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Melanie & Steven

Wedding Date: August 10, 2013

Wedding Budget: $12,000-$17,000

Photographer: Bethany Ann Photography

Ceremony Venue: Trenton Baptist Church

Reception Venue: The Hayloft at Port Royal

Invitations/Programs: Bejoyfulpaper, via Etsy

Hair: Carly Bull, Salon Envi

Makeup: Gina’s Creative Touch, Regina Jackson

Dress: J.Crew

Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew

Tuxes: Suits by Tommy Hilfiger from Macys

Flowers: Helen’s Flowers

Event Coordinators: Patricia Shemwell and Carrie Joy Brookshire, family friends

Officiant: Dr. Dean Anderson, Trenton Baptist Church

DJ: Wendell Miller

Caterer: Lewis Graham, Kocktails & Kouture

Cake: The Cake Artist

Rentals: PSR Events

Guestbook: JKartshop, via Etsy

Groom's Cake Topper: MudCards via Etsy

Guest Head Count: 200. We had an open invite to all family and friends, and sent formal invitations to out of town guests only.

Wedding Color Palette: Navy, beige, peach

“Melanie & Steven were married on a day that was supposed to be rainy and cloudy, but it ended up being sunny and warm. All of the details came together effortlessly.

I mean effortlessly in that from the outside, it looked as if every little item made it exactly where Melanie & Steven envisioned for months. I don’t want to downplay it. I know that every wedding requires a ton effort, blood, sweat, and probably tears, too. It’s just that, for this wedding, Melanie & Steven, and their family & friends, made the day appear, and feel effortless. A feeling of calm seemed to float in the air for everyone. It was a happy day, a day that Melanie & Steven will tell their grandchildren about. And hopefully, a few framed images below will be past down for generations to come. :)

Thank you, Melanie & Steven! You two are insanely adorable with sincere hearts. It was a joy to watch you begin the rest of your lives together!” - Bethany, Bethany Ann Photography

Q&A with the bride, Melanie

What was your first step in planning your wedding day?

Setting the date!

Did you do any DIY projects?

We had many! The magnolia wreaths, table runners, painted barnwood signs, chalkboard menu, moss covered hanging monograms - just to name a few. They were all created by either myself, my mom, or our close friends.

What are your favorite details from your wedding day?

My glittery shoes, of course! I also loved how we incorporated magnolia leaves in the décor and in my bouquet.

Any advice for brides planning their wedding day?

Accept that some things may not go as planned. It will be okay! The whole reason of the day is to celebrate marrying your best friend.

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The Groom’s Corner

Advice from Steven

It is much easier to let the bride-to-be make all of the decisions!

Did you have a "First Look"?

Yes, and I am so happy that we did! It really helped to calm my nerves to see Steven before the ceremony. I was so shaky and nervous to see him for our First Look, so I can only imagine how much worse it would have been to wait until the ceremony!

We LOVE all of these vintage, country chic details from Melanie & Steven’s wedding! They used peaches as centerpieces, They up cycled a tackle box into a card box. Their guests got to drink lots of Ale 8 and take home preserves as wedding favors. And their burned wood guest book is so beautiful!

What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

The "you may kiss the bride" kiss!