Bride and groom portraits
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Drew and Victoria met through a campus ministry at Mississippi State University (Reformed University Fellowship). They met on a “blind date” on Valentines Day where they took a trip to the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge with friends. It was love at first sight! The two couldn’t get enough of each other so they continued dating from there. 

  

They spent all day at the Biltmore Estate where Drew had invited some of their best friends to capture the exact moment of when he proposed to Victoria. Drew proposed to Victoria at golden hour on the top of the hill overlooking the Biltmore Estates. After he had proposed, they spent the rest of the time enjoying the sunset and FaceTimed their families and friends. They celebrated by having dinner at the Winery Restaurant at the Biltmore, then enjoyed live music at the Omni Resort.   

  

They wanted to integrate the magic of Disney and the elegance of Biltmore for the vision of their wedding. Victoria had worked at Walt Disney World and the couple even says they are each other “Mickey and Minnie”. They wanted to also tie in Victoria’s favorite color pink and their Alma Mater school color, maroon. 

  

The bride found the dress to be the most important party while planning. The dress was a Maggie Sottero gown that was adorned with lace and that had an extended train with different styles of lace on top. She accessorized the gown by adding Adrianna Papel gold pumped in which she later changed into her pink Mary Jane’s for dancing. The bridesmaids wore dresses in the colors blush, ballet pink, and maroon. The groomsmen wore grey suits with maroon ties while the groom wore a dark grey with a maroon bowtie. 

  

  

During her reception, all her tables displayed a different Disney story such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. The cake was an elegant three-tiered cake that was decorated with pink flowers (Victoria’s favorite!) The groom’s cake was a take on the movie Cars and was the corvette with the corvette logo on top of the cake. They ended their day with a bubble exit and their guest saying "aloha" to them as they sent them off to a song from "Lilo and Stitch".

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The couple’s advice is to make sure you enjoy the whole process. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with all of the details, especially if you have a shorter engagement. Do your research and invests in vendors and when you love and admire their work, it makes the process so special! Invest time and energy in planning your MARRIAGE, not just the wedding. The wedding is a magical beginning to your marriage, but it's so important to invest time in premarital counseling and prayer in building your marriage, even in the busyness of planning the Big Day. Focus on what the Lord envisions and designed your marriage to look like, as you are envisioning your Big Day. 

 

Photography: Meridith Lee Photography | Reception Site: Old Waverly Gold Club | Videography: JayDay Images | Wedding Cake: When It Really Matters | Stationery: Basic Invite | Hair and Makeup: Mia Salon | Wedding Dress: James & B Bridal | Groom's Attire: Mens Warehouse | Brides Shoes: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal |

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