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Classic Romance; A Heartfelt Wedding Filled With Red Roses

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Happy Valentine’s week lovelies! We’re dreaming of red roses and all sorts of romance, and thought we’d dive into a little classic, romantic, heartfelt wedding to celebrate this lovey-dovey week.

Madison and A.J.’s Southern wedding were filled with luscious red and pink roses, twirling tulle and plenty of wedding grandeur. Being a wedding blogger and bridal stylist herself, bride Madison ignored all the noise and opinions (YAS!) and paved her own wedding path – merging their different cultural backgrounds, modern love of Rap and Hip Hop, and filling the gaps with plenty of classic red roses and romance.

And any wedding professional, of course, can’t help but pick an extra gown for fun (sorry, trying to justify my current wedding fashion expenditures). Madison wore not one, but two fabulous Hayley Paige gowns, that are both totally swoon-worthy. What else did she wear? The sweetest smile that fills every single photo, we can’t imagine a happier bride, and we are so charmed.

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Our Wedding Story

We met in college, shortly after A.J. transferred schools! It was a big game day, and I woke up without a voice, so our first conversation left us speechless. For the proposal, A.J. recreated our first date. It was super sweet and thoughtful!

When A.J. and I first got engaged and started wedding planning, we knew from the start we didn’t want a typical wedding. We already knew this was inevitable because we come from completely different religious backgrounds, but we wanted it to be a day that completely reflected who we are. 

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The Dress & Style

I’ve always been the type of person to do the exact opposite of whatever is “on trend,” and our wedding was no exception. Owning a wedding and lifestyle blog, working at a bridal boutique and simply being detail and wedding obsessed, I completely ignored all advice I was given. Less was not more, in my opinion, and every single detail was thought out. We did spend almost two years planning, after all.

We had a mixture of old and new throughout the entire day. I wore my grandmother’s ring given to her by her husband over 70 years ago on my pinky, and I also wore a garter that had been in A.J.’s family for generations. The earrings for my ceremony look also belonged to A.J.’s grandmother. These small heirloom pieces were our way of incorporating our dearly missed loved ones into our special day.

The newer aspects of our day included two Hayley Paige gowns from the most darling Memphis based bridal boutique, Maggie Louise, a custom “re-made” version of A.J.’s grandmother’s garter by La Gartier, a stunning emerald box from The Mrs. Box, and beautiful diamond earrings (a first look gift from A.J.) for my reception look.”

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The Ceremony

A.J. and I are huge rap fans, specifically Kanye West, so I surprised him by walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of All of the Lights. It doesn’t get more “us” than that!

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The Photography & Videography

We chose T & K because we loved their moody photography. It has such an artsy and authentic element to it, and once we had our engagement session with them, we were hooked. We loved the way they posed you without making it look or feel posed, and they truly captured all of the real and raw elements of our day!

Milestone Pictures was a no-brainer because we wanted a video we could enjoy for years and years to come. Milestone somehow manages to seamlessly mesh artsy shots and moments that we will cherish for life. We wanted our video to be timeless, and that’s what we got!

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Favorite Moments

Most of our guests left early due to the heat and exhaustion from the weekend festivities, which was totally understandable and left so much extra time for the wedding party to get down on the dance floor.

The last hour or so was spent with our best pals showing off their best dance moves. Once we got our wedding photos back, I literally laughed out loud at all of the candids that truly showcased everyone’s personalities.

Oh, and my brother-in-law, who is a rapper & actor based in L.A., wrote the most amazing best man rap of all time.

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The Honeymoon

We spent the next five days in Iceland! We planned a self-guided tour of the southern coastline and loved every second of it! We love to explore and see new things, so Iceland was perfect for us!

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