Once upon a time a girl from North Carolina (well, kind of… she lived in a lot of places, but she went to school at UNC so I’m going to simplify this whole thing and say she’s from North Carolina) and a guy from Mississippi met while both attending the University of Texas at Austin. Then they both got jobs back in Mississippi and moved back there. Then they got engaged and decided to get married back at Stacey’s parents’ retirement home that they built on an old tobacco farm in Pinehurst, NC (but not without an Ole Miss stadium groom’s cake with lots of tiny little sprinkles for people).

Now these two will settle back down in Mississippi together while holding the title of one of the most adorable couples of all time. Their wedding was a beautiful (but very hot) day and a flurry of activity with the biggest bridal party we’ve ever had (whose numbers, we’ve discovered, are standard of a Mississippi wedding). The reception was held in Stacey’s mom’s backyard at a house that her parents built together shortly before her father passed away in 2008, so it was a very important factor into where to have their reception and an absolutely beautiful and meaningful location. Everyone had a fantastic time as it turns out that Stacey’s family is quite the dance team… and there may or may not have been dancing on the actual tables toward the end of the evening (note: you can do this when your wedding is held in your own backyard, but probably not at a regular reception venue, so nobody go out there and say, “Well, I saw this on a blog once” and then get yourself kicked out of your friend’s reception).

We had a fantastic time at their wedding and wish a very happy future to this amazing couple in Mississippi!

Date: October 5, 2013

Ceremony Venue: Pinehurst United Methodist Church // Pinehurst, NC

Reception Venue: Private Residence // Pinehurst, NC

First Dance Song: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” – James Taylor

Stacey’s Occupation: Clinical Social Worker

Brett’s Occupation: Accounting Professor at Ole Miss

How You Met: The Interwebs

Interesting Bride Fact: She eats ice cream every night.

Interesting Groom Fact: He has run with the bulls in Spain.

Honeymoon Destination: Hawaii

Vendor Credits: Officiant – Rev. Les Newsom | DJ – Art Dearing | Florist – Maggie’s Farm | Cake – Fifi’s Cakes | Caterer – Ashten’s Catering | Hair/Makeup – Bamboo

Brandie and William are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and it saddens us a bit that they live in Nashville, Tennessee now because we can’t really see them, but we’ve assured them that we’ll come visit (and we mean it) because they are great and because Carolyn is their dog Quinn’s bff. Their other dog, Parker, is slightly less well adjusted (no offense, Parker) and was originally going to be boarded for their wedding after it was decided that he would be too scared to be in the actual ceremony. However, it was also then decided that he would be too scared to be boarded as well, so he came to the wedding but sat upstairs and hid under Brandie’s dress and pouted the whole time, essentially taking the place of a 3-year-old flower girl. Carolyn had to hide her ridiculously high level of enthusiasm that the dogs were there (because they are so cuuuute) and try to avoid taking only pictures of the dogs (look how cuuuuute).

The wedding was held at Brandie’s parents’ backyard in Stem. They bought the property and built the house a few years ago, but the backyard was wooded. They slowly cleared it out and landscaped, building a path and a gazebo for the wedding, and doing an incredible amount of hard work to make it a beautiful place for Brandie and William’s ceremony. Brandie and William put together a ton of the decor (all peacock themed) and transported a car full of cupcakes (and two dogs) all the way from Nashville successfully, which we consider to be a substantial feat. Their officiant had married Brandie’s parents 39 years ago and, coincidentally, her parents won the longest married anniversary dance that same evening. :) At the end of the night their families had put together a fireworks display and Geoff took some beautiful pictures while Carolyn ran and hid in the woods (I’m quite terrified of fireworks). It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we are so grateful for Brandie and William being awesome people and clients! Congratulations! 

Date: August 3, 2013

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brandie’s parents’ home // Stem, NC

First Dance Song: “Lost Without You” – Robin Thicke

Brandie’s Occupation: Med/peds Hospitalist

William’s Occupation: Sales specialist for Home Depot

How You Met: We met in Chapel Hill, NC while visiting friends on Cinco de Mayo

Interesting Bride Fact: Not happy unless reading 4 books at once.

Interesting Groom Fact: He is a Words with Friends champion.

Honeymoon Destination: The Florida Keys

Vendor Credits: Officiant – The Rev. Dr. Edward O. de Bary (Interesting fact: He married Brandie’s parents 39 years ago and is a family friend) | DJ – Tim Hazell from TJDJ Music | Florist – Ashley Jordan Florist | Cake – The Cupcake Collection in Nashville, TN | Caterer – Simply Delicious | Hair – Courtney Difluvio from Urban Edge Salon | Makeup – Dawn Hicks, family friend | Coordinator – Beth Lewis, friend | Landscaping Flowers- Coley Bunch Nursery