Theirs was a late summer wedding with mostly tradition, some non-conformist elements and only a couple of minor snafus. Sarah and Daniel tied the knot on August 25th at Calvary Baptist Church surrounded by friends and family.
Something Traditional, Something New
While the ceremony and vows themselves were traditional, this couple did make some departures from the norm. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen were seated during the ceremony, the ring-bearer was in his 40s, with the flower-girl in her 50s and the processional music was contemporary, versus the customary wedding march and other hymns. The groomsmen skipped the jackets and boutonnieres and decorations in the massive church were kept simple and minimal.
And while the pair did not see each other before saying their I Dos, they were together. Sarah and Daniel were led into a room blindfolded where they prayed together over their wedding and about the life, longevity and health of their marriage.
Sarah: "Our photographers kept us laughing to ease our nerves-mostly mine. I could hear Daniel and the groomsmen laughing from down the hall. I was so nervous, I was worried about how many people would be there, what was going to go wrong, and if I was going to remember what hand the ring was supposed to go on. I was a wreck. But after the bridal party went down and it was finally my turn all the nerves started to melt away. I held my dad’s hand for dear life and walked down the aisle. Daniel and I didn’t look away from each other the whole way down, both of us on the edge of tears. The ceremony was beautiful, our pastor and his family sang, and his message was beautiful."
There were a couple of stressful moments, as well. No great or memorable wedding should be without them. The first was when the groom and his ring-bearer lost the rings. Yup. Gone. When Sarah's mom was called to the room and saw them laughing, she assumed they were joking. Fortunately, the three of them found both rings after nearly a half hour of searching.
The second snafu had to do with the sound system, but that was solved by hooking up Daniel's father's laptop and all ended well.
After the Ceremony
"Our reception was nice, it was very DIY, we had succulent, moss, string lights, rocks, and dinosaurs spray painted in gold glitter for our centerpieces. We had a dinosaur and succulent cake topper as well as gold glitter accents. Instead of a guestbook we had our guests sign Jenga pieces. We wanted to have fun with our reception in all aspects even our food, we had Jamaican food served at our reception. Our cake was a naked lemon-flavored cake. Even our exit was different; we had our guests toss colorful pompoms and we left in Daniel’s friend’s car."
"We had arranged with the photographers to have a different place to take bride and groom pictures, so we went to downtown Elkin and took some pictures together. We didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures because we had also arranged with our photographers to go to FaithFest, a concert in Wilkesboro and take pictures of us there. Daniel was able to talk to the pastor who organizes the concert and he arranged for us to be special guests, we were introduced on stage and we were able to meet two of the artists that performed, Mandisa and Casting Crowns."
About the dress . . .
Sarah did not want the long gown and train or the big flurry marangue we often associate with brides, nor did she want a modern sheath or strapless number. Sarah loved Audrey Hepburn's wedding dress from the movie Funny Face. It had a nipped in waist and was tea length. She also loved the lace detail and bodice of Princess Kate Middleton's dress from 2011.
Sarah came to BT and found both!!
"I actually got everything I wanted in a dress. I bought a dress that had lace detail and buttons that covered a zipper. It was under 1,000 dollars and it was tea length! Since we got married in august I didn’t want to be in a heavy gown or a gown that had long sleeves or was hard to be in for a long period of time because it was August. We were getting married at 10 am (I had to be in my dress at 8 am) and I was in my dress until almost 3 pm. I wanted something easy to wear that was really pretty."
It was an honor and a privilege to work with Daniel and Sarah on their wedding, since I have know Daniel and his family for many years now. We were even part of his sister's wedding a few years ago. My fondest memory is them telling me all about their different plans and how excited they were to be getting married and having their dream wedding. As we were choosing the groomsmen and bridesmaid attire we (Sarah and I) did have to reign Daniel in a couple of times from getting too far out there, it was great fun and we shared so much laughter (mostly at Daniel's expense, but he's a good sport).
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.