|Jenni & Matt just fit so well together . Love is in the air when your around them …
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: My theme for the wedding was “casual romantic.” I wanted the ceremony and reception to have a beautiful, classic, vintage feel while still being very laid back and comfortable. I wanted to make sure guests knew that could dress as casually or formal as they wanted! It was the end of June in Florida so I wanted guests to feel comfortable in any attire. I chose blush, rose, ivory, and golds as the color palette to achieve a classic romantic look.
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: We kept our decor as simple as possible. We chose to have the ceremony outside by the riverfront surrounded by palm trees. The setting was already gorgeous enough and I wanted the natural beauty of the scenery to be the main focal point. All we added for the ceremony was an arch decorated with flowers in our color palette and some shepherd hooks with gold vases and flowers to the aisle. For the reception, my mom had the great idea of printing out pictures of family wedding photos and framing them to put up on the fireplace mantles.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: I LOVE flowers and the florals for our wedding were absolutely perfect. The flowers used throughout our wedding were: white hydrangea, blush Esther roses, blush Quicksand roses, white stock, and white spray roses. These were used for my bouquet, my maid-of-honor’s bouquet, on the arch, in the vases on the shepherd hooks, reception centerpieces, and to decorate the sweetheart table. Florals definitely played a big part in the overall style of the wedding!
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: My favorite part of the entire wedding was our personalized vows to one another. We both put a lot of thought and effort into writing them and it was definitely worth it. We were very hesitant about writing our own vows in the beginning but I am so glad we did.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A: I knew from the beginning that I wanted a vintage style dress with lace sleeves. I had to buy off the rack because I ended up planning the entire wedding quickly and didn’t have time to order a dress, but I found the perfect dress off the rack at Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati, Ohio. My groom already had a nice suit that he had purchased previously for interviews and we didn’t see any sense in him going out and getting another one just for the wedding day.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: Matt and I met at the Trolley Stop Cafe in Memphis, TN at a dinner for University of Memphis clinical psychology doctoral program interviewees. Matt was already a first year student in the program and I was an applicant. As an applicant right out of undergrad, I was extremely nervous to be at a dinner surrounded by strangers. I was fortunate enough to sit down right across from Matt and we hit it off immediately. I felt so comfortable talking to him, almost as if we’d known each other for years. I left the interview never knowing if we’d see each other again. I found out later that Matt had looked me up on Facebook afterward and had been extremely disappointed to see that I was “married” to a friend of mine on Facebook. Of course that wasn’t the case, but he didn’t find out I was actually single until I arrived in Memphis for my first day of graduate school. I shared an office with two of his close friends who were also in the program and everyday he would pretend to come by to see them so that he could see me. It didn’t take long before we were an item. Almost 5 years later we still get excited to see each other every single day and can’t imagine our lives without one another! Matt and I matched to the same clinical psychology internship program at the Medical University of South Carolina and were thrilled to get to live in Charleston, SC for a year. When Matt found out we were moving to Charleston, he started planning out places around the city for the perfect proposal. He first decided on a beautiful historical gazebo in the Battery area of downtown Charleston. We went downtown to “take a walk” and I found out later his plans to propose that night were ruined by all of the kids and teenagers playing “Pokemon Go” in the gazebo! After that night, he set his sights on a small, private waterfront park called “Sunrise Park” in Charleston. It was the PERFECT place for us. He set up a small selfie stick and acted like we were taking some selfies by the water. A moment later, he got down on one knee and proposed! I found out he had actually been recording the whole thing with the selfie stick:-) I love having the proposal on video so that I can watch that special moment again and again.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: I was most excited to hear the special vows Matt had written for me. We were also both grateful beyond words to have all of our grandparents and parents at the wedding (including Matt’s 93-year-old grandmother from Texas). We had a destination wedding so we got to spend more than just one day with all of our family and friends. It was so wonderful to get to celebrate with all of our favorite people!
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Remember why you are having this wedding. It should be to celebrate the amazing, enduring love you share with another person. Try to remind yourself of that every day and don’t get caught up in the stress of planning the details. I honestly enjoyed all of the wedding planning (having a small wedding with only close friends and family helped greatly with this!)