Like we mentioned last week, we are obsessed with Shannon's work! So here we are again (so soon!) sharing another one of her gorgeous weddings. If we were to get married all over again, I would truly take Keely + David's vision and replicate it. Reading her thoughts on planning a wedding struck so close to home. She started off with the absolute must-haves - the details near and dear to her heart. And simply let everything follow.
From the Bride, Keely: No bride-to-be can ever truly imagine the pressure that builds leading to a wedding day. Months of planning and hundreds of choices all hinge on one day of seamless execution. In the days leading up to our Big Day, I had very strong feelings that our wedding day would either be, in my eyes, oozing southern perfection, or an awkward pastel party.
David proposed in February, and we ultimately planned our wedding in less than five months. The majority of the details were planned long distance from our home in Winston-Salem, NC. Other than classic, southern, and being outside, I didn’t have a theme for our wedding. The few details that I knew I wanted, I knew I needed…so I started from there. I steered away from strict color themes, and went with light pinks and blues; they never go out of style in the summer. Gingham and seersucker prints are trademark southern, along with lush Boston ferns, they were all a must. Lastly, we added a few monograms, bow ties for the boys and a bow for me, and a custom design for cocktail napkins that David’s brother created to include our two golden retrievers.
From the Bride, Keely: David and I fell in love with the large willow tree at the Mill. On July 1 of 2017, with my Dad clutched to my left, we approached the fern-lined aisle with guests fanning themselves in the summer heat; my southern wedding dream had come true. In retrospect, the entire day was full of hours racing by and moments standing still. I barely remember getting dressed and being whisked away to our first-look. My sister-in-law tied the bow to my dress, my Mom put on my pearls, and the moment I saw the finishing touch – that’s when it all felt real. David’s Aunt made our ring pillow and the monogram patches for my dress and his suit coat (he asked for his own once he saw my something blue). David’s sister read an Irish blessing for us during the ceremony, and there was a line that read “may the sun shine warm upon your face,” when she spoke those words a breeze blew and moved the willow around so that the sun was shining on my face…David and I immediately looked at each other and smiled; we were sure it was a sign. Oddly enough, the reading we had chosen for the ceremony, my Dad had chosen to include in his speech later that night. Later when I danced with my Dad, I remember asking him if he was happy with everything, his response was “It’s exceeded all of my expectations, more than I could have ever imagined.”
It had all worked; those hundreds of choices that we made in the prior months. Sweet potato biscuits with pimento cheese, burying a bottle of bourbon, delicate bud vases filled with greenery, light pinks and whites flowed seamlessly onto the “ice blue” table linens that I was stressing about no less than 24 hours before. I’m not sure if we got lucky, or planned well…maybe it was a combination of both, but our Wedding Day also exceeded all of my expectations. Afterwards, I had this feeling that all of our vendors had created this perfect storm on our wedding day and executed the most perfect southern wedding day. David told me that night that someone had asked him if he would do anything different, his response was “I wouldn’t have waited so long!”. And that was that, I had successfully made my Husband and Dad incredibly happy…all in one day, and on the most the most important day.
Photographer: Shannon Moffit | Planner: Ciera Pope of Woodgrain and Lace Events | Venue: Mill at Fine Creek | Florist: Photosynthesis | Wedding Cake: WPA Bakery | Band: Bachelor Boys | Paper Products: Minted | Bride’s Gown: WToo by Watters | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42 Style Studio | Late Night Dessert: King of Pops | Photobooth: Bad Ass Photo Booth