With all this snow so many of us have gotten. It was so exciting and refreshing to get this wedding. I just love the soft colors, it reminds me that winter won’t last forever. But I think the one thing that I love the most is the huge spiritual presence through out the wedding, from the sweet pre-wedding prayers shared between the groom and bride and the prayers between all the bridal parties. It’s amazing!
Lyndssey and JT
How did the two of you meet? In Lyndssey’s dorm room in 2011 for a game night with all of their roomates. We were both attending Mercer University in Macon, GA.
Describe your engagement: Our engagement was a day long affair filled with preparation, excitement, family, and friends. Through handwritten letters J.T. led Lyndssey to a beautiful fountain in downtown Macon where he asked her to marry him.
Memories and Stories about the Day: The groom’s favorite moment was when he and Lyndssey exchanged letters in the small library of the church where they got married. They spent time prior to the wedding day crafting intimate letters, and without seeing each other, they read their letters allowed and shared an intimate moment before the ceremony began.
The bride’s favorite memory was during the ceremony when they took communion together. It was such a beautiful, sweet, and tender moment to celebrate the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness.
Your advice for other plus size brides: Purchase a wedding dress that makes you feel beautiful! Don’t do too much looking at dresses online – get in there and try them on yourselves. The wedding dresses that I thought I LOVED online (aka on the super tiny, super tall models) turned out to be horrible on my 5 foot 3 inch curvy figure. I also wish that I had gotten my measurements prior to purchasing my dress so I would know what size to purchase. Apparently I was in between sizes when I went in and the stylist ordered me the lower end of that size. If ever given the option – go larger! You would much rather have your dress trimmed down to your size rather than let out. Trust me. It’s way less stressful and much less expensive!
Personal or handmade details: We had handmade save the dates, invitations, programs, and signage by the groom. The groom’s father created the centerpieces for our reception tables. The bride’s family boiled 20 gallons of peanuts as our wedding favors.
The thing that we would have done differently is? We both agree now that we would have included catering in our plans from the beginning. Originally we planned to keep the reception plans low key with both of our families contributing items for everyone to snack on since we were having an early afternoon wedding. Eventually, we learned that the logistics for coordinating this were a little too overwhelming and frustrating. Eventually we nixed those plans and turned to catering. We’re so glad that we did!
If we could have spend our wedding dollars differently, we would have: If we had room in the budget we would have hired a guitarist to play all of the songs at the wedding and the reception. We both love hearing our favorite songs stripped down to just a guitar and the lyrics. Some of our friends were initially going to play for us but were unable to learn the songs we wanted to have played.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage? Bride – I’m constantly surprised by J.T.’s attentive nature. Of course I noticed it when we were dating/engaged, but spending so much time together I’ve really grown to appreciate and love that more about him. Whether it’s taking out the trash or setting up a bubble bath for me after a long day of work, he truly showers with me love.
Groom – I’ve been surprised with how quickly we have adapted to living together. We both spent a lot of time in college taking care of ourselves and doing our own thing, but we have quickly come to rely on each other. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that someone constantly has your interests at heart, and that you feel the same about them.
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Vendor Love: Photographer: Blair Toombs Wedding Photography | Invitations & Calligraphy: Self-made by J.T. | Bride’s Attire: Allure Bridal, Style Number: 9124 from White Weddings | Florals: Bloom Theory Studio | Bridesmaids Attire: Harsuccthing on Etsy | Groom’s Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear from House of Hines (Steel Grey Ceremonia)