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What is a wedding coordinator? This service can go by many names (Day-of Coordinator, Wedding Management, Month-of Coordinator) but it is essentially this: a wedding coordinator takes the plans you have worked tirelessly on, and makes sure they happen smoothly and that you have a fun, stress-free day.

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Styled Shoot | Dreamy Boho Wedding Inspiration

Y'ALL. Do I have a Valentine's Day treat for you! I could not be more excited to share this totally swoon-worthy shoot that I worked on with some amazing Middle Georgia wedding pros!

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It's always a treat to work on a shoot like this because so many creative folks get to cut loose and showcase their dreamiest work. It's a fun opportunity for some really talented people to stretch their creative muscles and create something wonderful and collaborative. And I loved being able to pull it all together!

On top of the excitement of the finished project, we also found out this week that the shoot is going to be published on Cake & Lace! I'm so excited to see it on a major platform soon!!

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All of the talented pros who made this happen:

Photographer: Ann Steward Photography

Dress: Carrie’s Bridal Collection Macon

Calligraphy & Invitation Design: Erica Stewart Calligraphy

Coordination & Styling: Heather Perrin Weddings

Floral Design: Mulberry Weddings

Videography: Payton Arts

Hair & Makeup: Pink Pearl Artistry

Vintage Tableware, Rugs, & Bottles: Southern Vintage

Venue: The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

The couple: And I have just the sweetest story about the "models" we featured in the shoot. In the days leading up to the shoot, we quickly realized the weather was NOT going to cooperate for our planned date and had to make some last minute adjustments. The couple we had originally slated to model for us were not able to make the new date and we had to scramble to find some new subjects! I started reaching out to folks, and immediately thought of Zac and Mia. These two are still pretty newly-wed and very much in love (and not to mention totally gorgeous) so I had high hopes they'd happen to be free on the new date. When I asked if they'd be interested, Mia's first response was "Zac is great at stuff like this!" And she was so right! These two had so much fun getting all dolled up and cuddling up in front of the camera, and the photos totally show it. They were crazy sweet to work with and just so excited to be a part of it that we all had a blast. 

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So grab a box of chocolates or some wine and enjoy all the dreamy boho goodness!

5 Reasons to Attend a Local Bridal Show

This post originally appeared on Ann Steward Photography's blog, a sweet friend and featured vendor at the Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House! She asked me to share some of the reasons I'm excited about this event, and why brides-to-be should make this a part of your planning process!

Newly engaged and overwhelmed with the planning process? Where do you even begin?! From magazines, to Pinterest, to your mom and every newly married friend, there are tons of resources at your disposal, and that in itself can cause some stress. One great way to tackle that feeling of overwhelm (and to have a lot of fun in the process) is to attend a local bridal show. These smaller, interactive events give brides-to-be the opportunity to get important wedding planning questions answered while enjoying a fun afternoon with your bride tribe. Dozens of wedding pros are gathered in one place, excited to meet you and help you plan your day. Need more? Here are 5 reasons to find a local bridal show in your area and make plans to attend.

Be Inspired

If you’ve never planned a wedding before, the process can seem daunting. There are so many decisions to make, and you’re not quite sure where to begin. Pinterest is overwhelming, and you can’t sift through what is feasible and what is way over your budget. You need ideas, but in a realistic and practical way. A bridal show is just that! Actual wedding pros, who work at actual weddings in your area, are presenting their actual work. You can see, touch, and smell it. They can help you narrow down what you’re searching for, even if you don’t find it there. Plus, there are usually multiple vendors in the same category, each offering something different in their service or overall experience. Every vendor is not a perfect fit for every bride (and they don’t want to be!) so it’s important to compare and see who suits your needs and vice versa. The experience of meeting face to face and sampling what a vendor has to offer will give you so much more guidance and direction for the rest of the planning process. Even if you don’t come away with booked vendors, you have a better sense of how to keep looking.

Meet wedding pros

This one seems obvious, but there is more to booking your wedding vendors than you think. The best wedding day experiences happen when you have an actual relationship with the professionals who are making the day happen. They know you, your tastes, your priorities, and you feel confident in their talents, abilities, and the decisions they’ll make. A bridal show is a great way to initiate that kind of relationship. Your initial impression of these vendors won’t be from their website or social media, but from the actual people. Do you enjoy talking with them? Then you will probably enjoy working with them. It is still important to find the professionals who are a good fit for your style, budget, and personality, but spending some time with them at a bridal show can be a helpful way to do just that. Especially if the show is on the smaller side and you have the time to talk one-on-one.

Special deals

A bridal show is an event designed to serve you as the bride-to-be by giving you the most valuable experience, which often means added benefits to attendance. Whether this is in the form of giveaways and raffle prizes from the hosts, special offers or discounts from the vendors, or free bridal swag just for attending, there are often lots of bonus goodies available to guests. Both the hosts and the participating vendors want to design an event that wows and impresses the attendees (because they also want to wow and impress your wedding guests), so you’re likely to run into some awesome deals.

Visit a venue

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Some bridal shows are hosted at huge convention centers with thousands of guests, which can be a good thing in terms of efficiency. However, I am partial to the smaller, more relationship-driven events you often find at a local venue. Not only do you get the one-on-one attention, but you get an inside look at a wedding venue. If you haven’t yet secured your wedding location, this can be a great way to tour and check out an option you love, while enjoying the benefits we’ve already seen. If you already have your venue, this is still an opportunity to see how the vendors operate in a more natural setting. How did the caterer dress that table? How did the floral designer set up her display? The professionals have more freedom for creativity, giving you a better feel for their style and delivery.

Enjoy!

What other time in your life do you get the opportunity to go to a bridal show? This is it! Enjoy the process. Be called bride, sample some cake, and dream about your one and only wedding day. Bring your bride tribe and plan together. It’s just fun. The professionals gathered at the show want to celebrate with you – it’s why we do what we do – so come and be celebrated. And hopefully you’ll come away with some of those tasks crossed off your planning to do list!

For all of those reasons and more, I was thrilled to plan the Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House. The venue is a gorgeous, classic Southern home, and the vendors are thrilled to meet you. I hope you’ll make plans to join us February 25!

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Sarah + Cam | Milledgeville, GA Wedding

Thank you Sidney Middlebrooks Photography for these beautiful images!

From the first time I spoke with Sarah, I knew her wedding would be a blast to be a part of. She is kind, laid back, and beautifully organized - the bridal trifecta - and was so sweet to work with! Sarah knew she wanted to enjoy her wedding and not worry about the little details that can cause so much distraction, so she very intentionally assembled a team to make that a reality. She and Cam wanted to celebrate with a small group of friends and family and enjoy one another. Now that's a wedding vision I can get behind!

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The Venue

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It was such a pleasure to work at the new Milledgeville venue, Adam's Acres Riverside Events. The location is absolutely picturesque, situated right along the water with lots of greenery to explore. Sarah and Cam's photographer, Sidney, has a blast exploring the property and the pictures show it! This sweet spot has been in the owner's family for many years, largely unused, so he decided to turn it into something beautiful! The arbor sets a perfect backdrop for the ceremony, and the covered pavilion is ideal for a reception - rain or shine. With so much gorgeous scenery, this fall wedding was absolutely breathtaking. Because they built the venue from scratch for this express purpose, no detail was left out. A warming kitchen, bride and groom's suites, and plenty of storage for their tables and chairs are small conveniences that make a huge difference on a wedding day! 

 

The Flowers

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Lizzie from Little Blue Knot designed a wedding that suited Sarah and Cam to a T! Sarah is classic, romantic, and laid back, and Cam is a wilderness lover at heart. Lizzie incorporated wild floral elements, soft flowing drapery, and a s'mores station - all to represent and reflect the couple's unique traits. She even helped source mini pies to accompany the brides' and grooms' cakes! Lizzie's style is artistic and organic, and she loves to create a floral design that is true to the couple she's working with.

 

The Food

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In the days leading up to Sarah and Cam's wedding, I had several folks tell me how excited they were to have Heirloom Cafe from Athens catering the reception. Having spent very little time in Athens, this was new to me and I was excited to try it! And ohhhh man. They did not disappoint. This local spot is known for its farm-to-table cuisine with a unique flair. The menu included classic southern dishes like collard greens, mac n cheese, and pulled pork sandwiches, all with a special twist. The meal was served family style on funky dishes you'd find in any southern grandma's kitchen, and each dish was scrumptious. And they were just a ton of fun. Great food, awesome service, and a really good bunch of folks.

Other vendors: 

Officiant: Reverend Gale York | Ceremony Music: Kazanetti String Quartet | DJ: Memory Makers Music & Lighting | Cakes: Slice

Congratulations, Sarah and Cam! What a sweet day!

Venue Spotlight: The Grand Magnolia House

This Middle Georgia Wedding Venue is just dripping with classic Southern charm. The Grand Magnolia House, located just 11 miles west of Perry, GA, is a real gem. With a timeless antebellum home, acres of Magnolias and pecan trees, and multiple outdoor ceremony locations, this spot hits so many checks on the southern bride's list. One of my favorite parts of getting to know these local venues is that there is no one-size-fits-all venue. Each is as unique as the bride who falls in love with it! 

I am also pumped to share this spotlight with you because I am working on a VERY EXCITING (yes, that needed all caps) project here! On Sunday, February 25, the Grand Magnolia House and I are hosting a bridal show and open house! I have been eager to plan an event for brides-to-be to get an inside look at a local venue and to introduce them to the many amazing vendors we have in Middle Georgia, and I am so thrilled that it's coming to fruition so soon. I'll have more details for you at the end of this post, but feel free to check out the Facebook event here!

Photo: We Do Photography

Photo: We Do Photography

From Tamara, the owner:

It was on Dec. 23, 2014; Bruce was on his way from a duck hunt when he first saw the big beautiful Southern home with the inviting red doors at 320 E. Main St. in Marshallville.  He could hardly wait to get home to tell me that it was up for sale and he wanted me to go online to check it out. You see over the years we had looked at many many properties and continued to dream about “one day”… But on this day it was different. We quickly made an appointment to see the property and it was love at first site all over again as we fell in love with this Southern beauty. Together with our family we started praying, “God if it is your will for us to buy this property please give us the wisdom, courage and peace to know; and if you open the door for this opportunity we will give you all the glory and use it to further your kingdom.” We continued to pray and on April 1, 2015, Joy filled our hearts as we became the proud owners of what is known today as The Grand Magnolia House. Built in the 1860 it is both gorgeous inside and out, oozing with Southern charm.    

We quickly got to work making our dreams a reality. The Grand Magnolia House became an event and wedding venue with its timeless Southern Charm for every occasion. Our desire is to continue to host the most memorable celebrations for our guests by sharing The Grand Magnolia House with them. Each and every time they become part of the Grand Magnolia Family and we consider it our privilege to be selected to be a part of their special day.  We want the opportunity to provide our guest with an extra dose of Southern hospitality to ensure their event goes smoothly, without all the hassle and stress which can steal the joy from planning a celebration.

Ceremony & Reception:  Inside & outside for both! Inside: for a small wedding in the front foyer or beautiful veranda. Outside at the pergola, wrought iron gazebo, near the fountain or up on the large deck. Our beautifully landscaped backyard is great place for the wedding/reception. 

Prep areas provided: Bridal suite, large dressing parlor, an inviting veranda, intimate and comfortable parlors, gathering rooms, catering kitchen, as well as lodging for up to 14 guests!

Capacity: 200 outside and 75 inside

Tables and chairs: Twelve 60 inch round tables, two 8 foot rectangle, 3 high-top tables

Alcohol: Beer and wine

Vendors: You are welcome to bring your own, but we would love to recommend some!

Social Media: FacebookInstagram

Website: www.grandmagnoliahouse.com 


An Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House

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The Afternoon at the Grand Magnolia House is a small, intimate bridal show featuring more than 25 of Middle Georgia's best wedding professionals. Caterers, photographers, musicians, floral designers, and so many more, will be showcasing their best work. What I love about this kind of show is that each bride-to-be will have the chance to get to know these incredible professionals and see who really is the best fit for their wedding day. The best experience comes from building relationships with your vendors, and this is a time to do just that. We'll also have insider tips and presentations, raffle prizes and giveaways, and it's bound to be so much fun. Plus you get a fantastic look at this beautiful venue! Tickets are on sale now at www.grandmagnolia.eventbrite.com, and you can see more information on the Facebook event. I hope you'll join us!


Candace + Grant | Macon, GA Wedding

Thank you to Holly Von Lanken for capturing these lovely photos! It was a pleasure working with this fabulous photographer!

What a sweet surprise when Candace and Grant walked into church on Sunday morning, visiting with their friend (and mine too!) and soon-to-be usher, Marshall. "Hey! I know them! I'm coordinating their wedding!" I had met Candace briefly a few months before when she inquired about me coordinating her fall wedding, and it was so fun to see them in my home and church! Little did I know that by the time their September wedding rolled around, Candace and Grant would be regular members of our church and small group!

I had a unique advantage in preparing for this wedding, because I got to befriend this sweet couple before I even started working with them. So the process was a little extra special as I got ready to help them celebrate - both as a coordinator and a friend.

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These two have Georgia bulldog blood running through their veins, and a whole tribe of people who couldn’t wait to celebrate with them. A bridal party of 8 on each side, plus 4 ushers, sure makes for a party! Throughout the entire process both Candace and Grant were ready to be married, to love one another well, and to enjoy the day.

The Venues

Newton Chapel

Candace and Grant didn't meet in Macon, but they moved their lives here when Grant began preparing for Med School at Mercer and Candace graduated from nursing school and took a nursing position in middle Georgia (yes, they're a very medical family). In my humble opinion, there are few better places for a ceremony than Mercer's own Newton Chapel (as you can see here and here). My heart. After tying the knot in amid the stained glass and wooden pews, they took the party to another Macon favorite: The Blacksmith Shop. This classic venue was the perfect place to host the celebration Candace and Grant had in mind. Elegant and cozy, with plenty of room for a dance floor. 

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The Food 

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Sometimes brides and grooms must look no further than family for their wedding pros, and this family is blessed to have a real gem in Alexander’s. The groom’s aunt and her team were not only a full-service catering company, but they handled all of the décor for the reception and executed a fabulous meal for both the reception and rehearsal dinner. The food was impeccable, and the service was so impressive! Y’all know that I am a sucker for a well dressed table and a professional staff, and Alexander’s definitely brought both. They were an absolute pleasure to work with.

 

The Entertainment

There are SO many great dancing shots of these two. They just know how to boogie.

There are SO many great dancing shots of these two. They just know how to boogie.

Candace and Grant wanted to spend their day having fun, and the reception entertainment was certainly no exception. Rusty Pearson with Entourage Entertainment kept the party going and kept my feet on the dance floor more than once! Candace and Grant’s guests knew how to have a good time, and Rusty was just the person to set the stage. If a DJ is part of your vision for a perfect wedding day, Entourage is a fantastic choice!

Other vendors:

Photographer: Holly Von Lanken | Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Roy Lamb Floral Design | Organist (Ceremony): Martha Clay | Hair and Makeup: Amber Amick

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It was a special privilege to serve these two and to be a part of their day. Congratulations to Candace and Grant!

Victoria + Jess | Milledgeville, GA Wedding

Thank you Zach Robinson Photography for the beautiful photos!

If you have spent any time around here, you know that I am a firm believer in making your wedding day look however you want. If you want a six-piece band and a party that lasts all night – go for it. If you want an intimate dinner with your closest people, do that. If you want to get married at 10:00 AM so you can hop in the lake that afternoon, by all means! So I was thrilled to hear that Victoria and Jess had planned a sweet lakeside ceremony and brunch reception at Victoria’s parents’ home. It was SO. Much. Fun.

These two lovebirds were about to embark on a new journey - Jess was about to be stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, so it was important to both of them to soak up this precious time with family and friends. Jess' dad was the officiant, childhood friends and siblings made up the bridal party, and the day really did end with a dip in the lake! Victoria and Jess make intentional choices about their wedding day - choices that reflected who they are as a couple, their values, and that allowed them to relax and enjoy each other. 

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The Venue

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It’s hard to go wrong with a lakeside view, and Victoria’s parents’ home was picturesque. Goodwin events set up lovely dark brown chairs to face the water, and the bridal party made their entrance over a gorgeous sun-dappled bridge. I nearly teared up (let’s be real, cried big tears) as the bride crossed the bridge and the sun lit up her beautiful face. Ugh. Mesmerizing. Just behind the ceremony area were cocktail tables and seating for guests to enjoy the beautiful morning.

 

The Food

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Cast Iron Catering (formerly Kudzu Catering) was just fantastic. I have a serious problem with breakfast food (as in I love it way too much) so I was delighted to hear waffles, grits, egg casserole, and coffee were the menu. The food was fantastic, and the staff was exceptional. I always appreciate a catering team that values presentation as highly as quality of the food, and CIC has it down. It was not only beautiful, but so tasty! No matter the time of day, you can’t go wrong with waffles.

 

The Flowers

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Mindy at Luella Floral Design has a fabulous vision and execution. The central piece of the day was an amazing flower-draped arbor set at the ceremony altar. Mindy and her team assembled the flowers on site and created a perfect backdrop for Victoria and Jess to tie the knot. They also brought three gorgeous urns filled with blush and green garden tones that added elegance to the backyard affair.

Other vendors:

Photographer: Zack Robinson | Hair and Makeup: Fringe Salon | Rentals: Goodwin Events | Videography: Dynes Media | DJ: Legacy Events 119

I have been privileged to work with some amazing families, but I don’t think any of them have been as laid back as Victoria and Jess’ crew. They were happy to be together, to be celebrating, and to be at the lake. It was a beautiful morning to get married. Congratulations again Victoria and Jess!

Venue Spotlight: The Library Ballroom

The history nerd in me is thrilled about today's featured Middle Georgia Wedding Venue. I have always been fascinated by Macon' history, and I love getting to know the story behind some of our city's 100+ year old buildings. Today's spotlight is on a popular wedding venue located in the heart of downtown with a wonderfully weird backstory. 

The Library Ballroom is an impressive structure that sits on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. The fun turret at the top makes it stand out from its peers, another feature that is just quirky enough to work. Beautifully restored in recent years, this space is home to music festivals, community events, and (of course) dozens of weddings throughout the year. The rich, elegant details immediately make you feel like you've stepped back in time.

From the Library Ballroom:

The Library Ballroom was constructed in 1889 by the "Macon Public Library and Historical Society" to house Macon’s first public library. In the 1960's and 70's the building was known as the College Discotheque and was actually the first paid show of the famous Allman Brothers Band. Eventually, the ballroom fell into disuse, but was later acquired by the Historic Macon Foundation after it faced demolition in the 1990's. More recently, the building was purchased by Tony Widner, of Widner & Associates, Inc., who performed a complete renovation restoring the building to its original beauty. In 2007, the building was awarded by the Historic Macon Foundation for the renovations and was placed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. 

 

Ceremony & Reception: Either or both!

Prep areas provided: Prep kitchen and bridal suite, plus the bridal party gets to stay in the bridal suite overnight!

Capacity: 175 seated, 250 standing

Tables and chairs: Included

Alcohol: Renters are welcome to provide alcohol to guests.

Vendors: We would love to recommend some, but you are welcome to choose your own.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

Website: www.libraryballroom.com

 

Also from this series:

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Wedding Venue List

New City Weddings

The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

Twin Oaks Farm

5 Wedding Traditions You Don't Need

One of the first things you’ll find as a newly engaged couple is that there are approximately 45,643,278 opinions on how you should plan your wedding. Movies, celebrities, the wedding industry, parents, coworkers, and extended family members all have their own set of expectations and ideas on what a wedding should look like. When couples try to consider all of these vastly different perspectives, planning a wedding can quickly become a balancing act of other people’s opinions rather than what is true for the two of them.

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One of my biggest rallying cries when working with brides and grooms is “you do you.” There are very few things that you have to do on your wedding day (and all you need for that is an officiant, and a couple of witnesses). Everything else is just gravy.

In the spirit of you-do-you, I want you to think about which wedding traditions you include and why you include them. I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face – you only get to do this once, so choose the things that matter to you. Here are some popular traditions that you just don’t need (unless you want them, then by all means!).

1. Garter Toss

While the history of this tradition is a bit sketchy, tossing the garter can be a fun and silly way to entertain the crowd at your reception and have a few laughs with your new spouse. However, if the idea of your new husband fishing for your undergarments in front of a crowd makes you turn several shades of pink, don’t give it a second thought! So many of the choices you make for your wedding will rely on your personalities as a couple. If this one makes you uncomfortable, don’t feel like you have to do it to please anyone else.

2. Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

What does this even mean? This classic wedding rhyme is engrained in our minds, but where does it come from? According to Martha Stewart Weddings, “Wearing "something old" represents the bride's past, while the "something new" symbolizes the couple's happy future. The bride is supposed to get her "something borrowed" from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of that person's good fortune rubs off on her. "Something blue" denotes fidelity and love.” If that tickles your fancy, then go for it. But if not, cross this superstition off the list and don’t give it a second thought! (Full disclosure: I gathered these four items for my wedding day, had the photographer take a picture of them, and never actually wore them. Oops 😊)

3. Wedding Cake

Now now, before you toss your phone/laptop across the room, hear me out. While cake may be your favorite part of any wedding day, some folks just don’t like cake (I know, I know. I’m praying for them too). If you don’t like salmon, you’re probably not going to include that in the wedding menu, right? So why do you feel like you need to serve cake if you don’t like it? What about an assortment of pies? Or an ice cream sandwich bar? King of Pops? There are lots of ways to serve your guests a delicious dessert without a 4-tier concoction you won’t even eat.

4. Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

(Does anyone else immediately think of How I Met Your Mother when you hear “ring bearer”? Robin: “You’re saying ring bear-er, right?” Barney: “Yeah, ring bear.”) If you have loved ones with littles, close friends you’ve babysat for years, or other kiddos who you want to include in your wedding, this can be a sweet way to do that. However, if you don’t have young family members or friends you want to include, don’t feel like you need to put out a want ad for children to participate in your wedding. This can be a great way to honor and include kids that you love, but if there aren’t any in your life right now don’t go to your local playground to try and recruit. Because that’s weird.

5. A Unity Ceremony

A wedding is a unity ceremony. The whole thing. There are lots of beautiful ways to portray this – sand, rope, a cross, candles – but none of them are completely necessary. If you’ve never understood these or find them odd, don’t feel like you have to include them in order to have a full ceremony. You just don’t. It is more than enough to have you and your beloved stand up in front of friends and family and commit to honor and cherish one another for your whole lives.

I hope you’ve felt some freedom in this. My goal is that you feel and believe that you can make choices for your wedding that will reflect and honor the two lives that are becoming one, not ones that please the many people who may give you their opinion. Remember, there’s really only one thing you have to do in order for it to be a wedding, and that’s get married. Everything else is just fun. So make sure it’s fun!