This North Carolina wedding is full of charming details, from the unique aisle decals to the bride’s waxflower head wreath, from the thumbprint guest book to the eyeglasses on the getaway car. And though Morgan and Jonathan were wed in December, their wedding was full of candlelight and warmth. Read on for all the lovely, thoughtful details!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Remember what marriage is about while you are planning your wedding; strive for a marriage more beautiful than your wedding. That was the idea that I held onto throughout our engagement.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Take it all in. Throughout your engagement, and especially on your wedding day. People aren’t kidding when they say it flies by! Remember to stop and soak up everything that is happening.
“We planned our ceremony together, and then nailed down the details with our pastor. The ceremony really was the part of our wedding day that we valued the most and put the most thought into. We wanted every word that was said, read, or heard to be carefully planned out so that it would reflect who we are as a couple and what we believe as clearly as possible.”
Your ceremony in three words. Gospel, Community, Warmth.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We wanted a space for our ceremony that was intimate, a blank canvas for design, and a space that was largely free from distractions. This room at the Lofts at Union Square gave us all of that! We were able to create a really intimate, warm, and communal atmosphere for what we viewed as the most important part of our wedding day. This room allowed us to be close to the ones we loved, have them feel like they really were the huge part of our story that we think of them to be, and created a space where they were able to hear the story of us and why we pursued marriage.
Who officiated your ceremony? Ben Tugwell, the pastor of our church officiated our ceremony. He has known us since before we knew each other, and seen use grow individually and together, so having him officiate our ceremony was very important to us. We couldn’t imagine having anyone else officiate our wedding.
What were your ceremony readings? Psalm 100.
What were your vows like? We wanted to follow the “repeat after me” format of traditional vows, while still writing vows that were real and meaningful to who were were as a couple. We wrote our own vows in that style, based largely on scripture as well as roles we vowed to fulfill as husband and wife.
What was your ceremony music? The hymn It is Well was played during the seating of our mothers and grandmothers. Our processional was to Future/Past by John Mark McMillin. Come Thou Fount was sang by one of our bridesmaids during the bridal party prayer. Towards the end of our ceremony, we sang Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by Matt Papa along with our family and friends. The recessional was Follow You by Ben Rector.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Halfway through our ceremony, our bridal party gathered around us to pray with us for our marriage. Come Thou Fount was sung during this time, and our family and friends were asked to pray for us as well. As much of a blur as our ceremony was, this is the one thing that both of us really remember, and cherish. We were able to take a breath, take it all in, and soak in the sweet prayers our favorite people were offering up for us.
“Our reception felt like the best thing ever because you have all of the people you love in one room for one night. We ate, drank, danced, talked, and celebrated with ‘our people’. We know that having all of these people we hold so dear is extremely rare. It was so precious to have our family and friends together with us for one night, celebrating this adventure with us.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? Just as we did for our wedding ceremony, we wanted a space for our reception that was blank canvas. This room allowed us to create a space that was unique, inviting, and that reflected who were were. The floor to ceiling windows were something that we loved, and the open plan allowed for us to set up the room however we wanted.
Please tell us about any special details from your reception. Jonathan and I met in the coffee aisle at the grocery store, so coffee has always been and will continue to be a large part of our relationship! We decided to have a coffee bar with customized coffee mugs at our reception, where our guests were able to enjoy something that we love.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? At our rehearsal dinner, Jonathan’s mom gave me a small Bible and handkerchief that was gifted to Jonathan the day that he was born, to be given to his future wife some day. This was so special for me to have that whole weekend, and especially on that day. I looked through it that morning and use the handkerchief all day. It is something I will cherish forever!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? At our cake tasting, we couldn’t choose just one flavor, so we decided to have five small cakes instead! We had caramel, Oreo, mocha, vanilla, and lemon cake. We loved this spread because it gave people choices!
What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was Forever Like That by Ben Rector. Our father/daughter dance was “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain, and the mother/son dance was “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite part of the reception was getting to be with all of the people we hold most dear. Whether it was eating cake, catching up, or dancing the night away, we were able to reminisce on old memories and create so many new ones with our favorite people.