As soon as I hear the description “intimate Old Hollywood Glamour,” I’m all in. Emily Chidester and The Bloom Closet were tasked with bringing Meaghan and Jimmie’s vision to life — a vision that included a gold sequin wedding dress, a bold tie for the groom, and lots of romantic ideas for the reception. Obsessed.
From the bride, Meaghan: We decided to go for old Hollywood glamour on a very intimate scale. We both have very unique style so we wanted to make sure it reflected who we were in all of the details. Our color scheme was black, white, and gold with touches of a deep red velvet and soft peachy pink. We made all of the wine bottle centerpieces. My parents painted and created the buffet to display all of the vintage tea cups we used for our favors; my dad made tons of the black cake stands.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Find a style that describes the two of you as a couple and have fun with it. Get inspiration from other peoples’ weddings, but don’t worry if what you want is a little different… make it personal. Bottom line… we loved our wedding because it was so US!
Processional: “Turning Page,” Sleeping at Last
Recessional: “When I’m With You,” Ben Rector
First Dance: “Until You,” Dave Barnes
Father/Daughter Dance: “I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton (& I surprised my dad with a special recording of me singing You Are My Sunshine)
Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Tony Bennett
From the photographer, Emily Chidester: As photographers, we’re all biased that our couples are the best… but this couple truly is. I shot Meaghan & Jimmie’s end of February wedding at the Enterprise Mill down in Augusta, Georgia, having no idea what to expect. What I walked into was a day full of laughter, love, and beautiful moments. Meaghan and Jimmie are two of the most creative people I’ve met in a long time. He’s a graphic designer and she’s a fellow photographer, and you felt every inch of that creativity on their wedding day, despite the fact that they were working with a tight budget (where they collected vintage vases that they spray painted a matte gold, had a coffee bar and dessert reception to save money, poured into vintage tea cups, and a popcorn maker (!) just for fun). The first amazing thing about this wedding was Meaghan’s Etsy dress that she bought for under $1000 – the gold sequin bust with a flowy tulle bottom literally took my breath away. My favorite thing about their day was all the surprises woven into the ceremony and reception. Both Meaghan and Jimmie are worship leaders and knew they wanted to incorporate music into their wedding day – beginning with Meaghan’s songs for Jimmie she had made into a vinyl for his wedding gift, to a surprise song Jimmie wrote and performed for Meaghan following their vows, to a surprise duet they sang for all their friends and family together (JOHNNYSWIM’s “Take the World”), and finally ending with Meaghan’s tribute to her dad during their father-daughter dance of a recording of their song, sung by her. Everything about their day was wonderful, special, and totally one of a kind. Just like the two of them.