Alexa, we're excited to feature your beautiful wedding on the blog today! Thanks for taking time to share with our readers. How would you describe your wedding theme and vibe?
The theme and vibe of the wedding was relaxed and beachy, yet still classy and maybe even a little on the boho side. The pampas grass wall for the ceremony was absolutely stunning, and my favorite decor piece.
When it came time for the big day, were there any funny moments or things that didn't go according to plan?
Honestly, this is the question that is probably most relevant to my wedding. HA! There was a hurricane on my wedding day!!! A bride's worst nightmare. The planned date was for Thursday, September 5th, but we had to delay the entire wedding to the following day.
The hurricane hit Myrtle Beach at the exact time the wedding would have been. I was SO distraught. The week before the wedding, when I started receiving calls and text messages from all of our family and friends regarding whether or not the wedding was still on was when the fact that there was a hurricane headed straight for my perfect day set in.
I think I cried half of my body weight in tears. Everything started to fall apart.
My venue canceled, the caterers canceled, the jazz band I hired was evacuating, and I wasn't sure until the day of whether or not I would have a photographer. I was in a complete panic!
I am a Type 1 on the enneagram which means that I am a planner, perfectionist, and extremely organizational, so everything canceling like that was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me. Of course, it is the worst thing that could have happened to any bride! The day that I had been dreaming of since I was a little girl and planning for months was ruined. The only thing I knew is that I didn't want to wait a day more to marry the love of my life.
What I did not realize is that while I was in my panic, God was working it all out behind the scenes.
My wonderful dad, wanting to give his little girl everything I had ever dreamed of, made the miraculous happen. He somehow made a connection with the man who lived in the mansion of a house on the last stretch of beach that I had grown up at and surprised me with it as our new venue. It was better than I could have ever dreamed.
Because all of the restaurants were closing down due to the hurricane, the Brazilian steakhouse that a guy from our church worked at gave us all of their fine filets and meats so they wouldn't go bad. We had someone donate oysters for the oyster bar that the house had. What I thought was ruined actually started to come together much more gracefully than I could have ever done myself.
I could go on and on about all of the mishaps and miracles, but one of the most meaningful details that I felt like God had pieced together so beautifully was that we actually ended up having the ceremony and saying, "I do" in the same exact spot that I had told Kolby I loved him for the first time.
That's such an incredible story with so many special details! What are some other favorite memories of your wedding day?
The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle with my arm latched in my father's and feeling so overcome with peace as I looked across to see only my closest family and friends with the biggest smiles and tears streaming down their faces. And then to catch eyes with my love who was gleaming with joy and happiness as tears began to well up in his eyes. I was just so thankful to be in that moment. I will never ever forget that feeling. I never thought I would say it, but the hurricane made that moment so much more special.
So beautiful! Again, thank you for sharing your wedding with our readers. Before we go, any advice you have for future brides?
My only advice for any future bride is to let your wedding day be YOURS. Don't compare your wedding day to anyone else's. No wedding will ever be completely "perfect." Something will always go wrong, but just remember the most important thing: You are marrying the love of your life. Try and be in the moment as much as possible, because it truly does fly by.
Photography by Jolie Connor