Dress=amazing! Bridal hair=drop-dead-gorgeous! Color story=utter perfection! I just LOVE this wedding!
Theresa Ann Lincicome of North Little Rock and Christopher Andrew Harrell of Jonesboro, Georgia
What was your overall inspiration?
I wanted the look to be soft and natural with a strong vintage influence. I focused on a palate of soft neutrals with blush and sea foam accents. St. Edward and the Arts Center are so beautiful--I didn’t want a strong décor theme to take away from that, I wanted to add to it.
What were the interesting personal touches and unique details?
There are so many. Chris grew up in Georgia and went to the University of Alabama, and I grew up in Arkansas and went to the University of Arkansas, so the South is an important part of who we are. We focused the menu around this: shrimp and grit fritters, fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese. It was a celebration of the place we love so much.
Theresa & Christopher’s most steal-worthy idea?
A highlight for everyone was the Groom’s Cake--actually Tequila Shots--Chris jokingly mentioned that he did not want a cake, but Tequila Shots and Simply the Best made it happen in a very classy way. It was fun and very “us.” Not to mention it got the party started very quickly.
How did you customize your wedding?
I found my dress the first day looking at the second place we visited, and I just knew… “This is the dress I am going to marry Christopher in.” So much of the wedding grew from my dress. The soft vintage colors, the detailing in our stationary, the bridal party attire. Also, I have always loved antiques and vintage jewelry. I was looking through old pictures and saw my aunt’s veil from her wedding. After some tea staining by my mom, it was perfect. It felt so right to wear that on my wedding day. It was my small way of acknowledging the wonderful examples of marriage that Chris and I are so blessed to have been surrounded by.
How did you save money?
I took on a TON of craft projects, in hindsight maybe too many. Fortunately, my parents and Chris were a ton of help! I made the chandeliers for the centerpieces, the flower girls’ outfits, the favors and a sundry of other random things. You can always make something cheaper than you can buy it, and it has a more personal touch. I am still in love with how the chandeliers turned out, but let me tell you, that was a LABOR of love.
Q: What one detail truly made the wedding yours?
We had a sit down dinner. We actually ran into several places that thought we were crazy for wanting to do this with a large wedding, but the Arts Center and Simply the Best made it happen. It was wonderful because while everyone was being seated we were able to have a moment of quiet together and eat privately and then were able to visit each table. It was important to us to be able to thank everyone for coming to celebrate with us.
Was it stressful planning a wedding for 250 guests?
I can’t say enough about the wedding vendors that we chose. I picked people that I trusted--people that got my vision. Then, I just let them do their thing. I didn’t get too caught up in the tiny details; they are the experts. Everything came together better than I pictured. I could also go on for hours about how wonderful Amy Carper of Carper Creative and her photography team were. They set a calm tone, and that continued throughout the day. They kept the day moving and the pictures…Are you kidding me??? Amazing.
Tell us a little bit more about the day?
The day was a wonderful blur. It’s funny, there were a lot of little things that I could have freaked out about (the groomsmen were running late, no one signed the guest book, they couldn’t get our dinner play list to play), but honestly that day, none of it mattered. I knew I was about to start my life with a wonderful man and that made everything ok. I was full of joy. I looked around a few times while EVERYONE was on the dance floor shaking it to the awesome band under the stars and just thinking, “This is what all the planning was for: THIS MOMENT.”