Yesterday was a big day at SMP with the launch of our oh so fabulous local blogs! We could not have been more excited to see those beauties hit the Internets! So worthy of two exclamations in a row. Well today is just as exciting because we have a Wedding Wednesday lineup that is sure to knock your socks off. Seven weddings and seven galleries full of images equals one glorious day. Just another pretty day at Style Me Pretty!
Why not start this pretty pretty day with another take my breath away wedding from Watson-Studios. Not only am I am member of their fan club, I am the also the president (hope that's OK Natalie and Dan). Seriously, I love their get to the core of the couple way of capturing the day. And with a couple as darling as this one, the end result is a wedding worthy of hours spent oogling over the gallery of images.
From the Bride... I am a very sentimental person, and I love my family and all the traditions we continue to pass from generation to generation. I wanted a morning wedding because that is the time of day my parents and my grandparents got married. I loved the idea of having the young children and the older adults being able to really enjoy the reception, too, instead of having a party that went late into the night.
After deciding to have a morning wedding, I wanted to stick with the traditions my family has used for generations, but also make it personal at the same time. Since my grandmother, mom, sister, aunt, cousins (most of the women on my mom's side of the family) have been married in my home church, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, I knew I wanted to have a formal, traditional church service there. Some of the important smaller details were the kneeling bench in the church, the diamond broach, the silver candelabras at the cake table, and the cake topper. My great-grandmother, "Mimi," actually did the needlework on the kneeling bench at our church. All of the girls since my great-great-grandmother have worn her diamond broach on their wedding day. I did not have a place on my dress for it, so I wore it on my bracelet. The two larger silver candelabras on either side of the cake have the initials "MB" engraved on them. The candelabras were given to Mimi when she was married with her first and middle initials "MB" (Marion Bidwell was her full name). When my parents named me Molly Blane (Blane was a family name from Mimi's side of the family as well), Mimi gave the candelabras to my parents to give to me when I got married. The cake topper has also been used by all of the girls since Mimi.
Caleb and I chose for the guys to wear morning suits, just as my parents wore in their wedding. I liked how old-fashioned they looked. I also wore a dress that Mimi made out of ribbon to my bridesmaids luncheon.
After making sure to include all the traditional details, we also wanted to make our wedding personal with "Caleb and Molly" details. For our first dance a cycling friend of Caleb's performed a song that he had written. The song says "Will you dance with me, Molly?" and it has always been "our song." Also, we spend a lot of time biking and playing outside together. Caleb is very into cycling, and has slowly gotten me into it. We knew we wanted to ride away on a tandem bicycle. I did not want a themed wedding, but if there was one detail that truly inspired the feeling I wanted to capture for our day, it was definitely that red tandem bicycle. We tried to use it as a small motif with the save-the-dates design, and also used it a design of it on the candy bags. It was also really important to get some photos of us on the bicycle, and those are definitely some of my favorites from the day.
Wedding Photography: Dan & Natalie Watson of Watson-Studios / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church / Wedding Reception Venue & Catering: Maple Grove Inn / Bouquets & Reception Floral Design: Clay Pots Floral Events / Ceremony Floral Design: Family & Friends of the Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale via The Bride Room / Bridesmaid Jewelry: J.Crew + Anthropologie / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture via White Lace & Promises / Morning Suits: Men's Wearhouse / Wedding Invitations & Programs: Larry B. Newman Printing Company / Save-the-Dates & Candy Labels: Doodle Pad / Cake: Esther Kant of Sweet Manna / Wedding Ceremony Music: Celebration Strings + Dr. Eunsuk Jung / Wedding Reception Music: The Wooten Brothers