When Love Comes At Last
Each wedding and each bride has their own story. Some are shared and some not. The wedding of Pam and Todd is one of second chances of sorts. A story of when you wait – and wait for love….and wonder if it will ever come your way. It is a wonderful story of when love comes at last.
Pam met with me months before her wedding date to discuss handling her decorating and coordinating details. This woman oozes southern gentile and charm – she just does. Her southern accent adds to that image too! She did modeling in her younger years but to look at her on wedding day – she could still dabble in that again if she wanted too. She was an organized professional woman who knew some key elements of what she wanted…and color – these rich bright colors were a key element to creating this vision she had.
Several conversations later with the florist Tami (Flowers by Tami) – we came up with a consensus on the flower choices. Adding all of the daisies and mixing in some anemones gave this flux of colors a very bright intense but spring look. It really turned out stunning and a masterpiece of color infusions. Mixing all of these colors with a table decor that suited her was an evolution as well. She loved candles – rustic chunky ones – and lace too in order to create that magic “romantic rustic chic” effect. Todd, the groom, loved to hunt and fish – so when I suggested adding antlers to some of the tables – Pam jumped at the idea. Somehow it all comes together and works…..and let’s the groom know that we were planning this day for him as well!
Pam works in the movie industry so she thought it would be cute to create a polaroid photo station. All of my old cameras help to make the backdrop cute plus it gave an opportunity for Pam to display her various movie badges from some of the movies she has worked on. I even brought out a pitchfork and my husbands garden hat. It made for some cute props!….and for a very memorable photo sign in keep-sake for Pam and Todd.
The ceremony was under the canopy of the grove. The vows were very purposeful and meaningful Pam made sure that the kiss was unforgettable. One thing that Pam and Todd did “right after being announced as Mr. and Mrs.” was very unique and I loved it. They stood still – and did not rush back down the aisle. The music was cued with the song “A Thousand Years.” As it played…they stood there and relished the moment – the moment that they had been waiting for – for so long. Pam even half sang half whispered some of the words to the song to Todd as they stood there. The crowd was in tears as we sat there as we knew we were witnessing something special – something magical.
Todd loves to fish. Pam asked if there was a way to infuse his fishing interests “somewhere in my decorating plans.” I must admit – this was a first for such a request…..but…..fishing gear – I got that. My husband is a fishing nut so I had rods and reels, tackle boxes full of lures, minnow buckets and cricket cages, so….this is what I came up with. “The Catch of a Lifetime – Pam and Todd” gift station. Todd kept eyeing all of the vintage lures that were in the tackle box and “hooked” into the fishing straw hat.
Todd was a gem as well. A very handsome guy who had never married until that day. He beamed the entire day. No second thoughts only pure delight. It showed all over his face. And I heard so many nice and complimentary things people had to say about Todd – his character, his work ethic, his deep family ties, his friendships.
Another unique trend that Pam agreed to – one that we have seen more of this year. Instead of having a head table on the stage – with bride and groom or maybe even with the whole bridal party….we are seeing where the bride has their sweetheart table on the main floor encircled by their guests instead of exalted and up on stage. It gave such warmth to the occasion as many friends and family gave speeches and well-wishes to the family after dinner.
Here are a few other worthy photos to showcase – all photos by Candace Gentry Photography. Thanks so much for sharing these with us.
And…one of the perks (yes – yes – so many to choose from)…one of the perks to hiring me as Day of Coordinator is that I can whisk you off in my golf cart to places around the farm so your photographer can have a field day taking some amazing shots in some unique places.
The evening was topped off with a bonfire, smores, sparkler send off, and a Royals Royce get-a-way! It was a fun filled day for all….and very memorable for me.