Crystal & Dean McDermond – Joelton, TN
I’d like to introduce the Myrick Studio’s Featured Blogger, Mrs. Crystal McDermond! I have asked Crystal to answer some questions about her big day and what all went into the planning. Thanks again Crystal for taking the time to tell us about your day and what all was involved! You guys were great to work with!
My wedding details:
Wedding date & time? September 5th, 2009
Ceremony location: New Hope Free Will Baptist Church- Joelton TN – # guests: 200
Reception location: Peterson Residence: Joelton TN
My wedding style: The wedding style was traditional and classic with a modern flair
My colors and why I choose them? Persimmon and Clover: I chose them because it was the perfect colors for the time of year. Leaving summer and going into fall.
My theme? I wanted a laid back, fun atmosphere!
Wedding wow factor? (What did your guests love?) The decorations in the church and the reception tent location. It was just beautiful…
Favors? Personalized Hershey kisses and mints. We also did heart shaped soaps.
Personalized touches? Monogrammed cake table linens, we did all the decorations in the tent and the church ourselves with the help of an interior designer.
Gift for bridesmaids? Clutch to match their dress and jewelry for the ceremony.
Groomsmen? Pocket knives and a personalized Groom picture frame.
Most special moment for me? Seeing Dean for the first time, his smile and the look in his eyes.
What I did for the kids in my wedding? We actually did not have kids in the wedding. I bought silk rose petals and put those down the aisle the night before.
My wedding vendors:
Vendors hired and role?
Wedding Cake: Sweet and Sassy Bakery in Madison, TN. (615)865-1450
*We have used them for years and my wedding cake looked exactly like the picture I gave to them and tasted amazing.
The Grooms cake: Special Cakes by Jennifer.
*The cake she made melted in our mouths. We found a picture on the internet and she made an exact replica of it. She was an amazing find. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Jennifer Finnegan: email@example.com; DJ: Nashville Party Authority: (Blair): (615)391-2322
*By far the best wedding DJ ever. They were professional, fun, flexible and knowledgeable.
Flowers: Roma Land Florist and Gifts (Betty): Joelton, TN (615)876-6355
*The flowers turned out amazing. My bridal bouquet was perfect. I used a picture from the FTD website and they recreated it exactly. Very reasonable in price.
Tent rental: Classic Party Rentals: (Kristin) (615)641-1111
*Kristin was amazing. She called and followed up to make sure everything was perfect. They were courteous and were amazing to work with.
Caterer: Chef Christopher’s catering in Westmoreland TN (Josh): (615)644-7008
*I cannot say enough about them. This was by far the most professional staff I have ever witnessed. They were on time, the food was great, and they did everything they said they were going to do and worked so hard to make my special day perfect.
Favors: www. theKnot.com and www.orientaltrading.com
Dress, Invitations, bridesmaids gifts, unity candle, napkins, cake topper, shoes, jewelry and veil : David’s Bridal: Madison, TN (615) 851-5454
Groomsman gifts: REI.com (knives) and for the frames we used http://www.engravedgiftcreations.com/gc514.html
Photographer: Mike with Myrick Studios in Hendersonville, TN.
*He was amazing. He just has this gift!! Our engagement pictures were the best of all our friends and family who have gotten married! And of course, our wedding photos turned out to be great!! Mike is great to work with and I hope I get to work with him again in the future!
All of my vendors are highly recommended on my part. They all did an amazing job to get everything together.
How I found my vendors – I did a lot of research on the internet since I was planning from Atlanta. Word of mouth from friends helped a lot as well.
My wedding rewind:
What I would do differently if planning again? I would not take on so much of the responsibility myself. I would give some of the tasks to my bridesmaids and family. Biggest waste of time or money? I had too many favor options. The Hershey kisses and mints would have been enough.
Best value for the service/product? Photographer, Caterer and DJ
Neatest find? We found most of our decorations at hobby lobby and pottery barn. Include anything else you want brides-to-be to know about you wedding, vendors, tips, etc.
I used www.weddingwire.com a lot. It helped me find vendors, gave great tips and kept me organized.