I am so incredibly honored to be featured on The Perfect Palette and even more honored to have worked with some pretty talented wedding vendors to make this publication happen.
The idea of an intimate and romantic winter wedding served as the springboard of our inspiration for this shoot. I reached out to an incredibly talented wedding planner and designer, Amanda Blair By Design, who was able to take all of my ideas and curate them to one beautiful palette of ivory, lace, muted blues, pops of orange and burgundy and hints of gold.
The bride and groom were also essential to this shoot. I wanted this this session to be meaningful to the couple we chose. Meg and Cody Apperson are a former bride and groom of mine from several years ago. They had a small budget and not so great venue for photos, so to be able to recapture their “wedding day” was a joy.
Cody is active military– in Fayetteville, NC. He is one of our heroes on the front line of much of the worst of what we hear about on the news.
Meg is an incredible wife, mother and brilliant blogger. Meg initially set out to document her family life and provide encouragement to other moms along the way. She was thrilled to be married and start a family…a fresh start. Last year, Meg and Cody had a sweet little girl Avery. Avery was born with some pretty severe medical complications that tested and challenged their marriage and family. Meg spent many nights in the hospital by Avery’s side during procedure after procedure while also trying to balance motherhood and being a supportive military wife. Not only is Meg stunning on the outside, but her soul absolutely exceeds her outward beauty.
I asked her to prepare a few words to share just in case you’d like to highlight their journey:
“In the early years of our marriage, had you asked me if I loved my husband I would have blushed and answered, “Absolutely.” Of course, I loved him. I enjoyed his company; felt safe in his presence; and shared his beliefs of faith and the world. Back then, loving was easy- like loving a delicious cuisine, book or genre of music. That love didn’t cost me anything.
As times changed and children came, I’ve learned that the love I thought I had for my husband at the beginning was more of a strong like. Hardship and loss have altered my perception of love and I couldn’t be more grateful. With the birth of our last child, came a season of devastation as well as physical and emotional exhaustion. Our family was shell-shocked, traumatized and living apart indefinitely to give our littlest a fighting chance at life. This was the backdrop for the kind of love I’m now proud to give. The kind of love that comes from a broken heart and weary hands; the kind of love that never considers the effort of the other, but gives out of commitment to Jesus and commitment to the covenant. It is the grown up form of the butterfly feelings, fueled by the grace of God, that chooses love even when the object seems unloveable; chooses to serve even when the object appears to not carry their weight; chooses faith even when the future looks too bleak to carry on. It isn’t the kind of love often portrayed in movies and songs, but it is the only form of love that gives the warm, fuzzy fairytale a fighting chance at forever.”
Brides, it’s totally worth scrolling to the bottom to visit and follow all of the vendors that made this gorgeous styled shoot happen!
Thank you so much Perfect Palette editors for taking the time to feature our visual story.
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Planning/Design: Amanda Blair by Design
Amanda Honeycutt : firstname.lastname@example.org
Model: Meg Apperson + Hubby
Venue: The Bradford
Bailey Leicht: Bailey@canddevents.com
Flowers + Stationary: Amanda Day Rose
Linen Rental: Party Tables
Jennifer Rangel: email@example.com
Dress: Gilded Bridal
Susan Langford: firstname.lastname@example.org
HMUA: Perfection by Patricia
Facebook: Perfection by Patricia
Tabletop Decor: Anthropologie
Cake: Stick Boy Bread (Mary Anne Harris)