Thank you to Amber Phinisee for the lovely photos featured here! She is an incredibly talented artist and I'm so excited to share these with you.
Kathlyn and Andrew are two of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever known. Kathlyn is unbelievably kind-hearted, and makes everyone around her feel welcome, and Andrew has such a heart for loving people. I met both while a student at Mercer but they didn’t get together until they were both working on Master’s programs and had overlapping assistantships. These two leave you with the feeling that you have been seen, heard, and cared for, and it was an absolute joy to serve them on their wedding day!
There were a few details in Kathlyn and Andrew’s wedding that were a little less than traditional, and I absolutely LOVED that. They didn’t stray from the norm in order to stand out or be remembered as a unique wedding, but they made intentional decisions based on their priorities—not someone else’s standard. So if you are planning a wedding, or even dreaming about one to come, remember that you don’t have to look like everyone else. It’s your wedding, so do whatever the heck you want! Just be sure to remember that behind all the flowers, sparklers, and tulle, two lives are becoming one. And that alone is beautiful.
True Mercer sweethearts, these two tied the knot in the beautiful Newton Chapel on Mercer’s campus. I am a little bit obsessed with this building—gorgeous stained glass, rich dark wood, and an immense organ that serves as the perfect backdrop to “I do.” They took the reception downtown to another historic Macon building, the Library Ballroom. This is another favorite venue for its vaulted ceilings, beautiful light, and classic charm (not to mention the huge history nerd/book lover in me that loves that it was Macon’s first public library!).
One of the choices Kathlyn and Andrew made that was a bit outside of the usual was that they had a 10:30 AM ceremony! They loooove breakfast food and wanted to have a brunch reception with their family and friends. And since so many of them travelled from out of town for the wedding, they wanted to give them some time on Saturday to travel home if needed. Michael’s on Mulberry (just a stone’s throw from the Library Ballroom) provided some fabulous eggs, grits, bacon, biscuits—my mouth is watering as I type. They even had a coffee bar (duh) and custom coffee cups!
While I am a huge fan of flowers and am so grateful for my friends who are talented in that area, I was totally floored by Kathlyn’s craftiness with her florals. Y’all. She. Made. The. Bouquets. Kathlyn and her mom made the loveliest paper flower bouquets for her and her bridesmaids, and supplemented the décor with some fresh flowers delivered from Costco. Major props for making this their own.
*Side note, if you are hoping to make your own bouquets for your wedding, I highly suggest following Kathlyn’s example and using paper or silk flowers. While fresh flowers are beautiful, they are much more temperamental and difficult to keep alive the days leading up to the wedding. Don’t add that concern to your plate. Make some fabulous paper or silk ones in advance and they’ll be good as new on wedding day!
Oh man. What a dream. Kathlyn and Andrew had not one cake, not two cakes, but A DOZEN CAKES at their wedding. I don’t even have to tell you how awesome that is. You’re smart people. They ordered six cakes, including a two-tiered wedding cake for them to cut, in a variety of flavors, and Kathlyn’s grandmother made the other six. Pure heaven.
Hair & Make-Up: Kristen Andrews | Cake/Desserts: Rita Beachy and Kathlyn’s Grandmother | Photographer: Amber Phinisee
Every wedding is unique, because each couple brings their own experiences, desires, and personalities to the table. In our highly visual and comparison-driven world, it can be difficult not to compare ourselves to the perfect pictures we see online (can I get an amen?). However, when we choose to make decisions in planning a wedding that value and honor our families, our community, and our soon-to-be spouse those comparisons hold little weight.