Lately, we have made no secret that we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of fall. Can you blame us? Each year, fall brings us not only a beautiful change of seasons, but also a host of weddings styled as crisply as the autumnal air. Kate and John’s elegant affair last October is no exception. This couple couldn’t have been sweeter; they were so full of love for one another and appreciation for those surrounding them that it spilled over and filled every nook and cranny of their wedding day. The result was a gorgeous, classic outdoor wedding in a sophisticated monochromatic palette.
The bride and groom exchanged vows surrounded by meaningful parts of the bride’s “history”. There is always something so magical about watching someone enter the next chapter of their life, while honoring the path that brought them there. Kate and John’s ceremony was held in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church, the church where she spent her childhood and youth. Kate’s group of bridesmaids was comprised almost all long-time friends—whose friendships dated back to her middle and high school days. They looked lovely in elegant long grey chiffon gowns with a wrap-style top and sweetly shirred cap sleeves. Kate wore a timeless looking, simple column gown with a lace overlaid bodice. Scalloped lace edging extended from across her chest into chic lace elbow length sleeves (we LOVE the elbow length sleeve for fall!). Her hair was styled in a tasteful chignon. The bride added a chic grey wrap to her ensemble during the reception. It was both stylish and functional, warding off any chills brought in by the cool November evening air.
After the ceremony, the couple and their crowd kicked off their celebration at the iconic Wyche Pavilion. They did a fantastic job adding subtle decor that made this popular downtown reception spot exactly match the serene tone of her wedding. A pair of wooden barn doors added behind the band and dance floor at the Pavilion and made open air space feel enclosed and intimate. Sheer white panels were hung from every other window, giving soft texture to the exposed brick interior. A lush garland of greenery and cafe string lights were strung from end to end of the tall ceilings. Paired with big leafy ferns in the arched windows, it created a canopy of color and intimacy.
The head table held another of Kate’s special “history” as its centerpiece: her mother’s beautiful heirloom silver candelabra. Other tables were adorned with bud vases holding wisps of green ferns, anemones, and dainty lace edged runners. We have done many weddings at the Wyche Pavilion, and love it for its open-air versatility be it in spring at Molly & John’s or Haley & Kurt’s weddings, or yet another fall fete with Ashley & Zach.
We enjoyed every moment of this lovely wedding—even the unscripted moments! In a funny behind the scenes moment, the couple was presented their marriage license in the courtyard of the church. The courtyard is beautiful, and made for some fantastic pictures of the bridal party after the ceremony. However, it did NOT offer a table on which the happy couple could sign their marriage license on! The minister presented the couple with their license and a pen to make things “legit”, but they had nowhere to bear down to make it official. Thinking on her feet, Alexandra spun around and offered her back as a suitable alternative. Everyone enjoyed a giggle at the makeshift arrangement. Kate and John, thanks for sharing your day with us! For more pictures of the gorgeous details including the funny moment in the courtyard, keep scrolling!
Florist: Dahlia’s :|: Hair & Makeup: Cotton Rogue :|: Photographer: Luke Bugenske
Ceremony | Officiant: First Presbyterian Church :|: Reception: Larkin’s on the River
Ceremony Musicians: John Gentry | Christopher Hutton | Betty Bennett
Catering | Rentals: Larkin’s on the River :|: Band | DJ: The Retreat
I Do Crew: Allie + Corrie