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If there’s one thing we love almost as much as Southern weddings around here, it’s Southern food. Elizabeth and Eric’s love story began with a date over “heavenly” macaroni and cheese, and with a start that delicious, is it any surprise that we’re enjoying their wedding today? Their formal Tennessee wedding was full of the dreamiest pink roses, Memphis-inspired food and drinks, and some lovely hot pink details–I’m loving Elizabeth’s Kate Spade heels and bright manicure, especially!

Thanks to Annabella Charles for sharing Elizabeth and Eric’s wedding with us!

We met in May of 2010 when I worked at Southwest Tennessee Community College. One morning, at an employee meeting, I was telling one of my co-workers that there were no good guys out there and I was ready to call it quits on dating. He mentioned that he had a friend that would be the “perfect guy” for me and that we should talk. After we had talked about him for a while, I asked him to have his friend call me. A few days later, I received a call from Eric, and we instantly connected in our first conversation. We agreed to meet a few days later, where we got to know each other and bonded over some heavenly macaroni and cheese. It was love at first sight!!

Isn’t Elizabeth’s bouquet lovely? The texture is so unique, and I love the little succulents peeking out.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look prior to the wedding to have an intimate moment to ourselves.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes. My favorite part of our vows was how much we meant to one another.

If you’re a fan of pink roses, you’re going to LOVE Elizabeth and Eric’s romantic reception!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My husband’s specialty drink was simply Southern: bourbon and coke. We named it the Old Southern on our drink menus and served all of our drinks with striped paper straws. The invitations were classic and elegant. We had them printed on gold luxe, shiny paper and had a laser die-cut machine make intricate, swirled designs on every envelope and invitation. Getting married in Memphis, we definitely had to include some pulled pork barbecue. We dressed them up with a mango barbecue sauce and Asian slaw to give everyone a taste of our Hawaiian proposal and our Memphis roots.

Tell us all about the proposal! What better place to get engaged than in Hawaii! On our first full day in Honolulu, we were going to brunch at the Kahala Resort with Eric’s family, when he decided to show me around the hotel. He took me around the dolphin pool and along the beach, when we came upon a peninsula on the edge of the property. He took me out to the end to show me the ocean and the famous Diamond Head Crater. We were talking about how beautiful it was when he started to tell me how much he loved me. He got through three words before I started bawling, because I knew what was happening. After he finished his speech, he got down on his knee and presented me with the ring. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect occasion for one of the most special moments of our lives!
When did y’all get married? September 8, 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 300
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. It was a five-tiered cake decorated with white pearls and pink sugar flowers. My favorite cake flavors are in the citrus family, so we had white cake with alternating lemon and orange layers. It was divine! The groom’s cake was fashioned after a stack of antique books with an open cigar box on top. Since my husband’s grandfather smoked cigars and we had a master cigar roller at our wedding, it was a perfect match, and a great way to honor his grandfather’s memory. We also wanted people to have some dessert options other than our cakes, so we had mini churros, sfogliatelle (Italian cream puff) and mini cannolis.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Time! It seemed like we always had to meet with vendors and pick out every little detail. All of that was extremely time consuming and, with both of us working, we had to plan everything far in advance to make our meetings work. Many times, we had to meet over our lunch breaks or had to ask to meet after work. But, we got past it and were able to put together an amazing wedding despite those constraints.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Honestly, I think we had a dream team of vendors. Everyone worked together perfectly and the wedding was flawless!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Everyone crying during the vows.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? I can’t wait to start our life together by decorating our new home. There’s a lot of work to do, but it will be fun doing everything together and making our house a home. It will be nice to share everything with one another and have my best friend with me all the time.

Photographer: Annabella Charles / Videographer: Creation Studios / Planner: Social Butterflies / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Dixon Gallery and Gardens / Florist, Lighting and Special Details: Garden District / Wedding Cake: Oh My Ganache Bakery / Caterer: Ziparos Catering / Rentals: Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals / Band: Memphis Soul Revue / Paper Products: Natalie Chang / Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Ronald McKnight / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Tux: Custom made / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank / Cigars: Wrapture Cigars / String Quartet: Beth Luscombe String Quartet

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    Love their mini meals!!

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I have a habit of reading particularly sweet or funny parts of interviews out loud to my lovely coworkers, and in Lindsey and Adam’s case, I couldn’t resist sharing the fact that Lindsey quoted a Southern classic, Gone With the Wind, in the story of how she and Adam met! She was smitten with him from the moment she saw him, and after “waitin’ on him just like a spider,” they were finally introduced and began to fall in love. This sweet couple was married in Lindsey’s hometown of Jackson, Mississippi with a prayerful ceremony and a reception full of amazing food and fun traditions. Does it get any more Southern than that?

Thank you kindly to Brett Heidebrecht for sharing Lindsey and Adam’s wedding day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My something borrowed was very special. I had originally bought a veil with french lace lining the bottom of the veil only, with hopes of getting all “DIY” and ordering more lace to have sewn around the the entire circumference of the veil. However, I discovered that ordering the lace itself was more costly than if I had bought the original veil, so I hung it up. However, I met a darling lady, Abbie, about a week before I left Birmingham. I saw her wedding pictures and gasped–she was wearing my dream veil! She offered to lend her veil to me upon our first meeting! I was blown away by her generosity! My “something blue” was a pair of Badgely Mischka shoes,” selected by one of my best friends, Audrey. She also talked the salesman into giving us a special deal. I don’t know how she does it! Everyone needs an Audrey in their life! My something new was everything else on my person!

I spotted Adam for the first time at my first “Progressive Dinner,” held during one of my first weekends as a resident of Birmingham, Alabama. When he walked in the door, my jaw hit the floor! I spent the better part of the night either in the bathroom with one of my besties, Audrey, getting the scoop on him and telling her she MUST set us up and making loops around the house party, trying to catch his eye. It didn’t work. After that, I set out on a mission to run into this gorgeous guy again. I didn’t know his name, so naturally, my friends and I deemed him “My Original Birmingham Crush” or “Crushie” for short. (I had also heard that he was a very godly man from several trusted sources, so it wasn’t a totally superficial crush!) In the words of THE Scarlett O’Hara, “I was waitin’ on him just like a spider!” One fateful day, I spotted him again at one of my favorite coffee shops in the beautiful Mountain Brook Village, but I didn’t dare approach him! Unbeknownst to me, our mutual friend Thomas was workin’ behind the scenes to set us up (love him!!), and “happened” to invite us both to a movie. Finally, a formal introduction was made! The room was spinning and the chemistry was flowin’. Crushie finally got a name (Adam), and the next day, I got a friend request! So the next time I saw him (at my new favorite coffee shop), it was only natural that we talk (I know what you’re thinking; he approached me, thank you very much). Turns out, his heart was as pretty as his face. We talked for about an hour that first day, and for about three weeks of agony, I waited on that first date. I had grown tired of this relationship (or lack thereof) dominating my thoughts, so I prayed to rest in God’s plans for our relationship, rather than trying so hard to manipulate the situation. That very same day I prayed, he FINALLY asked me out!! The first date went great. Adam was completely open and honest with me about what his intentions were and told me that he wanted to get to know me more as friends. I really enjoyed knowing exactly where I stood with him. Game playin’ is for the birds! About a month later, he asked to pursue me exclusively. He also requested that we not kiss until/if/when we were to get married. I realize this plan is not for everyone, but it was actually very freeing for us, and we had a wonderful summer getting to know each other with beautiful Homewood and Mountain Brook as a backdrop. The Lord continued to bless our relationship as things progressed into the fall (or football season, as it is more commonly known in the South!). It became more and more apparent that Adam was an incredible, godly man who loved and led me very well.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. It nearly killed me to wait two weeks for my mom to arrive in Birmingham to go dress shopping! It only took two stops before I found a dress they had to pry off me in the store. I felt like a princess! I did get a little carried away in the store and also bought chandelier earrings, a rhinestone ribbon belt, and a trumpet slip. We also added pearls and beads to the top of the dress, but on the Monday before the wedding, I tried on the dress and decided it all had to go! This was a case of less is more. Mom was very gracious about the wasted money, and I made about four trips to the seamstress that week!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We decided to stick with the traditional pledge to commit to each other through anything and everything, before God and our closest friends and family. We couldn’t really top that!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had a “Salt Covenant” performed by Adam’s uncle, Pastor John Dickey. The covenant is derived from the Old Testament custom. Two individuals each bring a pouch of salt and pour the salt together to symbolize coming together in an agreement. The agreement could only be broken if the granules could be separated. This, of course, is impossible, and thus you have an everlasting covenant. “It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord for both you and your offspring.” Numbers 18:19 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:5-6. An added bonus to the tradition is keeping the salt and sprinkling it on anniversary meals forever!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Definitely the first kiss!! He planted one on me that caused the crowd to “ooh” and “ahh!” No one (including me) saw that one comin’!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We each chose some of our favorite hymns and worship songs such as “Revelation Song,” “You Reign on High,” and “Be Thou My Vision,” as we wanted our ceremony to be a worship service giving glory and thanks to the Lord for bringing us together. The hymns were particularly special because they were sung by my 12-year-old cousin, Wes Magee, and a best friend of mine, Peggy Pursell. We also chose some traditional wedding classics played on the church’s magnificent organ such as “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the seating of the mothers and grandmothers, “Canon in D” which transitioned into “Jesus Loves Me” for the children’s processsional, and “Allegro from “Water Music” for the walk down the aisle. Our first dance was to “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers and the theme song for the movie Ghost. This was due to an inside joke between Adam and I. When I would say “I love you,” he would often respond with “Ditto.” I didn’t get it and was slightly offended. He later explained to me that it was a reference to Ghost. I had never seen the movie… needless to say it was one of the first things we watched, shamelessly, after the wedding!

Tell us all about the proposal! Christmas came and I got a picture of an adorable log cabin with the inscription “Get Excited!” written on it for Christmas. Apparently, we were going to Bryson City, North Carolina for a weekend getaway. Not terribly unusual, as Adam is always a man with a plan, and we had previously discussed going to the mountains. The only thing that slightly tipped me off was my mom being very adamant about me getting a cocktail dress dry-cleaned… for the mountains. Again, not terribly unusual, as she always comes packin’ a few cocktail options. The mountains were beautiful, and fortunately, the cabin was also very nice, as we spent the entire first day of our trip iced in. The next morning, we got up to hike, which is one of our favorite activities as a couple. At the end of the hike Adam asked me which waterfall was my favorite. I chose the third. Adam took my hands and told me that he had been thinking and praying very hard about something. He proceeds to tell me his four favorite attributes of me: 1. My relationship with the Lord, 2. My relationship with his friends and family, 3. His attraction for me, and 4. Our growing friendship. With the stunning waterfall roaring in the background, Adam got down on one knee, pulled a little box out of the cargo hiking pants he got before the trip, and asked me to marry him. That’d be a heck yeah! No contemplation needed! After that, we headed back to the cabin, got packed up, and headed back to Birmingham for an intimate dinner with family and a few close friends. I walked into the “dinner” to discover 40 of our closest friends and family yelling “Surprise!” That was definitely one of the top five moments of my life. It meant so much to have all of these people travel from near and far to celebrate our engagement. My head was spinning and didn’t stop for the next five months!
When did y’all get married? July 6, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look. After the hectic morning and afternoon leading up to the wedding, it gave us some much needed quiet time before the ceremony. Seeing Adam is always so calming for me, and nothing could detract from the once-in-a-lifetime moment of meeting eyes while I was walking down the aisle.
Describe your wedding flowers. My wedding flowers were an elegant array of white and ivory peonies, hydrangeas, roses, and lilies. My bouquet was made up of white roses and peonies, and the bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas with baby’s breath. The church banisters were wrapped lovingly by my uncle Jay and a dear friend Paul with white organza, ivy, and lilies. It was no easy task, as a rodeo parade was being held on the street in front of the church. Apparently, it took a lot of begging to get through to those banisters! The church pulpit was adorned on either side with large urns filled with a variety of the flowers and four large antique candelabras. A large arrangement was featured on the S-shaped buffet table in the center of the reception venue. The reception tables featured centerpieces with a collection of cork screw willows, roses, and hydrangeas, and lights were placed underneath the tablecloths for a dramatic effect.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. The cake was traditional all-white buttercream. The five scrolled tiers were etched with beaded ribbon. An “R” initial was written into the top layer and fresh white roses sat atop the cake. A crowd and personal favorite was the Starbucks-themed peanut butter and chocolate (need I say more?) groom’s cake. To-go coffee cups sat atop the cake with Raisinets flowing out of them as mock coffee beans. We had to do an ode to the place where the magic all began!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The favorite detail of the wedding was our program created by Adam’s father (a printer who crossed into the wedding circuit and quickly crossed back out after the wedding!). Our program was especially sentimental to us because we wanted to honor our attendants by including tidbits about the special role each of them had played in our lives.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The food was very Southern! We had shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, sliders and sweet potato fries, a taco bar, late night beignets and frito pies, to name a few of our favorites. We got a lot of positive feedback on the menu! The singing of our sorority song was fun to share with the majority of my bridesmaids, my mother, and some of their mothers. The DMP band out of Memphis, TN brought the Southern soul and the house down! Everybody and their Mamma (literally!) was breaking it down!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge, no doubt, was the invitations! The printer was very gracious to us and Mom dedicated a couple of nights to stuffin’, lickin’, and stickin’. I owe her! Another challenge was my wedding planner having an unexpected emergency and leaving before the reception began. However, a good friend, Abigail stepped up to the plate and things went seamlessly!
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? All of the friends and family who lovingly served us with their gifts and talents. To name a few: spice rub party favors made by my father-in-law, step-by-step ceremony music planning by a dear family friend, Mrs. Eloise Coleman, constant support and help from my best friend and maid of honor, Mary Katherine (former social chairman of the sorority! She knows her stuff!), and ANYTHING and EVERYTHING by my uncle Jay Magee and another dear family friend, Paul Jankowski. I couldn’t possibly name everyone who contributed! It meant so much to have so many people sacrifice their time for our big day!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Have fun! Don’t sweat the large or small stuff! God miraculously brings the day together! (Hindsights is 20/20–I spent my fair share of nights crying at my laptop).
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving married life. Its so nice to have a partner to walk through life with. We are enjoying exploring our new home city Austin, TX!!

Photographer: Brett Heidebrecht / Videographer: Jordan Mahy / Planner: Maybelle Beasley and Janet Lee / Ceremony Venue: Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church / Reception Venue: Old Capital Inn / Florist and Lighting: Petals and Pails / Wedding Cake: Sandra Grover / Caterer: Bruce Cain / Band: DMP Band / Bride’s Gown: Allure Bridal Gown from Diane’s Formal Affair / Paper Products: Bruce Cain and Tony Melman / Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Diane’s Formal Affair / Hair Stylist: Janette Lungrin of Wavelengths / Makeup Artist: Francis Davis for Dior / Bride’s Shoes: Badgeley Mishka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid / Men’s Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse

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    LOVE everything Lindsay has to say! And I love those petal toss shots coming out of the church!

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Just this morning, Lisa and I were discussing how we both cry while reading Real Wedding interviews, and I was telling her how the images can make me cry as well! And let me tell y’all, Jessica + Burton’s wedding was no different! Between the images of Jessica’s mama in the same gown she wore down the aisle to the series of incredible expressions as they saw her for the first time, these Dixie Pixel photos have both Lisa and I reaching for our monogrammed tissue boxes (a new office requirement!).

We just had to include all three of these precious faces! Talk about priceless moments, y’all!

I knew I didn’t want to go the standard route, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted either. So, I found a local bridal boutique that only made custom dresses and restored vintage ones. That sounded good and different to me. Right after I made my appointment, I remembered that my mom might still have her dress in the attic in the “dress-up/costume” box for the grandkids. I called my mom, rushed out there, and got the dress to take to my appointment the next day. It fit! No alterations were needed, just a good cleaning and a few minor replacements of the zipper and a button. My mom had her headpiece and veil, too. It was all perfect. I tried on one dress and was done.

Describe your wedding flowers. My florist was amazing. She did took my skeleton of an idea and made it gorgeous. The colors were soft–pale pinks, yellows, greens and some white. We used a bunch of gorgeous roses from Burton’s step-dad’s rose garden. I wanted to keep it loose and light for our casual, outdoor affair. The lake was already a great setting; I didn’t want to overdo it. Oh, and, she surprised me big time! Just before I walked out, she hit pause on everything and sprinkled white rose petals all the way down the sidewalk aisle and all over the boat dock. I had no idea. It was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for me.

See, y’all! I can’t even look at Burton’s face in this photo without tearing up!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we didn’t do a first look. My wedding planner suggested it was a good idea, especially to get rid of some of the jitters, but I liked the element of surprise. We shared everything at that point, and not many things were a surprise regarding the wedding. Burton didn’t know I was wearing my mom’s dress, and I wanted to see his face, among other family members, as I walked down the aisle. It was also such a small wedding that we knew we’d have plenty of time for pictures, etc., after the ceremony.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. Our minister did a simple, traditional service.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? First and foremost, it was just family! Also, the food reflected an intimate, relaxed backyard elegance. At least, that’s how my caterer described it! She really set the Southern tone. We had tiny biscuits filled with chipotle pimento cheese and topped with crispy bacon as one of the delicious appetizers, fresh corn off the cob and cherry tomato relish, vanilla bean lemonade, and mason jar pies…to name a few. All family-style. I wore my mom’s dress–she was married at a church down the way in 1968 (45 years ago, this year!), and Burton wore a bow-tie.

We incorporated local flowers in my bouquet, including the roses from Burton’s step-father’s garden. And, the wedding was outside on Fort Loudon Lake formed by the Holston, French Broad and Tennessee Rivers.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. For something summery, we had a lemon cake filled with blueberry buttercream, drizzled in honey glaze, topped with fresh cream and fresh blueberries. The rest of the dessert table was spectacular: basil-peach mason jar pies, classic Petit Fours, assorted French macarons, vanilla bean Whoopie pies filled with coconut ice cream, and orange-scented chocolate cake pops. Yum!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Bugs love me. A couple of weeks before the wedding, I either got too many bug bites or some poison ivy on my leg. This is par for the course, but my dress was short! So, I worried about that, and then, I realized I was having an outdoor wedding by the water! Not sure what I was thinking. After being overly cautious with lawn treatments etc., it was a miracle that I didn’t get one (additional) bite. Thanks, Dad!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Burton is from Baton Rouge and moved to Knoxville in 8th grade. We had some mutual friends growing up in high school and college. I became good friends with his sister, Sarah, at UT Knoxville, and more so after both of us spent time living overseas. Several mutual friends mentioned over the years that Burton and I should get together. Burton likes to say I gave him the “Heisman” (think of the pose) for about 5+ years. Finally, we went on a date. The rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! After about two years of dating, we talked about getting engaged, but when it happened, I really had no idea it was coming. He got me! We were visiting his aunt in France. While we were touring around Paris, I gave him a hard time at every spot that looked romantic enough for a proposal…so, everywhere. I was kidding! Then we took a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. In the gardens, while trying to decide if we should rent a little row boat, I proceeded to give him the daily, “Well, this would be great place to propose…just sayin’.” We got the boat, it was hot, and I then began to tease him, rowing me around. I felt pretty guilty afterwards! Anyways, I didn’t understand why he was paddling longer than the fifteen minutes we’d paid for. He ignored me and asked me to look at something on the map in my purse, and when I looked up…voila!
When did y’all get married? June 8, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? About 25 family members
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Since we didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen, I thought about having our sisters do a reading to include them as a special part of the ceremony. But, there was a 2-year old involved, and we just weren’t sure about how he’d do on the dock. My sister might have had to wrangle him at any moment, and we didn’t want just one of the three sisters missing, so we didn’t end up doing any readings.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a jazz pianist and his wife, who sang, and they were absolutely perfect for the setting. Great, relaxed background music. Our first dance was to a Frank Sinatra classic, “Fly Me to the Moon.” It was lovely, but I kept insisting that Burton be more “playful” with me, and Tara got a pretty good pic of my attempt. I think he felt the camera on him! My father-daughter dance was especially meaningful. At some point, during those tough high school years, my dad gave us all (three sisters) the Lee Ann Womack single, “I Hope You Dance.” I’ve never seen my mom cry so hard. They couldn’t believe I’d remembered.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Wearing my mom’s dress and having the ceremony on my parents’ dock! I couldn’t imagine wearing anything else or doing it any other way.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Everything but blue. Something borrowed (and old) was my mom’s dress and veil. Something old (and borrowed) was a sixpence, from my mother-in-law’s friend, for my shoe. I had two pairs of shoes that I could not decide between: some 1960s shoes from a local, vintage clothing shop, and some new shoes. I wore both.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Seriously, all of them! Everyone was so easy to work with and “got me,” even when I couldn’t fully describe what I wanted. Tara at Dixie Pixel made me feel so comfortable and captured the day perfectly. And, I am SO thankful for Colleen at White Orchid Bridal and that she gave me the opportunity to wear my mother’s dress! So special!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle of rose petals and standing there for the ceremony on the dock. Burton says, “The first time I saw you in your dress!!!” Also, dancing to a special song with my dad (and seeing my mom cry)…it was so sweet.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? To each their own. Big or small. Do it the way you want. Surround yourself with family and friends who “get you.” And use vendors who are your speed! If you find a vendor you like, you should check out their recommendations for other vendors. I found one and everything else fell into place.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are excited to try to start a family. That’s not for everyone right away, but we both waited a little while to get married…code: we’re (getting) old. I’m most looking forward to having a partner in life, through it all.

Photographer: Tara Kneiser at Dixie Pixel Photography | Planner: Peggy Love at Plan it with Love | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bride’s Parents’ House | Florist: Pat Felts at Clay Pots Floral Events | Cake Baker: Bettina Hamblin at The Sweetery | Caterer: Bettina Hamblin at Luxe Catering | Rentals: Bettina Hamblin at Restoration Rentals | Jazz Pianist: Keith Brown | Bride’s Gown and Veil: Mother of the Bride’s 1960s Priscilla of Boston gown and veil, restored by Colleen Moore at White Orchid Bridal | Hair Stylist: Mandy at Prive | Makeup Artist: Claire Balest | Bride’s Shoes: Vintage Kate Spade | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers and Jos. A. Bank

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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Seriously, everyone’s expressions are so priceless!! We need a rush order on those monogrammed tissue boxes with wedding pictures as sweet as these!

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    I love the idea of getting married on a lake! So gorgeous!

  4. avatar Bridget reply

    Best mother of the bride photo ever! And there is nothing like a vintage Priscilla gown – so special that the bride got to wear her mom’s wedding dress.

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    My beautiful friend Jessica…these pictures brought tears to my eyes. You are beautiful both inside and out.

  6. avatar Rose { Rose and Ruby Paper Co. } reply

    Love this! The dress and veil look so cute! Wow. And all the details, so personal.

  7. avatar Canopy Rental reply

    Beautiful location. Each and every part of decoration is done so thoughtfully. Inspiring!

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