Not many weddings stop me in my tracks and take my breath away but this wedding with a stunning plus size bride, right here, did just that. Rebekah Wright Photography did a fabulous job capturing all the details and amazement of this wedding. This is literally exactly how a farm vintage chic wedding should look, it truly is amazing!!
Kelli Jo & Kyle
August 9, 2014
Wedding Colors: Rose, Celadon, Gold, and Ivory
How did the two of you meet? We initially met online (OkCupid) but didn’t fall in love with one another until we met in person over a hockey game at Hard Times Café in Fairfax, VA.
Describe your engagement: Kyle surprised me! I thought we were interviewing for a foster puppy, but instead, we were being filmed for participation in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Dream Wedding Giveaway! Watch the video here!
The weather on your wedding was: Overcast. It drizzled light rain until 8:30 AM (two hours before the wedding), which made everyone nervous, but then it stopped! The sun came out, and it was a beautiful day! Praise the Lord!
Describe your wedding flowers: I LOVE FLOWERS! We had Pink Roses, Peach Cabbage Roses, White Spray Roses, Peach Dahlias, White Cala Lilies, Peach Snapdragons, White Astilbe, Green Hypernicum Berries, White Hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland, Dusty Miller, Succulents, White Daisies, and Baby’s Breath.
Your advice for other plus size brides: Do NOT worry about your batwings (arm flab). We all have it, even the skinny girls…and on that day, everyone will be focused on your beautiful smile, your gorgeous dress, and your new marriage. Your happiness will make you the most stunning bride!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our grandmothers were our flower girls! Since all four of our grandmothers are still living, it was important they play a big role in our day, as they play a huge role in our lives! We were so blessed they accepted, and they did a great job—they stole the show! J
The most unique element of the day: That’s a three way tie—either the “tying the knot” ceremony, our first shot together (in lieu of a first look), or the wedding dunk tank (instead of a dollar dance, guests contributed dollars toward the person they most wanted to see in the dunk tank).
Your first dance song: “When You Got a Good Thing” by Lady Antebellum
Describe your DIY décor, if any: My family worked tirelessly to make over 300 yards of bunting (including floral material, burlap, and lettered sections), more than 20 signs, the wedding altar (two doors and an antique chandelier), the cake backdrop (three doors and a floral wreath), and a custom cross.
The thing that we would have done differently is? Looking back, I wish I had made copies of all the documents we sent to our vendors ahead of time (e.g. specific photos we wanted, specific songs we chose) so that when they forgot their lists, I didn’t have to try to remember things that day. I also wish I had remembered to put the labels on our personalized decks of cards we passed out!
If we could have spend our wedding dollars differently, we would have: CHANGED NOTHING. We spent on our money on what was most important to us—our food, our flowers and décor, and our favors. We wanted our guests to enjoy themselves.
Describe your wedding cake: We had a traditional (but rustic) 3-tier almond cake with buttercream icing adorned with fresh flowers in addition to almond sugar cookies, macaroons, red velvet cupcakes, mint brownies, and mini key lime pies.
Describe your menu and your favorite part: We offered custom brunch, including made-to-order omelettes, pancakes and waffles with assorted toppings, and prime rib.
Describe any unique aspects of the beverages you served: We served mimosas, sangria, tea, and lemonade in mason jars! We also offered bottled beer and canned soda.
Three adjectives that describe the day: Unique, God-centered, Fun
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage? We have been surprised how easy it’s been. I guess we cheated by living together before we married, but the changes—the transition to “us” thinking—hasn’t been too big a challenge. We start and end each day together, and we never go to bed angry!
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