See that first shot by Crystal Genes Photography? Adorable. And those wicker basket favors? Also adorable. I love the gold doilies that were tied on — just an added touch of glam! Britt + Heath and A Plum Perfect Affair worked together to create a reception at The Hotel Concord that would make the Steel Magnolias women proud. The pink and lace details decked the room and looked especially sweet combined with the couple’s pie bar! Britt’s mom arranged a special appearance from the Carolina Panther’s mascot, Sir Purr, who had everyone “hog wild dancing all night!” No one would have ever expected that the wedding lived through a changed wedding photographer (the couple’s first double-booked the day, but it worked out for the best!), broken bridal portraits, a chipped front tooth hours before the wedding, a wrong linen order, and a missing cake topper among other things!
Describe your wedding flowers: I knew I had to have peonies but the florist said they probably wouldn’t be available that late in the season. Luckily, it turns out that they were! My bridesmaids had ivory bouquets with small sprays of feathers, tied together with a black lace bow. My bouquet was the same except had splashes of blush and bashful (just like Shelby from Steel Magnolias!) peonies and was tied with an ivory lace bow. The groomsmen wore freesia boutonnières and the mothers carried a smaller version of my bouquet.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We had a pie bar with peach pie, pecan pie and apple pie. Our wedding cake was two tiered red velvet with buttercream frosting.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. We went through three venue changes, and then our first wedding photographer double-booked the day, but we were so glad that happened because we ended up with the best! On the day of, we had broken bridal portraits, a chipped front tooth hours before the wedding, a wrong linen order, and a missing cake topper among other things! I dealt with it and everything worked out perfectly!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $20,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Without a doubt, the photographer. My Dad and I decided on this fact before deciding anything else. It was actually the only thing I splurged on and boy was it worth it. After all, the pictures are what you have to remember this day forever. Crystal and Ben are amazingly talented and were absolutely wonderful to work with!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When my Dad and I were standing behind the church doors getting ready to walk, he said, “I’ll race ya!” It was a line from one of our favorite movies that only we would appreciate, and perfect for the situation. Right then the doors opened and I got to have my daddy, the model of what a husband should be, help me turn the page to the next chapter in my life.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No. But the Bible verse from our wedding was 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy the process. Don’t get your feathers ruffled about the little things. After all the mishaps we went through, I am a testament to the fact that it’ll all work out!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are enjoying our time together as husband and wife! Now that the stress of the wedding planning is over, we can get back to all our favorite things to do together: playing board games/Wii, throwing the football, grocery shopping and yard work! We are looking forward to kids someday, but we’ll enjoy spoiling our nephews for now!
Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography // Planner: A Plum Perfect Affair // Ceremony venue: First Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: The Hotel Concord // Florist: Reception flowers by Linda Alexander, and bouquets, boutonnières, alter arrangement and church wreaths by Chelish Moore Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Nona’s Sweets // Caterer: Union Street Bistro // Linens: Party Rentals Plus // Paper Products: A Plum Perfect Affair // Bride’s Dress: Allure via New York Bride and Groom // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil by Custom NY Bride and Groom, Fascinator from Etsy // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka and vintage Laredo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm via NY Bride & Groom // Accessories: Grandmother’s Jewelry