Meet Brittany & Ben! They got married September 18, 2010. Brittany went to the same college as my sister, Cedarville University, and were really good friends so I am happy to share a bit of her love story for you all to read, Especially on her anniversary!
Our lovely couple met for the first time at The Summit (Brit’s Church) when Ben was with a mutual friend of theirs, Mike. They discovered that they were both attending Southeastern and that Brittany worked at the seminary. After this first meeting, Ben just to happened to have class with one of Brittany’s friends and would “randomly” stop by Brittany’s office after class. From those little office visits grew an acquaintanceship that would blossom into love.
“For the record, Mike can totally take credit for the introduction,” says Brittany.
Fast Forward a bit they got engaged, which by the way their engagement story is one of the most AWESOME proposals I have ever heard. Read it here. (Great job Ben!!)
Our Bride and Groom decided not to hire a wedding coördinator; however they did have a friend who is great at organization that helped keep the large bridal party (20 attendants…WOW) on schedule for the “Special Day” festivities. Smart move in my opinion, this allowed the Bride and groom to fully enjoy the day without the stress of all the details. According to our Bride, “I think every bride needs a point person the day of that she’s comfortable with in order to get the last-minute changes taken care of. It really was so comforting to have her by my side, with my itinerary, telling everyone what to do instead of me having to do it! The day definitely wouldn’t have been a success without her! ”
They decided to focus on a classic minimalist style wedding. The emphasis was “simple, classy and community-oriented,” according to Britt. The flowers were from a local florist in town. Bright pops of color with pink & orange roses contrasted so beautifully with the black of the bridesmaids dresses. “To me, there isn’t anything prettier than a little black dress accented with gorgeous bright flowers! “
“I didn’t want a LOT of froo froo at the church.” They chose to have their wedding in Paducah, Kentucky close to where Brittany grew up. The Ceremony was held in a church that was large enough for all of her guests, and that she knew she wouldn’t have to decorate. I’m loving the stained glass in the windows!
Braun Photographers were hired to document the wedding. The Braun’s worked at Vecino’s café on Ceaderville’s campus with my sister. I remember her often mentioning the couple and that they do photography for weddings, so I am delighted to finally see some of their work!
For their reception the guests then went over to Brittany’s home church where they had transformed the space so that it didn’t look like a typical reception hall. “I wanted the church members to walk in and feel like they were in another world.” Says our Bride. “The goal was for them to be able to have fun, eat great food, relax and enjoy themselves and not think, ‘the reception is in our church.’ We were just shooting for a family friendly elegance.”
Look at that cake! It’s so gorgeous! One of Britt’s family members has her own catering business, so she “headed up” all the food preparations along with a bunch of ladies that they knew. Rather than serving a huge meal they decided on serving heavy hors d’oeuvres, which included shrimp cocktail, ham, cheese and veggies, sandwiches, wings, fruit and fondue station as well as a coffee bar. They wanted to make sure their guests could eat to their own liking, yet not walk away hungry either. A very important part of their dining experience was to include a coffee bar, not only because they love coffee, but because they wanted to show their support to a cause that they loved. Coffee 4 Missions is a fair trade coffee organization that supports missions work, something very important to Ben & Brittany.
When I asked Brittany if there was one thing she would tell my readers it was this:
“If I could tell readers anything, is that you can create a magical elegant day at a smaller cost if you’re willing to do a lot of the work yourself and have friends and family who will help. For example: We didn’t hire a DJ. Instead Ben organized all of the music and created playlists that would get our friends and family moving. This way, you can create music that you know your audience will enjoy and respond well to! We had at least 70 people on the dance floor at all times and the dancing didn’t stop until we left. It was a lot of fun, but it took a lot of effort on the front end (and it was well worth it!). Also, I’d say to any bride that as soon as your rehearsal dinner begins… let go of all planning. Whatever happens is going to happen and just roll with it and enjoy your day. 🙂 At the end of it all, you’ll be married and headed to your honeymoon destination! “
Thank you Ben & Brittany for letting me share you wedding on your first anniversary! I hope you have a fabulous day!
If you would like to see more photos from their wedding check out Britt’s original post on her blog!