Real Wedding | Brittany + Ryan

This lovely fall wedding is loaded with Southern charm and grace. Brittany and Ryan married in a traditional church ceremony (but made it their own by exchanging non-traditional vows) and kept their reception simple but elegant by incorporating soft candlelight, lime green accents and a fun cake topper. Friends and family shared joyful warm wishes as the celebration continued into the night.

But it was Brittany’s gorgeous wedding gown that was the real show-stopper. Make sure you don’t miss the amazing photos below from a post-wedding fashion shoot by photographer Elizabeth O’Neill. They are so fun and flirty…just perfect for a couple beautiful on both the inside and out!

Brittany + Ryan | October 23, 2010 | Nicholasville, Kentucky

The ceremony

We were married in the chapel at Southland Christian Church, which was decorated with beautiful simplicity.  We placed tea lights beneath stained glass windows, and beautiful, colorful mums were the perfect complement to the sheer backdrop and decorative greenery.  Our vows were not traditional by any sense of the imagination.  Rather than the usual “…for better or worse”, we shared vows with one another that carried such a deeper meaning.  As part of Ryan’s vows to me, he promised “to encourage me daily, to provide for me emotionally, physically, and spiritually, to listen to me, to respect me as a woman…”

The reception

Our reception venue was decorated with hundreds of tea-lights, floating candles, and rose petals.  Our colors were lime green (my favorite color) and black.  Each place setting also featured a wedding favor — lime green matchbooks — which included our name and wedding date and served as a colorful accent to each centerpiece.  Again, we wanted a simple theme, but one that was meaningful and sweet. We enjoyed a night of dancing and visiting with friends and family, then made a graceful exit through a beautiful tunnel of sparklers waved by guests.

How Brittany felt in her wedding dress

Graceful, beautiful, and SO in love!!

Why Brittany decided to sell her wedding dress

I actually can’t believe I am selling this dress.  This was the perfect dress and it was confirmed as I tried it on in the bridal shop and started to cry. I feel like I got the most out of my dress and I hate to see such an amazing dress boxed up and put away.  If someone else can enjoy it as much as I did if not more, that would make me happy.  Besides, the extra money is always nice and I would absolutely love to go on another honeymoon!

Brittany’s dress: Sottero and Midgley, Gracie

Photography: Jennifer Deegan and Elizabeth O’Neill (post-wedding photo shoot)