’s so sweet. Lastly, Aaron and his mother danced to “Stand by Me” by Ben King.

My grandmother loved collecting glassware, so I used her LE Smith Moon & Stars glasses and her milk glasses for centerpieces. I used her doilies and lace handkerchiefs for decor as well. Our hors d’ouervres were macaroni and cheese and “redneck martinis,” which are pulled pork in a martini glass with a hush puppy on top. However, I think the most Southern thing about my wedding was how much my family helped. My aunt was the coordinator, my godmother handwrote all of my place cards and my mother was responsible for everything else I needed! My dad also let Aaron drive his classic ‘55 Chevy for our transportation to the reception and as the getaway car.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
We did mini cupcakes for our wedding cake! It was fun because you could try multiple flavors. We had pumpkin, lemon, chocolate and vanilla. We had a mini-cake on top to cut that was pumpkin as well. After the cake was cut, we passed chocolate shot glasses filled with Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
All of the dancing. I wanted the wedding to turn into a huge party at the end and it did! We played Motown music during dinner and afterward transitioned to more current music. The dance floor was packed. Everyone was showing off their best dance moves, including some break dancing, a split and Aaron did the worm.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
In 2009, I returned home to Raleigh after graduating from college at Hampton University. I complained to one of my close friends, Emily, that I was bored and would like to meet someone. Emily told me that she worked with a guy who may be a good fit for me. She arranged a double date between herself, her boyfriend, Aaron and myself. Emily and her boyfriend ended up arriving over an hour late to the date so the first hour was just the two of us, complete strangers! We hit it off and the night ended with Aaron buying me Krispy Kreme donuts. The rest is history and Emily sang at our wedding!

Tell us all about the proposal! 
I love Zumba and my dad and I often go together at the YMCA. I would always encourage Aaron to come too, but he’d always decline. Finally on December 30, 2011 he agreed to come to a class with us. Usually it’s hard to find one man in a Zumba class so I had a lot of fun bringing two! After class, Aaron said he would like to continue working out with my dad. I headed home. (I lived with my parents at the time.) Later, Aaron surprised me by showing up at my door. Little did I know, but he had actually stayed at the gym to ask my dad for my hand in marriage! He asked in the locker room, which still think is funny. At my house, Aaron suggested we go for a walk and I agreed. I was so confused, and he was acting slightly different and had brought me huge bouquet of flowers. We sat down in my mother’s garden. Then Aaron got down on one knee and proposed. I was surprised and happy, I said yes! It was a few days after Christmas so my entire family was at home to share the good news with.

When did y’all get married? 
April 13, 2013

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

Did you write your own vows? 
We didn’t! I knew I could never eloquently put my feelings into words so we said the traditional words.

Did you have something borrowed, something blue, and something new? I borrowed my mother’s pearl bracelet (and I still have it, oops). My undergarments were blue and said “Bride” in rhinestones! And my dress was new!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our budget and the guest list, which go hand in hand. We ended up having a huge guest list and going over budget, but it was definitely worth it. Even with 270 people, I felt like I was surrounded by my closest friends and family.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
I love flowers, so I loved picking out the flowers with Dawn McCreary and collecting the centerpieces. The bouquets turned our beautifully and while I felt silly at first asking for a flower crown for the flower girl, it was gorgeous!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
We have so many memories. My favorite is standing back-to-back with Aaron in the Rose Garden, followed by being surrounded by all of our family and friends on the dance floor.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
If you can afford a day-of coordinator, consider it. My aunt and mom were wonderful and did all the work, but it would have been nice to have hired someone so they could relax and enjoy the day a little more. Besides that, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help. As I said earlier, my godmother wrote my place cards. I had a party to assemble the invitations. A friend from church addressed all of my invitations as a gift. Now that I know how much work goes into a wedding, I will definitely be ready to help my friends when it’s their turn.

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
We just moved in together, so I’ve been working on blending our possessions and decorating the house. We’re both focused on our relationship and our careers right now. I’ll be starting work as a resident physician in psychiatry at a local hospital in a few weeks and Aaron’s busy as an IT manager at software company.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar amanda reply

    SOOOOO fun to see Lauren’s wedding on here this morning!!! I just love the photos from her wedding and tell her all the time how much I LOVE her dress!! They’re a beautiful couple!

  2. avatar aaron reply

    My wife and our family and friends made this fantastic day! I’m very proud of lauren for planning this wedding and applying her vision! Shes my rock star! Thanks sw mag for sharing our day with others. Thanks all

  3. avatar Lauren reply

    What a BEAUTIFUL couple. I absolutely love everything about their wedding.

  4. avatar Laura reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I am getting married at The Garden on Millbrook next year and seeing this post made me so excited for my own big day!!

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Y’all will notice right away that this wedding is a little different. It has a lovely bride and a dapper groom and a gorgeous Southern setting, yes ma’am, but it also has a day-of timeline that went completely haywire due to unexpected weather, and a noticeable lack of “details” compared to our other features. However, what it may lack in pretty paper or fancy favors, it more than makes up for in heart. Ryan Price’s images tell the story of Laura and Micah’s emotional day well, so please, y’all, enjoy this look at a wedding that went “wrong,” but in the end was oh so right. As we all believe, truly love always, always wins… even in the face of torrential downpour.

I had checked the Farmer’s Almanac dating back to the last ten years to determine that November 3, 2012 was the perfect date for our wedding. It had the least likely chance of rain, and an average temperature of 65 degrees. It was the day before Daylight Savings Time and if we had the ceremony at 5:00pm we could be on the dance floor by 6:00pm, just as the sun was setting. I had done my research.

But things don’t always go according to plan, no matter how well you think you might have planned them. Our wedding was to start at 5:00. The storm began rolling in around 4:30. Torrential downpour began at 4:45. Hail, sometime around 5:00. People were outside scurrying, grabbing napkins and glass vases with candles. I was in the little farmhouse where the bridal party was getting ready, trying to keep it together. Micah, his mother, my mother and father, my pastor, and I gathered together to make a decision. Micah and I decided through tears (mostly mine) and disappointment that we were definitely getting married that day, and we wanted all of our people to be there with us. So we crammed everyone into the tiny farmhouse, wherever they could fit. The bridal party lined up on the staircase, and Micah and I stood at the bottom with our family and friends just a foot away. It was so intimate, and I honestly believe it was better than either of us could have ever imagined.

I walked down the “aisle” to The Vitamin String Quartet’s instrumental version of “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot. The crescendo in the middle of the song still makes me tear up when I listen to it. After we exchanged our vows, we celebrated by singing a worship song to our God called “How He Loves” by the David Crowder Band. The song is about the incredible love God has for us, and it reminded us that His perfect love is even better than the love we have for each other.

Before my father gave me away and prayed over me and Micah, my brother read from Colossians 3:12-17: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peach of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

You hear people talk about how family-oriented Southern culture is, and how close-knit communities in small towns can be. I am so fortunate that my family and my community are a classic example of those values. My little town of Lufkin, Texas has more Southern hospitality and just down right generosity than you can shake a stick at. One of my favorite experiences about planning my wedding was how willing and excited people were to help. My mother actually rounded up a little committee of five women, close friends from church and work, who met with us several times before the wedding to help plan. And heaven knows Mom and I needed help! I am so thankful for those women and all of the encouragement and advice they imparted. Not to mention the appointment making, detail managing, and decorating they did! I honestly don’t believe it would have turned out the way it did without the help from our community.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Oh goodness, this is a hard question. Months before my wedding, I remember asking my mom about her own wedding. She said, “Honey, I was honestly so busy and stressed during that time that I don’t remember much of anything.” That made me so sad, because she and my father have been married for 33 years and I know that that was a special time for her. I didn’t want that to be my one regret: that I forgot to stop and enjoy every second. So that’s what I did. I took everything in, and I know this sounds cheesy, but every second was my favorite memory. Some of the memories that stick out the most in my mind were my mother putting on my veil; crying and holding my best friend’s hand as we watched the storm roll in before the wedding; Micah and I deciding together to move the ceremony into the tiny farmhouse, squish everyone in who could fit, and to go ahead with the celebration; seeing Micah teary eyed as he read his vows; dancing to “My Girl” with my daddy, and the look on Micah’s face when my bridesmaids and I performed our little dance number.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Micah and I both love to sing (although he is a much better singer than I), and we both especially love to dance. We like to say that we fell in love two-stepping on the dance floor. Our wedding reception definitely reflected our love for dancing, and much to my mother’s chagrin, it was even complete with surprise performances from both the bride’s party and the groom’s party. I surprised him by throwing on a leather jacket and performing a routine that my bridesmaids, house party, and I had come up with the night before to “You’re the One That I Want” from the movie “Grease.” Micah and his groomsmen followed, to my surprise, with One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.” It was so much fun, and absolutely hilarious.

This is something I had to learn and continually remind myself of throughout the months of planning, and especially on our big day when nothing went according to plan: Please, please remember that it is not about the event, but about the precious lifelong commitment you are making to the one you love. When you keep it in perspective, you can handle any situation. What you view as the mishaps will truly become the best memories.

How did the two of you meet? Micah and I both attended Texas A&M University (whoop!), but our journey together began even before we set foot on campus as freshmen.  Micah and I both decided to attend Fish Camp, which is A&M’s three-day freshman orientation at a nearby campground. It just so happened that out of 4,000 incoming freshman, Micah and I ended up in the same discussion group! Back then I was a little shy when it came to meeting new people, but not when playing games. Somehow, we wound up playing a card game together the first night. Needless to say, my competitive nature caught his attention. But our fate wasn’t sealed until the second night at the country dance mixer. Micah is a pretty good dancer — sometimes I wonder if he came out of the womb already knowing how to two-step. I remember that night he danced with all six of the other girls in our group first. After that, he just stood next to me for the next two songs. The third song happened to be my favorite at the time, and after commenting to Micah that it was my favorite song, he nodded and continued to stand exactly where he was, staring at the dance floor. The poor boy was afraid to ask! After a few seconds I turned to him, held my hand out and said matter-of-factly, “Micah, considering this is my favorite song, would you please dance with me?” I honestly had never been so bold in my life, but I think I just knew what I wanted.  The rest, as they say, is history.
Describe the proposal. I love surprises, and fortunately for me, Micah loves to surprise me. I had absolutely no idea he was going to propose when he did. Now, I’ll be honest, I had dropped quite a few hints over the course of the two years we were dating. When I say “hints,” what I really mean is I flat-out asked him a few times, “When are you planning on asking me to marry you?” Micah always took it in stride and reminded me to be patient. Then finally, the fall of our senior year at A&M, we were both getting our Aggie rings, which is a momentous occasion for students of Texas A&M. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family pets, everyone practically comes in for this event and everyone celebrates with a party. Micah and I had planned to have a little shindig at my college house with our families and friends. We had a karaoke system set up for entertainment. Micah’s dad called everyone over to where the karaoke was set up and asked for Micah and me to come up on the stage. As Micah dragged me by the hand up to the stage, I whispered to him, “Micah, I’m not going to sing. You’re going to have to sing by yourself because I’m not singing. Not doing it.” He took the microphone from his dad and got down on one knee as the song “She’s Like Texas” began to play. I remember seeing his hand shaking as he held the microphone. Looking back it was obvious what he was doing and so I feel silly for having said, “Micah, what are you doing? I’m not going to sing. Get up!” He laughed and then in the sweetest way he asked me to marry him. I don’t think I even looked at the ring because I was so excited he had finally asked me to be his wife. I fell to my knees and hugged him.
How many guests attended your wedding? That is a good question! I know that 350 RSVP’d but with the unexpected weather and hail storm that ensued that evening, and the temporary misplacement of the guest book, we never got a final count!
Did you decide to do a first look? After much debate, Micah and I decided it would be a good idea to do a first look. I think that was one of the best decisions on our part. It helped us calm our nerves and gave us time to talk to each other before the hustle and bustle began. That time was so special. We talked about how we were feeling and prayed together for our marriage. It also allowed us to have as much time with our guests as possible.
The wedding favors? Homemade blueberry jam. My cousins, aunts, friends and I gathered together one Saturday and canned 350 jars of blueberry jam. Micah and I had picked 11 gallons of blueberries at the Wood Blueberry Farm in Diboll, Texas.
Tell us about your wedding cake. It was absolutely delicious. Our baker even replicated a cake topper I found in a magazine of two little birds. I thought it was fitting considering our last name is Birdsong.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We were shooting for around $15,000 but quickly realized that, with as many guests as we wanted to invite, we needed to increase the budget. I think the final number ended up being between $20,000 and $21,000.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Ryan reply

    One of the neatest weddings to be a part of!! Such an amazing day and testament to their love. Thanks for sharing it!!

  2. avatar Kat reply

    I love that even in the rain, their joy shines through!! I needed to see this post – to remember that even if it’s POURING and none of the details work out, it’s the love that counts.

  3. avatar Taylor J reply

    If this doesn’t embody the Sweet Tea Society…. I don’t know what does!

  4. avatar The NotWedding reply

    How sweet! Love the intimacy of this special day.

  5. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Oh my heavens! I was just talking about the weather for our wedding day yesterday and saying how I’m praying every day leading up to it that it’s nothing but gorgeous! Great job saving the day – stunning wedding and pictures!

  6. avatar Arlissa Vaughn / Special Event Painter reply

    These photos really capture the emotion…very sweet!

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  8. avatar H. Campbell reply

    Love is in the air, I love the motif so pink… a pretty bride and a handsome groom…Hope I’ll be the next…where are you now my cupid??

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