Says Brittney, “Family is so important to Brandon and me so we wanted as many family items to be a part of our wedding as possible! The bible belonged to Brandon’s grandfather. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but from the love and Christ-like heart of Brandon’s mom and even Brandon, I know he was a special man. He lived a life honoring the Lord with everything he did. He valued family and spent his time praying for and loving on his family. He had a servant heart that I see in Brandon on a daily basis.
The handkerchief came from dining table linens my grandmother used to use. There are many memories gathered around the dining room table for holidays with my moms entire family. My grandfather passed away in 2006 and my grandmother passed away in 2011 but I wanted a little piece of them to be a part of our wedding as well. So my mom had the linens made into a handkerchief for me to have as my ‘something old’ and I wrapped it around my bouquet. I also wore my grandmother’s wedding bands as my ‘something borrowed.’
I visited Maggie Louise in Memphis, Tenn., a couple of months after I got engaged. I had an idea of styles I didn’t want, but had no clue what I wanted. I went in with an open mind. I didn’t want to get my hopes up and then be disappointed if I didn’t find anything I LOVED. I tried on maybe two or three dresses. Then I put on THE ONE. I knew it was the one the second I put it on. It fitted me well and was very flattering. It had the perfect lace detail and scalloped hem. I was in love. I walked out and showed my friends, mom, and mother-in-law, and they loved it! But they wanted to see more. I immediately told Molly (the boutique owner) that this was my dress. I tried on a few more and then decided I needed to go back to my top two. Once I walked out in my favorite, the rest of my people knew it was the one. There were a few tears, but I could not stop smiling. I knew this was it! I put on a veil (a long cathedral one was my dream), and it was perfect! I saw myself walking down the aisle in it, and I knew my fiancé would love it! I said yes to the dress within an hour of arriving to Maggie Louise. I guess a dress is like a husband: once you know, you know. We chose my home church, West Jackson Baptist Church, in Jackson, Tenn., to be our ceremony venue. I grew up being surrounded by the people of this church and it has always felt like home. I wouldn’t have wanted to marry the man God chose for me anywhere else. The ceremony venue wasn’t a question! The reception venue was a different story. Most people in Jackson choose the local country club to be their reception venue. I knew I wanted something different, and we had way more guests to hold as well. We chose New Southern Hotel in downtown Jackson for its charm and history. It is a beautiful venue and hardly needed any decor. The old floors, chandeliers, and large windows added to the appeal of this venue.
To show everyone who came to celebrate with us how much we value family, we wanted our parents to be a part of our ceremony in a special way. Our parents have loved and guided us and constantly pour into us on a daily basis. They are our biggest prayer warriors. So having them surround us with prayers during the ceremony will always be our favorite part of our wedding! I also asked my grandfather, my dad’s dad, to do part of our ceremony. The solid Christian foundation we have in our family is thanks to him and my grandmother. I’m thankful he made it through without any tears. 🙂 He is so special to me and I’m so thankful he was able to start off our ceremony.
Brittney & Brandon’s Love Story | My husband and I met our freshman year in college, but didn’t start dating until two days before we graduated. I had known and been around Brandon for nearly three years before I knew it was more than a friendship. We went on a few dates our freshman year but went separate ways for a couple of years. We had a lot of learning and growing up to do before we were able to care about each other in a more serious way. Our last semester of senior year we began to see each other more. I would always be in the library studying for nursing school and he just so happened to need to study a lot, too (for all of one class he had that semester). It took me a while to admit I liked him and wanted to be his girlfriend, but as soon as we started dating I knew he was the one. He loved me and cared about me way better than anyone had ever done. He prayed for me and with me. He was a leader in our relationship and constantly made me laugh. He is the funniest and most talented person I have ever met. He puts others before himself and constantly wants people to feel welcome. I knew I couldn’t let him go! We dated for about a year and a half before he got down on one knee. I was so surprised but so ready to spend forever with my best friend!
Brittney’s advice? My advice would be to enjoy your time of engagement, but don’t let it get the best of you. Your wedding is for one day, but your marriage is for a lifetime! Don’t dwell on the little details and become stressed by all things wedding. It happens so fast and you don’t want to regret not spending time with others who want to celebrate your marriage! With that being said, hire a wedding planner. It makes your day so much more enjoyable so you can enjoy your special day! I constantly think about how perfect my wedding day was and it wouldn’t have been possible without my awesome wedding planner!
Brittney and Brandon honeymooned in Barbados.
Credits: Photographer: Angela Spencer Photography | Ceremony Venue: West Jackson Baptist Church | Reception Venue: New Southern Hotel | Wedding planning: Krisy Thomas – Southern Sparkle Wedding & Event Planning | Florist: J. Kent Freeman | Wedding gown & veil: Maggie Louise | Wedding stationery: Allegra Printing | Wedding cake: L&T Cakery | Catering: Coyote Blues | Transportation: Elite Limousine | Hairstylist: Tricia Gulikers