Our {Imperfect} Wedding Day – and What I Learned From It

Well friends, it’s official. I’m a married woman as of September 25 – just call me Mrs. Moore! My wedding day was the most incredible day of my life – and I’m sharing all the juicy details about our vendors and experience in today’s post!

The Vendors 

I was adamant about planning my own wedding and having my hands in every part of the process – and let me tell you, it’s like having a second full-time job. Because I didn’t have a wedding planner, everything was up to me, Brandon and my parents (quick shout-out to them for literally being THE BEST parents in the world, allowing us to have a beautiful wedding and for simply putting up with me during the planning process) – hours and hours of research, reading hundreds of reviews, sending countless emails, meeting with vendors, establishing and maintaining a budget and everything in between. I kept praying that God would lead me to the right vendors, and oh my gosh did He deliver! Seriously, it’s like He hand picked everyone involved in our big day and handed them to me on a silver platter. Yes, it took some time, but I could not be happier with the people we chose to share our wedding day with us.

Where do I even start with our venue? Little River Farms is one of the most perfect places I’ve ever seen, and I’m so thankful I randomly found it on The Knot weeks after getting engaged. It was the only place we visited when we were searching for venues – it was everything I was looking for, I was sold, and nothing else could compare. The farm tables, the amazing reception hall with the most insane natural light, the lake, the trees, the bridal suite, the farm house. Everything about this place is breathtaking.

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I worked with Libby from Amanda Jewel Floral & Design on my bouquets, floral arrangements, table settings and overall design of my wedding, and she did such an incredible job. She took my vague vision and turned it into the most amazing reality, which was the perfect blend of bohemian, rustic and classic. These girls know what they’re doing!

Photographer
If I could use one word to describe Brittany Anderson of Brittany Rae Photography, it would be talented. I mean, is there really any other way to describe her? She’s truly an amazing photographer and an equally amazing person. She’s one of those people who can make the most shy, self-conscious person feel completely comfortable and actually good in front of the camera, and that’s a true gift.

 

 

 

Caterers
Event Wise Catering made my wedding day so easy. They went above and beyond the typical duties of a caterer by helping me coordinate everything from the food itself to linens and the overall flow of the night. They took care of me and my groom all night, bringing us bites to eat, drinks, cake – everything we wanted. The food was SO GOOD, but the service was even better.

Confection Perfection in Marietta made our beautiful cake – it tasted just as good as it looked. They made my sister’s cake for her wedding as well!

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We used Complete Weddings & Events for our DJ services. Rich was our DJ, and he did such a great job getting people out on the dance floor! He was also super flexible and accommodated all of our requests (in addition to answering my 10 million emails before the big day).

Coordinator
Although I planned my wedding, Christine Meyer of MeyerMe Events was our day-of (really, month-of) coordinator. She. is. amazing. Detailed timelines, floor plans, setup and tear down – she helped with it all and made sure our wedding day ran smoothly.

Yes, I’m that weird bride who opted not to be pampered on her big day. But as a lover of makeup and hair (and a total control freak), I wanted to get myself ready to walk down the aisle. While I did my own hair and makeup, Bombshell Creations did hair and makeup for my girls, and they did such a great job. This picky bride was happy!

Dress 
I thought wedding dress shopping was going to be the death of me. It took me over two months to find a prom dress my senior year of high school, so I expected similar or worse results when searching for a wedding dress. God came through again, though – I went to Adore Bridal Boutique in Kennesaw, tried on two dresses and immediately fell in love with my dress by Watters. SO EASY! By the way, if you’re in the Kennesaw area and are getting married soon, pay Adore a visit – literally the nicest and most helpful ladies ever!

The Imperfect 
You knew this was coming, right? When you’re planning a wedding, everyone always tells you to prepare for things to go wrong the day-of. There are so many pieces to a wedding puzzle that something is bound to be less than ideal, so it’s important to prepare yourself mentally for such possibilities. The day you’ve been dreaming of your entire life and planning for over a year will have some hiccups, but at the end of the day you get to marry the love of your life, and that’s really all that matters.

My wedding day wasn’t perfect – but don’t get me wrong, it was pretty dang close. Little things went wrong. It was hot (93 degrees to be exact). People we wanted to be there couldn’t make it. I was a big ball of anxiety most of the day. But what I learned more than anything through the whole experience was to just trust God. He had been telling me all along that He was going to take care of it all – and He did. All of my stress, worry and anxiety was washed away as I was walking down the aisle, and I’ve never felt His presence more than I did in that moment.

My advice to any of you planning a wedding: Don’t strive for perfect on your wedding day, or even in your marriage. Those little details you’re stressing out about? Chances are you and your guests won’t even notice them. Enjoy the wedding planning process and your engagement season, but most of all enjoy the day you’ve been waiting for your entire life – take time to take it all in. Love on your groom. Remind your family and friends how much their love and support means to you. Most importantly, thank God every step of the way and trust His provision.

My wedding day wasn’t perfect, but it was a dream come true – and at the end of the day I was married to my soulmate, best friend and perfect complement. Keep your eyes on the prize, ladies, and enjoy the ride!

6 Replies to “Our {Imperfect} Wedding Day – and What I Learned From It”

  1. You’re wedding was flawless. And I’m so in love with your photography! (I’m still having some issues with my person)

    So proud to call you a friend!

    1. autumn_brannan@yahoo.com says: Reply

      Thank you, Kaitlyn! Brittany did such a great job. Love you so much!

  2. Autumn, that was just as BEAUTIFUL as you are…inside and out! Your wedding day was exactly what it was meant to be…hiccups and all! God definitely had His hand on your day and will continue to bless your marriage to His pick of your perfect soulmate…my son. I couldn’t be prouder of you both nor prouder to call you my “daughter”!!!

    1. autumn_brannan@yahoo.com says: Reply

      Thank you, Denise! That’s so sweet of you. I couldn’t agree more – it was as close to perfect as it could get! Love you!

  3. Such a great article! You looked gorgeous on your wedding day. Congratulations. Keep blogging!

    1. autumn_brannan@yahoo.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much Michelle, and thank you for reading!

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