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Today’s couple’s story is a little different from most of the brides and grooms who grace Southern Weddings! Jeremy proposed spontaneously in Vegas, and he and Ashley were married in a chic, casual elopement ceremony the very next day. While their whirlwind 36-hour engagement was perfectly them, they were excited to share their joy with family and friends, too. A year and a half after their first wedding in Vegas, these wedding industry cuties were pronounced “still married” at a beautiful Virginia barn.

Thanks so much to Justin & Mary for sharing Ashley and Jeremy’s wedding day with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! It was about 3 a.m. at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant inside the MGM Grand during the 2012 WPPI, a photographer’s conference (I am a wedding photographer and Jeremy is a wedding cinematographer). Through a crazy turn of events, Jeremy decided that he was going to propose to me as soon as I returned to the table. He borrowed a sterling silver ring from a friend, got down on one knee to the shrieks of our friends, and asked me to marry him! We were engaged and married within 36 hours in the most amazing elopement ceremony EVER! You can see our elopement film here and the images here. It was a complete whirlwind but SO us.

Even though our wedding was in the fall, I wanted pastels, pastels, and more pastels! I wanted our florals to feel lush, inviting, soft, romantic, and pretty, with a touch of glam. Rachel, our florist, did an absolutely amazing job with every single piece throughout the day. She even created a little flower collar for our dog to wear down the aisle! My favorites were the huge succulents and giant dahlias that she found and incorporated throughout the wedding!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Of course! There were several reasons we chose to do a first look. One, of course, being a wedding photographer myself, I knew the value of having that extra time on the wedding day for portraits, which were so important to us. We did not have the weather on our side on our wedding day, and if we hadn’t done a first look, all of our portraits would have been in the rain. I’ve also had the privilege of seeing so many couples have a first look, and the emotions and love that comes from them cemented my desire to have one. Jeremy is my best friend and all I wanted to do was see him and hang out before the ceremony!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we did! In my vows, I spoke about the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and how, in that book, the ultimate answer to everything in the universe is the number 42. Through some strange coincidences, that number in particular is very meaningful to us, and I expressed to Jeremy that I was so thankful that “the ultimate answer to everything in my universe was you.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our ceremony was short and sweet. We had one of our great friends, Dave, officiate for us, so it was amazing hearing him tell the story of how we met, offer some advice, and pronounce us “still married.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our food was most decidedly Southern–we wanted upscale, small-plated Southern tapas, and Jodi with Sweetwater more than delivered! We had an entire biscuit bar with homemade jams and jellies, mini mac n’ cheese, mini pot pies, mini grilled cheese paninis with tomato soup, butter beans with cornbread, mini shrimp po’boys…my mouth waters just thinking about it! So many people told us the food was the best they had had at any wedding. Our venue was also so beautifully Southern–a gorgeous home that dated back to the 1800s, tucked away in a tiny Virginia town. I also think our decision to keep the wedding as intimate as possible was Southern too–growing up, we had backyard BBQs and pool parties and were always surrounded by a close knit group of friends and family. I wanted to keep that same feeling alive by not “meeting” anyone at my wedding for the first time!

When we started planning our wedding, I wrote down in my notebook that my dream venue would be a barn with chandeliers. I stumbled across Silverbrook, immediately emailed and spoke to Dot, the owner, and when she said the chandeliers were part of the barn, I couldn’t arrange a site visit fast enough! We chose the venue based on the location and vibe, but we never expected to fall as in love with Dot as much as we did–she was such an amazing part of our day.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had an entire table of Southern dessert favorites! My daddy made his famous banana pudding, which was served in tiny flip-top mason jars. Our incredible caterer, Jodi, put together hand pies on sticks (the chocolate ones were to die for!), miniature Coke floats, and mason jar strawberry shortcakes. We went this direction in lieu of a traditional cake and it was so much fun letting everyone pick their favorites (or try them all!).

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met about eight years ago when I bought car parts from Jeremy and he installed them on my car. Romantic, right? We are both big car nerds and happened to have the same type of car at that time. It wasn’t until about three years later that we saw each other again when a group of our mutual friends organized a snowboarding trip. We annoyed all of our friends by staying up late and talking while everyone else was trying to sleep. It was pretty much “game over” after that!
When did y’all get married? The first time, February 22, 2012. This time, October 12, 2013!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 75
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I wanted this particular Vera dress from the minute I saw it. My only fear was that it wasn’t going to fit me right, so as soon as we picked a date for the wedding, I ran to the store and tried it on. To my absolute relief, it was exactly what I had imagined! With a few tweaks (I added a sweetheart neckline), it was my dream wedding dress. I also picked out a fun BHLDN dress for the reception so that I could show off my favorite accessory, my sparkly gold Kate Spade shoes!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Music is a huge part of our lives, so our music choices were very deliberate! The song I walked down the aisle to was “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros, and we walked back up the aisle to American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life.” Our first dance song was Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life,” and the rest of our playlist consisted of super fun old-school songs that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We loved the overall combination of the items we chose to include in each part of the day–each choice was made with the intention to not only describe us and our relationship, but to provide a fun, Southern party for all of our best friends to come together at. I think one of the detail highlights was Jeremy’s signature drink–a “pickleback,” which is whiskey and pickle juice. Everyone was scared at first, but by the end of the night, everyone was requesting how to make them, and it was so fun seeing everyone cheers-ing with their newfound favorite drink.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The weather! I know that being in the wedding industry, I should know better than to get upset over the weather, but we had a freak nor’easter roll through Virginia the week of our wedding and it would NOT stop raining. I tried very hard to “let go” during the week, but I couldn’t help but feel a bit helpless. However, when the rehearsal rolled around and I was surrounded by my friends and family, I realized it truly did not matter in the least what the weather brought–everything was going to be perfect no matter what. And truthfully, the overcast skies and the foggy mountains made our wedding absolutely magical.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I couldn’t pick just one! Our vendors were amazing and we chose them not only because of their talents, but because of who they are as people. They not only did their jobs, they treated us like family every step of the way, and when we looked around on the wedding night, it made us so happy to see them dancing and enjoying themselves just as much as we did. We had the best team of vendors ever!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There was a point when Jeremy and I were looking around and we realized that even though we had invited lots of family and friends from all different parts of our lives, there was absolutely no sign that these people hadn’t known each other for more than two hours. All of our friends, from all over the country, from all different parts of our story, were dancing, laughing, and cheers-ing together. That was by far my favorite memory–seeing all of our favorite people meet and become friends with all of our other favorite people!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? As hard as it is, and as cliche as it is, at some point you have to let go and know that your marriage is far more important than your wedding. There are going to be things that are out of your control, but what is in your control is how you react, and how you communicate with your soon-to-be hubby in the face of a stressful situation. Know that in your heart, you are marrying someone amazing, and at the end of the day, that is what matters. I promise, everything will fall into place just as it should. You will look back and see the things that went “wrong” as sweet memories that made the day all the better. It will all be okay!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Married life has been incredible!! We are just looking forward to continuing to build our life together, hand in hand, side by side. He’s my best friend and he saves me in the smallest of ways, every day. I can never truly show him how much I love him, but I darn well am going to try! Oh, and hopefully purchasing our first home together soon–we can’t wait!

Photographer: Justin & Mary Photography / Videographer: Josh Gooden / Planner: Antonia Christianson Events / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Silverbrook Farm / Florist: Floral and Bloom / Dessert Baker and Caterer: Sweetwater Cuisine / DJ: Amanda pearl of Fat Cat Productions / Photo Booth: Liz & Ryan / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang “White” / Paper Products: PaperDolls Design / Hair Stylist: Ian McCabe / Makeup Artist: Sarah Rillon / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Levi Denim, J.Crew Shirt, Forever 21 Blazer, Etsy Bow Tie, and Aldo Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew Shirt, Levi Denim, and H&M Shoes / Chalkboards, place cards, and window panes: Coastal Calligraphy and Design

lisa Written with love by Lisa
22 Comments
  1. avatar Ashley Mitchell reply

    Ahhhh! What an amazing honor and treat to see our wedding grace the “pages” of Southern Weddings this morning!!! We are so stinking excited!!! Thank you so much!!

  2. avatar Emilia Jane reply

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Love you two and I just can’t get enough of your wedding photos :-D <3

  3. avatar Suzy VanDyke reply

    Justin and Mary are amazing photographers, and Ashley & Jeremy are a wonderful couple! I love this wedding!

  4. avatar Liz and Ryan reply

    Ahhh! We just love reliving Ashley and Jeremy’s special day! ;) (x2) So gorgeous! And so perfect! Love you A&J! Ohh and of course AMAZING photographs J&M!!! ;) Love all around! ;)

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    I love the necklace that your bridesmaid in the grey is wearing! Where did you buy it?

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    I also LOVE the necklace you bridesmaid is wearing. Where did you/she get it? I’d love for my ladies to have it for my wedding this October.

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Six more days, y’all! We have a garage full of V6 in all her pretty, printed glory, and we are packing them up as quickly as we can to start shipping out tomorrow! You can order a copy here, or if you’re in the South, stop by your favorite bookstore or news stand in less than a week!

One thing we celebrate quite a bit in V6 is how dramatic, but completely natural, the contrasts in the South can be. I won’t give too much away, but I will say that Heidi and Garth are a perfect example. From their gorgeous wedding, you’d never guess that these two spent the day of Garth’s proposal working hard out on their dairy farm! Southern belles and gents can feel just as comfortable in jeans and boots out in the country as they do glammed up in Lazaro and seersucker on their wedding days. It’s one of our favorite things about the South, as well as one of our favorite things about Heidi and Garth’s big day!

Thanks so much to Cristy Cross for sharing Heidi and Garth’s beautiful West Texas wedding with us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We were introduced at a family barbecue at my sister’s house in Friona, Texas in April 2012. Garth arrived at the event sweaty from mountain biking, wearing denim bib overalls, and with an uncontrollable case of the hiccups. Though I was not immediately charmed by this presentation, chemistry developed between us later that evening while playing the classic Gingg family dinner party game, Catch-a-phrase. The spark created that evening quickly developed into a love that inspired me to move to West Texas to be close to Garth. Though slightly out of character for me, I even learned to harvest green feed and grow steer calves at Del Rio Dairy.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mother and I planned a trip to Kleinfeld in New York City. Although we did not get to make an appearance on “Say Yes to the Dress,” it was an unforgettable experience. I have never seen so many beautiful dresses; it was overwhelming at first. Luckily Kleinfeld has got it together, and with just a few questions in regards to style and fit, I had five dress options before me. It only took three to find the one!

We did not do a first look. It was important to me to follow tradition. I wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle, for him to be the first man to hold me as a baby and the last to give me away as a woman. I felt as though the symbolism would be somewhat lost if I had seen and held Garth before my dad officially gave me away. The moments I spent with my mom and dad just before loading up to head down to the ceremony were full of laughter and tears. I will not forget those last few rushed, crazy and hectic moments, just the three of us. The decision not to do a “first look” provided a little more time with my parents.

While we may be a little bit more Southwestern than Southern, we still have tradition and definitely charm. We wanted to create an experience where every guest felt like family. It was a celebratory time for everyone to enjoy great drinks, great food, the great outdoors, and great love: the foundations of Southern tradition. For a little Southwestern charm, I have to mention country singer Will Banister and his band–they were absolutely phenomenal, with a traditional country sound. Oh yes, and we cannot forget Garth’s seersucker suit!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Equally my wedding planner and photographer. Parie painted a canvas of perfection, and Cristy captured its beauty for all of us to remember. In the end, it brought us great happiness to experience our hopes and dreams brought to life and to know those memories will forever be within reach.

Aren’t their flowers and tablescapes stunning? Parie of Parie Designs’ goal was to marry the coppery tones in the venue with Heidi’s glitzy, fun personality. To achieve this, she used cream garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, Lysimachia, succulents, cafe au lait dahlias, mini millet, and thornless blackberries against copper sequin linens and both gold and wood elements. So pretty!

Tell us all about the proposal! It was a sunny afternoon in good ole Muleshoe, Texas. After a day of green chopping on the farm for me and pregnancy-checking cows for Garth, he came home with what he often refers to as a surprise present. Lucky me…there was a bike helmet, biking gloves, and there may have even been some spandex bike shorts involved. After some arm twisting by Garth, I tried on the helmet and gloves (not the shorts!) and rode my mountain bike up and down the street. After the joyride, Garth had another surprise, which went like this. Garth: (hand into jean pocket, awkwardly) “So I was thinking… we should get married.” (Ring appears) Heidi: (Ooooh, ahhh, so excited!!) “…Well aren’t you going to ask me?!?!” Garth: “Will you marry me?” Heidi: “YES!”
When did y’all get married? July 11, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 64
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows for the wedding. However, we made sure to take time during our honeymoon to share our vows and promises to each other. I loved that it was a private moment just for Garth and I. Added bonus being that I avoided crying uncontrollably in front of our guests. :)
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We did not have any special readings. We had a very traditional religious ceremony performed by our pastor, Kurt Borden of Friona Methodist Church. In lieu of a reading, we took communion together for the first time as husband and wife, along with all of our guests. It was a beautiful time to share our union, love, and commitment to each other and God with the community that supports us.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Processional: Etta James, “At Last.” Pretty classic. Recessional: Ziggy Marley, “Love is my Religion.” I loved the funky sounds of the reggae, and I think it set a playful mood. Also, I love the lyrics. To me, it means to have faith in love, and love is all that matters. First Dance: Garett Hedlund/Leighton Meester, “Give In To Me,” my all-time favorite song (from the Country Strong soundtrack). It is about letting go of our fears and pride, allowing ourselves to truly experience love. Father/Daughter: Rascal Flatts, “My Wish.” My dad chose this song. It was a perfect choice, as it put into words the many hopes and dreams my dad has always had for me. Mother/Son: George Strait, “Amarillo by Morning.” This was a spur-of-the-moment choice that worked out just perfectly. So Texan! Also, our wedding venue, Palo Duro Canyon is just south of Amarillo. It was the perfect tempo for Garth and his mom to share their first dance!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Having Garth’s parents and brother there to share our special night. It was a blessing to be able to express our love and commitment for each other with them by our side. Seeing the beauty of the love they have for one another was my favorite detail.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was very difficult for me to make final decisions on small details. The possibilities are endless, and Pinterest begins to work against you eventually. My mom and sister were my saving grace. The wedding would not have been above and beyond perfect without their hard work.
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? Walking down the aisle on my dad’s arm to be joined with Garth. I remember feeling the strength and confidence from my dad and seeing the love and excitement in Garth’s eyes. The overwhelming joy and love I felt for Garth in those moments was indescribable. I will never forget how it felt to know that my dad was proud of Garth and I. I felt blessed to have him there to lead me down this new path and honored to have him represent the merging of my past, present and future.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? If you do not have my mom or sister, if at all possible, hire a wedding planner! I am not much of a DIY kinda girl, so I needed reinforcements. In addition to my wonderful mom and sister, Parie, my wedding planner, kept me sane. If a planner is not in the cards, I would suggest a meticulously updated weekly and monthly calendar/planner. Setting up alerts and reminders on Google calendar is a great tool. Have a notebook and pen on hand at all times — you never know when the next great idea will pop/pin up! And always stay true to your own ideas and personal style. It is important to be a little selfish, while always remembering the very simple reason you are planning this wedding. Be sure that your love is reflected in all of the details: love for yourself, your to-be husband, family and friends.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Garth and I are moving into our first home… on the farm. We will be living in Friona, Texas on our family dairy. I will be going back to my roots by living on the dairy and Garth will get to experience all of the adventures and opportunities that farm life has to offer, as well as contribute his knowledge and skills as a veterinarian. We will also be visiting Garth’s family and hometown in Colchester, Vermont. I am so excited to see where Garth grew up and experience firsthand what was such an important part of molding him into the amazing man he is today. We look forward to days of hard work and challenges and the joy that love provides no matter what the day may bring… hopefully soon, it brings a baby. ;)

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar My Love Wedding Ring reply

    beautiful day

  2. avatar Dana reply

    the seersucker suit, the cute little boys, and the flowers are all so perfect!

  3. avatar Kristin reply

    I have to agree with Dana on the cute little fellas. They are darling.

  4. avatar Cristy Cross reply

    What a beautiful and sweet story Heidi and Garth.
    Y’all were a blessing to work with, and your wedding rocked.

  5. avatar Abby reply

    In love with this theme! Does anyone know where the tablecloths came from or where I can find one similar? I’m obsessed with them!

  6. avatar Samantha reply

    Where did you get the sequin linens?

  7. avatar Amy reply

    I am in love with the sequins tablecloths. Where did you find quality sequins? I don’t want it to look cheap

  8. avatar Megan Oliver reply

    I am obsessed with your table clothes! Where did you get them???

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I have to say that between Melanie’s have-fun-planning mentality and the fact that in addition to their wedding cake, they offered milk and cookies and a late night spread of yummy comfort food at the after party – I would love to have attended this wedding! Big hugs to Brooke Mayo for making me feel like I was there!

Melanie + Joe’s goal for the weekend was to exude true Southern hospitality at its finest! I’d have to say that they nailed that! Just looking at the glamorous glittery linens makes me want to put on my dancing shoes, then watching a gorgeous Carolina sunset at their reception definitely gives me the warmth they were looking for.

I wanted a very intimate and romantic feel for our wedding flowers. I described my “vision” to my amazing wedding planner, Katrina Hutchins and she created a breathtaking inspiration board to share with our florist. Together they created a masterpiece! For the reception, we used plush white peonies, roses, and baby’s breath in unique mercury glass vases. Mixed in were floating candles accented with mint colored ribbon to add a subtle pop of color to the tables. The final product far exceeded my wildest expectations!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? After considerable debate, we finally decided to do a first look. Of course there is nothing like that moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time at the end of the aisle. At weddings, instead of looking at the bride when her processional begins, I look at the groom to see his expression. I love the tradition in that. However, our wedding day was about what made the most sense for us as a couple, for our families, and for our friends in attendance. The first look was a really special moment that allowed for us to have those few minutes alone and absorb the beauty of our special day. It also allowed for time alone, pre-ceremony, with our families and wedding party to take the edge off, so to speak, and calm nerves and emotions. Since we got married outside, the heat was a factor and we wanted our wedding party to be as comfortable as possible. Doing the first look allowed them to quickly move on to the cocktail hour after the ceremony and begin celebrating!

At the reception, the wedding party was seated at long farm tables, creating a warm sense of inclusion among the group. In addition to our wedding cake, we offered milk and cookies, along with a late night spread of yummy comfort food at the after party. To cap off the weekend, we offered a drop-in style Sunday brunch for our guests to drop in and say goodbye on their way out of town. We wanted the weekend to exude true Southern hospitality at its finest!

There were SO many details that made the entire day perfect for us. Joe and I were able to take a few minutes before the reception began to sneak a peek at the reception hall in all its glory and really soak in every detail before our guests arrived. We wanted classic elegance, paired with rustic warmth. The silver sequin linens mixed with a natural hard wood in the chiavari chairs and farm tables really portrayed this perfectly. We also had three gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the gazebo overlooking the sound. We loved that our guests could watch the gorgeous Carolina sunset at our reception!

Our wedding cake was perfection! It was four tiers of yummy goodness! The layers alternated between chocolate chip cake and a very unique and delicious key lime bliss cake.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story: Joe and I met just over four years ago through mutual friends in Charlotte, NC. We hit it off immediately, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Describe the proposal: Joe’s brother and his girlfriend were in town visiting, so we took them out for a fun night on the town, which included an outdoor concert in Charlotte. It was a gorgeous night and we enjoyed showing off our city! As the night came to an end, Joe arranged for a limo take us back home. While I questioned why a trusty cab wouldn’t do, I went along with the plan and alas, was none the wiser. Finally we made it home and upon walking in our front door, I noticed dozens and dozens of red roses. Thoroughly confused and caught off guard, the next thing I see is Joe down on one knee, holding THE most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen, asking for my hand in marriage! I was completely shocked! Joe had arranged for friends to come over and set the stage for what would be one of the happiest moments of my life!
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? 126 guests
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I visited several boutiques in Charlotte, and had settled on two dresses that I really liked, but didn’t “love.” My mother was in town, so I decided we should try one final boutique, which is where I found “the one.” It was love at first sight! I felt like a princess in a fairytale in my dress! I never wanted to take it off!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had two readings: An “Apache Wedding Blessing” and “1 Corinthians 13, 1-13”
Tell us about the music you used throughout your wedding: Music can set the tone for any occasion and we certainly realized the significance of having outstanding talent to make our special day even more memorable. We absolutely loved the musicians who performed for our wedding. First was Roy Murray, who is an artist local to the Outer Banks. Our ceremony music included a trumpeter, flutist, and string quartet. I walked down the aisle to Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary.” For our reception, Joe and I knew we wanted to have live music to keep the energy high and people on their feet! We first heard a band called “Rubberband” at a concert in Charlotte and loved every minute! We were so lucky they were available to play for our wedding. We still have guests commenting on how fantastic they were! They performed our first dance song, which was “Crazy Love” and father/daughter and mother/son dance, which was “Wonderful World.” The band was certainly a highlight of the night!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Perhaps the most Southern attribute to our wedding was the setting itself. We chose the Outer Banks in North Carolina as our wedding destination because of our love for the Carolina beaches. You can’t help but to relax and enjoy your time in such a serene and beautiful place! In addition to the setting itself, sweet Southern touches were infused throughout the long weekend. We hosted a welcome party, offering traditional Southern fare, and opened the rehearsal dinner invitation to all guests in attendance of the wedding. We wanted to keep it casual, offering Southern barbeque and all the fixin’s! During the ceremony, guests could cool off with a glass of pink lemonade and the family of the bride and groom were seated at traditional wooden church pews in the front rows.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? By far the biggest challenge was that while in the midst of planning a destination wedding, we were also planning a move and building a house in Boston. Physically the planning was quite demanding, but perhaps emotionally it was just as difficult, considering all the very big changes that were ahead!
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We were SO thrilled with the exemplary service, food, and ambience of our venue – the Sanderling Resort and Spa. They were a dream to work with from start to finish. We also were thrilled with the work of our most fabulous photographer, Brooke Mayo. Her work is by far extraordinary, and we couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing the memories of our special day!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Joe and I would agree that the highlight of our wedding day was taking a moment during the reception to look around the room and see all of our closest friends and family members laughing and having such a good time. It was a surreal moment. I remember being overcome with gratitude and emotion over the fact that everyone made the effort to be there with us to celebrate our special day. There is no feeling quite like that. It was a beautiful thing!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Hire a wedding planner you love, choose vendors that are a good fit for you and your wedding vision, be organized, and don’t procrastinate! Don’t seek out too many opinions from other people – trust your own!, and most importantly, HAVE FUN with the process! It goes by so quickly — absorb and appreciate every minute of it.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We recently left our home in the South for a new adventure and job opportunity in Boston, MA. We are getting settled and enjoying exploring a new part of the country! Once we’ve had some time to adjust, we’d like to start a family. It has been an exciting year for us and we look forward to what the future holds!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
23 Comments
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Their tables are INCREDIBLE! I’m head over heels for those linens, white flowers, and letterpress menus!

  2. avatar Marissa reply

    Isn’t it stunning? The glitter is just too much fun!

  3. avatar Utah Custom Wedding Announcements reply

    “Have fun with the process” is soooo true. Too many engaged couples get lost in stress of planning that they miss out on some great memories.

  4. avatar Katrina Hutchins (come+together) reply

    Thanks so much for the feature! My link to my website is not working–can it be fixed pretty please :)? Thanks so much to the ladies at SW!!!!

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  7. avatar MacKenzie reply

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this wedding. We’re excited to work w/ Katrina Hutchins next summer; super creative!

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    Where can I find the sliver sequin table cloths please let me know?

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  19. avatar Noelia Argueta reply

    I love the tableclots. I am in need of one tablecloth for my daughter Drill Team Banquet table. Every girl needs to decorate their own table with different theme. Our is Bling-Sparkle. I need help……

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