Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today we have a fabulous submission from Josh Perkins of Redtree Photography. Redtree Photography is based out of Louisville, Kentucky. This is the second time we have had the privilege of featuring the amazing work of Redtree Photography! We feel like the luckiest blog in town!
We love when we get a Real Wedding submission that uses a color palette in which we have created an inspiration board for! Jessica chose the beautiful (and oh, so trendy!) color palette of Charcoal and Yellow for their September wedding. You can find our Charcoal and Yellow inspiration board here.
Jessica and Kellon were married in Jeffersonville, Indiana in September 2010. Jessica was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Kellon meet? Kellon and I met at an volleyball game. I play volleyball spring through fall with a work league. I work with a very close friend whose husband attended our game to give some moral support and who brought along a few of his friends, one of which was Kellon! We hung out a little that night and joked back and forth and that is how we met and eventually started dating. We got engaged in December of 2009.
How long have you been together? Kellon and I have been dating since September 2008 and we met in July 2008.
How did Kellon propose? Kellon proposed on my birthday! My family lives in Georgetown, IN and they came up to celebrate my birthday with us in Lexington. After dinner my parents and grandmother left to head back to Georgetown and Kellon and I went back to my house to open gifts and have some wine. When we got back to the house Kellon said he would be back in a minute and went upstairs. 30 minutes later he finally came back downstairs and he gave me a note card with directions on it. He said he wanted to do something a little different for this birthday and I was going to have to retrieve each gift for my birthday through a scavenger hunt. Five clues and gifts later I found the last clue that simply told me to turn around for my last gift and Kellon was down on one knee. He told me he loved me and he asked me if I would be his wife. I said YES and I think I tackled him to the ground, haha!
What sold you on your wedding venue? What sold us on the wedding venue was how much fun our guests would have. We spoke with the manager of 300 Spring, Mary Zoller several times and she was so accommodating and lovely that we fell in love! The dace floor was plenty big and 300 Spring was so easy to work with — the process was really simple and it was very convenient. We had the venue for the Thursday and Friday before the event so there was no rushing around trying to set everything up with the vendors. A lot of places we researched only let you have the venue a couple hours before he reception and we both wanted the day to be relaxed and fun – not chaotic. Also, Mary took down all of our vendors a couple of weeks before the wedding and called each of them for us and set up the times for us so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. It was a great experience for us!!!
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? We got my dress from Cincinnati Bridal and Formal. It was a Maggie Sottero dress. I actually didn’t know that it was the one at first. I wanted something very simple and at first I didn’t want a dress that had a train. I had pretty much decided on a Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dress in Ivory when we ran across that dress – however my mom kept on insisting that I try the Maggie Sottero dress on and to be a good daughter I did. My mom and Matron of honor went with me for the visit and when I put the dress on they both started crying and they told me how pretty the dress looked on. I still thought that I wanted the bridesmaid dress for it simplicity – and at hearing this my mom got out of her chair and looked me straight in the eye and said ” Jessica – you only get to wear a bridal gown once and you need to get a BRIDAL GOWN not a BRIDESMAID DRESS” – so this is how I came to get the dress — my wonderful insightful mom made me see the light! We ordered the dress that day!
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was my great grandma Lewis’ handkerchief. It was white with a bright yellow border – which was the main color of the wedding. My something new was my dress. Something borrowed my moms locket that we tied around the stems of my bridal bouquet and my something blue was a little different — I got a pedicure that day and did an OPI blue called ” Whats with the Cattitude” – it looked great with my peep toe yellow pumps!
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I wanted a fall wedding without the traditional fall color palette. I have always loved the way a bright yellow can put you into a better mood. Yellow is a great classic color – especially when it is played against a nice neutral. We wanted to do suites for the guys because most of our bridal party was from out of town and we didn’t want the to worry about returning a rental the next day. We decided on a gray suit and yellow accents and it looked great together!
What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance song was something that Kellon and I both put a lot of thought into. We had a “dance party” two weeks before the wedding and we danced to every song that we had on our first dance list. We ended up with Smile by Uncle Kracker. The lyrics of that song were perfect for us and it was more upbeat – it felt like the perfect fit for us as a couple.
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Have a back up for someone to coordinate the last minute church details! It was a frantic scramble when our church wedding coordinator ended up in the hospital with chest pains. My mom ended up having to leave me to take care of everything and I would of been nice to spend those last moment with her before I walked down the aisle. Also – don’t drink liquids after you get your dress on! You may have to interrupt a children’s volleyball practice to get to the closest restroom like I did. Also — make sure your wedding day reflects who you and your groom are. Our wedding was such a blast to plan because there were so many different aspects that were personal to us and it was fun working those in and it was also fun to see everything come together. Enjoy the moments you spend planning your special day — you only get to do it once (hopefully) and you shouldn’t let it stress you out to the point where things aren’t fun. Involve you mom in as much as you can because it was so nice to share every bit of the planning experience with mine!
What was your favorite part of your big day? Seeing my husband for the first time that day before my dad walked me down the aisle. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life! I am a lucky lucky woman!
Venue: 300 Spring Jeffersonville, Indiana
Cake: Floral: Nance Floral Shoppe, New Albany, IN
Linens: Chair Flair and 300 Spring- both Jeffersonville, IN
Catering: Schnitzelbank Catering – Jasper, IN
DJ: 300 Spring DJs
Band: 3 string Orchestra for Ceremony – Ana Dolin
Videographer: Under Production
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Carlson Craft Style # VCMD 7466
Event Planner: No Event Planner – My mom and I worked on it together.
Thank you so much, Josh, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Jessica, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Kellon a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
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