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{Unfake Wedding Feature} January in Napa? Lovely.

Rachel and Dave are a wonderful couple who are from Santa Rosa, California. Their winter wedding (January 27, 2012) proves several things: in Northern California wine country, anything is possible!

The ceremony was quiet and intimate with only family members in attendance. The outdoor courtyard setting was so beautiful as they exchanged vows in front of a gentle, glowing fireplace.

A larger group of friends and extended family arrived later for a casual, fun, and laid back reception. Their decision to have their wedding on a Friday was  a smart move for the budget-conscious couple. I hope you'll see the love and creativity in their wedding!

Welcome to the Unfake Wedding of

Dave & Rachel


The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?

Yes! And then my hubby fell asleep and I spent 20 minutes taking bobby pins out of my hair!

Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.

Photographer   T.J. Salsman Photography

DJ/Band  Canaan Sound & Light 

Reception Venue & Guest Hotel  Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel

Flowers  Groehe Florists

Dress  Brides n’ Maids,  Wtoo by Watters, Style - Zora

Hair/Make- Hair  Hair: Natalie Medeiros, Chop Shop,  Makeup – Flaunt Makeup Artistry

Tuxedos/Suits  Selix Formal Wear

Cake  Giorgi’s Cakes

Who was your favorite vendor and why?

Photographer TJ Salsman. He did an amazing job of capturing the ambiance of the evening. He worked with us on every possible detail and had an amazingly artistic eye. We told him we really wanted the unseen pictures that take place during the reception to be captured on film and he did so. Going through our pictures afterwards we were amazed to see moments he caught on film that we didn’t even know he was taking.




Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?

Not really, many of the vendors we chose were based on family and friend recommendations and/or previous experience as a guest at a wedding.

How long did you take to plan your wedding?

5 months.




How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

We invited 112, 88 showed.

What was your budget?

We didn’t really set out with a strict budget, we just knew we didn’t want to spend a ton of money. We made sure we bargain shopped and compared prices amongst different vendors.

Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?

They were included in the overall scheme of the entire wedding planning.

Were you over or under budget? By how much (you can give a percentage)?

As I mentioned, we didn’t have an exact budget. Total, we spent under $15,000 for everything,rings and honeymoon included.






How large was your bridal party?

We each had one attendant and a ring bearer

Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they? How much did you spend?

Yes, we had small black boxes with our names and wedding date embossed on them. For 100 boxes full of candy: less than $120.

Did you include any special family traditions?

No, but we did have a remembrance candle lit at the reception for our family members that were no longer with us.

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What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

Didn’t have one! We woke up together, exchanged our wedding gifts with each other , I went to the grocery store for some last minute snacks to have in our room that night and then we started our pre-ceremony stuff such as hair and makeup.

What was your biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

Three days before the wedding my florist called me in a panic because the flower mart didn’t have enough of the colored calla lilies I wanted. I told her as long as they had enough of that color for my bouquet and the boutonniere then she could have free-will to pick whatever other color would match for the rest of the bouquets, boutonnieres and reception decorations. The calla lilies she picked to compliment the original color were amazing and in the end it looked even better than just having the one solid color.

Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day?

I personally didn’t have any problems. But my soon to be sister-in-law missed her original flight and I know my husband was worried she wasn’t going to make it.





What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

I didn’t waste any of my money!

What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?

See above answer!

What did you love that was also the cheapest?

My hair piece. I found a beautiful feather and rhinestone fascinator on Ebay for under $20.

What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?

That the venue opened up the bar early for our family free of charge since our ceremony went much quicker that we anticipated.




What was the funniest thing that happened?

My 2 year old nephew who was the ring bearer serenaded us with a song after his mom (my sister) gave her matron of honor speech. That, and the fact that he stole the dance floor the entire night.

What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?

Neither of us are criers, but the fact that our ceremony was just us and our families allowed it to be super intimate.

Did you DIY? What parts?

Some: I purchased all the vases and did the reception set up and my friend made a card box that mimicked our favors.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Cancun, Mexico.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

Nothing! It went according to plan and guests are still telling us how much fun they had!



Congratulations to Rachel & Dave!


{Unfake Wedding Feature!} A Michigan Lakeside Family Retreat!

Happy Monday, everybody. Did you make it through the Oscars? Did you understand Angelina Jolie’s ridiculous pose that she was immediately mocked for (LOVE)? Were you bummed for Clooney (I was) and happy for Meryl (I was)? Did you want to smack ABC for their crappy red carpet coverage (I did). Anyway…

Anyway, let’s start the week off by relaxing a little lakeside. I love the casual, laid back vibe of this Mecosta, Michigan wedding. I love how the bride gets comfy in the summer heat. I hope you love it too!

Welcome to the Wedding of Debbie & Shergo!


The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?


Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.

Photographer   S.C. Photography

DJ/Band   iPod and speakers, ceremony was two musicians found on Craig’s List.

Reception Venue   Family lake cottage in Mecosta, MI

Flowers   Purchase din bulk from Horrocks Market and arranged by the bride and wedding party/family members.

Dress   David’s Bridal, Style #VW9768

Hair   Natural Beauty Salon

Tuxedos/Suits   Macy’s

Catering   Father of the Groom!!

Cake   Mother of the Groom!!! (I hit the wedding Jackpot!)

Wedding officiate – Cami at A Wedding Minister for You.

Who was your favorite vendor and why?

My groom’s parents! It’s amazing that my new family wanted to play such a large part in the wedding.




Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?

I chose vendors that seemed relaxed and professional.

How long did you take to plan your wedding?

Less than a year.

How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

I gave my in laws invitations to distribute so they didn’t have to come up with a guest list. I’m not sure on the amount of invites that went out but it was probably close to 150. Sixty-two guests came to the wedding.

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What was your budget?

My husband and I felt comfortable spending $5000. Our family graciously paid for much of it, but I’d say overall maybe $8K or $9K was spent.

Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?

Not the engagement ring, but the wedding bands and the honeymoon were.

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Were you over or under budget? By how much?

I have no idea…

How large was your bridal party?

Six. Two bridesmaids, two groomsmen and two flower girls.

Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they?

Small jars of candy, and flip flops.

What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

The groom couldn’t find the groomsmen's’ pants. I told the groom where I last saw them, and if they were not there then the groomsmen could wear whatever they came in. The pants were found an hour later, in the place I last saw them.




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What was your biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

I wouldn’t call it a crisis but learning to let others help with wedding plans. It was harder than I expected to let go of control.

Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day?

The heat.

What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

The magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot that my husband sabraged.

T30SB Commentary: I read this and was all What the hell is SABRAGED? Little did I know, it’s the act of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre. Look at the cool shit you learn in Unfake Wedding features!


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What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?


What did you love that was also the cheapest?

The hammock and the porch swing. Already at location!





What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?

People on boats and jet ski’s DURING the wedding ceremony!

What was the funniest thing that happened?

My groom said that when our 2 year old flower girl Ella reached the end of the isle she emptied the remainder of her basket and loudly declared “All Done!!” And then on the way back up the isle she began picking the flowers up and putting them back in the basket. So Cute!!

What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?

Bride: Mother of the Bride toast: “When children find true love, parents find true happiness”. Groom: When he saw me.



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Did you DIY? What parts?

So much!! The invitations (the ink rubbed off on while in the mail!), wedding yard sign, flower bouquets and arrangements, wedding card box, music play list, wedding veil. The things we didn’t DIY I really tried to buy off Etsy as much as possible!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

I’d buy my daughter a better quality bracelet that my husband and I presented to her in the ceremony. The one I bought already broke!

Congratulations to Debbie & Shergo!



The Unfake Wedding of Abby & Rogan!

You guys! First and foremost, my heartfelt thanks to all of you for the incredible and amazing job we all did spreading the work about Thistle Farms. I have a second cousin, once removed (yeah, we're SOUTHERN!) who lives in Taiwan. She posted it on Facebook. Someone she knows bought some product on-line! One of my Chicago friends bought a Lip Smoothie. Another reader wants the gift baskets for her maids! This lovely chain of events makes me so happy I could pee. Or SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I think I'll SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm excited to count up all the comments and tweets and Facebook links! Can't wait!

So now that The Thirty-Something Bride housekeeping is complete, I am SO STOKED to feature this Unfake Wedding. Again, a really weird chain of events lead me to this incredible wedding. One of my high school friends is friends with the bride's sister. My friend commented on a Facebook picture from the wedding of her friend's sister and it ended up in my Facebook feed. Follow that? No matter, all I know is that this is one of the most kick-ass weddings I've ever seen. I think I might want to be this bride when I grow up. So without further ramblings, I'd like to present the latest Unfake Wedding of Abby and Rogan!

The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?





Please share with me the vendors you used.  

Photographer  Josh Hailey Studio

Band  Glen David Andrews Band New Orleans, LA

Reception Venue  My sister’s gorgeous yard!

Ceremony Venue  A stage/amphitheater/chapel my Dad built in the field next to my sister’s house. He used Cyprus salvage wood from an old tenant house in the Mississippi Delta 

Transportation  Rock Star Taxi Oxford, MS  

Guest Hotel  Downtown Inn Oxford, MS

Flowers  My Mama’s dear childhood friend, Janie Simpson (jbsimpson68@bellsouth.net)

Dress  Vintage Finery - Costumes & Complete Bridal in Orrington, Maine, (207) 825-4142 and the help of my brilliant seamstress, Shirley Maiden, of Maiden Lane Antiques in Manchester, VT 802-362-2004

Accessories  My seamstress made the veil, my shoes came from Seychelles Footwear and my stunning necklace was a commissioned piece by designer Eleanore Hayes of Luna Moth Designs.

Hair/ Make-up  My hair was expertly tussled by Palmer Brown of Austin, Texas’s Gilt Studio and make-up was of my own hand with the help of a handful of favorites—Chanel’s rouge allure in Passion and lots of M.A.C.’s Strobe Cream to name a few

Men’s Dress  Linen blazers from J.Crew and silk-screened ties from Ties That Don’t Suck.

Catering Cocktail hour with cured meats, home-made pickles, Vermont cheese, and local honey from Chef Rogan Lechthaler (aka My Honey). As well, with help from Chef John Stokes of 208 in Oxford, MS- 662-234-0005.

Cake  Rather than a cake, we found a Jackson, MS institution in 83-year-old Ms. VanVelkingburg, who made not only her classic vanilla petit fours, but also strawberry and chocolate.  I preferred these two-bite-wonders with their SUPER moist cake and thin layer of butter cream icing.  She even used our abstract heart/ initial logo to decorate each one.

His shirt says "Grazie, y'all." LOVE it.

Who was your favorite vendor and why?

Choosing my favorite vendor is tricky since I managed to utilize SO MANY close friends and family in the collaborative effort that was my wedding!   But, I have to say that the venue was just PERFECT!  I COULD NOT have dreamt of a more sublime day, and there is no doubt in my mind that the setting played a huge role in the event.

T30SB Commentary:I had several email exchanges with Abby and in one she said this about her venue: "My sister and her uber-British husband have a fabulous 1860s farm house in Oxford, MS, where my beau and I lived for 7 months together when we were just trying each other on..."  I absolutely adore this comment. The thought of dating as "trying each other on" is just so fitting (no pun intended).

Was there a "method to your madness" in choosing your vendors? 

In choosing my vendors, I first looked to friends and family.  I wanted to create a relationship with most everyone involved in the day, thus, looking within my circle was an obvious first step.  Beyond that, I really tried to woo each involved party with our story, a photo or two and by constantly injecting personality into any correspondence, so as to avoid becoming just another customer.  

How long did it take to plan your wedding?

We planned our wedding in right around 9 months.


How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

We invited around 250 people to our May wedding with around 170 folks actually in attendance.

What was your budget?

We spent somewhere around $30,000.

Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?

We did not include the rings or the honeymoon in our budget, because my Mama and Daddy put on the wedding for the most part, whilst we paid for our jewels and our vacation.

Were you over or under budget? By how much?

We actually didn’t start off with a concrete number in mind.  We did spend somewhere around where we expected to, though.  So, I’d say we were just about on target.

T30SB Commentary: You strict budget brides? Do not get pissed. Do not get jealous. Your wedding will be fabulous.

How large was your bridal party?

Our bridal party was pretty damn southern-ified with 12 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen. 



What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

Honestly, nothing that drastic went down ON THE DAY (to my knowledge….or maybe that’s JUST HOW GOOD my people are!).  But, the Thursday before the wedding the tent folks broke a water line and water was gushing all over our “aisle.”  Luckily, my Dad swiftly turned off the water and we had the plumber there in no time to make the repairs.  Wait, wait, but now I’m remembering—The kegs running dry during the middle of the party was the biggest panic.  HOWEVER, we sent two gung-ho friends to the gas station down the road with a wad of cash and the party never suspected a thing!

What was you biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?

The band we had planned on backed out two months before and I was devastated.  But, I had foraged a fantastic relationship with their manager and thankfully, he hooked us up with what turned out to be an even more perfect fit of a NOLA Funk Band than I think even our first choice would have been.  And, we got the royal treatment when we headed to Jazz Fest that year too, because the manager still felt so bad that our first choice bailed. 

T30SB Commentary: And that's why you need to be sweet to your vendors. Sometimes it's hard, but try. 

Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day?

I can’t think of a single thing that was a pain that day.

What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?

The biggest waste of money was the idea of was all these cool iron birds we’d bought to use as anchors with organic seed paper to label the food BUT, the project was never completed!

What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?

I can’t think of what we should have passed on…

What did you love that was also the cheapest?

I am STILL patting myself on the back for hooking up the chicken on a stick for part of our late night snack.  It was an idea I’d had and then finally followed-up on just a day or so before the wedding.  It involved paying $25 extra to have the favorite gas station down the street skewer a piece of fried chicken, fried dill pickle and fried chicken.  That was on top of the already low price of around $65 for fried chicken and pickles for $200.  We had a friend pick up the hot and salty shish-kabobs-of-sorts at 11pm and they were TO DIE FOR!  The Klondike bars, fruit pops and ice cream sandwiches we wheeled out at the same time didn’t hurt the vibe either.

T30SB Commentary: I'm loving this fried-everything beer-run gas station!

What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?

There was an impromptu parade with the band later on in the evening that had my honey and me leading a whole line of folks with the brass band and drummer around to the front of my sister’s 1860s farm house.  My groom and I then took to the front porch with the rest of the posse looking on like it was our stage.  We slow danced and kissed as the entire crowd sang You Are My Sunshine to us- one incredibly happy couple.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

The most hilarious moment went down when our New Orleans’ Funk-stah, Glen David,  worked a hilarious and original chorus into the last song of the late night entitled—Fuckin’ in the Bedroom – and had the entire dance floor rolling.  Luckily, the party had formed a little circle around my honey and me with the lead singer/ trombone player so we could embrace our initial embarrassment and then get over it and right back into some good, good saucy dancing and kissing, rousing that crowd right on!

T30SB Commentary: The pics with the parasol and pig? What we have here folks is a "second line." Not familiar?

Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit; those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form — a jazz funeral without a body." Source

Now don't think the bride morbid. Second lines aren't just for funerals (although they are most definitely a part of NOLA/Southern tradition). Second lines happen anywhere and everywhere as a form of celebration, whether it be the life of a loved one passed or the start of a happy marriage!

What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?

When the groomsmen got on stage and sang the song that had been written by one of the guys and composed by another (with guitar and mandolin) for us—“She’s One Hell of a Gal and He’s an Okay Guy” it was surely an ugly cry kind of moment.

T30SB Commentary: I think this might be a private (meaning locked) video, but you might be able to see the groomsmen singing here. It's freakin' hysterical.

Just in case y'all aren't familiar - that little glass jar is MOONSHINE. Yes, it still exists. This is a true Southern wedding.

Personal Touches? meaningful additions?

We had hand-made Vermont caramels, which were brought out at the end of the evening, as well as Tennessee’s Moon Pies, hoping that folks would pocket one or two for the road.  However, there was no per person favor. As the guests wrote us notes in place of a sign-in book upon arrival, we had family pictures of our grandparents and parents on their wedding day hanging on an old door just behind the entrance.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to Port Antonio, Jamaica for the first 3 nights, staying in an eco-lodge and checking out the most untouched/ rural side of the east coast of the island Hotel Mocking Bird Hill.  Then, with the car we rented for the week, we drove back across the country to stay 6 nights at a boutique hotel on the cliffs of Negril, The Rockhouse Hotel.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?

If I could do it all again, I would remember to ask about the HUGE special and oh-so-fragrant gardenias that had been ordered for me to wear in my hair once the veil came off.  And, I would have made sure that we got a photo with good light in the beginning of the evening with just my immediate family.

T30SB Commentary: The process of featuring this wedding was an interesting one that has randomly introduced me to Abby's sister as well as Josh Hailey, Abby's photographer. In writing to Abby's sister (also a bridesmaid), she shared her favorite moments with me. I thought I'd share them with you too! 

  • Welcome table with sugar cookies in cool shapes made by a family friend and iced tea and lemonade in front of house while people arrived.
  • Sign-in table with photos of their parents' and g'parents' weddings, as well as cards to fill out with things like "always keep your life full of..."
  • Gospel choir singing during wedding
  • The cones of Vermont lavender hanging on the curly willow branch at the top of the field we threw at them as they left the actual wedding.
  • The pig parade/second line down the driveway with the band and the groomsmen carrying the pig on a board.
  • Vermont caramels and Moon Pies late in evening.
  • 3 antique bath tubs for icing down the drinks--one of the groomsmen got in one at the end of the evening!
  • The best chicken on a stick you have ever had (w/pickles and onions) from the local gas station delivered at 11pm.
  • Ice cream offered by my 8 -yr-old from a red wagon at midnight.
  • Abby, wedding party band and all drinking moonshine from a little glass bottle.
  • 3 ft-long sparklers we waved at them as they left in her jeep.


And many thanks to April, Cristen, Josh and Abby for making this feature happen! So much fun! I just wish I could have showed you ALL the pictures. You want to see them all? Cool. Go here. And while you're at it, check out the photographers blog. It's pretty groovy too.


The Unfake Wedding ~ Savannah & Ryan, Part I

I feel just a little guilty about the "Part I" description of this post. This sort of thing is generally left to the likes of SMP: a teaser, then a Part I and Part II and on and on until the wedding is finally recapped in Part XXIVIIV. All it does is clog up my Reader and annoy the eff out of me. However, I must make an exception with Ryan and Savannah for two reasons. First, they had a kick ass wedding that was a part of THEIR vision. So much of this weddings was DIY and was so carefully thought out. Second, I am totally suffering from a sinus infection and additional minutes spent upright might pose a threat to both my health and my sanity. It feels like someone has stuck butter knives up both my nostrils. Every now and again it's as if someone gives them a good twist against my cheekbones. Feels good. Ugh.

So, now that you know why, perhaps you will forgive my SMP approach to the wedding recap. And away we goooooooooo......

I am so excited to bring to you the union of Savannah and Ryan. This wedding has affectionately been dubbed The Red Converse Wedding. Read on and you'll see why!

The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?

My mom would just die if she saw this question…and she probably will…so I have to find a way to answer tactfully. Let’s just say that everything went according to plan. :)

Who were your vendors?

Venue Two Rivers Mansion

Photographer Jonathon Campbell Photography

Videography: 2Duce2 Videography

Bride’s Hair & Make-up  Amy Lynn Larwig

Wedding & Groom’s Cake Savannah Tea Company

Reception Music  DJ Bob, REM Entertainment

Bride’s Bouquet Brocade Designs

Catering MAFIAoza’s

Wedding Dress The White Room

Transportation Ragtop Picture Cars

Lighting Nashville Event Lighting

Rentals Liberty Party Rentals and Grand Central Party Rentals

Photobooth Party Booths

Bride's Headpiece Lottie-Da Designs (oh my GOD, beautiful goodies on Etsy

Wedding Cake Topper Mud Cards

Tuxedos Street Tuxedos

Invitations Hatch Show Print

Ring Bearer Bowl Paloma's Nest

Boutonnieres—Debbie Kraski, local Nashville artist and family friend

Day of Coordinator Lindsay Cox, family friend

Cake Stand and Wooden Centerpieces Zach Spicer, brother-in-law of the bride

Who was your favorite vendor and why?

We loved all of our vendors—there’s no way we could pick a favorite (especially since I’m so indecisive)! We have formed friendships with some of our vendors, like Jonathon and Sharon of Jonathon Campbell Photography and Eugene and Heather of 2Duce2 Videography.


This is one PATIENT bride. I would have been screaming "GET OUT!" with all those people around me! This just looks like a big pile of fun though, right?

Awwww, cutie patootie!





Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?

We were trying to be very budget conscious, so cost was definitely a factor. Besides that, it was all about style and whether or not we felt the vendor had the right flair and personality and items we needed to add all of our little personal touches into the wedding.

How long did you take to plan your wedding?

We officially got engaged in October 2008, but we had been planning since May 2008 (the wedding was in October 2009). We wanted to get a leg up on the situation, and we are really glad we did. It definitely got down to the wire (probably because I’m so indecisive—have I mentioned that yet?).

How many guests did you invite versus how many came?

We invited about 300 people, and we think we had around 200 there. We’re really not sure!


 Can I be cheesy and admit that this picture makes me all misty?


Word, Ryan. Totally pimpin'.

What was your budget?

We didn’t want to spend over $20,000.

Were you over or under budget? By how much?

Is it bad that I really have no idea? We had a few different parties paying for things, and I never got a final breakdown of what everyone spent. We did our best to save money as much as we could, so I think we stuck pretty close to the budget.



How large was your bridal party?

Pretty large—9 lovely ladies (Matron of Honor, Maid of Honor and 7 bridesmaids), 7 guys (best man and 6 groomsmen), 3 ring bearers, a flower girl and a flower puppy. We also had several of our little cousins start off the wedding with a “fairy promenade”; this included a bell ringer and four little girls in fairy wings.

First Look!

Photo Courtesy of Eugene at 2Duce2 Videography! I LOVE this photo! His look of total shock and Savannah's of, "Yeah, I am SUCH a bad-ass bride!" 

What was the most unexpected thing that happened?

I surprised Ryan before the wedding. He and all of his groomsmen and the ring bearers had red personalized Chuck Taylors (Converse shoes). His said “I luv Savannah” on the side. During our first look, I told him that I needed to go get something and came back with a pair of my own Chuck Taylors that say “I love Ryan” on the side. His face was priceless!


What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or handle it poorly)? 

I have a few stories for this one:

We actually encountered one of our biggest crisis the day before the wedding. We contracted with Nashville Event Lighting to give us some romantic string lights draped in between the main mansion at Two Rivers Mansion and the small 1840’s Cabin to the side of the house. Well the day before, Nashville Event Lighting contacted Two Rivers to see how they could gain access to the second floor balcony. Two Rivers informed them that the balcony was no longer safe and could not support the weight of the string light rigging. This was a major setback, as we love string lights and this was a key component in our vision and something we had been planning for months. However, the Nashville Event Lighting staff members were major rock stars and were so cooperative and helpful and gave us some great replacement romantic lighting.

Ryan and I have both talked about how Zen we felt on the morning of our wedding. Nothing really seemed like a crisis to either of us for the most part. The only time I felt a crisis going on was when I was on the way to the wedding venue. My sisters and I got ready at the Opryland Hotel that morning. It took a little longer than expected for us to all get our hair and makeup done, so we were running late getting to the venue. When we went to leave the hotel parking lot, our parking ticket wouldn’t work! The lady at the gate was taking her time, talking on the phone, totally ignoring us. We were trapped, and I was running late for wedding pictures! Finally, I just looked at her and frantically said, “I’m running late for my wedding!” She was pretty surprised, but she apologized and quickly raised the gate for us. Then we had a little trouble trying to find the right road to get out of the hotel. We all laughed about it after we finally got on the road because it seemed like something straight out of a movie.

My mom thought we were having a crisis at one point because an entire box of wedding ceremony stuff went missing before the wedding (boutonniere, wedding banner, ring bearer bowl). She was in tears because she couldn’t find it. I reassured her that none of those things really mattered and the wedding would still be perfect. Thankfully, our photographer’s wife Sharon was there to save the day! She found the wedding banner and got it to my nephews (the ring bearers) just before they were going down the aisle. It looked great! Sharon is one of my heroes of the day for pulling that off.



I hope you've enjoyed Savannah and Ryan's recap so far! There are so many amazing details involved in this event that you seriously don't want to miss them. This couple is both inspiring in their love for one another as well as in their creativity. So until tomorrow, enjoy. I have to go lay down now. Oy, my achin' head.