It's official, I am in love with this wedding, particularly the gorgeous couple, lets be honest, they're going to have stunning children! I am adoring the gorgeous shade of the brides lips, could you pick a more perfect colour! And that dress...just beautiful! I also love how she's gone non-conventional with black nail polish, she still somehow manages to look amazingly classic and modern at the same time! Im not normally a huge fan of yellow as a wedding colour, but here, I just think its works so perfectly! And I love that they included such a thoughtful homage to their friend (read on). I also love the realness of this wedding, these two are just so crazy in love, how lovely! Here's what the bride had to say...
Brent and I have been friends since 7th grade, where we met somewhere between AOL instant messaging and middle school dances. In high school we continued to stay friends as my best friends (the “Sprague girls”) would always hang out with his best friends (the “South boys”) on the weekends, seeing how neither of us were content with hanging out with any members of the opposite sexes at our own schools. Between multiple dances, dates and relationships within various people in our crowds, the “Brent-Liz love story” never happened… until nine years into our friendship. Every summer, winter break, and spring break into the college years called for the usual hangouts at our friends Ben’s house, also Brent’s best friend. Throughout high school and college we all grew accustomed to hanging out in Ben’s kitchen whenever we were all home. That July  was no exception. Ben was home for a short period of time from California; Liz’s BFF Abby was home for the weekend from Seattle; and “the South-Sprague gang” got together to hang out in Ben’s kitchen. Just like the good old times. The evening progressed and Brent and I struck up a friendly, heartfelt and humorous conversation at the kitchen table. And from there history was made! After two weeks of wooing on Brent’s part (the planner in Liz wasn’t sure if it would work out, and dating a good friend could ruin the whole nine-year friendship AND the “South-Sprague” dynamics if something turned for the worst), Liz was pretty much head over heels. Fast forward to February 2010… Brent told me he loved me (First girl Brent loved. First boy I loved… and last for both of us). Then came December 2010 and we were engaged and planning away!
The people. We are blessed with amazing friends and family, and without those lovely little faces there, the wedding wouldn’t have been as perfect and memorable. Along with that, the thought and care that went into planning the Sara-table meant a lot to me. Sara is one of my best friends, roommates and bridesmaids that passed away two months before the wedding due to cancer. That led to my favorite, yet sincere, “I don’t care” phrase. It’s hard to care about silly linen colors or arrangements of flowers when you are just trying to focus on being happy. And I was okay with not caring because Brent took over. He truly is the best guy in the world. Back to the Sara-table, it was one of the ways I wanted to honor Sara since she was watching from above, but not physically at our wedding. We used an old green chest from the apartment that Sara and I had lived together in, and dedicated the table to her. It was filled with pictures of her, pictures of Sara and I, and pictures of Sara, Brent and I. Along with that, there were several pictures she had painted for me while kicking chemos butt. And to save the best for last, we had a jar full of Oreos there, as they were Sara’s favorite cookie and her post-chemo diet. Her family was at the wedding and were able to take her bouquet home, which meant a lot to me as well.
One of my favorite DIY projects were the memory chalkboards. Brent and I chose food that was perfect and “Brent and Liz-esque” in every way. We chose “food with a memory.” To help our guests understand a sense of what the food meant to us, we made mini chalkboards and placed them next to particular foods. For example, next to the tea sandwiches we had a board that explained my connection to tea parties, because my grandmother, mom and I would go to a tea parlor growing up and I was allowed tea with only one lump of sugar, but as many cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches as I wanted. One of Brent’s chalkboards was at the gelato food cart. It told about his second lover: coffee. We had the selection of coffee gelato because of his extreme love for quality coffee (a love that I sadly do not share, which makes this relationship with coffee even that much more important). It was food that represented us, and food that we had made memories with.
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