Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Wedding: Portraits & Reception

5 months after we got married, we're on the last installment of our wedding! I broke out our day into sections due to the overload of photos, which has meant a lotttt of wedding posts, but I hope you've enjoyed getting a glimpse into our day!

Right after our ceremony, we headed back to our ceremony location in the vintage convertible that was on borrow from my cousins. What an adventure that was - our photographers drove and we crammed my dress into the backseat. And I think this was probably my only Type A, diva moment about the day. Though it was my idea to get to our reception this way (it allowed for our wedding party to go separately while we did a few portraits at the church with family), I just didn't think about what the drive would do to my hair. I pretty much crouched down and tried to hold on to my perfectly styled hair as we made our way back. Thankfully, my sweet photographers made me pull it together, the smoothed out the strands, and you can only tell slightly (okay... I can tell a lot) in our reception photos, but it made for a fun memory!
Our reception was held at River Landing Country Club. The location worked out perfectly as I grew up there (the clubhouse overlooks my former home), it's where I worked as the marketing director prior to opening up the store, and it's halfway between mine and Stephen's hometowns. 

Planning the reception was of course the most time consuming of everything. Because we had such a large guest list, I wanted to do a seating chart to avoid chaos. I used AllSeated to put in our floorplan as I wanted it (it was somehow erased a week before the wedding - cue the stress), and then I designed the display boards myself and had them printed at a local shop in town. 

My friend Kelly, who owns Provision Design Methods, did the cocktail hour setup and also designed our mirror signage and crest for the entryway. It was so fun having someone who shared and understood my vision. She along with our florist and the incredible River Landing staff truly made my Pinterest board come to life. 

The bottom floor of the clubhouse was used for cocktail hour before everyone moved to the Grand Ballroom and Magnolia Rooms for dinner and dancing. The night honestly flew by - I'm so glad we have the video to watch it because sometimes I think, "Gosh, did we really do that?!" 

We sent our guests off with french fries as we did our sparkler send-off, and considering I had hardly eaten during the day, it's safe to say the french fries were allll the things. When it comes to our wedding, I can truly say it was the perfect day for us. But I knew it would be... I married my best friend!
I've received so many questions asking about our wedding cake! I'm a little bit of a cake snob (obsessed with cake) and though I love a gorgeous cake, I ultimately wanted something that would taste delicious. Someone recommended Whole Foods and once we had a cake testing, both Stephen and I were sold. I showed the in-house pastry chef my ideas thanks to a friend who had a stunning Whole Foods wedding cake, and it turned out exactly as I had hoped! We did strawberry and vanilla cake with buttercream icing, and also offered lemon and chocolate ganache sheet cakes.

Location:  River Landing Country Club
Videographer: Hart to Heart Media
Wedding Dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
Flower Girl Dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
Mother of the Bride Dress: BCBG
Bride's Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
Bridesmaids' Earrings: ZIA Boutique
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Tuxes: Joseph A. Banks
Photographer: Kate Supa Photography

Reception Details
Florals: Olive Branch Florist
Signage & Decor: Provision Design Methods
Cake: Whole Foods
Table Numbers: Etsy

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