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On this Memorial Day, I can’t imagine a more wonderful wedding to share with y’all! Stefanie and Kevin are as all-American as a couple can be, and their Tennessee wedding was the perfect expression of their love for each other, for their families and friends, and for their country. Military families are no stranger to hardship (Stefanie planned the wedding while Kevin was deployed abroad), but the tough times these two have endured together made their wedding day all the more joyful!

Thank you from the bottom of hearts to Kevin and Stefanie, all of the military men and women and their families who serve our great country, and to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Bamber Photography for sharing this special day with us!

Instead of having a flower girl, my matron of honor’s little girl carried our family Bible that was given to my grandmother in 1954. Every woman in my family has used the Bible in their weddings. We each chose someone in our life that had been a spiritual mentor to us, and we let them choose the scripture they read during the ceremony. They chose Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and Proverbs 3:5-9. Becca stood with the bridesmaids, and as each reader came to the front of the church to read, Becca handed them the family Bible to read from.

I’m very fortunate to have a dear friend who owns Ever After Bridal in Cleveland, Tennessee, and I’m so thankful I got to experience finding my dress with her. I had found one dress in her shop that I really liked, but it didn’t give me that feeling that everyone talks about having! I had convinced myself that I was just numb to dresses because I had worn so many beautiful gowns during my time as Miss Tennessee. My mother and future mother-in-law went with me to order the dress, and when we walked into her shop, I perused the racks of beautiful gowns one last time. Since Kevin’s mom was with us, I decided to try on a few more so she could enjoy the experience with me. I randomly pulled a Maggie Sottero fit and flare, beaded lace gown with a sweetheart neckline off of the rack. Kendra helped me into the dress (that was the opposite of what I thought I was looking for), I walked out to the mirror, and I finally had THE MOMENT! I had tried to find a dress that just wasn’t my style, and I never found it. When I finally just chose something that was ME, it happened!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: People got dressed up and had a good time! Kevin and I both love to dress up, and my mother has always told me that its better to be overdressed than underdressed! I feel like weddings are getting more and more casual, and casual just isn’t in my vocabulary! In keeping with the classic military traditions of an evening wedding, and the fact that we wanted our guests to look and feel fabulous, we requested that our guests wear formal attire. Our guests looked so beautiful, and everyone said that they loved the excuse to pull out that dress they hadn’t gotten to wear in a while, or the excuse to buy something new! Because our guests felt good, they stayed, danced, and enjoyed drinks until the very end!

Describe your wedding flowers. Since we had a classic military wedding, where the men were in their uniforms and classic tuxedos and my bridesmaids wore beautiful nude gowns, we chose to go with flowers in all shades of white and ivory. They were arranged by Flowers By Gil & Curt. Flowers in the bouquets and reception centerpieces included roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and calla lilies.

We considered getting married at West Point in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. It’s a beautiful Gothic-style chapel with a cathedral ceiling and a gorgeous pipe organ. After thinking it through, we decided it would be too difficult to plan a wedding in New York, and it would be tough for all of our family and friends to make it. We set out to find a similar style church nearby, and discovered First Cumberland Presbyterian! It is SO similar in style to the Cadet Chapel, and it was in our hometown of Chattanooga. Before I left for Las Vegas to compete in the 2010 Miss America Pageant, my hometown and family gave me lovely going away reception at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The venue is historic and beautiful, and the staff was so wonderful to work with, so we decided it would be the perfect spot for our wedding reception as well.

I always remember my parents telling me how their wedding day was such a blur, so I was bound and determined to soak in every detail of our wedding–I didn’t want to miss a thing! I’m sure there are some things I missed, but I certainly remember the big parts. I remember how I felt when I woke up that morning, I remember the look on my mother and daddy’s faces when they saw me in my gown for the first time, I remember the sweet smile on Kevin’s face when he turned around and we walked toward each other during our first look, I remember the facial expressions of each guest that I looked at as I walked down the aisle, I remember the beautiful words of the prayers that were said during the ceremony, I remember saying our vows, and I remember how amazing it felt to walk arm in arm under the Arch of Sabers with my new husband! I also remember the traditional pop on my booty as one of the saber guard members welcomed me into the United States Army! It was the perfect day, and I’m so thankful that we were able to share it with the ones we love the most.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Kevin being deployed the entire year our families and I were wedding planning was challenging. It allowed me to stay busy, but it was hard because I wanted him to be a part of the decision making process in person. We made it work though! Thanks to technology, he was able to be a part of many decisions via text, FaceTime, and email. Even a world away, an eight-hour time difference, and the 200 soldiers he was responsible for, he still managed to help me so much! He’s a good man.

We wanted to make sure that not only were our cakes beautiful, they were also tasty! Breanne Hager of B’s Sweet in Chattanooga has the best cakes in town! I wanted something fairly simply, but accented with sparkle. We decided to go with a five-tiered Italian cream cake with buttercream icing. At the base of each layer were graduating strands of crystals, and on the top of the cake sat my Miss Tennessee crown with white roses tucked underneath its base. In keeping with military tradition, Kevin and I cut our cakes with his Officer saber.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Aside from the loads of hairspray that filled the bridal parlor while we were getting ready (we sure love our hairspray in the South), the main thing that stands out was the Southern music. When I won Miss Tennessee, I had sang Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The song is about loving someone enough to let them go. The song fit my relationship with my parents perfectly, and it was a reminder of a very beautiful time we all experienced together when I won the title. They’re so happy that the time in my life has come for me to start my own family and be with the love of my life, even though it means letting go of a part of life that is very difficult to part with. Family is so important to Kevin and me, and being able to have such sentimental moments with them was the best part of our wedding.

Kevin’s groom’s cake was an edible replica of a Walther PPK handgun, which laid on top of a gun case made of chocolate cake. Kevin is a gun collector and the Walther PPK is James Bond’s gun of choice in all of the Bond films. Kevin has a rather collection, but he did not have the Walther. When it was time to do the garter toss, Kevin reached under my dress, and in my garter, he found his very own Walther PPK gun! It was his wedding gift from me. His reaction was priceless, as he had no idea his new bride was packing heat! I had sneaked out right before the toss and secured the gun in my garter, and the surprise went off without a hitch!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. As cliché as it sounds, we were high school sweethearts! I was a cheerleader and Kevin was a football player. Kevin’s dream was to serve his country, so after months of applying, interviewing, and going on recruiting trips during his senior year, he received his appointment from Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, and we decided we would give long-distance a try. Four years and thousands of frequent flyer miles later, we made it through his time at the Academy. After he graduated, he was commissioned as an officer into the United States Army. During this time, I was in college and living out a few dreams of my own. In 2009 I was crowned Miss Tennessee. It was the honor of a lifetime, and a time that I will cherish forever! On January 10, 2010 I headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss America Pageant, and on that same day, Kevin left the country for his first year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As I stood on the Miss America stage, my heart was full, yet heavy, knowing that he was defending the freedom that allowed me to live out my lifelong dream. I finished as second runner-up to Miss America, and a year later, Kevin made a safe return home! I spent the next few years working and finishing my business degree at Belhaven University with the scholarships I had earned through the Miss America organization. Just when we thought that he was home for a while, another deployment was on the horizon. Once we knew the exact time he was going to be returning, we set our wedding date. He was the battery commander to 200 soldiers spread throughout three different countries, and I began planning our wedding! We are so proud that we maintained a close relationship, even though, at times, we were a world apart from each other. It makes our time together now so incredibly special, and we certainly do not take that time for granted.
Tell us all about the proposal! Because we are proud Americans to the core, and its our favorite holiday, Kevin proposed on the 4th of July. Under the fireworks, where it was just the two of us with a pizza and a bottle of wine, he popped the question with a gorgeous custom-designed Henri Daussi cushion cut diamond ring from our family jeweler, Rone Regency Jewelers of Chattanoooga. Kevin is private, and I love that about him. He wanted the proposal to be a special moment between the two of us, and he planned it just perfectly.
When did y’all get married? April 11, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 175
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We chose to speak traditional vows during our ceremony. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister for 49 years, and he married my parents in 1983, so we used the same vows that they used in their wedding. Both of our parents have had long, beautiful marriages, so if traditional vows were good enough for them, they’re good enough for us!
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? Documentation! Investing in a good photographer and videographer was the best advice I was given during planning, and it’s the best decision we made. John and Lindsey Bamber of Bamber Photography were indescribable! From the initial meeting, to the engagement shoot, to the sweet cards we received in the mail just saying they were thinking about us and praying for us along the way, they were such a blessing during our special day and in the months leading up to it. We were so comfortable with them, and they literally captured everything! Each time a guest came up to Kevin and me during the reception, either John or Lindsey was right there to capture a picture with that guest. It’s wonderful being able to send our guests that professional, beautiful picture! They truly are the best at their craft, and they’re just the best people you’ll ever meet.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Take your time if you truly want to enjoy the process. I did not hire a wedding planner because I wanted to have my hand on every detail and experience that time with my mother. Also, include your future in-laws! Kevin’s parents really enjoyed the process as much as we did, and they loved hearing all of the updates as the months progressed closer to April. I understand that not all in-laws are the easiest to deal with, (just being honest), but I am very blessed with some good ones! And they’re Yankees! We won’t hold that against them too much ;)
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? As I type this, I’m surrounded by boxes, because we are making the move from North Carolina to Kentucky! Kevin has been posted here at Fort Bragg for the past three years as a Battery Commander, and now its time for him to take a new position at Fort Knox. We couldn’t be more excited–new marriage, new town, new jobs, new adventures, and we’re four hours closer to our family and friends in Chattanooga! And thank the Lord we’re still in the South! He’s excited to be in bourbon country, and I’m already planning my wardrobe for the Kentucky Derby next year!

Photographer: Bamber Photgraphy / Videographer: Tim Curry / Day-Of Coordinators: Kendra Collins and Trinity Pearson / Ceremony Venue: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue and Catering: Chattanooga Golf and Country Club / Florist: Flowers By Gil and Curt / Cake Baker: B’s Sweets / Rentals: The Meeting Company / DJ: Ted Gocke / Paper Products: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Gown: “Marianne” by Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon and Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Ever After Bridal / Bride’s Tiara: Symphony Bridal / Hair Stylist: Gordon Robison of Gordon & Co. Salon / Makeup Artist: Angela Folmar of Luminous Beauty Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Style 19931” in Nude by LaFemme / Tuxedos: Southern Charm Clothing

Bamber Photography is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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After meeting each other when they were young’uns (pre-cell phone young, y’all!), Lindsay and Ty’s wedding day was the accumulation of years of love and memories! As you can imagine, they shared so much throughout their years together, so when it came to plan their wedding, they chose wedding details based on meaningful moments. From the cabin where Lindsay got ready, the same site of their sweet Christmas proposal, to their gorgeous reception at Ty’s family’s farm, each detail came full circle with their relationship. And, major kudos to Lindsay for getting all her thank you notes out before their wedding day – y’all know we’re all about snail mail!

Big SW hugs to Mark Williams Studio for not only capturing this lovely day, but for creating the beautiful blooms as well!

My something borrowed was my Grandmother’s sash from her wedding dress in 1949 that I wrapped around my bouquet. My something blue was a patch I had sewn into my wedding gown, with my initials sewn in blue thread. My something old was my maternal Grandfather’s engraved pocket knife that the team at Mark Williams Studios incorporated as a “charm” on my bouquet. My something new was a handkerchief Ty had made for me with the words “Oh heavenly day, all the clouds blew away, Got no trouble today with anyone. The smile on your face, I live only to see. It’s enough for me baby, it’s enough for me, oh heavenly day, heavenly day, heavenly day. Only I’m glad to be here with you. I love you, Ty. 4-26-14” embroidered on it. They are the lyrics of the song “Heavenly Day” that was played during the ceremony.

Our venues were probably the most special part of our wedding. As a little girl, I had always envisioned a rustic wedding out at the cabin–a place that is so special to me. We got engaged at my family’s cabin, had the wedding at the cabin, and had the reception at the Tyson Ranch (Ty’s family’s land). My daddy worked so hard to make the cabin the place that it is, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. The Tyson Ranch happens to be directly across the dirt road, and it is a beautiful property, complete with ponds, a barn, and horses in the pastures. At first, we weren’t sure how we would make the reception work out there, but I was determined and I had a vision. It turned out to be the most picturesque event ever.

On the Franklin farm, we have an old vehicle that my uncle fixed up into sort of an “open-air” bus. It has steps that you walk up to get in the back of it and a top and sides, but no windows or doors. It feels like a small school bus, but it has bench seats on either side. For years, the Franklins have been loading up in the “Red Rover” to go on rides around our farm, so we decided it would be neat to ride on “Red Rover” with my uncle driving. The entire wedding party rode and we had a blast on that short little ride. Our arrival to the reception made quite a scene! The “Red Rover” was decorated beautifully and fit our style just right.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our venues were out in the country on family land, all of our closest friends were included in the wedding, our vows and music were traditional, our menu at the reception was Southern food, and our band was a Southern band. Our wedding was a perfect example of the charm of the South.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Over fifteen years ago, our two neighboring churches would often attend services at the other church. Our paths first crossed when Ty was sixteen years old and I was fourteen. Ty sang the special music that night, and dinner was served in the social hall afterwards. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Ty had noticed me when I first walked into the sanctuary that night, and he was extremely nervous. All throughout dinner, we were eyeing one another, trying to make sure the other didn’t “catch us looking”. A few days later, Ty called my parents’ house and asked to speak to me (this was before cell phones, texting, etc.). We talked effortlessly for hours that very first time. The rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Each year, my Daddy and I go out to the family farm to get mistletoe for a Christmas tradition. This year in particular, Ty informed me that “Mr. Marty (my daddy) said he wanted us to meet him at 3:00 to get the mistletoe.” I had been wrapping last-minute gifts all day and was not keeping track of time. At 3:10, Ty came in and said to me “Well, are we going to just let your Daddy do it by himself?? We need to go if we are going!” Ty drove right past the usual farm and informed me that Daddy wanted to try a new tradition this year, so we were going to get the mistletoe from my daddy’s cabin instead of the family farm. When we arrived at the cabin, Daddy wasn’t there yet. I was frustrated as I thought about all of the presents that I could’ve gotten wrapped during this time, but after a couple of quiet minutes went by, Ty began to tell the story of “this boy and this girl” as we sat beside the pond. He told our story from the beginning and said that it had always been a fairy tale, and that he never wanted the fairy tale to end, but he did want it to continue on to the next chapter. He got down on his knee, opened the ring box, and popped the question! Our parents, siblings, and closest friends were all on “standby” on the dirt road near the cabin. After the proposal, Ty summoned them all inside for champagne and food that Ty had arranged. Needless to say, Christmas 2013 was the best Christmas ever.
When did y’all get married? April 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 400
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look. Ty and I both are very traditional, so that wasn’t even a consideration for us. We did not even talk to each other at all that day until I walked down the aisle, but we did write each other letters that we each read before the ceremony.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I guess the biggest challenge was working a full-time job as a nurse in a management position, basically taking no days off until the wedding. It was hard to focus my attention at work when all I could think about was wedding details! The second biggest challenge for me was my personal goal to get every single thank you note for all of our shower gifts written prior to the wedding. I was determined to have them all finished before the big day, and finding the time to sit down and do them was difficult.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I remember getting dressed inside the cabin as all the anticipation for this day continued to build. Just a few moments before it was time to start the ceremony, I looked out the window and saw all the people seated, as well as people standing, as there were no more seats available. Seeing all of our dear friends and family out there who had all come to share in this special day with us brought tears of joy to my eyes. It was at that moment that I told myself, “It is happening, let’s do this.” I couldn’t wait to walk down that aisle to meet my best friend at the altar.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to having each other all to ourselves, like for evenings on the couch with popcorn and movies! We love to travel, so there are many fun times ahead. But mostly, we are just looking forward to getting to spend every single day with our best friend–doing life together, with the person we love the most. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio / Florist and Stationer: Enamore by Mark Williams Studio / Planner: Lisa Jones / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Tyson Ranch / Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Sweet Cheeks Bakery / Caterer: Honey Catering / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Band: Sam’s Drive-In Band / Personalized Cups, Plates, and Napkins: Party Innovations / Bride’s Gown: Mikaella / Bridal Salon and Veil: Bleubelle Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Emily Warren and Taylor Kennedy of 30 Volume Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Belk / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “675” by Mori Lee / Bridesmaid Dress Salon and Men’s Attire: J’Adore Bridal

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Loverly reply

    That decorated red rover truck is just TOO cute!!

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I love how Britney + Chris’ wedding color palette of peach, blush and grey mixed with with soft greens and metallics makes for romantic and preppy style all at the same time! The lush blooms make me feel like I’ve just stepped into a loveliest garden, and boy does it look like it would smell divine! Oh, and that ceremony installation from The Nouveau Romantics? Holy smokes, that is gorgeous! But one of my favorite parts of B + C’s feature has to be Britney’s advise on planning. She says ” it’s so easy to get lost in the details when planning your dream wedding. Don’t forget to remind yourself of what it’s really all about: you and your husband becoming one.” Yes, ma’am!

Special thanks to The Nichols for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us!

I need these shoes! Like NEED them!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After we got engaged, I started looking at wedding dresses online and in magazines for ideas and inspiration. I fell in love with a gown from Priscilla of Boston and had planned on setting up an appointment at their salon a year out from the wedding date. To my surprise, I received an email one morning saying that Priscilla of Boston was going out of business and that they were selling their entire inventory starting that day. I jumped in my car and drove straight to Houston in hopes of buying the dream dress I had been admiring for months. When I arrived at the salon, the gown I had had my heart set on was still there, and it was a BRAND NEW sample at that! It had only been tried on a few times and was in perfect condition when I bought it. The Mischa gown and I were destined to be together! Not only did I get my dream dress but at a fraction of the price! Score!

Describe your wedding flowers: The theme for our wedding was a preppy garden party with a dash of whimsy. I wanted the flowers to have a romantic feel and to have a “freshly picked from the garden” look. The main request I had was to include lots of garden roses! Elizabeth Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics has her own style and flavor, and her bouquets and arrangements are truly works of art! She did an incredible job designing and arranging the flowers for our wedding. They were gorgeous and very unique!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I did A LOT of research when it came to picking songs and musicians and a DJ for our wedding. We wanted the music to reflect on who we were and our style as a couple. We hired a local string trio for our ceremony and cocktail hour and Michael Antonia of The Flashdance for our reception. I worked with our string trio to have custom sheet music created for the songs we used during our ceremony. While our bridal party walked down the aisle and lined up, our string trio played “Here Comes My Baby” by Cat Stevens. When I walked down the aisle, they played “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. (It is absolutely gorgeous when played in strings!) For our recessional, they played “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles. For our first dance, we chose “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. We had seen the Beach Boys in concert a few months prior to our wedding and thought that song would be perfect for us!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Yes, we definitely wanted to do a first look. We wanted to see each other for the first time in privacy versus in front of an entire crowd of people. We knew that it would be emotional and wanted that moment just to ourselves. Plus, it made for the sweetest pictures! His face was priceless when he saw me for the first time. It will be a moment that I treasure forever.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle. I kept my eyes on Chris the entire time. I wanted to soak in every moment. Christopher’s most memorable moment was the first look.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We had two favorite details! The first and most favorite would have to be, hands down, our alter installation. Elizabeth Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics really created something magical when she transformed that gazebo into an alter for us. Our ceremony space was so romantic and dreamy. The linens, the garlands, the flowers…perfection in every way! Our second favorite detail was the balloon installation floating over the DJ’s table. Geronimo Balloons created those beauties using my color palette: peach, blush and grey with greens and metallics. Event design genius, Elizabeth Lewis, also assembled the floating cluster of balloons.

Our wedding cake was the brainchild of a Pinterest inspiration. I saw a cake with stripes made out of sprinkles and knew it had to be mine! I mean, how cute! I’m obsessed with stripes and all things preppy, so I was thrilled when I found a baker that said they could recreate the sprinkle stripes. My favorite part of our cake table was the linen we used! The white sequin linen added so much panache! Sequin linens = totes amaze.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Christopher and I met in 2008 in Lubbock, Texas while we were both attending Texas Tech University! Christopher was in graduate school studying history, while I was an undergraduate studying psychology and biology. I met Christopher through mutual friends at a college hangout across from campus. We ran around in the same social circle for about seven months before we discovered that our feelings surpassed friendship. We started dating, and the rest is history!!
Describe the proposal. In the summer of 2011, we took a road trip to a music festival in Tennessee: Bonnaroo. On the last day of the festival, our favorite band, Railroad Earth, was playing at noon, so we went early to get a good spot. Luckily, we went early enough to get directly in front of the stage! During the last song, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Christopher hand over our camera to the girl standing next to him. I looked over, thinking he wanted to take a picture but he was down on one knee! He was so nervous that he grabbed my right hand. Ha! However, he quickly recovered and grabbed my left hand and said, “Baby, will you please marry me?!” as he put one of the zipper pulls from my backpack onto my finger. I was in shock and so excited! Of course I said YES! The crowd all around us was cheering and congratulating us. I was so thankful that he thought to have someone snap a few pictures of the proposal. So romantic! After we returned home from the festival, Christopher had a real engagement ring made with the beautiful heart-shaped diamond that was originally used in my mother’s engagement ring from my father.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 80
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We are a Southern detail lovin’ couple y’all! We had LOTS of Southern goodness in our wedding! First, I had seven bridesmaids. The girls wore preppy, lady-like dresses and pearls, which also screams Southern. We got married at a historic venue that was built in the 1850s. Instead of a guest book, we had guests sign a giant wood cutout of our wedding monogram. Our custom Save the Dates made with a peach gingham design. Lastly, one of our signature cocktails was a barrel-aged Vieux Carré. A Vieux Carré is a cocktail that was created in 1938 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Chris prepared a giant batch and barrel-aged it for three months prior to the wedding. He also hand-carved large format ice in the shape of a ball to fit each glass perfectly. This took days to hand carve enough ice for each Vieux Carré. Talk about a true labor of love!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Constantly trying not to become a Bridezilla. Chris will tell you I failed.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We were so happy that we splurged and booked The Flashdance. He turned our reception into an epic dance party! Everyone, including myself, danced nonstop for hours! We are also happy that we splurged on our invitations. Momental Designs created such lovely invitations for us. I cried when I received them in the mail! Hand painted flowers on each invitation…swoon.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? It’s so easy to get lost in the details when planning your dream wedding. Don’t forget to remind yourself of what it’s really all about: you and your husband becoming one.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to house hunting and seeing where married life takes us!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Jessica Thornton reply

    YES to all of this! Fabulous. Gorgeous. Classy. Love.

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    Those flowers are amazing and the bride is stunning! So gorgeous!

  3. avatar Victoria reply

    LOVE the pops of color in the floral arrangements and bride’s bouquet! Just the perfect touch! Also, all the details of this wedding would work in any season!

  4. avatar Diana Thobe reply

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Do you know what the name of the large pink flower in the brides bouquet is? I found a bouquet that I love very similar to her’s and it has that type of flower in it, but I do not know what kind of flower it is. Thanks!

  5. avatar Jennifer Nichols reply

    Thanks for the feature, SW! We adore Britney and Chris and were so fortunate to be able to document this gorgeous affair!

  6. avatar Britney reply

    Thank you so much for featuring our wedding! :)

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