We waited out this round of rain, and then had our moment. George and I both expected to be bawling, but in the moment we were just giddy with happiness. These moments can’t be described so I’m thankful we have the pictures to capture them.
It was if the rain stopped for what was important.. our first look, wedding party pictures, and the wedding ceremony. Other than that, it rained on and off all day long.
For my bridesmaids, I pretty much gave them free rein on what dress they wanted to wear. I gave them a color palette to follow and they each picked something their style that looked good on them. I love how it came together.
My Emmy girl: for anyone who knows me well, they know how special my relationship is with my nieces, especially Emerson. I was hesitant to have her in the wedding at first because kids so often mess up, but we decided to have her as our flower girl. She was so excited leading up the wedding then at the rehearsal she FREAKED OUT and was so scared. I was sure it wasn’t gonna work out, but day of we practiced a few times and she killed it with confidence. Her dress and shoes are from Target and I made her halo with materials from JoAnns (so we could match of course).
Florals were done by The Flower Shop in Maryville, TN. I met with Fran, showing her pictures and describing the flowers and colors I wanted. When she showed up day of with the bouquets, I was floored. She nailed it. The flowers included white and pink roses, hydrangea, peonies, astilbe, and a variety of greenery.
For George and his groomsmen, we elected for no tie– to help them stay as cool as possible– and let them wear whatever grey suit they owned in shades slightly darker than George’s. Once again, I love how they turned out. Of course, they had to break out one of George’s footballs or it just wouldn’t be right 🙂
Our wedding party:
Summer, my life-long friend
Joy and Jill, my sisters
Cayla, my sister in law
and Courtney, another life-long friend
Bill, his dad
Will, his brother
Colton, a life-long friend and partner in crime
Jarrod, a friend from CollegeLife group
and Nate, a football teammate and friend
I wanted decorations to be simple and compliment the venue and wedding colors. A long-time friend of the Bullock family, Lane Bahr Floral Designs, made the table arrangements and holy cow she is so talented. My mom and I went to Joann Fabrics, collected a bunch of bolts of fabric in all different patterns and colors, and I cut them into table squares. Once again.. I love how it all came together. I rented the mantle, chalkboard headboard, and sewing drawer with bottles from Sisters Vintage Rentals
. Oh my goodness, these sisters were the sweetest things and after a vintage lover like myself saw their storage.. I wanted it ALL (but thankfully had self-control). The Flower Shop also did the greenery on both mantles. The rest of the wedding decorations I gathered and DIY’ed myself.
The weather during the ceremony could not have been more perfect. The sun was behind the trees, it was breezy, the birds were singing. It was if this window opened with just enough time for our wedding. We chose to have our former CollegeLife group leader, JC Neely, do half of the ceremony and my dad do the other half. While in the Neely’s group, George and I grew so much in our relationship, made incredible friendships, and grew in the love of Christ– so it meant so much to have JC be apart of our day. My dad has been a part of every one of my siblings weddings, and he conducted our vows and exchange of the rings. My sister, Joy, and brother, Mark, played and sang Ever Be while George and I took communion.
And then the heavens opened…
George and I snuck away to take pictures at an old bridge that was on the property. These are my favorite pictures of the entire wedding. The rain let up, we could hear the music blasting from our reception, and we were finally married. Wow. Thank you Lord.
I opted to not have a wedding cake because I actually hate cake.. We went with a dessert bar instead with cookies, cheesecake squares, and petit fours. My favorite were the lemon cookies by Special Tee Cookies
— they rival Ham and Goody’s! George and I cut a pre-cut (lolz didn’t know that til the reception) Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake.
Then we partied…
The amazing thing about our wedding day was that the same weekend, all over, other couple were celebrating the union of marriage as well. Our wedding was just another day in another year where people have to buy a gift and dress up and eat a catered dinner. To us, it was so special, but it wasn’t everything. This marriage thing we’re tackling now– that’s everything. It’s harder to remember the love you felt that wedding day after a long day working in construction, but looking back at these pictures is the sweet reminder of the covenant taken and the joy love brings us.
We couldn’t have done this without the amazing generosity of our family and friends, but especially our parents. Thank you simply doesn’t suffice.