Hannah & Jonathan

Hannah and Jonathan met in the tenth grade, when he moved back to Greensboro and started going to her high school. They became close friends and actually dated each other’s best friends throughout high school. Those relationships ended and Hannah and Jonathan remained close through college. It wasn’t until their senior year of college that Jonathan decided he wanted to be more than friends and finally asked Hannah out on a date.

Our engagement was perfect. It was supposed to just be a date night. Jonathan picked me up at the door, hot cider in hand. (Way better than flowers in my book!) We began to head to ‘dinner’ or so I thought. Next thing I know, we are veering off into his old neighborhood, the one where my favorite park is over by Hamilton Lakes. We pull into the gravel lot next to the park and he starts to get out. No explanation. I follow right behind him. It’s dark and freezing so I’m wondering why in the world we are making this detour. Then I see it, hundreds of candles lighting the pathway down by the lake, where he has built a teepee…the kind you see on Pinterest. With candle lights strung up the poles, and blankets with lanterns inside. Up in the tree, there is a huge sheet also draped with Christmas lights that is being used as a screen for the slideshow he has projected onto it. We climb into the teepee and watch the slideshow of pictures of the two of us from our tenth-grade beach trip together as just friends, all the way up to our sweet date night pictures. After the slideshow he begins to read to me out of a devotional he had with him. He read me a passage on marriage and what it should look like. Then, from behind the tent came his big pup, Murphy, with a sign around his neck that says, “Will you marry my brother?” Jonathan got down on one knee, told me he loved me, and asked me to be his bride.
TriadWeddings Magazine has especially been an inspiration to me throughout the whole process of planning a wedding. I am a designer, so I love looking through magazines that inspire or spark creativity. TriadWeddings did just that for me throughout this season. My bouquet was actually inspired by one of the bride’s bouquets that I saw on the cover of one of the recent issues. My mom and I also attended the Marry Me event, and it was of huge help to us. We loved getting to visit each vendors’ booths, taste samples, look into honeymoon options, dresses, cakes, and more.

Hannah and Jonathan had their ceremony at First Friends Meeting Church, with their reception following at The Public. They didn’t have a set theme, but knew they wanted an intimate, traditional feel incorporating neutral colors of blush, gray and blue.

I had seven bridesmaids, and a sweet flower girl, who is Jonathan’s cousin. She is 22, she has Down’s Syndrome and was the absolute sweetest flower girl there has ever been! My bridesmaids were my sisters, friends from college and high school, and friends from post college. Jonathan had 11 groomsmen! He couldn’t choose, so he didn’t! We didn’t really care that our numbers weren’t perfectly matched up. It was about who has walked alongside us through our lives and that’s who we wanted there.
One of the worship songs we did was probably one of the most unique parts of our wedding. It was called ‘But for you who fear my name’. We asked some friends of ours, Bennett and Hannah Dixon, to play it. Bennett was on the banjo, Hannah played the guitar, and they both sang. Another groomsman played a little Djembe drum. At the very end of the song, they all started whistling to the tune of the hymn. It was the most unique and beautiful worship song, with the backdrop of this simple, elegant church with light pouring through the windows. It was magical.
We can’t say enough good things about Lee Comer and her team at The Public. Being the first wedding reception in that space, we were not quite sure what to expect, but they absolutely exceeded our expectations. We spent time walking through the floor plan and table placements to ensure that the traffic flow with 250 guests would not get too crowded during the reception. And their event coordinator put together a great floor plan, mapping out every detail, even adding in a second bar area to accommodate our large number of guests.
Our wedding day was wonderful. We wanted Christ as the center, we wanted to be surrounded by friends and family. We wanted delicious food, and we wanted everyone to dance. And, I think we did just that. It was a gorgeous day, a little chilly. But, the light pouring in the church was surreal. We felt so loved by friends and family.

CEREMONY First Friends Meeting Church

RECEPTION The Public

PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Neel

GOWN Divas Boutique and Bridal

BRIDEMAIDS’ DRESSES assortment, BHLDN, Nordstroms, etc.

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR Custom suit design by Lewis & Harris

GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR assortment

INVITATIONS Bride and Groom's design

CAKE The Baker and the Bean

CATERING Fresh.Local.Good. food group

PARTY RENTALS Carolina Event Rentals

FLOWERS Everything except for the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ bouquets were from Jordan House. Everything else was done by Noel Morris 

OFFICIANT Alan Hawkins

HAIR Dawn from Blueprint The Salon

MAKEUP Hilary from Blueprint The Salon

EVENT DESIGNER Samantha Kosco

WEDDING PLANNER Mother of the Bride

WEDDING COORDINATOR Renee Harris

MUSIC DJ Greg Camacho

TRANSPORTATION Proximity Hotel

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Amy Badger

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