Botanical Garden Elopement near Atlanta, GA // Katie & Pierce

Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

The most memorable moment from our wedding would have to be our first look. There was so much anticipation around that moment. I was so excited for Pierce to see me as his bride finally and for him to see me in the dress after it sat in the closet and teasing us for over a year. Pierce had been telling me all week that he couldn’t wait to see me in the dress. It truly was an incredible moment. It was a special time for us to gather our thoughts and just be together before we went in to get married.

Funniest moment on your wedding day?</strong

>No particular funny moments stand out. We are just funny people or weird. Or funny looking. I’ll let you decide 😉

What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?

Two things. For three weeks before the wedding, we checked for rain because we planned on having the reception outside. It did rain that day. All day. But it still turned out beautifully. Another thing we were worried about was making sure it ran smoothly, making sure we didn’t feel rushed, and trying to be present in the moment. So many of our friends had told us about how they don’t remember a lot from their big day. They felt as though their weddings were a blur. Our ceremony was maybe 20 minutes, and the entire service felt like it was over in 2.5 seconds. Even though that part went super quick, the rest of the day ran pretty smoothly, and I felt like having time for us to take pictures together before and after the ceremony helped us relax. We were able to bring our focus back to what the day was ultimately about, the two of us coming together to celebrate our love and the life that we are starting together.

What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

Do you. Do what you want and what makes you happy. If a glamorous wedding day with beautiful place settings and a sit-down dinner is what you want, do it. If you want to your day to be small and intimate with immediate family, do that. Your wedding is about you two so don’t worry about what anybody thinks and do what makes you happy.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

If we could do it all over again, we would do it the exact same way. We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason. Even though we would have like to have a dry day it was still perfect. We decided to have a very intimate ceremony, and we will celebrate with a reception back in Arkansas this summer with our family and friends. It was absolutely perfect for us, and we would not want it any other way!

Any tips for future couples on how to prepare for their wedding photos?

To anyone who is worried about how you will look on that day: Love yourself. Give yourself some grace. Wedding planning is stressful. Don’t let the pictures be something that adds to that stress. It is about capturing the emotion of the day for you to share and remember this wonderfully special day for years to come. Relax and just be yourself. Getting in front of a camera is not something that most people do on a regular basis. Have fun enjoy the moment together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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