Jake and I were married on January 17, 2009. We wanted to have a wedding that would kick-start the exciting period of time that marriage is - the rest of our life. We wanted a celebration, to be surrounded by our friends and families that had supported us (and will support us in times to come), to have a service deeply rooted in the traditions of the Episcopal church, and to have a good time.
I made this inspiration board as a place to collect ideas:
We had a 7pm service with Eucharist at our church (Calvary Episcopal), followed by cake and champagne with passed hors d'oeuvres in our Great Hall. There was a jazz trio and people mingled, catching up and talking. We loved being able to have a cocktail type hour where we could just visit with people and enjoy their company. After that, we rode the trolley down to the Center for Southern Folklore. We had a buffet of our favorite southern foods like chicken tenders, fried pickles, and other goodies, a band, the groom's cake, and a bar. That party was a lot of fun - there was a lot of dancing, drinking, and talking. My color scheme for the wedding was champagne and raspberry with hints of chocolate and evergreen. The bridesmaid dresses were cocktail dresses from Banana Republic (to the left are my two maids of honor in their dresses) and my dress was from Ballew Bridal here in Memphis. Our flowers were done by Gesture's and our photography was done by Sara Beth Raab at Southern Design Studio (all the pictures below are hers).
We danced through the night with our family and friends before retiring to our room at the Peabody Hotel, a gift from Jake's parents for our "minimoon." We spent Saturday and Sunday night there and had a great time enjoying our downtown Memphis attractions. We took in a show at the Orpheum, had a fancy dinner, and ran around in the (surprisingly) nice January weather.