Beautiful photos of fun details are incredibly inspiring, but we’re always so tickled when a couple goes above and beyond just sharing their photos, and shares details of their ceremony and their budget – knowing the specifics of how someone else did it can make planning so much easier! Big thanks to Heather and Brady for sharing their full wedding ceremony and their budget breakdown (in addition to their gorgeous photos!).

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“We had our dog, Nicholas, walk down the aisle with Brady,” says Heather. “We weren’t sure how this would work out, but he is generally a very calm dog so we went for it. I had seen him and Brady before the ceremony for photos so he got his excitement out then and when he got to the altar area he immediately made himself comfortable, laying down in the grass, and watching as the bridesmaids and then my Dad and I walked down the aisle. He didn’t get up or pull away, he just lied there watching intently. When everyone was in place and the ministers started speaking, he stretched out behind Brady and went to sleep! At one point in the ceremony, the ministers mentioned him, and Brady and I turned around to see him sound asleep behind us and we, along with everyone else, started laughing. He was a perfect four-legged groomsman and it made us so happy to have him there with us.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Thoughtful, Personal, Happy.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Brady’s aunt and uncle were our ministers. They had married his two older siblings already and we knew they were the perfect choice for us as well. The ceremony and sermon were so much more personal and we were more relaxed in their presence. They sent us their basic wedding template with two variations on the ritual, as well as some recommended readings common for weddings. We used one scripture reading from their list, and chose one that is not as commonly used in weddings (Ruth 1:16-17), but we thought the words and sentiment fit our lifestyle perfectly. We also chose to add two non-scripture readings that were perfect for the occasion and they obliged, even including one as a basis for the sermon. We decided to combine our own personal written vows with traditional vows and they turned out perfectly.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vows, easily! Brady and I wrote our own but followed the same format so that the personal words and promises were a surprise to each other, but we also knew we were on the same page. We started with a brief history and a few kind words, then on to personal promises, and then we added the traditional vows. We each ended with “It was always you, [Brady/Heather]. It will always be you.” The last line was something I wrote down soon after we got engaged and knew I had to have in my vows. I couldn’t help sharing it with Brady and he wanted to use it too. It perfectly wrapped up our vows and tied them together.

READ HEATHER AND BRADY’S FULL WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“Brady and I met in high school in 2001. We went to Brady’s senior prom together and then parted ways as he went off to college and then started a career in the Navy, while I went on to nursing school. But we always kept in touch and met up every year for dinner around Christmas when he was in town. In 2009 our dinner together felt different and I wondered why I kept letting him go. After that we started to talk daily. He was living in Mississippi and I was living in Massachusetts. I made my first trip to visit him in April 2009 to see if it was more than friendship (it was!) and eventually moved to live by him in February 2010. Since then, we’ve lived in four states (and are moving again at the end of this year). Needless to say, our wedding was a long time coming and we enjoyed every last second. We spent the night on the dance floor. Our feet hurt, my gown was filthy, my hair was a mess. The first thing we did when we got back to our room was sit on the edge of the tub and soak our poor feet while eating the snacks that our caterer left for us! Despite the stress and anxiety a wedding can bring, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. It was that good.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  SO MUCH FUN!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A vintage crystal decanter! It was the first piece I saw that set in motion the rest of our plans. I was over-inspired, if that’s possible, by magazines, blogs and Pinterest and my head was spinning with all the possibilities and color schemes and themes available. When I saw the crystal decanter, my brain slowed down a little and started thinking about how I could incorporate it. From there, everything else started to fall into place: a loose theme of “Elegant Barn Wedding” and colors, flowers, decor all started falling into place.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Chickens, newborn goats, sheep, wild turkeys, a garden full of peonies, lilac trees. It’s so hard to choose one reason why the farm appealed to us! Every inch of Mount Hope Farm is charming and beautiful, when we first visited it felt like we stumbled into a dream. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding in New England and it perfectly fit the bill and truly felt like us. We were able to rent every room on the farm and have most of our family stay there as well, turning our wedding weekend into a perfect family getaway.

Menu:
Signature Cocktail: Cucumber Margarita with a Tajin Rim // Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Mini Lobster Rolls / Deviled Eggs / Shrimp Cocktail Shots / Goat Cheese Rounds / Mini Lamb Chops // Starter: Ceasar Salad // Main Course: Delmonico Grille Marinated Ribeye Steak with Red Onion Balsamic Marmalade and Cabernet Au Jus, served with Yukon Potato Wedges, and Broccolini with Red Peppers / Pan Seared Local Scallops with Sundried Tomato Chardonnay Cream, served with Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms and Scallions, and Vegetable Batons / Wild Mushroom Ravioli // Dessert: Various Miniature Sweets / Cotton Candy / Chocolate Wedding Cake

Reception Entrance Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams
First Dance Song:  A Little More You by Little Big Town

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Hearing Brady’s vows sits very high on the list. Also, looking up at my dad when the song for us to walk out to came on and laughing our way down the aisle between tears. The nervous feeling in my gut watching from an inside window as seats started to fill up and then noticing that close friends who we didn’t think would make it were there! The pure joy I felt during our first dance and singing every word of the song to each other. So many good thoughts, I can’t choose!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We actually decided to forego a lot of traditions for our wedding. Brady serves in the U.S. Navy and it is a huge part of our lives but we didn’t want it to define our wedding, so we left the uniforms, swords, and traditions at home and instead hung a huge American Flag above the fireplace, a simple but bold nod to our life and our country. We also skipped the church wedding, saw each other throughout the day before the wedding, and spent cocktail hour with our guests instead of off taking photos.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Instead of a traditional guest book, we opted for something we could hang on our wall and see daily. I designed a Quaker style marriage certificate, which we had everyone sign as witnesses to our vows that day. // My great uncle Ernie played a few songs on the accordion for us during dinner! // At the bottom of our menus it read “No chickens were harmed in the making of this meal.” (We raise chickens at home for eggs and entertainment!)

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Sneak away for a few private moments together sometime after the ceremony to take it all in! We did this during the salad course of dinner and got a second to talk to each other as well as a few great pictures as the sun was going down without an audience. Also, focus on your groom and smile as you walk down the aisle! It helped to keep me from being overwhelmed by all of the people watching. My dad and I cracked a few jokes to laugh through the tears and then made our way down to Brady with big smiles on our face. // Eat something before the wedding and save a snack for after it. Also, don’t drink too much; you’ll want to remember this night!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I cannot explain enough how great it was to see each other before the ceremony and going to take photos. We had a private few moments to take it all in and calm our nerves. It didn’t take away from walking down the aisle AT ALL. I was still in tears and my heart was racing as we made our way to my groom. Then we got to spend an extra hour with family and friends on the beautiful grounds, enjoying the hors d’oeuvres and drinks we spent so much time planning! Also, I recommend that you practice bustling your dress with your bridesmaids beforehand. It took a bit longer than we hoped and wasn’t quite done right, but it worked out in the end!

 

Photography: Ruth Eileen / Venue: Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island / Dress: Nina by Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Suit, Cuff Links, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Special Events Bridal Shop / Dog’s Attire: Silly Buddy / Stationery: Green Fingerprint / Calligraphy: Ali Makes Things / Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm / Catering, Cake, Rentals: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Music: Fivestar Entertainment DJ / Videography: Nathan Gomes, Blueflash Photography
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The Palace Garden Court is one of the most magical places in San Francisco – utterly timeless in its elegance! And the perfect setting for Hillary and Greg’s classic formal wedding, brought to life by Select vendor Stacy McCain Event Planning. Some of our favorite details about this black tie celebration? The ceremony included a love letter from the bride’s grandfather to her grandmother, the tables were adorned with white flowers and cut glass hurricanes, and the cake was topped with a charming vintage bride and groom…

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“San Francisco is where we fell in love, got engaged and started our first home together, so it felt very fitting that we should marry each other here as well. Calvary Presbyterian is located just a few short blocks from our home, so we knew it would be a part of our every day lives for a long time to come.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Heartfelt, Traditional, Personal.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We asked our closest friends and family for their advice and wove together many loving stories to create our own ceremony. As a whole, our ceremony was quite traditional; we felt that so many generations of love stories before us had been married this way, we wanted to use the same symbols and messages to bless our day. For our vows, we asked our parents what their vows had been at their own weddings and used them to dictate our own, so they were also very traditional.

Ceremony Music:
Prelude: Flower Duet / Air by Bach / Thais Act II Meditation by Jules Massenet / Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
Processional: “Le Cygne” Camille Saint-Saens / Canon in D by Pacabel
Bridal Processional: Bridal Chorus by Wagner
Recessional: Wedding March by Medelssohn
Also, my dear family friends sang a duet of Ave Maria during the ceremony that was entirely too beautiful to describe.

Ceremony Readings:  My grandfather and Greg’s sister read Ruth 1:16-17 and Mark 10:6-9 – we chose them for their messages of unity, support and love.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Rev. Truly read a love letter my grandfather had written during the war to my grandmother exactly 70 years ago to the day, the very same day of our wedding. He had recently passed away and my brother had found the letter shortly thereafter. My grandparents’ love for one another was the everlasting kind, and when she read it, it felt like he was there blessing the day.

 

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The Reception

“We loved the history behind the hotel and the romance of the Garden Court. It was one of the few places that could hold our large guest list but still feel intimate. Our reception was absolutely magical, filled with every person we love…and a great band!”

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Walking into a room filled with all of our friends and family, there was just so much love and happiness in one room. Also seeing my grandfather, Frank, out on the dance floor all night – he may have been the oldest person in the room, but he was also the last one to leave the dance floor.

What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First Dance: “Make Someone Happy” by Jimmy Durante
Father Daughter / Mother/Son Dance “The Way You Look Tonight” by Steve Tyrell

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  My brother was one of the best men, which was very special to both Greg and me.

 

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Menu:
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Warm Date with Blue Cheese and Bacon / Thai Spring Roll, Mint, Carrot, Sprouts / Tuna Tartar on Wonton Crisp with Avocado and Chives // First Course: Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Micro Greens, Chive Oil, Sonoma Saba, Avocado // Entree: Seared Center Cut Filet Mignon with Red Wine Demiglace, Roasted Spring Vegetables, Potatoes au Gratin // Dessert: Wedding Cake

Did you have a signature cocktail?  Champagne! Don’t mess with a good thing.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a five tiered cake. Every layer was a different flavor, from rich carrot cake to a simple rose flavor. We also had my favorite See’s Candies at each table – I have a huge sweet tooth!

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  My something old was a lace handkerchief my mother had bought at a flea market in France and monogrammed with our wedding date; my something new was a pair of pearl earrings from my parents; my something borrowed was my mother’s pearl necklace; and my something blue was my initial monogrammed into my wedding dress.

Any DIY details?  I had a handkerchief monogrammed with a personal note for my father and gave it to him the morning of our wedding day, he wore this close to his heart all night.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Don’t leave each other’s side all night – enjoy every moment and take it all in together.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t sweat the small stuff.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I wouldn’t have sweated the small stuff!

 

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Photography: Gertrude & Mabel / Event Planning and Design: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Venue: Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California / Church: Calvary Presbyterian / Dress: Caroline Herrera / Shoes, Hairpins: Chanel / Suit: J. Crew / Bow Tie, Suspenders: Ralph Lauren / Shoes: Cole Haan /  Bridesmaid Dresses: Ralph Lauren / Floral Design: Sharla Flock / Stationery: Union Street Papery / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola / Lighting, Sound: Got Light / Ceremony Music: An Elegant Touch of Strings Quartet / Cocktail Music: Music To Go / Band: Notorious / Makeup: Sherrie Long / Hair: Julie Dy / Transportation: Classic Cable Car / Videography: Artisan Production
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There are a few venues that I fall in love with every time I see them, and Serenbe is one of them, especially when it’s the backdrop for such a magical wedding. Designer Jessica Sloane did such an incredible job with all the details, photographer Jessica Lorren captured it beautifully… and I mean really, listen to this:

“A few months into dating, Daniel and I realized that his parents’ and my parents’ anniversaries were both in June,” says Melanie. “Okay, that’s pretty cool, we thought. But then we realized both anniversaries were on June 25th… Then we realized they were both married on June 25, 1988. Um…what?! Is that even possible? We knew if we ever got married, we would have to choose June 25th because, really, how could we not? After he proposed to me, we started planning our wedding for our parents’ 26th wedding anniversaries.”

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Tell us about your beautiful dress.  Being in the wedding industry, I see so many wedding details and so many dresses. I was very picky when it came to certain aspects of the wedding, one of which was my dress. I wanted something custom, but also something that wasn’t going to break the bank. I was referred to Miss Tashina by a friend and it was one of the best decisions I made. After going back and forth with pins and ideas and inspiration, I sketched out my final design and sent it to her. She brought my vision to life in a way that I could never have imagined. I threw in my idea for a custom veil super last minute, and once again, she worked her magic. Everything was absolutely perfect! A dream come true.

 

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Any special details?  Daniel wore his great great grandfather’s pocket watch. It was such a special heirloom to carry with him on such a special day! Also, the week before the wedding, while packing boxes for our long drive from south Florida to northern Georgia, my parents gave us their toasting glasses to use for our toast. It was so sweet and so special to use those glasses on their 26th anniversary!

 

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“We chose our pastor for a very special reason,” says Melanie. “He had been my husband Daniel’s mentor and big brother figure for over 10 years, and it was so special to have him be such a big part of our day. When he introduced himself and explained his relationship to Daniel to our guests, he also took a second to describe Daniel’s character and choked up mid-way. I cried my eyes out. We let him have control of the order of the ceremony and what he wanted to say, but we knew we wanted him to share the gospel with our guests, the picture that marriage represents in the Bible, the deep and powerful meaning of love, and to pray over our marriage. It was the most beautiful ceremony I had ever heard. He did an absolutely perfect job!”

 

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Ceremony Music: We were so blessed to have my cousin Matthew play the music for our ceremony. All of the music was instrumental, played on acoustic guitar. Simple and beautiful.
Processional, bridal party: “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
Processional, bride: “Marry Me” by Train
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic, Intimate, Heartfelt.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Melanie: My favorite part of our ceremony, and one of my favorite moments of the day, was our vows. we chose to write our own. To me, it was so much more intimate and heartfelt. Pouring out my heart to him. Listening to him pour his heart out to me. Our dearest friends and family there witnessing what we were promising to each other. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye there. The two of us, our bridal party, our parents, our photographer, our guests… everyone was crying. But when you’re promising something that deep and that important, it’s hard for those words not to reach in and grab hold of your soul. When we finished our vows, my father-in-law uncontrollably let out a shout “I just love everyone!” // Daniel: My favorite moment of the day was the moment our officiant pronounced us man and wife, because at that moment, she was finally mine.

READ MELANIE AND DANIEL’S PERSONAL VOWS RIGHT HERE.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted a small, intimate wedding so that we could really focus on each other and be able to enjoy the day. We knew a destination wedding would be a great way to do that, but didn’t want the stress of coordinating a wedding in the typical destination wedding locations such as Europe or the Caribbean. Serenbe was such a quaint location with the perfect feel, and it was easy to incorporate our wedding inspiration.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our wedding was inspired by us! Our planner did a fantastic job of breaking down what our top five values were as a couple so that we could be sure that we made our wedding about us and our story. Our top values were: romantic, honest and heartfelt, simple and clean, organic, and elegant. She then took those values and helped me tie them into the vision I had for a French Provençal wedding, since Provence is one of our favorite places in the world!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Melanie: I have so many favorite moments, but one of the ones that sticks with me the most was our first look. I was all dressed up, walking toward the person I would spend the rest of my life with, my very best friend in the entire world. With butterflies in my stomach, it was all I could do not to burst into tears and just run into his arms! The moment he turned around, he smiled, wrapped me in his arms and with tears in his eyes he whispered, “You look like a princess.” And the world just stopped. In that moment, it was just us, holding each other close. It was everything I dreamed it would be.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Our wedding gifts to each other were special in their own ways. I had a family crest designed by our calligrapher, Signora e Mare, and then had it hand painted on a guitar pedal as a surprise to my musician husband-to-be. In his letter to me the morning of our wedding, he wrote that his gift to me wasn’t something I could unwrap and that I would have to wait until later to find out what it was! I love surprises, but the suspense almost killed me. In the busyness of the day, I had completely forgotten about it, but just after our toasts, I was asked to take a seat and the groomsmen were scurrying around the dance floor. I had no clue what was happening until the instruments came out and my husband started singing a song about our love story. The lyrics included our parents’ wedding day in 1988, the day he proposed to me, our wedding day finally being here, and the chorus “Love comes and takes away what we thought was a dream.” And he was right. It was our reality. The start of our new lives together.

 

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Dessert Buffet:  Lavender Shortbread Cookies / Salted Caramels / Espresso Madeleines / French Breakfast Puffs / Lavender Créme Brûlée / Mini Lavender Tarts / French Macarons / Mini Almond Croissants / Chocolate Wedding Cake with Vanilla Espresso Bean Buttercream

Signature Drinks:  Lavender Lemonade / Peach Basil Cooler / Blackberry Clove Spritzer / Rosemary Cardamon Sparkler

First Dance Song:  “What Can I Do” by Joy Williams. I still get tears in my eyes when I listen to the words of that song!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I received two crucial bits of advice before my wedding day. The first was that things won’t go perfectly, but at the end of the day you’re married to your best friend and that’s all that matters. We had so many crazy things happen to us… we had to change our venue just three days before the wedding, our coordinator woke up with the flu on the morning of our wedding, our flower girl had an eye infection, some of our rental items arrived late so everything ran behind, the sparklers never arrived, I had bugs in my dress, one of my bridesmaids tore her dress at the zipper… Everyone expected me to freak out, but I knew that at the end of the day, I was going to be married and that was all that mattered to me. Which brings me to my second bit of advice. Your attitude as a bride affects your guests attitudes. They feed off of you. If you’re upset because nothing is running smoothly, they will be upset. If you’re angry, they’ll be angry. If you act as if everything is perfect and you’re so, so happy because it’s your wedding day (!!!!!) they’ll be so, so happy for you. It’s important to remember this because it’s how your guests will remember your wedding day.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t skimp on your photography! Those precious images will be what you have to remember your wedding for years and years to come. What you hand down to your children and grandchildren years from now. It is such an important and essential part of the wedding day! I am so grateful for our photographer and the irreplaceable gift that she’s given us in those images.

 

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Photography: Jessica Lorren / Event Design, Styling, Bride’s Bouquet: Jessica Sloane / Venue: Serenbe Farms in Palmetto, Georgia / Floral Design: Amy Osaba / Dress, Veil: Miss Tashina / Shoes: Chloe flats, BHLDN heels / Crown: Carlee Sizemore / Earrings: BHLDN / Suit: Express / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos, Macy’s, Nordstrom / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Stationery, Calligraphy: Signora e Mare / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Desserts: Earth and Sugar / Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Videography: T&C Photographie / Hair, Makeup: Amanda Agros / Rentals: Goodwin Events
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We’re kicking off the week with an incredibly romantic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill Estate. The bride’s dress and veil, the white flowers and candlesticks… classic elegance at its best!

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“Erin and I both wanted to have a destination wedding and thought wine country would be the perfect spot. Who doesn’t like wine!” says Kristin. “When we saw Chalk Hill we fell in love with it and knew that’s where we should do it. The beautiful chapel sealed the deal since we were having a religious ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Religious, Traditional, Musical.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We had a very traditional Catholic ceremony, so our priest Father Tom was very helpful with planning it. He gave us a book that we followed that gave us options for each part, and we picked from those. We decided not to write our own vows. To be honest I thought I would start crying and not be able to finish! The company we used for strings was really helpful too in our music selection. They gave me traditional and non-traditional options.

Did you include any special details?  Since my grandmother is no longer with us I wanted her to still be a part of the day. Scott added my grandmother’s locket to my bridal bouquet which was really special to me.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My flower girls really stole the show. They were great! The unity candle was a special moment, as well as having my cousins do the readings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  For me it was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face. In general spending this amazing moment with our friends and family.

 

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The Reception

“I wanted our wedding to be very romantic,” says the bride. “Our wedding planner Scott Corridan helped make that come true and gave me a lot of great ideas. The food was absolutely amazing. The room looked like a dream. The whole dinner was candle lit. It was just really amazing. We still hear it was the most beautiful wedding people have been to.”

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Just enjoy the moment because it will be over before you know it!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Listen to each other and compromise on the details. I know most of the time we think the guys don’t care about some of the details but they probably do more than you think. It’s not “my wedding” it’s “our wedding.”

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  To be honest I had a budget and went way over so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was a really beautiful day with amazing food, music and people. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Lucky for me I had an amazing photographer to capture every moment. I can relive it anytime I want!

 

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Photography: Matt Edge / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Scott Corridan Design / Venue: Chalk Hill in Healdsburg, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Suit: Giorgio Armani / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Stationery: AJ Bart & Sons / Music: Bay Area Entertainment / Cake: Fleur de Lisa 
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What to do if you want an English garden wedding, but you don’t want to worry about the weather? Bring the garden indoors, of course! That’s what Rachel and Marc did for their Knoxville wedding, and the result was breathtaking…

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The Ceremony

“Marc and I felt it was important to have a traditional Roman Catholic wedding. After meeting with our priest several times, we decided to have a full mass with communion, readings, and music. The ceremony was in a gorgeous church built in 1908, filled with stain glass and intricate wood carvings.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Catholic, Sentimental, Traditional.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s smile greeting me at the altar.

 

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Did you include any traditions?  I carried my great-grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my sister and cousin held in their weddings.

Ceremony Music:  We chose classical music and hymns that mirrored a traditional, Catholic wedding. A string trio, an organist, and an opera singer performed during the ceremony.

Prelude: Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell
Seating of grandparents and mothers: Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Communion: “Be Thou My Vision” and “How Great Thou Art”
Recessional: Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

 

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The Reception

Cherokee Country Club was the perfect location for our reception because its ballroom was not only beautiful, it was also large enough to seat our guests,” says Rachel. “I love outdoor weddings, but I didn’t want to battle rain and heat on my wedding day. So my goal was to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. With lots of help from my wedding planner, florists and lightning designer, we managed to create a romantic garden inside the ballroom.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  English countryside weddings are quintessentially classic and timeless – attributes I wanted my wedding to embody. Creating an intimate space was also a priority. It was important to let our guests know how much we appreciated their love and support over the years. Above all else, we wanted our guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I loved all the details from my wedding, but my favorite had to be the trees we used to decorate the ballroom. When paired with hundreds of candles that lit up the space, the trees made the evening feel magical and timeless.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister gave me the best advice while I was planning the wedding. She told me things are going to go wrong, but don’t let it ruin your day. When your wedding arrives, just enjoy every moment because it’s the best party you’ll have in your life.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Every moment from my wedding was wonderful, but my favorite memory had to be the first look. It was really the only moment Marc and I had together alone that day. I’ll never forget how I felt or the look on his face when I turned around, and he told me I was beautiful.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  1) Early in the planning stages, my wedding planner and I set up a budget. It was helpful having a spreadsheet that outlined the costs. A few dollars here and there can really add up, and by recording all the costs, you can stay accountable to the budget you specified in the beginning. 2) If you have room in your budget, I would highly recommend getting a wedding planner. In the end, I avoided stress and saved time by hiring my wedding planner, Jennifer Laraia. She made the months of planning enjoyable, and most of all, she made sure the wedding day ran smoothly because every detail was in place.

 

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Photography: Natalie Watson, Dan Watson / Event Planning and Design: Jennifer Laraia / Venue, Catering: Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee / Church: Holy Ghost Catholic Church / Dress: Casablanca / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: The Happy Envelope / Calligraphy: Kalligraphia / Hand Lettered Signage: Paperfinger / Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings / Fabric Draping: Campbells Party Rentals / Band: A Town A List / Cake: Magpies / Videography: Milestone Pictures / Lighting, Cocktail Music: Special Notes / Trees: Saplings
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  • Knoxville Wedding from Natalie Watson and Watson Studios

    9 October 2014
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