Friday, May 1, 2009

Amanda & JR Greene

Happy Friday! It's been a busy week of catching up and working hard after Brides for the Cure and Amanda & JR's wedding, all last Saturday.

Brides for the Cure was a huge success and we would like to send an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who participated...from our team members, to our sponsors, to the Komen crew who helped us out... Everyone played a vital role in the success of our team. We finished in the #4 fundraising spot out of 328 teams, with close to 200 team members and $5955 raised for the fight against breast cancer. You couldn't miss our sea of green tee-shirts as our team proudly ran and walked the race. Even more noticeable was team member, former J.Bailey Occasions groom, and my good friend Stuart Baber who ran (yes, ran) the race in a bridal gown, complete with the veil on his head. He was our team mascot and gave the crowd something to enjoy! Thanks Stuart for your creativity and energy for Brides for the Cure. (I stole this picture from my friend Chelsea's blog, who came up from LR to run the race with us. Love you Chels!)

Next up on the list for that day was Amanda & JR Greene's wedding! It turned out to be the perfect wedding day, and they were surrounded with exciting family & friends. One of my favorite wedding moments ever happened as they were walking out of their ceremony. With tears streaming down her face, the bride looked at the groom and said "I'm just so happy we're married!" You see, while the reception might be the place for the fancy designs and all the fun, I LIVE for the ceremony. It's the most important part of the wedding day, and having couples who value and appreciate the marriage ceremony just makes my heart jump, and this instance filled my eyes with tears!

I had the pleasure of working with wonderful vendors, including Jamie at Pinnacle Country Club and The Rockets, one of my very favorite wedding bands ever! They re-energized the party at about 11 PM with a rendition of "Rocky Top" for all of the Tennessee crew at the reception, and ended the night with the crowd cheering for "one more song!" (Which they did!) The bride & groom didn't want to leave, which speaks volumes about the fun they were having. I also was tickled to work with Ricki Chester, their photographer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Check out these stunning "sneak peek" photos from Ricki.

Enjoy this slideshow from Ricki's Blog of more images from the beautiful day. Great work Ricki!!!

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