A few months ago, Stuart and I were featured on WeddingChicks.com. It has almost been a full year of marriage now (how crazy is that?!) and I was reflecting on how special that day was to me, so I wanted to share with all of you. Here is a little something I wrote that was posted on the Wedding Chicks Blog page-Enjoy!
"Romance isn't just blossoming in this sweet pastel pink garden wedding at The Cordelle in Nashville, it is full out blooming in all it's glory! Katie and Stuart are the picture of a beautiful couple in love and we are head over heels in love with their big day celebrating that love! Plus Katie gave us the inside scoop on her wedding planning process as well as some adorable behind the scenes bloopers that will make the whole day memorable and so fun to talk about for years to come!
So dive on in to this fabulous Fall wedding day and don't forget to check out the full gallery! We have many more inspiring photos to share with you thanks to the talents of Christy Wilson Photography. Oh and don't miss their budget breakdown, it's a good way to gage how much you might spend on your best day ever!"
From the Bride: There's something about the magic of a wedding. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a bride wearing a beautiful white gown with the man of my dreams at the end of the aisle looking at me like I'm the most beautiful girl he'd ever laid eyes on. Fast forward a few years and in the summer of 2016, Stuart (the man of my dreams), got down on one knee with tears in his eyes asking me to be with him forever. After that moment, I knew the exact wedding that I wanted. I wanted the day to be magical, full of laughter, and full of love.
The only thing that went wrong (which I can actually laugh at) on my wedding day was when all the wedding party was finished walking down the aisle, my dad and I were sitting upstairs in the bridal suite just chatting and waiting for someone to come get us tostart heading downstairs. We started to hear the song we were supposed to walk down to and the owner of the Cordelle came into the room and said, "I think that's your cue". We both looked at each other with the widest eyes and rushed down the stairs (without tripping-thankfully). My favorite part about that moment was my dad holding the bottom of my dress so I wouldn't fall. I will always remember that moment for as long as I will live! Thank you daddy for always being my favorite "spur of the moment" guy.
A TRUE TESTAMENT FOR BHLDN
The next step in planning our wedding was my dress. I searched online at stores for a dress that was truly unique, inexpensive (because holy cow can dresses break the bank when it comes to weddings!!), and that was just a total 'Katie' kind of dress.
I remembered someone telling me about Anthropologies Wedding Line called 'BHLDN' (pronounced beholden). I set up an appointment and invited 7 of my favorite and important ladies in my life to join me. I loved every single dress that I laid my eyes on in that store...all engaged ladies out there, you HAVE to check it out! I remember trying on about 7 or 8 dresses and loved them all. Deciding on the right dress wasn't as tricky as I thought it would be because I went to the store with one beautiful dress in mind. It was really easy to say yes to the dress and ordered it right there in the store. The awesome thing about BHLDN was that from the day I ordered my dress to the day I received it in the mail was 10 DAYS. Yes ladies, only 10. I had to have it altered by my lovely aunt so you have to find an alteration place that does it for you but it is so worth it!
FRESH DECOR & UNIQUE DESSERTS
As far as desserts went, we decided we both did not want a cake or anything considered traditional at this point. Number one, they cost a boat load and yeah sure, they can look super pretty but we wanted something more unique (and cheaper). We decided to go with something that gave us the most memories over the years because nothing bad happens when you have a good old s'more in your hand! We were very happy with that dessert decision.
I knew I wanted peachy colors, deep burgundy, and lots of eucalyptus...I'm kind of obsessed. That's when I found Elizabeth Earnest Florals. I wanted someone who could bring non-traditional to the table and might I say, she definitely delivered. On the wedding day I found out she arranges flowers for the show 'Fixer Upper' on HGTV and was slightly freaking out because that was probably the closet I will ever be to JoJo.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The band's name is WAKER also known as KOA before they changed their band name recently. They are graduates of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and my best friend Taylor also went there so that was the connection we had to consider them performing at our wedding.
PLANNING & BUDGETING ADVICE
Be open minded, be yourself, stay positive, and don't get side tracked by anyone else's expectations. Wedding planning is supposed to be a fun process and in the end of it all, you are marrying your best friend! It was easy for us to determine where we wanted to spend more money in certain places and less money in others...it is all based on preference and what your total budget is!