It's official. I love this couple. Obviously I love their style-infused, Southern charm-inspired soiree (it's filled to the brim with detail after detail), but I also just ADORE how much you can tell they love each other from each image. Not to mention the pretty as can be Bride's description below is adorbs, and we just melted when we read the sweetheart Groom also had his fingers crossed for an SMP feature! It just doesn't get more adorable than that, and you can see even more of these cuties captured by F8 Photo Studios in the full gallery of images!
From the Bride...Jason and I were married on August 6th in Greensboro, NC. Jason and I were both raised in NC and went to college together at the University of North Carolina, but it took a move to Atlanta for us to cross paths. We met six years ago through our respective roommates at the time (who are now married and expecting), but due to other relationships, we remained very good friends. Although we were "just friends", we would still joke about getting married someday. Finally, last February, everything fell in to place and within weeks I knew he would be my husband.
Our wedding was truly wonderful; I could not imagine anything better. We wanted a "fun" wedding, and I think we achieved just that. I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, but North Carolina weather makes an outdoor summer wedding somewhat difficult. We took a little bit of a risk and decided to plan an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception. Once we visited Grandover and I saw the outdoor ceremony area, I knew it was the place.
The week of the wedding was unseasonably cool, with forecasted rain for the weekend. I was devastated. On our wedding morning, I woke up to gray skies and very humid air. As the day progressed the sun came out and everything was set up outside. Unbeknownst to me (I think I was the only one not checking the weather that day), an afternoon storm was heading our way. My bridesmaids and I walked outside around 5:15 to take pictures to find storm clouds and heavy wind. There are even pictures of us running inside as the rain is starting. We waited out the rain (throw in a minor meltdown by myself), and the rain stopped at 6:00. The chairs are wiped down by our sweet groomsmen and the wedding started only five minutes late. My husband jokes that he became a master at reading the weather radar that day, as people were tracking the storms all day to determine if an outdoor wedding was possible. As my father said in his toast, the day was just like a marriage: its not always easy, your plans may be changed, and you may have to bear a storm or two, but its the love that makes it perfect.
We wanted a classic Southern wedding, while incorporating some of ourselves. Our colors were pewter, peach and ivory, so our signature drink was the peach mojito. The bridesmaids wore pewter Alfred Sung dresses, with peach shoes (although they look pink the the pictures). Their bouquets were bunches of white hydrangeas, and each one had a different brooch that I found at antique stores that the bridesmaids could keep after the wedding. Jason proposed last September after an Avett Brothers concert with a concert poster signed by the entire band, asking me to "say yes to Jason's question". To honor this, we made a concert poster for our wedding and had our guests sign it instead of a guest book. We now have both posters framed in our home. My sweet mother made 150 ribbon streamers in peach and pewter for our send off and helped me make all of the S'more favors and welcome bags for the hotel rooms. We were so lucky to have Elissa Keno, our wedding weekend coordinator, to ensure everything went exactly as planned, without us having to worry about it. It was great to be able to to relax all day of the wedding and not have to think about the things going on behind the scenes.
It really was a perfect day, and now I have a perfect husband to share my life. Jason played a very active role in our wedding planning, down to spreadsheets and Chivari chairs. Throughout our ten month engagement, he always said he would do whatever he could to make sure I had the wedding of my dreams. As I type this, he just said to me: "I think it would mean just as much to me as it would to you if our wedding was on Style me Pretty". I am one lucky girl.
Photography: F8 Photo Studios / Flowers: Plants and Answers / Wedding Weekend Planner: Elissa Keno / Ceremony and Reception Location: Grandover Resort / Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza / Sash: Lazaro / Bridesmaid Dress: Alfred Sung / Bridesmaid Shoes: Unforgettable Moments from Payless / Cake: Delicious / Handkerchiefs: Artful Beginnings / Band: Walrus / Hair and Makeup: Carla White of Greensboro, NC