Jen & Michael
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Q & A with the Couple:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The Food. For our rehearsal dinner, we had a Low Country Oyster Roast, with all the trimmings. Just when we thought that couldn’t be beat, Juan Carlos and his staff prepared the most amazing wedding dinner, including Curry Crusted Mahi Mahi with Jerk Braised Short Rib Ragout and Apple French Fries.
The Music. Music has always been a big part of our relationship, so making sure the music was just right was really important to us. For the Oyster Roast we dumped a bunch of our favorite music, ranging from Ryan Adams and the Old 97’s to Country Classics and Top 40 on to an iPod. We hit random and let it play. Somehow, the right song was always on. For our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, we used a local band, The Train Wrecks, who covered “Breath of Love” by the David Mayfield Parade for the processional and Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” for the recessional. At the cocktail hour, they played the song we got engaged to during an Old 97’s concert, “Question” when we were announced. And finally, for our first dance, we used a live acoustic version of “Desire” by Ryan Adams.
The Attention to Details. Thanks to Alysse at Morgan Gallo Events, we were able to add subtle personal touches to virtually everything at the wedding from custom figurines of our dog and rabbit to “reserve” our table and my mother’s old silver tea set on the dessert table. We were able to use versions of our monogram on the wedding invitation to have custom monogrammed pillows made.
Even today, people still talk about the music and the unique little touches.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Try to take the craziness in stride and don’t let the process ruin the prize.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The Ceremony. It was the one thing we refused to compromise on or take “suggestions” from friends and family. From the first stroke of the guitar until we “Walked the Line,” it was entirely ours. We ended up spending hours upon hours working with the minister to craft each word of the ceremony and vows. It was truly surreal standing there between these centuries-old live oak trees, thinking about how we were just starting our life and hoping that we could be as strong, and our roots as deep, as those majestic trees.