{Bespoken Bride} Meet Katherine

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Happy Monday, friends! Today I want to introduce you to Katherine. She and Brandon are getting married in September at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, SC. She has such a kind spirit, and I am so looking forward to their beautiful wedding!

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

How did you and Brandon meet? How long have you known each other? We met in nursing school through our mutual friend, Heather. We had several classes together but never actually met until Heather and I were in a group project together. We ended up hitting it off, and the rest is history, all thanks to our friend Heather!

Where do guys like to go on your dates? We both like trying new restaurants, going out on our boat on the lake and playing with our French Bulldog, Lucy.

What is your favorite restaurant or type of food? Sushi

Complete this sentence: We go together like _______. peanut butter and jelly

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

When did you know he was "the one"? Did he know before you knew? We took a trip to Gulf Shores which is where a lot of Brandon's family is from, and ironically I used to vacation there with my family growing up. We rented a small house and took our dogs and spent time with Brandon's family going to the beach, going out to eat and going to bars at night. It was honestly such a fun trip; I think it made us both realize that our relationship was special.

How did he propose? Were you surprised? Brandon proposed to me on his birthday by saying that there would only be one thing that would make his birthday better this year. I was very surprised because we had talked about getting engaged, and we had several big trips coming up that I thought he would propose on. When I told Brandon this, he said that he just couldn't wait, and he wanted to make it more special and intimate.

When and where are you two getting married? What made you decide to get married here? We are getting married at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, SC in September. We both liked the idea of an outside wedding in the fall, and the farm was a perfect choice.

What colors are you using for your wedding? Mixtures of light grey, dark grey, white and mint green.

Describe your wedding in three words. rustic, romantic and a celebration

How would you describe the style of your wedding? The style I would say is going to be rustic chic. Our ceremony is going to be outside under the big oak tree with the reception being inside the barn. I want our guests to have fun so we have a great DJ, amazing food, a photo booth, and open bar. My bridesmaids are wearing long dresses that are all a shade of mint green.

What are your top 3 must-haves for your wedding? Beautiful ceremony, great food, the perfect dress

What is your favorite wedding blog or magazine? I have really liked The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? I have really just loved everything so far. I used to dream of what my wedding would be like when I was younger, so it has been really amazing to actually go through this process with my dream man.

Are you guys going on a honeymoon? Where? Why did you choose this location? What are you going to do? We are going to Mexico for our honeymoon, and I am so excited. I left the honeymoon up to Brandon, and I just told him I wanted to go lay on a beach somewhere warm and drink cocktails.

What are you most excited about in your marriage? I am most excited about doing the small everyday things together, growing old together, and being with my best friend.

If you could give any future bride one piece of advice, what would you tell her? Just to soak up every moment of your engagement, it goes by so fast!

Thanks, Katherine!!! I cannot wait until September!!!

Jennifer + Ryan

Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography

Jennifer contacted me a few months ago about her wedding at the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville, SC. After talking to her for even just a few moments, I knew that we were going to be a great fit for each other...and I knew her wedding was going to be beautiful.

Jennifer is a poised and kind Southern girl, and Ryan is a classy Southern gentleman. The two of them were made for each other. I came in to organize and direct her wedding ceremony, and it was the most heartfelt ceremony I've ever witnessed. Ryan and Jennifer not only sincerely love each other, but also have clearly touched many lives as evidenced by the happy tears their family and friends shed while watching their ceremony. Thank you guys for allowing me to be a part of your special day! 

Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
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Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography

Vendors:

{Vendor Love} Oysters XO

Recently, Michael with Oysters XO reached out to me, and we chatted for a little bit about what they offer and how they can best serve brides and grooms. And since oyster roasts and oyster rehearsal dinners are becoming more and more popular, I wanted to share a little about Oysters XO and this unique catering experience with all of you.

Located in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Toronto, Monterrey, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and Charleston, they are offering a truly unique culinary experience all over the country for weddings and other events. Don't worry - they'll come to the Upstate, too ;)

Their Oyster Girls and Oyster Guys move among your guests while shucking and serving high-quality oysters. They dress in outfits that are tailored to each event and serve oysters from the buckets that hang around their waists. While the Oyster Girls and Oyster Guys are mingling with your guests, the staff in the back-of-the-house takes care of the chilling of the oysters, the crushed iced, and all preparations so the servers are fully stocked and equipped to roam the room. The oysters are Premium East and West Coast Oysters straight from the oyster farms. Think of it as a mobile raw bar. 

This would be a great service and experience for your Rehearsal Dinner, Cocktail Hour, or Reception! If you're interested in talking to Michael, let me know, and I'll put you in touch!

Bespoken Intern: Meet Emily

Emily came on board as Bespoken's first intern back in March. She has been steadily working over the past few months, and is wrapping up her internship soon. Before she leaves, I wanted you to get to know her a little better :)

Where are you from? I was born in Albany, GA but my parents moved to Greenville when I was 3, and I have lived here ever since!

What do you love most about weddings?  There are so many things that I love about weddings- the families, the music and dancing, the gowns, the decorations… I could go on and on, but my favorite part from what I’ve experienced so far is the joy that everyone has, especially the grooms. The soon-to-be husbands are always so excited and nervous and in love; it gives me happy tears everytime.

What's your major (or what do you hope to do once you are out of college)?  As of right now, I am majoring in Business Economics and International Affairs. And I’m not saying this because I have to, but I would love to do some sort of event planning or marketing after college. Who knows, maybe even wedding planning :)

What's currently your favorite book?  I haven’t had time to read many books other than my textbooks this semester, so I don't have a new book that I’m loving at the moment. My all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, and then I can always get down with some Harry Potter books.

What's your favorite food?  Carbs... specifically bread! Oh and any of my grandma’s Italian cooking!

What are your summer plans?  This summer I am so excited to be interning at the Bon Secour Wellness Arena in the production management department! I am also a bridesmaid in a wedding in Charleston, which I cannot wait for! After that I am spending a few days at a St. Jude Conference in Memphis and then a week at the beach!

What are you most grateful for right now?  I am so grateful for my family. College is tough and exhausting, and they have been there for me every day, encouraging me and picking me up when I am down. They are constantly helping me, supporting me, loving me, and feeding me, and I could not be more thankful!

Thanks, Emily! I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and having you by my side this spring! 

Navigating Wedding Roles: The Whole Team

When it comes to planning your wedding, there will be so many people with so many opinions, but when it comes down to it, you have a team of people who matter and who will be involved - in some capacity - in your wedding planning process. It's important for you to know who is on your wedding planning team and what role each person plays.

Today we are starting our Navigating Wedding Roles series. Over the next few weeks, we are going to break down the roles of each person on your wedding planning team, but before we do that, let's talk about who is on your team and how everyone can prepare.

WHO IS ON YOUR WEDDING PLANNING TEAM?

Besides your wedding planner, photographer, florist, and all other vendors and creative partners, your wedding planning team may consist of some or all of the following:

  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Bride's Parents
  • Groom's Parents
  • Stepparents
  • Grandparents
  • Maid/Matron of Honor
  • Best Man

So how can this team prepare for the wedding planning process?

HOW TO PREPARE FOR WEDDING PLANNING

Get to know each other. Like any good team, you're going to operate best if you know each other well. You don't necessarily have to develop a close relationship with everyone, but at least develop a friendly one. Make it your goal to get to the point where everyone is able to call or email each other with comfort.

Get to know the new family. Pay attention to conversations. Start familiarizing yourself with the people you may meet at showers or at your rehearsal dinner and wedding. You don't have to memorize specifics, but at least try to remember names and relationships (i.e., Jennifer, marketing executive, lives in Atlanta, married to David).

Go to the gym. Exercise is so beneficial in many ways, and if you're staying active, not only will you look great for the wedding, but you'll relieve a lot of stress.

Schedule wedding planning time. Be intentional with your calendar. Everyone is busy. Rather than scrambling at the last minute to get everything done, be sure to schedule in some wedding planning time each week. And stick to those little appointments :)

Make salon appointments.  Whether it's a massage, facial, mani/pedi, or a haircut, a little pampering never hurt anyone. If you're wanting to try out a new haircut or new color, now's the time to do it...not 3 weeks before the wedding.

Get together and talk about nonwedding stuff, too. Please do not let every conversation you have be centered around the wedding. Make it a point to have dinner with your parents, or FaceTime them, to catch up and NOT talk about wedding. And be sure to declare at least one night a week with your fiance a "wedding free" night, where you're not allowed to talk about the wedding :)

What other tips do you have?

Special thanks to Emily Post for these tips!