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There is something so incredibly sweet about Libbie and Alan’s Georgia wedding, and I think it all stems from the fact that they kept their guest list super small. Childhood friends-turned-sweethearts, I’m sure it would have been easy for them to invite anyone and everyone they grew up with, but instead, they kept their guest list to just extended family and eight close friends. This meant that every single person at the wedding knew the two of them well and was ready to play an active role in encouraging their marriage in the years to come. Especially with their own little belle on the way now, I can only imagine how grateful Libbie and Alan are for their loving community!

Thank you kindly to Eliza Morrill for sharing this special day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I looked and looked, found a dress, and then started having second thoughts. I’m a very whimsical/ethereal type of gal and the dress just didn’t fit the bill. My stepmother and I, with very little time to spare, stepped into an adorable wedding dress shop, Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, and there it was…the most perfect dress. It fit like a glove–all we had to do was hem the bottom and add the bustle! It was fate!

My favorite detail was the flowers, because they were simply perfect, but another favorite was that our dog LB, aka Lady Blue, was there to spend the day with us. She is a blue pit/lab mix and was my something blue. She is the sweetest thing you will ever meet and knew this day was a special one to be a part of. She smiled like a good girl for the pictures and sat quietly with my best friends for the ceremony.

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Four of my closest friends and four of his, and then just our aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, and immediate family members! It was a very intimate wedding.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Both of our families had spent Thanksgiving at Barnsley Gardens on separate occasions and it is truly a magical place. We knew we wanted an outdoor, destination wedding and my stepmother even remembered me saying I wanted to get married there during our visit many years before. When we returned, I just knew it was the perfect place for Alan and I to be married–there were flowers upon flowers, beautiful trees, and rolling hills.

The wedding flowers were definitely one of my favorite details of the day–they were stunning. I carried a whimsical bouquet designed with all white and green blooms, which included ranunculus, white Veronica, white stock, Queen Anne’s lace, white larkspur, white scabiosa, mini green hydrangea, mixed succulents, Green Jade roses, and a variety of eucalyptus. My bridesmaid’s bouquets were smaller, but equally as stunning, using the same flowers. My flower crown (I wish I could wear it every day of my life!) was designed with small succulents, larkspur, ranunculus, and mixed greenery.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My father’s speech was so unbelievably heartfelt–he could barely get through it, he got so choked up. He said things he had been trying to say for years and spoke about my mother, who passed away when I was 13 and would have given anything to be there that day. He had the whole wedding party in tears. It was beautiful.

We had a simple, three-tiered vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries between the layers. My florist added flowers cascading all the way down the cake. Honeymoon Bakery in Rome, Georgia hit it out the park! I could eat this cake for every meal, and I am counting down the days until our first anniversary!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Eliza Morril Photography, for sure–we went to school together since we were very young, played soccer together, and our big brother were great friends! She did an outstanding job, and as someone who hates posing for pictures, she actually made it pretty fun!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We went to school together since we were six years old and have always been such great friends. However, we didn’t start dating until about two years ago, and the minute we stared dating, we just knew it would last forever.
Tell us all about the proposal! He put the ring under his family’s dog’s collar and said “LuLu has a present for you!” She was so excited, it was like she knew she was delivering something very special. He then said, “I have loved you since the fifth grade and have known I wanted to marry you since the moment we started dating.” The ring he gave me was my deceased mother’s wedding ring and it is the most beautiful thing I own. Wearing it every day is an honor. I get to carry a piece of her with me for the rest of my life.
When did y’all get married? April 17, 2016
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The string quartet played as the bridesmaids and mothers walked down the aisle to different songs by The Beatles, and I walked to “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard. We walked back up the aisle together to the upbeat part of “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros. It was all simply perfect!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The groom’s best man was his father, which is just about as Southern as you can get! The location of the wedding, Barnsley Gardens, is also right in the heart of Southern Georgia.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My stepmother is a woman of many trades; she cut the little birchwood place holders for the reception, sewed the burlap tablecloths for the reception, made the wedding programs, made the dog’s flower collar, and sewed the junior bridesmaid dress herself!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t let the details stress you out too much, and take things day by day. The vendors know what they are doing, so let them help you and trust them!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We have a baby coming soon, so we are now planning for her arrival! We are also moving to Nashville in September!

Photographer: Eliza Morril Photography | Videographer: Peerless Films | Planner: Heather Rabinowitz | Venue, Catering, and Rentals: Barnsley Gardens | Florist: Bloom | Cake Baker: Honeymoon Bakery | DJ: Gresham Cash Trip | Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN and Donna Morgan | Menswear: Collared Greens

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  1. avatar Dana reply

    Those pictures in the flowers, omg!!!! And the doggy :)

  2. avatar Catherine reply

    Love her gown! Beautiful!

  3. avatar Elle reply

    That dress is to die for!

  4. avatar Rudy & Marta Photography reply

    WOW! The dress, the flower field! Gorgeous!

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Fancy details certainly have their place in the wedding world, but there’s also something so special about simplicity. For their Alabama summer wedding, Meagan and Josh didn’t feel the need to include anything too over-the-top or complicated–they just wanted their family and friends to join them at one of their favorite places to celebrate their love, and nothing took the focus away from that! Along with their commitment to preparing for their marriage, not just their wedding day, I’m sure this is the reason Meagan remembers her engagement as mostly stress-free. As a bride-to-be myself, I’m taking a few notes from this gal in the hopes that I can follow her example!

Thank you so much to Mandy Busby for sharing Meagan and Josh’s wedding with us!

We knew that we wanted to get married outside at the lake and have a pretty casual wedding. We chose The Stables at Russell Lands on Lake Martin for our reception. It also allowed for lots of lights and our band to be outside, which I loved. We originally planned to have our ceremony on a lawn near The Stables. About a month before the wedding, we found out about a big oak tree in Russell Lands near The Stables. We decided to change our ceremony venue to under the big oak tree! Our venues were not on the lake, but you could see the lake from the field under the oak tree.

We decided to have a first look for many reasons. One reason was that we wanted to have plenty of time to take pictures. Our wedding was outside in August, so we wanted to have it as late as possible so people wouldn’t be too hot. The wedding started at 7 p.m. and since the sun was going to set soon after the ceremony, it would not leave us much time to take pictures in the daylight. We did not want to see each other for the first time in front of 350 people–we wanted to be able to talk and celebrate with each other and not have to wait until the ceremony was over. It also allowed us to get to the reception right after everyone arrived. We were so thankful that we had a first look because it allowed us to process the day a little bit and talk about all of our excitement. I love the pictures that we have and it did not take away from how special the ceremony was.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? I guess you could say that we wrote our vows, but we did not write them from scratch. We took several different vows that we had either heard or seen and combined them to make something that we liked and that fit us. My favorite line from Josh’s vows would be “I will love you and cherish you as Christ loves the church, giving my life for yours. I will lead and protect you as we are living testimonies of the grace of our God, who gave us one another.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We did not have any readings at our wedding, but Josh did speak. We wanted to make sure that the Gospel was shared that day. We had everyone that we loved there and wanted to share with them the most important thing to us.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, sweet tea, and lemonade. We served the sweet tea and lemonade in mason jars. We were married under a big old oak tree. We had mason jars with baby’s breath on the chairs of the aisle at the ceremony. Our band was a folk band, which was fun and very Southern! We had our guests sign quilt squares to make a guestbook quilt.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I loved our band. We had Act of Congress play and they were great! Josh and I had heard them play when we were in high school and loved them. We had their CDs and everything. We loved how they sounded and it definitely added to the night!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Josh and I met our freshman year of high school, but did not start dating until the end of our junior year. We had not spoken much, but during the spring semester, he randomly decided to ask me to prom. We had the best time at prom and decided to date soon after that! We dated for the rest of high school and then both decided to attend Auburn University. We dated all four years at Auburn and got engaged the fall semester of our senior year.
Tell us all about the proposal! My family has a lake house on Lake Martin, which is my favorite place to go. Josh and I have had some of our best memories out there since it so close to Auburn. During the fall of our senior year, we had gone to the away game at Mississippi State, and on our way back to school, my parents asked us to stop by the lake to drop something off for them. When we got to the lake house and walked around the back, I noticed that the boardwalk was lined with pictures. There were 20 or so pictures in chronological order from when Josh and I first started dating, leading to a bench surrounded by candles. We went and sat down and started talking. I wish I remembered all that happened, but I was so in shock, I really am not sure what was said! Thankfully, Josh gave me a letter that recapped everything that he wanted to say. The letter explained how he had spoken with my dad and how he thought the Lord had used me in his life. After reading over the letter, Josh got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I obviously said yes! Josh and his grandfather had built the bench we were sitting on out of wood that was over 100 years old that his grandfather had from an old house. On the back of the bench was engraved our names and the date of our engagement. My sister and Josh’s best friend were on the other side of the cove that our lake house is on and photographed the entire thing. I am so thankful for those sweet pictures! We left the lake and headed back to Auburn, where all of our friends and family were to help us celebrate.
When did y’all get married? August 3, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 350
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I first thought that I wanted to have a wedding dress made, but realized that it would be a little more difficult than I thought. One day, I randomly decided to go to Diane’s Formal Wear in Jasper, Alabama with my mom. I originally wanted a full lace dress, but soon realized that they didn’t feel like me. All together, I tried on six lace dresses and one silk taffeta dress. I ended up going with the silk taffeta dress and loved it!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Come Thou Fount” because I’ve always loved the song. I came down the aisle to “My Beloved” by Kari Jobe. After Josh shared the Gospel, we had a time for everyone to pray while “To The Cross I Cling” played. We chose this song because it went so perfectly with what Josh had just shared. We all left the ceremony to “White Dress” by Ben Rector played on a keyboard, because it was fun and upbeat! Our first dance was to “Hung the Moon” by Drew and Ellie Holcombe. We have seen Drew and Ellie in concert and love their music. Another fun part of the evening was when Josh sang “Loving You Is Easy” by Ben Rector with our band. It was such a great surprise and something I will cherish for a long time!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Like everything else, my cake was simple. It was a five-tier vanilla cake with white buttercream frosting. Nothing too exciting, but I loved how it turned out. We also sent our guests home with a bottled Coke and a chocolate chip cookie for their rides home!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was a gold bracelet of my mom’s from Italy. My something blue was my underwear. My something old was a handkerchief that belonged to my great grandmother, which I wrapped around my bouquet. My something new was my dress!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first look was so special and beyond exciting! We could not believe our wedding day was finally here! There was so much joy and love in that moment, and it is something I will never forget.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Just relax! Enjoy planning your wedding and know that your engagement is about more than just getting ready for that one day. Take advantage of your engagement to prepare for your marriage. It is easy to get wrapped up in planning for that big day, but when it is all said and done, it is just that–one day. Your marriage is forever and something that should be prayed over and talked about before you get married.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We have moved to Homewood, Alabama and are loving it! We go for walks with our dog together almost every day and just enjoy one another! We look forward to getting to know each other even better and pursuing the Lord together in marriage. We love all the time we get to spend with each other and the opportunity to do life together.

Photographer and Videographer: Mandy Busby / Venue: Russell Lands on Lake Martin / Florist: Grace’s Florist / Wedding Cake: Catherine’s Market at Russell Lands on Lake Martin / Caterer: Jim ‘N Nicks / Rentals and Lighting: Brendle Rentals / Band: Act of Congress / Bride’s Gown: “Mimi” by Watters / Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Morgan Ashley Salon / Bride’s Sandals: Frye / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Eshakti / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Paper Products: Val Marie Paper

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  1. avatar Anastasia Arrigo reply

    So beautiful!!!

  2. avatar Jillian Anderson reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love her dress and the simplicity of the wedding. It looks so beautiful. And I love how the groom presented the Gospel at the ceremony. Congratulations!

  3. avatar Chevin Woodruff reply

    I love that while Meagan & Josh were getting married the love of God helped them to share something even more important as Josh shared the Gospel. No doubt by this humble act God will bless their love and marriage beyond their understanding. The photos are absolutely lovely. And catch the spirit of the day.

  4. avatar Mandy Busby reply

    What a pleasure to be featured on Southern Weddings! Also love how they got the bride to share some advice on planning a wedding. Meagan was such a gracious bride and they really allowed her to show that in the Q&A.

  5. avatar crystal reply

    Great article and photos! Loved the wedding ideas and planning tips you have on this blog!

  6. avatar Dana reply

    I LOVE her wedding dress!

  7. avatar Valerie reply

    So happy to see this couple’s big day!! Meagan was one of the sweetest brides I’ve had the pleasure of working with!!

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    Can you tell me where you got the stickers for the bags printed? Thank you!

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Y’all, I about died over Grace + Daniel. Oh yes, Grace’s pink gown is magnificent and her dusty blue (and numerous) bridesmaids will have you swooning, but their proposal story is hands down one of the best I’ve ever heard! Definitely make sure you scroll down and read it, then click on the links (yes, there are videos!). I won’t give anything away, but it’s going to make you happier than a goat in a briar patch.

Watching the videos makes this wedding feel so special to me. You can tell how important Grace + Daniel’s friends are to them. After all, their proposal wouldn’t have been possible without them and most of their wedding day vendors were actually friends and family. Seeing these photos from Shea Christine with the newlyweds surrounded by their loved ones is one of the best reminders of what weddings are all about.

Finding my dress was somewhat of a stressful process at first, because it seemed like everything in the ball gown silhouette I was looking for was covered in “bling.” I knew I didn’t want something boring, but I wanted texture in a different way, such as lace or a ruching of the skirt. I also knew that I wanted my dress to be striking and unique — something that truly reflected my sense of style and personality. The only thing that I was really certain of was that I wanted tulle. It’s such a beautiful, dainty fabric that is perfect for a bride. Anyway, after endlessly searching online for anything I liked, I trekked to about ten different bridal stores in one day with a couple of my bridesmaids. We went to a bunch of boutiques, and ended up stopping at David’s Bridal at the end of the day because it was on our way home. Now don’t get me wrong…when I first got engaged, I swore up and down my dress would NOT come from there, but that was before I knew that Vera Wang had designed a collection for them! Needless to say, I saw my beautiful dress, tried it on and fell in love. The only color they had it in stock in the store was the blush, and I had initially wanted it in ivory, but I was really torn once I tried the blush on. I loved how different it was. I was talking to my friends about how I wondered if I would regret getting a “nonconventional” wedding gown, and the saleswoman overheard me and asked, “Well, are you conventional?” When I thought about it I laughed, because I wasn’t! My engagement ring is a sapphire, we weren’t getting married in a church — what about this wedding needed to be conventional? That really set my mind at ease about the dress, and of course I ended up buying it! I’m so glad I did.

Grace and her bridesmaids arranged all of the flowers themselves! Grace bought all of the flowers in bulk from Sam’s Club and worked with her bridal party to create their own beautiful bouquets.

Our wedding flowers were fairly simple. We decided to go with all white since we had color in my bridesmaids’ dresses and in my dress as well. For my sister’s and my bouquets, we just did white roses and baby’s breath. The rest of my bridesmaids had a pretty assortment of white flowers such as hydrangeas, poms, daisies, callas, mums, and greens. There were also little touches of eucalyptus in there, which complemented the girls’ dresses really nicely! For the rest of the wedding décor, we used the rest of the white roses and baby’s breath.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
Daniel’s parents read three different scriptures at our wedding: Song of Solomon 8:6-7 “Always keep me in your heart. And wear this bracelet to remember me by. The passion of love, bursting into flame is more powerful than death, stronger than the grave. Love cannot be drowned by oceans or floods; it cannot be bought no matter what is offered.” Romans 8:38 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

We wrote our own vows, and I’m so glad we did! I think that traditional wedding vows are beautiful, but again, it’s all about filling your day with your personality. My favorite part of Daniel’s vows to me was, “I promise to be yours forever. I will spend the rest of my life, living our life. I will no longer consider me, but us. I promise to be on your side even when you feel like Nixon, and the world is out to get you. I will sleep like a pencil so that you can sleep like a starfish. I will make room for your shoes. I will never be too adult to call you schmoo or smuckers. And will never stop asking for kisses.” I couldn’t pick just one line.His vows were so beautiful, sweet, clever, and funny, and I cherished them so much. Daniel says that his favorite part of my vows to him was”Therefore, I promise from this day forward to love you despite circumstance, challenge you for the better, accept you as you are, console you when you’re down, encourage you in your passions, support you in your dreams, and laugh at all your jokes — even the ones that aren’t funny — and we all know that that is the biggest commitment of all!”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
Well we had a horse galloping around behind a fence next to our venue! We also had nice little Southern touches like a fire pit with s’mores, corn hole, and some low country lemonade. I also had a few people tell me that my dress was very Scarlett O’Hara-esque. I also think that our whole DIY decor theme was very Southern and romantic. There is something about having a ton of twinkle lights in a barn in the middle of nowhere that is very Southern and beautiful to me.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
I would say to do as much yourselves as you can and that you’re comfortable with, and don’t underestimate your ability to do so! The price of weddings these days is astronomical, and so much of it can be done on your own if you’re just willing to take the time to do it. You can not only save yourself a great amount of money, but you also get to put so much more of your personalities into your wedding. It’s a day devoted fully to you and your spouse — it might as well reflect you two as much as possible! Also, utilize your friends and all of their talents. We had so many talented friends help us out in areas that would have cost us a fortune, such as the designing of all of our invitations, my hair and makeup and the decorating at the venue. We’re so grateful for everyone that was willing to put their hard work and creative efforts into our wedding.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
I think our favorite detail of the wedding was our little hot air balloon centerpieces that we made. Unfortunately by the time I was heading down the aisle they had started to droop! So sad! But I think we got the point across…I guess we should have been a little more generous with the helium!!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. 
I loved the music we used for our wedding. Daniel and I made a huge playlist on Spotify of all the music we love — everything from classic jazz to indie acoustics to rap! I think some of our favorite music was on the Pre-Wedding Playlist we had playing while people were arriving and seating themselves. It included “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin” by Colin Hay and “Life is Beautiful” by Vega4. The song that my bridal processional walked down the aisle to was “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last and I walked down the aisle to “Keep Warm” by Ingrid Michaelson. Then Daniel and I partook in communion and the lighting of the unity candle during our ceremony, and played “Be Thou My Vision” by Ascend the Hill. Finally, at the end of the ceremony when we were pronounced husband and wife, we played “Lovers in Japan” by Coldplay for the recessional. I loved our music choices, they fit our wedding perfectly in the same “nonconventional” way the dress did. For our first dance, we used “You and I” by Michael Buble. We were going to dance to “Sweetpea” by Amos Lee because it was short and sweet, but we got so swamped leading up to the wedding that we never even got to practice a dance! We ended up going with Michael Buble because it was slow and beautiful and we could just sway together with the music without people figuring out that everything was improvised…hopefully!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? (From the bride) I think my most memorable moment about our wedding day was when I finally got up to the altar and was standing with Daniel while our pastor talked. I know I should have been listening, but I was so focused in on his face. There was so much love there. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment. There were a bunch of people witnessing this moment with us, but I felt like it was just me and him standing there. (From the groom) My most memorable moment was going off by myself right before we were about to start the ceremony and just taking the time to soak in the huge commitment I was about to make. I took some time to pray — I wanted to enjoy the moment of excitement and joy of anticipation of getting married and seeing my beautiful bride.

Our wedding cake was delicious…and it was cupcakes! We also had a little cake topper that we could cut and eat and save for our first wedding anniversary. Our cupcakes were made by our friend’s wonderful mother, who is a baker for Disney. She is super talented! She made us a beautiful variety of vanilla cupcakes with a lemon buttercream icing, and spice cupcakes with cream cheese icing. They were so good, and so pretty! She decorated them with little mint colored polka dots or flowers. They were all different and eclectic!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. 
Daniel and I met in 2008 at our freshman orientation week at Palm Beach Atlantic University during a lipsync competition (ha!). I fell for those big blue eyes the second I saw them! We quickly became friends and started dating after a few months. We’ve stuck together ever since.
Describe the proposal. 
Daniel and I were both theatre majors in college, and one of our professors has a children’s theatre company. About a week after we graduated, I received an email from this professor, addressed to myself and many of my former classmates, saying that he was holding auditions for a new company he was starting. It was a standard audition notice. I’ve never been too keen on auditioning. In fact, I hate it most times but I was pretty excited about this one since I’ve worked with this man before. I felt fairly confident in it. I prepared for a few weeks until it was merely a few days before the audition, when I came down with the WORST cold. The day of the audition eventually came, my cold never left, and I finally just determined that all I could do was my best, and hope it came out okay. Daniel and I went to the audition, waited with our other friends who were there, and eventually it was my turn. I went into the room, did my monologue, and waited for the accompanist to start my song (This was all being filmed by my professor, who stated it was for company purposes). However, the accompanist started playing something completely different from my song. I was so confused and thought maybe he was giving me some sort of wild introduction, when all of the sudden Daniel busted into the room and started singing to me (while another friend was filming him). I was mad at first and thought he was playing a somewhat cruel joke on me. Then I started to catch on. He was singing a song about how he was always the last one picked, until he met me. Meanwhile, as he is singing, tons of my friends start pouring into the room (ones who had been there for the “audition” and others who were hiding in the dressing room!) and setting up a house scene around us, complete with flats painted as a house, a white picket fence and a hose, a table and chairs with a tea set, and a mailbox that said the “Schmoos” on it (which is our signature name for each other). Finally the song ended, the lights went out, candles were lit and a video started with all of our favorite songs intermixed with interviews from friends who could and couldn’t be there, answering the question”If you could summarize our relationship in one word, what would it be and why?” It was also mixed in with places where Daniel and I had significant occasions in our relationship, with Daniel narrating our time together. At last the movie ended, and on the screen it said, “Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting what you deserve, and GRACE is getting what you don’t deserve.” It’s safe to say that I’m weeping at this point. Daniel stood me up and walked me over to the Schmoo mailbox and told me that he’d been lying to me. That this wasn’t a real audition and that Butler (our former professor) didn’t have a part for me, but that HE had a role for me as fiancé and future wife. He took my ring out of the mailbox and proposed to me! I said yes of course! Afterward, we went to a friend’s house with all of the friends who were in on the surprise and had a great engagement party. (See their engagement videos here, here and here!)
In what month did you get married? 
February
How many guests attended your wedding? 
90
Did you decide to do a “first look”? We decided against a first look. We wanted the first time we saw each other that day to be when I was walking down the aisle toward him. We ended up seeing each other while we were all getting the venue ready anyway, but I scurried away as quickly as I could! I wanted that ridiculous, exciting, crazy-giddy magic moment where all of our friends and family got to witness our reactions to one another as we saw each other for the “first” time on our wedding day.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
We both agree that our biggest challenge we had to overcome and eventually laugh about was our guest list struggle! As hard as it is to pick people to invite without hopefully offending others, on top of that we had to deal with people inviting themselves!! I’m sure that people don’t intend to be rude, but I don’t think they fully think about what they’re doing either. There’s no better way to learn these things than to live through them yourself. Suffice to say, I will never forget to RSVP to a wedding again!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? 
Less than $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? 
Definitely the dress. I had initially bought it used to save us some money, being that our budget was so tight. However, when I received it, all of the petals on the dress (that I love so much!) had been drastically altered, which was really disappointing. I took it to my seamstress to see if she could alter it. She told me that the amount of altering it would take to have it look like the original would cost me just as much as if I had bought the dress new. Upon hearing that, I shipped the used one back, sucked it up, and splurged on the dress. I’m going to resell it now, so it’s a win-win! And of course we are happy that we splurged on the photography. Everyone tells you that it is an absolute must, and they are correct. Photos are the only keepsakes that you get to hold onto after your big day, so they might as well be beautiful!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
 The sky is the limit as far as our plans go. We aren’t tied down to anything right now. I think that one thing we’re most looking forward to is finally finishing moving into our apartment together! We’ve come quite a long way, but there are still a few boxes here and there. On a more serious note, I’d say that we are most looking forward to just getting to live our everyday lives together and making our decisions for ourselves. It is so nice knowing that you get to live with your favorite person who you love most for the rest of your life.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
28 Comments
  1. avatar Kat reply

    3 words: OH THAT DRESS!!!!!

  2. avatar Robe de mariée reply

    The wedding details are great.

  3. avatar Susan P reply

    Love what is written here! Learned some things I hadn’t previously heard about. What a nice, nice article. One of my FAVORITE days, ever, Grace and Daniel!!!! Love you both!

  4. avatar Brooke reply

    Where are the bridesmaids dresses from?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Brooke! Grace had her bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Some of them are from Free People, J Crew, Modcloth and Chicwish.

  5. avatar Melissa in MN reply

    OMG, this is PERFECT. It’s everything that I dreamed that my wedding would be, but I just couldn’t make it happen in that way. What an incredibly personal, memorable way to start your lives together!

  6. avatar Nik reply

    I can’t believe how close this comes to my exact dream wedding. Wow.

  7. avatar Daniel reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQgtIhfevO0

    Here is the link to the video that Grace watched right before I dropped to one knee and proposed. Enjoy!

  8. avatar Audrey (big sister of the groom) reply

    This article made me cry all over again! Beautiful details and some that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t read it (like the first dance to Michael Buble).
    This truly was a beautiful and personalized wedding and the details and hard work showed through the distinct touches of everything. Amazing job with the photos too!!
    Love my brother and his wifey :)

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  11. avatar Marti reply

    Where’d she get the floral boots from?

  12. avatar Grace Mattei reply

    hi marti!

    i got my shoes off of amazon…they are poetic licence brand, the lady victoria boot in the color bone, but im not sure that they are available anymore…i searched a few websites and couldnt find them again. good luck!

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  15. avatar Heather reply

    Where did they find that globe with the little lights? I love it.
    Thanks!

  16. avatar Grace Mattei reply

    Hi heather! The globe was actually something that I had thrifted and made into a lamp for a project I had in school haha. It was just fortunate that it ended up being some pretty decor for our wedding too! It’s simple enough to do-the people at Home Depot can show you everything you need to construct a basic lamp out of anything. Then it was just a matter of cutting open the globe and drilling holes in it…you can wind up with a great end result if you’re willing to put the time in!

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  19. avatar Amanda reply

    I am IN LOVE with the bridesmaid dres that is lace with 3/4 sleeves. It is exactly what I am looking for! Can you share where that one is from? I can’t find anything like it and will likely have to have them made. Thank you!

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    BEAUTIFUL !! where did this wedding take place? It is stunning & I am currently looking for a locations like this for my wedding!

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    What a beautiful wedding! I was wondering where their venue was?

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    hi there is a picture of a single brides maid holding a bouqute of flowers i was wondering if anyone could tell me where her dress came from or who makes it

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