Wednesday, November 14, 2012

{A Southern Wedding}

Looking for some wedding ideas or tips? You've come to the right place! In honor of our upcoming *ONE* year wedding anniversary I'm doing a little miniseries this week, where a few of my lovely friends are sharing their beautiful weddings. You can see our wedding and my original post here to get caught up. I'm loving that all the weddings thus far have been in the fall, yet they're all completely different in their own way. Isn't is amazing how a wedding can truly reflect the couple? I love it!

Tell us your wedding date & location(s)...
October 17, 2010

Fall Creek Falls State Park- Tennessee

Why did you pick your wedding date?
We wanted to have a Fall wedding when the leaves were changing colors, but we wanted to make sure it would still be fairly warm outside since we were planning an outdoor wedding. We thought we would be safe from the rain by having a wedding in the middle of October in Tennessee.

What was your vision for your wedding? Where did you draw inspiration from?
The vision I had for our wedding day was for it to be an intimate, fun day with our close friends and family. I didn't want a 300+ guest list that didn't feel personal. I drew a lot of inspiration from our wedding location. Since we got married outside in a park in the Fall, I chose to do red as our wedding color so it would make the red leaves in the background pop! 

Were there specific places you shopped to save money? Did you have any DIYs? Are there items you would advise future brides not to spend as much money on?
I did a lot of shopping at Hobby Lobby and Michaels buying all kinds of different crafts. I had a few DIY projects. One of my favorite DIY project was the pomander balls (see picture) I made. I don't really have any thing I would advise future brides not to spend as much money on because what one bride may not have used as much at their wedding, another bride may use a lot of. I think every wedding is completely different. I would just make a list of things that you HAVE to have at your wedding and things that it's okay if you don't have. I would spend your money on the list of things you have to have first and then if you have any money left over starting buying the items that is on your other list.

I managed to keep my stress level completely nonexistent during my planning process. If like me, how did you keep stress to a minimum? If not, what were the most stressful parts and what advice do you have to make them less stressful?
The best way I minimized stress was to ask others for help. Wedding planning is a huge task and is a lot for one person to do all by themself. I planned a few days for my mom, my husband, and I to work on a few DIY projects while we ate pizza and watched movies. We had a blast, but was still able to get a lot done for the wedding! Another really great way to minimize stress is to get as much done at the beginning of your wedding planning process. You definitely don't want to wait until the last minute to get everything done. Your engagement will fly by and before you know it, it will be your wedding day!

The dress. How did you pick your dress? Did you have an idea of what you wanted going in?
Well, when I first started dress shopping I just knew I wanted a ballgown dress, but I told myself to try on different styles of dresses. I ended up loving the mermaid style dress on me so much more than a ballgown. I went to three different Bridal Salons before I found "the one." I knew it was my wedding dress when my mom, my sister, and I all started crying.

What is your favorite memory from your special day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing my future husband waiting for me. He had the biggest smile on his face and it just made my heart melt. I will never forget that moment! :)

Lastly, do you have any extra advice for future brides out there?
I know it's very cliché, but there will be things that are going to go wrong on your wedding day. Don't let them ruin your day! Just enjoy your day and your new husband. It really is true that the day seriously flies by, so take time throughout the day to really let it soak in.

Thank you so much for sharing your big day with us, Mrs. Amanda. What a beautiful bride you were! You guys can check out Amanda and all her awesomeness over at her blog Southern Glamourista.
Melissa Loren


  1. What a cute idea! I love seeing other wedding in all different places! I love her umbrella!

    1. Thanks! I almost asked you because you're wedding is to die for, BUT I didn't know if you'd be up to it! We'll have to collaborate on something sometime!


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