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Spring Lake House Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 25, 2013

Raquel & Gerard

March 17

Charleston, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

My husband, then fiance, loved it!  We had looked at dozens of venues, but his face absolutely lit up as we pulled onto the property.  I know that the wedding day is supposed to be about the bride, but I wanted to be sure his voice was heard in some of the details as well.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1.  Before the guests arrived, I had the opportunity to see the ceremony space, and I was blown away.  The ceremony was outside on a small, wooded island.  While it was naturally beautiful, I wanted to soften the space.  My planner, Kala, not only met my expectations, she exceeded them!  White details, delicate floral accents, a wooden altar draped with sheer fabric – etheral, simple, elegant!  It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that although our wedding was not in a church, it was, no less, a spiritual occasion.

2.  The music!  Music can make or break any event, especially a wedding.  But, being an intercultural union (I’m from southern Virginia, and he’s from Trinidad and Tobago), we were both concerned that the music would not translate well between our two sides.  Fortunately, my husband called in a favor from a DJ friend and his knowledge of Caribbean and American music was mixed to perfection.  Everyone danced the evening away!

3.  The dinner tables were another one of those details where I had this vision in my head.  I wanted the linens and place settings to be formal since it was wedding, yet the flowers to have a more natural, deconstructed feel.  And while I wanted eveything to flow, I didn’t want identical floral reproductions, or overly matchy-matchy.  As a greeted my guests at their seats, I was delighted that each centerpiece was unique!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

Walking down the aisle towards my husband was the BEST MOMENT of my life.  Knowing how much I loved and was loved.  Feeling so blessed that the most important decision of my life had also been the easiest.  Knowing this was only the beginning our journey.  I experienced so many strong emotions in such a short span, I am constantly reflecting upon them. 

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Romantic Pink Beach Wedding in Hawaii

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 15, 2013

Holly & Travis 

September 29

Kapolei, Hawaii

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was the lush green landscape along the ocean that resembles all of Hawaii has to offer.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites/

1. The ceremony.

2. The décor that was arranged in love by friends and family, who took my visions and brought them to life.

3. The groom and groomsmen surprise performance to Justin Bieber’s Baby!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

The ceremony, was amazingly perfect.  So many unscripted moments that make you laugh and cry that make the moment unforgettable for us.  We give praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for perfectly designing marriage and teaching us how to love and be loved.  The Holy Spirit was truly present in that moment bringing together our friends and family to witness what God had designed for our lives.

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Joanna & Tyler

August 11

Boone, North Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The view from the terrace was breathtaking. Once I saw the setting, I couldn’t imagine my wedding being anywhere else.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Surprise bagpipe player, decorations made by my aunt from heirloom silver dishes, and the venue.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Your wedding day is a celebration! Try and remember what is really important when the planning process gets stressful.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The sun setting over the mountains.

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Romantic, Map-Themed Summer Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 13, 2013

Emmie & Dave

August 31

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite detail was probably the wine box ceremony. We had a custom dark wood wine box made for us engraved with our names and wedding date in a special symbol that was designed for our wedding. Inside the box, we had a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel (our favorite wine) and love letters we had written to each other. During the ceremony we nailed the box shut, and we will open it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our ceremony itself was completely us. We decided to have Dave’s dad marry us. He was nervous because he had never performed a wedding ceremony and this was the marriage of his first-born child. But, it was so touching and personal and meant so much more than having someone who barely knew us perform such an important ceremony. Together with Dave’s dad we wrote every word in our ceremony to be completely and uniquely us. We are really into wine, so we had 2 ceremonies within our wedding ceremony that showed that passion. We did a wine ceremony where we combined a white and a red wine to make a rose and drank from the same cup as a symbol of our unity, and a wine box ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other while we fought back tears. My dog is really one of my best friends, so he was a “bridesdog” in the wedding. Our guests were all standing around us in the barn during the whole ceremony making it super intimate and personal. And, at the end of the ceremony, Dave’s little sis and her boyfriend (who proposed to her a few days later) performed a song called “I Do” that they had written just for us. Everything about the ceremony was so personal and special.

 The rest of our wedding also had so many personal touches. Here are a few that we love: 1. Dave and I spent the 4 years leading up to our marriage on the road as part of our work in the sales training industry. We literally lived in 12 different cities in four years. Our wedding invitation was a map that showed this journey around the country with us ending in Nashville, our new home. On a card that sat on each table we had written one of our favorite stories from our time together in one of those cities. We had maps that traced this journey and vintage suitcases to complete the theme. 2. Our wedding happened to be on the night of a blue moon with the next blue moon happening 3 years later. So to celebrate this, we served moon pies and had an image of a giant blue moon on the ceiling.

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Romantic Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Kim on Mar 01, 2013

Lauren & Charles

September 16

Franklin, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We live in Southern Alabama and our families are from Illinois. We knew we wanted to get married in the Nashville area because it is a good halfway point and my dad lives near Nashville. CJ’s  Off The Square was perfect because it is a stunning location and it is all-inclusive, which means they took my vision and then took care of everything from the decor, to the food, to the music.  Planning from so far away with such a helpful staff made everything a breeze.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My table numbers were hand crafted signs with pictures of the groom and me at the age of the table number. It was fun for my mother and the mother of the groom to put together because they got to pull out old pictures, and it made a great conversation piece for each table

CJ’s set up a hot dog bar as part of our meal. I am a hot dog fanatic, and anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE hot dogs. This wasn’t even an option in their catering package but they were happy to make it work. This was a fun personal touch and yummy too!

My bouquet was wrapped in lace pieces from my mom’s wedding dress and mother-in-laws’ wedding hat. I also had a very special and sentimental broach from my grandmother, and Charlies’ grandmother attached to the bouquet, along with my sorority pin.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

It was really important to me that we write our own vows. My husband is one of the strongest US soldiers you will ever meet, but he was extremely emotional and choked back tears throughout the recital of his vows. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the venue. I kept the ceremony decor very plain and simple in order to stick to our budget, but it didn’t matter because the ceremony was beautiful by itself.

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