Google+ Men's Warehouse Archives - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Tag: Men’s Warehouse

It has been just over three months since my wedding, and what I think I’ll always remember most about that day is how gosh darn happy I felt. Looking through these images of Jenica and Dylan’s celebration, it’s so clear that they could say the same! They look so full of joy, from Jenica’s time getting ready with her girls, right down to their fabulous reception. I especially loved reading about their most memorable moments, because they’re probably ones that they didn’t anticipate being favorites. The unexpected moments are what make every wedding totally unique, and the ones Jenica and Dylan experienced are sweet as can be!

Thanks so much to Robert J Hill for sharing this special day with us!

I had gone to about four appointments at different bridal salons in Georgia, Florida, and Virginia, always with multiple friends and family. I finally found what I was looking for on a solo outing. Dylan was working that Saturday and I was new to the area and didn’t have many friends, so I went exploring on my own. When I saw the adorable bridal shop in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, I thought, “Why not, I’m engaged and still in need of a dress.” Without an appointment, I found a classic satin, a-line dress with lace details, a big bow, no sweetheart neckline, and in ivory–just what I wanted! With my mother-in-law-to-be in tow and my mom FaceTimed in, I returned a few weeks later to buy the dress.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes! As progressive as we may be, we really value tradition, so this was not an easy decision. But we knew that as soon as we were married, we would be ready to celebrate with our friends and family. We did not want to miss any part of our day, including the cocktail hour. I also wanted taking our wedding pictures to be a great experience–calm and not rushed. It was very relaxing and romantic to have had that quiet time alone to share our excitement and focus on what the day was really about, without the dozens of eyes that were on us at any other point of the day.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? As required by the church, we attended marriage prep courses that covered every subject you can imagine and led to constructive conversations that are always fun to have. We liked the class, and we dedicated time the night after each course to go over what we had talked about in the privacy of our home.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Focus on a few major things–the details that are must. Budget for them first and make sure there is someone, like a planner, there to execute them. Then, let the rest go! Put yourself in a position to just show up at your wedding and be grateful for what your family, friends, and vendors have done for you. Enjoy your day and cherish your groom, let go of your dreams, and live in the moment. In true Southern spirit, be a host with a gracious heart.

All of our dinner food was Southern: fried catfish, oysters, shrimp, a po-boy station, a grits bar, collards, and cornbread. We also had lots of Southern desserts! Our wedding logo featured our monogram, which we put on as many things as we could: the invitations, cups, napkins, fans, the advice sheet, etc. We had sweet tea with the sign “The South, where love and family are the sugar in our tea” next to it. We decorated with magnolias leaves in all of the arrangements and garlands. And of course, the venue itself was Southern–an old lumber mill on a bayou complete with Spanish moss, rocking chairs on the front porch, and mosquitoes!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? From Dylan: I wanted a second to myself to try and let the day sink in, so at one point, I walked out beyond the glow of the tent and stood alone under the willow tree. As I started to light the cigar my new mother-in-law had given me, everyone suddenly fell quiet. I looked up and saw the band leader reach out and help Jenica onto the stage. I knew, we all knew, that this was it, what everyone was waiting for and what I was hoping for: my wife was about to sing! Her “too good to be true” voice rang out into the night, “At last, my love has come along…” My friends finally noticed me in the back and pulled me to the dance floor. My lonely days were over, and in that moment, my life was a song. From Jenica: Honestly, probably leaving our wedding! A family friend let us use his red convertible Mustang as our getaway car. As we drove off, the driver turned up one of our favorite songs. Sitting on the back of the car while driving down the pitch black, windy road felt magnificent after sweating all day. The venue is very secluded and the sky was completely clear; we could see thousands of stars, something we don’t see in the city where we live now. We gazed up at the stars while singing at the top of our lungs, grinning ear-to-ear. We reflected on how perfectly our wedding day had gone and how happy we were to finally be married. It was so magical, and I’ll never forget it!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in graduate school at Florida State University at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I actually had a first date planned for later that night, but was having such a good time with Dylan that I called it off. Best decision ever!
Tell us all about the proposal! He proposed on Christmas day 2013. He led me to believe that he was going to pop the question on a trip to St. Thomas that we had planned for after the holidays, but instead, he surprised me while I was in my gym clothes at Fort Washington Park as we overlooked a beautiful sunset on the Potomac River. This is a very special place for me, as I always go running there and love to explore the area with my family when I visit my grandparents. He knows that I am very close to my family, and he wanted them to be able to share in our special occasion.
When did y’all get married? May 16, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 160
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” This was a very easy selection for me. It is one of my grandfather’s favorites, so it has always reminded me of my grandparents and the love they shared for 60 years. This song speaks to the central truth about a strong marriage, that not if, but when, hardship comes, as long as we stand by each other, we have nothing to fear. Dylan and I danced to this song many times in our kitchen while cooking dinner together prior to our wedding day, so it also evokes some of our favorite memories. We surprised Dylan’s mother by having them dance to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” a song that Mrs. Conley has told Dylan his whole life reminded her of him. She was beside herself on the dance floor when it came on, and all the guests joined in by waving their arms and candles.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Every detail of our wedding day was pretty perfect, but our favorite component of our wedding was that we celebrated for multiple days. Instead of having only the one day to say a few words to each guest, we rented a huge house in Watercolor, Florida for our families and bridal party. We also arranged other rentals within walking distance for extended family and friends. We celebrated from Wednesday through Monday with pool parties, personal chefs, catering, and games. The neighborhood is truly stunning, and is a place that Dylan and I love very much. Turing our wedding into a huge vacation made our year and half of planning all worth it!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? I moved to Rhode Island after graduate school and we recently bought a house! We are looking forward to settling into our new life in Rhode Island. We love to travel, so we look forward to many great trips before we start a family.

Photographer: Robert J Hill / Videographer: Garrett Dollar / Planner: Kaley Wells / Ceremony Venue: St. Rita Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Eden Gardens State Park / Florist: Events by Nouvea / Dessert Baker: Fatty Patty’s / Caterer: Dee’s Catering / Band: True Soul / Bride’s Gown: Tara Keely / Bridal Salon: The Bridal Garden / Hair Stylist: Misty Lemire / Makeup Artist: Christina Engman / Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Ann” in Melon by Little Borrowed Dresses / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

lisa Written with love by Lisa
3 Comments
  1. avatar Earcandy reply

    It was probably a magnificent sight for the bride to see her groom standing against the night sky underneath a willow tree. The fact that groom took the time to let it sink it probably made it all the more memorable – not that anyone could ever forget their wedding day.

  2. avatar Abbey reply

    I would love to know where you got the bridesmaid’s monogrammed pajamas? I’m looking for something similar.

    Thanks!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    they are so happy!!! love it!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

Every once in awhile, a wedding pops up that looks so fun, sweet, or unique (or all of the above!), I start to seriously wish I could have been a guest, and that is certainly the case for Colby and Jeff’s Tennessee celebration. These two gathered just 35 of their closest family members and friends on a Nashville rooftop, where they said their personal vows, and then enjoyed a delicious-looking brunch reception! Premier WED, one of our Blue Ribbon Vendors, helped Colby and Jeff bring their vision of an intimate, elegant morning wedding that was deeply rooted in Nashville culture to life. From the lantern floral arrangements, to the hearty biscuit and waffle bars, to the downtown sounds guests could hear from the roof at Aerial, I’d say they pulled it off beautifully!

Thank you kindly to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Abigail Bobo for sharing this special day with us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I was out on my grandparents’ boat and Jeff was on his dad’s boat over the 4th of July weekend. He had on a shirt from his alma mater, which happened to be my college’s rival school. Our parents pushed us towards each other to meet, and we spent the rest of the weekend getting to know each other. We kept in touch all year, and exactly a year later, decided to start dating.

The wedding flowers were simple, but elegant at the same time. They were arranged in the lanterns beautifully by A Village of Flowers.

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ribbon-ceremony-decor.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/lantern-wedding-decor.jpg”>

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows. Jeff quoted The Simpsons, which he does in everyday life, so it fit very well for our relationship. His favorite line was, “I always have loved you and I always will love you.” My favorite line from my vows was, “Love is waiting patiently for me to stop crying so you can get an answer to ‘Will you marry me?’ Well, I have finally pulled myself together enough to give you that answer. Jeff, yes, I will marry you.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had Jeff’s best man read the children’s story “Guess How Much I Love You.”

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/gray-bridesmaid-dress.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/rooftop-ceremony.jpg”>

We wanted a venue that was unique to Nashville, and when Premier WED suggested Aerial and we looked into it, we knew it was the perfect setting. It was elegant and timeless, and you could hear the city down below.

We were so grateful to have such a wonderful event planner, Premier WED. I was in the middle of taking over my own classroom and we were starting the process of buying a house, so planning a wedding on top of all of that made our lives a little stressful. We could not have created such a beautiful wedding from so far away if it were not for Premier WED. Each time we talked, they knew what I wanted before I even said it. They took everything Jeff and I imagined and made it into a reality.

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/breakfast-wedding.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/rustic-wedding-ideas.jpg”>

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We wanted our guests to know that they were in Nashville, so we served Southern food from Chef’s Market and played lots of country music.

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/waffle-bar.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/waffle-bar-fixins.jpg”>

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We did not want a huge wedding, so we only invited immediate family and those friends closest to us. This helped save a little money, while having the intimate wedding we wanted.

Tell us all about the proposal! Jeff came to see me at school for a weekend in December. After spending some time with my friends, we decided to go off on our own, and ventured to Dunning Springs (the waterfall and springs in Decorah, Iowa). At the top of the stairs, I stopped to catch my breath, and then turned around to find Jeff on one knee. I had already started crying before he said a word. He said, “I don’t know what you are planning for the rest of your life, but I hope you can spend it with me. Will you marry me?”
When did y’all get married? June 6, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 35
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found a dress at Beautiful Brides in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the first one I saw when I started looking through the store, and I knew I didn’t need to look any further.
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did do a first look. We wanted to be able to have an intimate moment together before we saw all of our friends and family.
Describe your wedding dessert. We did not have a wedding cake, but instead, served doughnut holes and shot glasses of milk.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing all of our family and loved ones watching us as we made a life-long promise to each other.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Be patient with each other and make sure to talk about how you are feeling about the planning process.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We just bought a house and got a puppy, and hopefully, starting a family isn’t too far in the future.

Photographer: Abigail Bobo / Planner: Premier WED / Venue: Aerial Nashville / Florist: A Village of Flowers / Caterer: Chef’s Market / Rentals: Liberty Party Rental and Music City Tents / Lighting: Southern Sky Event Lighting and Bright Event Productions / Musician: Rob Higginbotham / Paper Products: Hatch Show Print / Bridal Salon and Veil: Beautiful Brides / Bride’s Jewelry: Kay Jewelers / Hair Stylist: Leslie Ingram / Makeup Artist: Dhante / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

Abigail Bobo, Liberty Party Rental, and Premier WED are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
2 Comments
  1. avatar Abigail Bobo Photography reply

    Thank y’all so much for this stunning feature! Colby + Jeff are kind, warm, hilarious people and that’s what I love most about this day (and the amazing vendor team, of course!) xo from Nashville!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    biscuits and waffles! wow. great wedding!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close

Some of Katie and Kyle’s most treasured memories have taken place outdoors–they were even engaged while on a sunset horseback ride! With their adventurous spirits and their desire to throw a wedding that was uniquely them in mind, they chose Spring Hill Plantation for their outdoor ceremony and barn reception. It fit their personalities to a tee, and was a perfect setting for them to say their vows, dig into some Southern cuisine, and dance the night away to their favorite band from college!

Thanks so much to The Happy Bloom for sharing Katie and Kyle’s fun wedding with us!

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/homemade-wedding-sign.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/farm-wedding.jpg”>

I went dress shopping in Birmingham for a weekend with several of my close friends, my mom, and my aunt. I knew from day one that I wanted something extremely different, and spent all day trying on dress, after dress, after dress! Nothing was quite right. I was just about to give up when my sister-in-law brought something into the dressing room. It wasn’t my favorite on the hanger, and it was completely different from everything I had said that I wanted. Of course, it fit like a glove and I fell in love!

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/lace-sleeve-wedding-gown.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/pastel-bouquet.jpg”>

Describe your wedding flowers. My wedding flowers were absolutely amazing! My bouquet was filled with light pink peonies. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were filled with bright spring flowers and succulents. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were made of wine corks and cotton, paired with small bright flowers.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? The Happy Bloom! These two amazing photographers were such a blessing throughout our whole engagement. We have been in several weddings that they have shot, and knew we had to have them. From our beautiful engagement session to our timeless wedding photos, I couldn’t have imagined a better couple to capture every detail of our amazing day!

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/spring-wedding.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sweet-spring-wedding.jpg”>

From day one, my husband and I always wanted our day to be completely different from the weddings we had ever been in…and we have been in a lot of weddings! Our venue was outdoors, which was perfect for us. Getting married by the pond and having a reception outside by the barn was the most beautiful setting we could have ever imagined.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Besides my venue and the beautiful rustic decorations, the food was the most Southern part of our wedding. We served shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, just to name a few. About an hour before the band stopped, we served ham and sausage biscuits as a late-night snack.

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/wooden-box-centerpiece.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/the-happy-bloom-portrait.jpg”>

Describe your wedding cake. For our wedding cake, we had a petit four tower and a two-tier wedding cake with white chocolate filling. The groom’s cake was a two-tier peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting.

src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/wedding-petit-fours.jpg”> src=”https://southernweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/champagne-toast1.jpg”>

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Kyle and I are originally from the same hometown. We had mutual friends, but never dated. It wasn’t until several years down the road that we hit it off at the Auburn University rodeo. Five years later, here we are as Mr. and Mrs. Steadham!
Tell us all about the proposal! It all started with a surprise trip. My best friend packed my bags for me and I had no idea where Kyle and I were going until we pulled into the small town of Helen, Georgia. Throughout the weekend, we zip-lined through the mountains and tubed along the river. On that Saturday night, he laid my clothes out, told me to change, and said he would let me know what we were doing later. We pulled up to a ranch, where he had booked us a private sunset horseback ride–it was beautiful! We took a break near a stream right before sunset, and when I looked down, he was on one knee. It was the most perfect proposal I could have ever imagined! When we got home, he told me that we had to go eat dinner at his mom’s house for my birthday. When I opened the door, all of my closest friends and family were there for a surprise birthday and engagement celebration! It was definitely a weekend I will never forget!
When did y’all get married? April 11, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 400
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance song was the most sentimental of all. We danced to “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” by Stoney LaRue. This was the first song we had danced to in college! Any time it plays, we just look at each other and smile.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail of the wedding was the band! We literally saw this band every time they played in Auburn. It was a dream come true to have them play at our wedding!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? While planning our wedding, I graduated college and passed my PTA board exam. On top of all of that, we bought a house–and not just any house, a fixer-upper! We knew right then and there that if we could make it through all of that, forever would be a breeze!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Finishing our house is up next for us! Then, maybe we will do some traveling and start a family together down the road.

Photographer: The Happy Bloom / Planner and Florist: Sylvia Adams / Ceremony Venue: Old Spring Hill Plantation / Wedding Cake and Caterer: Mary Williams at Ferrell’s / Band: Trotline / Bride’s Accessories: Bridal Elegance / Hair and Makeup: Stacee Turner at Hairology / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

lisa Written with love by Lisa
2 Comments
  1. avatar Dana reply

    pretty flowers!

  2. avatar UUKnot reply

    What a stunning setting for an intimate wedding! Her gorgeous gown and bridal updo look amazing!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:
close
Top