Julie and Nick were married April 17, 2011. I know that’s going back a wee bit now, but I seriously love this wedding! The outdoors and the sunshine, the beautiful bride in her perfect lace dress, and the handsome American gent complete with pocket-watch. The details are lovely, too – the bow ties, the naked cake, the apples that line the aisle. And it’s very modern meets traditional. Which I love. Every time!
One non-traditional thing the couple did was facing out towards their guests during the ceremony.
Our pastor suggested it, and I absolutely LOVED this choice. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s getting married. This made our ceremony feel so intimate and personal. I remember looking out at all the faces smiling up at us and feeling so much love and support. That is probably my most cherished moment of the whole wedding day.
The couple met online, and destiny had a hand in the date of the ceremony!
Ironically, the wedding date we chose was the exact same date as our first correspondence two years prior. This was not planned!
The Ramsey House, Knoxville, TN because we really wanted the atmosphere on our wedding day to have a cosy, ‘at home’ feeling. The property grounds had that back yard and garden setting that perfectly accommodated our casual picnic reception. We also really loved the marble and limestone architecture and the history of the house itself.
Nick took me for a surprise weekend getaway to Charleston, SC. We went for a walk on Folly Beach one evening in the rain. The beach was completely empty – because of the rain, I guess. We found a perfect spot with the Morris Island Lighthouse in view. Nick asked me to be his wife there and gave me a gorgeous, completely unique, antique ring (from Paris, 1890s).
He told me how he had travelled to visit my parents and tell them his plans to propose. Of course, they were thrilled, and I loved knowing that he had included them in all of his secret proposal plans. We enjoyed the romantic, rainy beach, and then had pizza for dinner as we called and texted all of our friends and family to tell them we were engaged.
I actually made all of the pottery centrepieces at the reception. They were stamped on the bottoms with our wedding date and given as favours to our family and friends at the end of the day. My parents cut the wooden blocks that were used in the centrepieces. My mom made all the bow ties, and she also made the flower girl dress.
Don’t forget that your marriage is way more important than your actual wedding. While it’s such a special time to celebrate with family and friends, so often weddings become about impressing people. It’s so easy to get hung up on all the details that don’t matter in the end. Set yourself up to have a happy, loving marriage and let that be the thread that stitches your wedding day together.
First dance – Pretty Flowers (originally by Steve Martin) played by Jill Andrews and Josh Oliver – who did an AMAZING job!
Down the aisle – Jill Andrews sang Edelweiss. It’s one of Nick’s favourite songs and it was so perfect.
Photography – Izzy Hudgins
Bride – Gilded Gown with customisations (sheer collar and lace detail and a hand-made sash with an antique cameo broach and lace/feather detail) by Colleen from White Orchid Bridal
Groom – Dillard’s
Venue – The Ramsey House, Knoxville, TN