Rehearsal Dinner Location: Honey Lake Plantation – The Owls Nest
Ceremony Location: Honey Lake Plantation’s Chapel
Reception Location: Honey Lake Plantation‘s Gathering Hall
Caterer: Honey Lake Plantation
Wedding Coordinator: Cara Dollinger – provided by Honey Lake for the day of wedding only
Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography
Videographer: William Johnson (family friend)
Cake: Kim Tuvell (family friend)
Florist: Celebrations in Live Oak, FL
Officiant: My Daddy
Hair: Nick Adams of Hair Graphic in Lake City, FL
Entertainment: Feedback Entertainment
Transportation: Brad’s ’69 Camaro SS
Wedding Dress: Sottero and Midgley
Bridesmaids Dresses: After Six #6609
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Wearhouse Grey Calvin Klein Tux
How did you two meet? 9/25/2010 – It was a typical Saturday in Atlanta, GA when Brad and I first met. He had come up from Columbus for the weekend to go to the Georgia Tech vs. NCState football game with a bunch of his friends. I just so happen to be at the same game with my friends. We were only a 2 sections away from each other, but never crossed paths. Later that night I continued my sports filled day by going to the Thrashers hockey game with some friends. Our conversations were full of “I don’t need a boyfriend” “I have no time for a boyfriend” which makes this story even funnier. Afterwards, my friends and I all decided to go to East Andrews not knowing Brad and his friends would also be there. Very early on, I spotted this tall ginger from across the room who was wearing a white button up shirt…I knew I had to talk with him. Approaching a guy is something I have never done, but my gut was telling me I needed to introduce myself. Of course, I chickened out and by the end of the night I thought I missed my chance. Little did I know, he was still at East Andrews looking for the blonde headed girl who kept staring at him all night =). FINALLY, we spotted each other! As he began walking near me, my friend thought I might blow my chance again so she grabbed Brad’s arm and introduced us. After about 30 minutes of talking, Brad asked me to brunch the next day. I would typically never go out with a stranger, but again my gut was telling me SAY YES! So I cautiously decided to take him up on his offer. It was about midway through our brunch that I realized I was going to marry him. I even texted my sister jokingly to let her know I met my future husband….the rest is history!
How did he propose? Brad and I were in Savannah, GA visiting friends over the Halloween weekend for this exciting day! We had planned the trip months in advance so I wasn’t expecting any surprises – I had a feeling he was going to propose sometime after the Christmas holiday. We had literally just started looking at engagement rings just 3 weeks before! While we were in Savannah, Brad thought it would be fun to take me to the beach where he and his friends would surf during his 6 months of stay in Savannah for work. It was a cold/windy day so the sightseeing got old quick, but I kept a smiling face because I knew Brad was excited to show me around. It was around 5PM when we took a walk on the beach and Brad began to say things that weren’t making sense. I could tell he was getting nervous all of the sudden…his heart was beating out of his chest. It was at that point I knew he was about to get down on one knee. This was by far the best day or our lives! To top it off, Brad had his friend Jason (who was also there the night we met) hide in a lifeguard tower to capture every moment.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
Color – At first I wanted to keep the colors really clean and only use grey and white…more so because I was scared to use a color I’d hate 10 years down the road when looking at my wedding pictures. After a while, I realized I needed to add my personality to the wedding so I decided to go with my favorite color, yellow, which luckily is a perfect match to grey!
Flowers – I chose white hydrangeas mainly because they were a great complement to the wedding venue, cost efficient, and added to the clean look I was going for.
Cake – The wedding cake was probably the item I was least worried about figuring out. There were a few decorative styles I liked, but after I saw a picture on your Pintrest page I feel in love with this particular cake and knew that was what I wanted. It had such a clean look and I knew it would fit in with the rest of the wedding vibe.
After the Wedding …
Where did you go for your honeymoon? Secret’s Maroma Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be? I can’t expect everything to be perfect. Regardless of how much planning I do, nothing will be exactly as I want it.