I'll start off by saying if you're new to the blog you can read our story here:

I've waited a month to post about our wedding because I wanted to be able to include all the pictures as I described how I felt in those moments. I wish I could get Justin's point of view but he's too much of a man's man to spill his feelings all over the blog.

We kicked off the celebratory weekend by meeting with all of our vendors to get everything set up! We had our wedding at Justin's parent's house so we had about two acres of land to work with on the outskirts of Fayetteville. We did the ceremony in their front yard, centered in front of of a huge bradford pear and it was perfect. The reception we held in their backyard with plenty of room for mingling and dancing!

Thursday afternoon I headed over and met the tent people so they could set up the tent and then later that day Eventures came to deliver the rest of the tables, chairs and linens. We used Steve from Lightworks Events to add the lights to our venue and he did so amazing and made my vision come to life.




Later that day, I went and picked up the flowers from Sam's Club. Y'ALL. Sam's club flowers, I never in one million years would've thought I could order wedding flowers in bulk from Sam's and they be perfect. I got so many flowers and spent $189. I had enough leftover to make several vases full to keep in the house for two weeks after. Best. Decision. Ever. I picked them up and my mother-in-law helped me cut all the stems and get them into water to make sure they were good and hydrated for Saturday.

Friday morning, started off with me running up to work for our Halloween Costume Contest for about an hour. Ha! We worked so hard to make human rollercoaster costumes, and it worked, because we got first place! After the contest, I headed around town picking up everything that I had ordered over the last 6 months. Started with some chocolate covered strawberries from Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe and then headed to NWA Florists to pick up our flower crowns and McKinlee's flower girl petals. I decided to save on our actual bouquets by making them with flowers from Hobby Lobby. I wish now I would've used my surplus hydrangeas from Sam's, but nevertheless, they turned out okay!

Friday afternoon, I picked up my best friend, Emily, from the airport and we ran some errands before we went to meet up with Bailey and Gracie to get our nails done before the rehearsal dinner. I saw Lauren Conrad's reverse manicure on her insta a few months back and I knew that's what I wanted to do for the wedding. So I did a subtle pink with a gold accent. After we finished we headed to the rehearsal and got that party started! We did a run through so we could time the songs with the walk and once we finished we ate some catered Penguin Ed's before we finished up all the final details.


We headed to bed at a surprisingly decent hour, around 10pm and then woke up randomly throughout the night and then woke up for good about 8am. I threw a hoodie on and went out to start setting up a table so that my parents, Justin and his parents all knew how I wanted it to look! Our hair appointment was at 10am at Pure Salon in Bentonville, so we all got showered and headed that way. I ordered us all monogrammed tanks to wear while we got ready. I ordered them a size bigger so we could wear them with leggings and a cardigan, but it ended up being 80 degrees at the end of October so we all wore them with shorts and sandals.




We went and grabbed lunch to-go at McAlister's before heading back to Fayetteville and we ate when we got back before Kelsey got there to do my makeup! Courtney showed up about the same time and started taking all the little detail pictures, our rings, shoes, decor, things like that.







We brainstormed so many ideas for an alter and loved all of them but we ultimately decided we wanted the simplicity of the tree to be the backdrop. We designated the center of the alter by placing the crates on either side of the aisle and decorated them with flowers and mason jars. We were going to add tealight candles but it was too windy so we just left them empty.


My cousin Nicole has been in Germany serving overseas and she wasn't able to be at the wedding so I wanted a seat reserved for her. So thankful for her dedication to our country and can't wait to see her at Christmas!


We had this set up on our guest table to honor our late Grandmothers, Justin's Mema and my GranT.




I designed these fun infograms for people to read over while they waited for the ceremony to start.


I've read the horror stories about photographer's photos being ruined by guests trying to snap their own photos, so I did my best to try and prevent that with this chalkboard set near the guest table.


I love how cool nature is, so I can appreciate the smallest of pictures.

I originally was going to get my makeup done at the salon but when I did my trial run about a month before, I didn't care for it AT ALL. Kelsey had done my makeup in another wedding we were both bridesmaids in and so I asked her to do mine instead. I am so thankful she said yes, because I loved it so much.








Meanwhile, in the other room some of my best girls getting my tiny best girl all dolled up.


After all of our hair and makeup was done we met in the living room to get my dress on for the first time since having it altered, I couldn't wait. I don't think Justin's ever seen me that dressed up, I was so excited!





So thankful for each of these ladies!


The boys got ready in the bar out in the man-shop and then did the groomsman pictures near the pine trees on the neighboring property.








all the heart eyes for their daddy-daughter love.






The two on the left are Justin's childhood friends and the two on the right are my brothers!





She hated this flower crown because it "itched her head so bad."


After we were all ready, we headed next door to take some bridesmaid pictures!









After I finished up with the girls, I got a few with my babies and then finished up with a couple of bridals.










After we finished up pictures, people started to arrive so we went inside and I tried to eat the other half of my McAlister's club before I headed down the aisle! As you can see, we didn't do a first look, so I was getting so anxious to just see him and hold his hands. We had our grandparents and parents walk down the aisle to let everyone know we were about to start.

We played these songs for our guest arrival, I hand selected them to play on a loop because I love them all and thought they would set the tone for my most perfect day.

Boom Clap - Lennon & Maisy
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
Marry Me - Train
How He Loves - David Crowder Band
All of Me - John Legend
Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
Like I'm gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor
Circles - Jana Kramer
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
Lead Me - Sanctus Real
Greater - Mercy Me


I can appreciate a good selfie!


- Justin's Mema Shirley and Papa Jim -


- My Grandma Susan and Papa Mike -


- My Grandmother and Papa - 


- Justin's Mom and Steve -


- My Mama - 


Here is a sneak peek of the ceremony to hold you over until part 2. I didn't want one blog post with 600 pictures, so I will split it into two posts! Those were all the special moments leading up to the ceremony and in the next post I will share all the perfect memories from our ceremony and reception! 



Tents, Tables, Chairs - Eventures
Lighting - Lightworks Events
Rehearsal dinner - Penguin Ed's
Bridemaid monogrammed tanks - ElsBriarPatch
Hair - Pure Salon
McKinlee's Dress - Posh Peanut
Bridesmaids Dresses - Lulu's, Dillards, Weddington Way
Floral - Sam's Club
Flower crowns - NWA Florists
Bouquets - DIY Hobby Lobby
Rings - Kay Jewelers
Suit - JC Penney
Groomsmen Attire - Mr. Tux
Carter's outfit - Children's Place