It’s so wonderful to see such personal and meaningful thought put into a wedding day. For couple Jamie and Wes, it was important to have memories of their loved ones, who could not be with them to celebrate, present in the sweetest details. This wedding is filled with so much joy and emotion. We love the idea of sending off their wishes in a Chinese lantern at the end of the night. Here’s to your new adventure together!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Make the day your own and treasure every second!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Use pinterest and DIY projects as a starting point. Too many DIY projects becomes very overwhelming and looking at Pinterest after you have finalized a decision will cause you to second guess yourself. Every wedding done out of love is a perfect wedding!
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? I carried my late grandfather’s wedding ring on my wedding bouquet. He and my grandmother had a picture perfect marriage for over 50 years together!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Shop around! I contacted three of every vendor and narrowed down my choices from there.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No way – I want to do it all again!
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We exchanged letters in “vow booklets” and prayed together prior to the ceremony. We opted out of doing a first look; we both wanted to see each other for the first time walking down the aisle. This time was so special and helped to calm my nerves prior to the ceremony. Our wedding gift to eachother was a new Bible with our names engraved on the front cover—we plan to use this gift as a reminder to include our Lord in our marriage always!
“We loved the idea of saying the same vows our parents and grandparents said in past generations—it was very sentimental and important for us to keep the traditional vows. However, we did sprinkle a few of our own ideas throughout the ceremony to make it very “us”. We had our family come up to the alter to pray with us before our vows. We had our only living grandparent, my grandmother, read a blessing of the hands to prepare our hands for our rings (my very favorite part)! We also participated in a foot washing ceremony just like Jesus did to demonstrate his servant heart and devoted love.”
Your ceremony in three words. Heartfelt, religious, intimate
Is there anything that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We had a picture of our grandparents we miss so dearly on the pews with a white rose. We wanted to use their photo as a representation of the ones we knew were watching and rejoicing from heaven that day.
What was your ceremony music? We had a string quartet perform at our wedding.
Prelude: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
Seating of the Mothers: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Bridesmaids’ Procession: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
Bridal Procession: “Bella’s bridal procession song” from Twilight
Foot Washing: “I Do” by Matthew West
Recessional: “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn
Postlude: “La Rejouissance” by Handel
What were your vows like? “By God’s grace, I will affirm and challenge you in becoming all that God has purposed you to be, and will serve Him together with you as one. I (bride/groom) choose you (groom/bride). I choose you today and every day to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part.”
Who officiated your ceremony? Mark Key. He is the pastor of my Husband’s Church he attended while growing up.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Ahh, I cannot choose just one part; the whole ceremony was very special to me. My heart skipped a beat seeing my husband tear up waiting for me at the end of the isle.
“The Sutherland was the only venue I visited in my search for our perfect place. The style fit both my hubby and I perfectly – the traditional old white house for me and the rustic Settler’s house for him. We could not have envisioned a more beautiful venue.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I loved looking at blogs, instagram and pinterest during the wedding planning process. It was hard narrowing everything down—I loved so many different things. Through it all I had so much fun picking everything out and am so sad it’s all over.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My mother and I created the wooden signs “his one” “her only” that hung on the back of our reception chairs and the moss ring pillow. We also designed the big welcome sign that included a CS Lewis quote – a smaller version of our sign is now hanging in our new home. My father in law built the cross at the alter and the wooden tables at the end of the pews. It was so much fun spending time with and creating these special pieces with the people that mean so much to us!
What was your wedding menu? To commemorate my grandfather, we had Chicken Pie (his favorite meal at our wedding) with salad, green beans and mashed potatoes.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Strawberry short cake with buttercream icing—so yummy!
First dance: “Me and You” by Kenny Cheney
Father/daughter: “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle (my dad and I listened to this in the car every morning on my way to preschool through high school)
Mother/son: “Like Jesus Does” by Eric Church
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Stepping away with my new groom to make a wish for our life-long adventure and send off a Chinese lantern. It was so much fun being surrounded by all of our closest family and friends dancing the night away!