There are a million and one reasons why we love the holidays, but coming in at number one on our list? Getting to spend the day with those we love. Which exactly why we LOVE this celebration, for these two planned the ultimate family gathering in the form of their Big Day. Marrying the holidays with holy matrimony we’re pretty much convinced they’ve given us the best present in the form of pretty. So if you need us, we’ll be opening this gallery thanks to Simply Sarah Photography in THE VAULT!
From The Bride…Sam and I have known each other since high school (15 years) but it took me moving back home a couple of years ago for us to realize that we were meant to be more than friends. Never did either one of us imagine that we would end up marrying one of our best friends, but God had a bigger plan for us and our relationship. After a year and a half of dating, Sam proposed one afternoon at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson, the place where we fell in love. We decided on a wedding date that was 6 months away (after college football season), and started planning. We knew that we wanted a simple, intimate celebration with our friends and family, and a Christmas wedding seemed like the perfect setting.
We decided on The Cedars as the wedding/reception venue because of it’s rich Jackson history and it’s beautiful setting. Because it was December, we wanted it to feel like a cozy Christmas party it was exactly what we had hoped for. One of our closest friends, Blaine, married us, and our ceremony could not have been more perfectly “us.” My brother and Sam’s sister stood by us as our “best people”, while the rest of our party took a seat in the front rows. I walked in to “We have all the time in the world”, Sam’s favorite song from his favorite James Bond movie.
I didn’t hire a wedding planner, so all of the decorating and coordinating was up to us. I made all of the greenery and the mantle art while my friend and bridesmaid Kate arranged all of the flowers. My mom and cousin helped me and Kate with the tablescapes. We added little bits of Christmas with trees and fun garland and included a polaroid station so that guests could sign them as a “guest book”. Yummy food trucks were a fun catering alternative that seemed to be a hit, and my friends brought my chocolate lab Riley by after the ceremony to enjoy the party and everyone’s table scraps. Our wedding was truly a culmination of all of our friends and family coming together to help us share our celebration of love back with them. The perfect Christmas gift.
Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Cake: Deborah Hunter | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Hog Heaven BBQ | Catering: Lurny D's | Makeup: Heather Barnes | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: The Cedars | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Great Southern Events