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Elise & Paul’s Classic Garden Inspired Wedding

Elise & Paul from The Film Poets on Vimeo.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Paul and I met in high school. I first remember him from the lunchroom when he walked up to ask my best friend to the homecoming dance. He doesn’t remember me being there, but I definitely was. We started talking sophomore year during an algebra class that we shared. We made it official on May 23, 2008, and six years later we found ourselves getting married on May 24, 2014. 

How did he propose? I’m not easy to surprise, so Paul knew his proposal would have to be well thought out. It took a couple white lies, but he got me to his parents’ house and surprised me with a dinner on their back porch. It was set up exactly like our first, and my favorite, valentines date in that same spot. After a delicious dinner Paul went in to get dessert. He secretly got the ring while he was inside, and next thing I know, he was on one knee proposing! I was so surprised; Paul had a hard time understanding me through all my tears. Our families were anxiously awaiting the phone call at my parents’ house to come celebrate with us. It was a perfect night!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I think our vendors are what made the entire wedding planning process so easy and fun. Our wedding planner, Ginny Au, introduced us to almost all of our vendors who worked so well together. From the moment I met Ginny, I felt confident and comfortable with all of her ideas. Our calligrapher, Holly Hollon, was so personal and easy to work with. The way she designed our save-the-dates and invitations fit our style so perfectly that we were looking for different ways to incorporate her work in our wedding day. Our photographer, Mandy Busby, and filmographers, Matt and Pacey Harris, did such a wonderful job we don’t even remember them around during the day, but looking back on our pictures and video we are taken back by the way they were able to capture such genuine emotion. 

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I have so many favorite parts! I think if I had to pick only one, I would choose the moment I put on my wedding dress. I was keeping it a surprise from my friends, so I had my mom help me get into it. I loved seeing the reaction of all my bridesmaids when they saw it for the first time, but nothing prepared me for the first time I saw my dad. It’s hard to explain the emotions that we felt. I’m so thankful for the pictures and video so that I can relive those moments. 

What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding? Paul and I chose not to see each other before the ceremony. Although  we always thought we would have a first look before the ceremony, our thoughts on the idea changed throughout the planning process. Ginny and Mandy both encouraged us to save the first look for when I walked down the isle. It wasn’t as private as a first look would have been, but looking back we’re so thankful we followed through with this tradition. It’s a memory filled with so much emotion that we’ll never forget.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Instead of a first look, Paul and I met around a door to talk and exchange wedding day gifts before the ceremony. I remember feeling so nervous and giddy. I think this stands out as the most memorable because it was the last moment we shared together before becoming husband and wife.

CREDITS :: Planning and Design, Ginny Au | Photography, Mandy Busby | Venue, Cathedral Church of the Advent and BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft | Flowers, Cloth of Gold | Paper and Calligraphy, Holly Hollon | Mr. & Mrs. Signs, Script Merchant Calligraphy | Cake, Dreamcakes | Bridesmaids Dresses, Bella Bridesmaids | Videography, The Film Poets

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