Our Wedding | The Details

If I’m being honest, planning our wedding was not fun for me. I have a hard time taking a bunch of little details and placing them into a bigger picture. Shout out to my Mom, and our wedding planner, Tara, for making our wedding so special! I’m so ADD, I don’t think I could’ve pulled it together alone.

  Even though I didn’t love planning the wedding, looking back, I really love the little details of our special day. To me, the details of a wedding are what sets it apart from every other wedding. The little, special things are what you’ll look back on and really appreciate.

My parents got me a sixpence to place in my shoe. It comes from the old saying “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” It’s supposed to bring good luck, and it was a really sweet moment I had with my Dad when he brought it to me & placed it in my shoe. My Moms Dad did this for her on her wedding day, so it was nice to be able to carry on the tradition.

Speaking of shoes, my Mom picked them out and I LOVED them. They were the Kate Spade Sela heels. I love all of Kate Spade’s wedding shoe collection.

I was worried about the flowers because I had a vision in my head of what I wanted my flowers to look like and I had the hardest time relaying exactly what I wanted to our wedding planner! Pinterest helped me a ton when it came to flowers. I had a private board that only my Mom, the wedding planner, and I could see where I pinned all my flower inspiration pictures. This helped SO MUCH.

We got our guest book from Shutterfly! I was really pleased with how it turned out. We had a section for the traditional guest book where everyone signed their names, and we had a section where people could write little notes to us.

kate spade new york 2-piece Dessert Set

Kate Spade Toasting Flutes

My Grandfather was one of the most, important, influential people in my life. He passed away five years ago, and I miss him every day. A dear family friend gave me this wedding bouquet photo charm that had my Grandpa’s Birthstone attached to it. This one of the most special gifts I received.
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I remember Grandpa always had a handkerchief with him, so I wrapped my bouquet in one of his handkerchiefs as another tribute to him. I wish he could have been there on our wedding day, but I know he was looking down on us.

We got these little Thank You cards to place at everyones place setting during dinner. I ordered these off Etsy from a shop called That Pretty Invitation as a PDF and my Mom printed them off for us.

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Wedding venue: The Mosteller Mansion
Wedding planner/florist: Tara Bland
Photographer: KRJ Photography, LLC
Makeup: Amber Houston at Strandz Salon and Spa
Hair: Rhonda Mabe at Headlines Salon
Getting ready Robes: The Fancy Pigeon on Etsy
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Formal Showcase
Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank

Bridal Portraits + Portrait Tips

Let me start by saying I ended up getting bridal portraits twice. There were two reasons for this, number one being I wanted pictures in the church I went to when I was younger even though we chose not to get married there. That church is very special to my heart, the people who gather in that church every Sunday helped shape me into who I am today. I had to have portraits there. Reason number two is the fake butt. Yes, I got underwear with butt cushions. I don’t have a butt y’all, so I thought this was a fabulous idea. This grand idea of mine ended up being a disaster. It was so bad, it literally ruined the portraits. Here’s a tip for all of y’all: ditch the butt cushioned panties.  On a serious note, you don’t want to look like a totally different person on your wedding day, you want your body to look like it normally does.

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Wedding Registry Guide and Checklist

After Mike and I got engaged one of the first things I thought about was what I was going to put on our wedding registry. We chose not to live together before we got married so we didn’t have anything we needed, especially when it came to things for our kitchen. I’m not going to lie, creating a registry was overwhelming and quite stressful at times. At first, it seems like it’s going to be loads of fun, who doesn’t want to walk around a store scanning things for people to buy you? It may have been more fun if I were scanning shoes or dresses, but no, I was scanning kitchen supplies… Booring

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Our Wedding | The Reception

Aside from marrying my best friend, our reception was my favorite part of our wedding day. The serious, important stuff was done and we could celebrate being MARRIED with our friends and family! The nerves from the ceremony were gone; I felt like I could finally sit back, relax, and take everything in.

Right after the ceremony, our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour. We made sure our cocktail was short and sweet because we wanted to get to the good part, the food!

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Our Wedding | The ceremony

P O S T   C E ER E M O N Y

As soon as Mike and I got engaged I knew I wanted my Youth Minister, Tyler Roach, to marry us. While I was in youth group at Church, we went through a hard time finding a new youth minister. We went through a few until Tyler and his wife Laura came along. They are the perfect fit for our church and I really felt like Tyler and Laura both cared about the ministry. Tyler taught me a lot in the short year and a half he was my youth minister and I have a ton of respect for him and his wife. They have a great marriage and I knew Tyler would be the perfect minister to marry us.

For our premarital counseling we went on a hike. Mike packed a book bag for me and carried it, and I packed one for him and carried it. When we needed something we had to ask one another for it. It was a cool communication activity. Since we didn’t live together before we got married, Tyler talked to us about life after marriage and what we had coming our way! Mike and I each did a personality test, discussed the results with Tyler, and talked about our strengths and weaknesses. This was cool because we talked about how to deal with each others weaknesses and how to compliment the strengths. It was so much fun and I really learned a lot about Mike even though I thought I knew everything there was to know!

You’re probably reading this wondering, “what in the world does this have to do with their ceremony?”. The premarital counseling was really a crucial part leading up to the ceremony for us. I felt like it brought us closer as a couple and closer to God. It made me fall in love with Mike even more, and it was nice talking with someone who has done the whole newly wed thing before, I liked getting advice and talking about what all marriage brings. I really feel like it prepped us well for what life was going to be like post ceremony.

 

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