Happy Friday, friends. I’m so excited to bring you a closer look inside Brad and I’s wedding. Today’s post is all about our wedding story, enjoy details on how we met, how he proposed, the planning process, details, advice from the bride and groom and more!
It all started a little over 5 years ago during our freshman year of college. My college friend lived in the same dorm as Brad and whenever I would visit, she would hi to him in passing. It never donned on me that 5 years later, he would be my husband. One day, Brad was hanging out in the same dorm room I was and the two of us just started conversing. We chatted like we had known each other for years. To my surprise, I pursued Brad. I believe I looked him up on Facebook and messaged him something stupid, just to keep the conversation going. This took place during finals week when everyone was moving out. Brad left school a day before me and I’ll never forget him coming over and helping me move out. What guy helps a girl he just met the day before?
Four years after we met, Brad proposed. The two of us had gone on a family vacation with his parents and his middle sister’s family to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was Brad and I’s first real vacation as a couple so I was already super excited. On the second day of vacation, Brad and I spent the day on the beach with his family before he asked if we wanted to get cleaned up, drive around, and get some dinner together. The two of us ended up at a shopping/tourist area called Barefoot Landing where I picked Joe’s Crab Shack for dinner. Once dinner was over, the two of us drove back to our hotel and walked on the beach at sunset. Brad had me look away while he got down on one knee and proposed. It was perfect!
Months before I was even engaged, I was scrolling through Pinterest and found the dress I knew I had to had. Thankfully a bridal shop in a couple of towns over had it. Once we were engaged, I immediately started planning because I’m definitely a planner. Brad and I knew exactly where we wanted to get married, the venue for the reception, and the wedding band. So once we got home, we started getting these things booked. We got engaged in June and by the end of July I had the dress, picked out the bridesmaids dresses picked out, church booked, wedding band booked, and venue reserved.
My mom and I spent hours and hours FaceTiming each other to discuss wedding plans. The rest of the planning went pretty smooth. I knew I wanted the decorations and “theme” to be simple, yet elegant. We opted for bright flowers to go in white milk glass pieces. I really loved the contrast look of bright against white, which is what the bridesmaid dresses were against my dress.
Oh the dress, I am so glad I chose this one. When it came to the dress, I knew I wanted something with sleeves. Strapless dresses don’t make me feel comfortable because I’m always afraid they are going to fall. I loved the idea of a thicker strap that sat off the shoulder. There’s just something so classy and elegant off the shoulder. When it came to the skirt, I didn’t want anything too full but still had some flair. The lace detail over this dress is everything I dreamed of as a kid.
Surprisingly, Brad was pretty picky on what he wanted the menswear to look like. Blue and tan was 100% out of the question. I knew I didn’t want black for a spring wedding, I just didn’t think it’d flow with the color scheme. So with 3 of the 4 common tux colors ruled out, we settled on grey. The dark was too close to black and the light grey was just too light, so medium was the perfect choice. Brad wore an ivory vest and tie while the groomsmen wore a pink tie that almost exactly matched the girls’ dresses. To say I’m obsessed with how the colors popped would be an understatement.
One detail that I just have to bring up is the gold ring I wore. It was my grandpa’s wedding band. He passed away 4 years ago and it was the closest way to have him at my wedding. Still, after 4 years, I can’t bring myself to express in words how much he meant to me and how much I miss him. Every time I try to write something, I just get lost reliving the memories. I’m just grateful that I was able to wear his ring on my special day.
Once the ceremony ended, the bridal party loaded into a party bus where we popped
champagne the top on a cold beer, cranked up the music, and Brad and I celebrated being married with our closest friends. The bus took us to a local bar where pictures were taken, wrestling occurred, laughs were shared, and memories were made.
What we Love:
It is so hard to narrow down one thing we loved about our big day, but the one thing that stands out the most is our wedding band. Not only was our band amazing but it was the same band that both of Brad’s sisters had at theirs. It’s just so cool that all 3 of them were able to have the same band and make more memories with these amazing people.
We want to thank our family for providing us with such an amazing wedding. If it wasn’t for your love and support, our day wouldn’t have been as special as it was. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We love you!
Enjoy every moment. While it can be overwhelming and stressful, it only happens once. Also, remember that it is your fiancée and yours big day so do what makes the two of you happy and remember the reason why you are doing all of this is because you love each other. The last piece of advice I have is actually advice my now sister-in-law gave me. During your reception, at some point in the night, go away from everyone and take a look around you. Take in everyone there, having fun, and celebrating your marriage. I still remember seeing everyone at our reception and it was so moving to know they were all there because of us.
Advice from the groom:
Don’t let the stress get to you. Remember to have fun and celebrate. It’s only all about you (and your wife) for one night. When in doubt, rely on your friends for support.
Photographer: Hawk Eye Photography // Church: Bethany Methodist // Venue: The Galleria //
Wedding Designer: Ava Lynn Creations // Caterer: Perfect Party // Wedding Band: The Reaganomics //
Rings: Jones Jeweler // Flowers: Venetian Gardens // Dress: Brides & Beyond // Tuxes: The Mr. Shoppe //