It's about time, but not too late. After a pleasant run-in with Mitch's mother today, it occurred to me that my first wedding REALLY should be the focus of my first blog post. It was just that wonderful and monumental.
June 6, 2015 was like any typical Southern summer day - it was sunny and scorching hot outside. However, that fact did not affect the smiles and attitude of this sweet couple in the least. This literally was the day the Lord had made, and they were going to rejoice and be glad in it. And rejoice they did!
Lindy and her precious bridesmaids got ready at the Heritage House - a picturesque Victorian home built in 1907, and conveniently located just down the road from the Church.
Her bridesmaids were all adorned in the cutest floral blue nightgowns. Talk about being adorable, comfortable, and functional - a "win, win" in my book for a Southern day! Before Lindy put on her amazing tulle, ball-gown style wedding dress - Lindy surprised everyone by putting on her mother's own wedding gown. This sweet moment is actually one of my favorite images of the day. Thank you to Eric & Jamie Photography for capturing these two so perfectly!
Get ready to grab your nearest handkerchief (because that is what any good Southerner has in their pocket or purse, instead of tissue), because the next image is oh so sweet as pie.
Girls who have been blessed to have an older brother know that such a relationship is special in more than one way. It's not just that this is a blood-relation; this is the boy who you first followed around; who first teased you and then immediately said he was sorry; who was way too protective on your first date, and who you honestly have wrapped around your finger. Lindy is blessed enough to have two such older brothers who love her so deeply that their first look with her won a national photography contest.
Well, it came time for the first look with Mitch; and let's just say that pure perfection happened. But, let's step back a minute. I had the privilege of attending Lindy + Mitch's rehearsal dinner the night before, and it was overwhelming to hear how beautifully God had interwoven their stories. Lindy is the creator and owner of a local organization aimed at teaching life and social skills and providing continuing education to adults with developmental disabilities. Mitch is a teacher and coach of students with special needs. They are both so passionate about their professions and when their paths finally crossed - it was only a matter of time before these two fell in love.
They chose the inside of Branch Cove Christ Church for their first look (and ceremony), and what resulted was a culmination of refined beauty and class. Delicate and natural floral arrangements by the talented Alabama florist, Ricky Whitley, were a welcome addition to the already gorgeous chapel, and traditional bouquets of white hydrangeas and blush roses accented the eggshell blue bridesmaid dresses ideally.
Lindy and Mitch invited several of their students to also partake in the ceremony as honorary bridesmaids and groomsmen. And to say that Lindy's flower girl was absolutely adorable would be the understatement of the century!
As Lindy walked down the aisle of the packed-out chapel, there were only happy tears and big smiles for the soon to be husband and wife. The service was moving and focused on Lindy and Mitch's mutual love for the Lord and each other.
The reception began with a bang as over 400 guests filed out of the Church and into the courtyard and reception hall. Wood-fired pizza, cooked onsite, was immediately consumed; as were the desserts of ice cream, apple pie, and wedding cake (talk about a stunning cake, right?! The beauty below was created by Kim Wiggins of Cakes by Kim).
The guests danced the night away and celebrated the amazing duo that is Lindy + Mitch. When the happy couple made their grand exit to a never-ending line of sparklers, there was a roar of cheering that was sure to be heard a mile away.
Vendor Love for the following:
Venue: Christ Church at Branch Cove | Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography | Florals: Ricky Whitley | Pizza: Earth & Stone | Pies and Cake: Cakes by Kim | Ice Cream Cart: Bruster's | Linens: Decor to Adore | Dress: Diane's Formal Affair | Hair: Whitney Adkins | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids Inc.