Good Morning from own personal nest of white sheets. I should be napping right now because I was up at 3:00am this morning flying 180 lovely souls from Tampa to Charlotte – but you know me… I only get tired when I HAVE to be awake. So since I have a moment to rest clearly I am wide awake as a barn owl at midnight. In any case, it seems like the perfect time to sit down and update you all on this little life of mine. I AM A MARRIED WOMAN! Shout it from the rooftops. Hallelujah!
To be quite honest with you all: I never thought it would happen. I told my family MULTIPLE times it would never happen. I believed in my heart that I would be alone for so long that it felt imbedded in my very existence. Then John came along and I never wanted to be alone again. Gosh every time I even think about him I am so overwhelmed by the grace of God ya’ll. I just can’t even begin to know what I did to deserve to be loved by such a wonderful soul. He is literally everything that I ever wanted and more, and our meeting was quite honestly prayed into existence.
Several years ago I was in such a broken place in my life. I was so isolated and lonely, and at that time I didn’t think I would ever find anyone to share my life with. I had just gotten out of a toxic, crippling relationship and my sister asked me to write down all of the things that I wanted in a HUSBAND, not a boyfriend, not a once-in-awhile fling… and give it to her to pray over. I honestly thought it was so silly. I didn’t want to do it, but I was so disillusioned by my dating life that I thought, “what the heck.” I gave her my final list a few days later – and I didn’t leave anything out. I had thought to myself, “If I really am going to do this I am going to shoot for the stars. I will include EVERYTHING that I want.” I even went as far as putting down a height preference, because it was just a list… and I had made up my mind that I was going to be alone anyways.
The years went by and I completely forgot about that list. I didn’t see it again until August 8th, 2021. The day that I was marrying my best friend. While I was getting primped and pampered all of my girls were handing me letters. That was up there in some of my favorite moments of the day. Always remember y’all that your friends are one of THE biggest blessings in life. The good ones will be there for it all. To cry with you in times of sadness, and to love on you and lift you up in times of joy and peace. I opened each letter one by one, each one unique and special in it’s own way. When I opened the letter from my sister, immediately I saw my own hand writing. It took me a few moments to realize what was enclosed, but when I did tears filled my eyes. As I read through the attributes that my younger heart had claimed for my husband I couldn’t help but be filled with emotion. That entire list was John to a T. God had been listening. Even when I thought he hadn’t.
I have always wanted a fairytale wedding. I could always see it unfold in my dreams down to every last luxurious detail… everything except for the man standing at the front of the aisle. When I imagined walking down the aisle with my Dad I could never picture the person who was standing at the front – until I started dating John. It’s so cliché, but it really is true that when you know you just know.
One of the things that I knew for sure from the very beginning of wedding planning was that I wanted to plan my big day myself. I am the definition of a planner and I imagine I always will be, so from the moment that John proposed my mind was going a mile a minute: scrutinizing every detail from the invitation to the sparkler exit. Every part of the planning process was hands on for me, and I decided not to have an event planner until the day of – to orchestrate all of the minute details I had already mapped out in my mind and heart.
I will do my very best to link and list all of my vendors and product links at the bottom of this post, but for now… welcome to our fairytale. It is going to be VERY hard for me to choose my favorite photos for you guys, because Natalie Kathryn Photo literally brought down the roof. She captured the pure MAGIC of our day with grace and style. I have it narrowed down to my 171 favorites at this moment 😛
Well, now that I have bombarded your life with a hundred photos of my favorite day ever… So sorry I really did try and eliminate… believe it or not there are 500 more where these came from! Our wedding day turned out better than I ever could have imagined. My ten year old self could never have dreamed up how beautiful our actual wedding would be, and It was all made possible by everyone that we loved taking the time to come celebrate us even in times of such uncertainty. If you are one of those people… Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You made our day an actual fairytale, and it is one we will ALWAYS remember.
Vendor and Product List
Dress: Sottero and Migdley Watson Gown in Ivory from Blush Bridal Gallery in Ormond Beach, FL
Ashton Deleon of Prescription Beauty Medical Aesthetics
Chrissy Maddox with Faces By Chrissy
Day of Coordinator:
Shelley Thompson with Blue House Events
NOTE: Our day of coordinator was EVERYTHING y’all. Shelley was an absolute gem and she took care of absolutely everything so that I could actually enjoy my day as a bride. If you are looking for an event planner in the Louisville area Shelley is your girl!
Hazelnut Farm Events
Josh Walker with Nfinite Sounds
Megan Smither and Candler Reynolds
The bulk, wholesale flowers came from Flower Moxie and Global Rose
Appetizer Table Caterer:
Jordyn Manning with The People’s Platter
Morris Deli and Catering
Polished Image LLC
Natalie Kathryn Photo
M Hyatt Films
Minted Wedding Invitations and Custom Table Numbers: