Whitney & Christian Gilliam

Ceremony Location: Lexington, Talon Winery & Vineyards, Kentucky
Wedding Date: May 2009
Wedding Theme: Vineyard

Christian and Whitney met in a small family restaurant in Northeast Tennessee while they were both attending colleges in the area. They dated for a year and then he proposed with a vintage ring at a local park that overlooked the mountains.

They are both pretty casual, relaxed people and they wanted their wedding to reflect that. The couple chose Talon for its gorgeous surroundings and location on the outskirts of Lexington. They also were on a tight budget so they made a lot of their own wedding decorations. Whitney’s mom even made the ceremony decor, which turned out lovely.

A family friend catered a casual dinner of grilled chicken sandwiches, salad, and fruit. They had cheesecake cupcakes topped with kiwi and strawberries for dessert. The caterer used the wine the couple had purchased from Talon to make sangria for the guests. The wedding favors were tree saplings the guests could go home and plant.

The photographer was a friend of Whitney’s, and he did an amazing job capturing the entire wedding party and the awesome venue. The couple got married on Memorial Day and it rained and poured off and on until about 15 minutes before the ceremony, and then it magically stopped just in time!

Whitney and Christian honeymooned in Disney and had a blast! They also mentioned when you are celebrating there, they truly make you feel extra special.

-Photographer: Scott Clark

– Photographer’s website: http://www.dscottclarkphoto.com/

Classic Wedding Church Decor

A lot of classic traditional weddings hold their ceremony in a church. The great thing about having your ceremony in a church is that most churches are beautiful just the way they are, but of course decorations never hurt! Here are some easy tips on how to make your church ceremony beautiful and timeless.

  1. Tulle – one of the cheapest and most beautiful decoration items is tulle. You can drape tool all the way down each side of the pews. You can also stream lights in the tulle to give an extra twinke.
  2. Flowers – After you have decided on your wedding colors purchase flowers that are within your colors and use them as décor throughout the church. You can have flowers in vases at the entrance, hang them on the archways, hang them at the top of each pew right over the tulle, and even sprinkle the pedals down the aisle. You can also place flower pedals in the tulle.
  3. Staircase entrance – You can place a red carpet on the entrance steps to your church ceremony so when guests arrive they will right away get into the wedding spirit.
  4. Candles – Candles always add a warm glow. You can have candles running down the entire isle on each side. For example, you can place a candle at the end of each pew to light your way down the aisle to your special someone.
  5. Altar Décor – A simple, but beautiful idea is to have movable columns at your altar. You can place flowers and candles on each one. You can purchase these at most hobby and craft stores.

Don’t forget to have fun!

xoxo-

WYT

Renee and Jordan Zulkanycz

Ceremony Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Wedding Date: October 2011
Wedding Theme: Fall

Renee was known to be a non romantic girl, but after meeting Jordan that changed very quickly. Their relationship was nothing less than a fairy tale! It was love at first sight to say the least, and for a girl who hated romance “love at first sight” didn’t happen.

So the big day FINALLY came… after the stressful year of planning Renee was so happy for it to be over and for the couple to get back to their normal lives. Somehow against all odds it was the most beautiful day she could have ever wished for. They participated in a KY tradition in hopes to have decent weather, as their wedding was outside the last thing they needed was rain. They “buried the bourbon” meaning you bury a bottle of KY bourbon in KY soil on a day with perfect weather and dig it back up on your wedding day and the weather should match, success! Needless to say their wedding favors were small bottles of Jim Beam! In other hopes of luck Renee has always loved monarch butterflies, so they released those during the ceremony.

After the wedding the couple took off for their wonderful honeymoon in Mexico! They had an amazing honeymoon full of dolphin swimming, zip lining, cave swimming, canoeing, and mojitos! And now after it’s all said and done, Renee feels like she is one lucky girl living happily ever after.

-Photographer: Jessie Kriech-Higdon

-Photographer’s website: http://www.kriech-higdonphoto.com/

Tropical Wedding Tips

Let’s face it.. it’s hard to go wrong with a tropical getaway themed wedding, but anything’s possible. Even a beautiful beach wedding can go wrong, that is why we have a list of some great ideas to make your beach wedding perfect. Here they are:

1. Tropical Wedding Arch- You can actually buy a standard wedding arch at most craft stores between $20-$30, and then you can jazz it up with tulle and tropical flowers. Also, most wedding planning companies have an arch included. If you are traveling to a tropical island- usually either your planner, or the hotel will have an arch for you, and even set it up for you as well. (Make sure you call ahead and ask before you get there.)  If you are doing decorations on your own, here is a video that helps you understand how to decorate your own wedding arch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7slZajgkGU 

2. Tropical Wedding Flowers– You should try to include a tropical wedding bouquet, so when you walk down the beach aisle you will look extra tropical and gorgeous. Also, if you purchase extra flowers you can use them as decoration. For example, you can sprinkle them down your sand aisle, you can place them in vases on the reception tables, you can use them for your bridesmaid’s hair, and if you have a pool on site you can sprinkle some flower pedals in the pool.  Not sure what tropical flowers to pick from? Here are a list of our favorite tropical wedding flowers: Orchids, anthurium, ginger, heliconia, plumeria and last but not least- hibiscus!

3. Tropical Drinks- Whats a tropical wedding without the tropical drinks? After researching many different drink recipies and looking for many lists, we have found a must have drink list for the top ten most popular tropical drinks. Be sure to print this list and give it to your bartender before the wedding, or email it to him or her ahead of time so they can be sure to have the proper ingredients for all of these yummy drinks. From mojitos to bahama mama’s, check the top ten list out here, http://www.whattodrink.com/tropicaldrinks/

4. Beach Wedding Flip Flops– Some couples decide to go barefoot, and some would rather have flip flops. If you do decide to get married barefoot, you may want some flip flops for after the ceremony. You can find cute flip flops almost anywhere, but we found some very special wedding flip flops at David’s Bridal. Prices range from $12.50-45.00, check them out here, http://www.davidsbridal.com/Browse_Accessories-Shoes-Flip-Flops

5. Tropical Bride and Bridesmaid Tote- We love these! These cute totes are perfect as a gift for your bridesmaids. They are perfect because you can have their initials embroidered on the bags, and they can use them while they are at the beach before and after your tropical wedding day. You can also get one for yourself, you are the bride afterall! They are also only $27.95 each, check these cute tote bags out here, http://www.advantagebridal.com/petrtobagret.html

We hope you enjoyed our top 5 must haves for a tropical getaway wedding! Please feel free to add comments, and tell us some of your favorite ideas to pull of the perfect tropical wedding!

xoxo,

WYT Team

Lee Anne and Dylan Benjamin

Ceremony Location: Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Wedding Date: June 2010
Wedding Theme: Tropical Getaway

Lee Anne and Dylan met at a mutual friend’s house one summer before the DMB Concert in Indianapolis, IN. Little did they know that their brief and casual meeting would bloom into a beautiful marriage.

A couple of months after they first met Lee Anne and Dylan kept running into each other in Bloomington while attending Indiana University. They started dating and continued dating throughout college. After college they moved to Portland, Oregon together.

During their stay in Portland they vacationed in Hawaii where Dylan proposed one night on the beach. In planning their wedding the beach seemed to be a perfect theme encompassing the couples personality and their engagement location. Jamaica was decided as their top destination.

The wedding was a week long close family/friend vacation; 30-40 guests. They found three rental houses right on the beach where everyone could stay. The ceremony was held on the beach in front of one of the houses and the reception was held in the garden/pool area of the house. Lee Anne and Dylan honeymooned at the newly opened Secrets Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica. They held a reception back home after the wedding for those who couldn’t make the trip.

-Photographer: Brian Nejedly

-Photographer’s website: http://briandesign.com/

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