Wedding Wednesday Ceremony Deets 

I wish I could describe walking down the aisle but there are literally no words. I can tell you I had only string quartet music playing because I selected specific music for every part of the ceremony and our DJ did an amazing job with it. I can tell you that my son walked me down the aisle and that not tripping over my dress was honestly a concern. That thing was huge! I was a big ivory cupcake! I remember catching my grooms eye and nothing else in the world mattered. The ceremony was traditional and short. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of my husband’s.  We didn’t write our own vows or anything like that. Just the normal love honor cherish till death do us part kinda thing. The ceremony was a little chilly so we handed out the wedding favor of throw blankets early to keep everyone warm and they were a grand hit. And now here are some pics! I hope you enjoy. I’m also including a link to two of the songs used for the ceremony. My groom entrance and then of course my entrance! It was definitely one of the most amazing moments of my life. I got so emotional but I made it through without crying barely. 




Groom entrance
Bride entrance
Happy wedding planning etc my loves! 

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Wedding Wednesday – First Look 

There is a lot of controversy over the first look. Should you have one? Can you kiss? There are variables and opinions upon opinions to be had. My entire wedding party (well all the girls and my mom) were completely against it. But we held our ground and stayed firm to wanting to see each other before the ceremony. Our day had been kinda hectic and not going quite as planned before the first look and I think by the time we were to that moment in the timeline for the days events all we wanted was each other. We met in the garden at the Hermitage and even though it was fall it was still so beautiful. Here are some of our favorite pics from that moment and short period of time.

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That collage above was all real moment. We were so happy to see each other we literally forgot the camera was there. We both enjoyed this moment together so very much. We still talk about it these 4 and a half months later. It was just powerful. Yes I realize there is the moment that the groom sees the bride when she’s walking down the aisle and it is magical but in our opinion this “first look” did not take away from that moment at all. And then of course we ended with some posed shots! Man this was really just the best day ever!

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Our Venue Search 

I have an amazing fiancé who has truly enjoyed being involved with the planning process, at least this is what he tells me and I choose to believe it. But in all seriousness he has had visions for our wedding as much as I have. One of the things that he specifically wanted was a historic chapel. We attended a wedding of some of his friends and the historic venue really touched both of us right in the heart. So we began looking for historic venues and other areas that we found beautiful. Ok well I began searching and provided him with some options.

The first venue that we chose to visit was The Hermitage. This is the historical home of President Andrew Jackson and right near where we both grew up and not too far from where we still live. They had a historic chapel which appealed to my man and they had just a general beautiful and historic feel which appealed to me. Here is a link to all that they have to offer. The Hermitage

We got to visit and explore all of the different sites. That was another appealing part of this venue, there were multiple venues within it. As you can tell from the pictures my honey was thrilled to be visiting this day!

This was the Cabin by the Spring.

This is from the historic chapel and can I just tell you how in love I am with the brick flooring and by the way it’s original.

This was the Tulip Grove mansion. That staircase is what dreams are made of and those chandeliers are just gorgeous. And as we were talking about the property and asking questions, we looked up and

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Yep there were some deer checking us out. Wondering if they were picking a wedding venue of their own!

So needless to say, as we drove away and talked about it, we decided there was literally no point in even visiting the other venues. We were completely in love and picked our Venue! So we are getting married at the historical home of Andrew Jackson, the Hermitage and the only surprise for you later will be specifically which part of the property we actually chose.

How does a couple go about choosing the right venue? Well I wish I had some good advice for you regarding that but well, it was just too easy for us. We literally felt it in our bones while we were there. It just felt like the perfect place for us to start our life together. But here are some recommendations of how to choose from some that are authorities at least more so then me.

WedBites is a blog I found that is just really awesome for all things wedding.Expect me to link back to this page a lot unless they ask me not to!  Lots of great tips in just the right sized doses. Valuable information that you can use and understand. Click here for WedBites take on the venue search.

A Practical Wedding offers up their suggestions here.

And of course there is always the tried and true Bridal Guide.

No matter which options you look at and what venue you choose just remember it’s going to be fun and you should both love the site and be able to see it as the place you say I do! And now that the venue has been selected so many other things can happen!

Can’t wait to share the rest of the story with you. Happy weddinging LOL!

Love

Becky