From the moment I saw Briana and Garrett’s photos, I knew that their wedding day needed to be featured. I wasn’t just drawn to her gorgeous chiffon bridal gown, the soft, blush pink bridesmaid dresses, or the rustic-chic decor, but I was in awe of the fact that when I looked through their pictures I saw real love and passion for one another. Their romantic, gold and pink wedding was a perfect reflection of them as a couple. From the picturesque outdoor ceremony and the brick-covered, industrial reception venue, it was, as Briana puts it, “like something out of a movie.”
Q. How did he pop the question?
A. We were nearing the end of our amazing trip in St. Pete, Florida when Garrett gave me the surprise of my life. That night, he took me to a favorite restaurant of his, The Conch. After sharing a couple entrees, drinks, and laughs he absolutely insisted we go to the beach. I wasn't really up for a late night beach excursion, but upon his insistence I finally agreed because he "needed to take pictures of the moon." We ended up at one of our usual beaches in the area, right next to our favorite dining place, Caddy's. We walked around for a while "trying to find a good angle for pictures." After a few pictures and a few laughs I said my usual catchphrase, "this is the best day ever!" Being his ever-so-charming self, Garrett took this as his opening to say, "I think I can make it better." Letting go of my hands he proceeded to get down on one knee (with me asking "what are you doing!" more times than I can count) and asked me the question that made me happier than I ever knew I could be. After wiping away all my tears (I know, cheesy) I of course said yes!
A. We like to leave each other notes. On the occasions where he leaves before me or I come home just as he’s left we leave each other notes; on our chalkboard, a sticky note on the steering wheel, the bathroom mirror, and any place we know the other will see.
Q. What was it like seeing Garett for the first time on the big day?
A. I couldn’t believe how handsome he looked in his suspenders! And I’ve always loved his sly, side-like smile he does and it was (of course) the first thing he did when seeing me. It gets me every time.
Q. Why did you choose Kennedy Blue for you and your 'maids?
A. I was looking for a more whimsical dress that fit with my dream of an outdoor wedding. The Kennedy Blue chiffon gown, Avery, was everything I’d been hoping for in a wedding dress; it hugged in all the right spots and the wonderful fabric and lines flowed perfectly down from my waist giving me that dreamy look I’d been hoping for. Same goes for my blush pink bridesmaids’ dresses; it wasn’t a conscious decision to choose Kennedy Blue, but the fit of the bust on all the ladies was amazingly well done and the weight of the chiffon gave the dress a beautifully tailored look. The way the fabric was folded and tugged in certain spots made all our different body types look equally beautiful in our gowns.
Q. What was the most challenging part of wedding planning and why?
A. Pinterest makes it seem like everything is possible with DIY (spoiler alert: it’s not!) so realizing you won’t have that perfect signature cocktail to go with that perfectly made table runner was difficult. However, I later decided to complete the projects I knew I absolutely wanted at our wedding and to let the little ones go. Learning to go with the flow tremendously helped make the whole experience better.
Q. What advice would you give to other brides?
A. As much as every detail seems so important at the time, in the end it’s about enjoying yourselves. At the end of the day, you don’t have a wedding, you have a marriage. That’s what really matters.
Photos by: Whim Photography
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.