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Today’s gorgeous bride described the couple’s Atlanta wedding as “unpretentious, fun-loving, and perfect!” Of all the adjectives that our darling brides have used to describe their weddings, Eddie’s three not only encompass her big day exactly, but they might be my favorite I’ve ever read. While tradition and formality are important to us as Southerners, we believe weddings are supposed to be personal, and a meaningful start to a long-lasting marriage. And for Eddie + Jordan, keeping their big day relaxed and enjoyable for everyone — kids and adults alike — was the ultimate representation of their personalities!

Based off the ear-to-ear grins on the faces of Eddie + Jordan and their guests, I’d have to say they achieved their goal. Special thanks to Harwell Photography for capturing the joy of their day!

Look at that stunner! My bouquet was an all-white delinquent handmade giant garden rose. The bridesmaids had a beautiful mix of gorgeous flowers with pops of purple, and the boutonnieres were unique and timeless, with just enough color.

I knew what style would look good on my body type, so I set out to find that immediately, and gave myself about 30 days to make a decision. I found my dress at the second boutique I went to, which was having a Vera Wang trunk show. How much easier can it get?

Ear-to-ear smile = pure radiant joy! You, Eddie, are gorgeous!

I love how Eddie and her planner used complimentary shades of purple and lots of white flowers to create the perfect pop of color!

One word for these handsome fellows: dapper! Love all of the pattern mixing going on!

I loved how handsome my two sons looked once they were dressed. Jordan’s suit definitely blew me away as well. He looked so handsome and perfect! To think, I didn’t even get anyone dressed — they did such a good job on their own!

Tell me a bit about the wedding ceremony.  The most special thing for us was the music selections. I had a group from our church come in and sing before and during the ceremony, which really set the tone. Since I wasn’t getting married at a church, I decided I better get some church to us! Jordan walked out to a song called “Thank You” by Johnny Gill and New Edition, and I walked out to “I Believe in You and Me” by Whitney Houston. With her passing away last year, it was important to me to make sure that I was able to honor her memory in some way. More importantly, that song really encompassed all that I wanted Jordan to know about how I was feeling and the degree of my commitment to our union. It was perfect!!

I agree with Eddie, the King Plow Arts Center is a divine location! She said “I just loved the idea of the old brick and concrete of this industrial setting meshing with all things pretty and new that the wedding would bring to the space. It was gorgeous!”

We’ll be back with more from the reception in just a bit!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.  We met at a supper club back in 2006 that was the known spot for “social singles.” Jordan was sent to our table to chat us up. Long story short, after a year and never returning his calls, I did run into Jordan again. I didn’t remember him initially but he remembered me and vowed that day that he wouldn’t be shaken off so easily again! Needless to say, he had severely changed his tone and the rest is history.
Tell me all the basics of your wedding! We chose Memorial Day weekend because it was important to us both that our guest would be able to travel from far away and have an extra day to still enjoy the festivities of our wedding. With the holiday Monday built into that, it really made a beautiful weekend. We chose to have our wedding at a venue called The King Plow Arts Center. The wedding started at 5:30pm.
What was the weather like on your big day? It had to be about 85-90 degrees. HOT!!
How many guests attended your wedding? 125 guests
What was the design inspiration for your wedding?  Why was this design special to you as a couple? Our design inspiration was something that we were both very familiar and comfortable with. We both grew up in small towns with humble beginnings so that sense of easiness and things that feel familiar had to be incorporated into the space — old school candies, a high school-style DJ, simple but elegant décor. We wanted to convey to our guests that yes, this is our special day and things look so pretty, but we are going to have a stinking good time still! Neither of us like spaces where you feel like things are so posh that everyone tends to be uptight all night! NO BUENO! I like to think of it as a posh-yet-weathered setting with touches of nostalgia that created a sense comfort and intimacy.
Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: I also thought that my planner was Jesus for about 10 minutes while I stuffed my face with the food she and her staff packed for me and Jordan to eat back at our room that night. That detail alone was a lifesaver because neither of us got a chance to eat at the wedding. Thank you for taking care of us, Michelle!
What did the groomsmen wear? They wore charcoal grey tuxedos with no tie to convey the relaxed feel of our event, with off-white shirts and off-white leather shoes. It worked in perfectly with our wedding, however I wouldn’t suggest that anyone wear that without at least three other guys that are dressed the same!!
Who participated in your ceremony? Six of my best girlfriends were my bridesmaids, and my two older sisters were my honorary bridesmaids. Jordan’s niece was our beautiful flower girl, and his groomsmen were made up of two of his brothers, one cousin and two of his best friends. My oldest son, Jackson and our son Myles were our ring bearers.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? Jordan’s grandmother. I had not met her before that day and since both of my grandmothers are not with us any longer, I was so pleased and honored that she was able to make it!

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Kate Collison reply

    “uptight all night” = NO BUENO. Love it! :) I, too, absolutely adore the bride’s statement about how gorgeous the industrial event space would look with added things “pretty and new”! What a delightful — unpretentious and fun! — way to look at a wedding space. Thoroughly enjoyed this post; thank you, SW! And congratulations, Miss Eddie (Or should I say Mrs??!!), on your union! As a bride-to-be, thanks for some advice and food for thought!

  2. avatar Marissa reply

    Oh, Kate! I am so thrilled to hear you loved this wedding and Eddie’s outlook on planning! We wish you all the best on your wedding! xx

  3. avatar Emily reply

    That bouquet! Love love love! And her beautiful veil reminds me of mine!

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    So excited to see this beautiful wedding featured! Eddie was truly a dream bride and the team pulled everything together so flawlessly to achieve her vision. Congrats, Eddie and Jordan!

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Emily and I both think that today’s groom look a bit like Ryan Gosling — what do y’all think? We just adore his smart cardigan and necktie combo, but what’s really making us smile is the bride herself. How infectious is her big grin? Though Ana + Kent planned a beautiful wedding full of details we love, like a Funfetti cake and those lovely leafy arrangements, their favorite part of their big day wasn’t caught on camera. A + K’s most memorable moment of the day came before the “I Do’s,” when they snuck away from the pre-wedding hubbub to get breakfast together at Waffle House. “Best decision we made,” said Ana.

We’re doling out big hugs to Landon Jacob for sharing Ana + Kent’s day with us!

I found my dress in the second store I went to, Evelyn’s Bridal. When I first grabbed my dress off of the rack, I loved the fabric but not the neckline — the dress was originally a halter style. I loved everything else about it, so I had a tailor convert the dress into a strapless gown.

I LOVE flowers. I wanted to have a lot of different flower details in the wedding. We ordered a lot of greenery and filled the tables with beautiful white flowers. I wanted the bouquets to look wild and whimsical and Jordan did a phenomenal job making that happen.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did! We decided that we wanted a few minutes before the wedding that were just our own. I loved the time that we got to spend together.

Did you write your own vows? We modified our vows from ones that the pastors in our church use often in weddings. My favorite phrase said, “In every way I fail, I will pray for Jesus to sustain us by his grace.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We actually didn’t have any. We had our friends sing “Nothing but the Blood,” arranged by All Sons & Daughters, while we took communion, which communicated exactly what we would have wanted read.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We thought a lot about what music we wanted to play during the ceremony. We both love music, and Kent is a musician, so we carefully chose songs with lyrics that we love. My bridesmaids’ processional was “Beautiful” by Phil Wickham and I walked in to “Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham. We left to “Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser, one of our favorites. Our first dance was to “Maybe I’m Just Tired” by As Tall as Lions. It’s our song.

Describe the proposal. We had our first date at an awesome little restaurant in downtown Columbia called Cafe Strudel. We went there quite a few times while we were dating, and there was one booth in the back that quickly became “our spot,” as cheesy as it is. Cafe Strudel had plans to move locations, and we wanted to be able to make it back there one last time before they did. One Thursday night in early August, we went to dinner at Five Guys, and then Kent suggested we go get a cup of coffee at Cafe Strudel. I knew that we’d get engaged soon, but I was more than sure that it wasn’t going to be that night! We walked in to Strudel and I was the one who led the way up the stairs to our booth. There were a few picture frames on the wall and on the table, as well as tea lights and flowers. I still didn’t suspect a thing! Kent led me to the first frame, which held a small note about our first date. The next frame had a note about our first kiss, and the last frame had a note about the last time he came to visit me in NC — and how he had asked my parents for their permission to marry me. At this point, I was still embarrassingly oblivious and remember , “How in the world is he going to top this to propose?!” He then grinned like a fool, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. We celebrated for a bit, and then went down to the back patio where he had our close friends and families waiting to celebrate with us! After, we went back to his house, drank some wine, and prayed for a while about our lives. It was a perfect night.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The time frame! We got engaged and decided to get married 3 months later, almost to the day. I had to prioritize which projects were most important to me and see what I could get done before the wedding. There were some details that I wasn’t able to incorporate, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

A good friend of ours made all of the dessert for the wedding, including our two-tiered cake. We both wanted Funfetti for our wedding cake (the obvious choice) and had a few other options (red velvet, chocolate) as well. She also made Kent’s groom’s cake. Kent is a graphic designer, and uses Adobe’s Creative Suite often. Alice made two cakes that represented Adobe’s icons as a surprise for him.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Kent and I met at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC, during my senior year of college while he was interning there. We had mutual friends whom we hung out with on several occasions (I found out later that he’d planned some of those hang outs so that we could spend some time together). I had planned on moving back to NC after graduation so, despite thinking he was all kinds of cute, I didn’t think anything would happen. I did move up to NC that fall, but after getting to see each other during a few week-long visits to my best friend in Columbia in the fall, he asked me out to breakfast in December of 2011, to which I responded “ABSOLUTELY!” Later, I called to turn him down because I’d made commitments and didn’t have time that week. Luckily, he didn’t give up and we made plans to go on our first date the next time I was in Columbia in January. We started dating, made many trips back and forth to and from NC and SC during the spring, and I moved back to Columbia in June of 2012. We got engaged after 6 months, and three months later, we were married.
In what month did you get married? November
How many guests attended your wedding? 230
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The “stage.” We loved the tree stumps.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? One of my favorite parts of the wedding was actually the day before. My aunt and cousin threw me a bridal luncheon for all of my bridesmaids and the women in our families. I so enjoyed getting to share that time with them.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Flowers! I live for the outdoors and wanted to have a bunch of flowers.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Honestly? My husband and I went to Waffle House for breakfast that morning, just the two of us, to hang out before all of the festivities started. Best decision we made.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t stress. Decide what’s most important to you and focus on that. Make the goal of your wedding day to get married, and if that happens, congratulations! You did it. Everything else is secondary.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Right now we’re just settling into marriage, enjoying being roommates. We’ll be in Columbia for a good long while–Kent works for Midtown Fellowship Church and I’m working at Cline’s Salon in the Vista. We eventually want to church plant somewhere in the southeast.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar M reply

    I think the groom definitely looks like Ry-Gos! Even though he has a full beard in these pictures, I can’t help but wonder what he’d look like with just a soul patch…

    This wedding looks awesome. Great job Landon Jacob Productions!

  2. avatar Gina Basin reply

    Love the red.
    Just beautiful.

  3. avatar Bridget reply

    I think that is the first groom I have ever seen in a cardigan – it seems to work for him!

  4. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Such a unique color palette and I love the reception venue! So cute!

  5. avatar {The NotWedding} reply

    The color scheme is beautiful!

  6. avatar Lori reply

    Would you please please share your budget break-down with us? Your wedding is so gorgeous, I can’t believe you spent less than 10k on it and had 250 people there! I would love to learn your tricks!

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We’re a little bit gaga over Whitney + Jeff’s modern yet romantic Florida wedding. If their poolside ceremony didn’t rock your socks off, their sleek reception will. The frosty grey color scheme and sparkling crystals were a welcome change to the palm tree-lined venue at The National Hotel. Lush white flowers sat atop silk runners and were draped across the backs of the newlyweds’ chairs. I fell head over heels in love with their simple cake with the single peony perched on the side — even better, it’s made of sugar! I die.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding wasn’t overtly Southern, but being a girl who was born in Alabama and raised in the South, there were little touches of tradition. My great-great-grandmother’s vintage aquamarine necklace was my something blue – I had it attached to my bouquet. Even though our wedding was small (we had 60 guests), we had a large bridal party of six bridesmaids and six groomsmen.
Describe your wedding flowers: Peonies are my absolute favorite flower, so I chose those for my bouquet and for my bridesmaids. Mine was all white, with lisianthus and stephanotis with crystal centers mixed in. I wanted the texture to mirror that of my dress – very full and soft. Jeff had a boutonniere of stephanotis with crystal centers. For the groomsmen, I wanted something unexpected, so I used pale green succulents. For the reception flowers, I did a mix of styles. For the royal table, I had a charcoal gray silk dupioni runner that had large, lush white arrangements sitting atop sleek mirrored vases. We used peonies, hydrangeas, lisianthus and other full white flowers for these. On the round tables, we had a low, square mirrored vase with the same lush white arrangement, anchoring manzanita branches that were draped with crystals, orchids and hanging candles.
Describe your wedding cake: Originally, we thought we wanted red velvet, but the yellow cake was so delicious we couldn’t resist! It was filled with cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries and was to die for. The cake was iced in white buttercream, with silver fondant bands at the bottom of each layer. A single pink peony made of sugar was perched on the side.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We planned the wedding in just over six months, all from DC! Knowing which vendors in Miami to use, and trying to coordinate all of the logistics long-distance was definitely stressful! In the end, I was thrilled with the way everything turned out, and the vendors I chose were so easy to work with!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? My dress! I love fashion, and your wedding dress is one of the only chances you have to splurge at that level.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When Jeff turned around for our first look. It was the only time of the day when I couldn’t hold back tears. The look on his face was just complete elation, and I was hit with the emotion of the day. Also, when Lil Wayne crashed our wedding photos!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We opted to write our own vows, so that we could make them personal. Our favorite lines were, from me to Jeff, “I love that we can act like kids together and always share a good laugh, no matter what is happening around us.” And from Jeff to me, “The only thing I need in this world is your smile.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Eventually, we will have a family, but right now we are focused on our careers! We are looking forward to continuing to share beautiful memories together, and to keep laughing, no matter what life brings us.

Photographer: 13:13 Photography // Day-Of Coordinator: Karla Blanco // Venue: The National Hotel // Florist: Petunia Florist // Wedding Cake Baker: We Take the Cake // Caterer: The National Hotel // Paper Products: Blush Paperie // Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Bella Bleu Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lindsay R reply

    Beautiful! The all white, silver and crystals is stunning…that peony looks so real!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    I absolutely love the colors! Everything was just gorgeous and sophisticated.

  3. avatar Ashley reply

    Thanks so much for the feature Southern Weddings Ladies!! We’re super excited to have our work on your blog! :)

  4. avatar Amanda reply

    WAIT! WHAT?! Lil Wayne crashed your wedding photos???!! Where are these pictures? I would die. You’re so lucky.

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