I present to you, the wedding of Breanna and Philip, of engagement session fame (they have an adorable dog, Sibley). Their wedding day was classic and timeless, and Breanna’s wedding dress is most certainly one of my favorites to date. I loved the simple bridesmaid bouquets, Breanna’s stunning engagement ring, their sweet first look, the moments leading up to the ceremony, the colorful dancefloor at The Club, the happy accident of fireworks happening during the reception, and Breanna and Philip’s great love for each other. Man, do I love their love story (see the Q&A with Breanna at the bottom of the post). Documenting love never gets old. Enjoy.
Photography: Spindle Photography (and special thanks to Brittany Arias for assisting!)
-Ceremony Venue : Canterbury United Methodist Church
-Reception Venue : The Club
-Hair- Hollie Edwards
-Makeup – Connie Sellers with Amy Head Studio
-Reception Music : Creativity
-Cake : Sweet Magnolia
-Catering : The Club
-Florist : Chris Hutchens – Christopher Joseph Designs
-Gown designer and shop : Justin Alexander from Diane’s Formal Affair
-Bridesmaid’s attire: Bari Jay
-Bride’s Shoes : BCBG
-Groom and Groomsmen’s attire : Jos. A. Banks
-Stationery/invitations : High Cotten
-Calligrapher : The Refined Pen
Q&A with the bride, Breanna!
-How did the two of you meet and when did you know this was it?!
Philip and I knew of each other in college but did not technically meet until we were at Otey’s one Saturday watching football with friends. He asked my friend for my number that afternoon; however, he lost it and eventually had to ask for it again on Facebook (He was embarrassed- I thought it was cute and showed persistence). The rest is history. I can’t say the exact moment we both knew this was it, but after we closed down three restaurants in a row because we could not stop talking, I was pretty sure it was something special. Then, what really sealed the deal for me was the way Philip took care of me during my health issues last year. Though he saw me at my very worst, his love, compassion, concern, and support did not waiver. I was blown away and knew then that I would never let him go.
-Tell me about the day: The feel of it, the colors/theme, special details.
Our main goal was to make our wedding not only a celebration of our love but also a celebration of those people who have meant so much to us along the way. Our wedding was simple and classic with a vintage twist. Our colors were charcoal gray and pastels. The vintage theme was based primarily on my ring, which was originally sold in 1920. We loved getting to incorporate and include our family members and special family heirlooms in various ways throughout the day.
-What was most important to you when you were wedding planning?
We wanted a special, traditional ceremony that glorified God and focused on joining us together in His name. I was in a wedding at Canterbury when I was 12 and have thought it was the most beautiful church for a wedding since then. The long, center aisle is simply perfect!
We also wanted a fun, laid-back reception where everyone could let loose and dance the night away. We thought The Club was the perfect venue for such a party, especially with the old school light up dance floor. The reception was definitely our biggest splurge!
As to my dress, I knew I wanted one with ivory lace and a “fun” back…and that’s exactly what I found. Dress shopping was such an enjoyable, special experience that I was lucky to be able to share with my Matron of Honor, my mom, and Philip’s mom. Now, if I could just find an excuse to wear my dress on a normal Saturday….
-What do you remember most about the day/what are your favorite memories from the day? Did anything surprise you?
Leading up to the wedding, everyone told me to soak in every single second because it would all be over in a flash. Everyone was so right. I would catch myself getting anxious during the day just because time was flying and I did not want it all to end. However, I think this advice helped me really remember to take everything in as it happened, so I have a million favorite memories from the day, from the first look to dancing on stage with my ‘maids. To me, it was the perfect weekend from start to finish, even with the few unexpected “surprises.”
My absolute favorite part (other than marrying Philip, of course) was being able to look around at any given point during the weekend and see the people I love most in this world all in the same place having a blast together, especially on the dance floor. I could not help but to smile at that sight.
-What advice would you give other brides now that you’re official?
I would say the best advice is the same advice I was given, with a small caveat: Be sure to soak in every single second, even if it seems trivial, mundane, or less than perfect; however, if you wake up Sunday morning and have “reception remorse” (my term for feeling like you did not talk to someone or spend enough time with someone or do not remember every single detail), forgive yourself!! Everyone understands that the bride and groom are pulled in a million directions on their wedding day, so the best thing you can do relax, have fun, and enjoy your weekend! You will never get that chance again!
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