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Just six weeks prior to Kristen + Clint’s wedding day, they received a call that their bar, Squeeze, was on fire. After watching helplessly for over 18 hours as firefighters calmed the flames, this sweet couple was able to overcome and grow together before their big celebration. Talk about a big challenge while planning your day! Even fire couldn’t bring these two down, though: they had their mobile bar service Squeeze Onsite in tow to create yummy Southern spirits, from lavender-infused lemonade to their signature Southern Charm cocktail, a bourbon-base with local, fresh ingredients and garnishes.

Big SW hugs to Alice Keeney for sharing this lovely day!

I’d have to agree with Kristen’s choice to trust the talented ladies at Ooh! Events to create this stunning bouquet!

My bouquet was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, and was a last minute decision by the gals at Ooh! Events. They called my coordinator the day before the wedding to let her know they had gotten these amazing peonies in, and were dying to use them for my bouquet, instead of what we had planned. I don’t know a thing about flowers, so I 100% trusted the ladies’ suggestions, and wow, did they deliver!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I feel like my wedding dress search was pretty laid back. I knew what I wanted (fitted, with straps and a low back), so my search was pretty narrowly focused, and I didn’t have to try on many gowns before “the one” appeared.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. To me, it was never an option… call me old-school, but I didn’t want him to see me on our wedding day until I was walking down the aisle. I wanted the butterflies, the anticipation, and the excitement. I wanted to see and feel those emotions as we first caught each others eyes as I was walking towards him.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? With the help of our preacher, we did end up writing our own vows. We were having a hard time feeling a connection between the standard vows and our relationship, so we opted to take bits and pieces from some of the traditional/non-traditional vows we’d seen, and come up with some that fit us best. I think this line sums it up: “I promise to love you always, to listen to you, to respect you, to nourish you with my praise, to never take you for granted, to hold you close in times of hardship, and to share laughter with you in times of joy…”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had one special reading at our ceremony, which was performed by my sister-in-law, Jessie. We aren’t extremely religious people, and didn’t want the ceremony to be solely focused in that direction, so we took this opportunity to express ourselves and the reason for our marriage in this reading. I amended the lyrics to Ziggy Marley’s song, “Love is My Religion,” and made it into a poem. Bottom line, above all else, the main reason for our marriage is love.

We went all out on the set-ups, and they succeeded in wowing our guests. We had two non-alcoholic beverages at the ceremony site in self-serve dispensers: Rosemary and Strawberry Infused Water, and Lavender Infused Lemonade. Cocktail hour’s main focus was a six-drink apothecary bar set-up, flanked by two beer and wine bars. We featured the same two non-alcoholic beverages from the ceremony, and added four of our favorite specialty cocktails from the bar menu: Dark & Stormy, the Southern Charm, Spiked Blueberry Mint Lemonade, and the Sweet Heat ‘Rita. Each drink dispenser was jam-packed with fresh fruit garnishes, creating a great focal point in the avenue of oaks. The main reception bar was actually two 8-foot burlap tufted bars offering high-end liquors and wines, flanking a draft beer bar offering three Southern brews: Highland Gaelic Ale, Holy City Pluff Mud Porter, and Thomas Creek Dockside Pilsner.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our venue was the perfect Southern element for our wedding. The Legare Waring House is situated on a historic property that was one of the first European settlements in the Carolinas. It is ripe with natural landscaping, sweeping moss, towering oak trees, and natural lagoons. The house itself has old Southern charm in every room, and keeps the traditions and history of the house a main focal point. We also incorporated Southern elements into the food and drink, for our out-of-town guests to get a taste of the South. We built a raw bar specifically for our wedding, and had a good friend of ours from a local restaurant attend the station to shuck raw oysters and prepare oyster shooters all evening for our guests. Appropriately named, the Southern Charm cocktail is bourbon-based with local, fresh ingredients and garnishes. We also offered three Southern beers on tap–The Holy City Pluff Mud Porter is brewed right here in Charleston, SC; Highland Gaelic Ale is from Asheville, North Carolina; and the Thomas Creek Pilsner is made in Greenville, SC.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We chose to do a small wedding cake complemented by various other desserts. The cake was a vanilla and coconut cake, with a coconut flake icing. We had mini matching cupcakes in this same flavor, and a few others flavors as well. There were also a few flavors of cookies, miniature tarts and chocolate macaroons.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Clint and I were introduced by my co-worker and his mutual friend in the fall of 2007, just a few months after I had moved to Charleston. I had accepted my first job there after graduating from Auburn University. After a few months of casual run-ins, and my friend giving him the wrong number on several occasions, we finally connected and he took me out on our first date. Being a local, Clint knew the town and the water very well; we went on a boat ride tour of the city and the surrounding beaches and inlets, followed by dinner at a popular spot downtown I’d been dying to try. That was all it took. For the next five years, we dated off and on between a few bumps in the road and some moves across country, but always found ourselves waiting for the other to catch up.
Tell us all about the proposal! For my Christmas present, Clint bought me (us) a trip to St. Maarten, scheduled for mid-March 2012. On Day two of the trip, after a great day out in the sun and a short trip to sightsee the downtown area, we were getting ready to head out to dinner and out for the evening. Clint had bought a bottle of champagne earlier in the day (my drink of choice), and had a few glasses poured to have a drink on the balcony of our hotel before we headed out. We sat on the balcony watching planes land, looking at the stars, listening to Bob Marley on the iPhone, sipping champagne and have a sweet conversation about our life. After close to an hour, I don’t remember exactly what he said, but with tears in his eyes, he picked me up off his lap, set me in the chair next to him, got down on one knee and barley got the words out “…..marry me?” I didn’t say yes, I didn’t look at the ring, I just grabbed him and hugged him and cried and said “I love you.” Then I was reminded I needed to answer the question (yes!), and according to Clint, “look at the damn ring!” It wasn’t over-complicated or over-thought; it was just us and it was just perfect.
When did y’all get married? May 18, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 210
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The girl who played our ceremony music and the first dance song, Caxton Beaty, is a close friend of ours that we have gotten to know over the past year and a half. We particularly chose her to sing and play the acoustic guitar at our wedding because it meant something to us, and her voice is so genuine and unique. She definitely has her own style, and we loved that aspect of every song she sang for us. We own a bar in downtown Charleston called Squeeze, and Caxton has been our “House Musician,” playing every weekend for the past year. Our bar was in a massive fire in April of this year, and we are currently still shut down. All of the employees of our small space are extremely close, and having Caxton be a part of our wedding with her musical talent was just incredible. The song we chose for the bridal party processional was “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra. It is such a beautiful song with perfect lyrics for a wedding. The bridal processional song was “Marry Me” by Train. Caxton learned this song for us, and we selected just a section of the lyrics best fit for her to play as I walked down the aisle. The recessional song was “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. I wanted the celebration to begin as we were announced husband and wife, so Caxton started the song in the middle, with the verse “…this is the first day of my life”, and rocked it out. I wanted to walk down the aisle with her jamming away and people celebrating and clapping in the background, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Our first dance song was an original medley that Caxton put together for us. It was a combination of “Can’t Take my Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and transitioned into “Is this Love” by Bob Marley. If you’ve ever seen the movie “10 Things I Hate About You,” you know the first song! I hate to admit this, but these song choices and the medley idea were completely Clint’s thinking and Caxton’s talent in putting them together for us. We didn’t want to dance to 3-4 songs with each family member, and we didn’t want to be dancing too long ourselves–we’re not the best dancers! So, we opted for this medley to shorten the dancing time, and knock it out all at once. Clint and I danced to the first song together, and when Caxton transitioned to the second part of the song, we each broke away and invited our parents to join us on the dance floor and dance as couples alongside us.
Describe your wedding flowers. Our wedding flowers were one of the main touches of color we had at the wedding. They complemented all the neutral tones by adding that beautiful pop of color in just the right places without being overbearing. My bouquet was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, and was a last minute decision by the gals at Out of Hand. They called my coordinator the day before the wedding to let her know they had gotten these amazing peonies in, and were dying to use them for my bouquet, instead of what we had planned. I don’t know a thing about flowers, so I 100% trusted the ladies’ suggestions, and wow, did they deliver!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Squeeze OnSite handled the bar service, and the set-up and offerings were by far the highlight of the wedding for us. Being able to show our friends and family what we do best was amazing (and for those that had never been to our actual bar, it was a great opportunity to give them a taste of what we do).
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? On April 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM, six weeks prior to our wedding, Clint received a phone call from a good friend of ours that our bar, Squeeze, was on fire. The bar had been open and Clint’s brother was working when a loud noise above our space startled him and our customers. Within minutes, smoke started pouring into the space from the air ducts, and left everyone running for the street. Clint and I arrived on the scene within a few minutes of the phone call, and stood there for the next 18 hours, completely helpless. Smoke was pouring from the windows on the floor above ours, flames shot high into the sky, and firetrucks set up shop like a movie scene. It was an unbelievable sight, and one that neither of us will forget. It took four hours for the fire to be put out, all the while, we just stood there, staring at our life burning down in flames before our eyes. The devastation and loss we both felt was like someone had died. We were strong together, and for each other, and that I think made us even stronger as a couple.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Without a doubt, having Sarah & Brent from Film Anywhere Productions at our wedding was the best decision we ever made. I hadn’t thought twice about hiring a videographer, it never crossed my mind that it was something I should consider. About a month before our wedding, a friend highly recommended Film Anywhere, and introduced Clint and I to them at an industry event. After hearing our friend’s short pitch as to why we should hire them, it was a no-brainer, and we signed on a few days later. Now, neither of us can imagine what we were thinking before, and are so happy we decided to go the videographer route. The Same Day Edit video had our guests and us in tears of happiness, and was such a memorable moment on our wedding day. We can’t wait to see the full video, and share it with our family and friends (and maybe kids someday) for years to come.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment of our wedding day was at the end of the reception. Our videographers edited a video on-site as they filmed throughout the day, and then showed everyone the “Same Day Edit” on a large screen just before we made our exit. I had held it together pretty well throughout the day and was able to fight back my happy tears until I saw the video. I think every emotion came out of me that I’d been holding in, and I became a sobbing mess, with one heck of a case of the ugly cry. Clint and my mom both held me tight and wiped my tears away. The video can be seen here:
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? There are some things that are just beyond your control, so just let them be. Remember, rain or shine, at the end of the day the important thing is… you’re married. :)
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? I made the mistake of asking Clint this question, and his response was ,”Vacation and retirement.” We’ve got plenty of years before retirement, but I’ll agree with him on the vacation aspect! We love, love, love to travel. Anything with saltwater, sand, and sunshine, and we’re in. We’re looking forward to exploring new places, having new experiences together, and having many “firsts” as a family!

Photographer: Alice Keeney | Videographer: Film Anywhere Productions | Planner, Rentals, and Lighting: Ooh! Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Legare Waring House | Florist: Out of the Garden | Wedding Cake and Dessert Baker: Sugar Bakeshop | Caterer: Newton Farms | Band: Two 3 Ways | Special Details: Roxy Heart Vintage, Charleston Charms, The Homespun Artisan, and I Do Declare Signs | Bride’s Gown: “Miranda” by Monique Lhuillier | Invitations and Programs: Ruby Lane Moments | Save the Date: Sweet Cookie | Bride’s Earrings: Treasures 570 | Bride’s Necklace: Moncadeau | Bride’s Bracelet: Freebird | Hair Stylist and Bridal Makeup Artist: Charlotte Belk of Wedding Hair by Charlotte | Bridesmaid Makeup: Kristin Pavao of Finger Paint Makeup | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate | Men’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Ties and Pocket Squares: LulaKate | Bar Service: Squeeze OnSite | Raw Bar: Nate Alton from Pearlz Oyster Bar | Late Night Food: Hello My Name is BBQ Food Truck | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour/First Dance Musician: Caxton Beaty

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar RiverOaks Charleston reply

    This couple are two of our vendors for our company so we know them well. It broke our hearts when their bar burned. But what a beautiful story of perseverance and redemption. They are beautiful and hard working folk and it thrills us to see them wed. We look forward to watching Kristen and Clint’s marriage grow like wildfire! We couldn’t imagine our venue team without them…..they are the best! “Two are better than one” so great things are ahead for this sweet Mr. and Mrs! Well done, y’all.

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I’m a big fan of classic Southern style weddings, especially ones with pale pink accents. I attribute this to the romantic in me. But I have to say I fell hard for Brittany + Matt’s turquoise celebration. The classic white florals and soft gold accents combine to make the bright turquoise feel refreshing and joyful! As y’all also may know about me, I believe in love at first sight. That’s why Brittany + Matt’s adorable chance-meeting-turned-real-life-meet cute made my heart sing!

Special thanks to Rebekah Hoyt for not only capturing their gorgeous big day, but one of my favorite first look photos ever! Just wait until you see Matt’s face! I must warn you that it may crack wide open even the hardest of hearts :)

To fulfill the rhyme, I had old satin from my mom’s wedding dress on the ring bearer’s pillow, and new lace wrapped around my bouquet from the same material with which we made my cap sleeves. I had borrowed and blue shoes: I found and fell in love with a pair of funky designer shoes on eBay and snatched them up after I saw they had blue soles with little diamonds that said “I” and “do” under each sole. I consider them borrowed because they were clearly purchased for someone else’s wedding, although they were never actually worn!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes, we did! At first I was unsure about it because I wanted to stick with tradition and not see Matt until I walked down the aisle, but it turned out to be one of the most special parts of the day that we shared alone together before the wedding commenced. It also allowed us time to take photos before the ceremony and then get whisked away to enjoy the reception all the more!

Pure and absolute joy at its very best!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
Finding my dress was a long process. I thought so many looked great, and I chose one of my favorites, a more fitted dress that I was dead set on. After a couple weeks of thought, though, I wasn’t so sure. I felt like I should look again and I tried on a completely different style of dress. It was fuller and more traditional. The funny part was that the store was out of stock of the Isadora Marie, the dress I ended up choosing, so I had to try on the “sister” dress that had a different bottom and fold the entire bottom half up to the waistline to make it look similar and get a feel for how it would look. Wouldn’t you know, the jimmy-rigged “sister” dress had me speechless! The photos are pretty funny to look back on because it didn’t look quite the same, but we had the store, Tiffany’s Bridal, order the real Isadora Marie. When I finally got to try it on, I was sure I had found my gown! The only thing I felt was missing to make it just my own were lace cap sleeves. We had Tiffany’s order some extra lace from the same style as the bottom of the dress and had them fitted and even made detachable, as I was excited to have the option of two looks for the wedding and reception. I kept the sleeves on until midway through the reception and danced the night away without the straps!

I was really tickled that we had the historic and iconic “Richmond Trolley Car” transport the wedding party to the ceremony and reception. The trolley is the epitome of the city’s Southern charm and is most certainly a tradition for Richmond’s summer weddings. The overall aesthetics of the area in which we had the wedding were very quaint and romantic in a special Southern way, with winding roads lined with great big oak trees! Both the church and reception venues also had similar architectural styles that were very Southern in nature, with lined brick archways and big white columns on the exterior and black and white checkered marble flooring and draped curtains in the interior.

Did you write your own vows? 
Yes, we did. In my vows, I made a list of promises to Matt by using scriptural texts and listing our most unique and personal times together. I don’t have a favorite phrase, but there was a really funny moment when I promised to “intentionally give two of Matt’s love languages, quality time and touch.” After I said it, Matt kind of smirked and then the entire congregation erupted in laughter! It was a really cute moment.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
We had Colossians 3:15-19, 1 John 4:9-16 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. 
Our cake was a four-tier round cake with alternating colors and patterns on each layer. I was torn about the cake topper, so we had a bow made instead. The patterns consisted of latticed pearl polka dots and sweeping swirls and circles for a sort of girly and romantic feeling. The inner layers were “European” style, cream-filled cake with almond, vanilla, and raspberry layers.

We loved the energy and tone that the band set to make the reception one of the most fun weddings our guests have hopefully ever attended! I had heard great reviews about Class Act, but in person I absolutely loved the enthusiasm and talent the band brought forth and especially loved how involved and inclusive they were in bringing us all together! Everything ran so smoothly from their soft playing during the cocktail hour to the announcements and transitions all the way to getting down on the dance floor and starting a dance-off with the guests. At one point in the night, they got my mom to “shake her money maker.” It was such an awesome moment to watch, I smiled for days remembering how fun they were!

And don’t miss their beautiful wedding film by Shaina Koren!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
We met on December 17, 2008 in Richmond, Virginia at Have A Nice Day Cafe. I was with my high school friends from Richmond and Matt was with one of his friends from the UVA track team. We met as strangers. I saw him in line and he saw me, but we were both too shy to introduce ourselves and were not sure of one another’s interest! My friend forced me to talk to Matt because I couldn’t stop looking over at him, and Matt obliged. The first exchange was a bit nervous on both ends, but we were both so intrigued to find out more. After maybe only an hour of talking, my friends decided to leave so I had to tell Matt goodbye. I quickly asked for his number for fear of never seeing him again. That night, I could hardly sleep and just felt in my heart I had met someone very special! The next morning I had a Facebook message. He had apparently found me after looking all night online for my name (From the loud music in the café, he actually had thought my name was Whitney instead of Brittany!) and we began communicating until we had our first date a few days later. On our date, we talked about everything from our families and values to beliefs and dreams. We realized this was more than just infatuation and we shared our first kiss after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve 2008. We knew that God had put us very purposefully in one another’s lives and continued to date from that night until we were engaged in May 2012.

Tell us all about the proposal! 
In May 2012, Matt proposed to me and threw me a surprise party on the one of the private pavilions of the University of Virginia. He was living on the lawn that year and was preparing to graduate and invited me to a “party” for one of his campus organizations. I kind of had a inkling he was up to something as he was sounding nervous in the days leading up to May 12. I arrived on campus and saw one of Matt’s friends with a camera and kind of felt suspicious. Then when I got to Matt’s room, he was already dressed up to take me out to dinner. We went to dinner at one of our favorite spots on in Charlottesville and ate on the tiny terrace upstairs. I asked him what we were doing after dinner, but he was very anxious and kept diverting the questions. Afterward, we took a walk on and he led me to the back entrance of one of the old gardens surrounding the lawn on campus. We walked through the garden and when we got to the top stairs, I noticed music playing, tables set with candles, and a bar. I commented, “Oh, there must be a party here tonight!” Then Matt pulled me to the center of the garden and was sort of shaking and telling me how much he loved me. Our favorite song, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton started playing and then I knew it was happening! He got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. Then he asked, “Where does it go?” Ha! We kissed and afterward, our friends started trickling out of the pavilion house and racing down to hug us. We spent the evening celebrating with friends! It was a magical night and I was amazed at the thoughtful and incredible man who gave me this magical surprise!!! Our proposal has a YouTube video!

When did y’all get married? 
June 8th, 2013

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
We wanted our musical selections to reflect our appreciation and passion for ALL styles of music! I was a music major in college and it has been a longtime hobby of ours to listen to anything from classical to oldies to pop! I walked down the aisle to the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner, the wedding processional was “Canon in D,” and we recessed to “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn. We wanted to make use of the beautiful organ and honor the timelessness of traditional selections. To incorporate some of our personal convictions of our more contemporary expression of faith, we had my childhood friend sing, “I’m In Love With You,” a Christian song sung by Kari Jobe, as well as during our Prelude, “Jesus at the Center,” by Israel Houghton and “I Desire Jesus” by Hillsong along with “Postcards from Far Away” by Coldplay. Our first dance was “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley and father-daughter dance was “My Girl,” the song my dad taught me to dance to in our garage growing up. The band played the best of oldies, soul, disco and funk hits from the 60s and 70s!

Describe your wedding flowers. 
My wedding flowers were a mixture of everything I love: white peonies (my absolute favorite!), pale coral roses, and my other close second favorite, succulents! I have been obsessed with them for the last year, and was so excited to incorporate them into the bouquet! I would say overall, I wanted the bouquets to have a very romantic and vintage feel. My overall color palette was creams, pale corals and pinks, and the addition of the pearls and golds in ribbons, added beads and sticks coming out of the bouquets in the reception. For the pews, we used a simple pale pink rose with white hydrangeas and long white tulle with a satin bow. For the reception eating tables, we had hydrangeas and roses and chose to brighten up the colors and heighten the arrangements. We also used smaller arrangements of white roses for the high top tables and greenery around the centerpieces on the outside eating tables.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
I took bridal portraits with Katelyn James on location at Maymont Park, one of downtown Richmond’s treasures as well as a place where Matt and I had one of our first dates. I really love that special and uniquely Southern tradition of presenting the bride in her gown at the entrance of the reception, yet at the same time it was a pretty far-fetched concept to many of up North! When I told a lot of friends in New York that I was going to have bridal portraits taken, they were like, “What is that? Do you have to do one of those?” Ha! Only in the South!

What range did your wedding budget fall into? 

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
Hands down the most memorable and emotional moment was when my husband danced with my grandmother at the reception. She has been ill from heart rhythm complications and I was devastated because we weren’t sure if she was going to be able to come to the wedding. My husband pulled her onto the dance floor and the band was playing a really sweet rendition of an oldie. I stood there with my mom, sisters, and close friends and just wept at both the beauty of all the people that I love being together in one place as well as the bittersweet sadness of this potentially being one of the last years we share with her.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
Don’t sweat the small stuff. With weddings it is so easy to get carried away with all the tiny details. They are beautiful and incredibly meaningful, but make sure to really enjoy the ride in every moment of preparation. For some, it is a yearlong process and for others, maybe just a few months or weeks. But rather than fretting over it, relish the time you have to make your day just right with the people you love!

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
After a month-long trip to our honeymoon in Spain followed by a visit (and our second wedding reception!) to my husband’s parents and family in Uelzen, Germany, we are really excited to just finally cohabitate as one and decorate our first apartment together. We live in a beautiful brownstone right next to Central Park in the Upper West Side in New York City, so we are also quite excited to run together in the park as well as try out the wide array of local restaurants!

Photographer: Rebekah Hoyt Photography | Videographer: Shaina Koren Cinematography | Planner: Beverly Young, Mother of the Bride | Ceremony Venue: River Road United Methodist Church| Reception Venue: The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club | Florist: King William Florist | Wedding Cake: Ukrop’s Bakery | Caterer: Tommy Norwood Catering | Rentals: Party Perfect | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Band: “Class Act” | Special Details: Shutterbooth | Bride’s Gown: Tiffany’s Bridal “Isadora Marie” Style | Napkins with Gold “M”: The Knot Wedding Shop | Bride’s Hair Clip/Jewelry: Tiffany’s Bridal and Macy’s | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Faces By Joy | Bride’s Shoes: Pour la Victoire | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group “After Six” Style | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Bridal Portraits: Katelyn James Photography | Additional Vendors: Richmond Trolley Car, 1950 Chevrolet Getaway Car from family friend

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Oh my word, I adore this gown! Anything with sleeves gets my vote :)

  2. avatar Kat reply

    I was a huge fan of this wedding when I saw it on Rebekah’s blog so I loved reading more about it from the Bride’s view! I love her advice to other brides and definitely adore that first look picture!!!

  3. avatar Rayna {Colorado Wedding Photographer} reply

    Wow, I LOVE the way that turquoise pops! So beautiful. :-)

  4. avatar Lauren reply

    I absolutely love those tablecloths with those arrangements. Gorgeous.

  5. avatar Erin reply

    I’m getting married in June and am also having a turquoise wedding! I’m on the hunt for just the right color for the bridesmaids dresses and these bridesmaids dresses are perfect! I see that it says they are After Six by Dessy, but could you tell me what After Six calls this color? I’m having a hard time finding it. Thank you so much!!

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    Hi. What is the color of the bridesmaid dresses?

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Chad, being the true Southern gentleman that he is, knocked Kristen off her feet with a sweet a personal proposal. It’s no wonder, then, that Kristen + Chad’s wedding at Historic Cedarwood was full of sweet details and lots of love. Kristen looked cool and chic in her ruched wedding dress and braided hair — perfect for Tennessee weather. We love that she and her sister wrapped their bouquets using the lace from their mother’s veil, a sweet and oh-so-Southern touch. Bridesmaids in turquoise Dessy Collection dresses paired with warm-colored bouquets (wrapped in burlap and gingham, no less!) stood out among the green landscape, as did the mason jars full of blooms hanging from the chairs and the fun ribbon wands guests waved as the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle. We send lots of love to Landon Jacob for sending this wedding our way!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met in high school. Chad was a junior and I was a freshman. I was on the basketball team and he used to come to all of the games. Friends of ours who were dating introduced us. We went out one night after a basketball game and have been together ever since! Chad went off to college and I finished my last two years of high school. When I went to college at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, he followed me there.
Describe the proposal. Every year at Christmas, Chad and I go to Gaylord Opryland Hotel to look at Christmas lights. It is such a beautiful place and even more beautiful at Christmas. This time when we went, we had a really nice dinner at a beautiful Italian restaurant. After we ate dinner, we walked around looking for a fountain to throw pennies in to make a wish (a tradition we started in high school at Chad’s senior prom at Opryland). The rules were that you had to keep your eyes closed and say your wish out loud. I went first and wished that he would do amazing in his next phase of training and stay safe. His wish was that we would always be together and happy like we are. He said lots of sweet things that I can’t remember due to the fact I was so shocked at what happened next. I remember standing there with my eyes closed, smiling and saying that it was such a sweet wish. When he finished, I opened my eyes to find him on one knee with the most amazing ring! Of course, I said yes! It was a perfect proposal and I could have not thought of a better way for it to happen!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, exciting, and ravishing!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The Cedarwood staff surprised us by setting up a plate of pennies and a really cute sign for our guests to come over and make wishes in the beautiful pond that sits in front of the house. The note by the pennies read, “Wishes for Chad and Kristen… the rules are simple, take a penny, close your eyes, and say your wish out loud.” It was so sweet that they incorporated our engagement in to our wedding day! It was very special to us!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was a very simple dress. I had two things I knew for sure I did not want in a dress and that was beading and tulle. I didn’t want to look like Cinderella and I am not the type to love sparkles and jewels. I found my dress on my first trip to the White Room in Lebanon, TN. I knew when I tried it on that it was the one I wanted. I felt like Chad would love it. I loved the ruching that extended down the dress and the sweetheart top added a lot to the dress. The back dipped a little bit but wasn’t too revealing. I thought it gave the dress a fun feeling. It was a hot night, but the dress was very comfortable and easy moving and, most importantly, it did not weigh me down at all!

Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions // Planner: Linda Wright at Historic Cedarwood // Venue: Historic Cedarwood // Florist: Historic Cedarwood // Wedding Cake Baker: Patty Russell // Caterer: A Dream Come True Catering // Paper Products: Designs in Paper // Bride’s Dress: The White Room // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: The White Room // Bride’s Shoes: LuckyBrand // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Collection

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Wedding Invitations Australia reply

    WOW, gorgeous wedding! Beautiful bride!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    LOVE Kristen’s braided hairstyle and those cute burlap ring bearer pillows!

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  4. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We adore personal, heart felt weddings, and couples that are perfect together. Kristen and Chad and their wedding personify all that is beautiful about southern weddings. Landon Jacob Productions brings it home with amazing photos. Thanks Southern Weddings Magazine for featuring this one!

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  8. avatar JaLynn reply

    I usually don’t post comments but this is one of the best weddings I’ve seen. A lot of original ideas, well put together. Beautiful!

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