Well, if magnolias and monograms aren’t the definition of a Southern wedding, I don’t know what is! When we saw the wedding of Kalie and Patrick, planned by Plan It Event Design & Management, it took our breath away! It is absolutely the epitome of Southern Charm. A custom monogram and sweet magnolias were the main focus of this wedding decor, accenting the hunter green and navy blue color palette perfectly.
And the most exciting part of this Central Florida wedding? The bride, Kalie, is one of our amazing readers! We are SO excited to have the honor of sharing her wedding day with you. She’s here with us today sharing her insight- we can’t wait for you to see everything that JP Pratt captured!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I was definitely that bride that has known what she wanted for her wedding since she was little. I very much had the design and details in mind before even getting engaged. My planner, Kristi, definitely listened to those design ideas and helped me make them a reality. We continued to bounce ideas and details off of each other to make the wedding everything I dreamt it would be. I think there was a point in the planning where Kristi was the person I was texting the most! (Sorry Patrick).
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Definitely their style and personality. As I assumed, our vendors turned out to be like family to Patrick and I. From the beginning, I knew we wanted to be able to have great relationships with our vendors. We still text them and are setting up double dates to continue our relationships. I may be biased, but our vendors were just incredible.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Patrick and I were raised in very similar homes rooted in faith, family, hospitality, and good ole Southern tradition. We wanted our wedding to be a combination of all of these things. We used a combination of magnolias and hydrangeas for our florals. I fell in love with hydrangeas as they lined the driveway of my grandmother’s South Carolina property. I have always loved the magnolia and how it represents the south and all of its purity. The rich green of magnolia leaves inspired the main color, which Patrick did not protest and often referred to as “Masters Green” throughout the planning process. We added in navy and dusty blue to give an extra pop of color, while keeping the design clean and classic. If you know me, you know that navy is my signature color, so it was only fitting!
To honor our families and traditions, we had countless numbers of heirlooms throughout the wedding. From my pearl necklace that was given to my mother on her wedding day, to the silver candle stick holders on the cake table that Patrick’s grandmother and grandfather received as a gift at their own wedding 60 years earlier. Patrick’s grandmother also gave the sweetest toast to us that serves as a tradition in her family, dating back to the 1800’s. We also used my great-grandmother’s Bible as the ring bearer pillow. She was the one who most likely prayed the hardest throughout my life for my future husband. We consider it no coincidence that she passed on only one day after Patrick and I officially began dating. Her work was done, her prayers were answered. The same great-grandmother gave me a miniature ceramic frog prince statue and told me to pray for my future husband whenever I saw it. I carried that little frog with me in my bouquet down the aisle to my soon to be husband that I prayed so hard for.
One of my absolute favorite details of the entire wedding was our bespoke monogram designed by the oh so talented Margaret of Do Tell Stationery & Designs. Our wedding represented us becoming one and our monogram symbolized that. We used our monogram on everything. From linen napkins, table runners, place cards, pillows, and cups, to the bespoke corn hole boards and 5′ cut outs that Margaret made from wood and then handpainted; our monogram was never far out of sight. My favorite part: we now have all of these items as keepsakes to remember our favorite day.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The fact that we had everyone we loved in one room for probably the only time in our lives. We had over 200 guests in attendance and each one had a special place in our lives. Some of these people have known us since birth, some of them have only known us a short period of time, but most of them have prayed fervently over our lives. And for that we’re forever thankful. Despite being a large wedding, we wanted to make our wedding feel intimate and show them that Southern hospitality that we love so much. Hosting is one of my favorite pastimes, so I wanted our wedding to feel as if it was a big dinner party. Margaret at Do Tell created cards for us, which we used to hand write special notes to all of our guests. Through these notes, we were able to reflect on our favorite memories and show our deepest gratitude to all of our guests for what they’ve meant to us individually and as a couple.
What is your best piece of advice for other couples?
I know it’s said a million times, but it truly goes by so fast. Try to enjoy it and soak it all up. We took a tip from The Office wedding of Pam and Jim Halpert and made sure to take mental snap pictures throughout the day.
OH! And skip dinner for golden hour pictures. So, so worth it! You can eat later, but you cannot get that lighting back.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Venue: Country Club of Orlando // Planning: Plan It Event Design & Management // Photography: JP Pratt // Videography: KEJ Productions // Floral: In Bloom // Calligraphy, Signage, Paper Goods: Do Tell Designs // DJ & Lighting: Our DJ Rocks // Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks // Cake: Sprinkles // Head/Cake Table Linens: Nuage Linens // Guest Table Linens: Over the Top // Beauty: Makeover Station // Rentals: A Chair Affair // Embroidery: Chloe Lane Embroidery, The French Table // Bridal Gown: The Bridal Gallery