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First Baptist Jackson wedding – Mary Marie & Matt

Mary Marie and Matt met through mutual friends. He texted one of her best friends and asked about her and for her number and then he ended up asking her out on a date. They went to an Asian restaurant and then went back to Mary Marie’s apartment to play games with her roommates. She says that she honestly went into the date thinking it wouldn’t go anywhere and came out of the date thinking “I have to marry this guy”!

For the proposal, Matt took Mary Marie to see the ducks March at the Peabody hotel and then after they ate dinner at a fancy restaurant in the hotel called Chez Philippe. Mary Marie says that “it was so yummy, at the end of dinner I went to restroom and my zipper on my dress broke! I was panicking because I had a hunch we may get engaged and I had no idea what I was going to do. I texted Matt and told him and he sent the hostess from the restaurant to my rescue! Thankfully she had a pin and she pinned it up! After dinner we went to the rooftop of the Peabody. He started talking to me and next thing I knew he was on one knee asking me to spend forever with him! It could not have been more perfect.”

Their wedding took place at the church that Mary Marie grew up in. For her whole life she had always dreamed of her wedding being in her sanctuary. It’s a beautiful sanctuary with beautiful stained glass. She wanted their wedding to be very personal, traditional, formal, and romantic. When she was picking out the colours for the wedding she thought she just wanted very light pink and white. However, her vision changed and she decided to go with different shades of pink like coral, hot pink, and light pink with white and gold accents.

“I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear light pink from the beginning. I’ve always loved that colour and how light and airy it looks in pictures. I knew I wanted Matt and the groomsmen in tux because I was going for a formal look! For my dress- I knew I wanted an A-line dress going into trying on wedding dresses so I mainly tried on those types of dresses. I also knew I wanted a little bit of bling but not too much and a cathedral train. I tried on like 20 dresses until I found the exact one I wanted but when I did I felt like I was a princess! It was the best feeling ever!”

The most important thing when it came to planning was pictures because Mary Marie and Matt love pictures. They are so important and they help you to cherish your wedding day forever. They also wanted to splurge on pretty decor and good food for their guests. They decided to skip out on getting a band because it was just lower on their list of wants and they had to cut out some things to stay in the budget.

Mary Marie says that “literally everything from that day was amazing. One thing that I will cherish forever is our first look. Before we had our first look we read letters to each other that we had written to each other with a door between us and it was so so special. After that, we walked to see each other for the first time that day and it was so emotional and precious. I also loved being surrounded by friends and family throughout the whole day. We have never felt more loved.”

“My flowers were absolutely stunning. Fresh cut catering and floral absolutely outdid themselves. My flowers were light pink, hot pink, coral, and white with a little bit of greenery. My favorite part of my bouquet was the big peony. Peony’s are my favourite!”

Mary Marie’s sorority sisters passed a handkerchief around to everyone in their friend group when they get married. The person who has it before the person who is getting married gets their new name and wedding date monogrammed on it and so on. It’s such a special and sentimental idea. For another personal touch to the day, Mary Marie’s mom and dad gave her a diamond pin with sapphire stones in for her something blue, and she wore her moms earrings that she wore in her wedding on her wedding day! 

With Mary Marie’s timeless style and so many family heirlooms incorporated throughout the day, if the whole wedding was edited in black and white then you would think it was straight from a 1950’s classic film! But then you would miss out on seeing her beautiful blush and coral florals. And you just can’t miss out of the beautiful colour of the florals!

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Photography: Meridith Lee Photography // Venue: First Baptist Jackson // Event Planning, Floral & Linens: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral // Wedding Cake: Cakes by Iris // Hair: Hannah Roye // Makeup: Jamie Bobbitt // Videography: Britton Lee Films // Wedding Dress: Lows Bridal and Formal // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Bride’s Shoes: Keds for Kate Spade // Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee // Submitted via: Matchology

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