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Pen Weddings made a perfect song choice and combined it with spot-on editing to create a film that is simply beautiful. Of course, it’s easier to make something heartfelt when you have such good material to work with, and Sarah + Rick definitely did, from the touching words at Elyse + Andre’s ceremony to the sentimental footage from Elyse’s childhood home to the bride’s gorgeous Christos gown (just like me!). And keep an eye out for the father daughter dance — it actually made me tear up, something which does NOT happen often! (Sarah admitted that it’s one of just two that have made her cry in her career, too!)

From the bride, Elyse:

When I first imagined my wedding, I suppose I though about the classic things most brides do. What dress will I wear? What color flowers do I want? Tux or Suit? Band or DJ? I didn’t want to find myself, a year later, browsing Pinterest and regretting every choice I had made. After all, you only get one shot at this and everything must be PERFECT.

Ultimately, that mindset was only setting me up for a stressful and disappointing day, filled mostly with bridezilla meltdowns and lots of eye rolling from my groom. When the guests had gone home, the flowers had wilted, and the white dress placed on a shelf in the closet – would those things still be what were most important to me? No.

Thankfully, I had a change of heart. Instead of focusing on perfection, I chose to focus on love.

Today, when I remember our wedding, my mind doesn’t race with all of the countless details. Instead, I think about the small, quiet, intimate moments that made that day so special. The laughter of my best friends as we reminisced about our childhood, the nervous smile of my future husband as he waited to see me for the first time, the whisper of a tear in my dad’s eye as he held me on the dance floor. These are the moments I remember when I think about that day.

Overall, Andre and I really just wanted our wedding to be about love – the love the Lord has for us, the love we share with each other, the love of our friends and family, and all of the moments during our special day where love still dwells.

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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jennifer reply

    Awww…this video is so sweet. I would love to do something like this for my big day. It really gives you a glimpse into the details around the big day, but also the day itself, and what it provides to those involved. But the thing that really stood out to me most was the message below it from the bride, specifically the part that read…

    “Thankfully, I had a change of heart. Instead of focusing on perfection, I chose to focus on love.”

    I don’t know why, but that struck a chord in me and is something every bride should feel about their big day. Don’t stress the details, because in the end, that’s not what you remember, and it’s definitely not the most important part.

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I hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend full of Southern Doin’s! Take a quick break to watch this lovely wedding film from Pen Weddings, and I guarantee you’ll feel just a bit more Southern than you did before :)

From Sarah, the videographer:

Susanna and Brian are one of the most happy, giddy, in-love couples I have ever seen. It was almost shocking anytime you saw them NOT smiling. This entire wedding– the couple, the family, the wedding party, the guests– was the perfect example of southern charm and hospitality… and let’s not forget the yummy southern cooking. Fried chicken, fried catfish, green beans, rice… so yummy, and so perfect for this wedding. The groom is not a huge “cake person” so he had a pie bar instead, and oh my was it good. And boy did this crowd love to dance. The Regulars Band from Atlanta rocked the night away! The wedding was at Brian’s family’s ranch in the small town of Coushatta, Louisiana and you could tell how much it meant to them to have it there. No only did Brian and Susanna plan much of this wedding online (you should see Susanna’s Pinterest boards), it’s where they met too. Hearing them tell the story of how they became friends on Match.com is so fun, and funny. It was in fact their Southern roots that brought them together, as they were living in Orange County, California at the time and Susanna was excited to find another southerner in the area. Everyone put so much effort into making this the perfect day, and it really was.

Pen Weddings is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    Thanks so much for sharing ladies!

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Happy weekend, belles! Remember our fun little Southern Spotting from a few weeks ago, the one with the cheeky bar? If you loved Catherine and Sean and their sense of humor, you’re in for a treat today, because we’re sharing their highlight film from PenWeddings! Take a minute to watch their clip – my favorite part is seeing the gorgeous Cooper Memorial Chapel!

From Sarah of PenWeddings:

“This is the Traylor-Parks wedding. Yes, those are their real names. And Catherine and Sean took full advantage of this coincidence, using an Airstream trailer as the bar for their adorable backyard reception. There ceremony was held at the stunning Mildred B. Cooper chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas, created by renowned Arkansas architect E Fay Jones. Although it’s not far from the nearest highway, once you’ve walked the meandering path through the trees to the chapel, you feel as though you’ve left the world behind. We were so thrilled that Catherine and Sean set aside time after the ceremony to take photos by the water, in a field, and at a neighbor’s barn, too. They finished the night with an adorable reception at Catherine’s parents’ house. Wooden signs directed guests to the “out house” and cocktail hour on the front lawn. Beautiful arrangements of bottles, flowers and tree stumps awaited guests at their tables, along with their favors of honey and tea. The Southern cooking was to die for, and the dancing seemed like it would never end. Nothing could have made this day better, other than maybe a 20-degree drop in temperature. I can’t say enough about what a fabulous day it was.”

Credits:

Cinematography: PenWeddings // Photography: Wisner Photo // Coordination: Bates Marketing & Events // Ceremony Venue: Mildred B. Cooper Chapel // Reception Venue: Bride’s Parents’ house // Flowers: Jules Design // Cake: Rick’s Bakery // Catering: The Event Group // Lighting: Dance Enhance // Bride’s Dress: J.Crew // Transportation: Pinnacle Car Services

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  1. avatar NatalieG reply

    I absolutely love this!!!!! I still have teary eyes and goosebumps :) …and a special shout out to NWA wooohooo!!! I can’t wait for September 1, 2012 :) I hope everyone has this much fun celebrating with me and Austin!!!

  2. avatar Sarah reply

    What an awesome day this was! Catherine and Sean were a dream to work with. Thanks so much Emily and all the girls at Southern Weddings for sharing!

  3. avatar Wedding Invitations reply

    Absolutely adore the burlap details! <3

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  5. avatar Cristina Wisner reply

    I absolutely loved this wedding and I have honestly watched this film 72 times! I love every second of it!

  6. avatar Nathan reply

    Gorgeous! They look very happy!

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