Photographer: Patrick Nied Photography
Dress Store: Alicia’s Bridal & The Formal House Tuxedos//Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Caterer:Jake’s BBQ//Floral Designer: Pozie By Natalie//Beauty:Salon Tryst//Event Venue:Trinity Tree Farm//Submitted via Two Bright Lights
FROM THE COUPLE:
Where to begin? Growing up and meeting each other in church we knew we wanted a cross as our focal point during our ceremony. I borrowed a 10 ft handmade cross from my very best friend, a piece she had also used for her wedding, and used it for our altar. I had our florist create a garland to hang along the cross that matched the other flowers and was eventually placed on the bridal party table during the reception. Nathaniel and I both have lost family members very close to us, so we dedicated a special table to holding photos of loved ones who have passed away. Even though we know they were there with us, we wanted to have a special spot dedicated to them. During the reception we wanted everyone to feel like they had something to do, so we provided small coloring clipboards and had hula hoops and jump ropes for the kids. Since yard games are a favorite of ours, we set up a variety of yard games for the adults to play – from cornhole to an oversized Jenga set. It
meant the world to us to have all our closest friends and family share in our special day, and as a thank you for celebrating with us I gave each and every one of them (close to 200 people) a handmade candle.
It is so hard to choose just one memorable moment from our special day (as everything was so amazing), but one of my most treasured moments is the look on Nathaniel’s face as I was walking down the aisle. I had thought about that moment more times then I can remember, but I never knew how nervous I would be leading up to it. I even needed my Dad to give me a little
pep talk right before we started down the aisle. As soon as I saw Nathaniel and the way he looked at me, I felt so at ease and so incredibly loved. I already knew I loved him, but I had a new found love for this man who was going to be my husband.
While planning my dream wedding on Pinterest, I didn’t really go into it thinking of a theme. I simply wanted to put both Nathaniel and my favorite ideas together to make it just what we wanted.
When choosing our colors, I had my mind set on grey and yellow. I loved the way they went together and I had plans for those colors! When I told Nathaniel what I wanted, he got very stern and said, ‘No, we have to have purple.’ There was no arguing with that man: purple had been his favorite color for as long as I can remember. We decided on a dark plum, grey and small pops of yellow for our colors. The bridesmaids were in the most gorgeous plum dresses while the groomsmen had matching skinny ties. I was so happy with how the final color palette turned out.
One thing I was very conscientious about when planning our wedding was keeping costs down. We were so blessed to have our families take care of almost the entire wedding, but I still wanted to keep it affordable for them. That meant shopping for used items and incorporating DIY projects! At least 90% of our wedding decor was bought from a wedding consignment page on Facebook or was a DIY project. All of our chalkboards were old picture frames and chalkboard paint, every candle was purchased used (with exception to the favors), and centerpiece flower arrangements were flowers we got from family members and put together by my maid of honor. The cake table was decorated with crates we had at home, simple ribbon wands and coloring clipboards were made for the kids to play with and all of the wooden signs for the yard games were also handmade.
Nathaniel and I have both lost family members extremely close to us – the most important person in his life, his mother Paula, passed away 11 years ago. We knew we wanted to do something special for her, Nathaniel’s Grandmother and my Uncle and Grandfather who we’d also lost. We had pictures developed and framed of each of our loved ones, and hand-picked a candle votive from Glassybaby for each. If you haven’t heard of Glassybaby before, it is a hand-blown glass votive with a meaning behind each and every color. We placed their photos on a table directly in front of our sweetheart table so they, too, could be a part of this special celebration.
As we were planning our wedding, everyone told me to take in and enjoy every moment as it goes by so quickly – they are right! Don’t rush, take your time, take it all in and enjoy this amazing day that you only get once. I noticed in the days following our wedding that a lot of it was a blur, and it wasn’t because of the alcohol. On your wedding day, there is so much running through your mind, so many things to do, and so many people to talk to that it all jumbles together. Because of this, I recommend spending the extra money and investing in a great photographer! Having those photos to look back for the rest of your life is well worth the money. Also, wear comfortable shoes… Because you’ll be in those babies all day!