Grace and Harry had been classmates since 6th grade but did not officially connect until their sophomore year high school when their lockers were next to each other.   They were high school sweethearts and although Grace went to college in Maine and Harry went to college in California, the two stayed close and dated long distance. Finally, during their senior year of college, they met “halfway.” Harry proposed to Grace in front of the Chicago Tower with a bespoke ring that featured diamonds from his mother and both grandmothers.

The pair got married in Alabama, the heart of their hometown, on Jul 22, 2017.  The wedding colors were green, white and light brown.

Grace tells us about some personal and unique touches that were incorporated in the wedding.

We incorporated several family traditions, such as my paternal grandparents’ cake topper and toasting glasses from their wedding. To cut our cake, we used a sword that Harry’s paternal grandfather, a World War II naval officer, received for being 1 of 6 honor graduates in his midshipman course. I narrowly avoided stabbing Harry with the sword in front of everyone, as it suddenly bolted upward as we unsheathed it!

We had a painter live paint our first dance. It was neat to have her capture this special moment between us, as well as parts of our venue. Our guests also loved watching her progress on the piece throughout the night and it’s a wonderful keepsake! Our favorite part of the wedding was definitely the dancing! We also loved using the sword to cut our wedding cake – it was a really special moment, especially for Harry.

We both wanted a classic, timeless look. Harry wore a standard black tuxedo with a black cummerbund and a black bow tie that he tied himself. It was the same tuxedo that he wore to our high school proms and a debutante ball that I participated in. His groomsmen wore matching black tuxedos. I wore a silk crepe Romona Keveza Collection gown. It was a halter and mermaid style, with a beautiful lace and beaded open back. I added more length to the train and wore chapel-length veil with lace on the edges. I complemented my look with my paternal grandmother’s pearl choker. I also wore dangling earrings and a matching bracelet. My shoes were white heeled sandals with glitter on the heel. In my shoe I also had a sixpence my paternal grandmother gave to me for good luck.

Grace’s uncle is head florist at Thibodeaux’s Floral Studio in New Orleans, so she enlisted his help to create the florals for the wedding.   ”I instilled all of my trust in his artistic capabilities! For the ceremony, we kept the flowers traditional, with displays by the alter, on the pews, and hung wreaths on the church’s doors. However, in the reception our flowers were the display piece of the night. Our reception was at the Events at Haven, a former industrial and automotive operating facility. It features beautiful brick walls with a few urban touches, but otherwise it’s a blank canvas. We had flowers framing the main room’s entrance, floral chandeliers over the bars, flowers as centerpieces, and flowers outlining the band’s stage. The flowers added a touch a softness to the urban setting.”

During her planning, Grace found inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest. Her favorite part of the wedding was her flowers, which her uncle created. She also loved using family heirlooms like their cake topper and knives. She really enjoyed getting a sense of incorporating the old with the new.

In terms of advice for couples getting married, Grace definitely recommends hiring a wedding planner. “They not only help you, but also make your wedding better,” she says. “The wedding planning (and day of) experience would have been so much more stressful if we didn’t have (planner) Ashley and her team.”

Advice for fellow Coordinated Brides?

I would highly recommend soon to be brides to consider having a videographer. The wedding day flies by and can sometimes be a total blur. It is wonderful to have videos of the entire day to re-watch. If able to, I would also recommend hiring a wedding planner. Having a wedding planner eased much of the wedding stresses, and especially made the wedding day better and more enjoyable! I would have not been able to make my day look the way it did, and have it run smoothly, without our wedding planner. My last piece of advice would be to just enjoy the day!

Vendor Collaboration

PR Rep: OFD Consulting LLC // Makeup Artist: Rawwbeauty Makeup Artistry // Dress Store: The White Room Bridal Salon // Dress Store: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique // Cinema and Video: Holloway Productions // Equipment Rentals: Special Events // Equipment Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited // Band: The Atlanta Showstoppers // Design and Decor: PropHouse Birmingham // Lighting: AG Lighting // Floral Designer: Thibodeaux’s Floral Studio // Second Shooter: Kelli & Daniel Taylor Photography // Invitation Designer: The Scribbler // Cake Designer: Barb’s Cakes, llc // Cake Designer: Olexa’s Catering Inc // Event Designer: Kathy G and Company // Event Planner: Magnolia Vine Events // Reception Venue: The Haven // Photographer: Kelli & Daniel Taylor Photography //
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