If you read my first blog post, you are aware of how crazy our life was after Caleb proposed to me! If you didn’t, I’ll save you the trouble and just catch you up to speed! We were both finishing up our undergraduate degrees, managing work, cheerleading and involved in a local ministry. It was a busy season in our lives. So busy, and like many brides and grooms today, we both felt the pressures of adding something to our plate that cost a lot of time and money.
I know what you’re thinking. I often times laugh about it to myself. Yes, I am wedding coordinator, but no, I did not have a wedding.
Here’s my story: before we decided to elope, I pretty much planned all the big ticket items that go into designing a dream wedding. I got to say “yes to my dress,” found and paid for a photographer and a venue, picked out bridesmaid dresses, created a registry, the list goes on! However, for Caleb and I, we knew we couldn’t wait, so we pulled the plug and we stopped the wedding plans and just got married!
But, my story doesn’t stop there! After we married, we had a lovely reception where ALL of our friends and family gathered to celebrate us becoming one. Barns, lace and burlap were all the rage, so in one short month we sent out invitations and had a rustic barn reception that I’ll cherish forever. There were beautiful flowers, custom banned cigars, a candy bar, catered dinner, a father daughter dance, and a cake that we cut, keeping the top
tier to keep the tradition
alive of eating it one year later. We honeymooned later in the British Virgin Islands. Because I had a beautiful wedding dress, almost a year later Caleb dressed in a suit and myself in my white gown and we finally used our photographer that we hired many many months before.
My story is so different compared to the majority of the brides that we serve at KB, but in a weird way I did it all, just not in a timeline most people follow. I feel like it is the biggest blessing of all, I have fresh eyes, my mind isn't one sided. I don't have heartstrings for moments that I might of had during our planned wedding that I might push on a bride to recreate what I once had. To me it's refreshing that I'm open to vendors, not your typical timelines, and creating moments that are out of the box. I truly believe because we eloped I am better at what I do.
Dress: The White Room, Lebanon TN
Suit: Ralph Lauren Polo
Photography: K. Beth from June Berry Weddings