If you can believe it, bridesmaid dresses informed the chic style of Haleigh and Andy’s wedding. But not any old frocks – chic black and white striped ones that so resonated with Haleigh’s sartorial sensibility they were purchased before just about anything else! With those fabulous dresses as inspiration, their elegant southern wedding (with a modern twist) came together organically.
As you soak in all the pretty, get the details of their fabulous celebration, sweet engagement and more from our wonderful bride below!
How did your sweetie propose?
“Andy and I met in college my senior year at West Virginia University in 2011. We tend to spend all the time we have off from work traveling and hanging out with our friends, since we are spread out all around the US. I planned a group vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico last May with 19 of our friends. It is our annual “adult spring break” since we all graduated from college. So, I thought nothing of it when one evening we decided to do a group photo with a professional photographer in our nicest outfits. Andy had planned for two of my friends to help him and he proposed at sunset on the beach with champagne and “Marry Me HBK?” written in the sand. HBK stands for my initials and nickname (heart break kid, haha) pre-marriage. I was totalllllly surprised and did not see it coming. After saying “What!?” a few times, I said, “Of course!” Needless to say one of the best “adult spring breaks” yet.”
How did you choose your gown?
“A lot of brides today do fitted or fit-and-flare and that was too plain for me. It’s your wedding day, it’s the only day you can ridiculously dress like a princess. When I began looking I was loving horse hair, layers and wanted a big ball gown. I always loved the wedding gown from the movie 27 Dresses and this dress reminded me so much of that! It was less “poof” than I thought I would choose but it was perfect on. The poofy, layered dresses made me look more like a cupcake and this was much more elegant and dainty. It was a unique satin material with the one thick, but simple, horse hair seam at the bottom and I loved the lace eyelash detail with the thin spaghetti straps, it flattered my body perfectly. I just had to add a tulle ball gown layer underneath to get the volume I wanted.”
Tell us a little about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“Oddly enough, the first item I found for my wedding were the bridesmaid dresses, which were black and white, strapless, satin dresses with pockets. My mom and I bought them for the bridesmaids a few weeks after I got engaged and everything kind of spun off that theme. I was going for an elegant, southern vibe with some modern touches; golds, burgundy, deep pinks, white & black. Similar to my everyday style, classic with a few trendy touches.”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“Our first dance. Whenever we go out, hang at home, are on a ski-lift or vacation with friends, my go-to song is always Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”. I will just belt it out randomly (and I am not a great singer) but it puts everyone in a good mood and our friends always join in. So, naturally, we didn’t tell anyone our first dance song and did Whitney with some twirls, lip-syncing and spins that made everyone crack up, including us.”
Five words that best describe your sweetie:
“Always fun to be around, intelligent, handsome, a positive, outgoing attitude, a voice of reason when I have ever-changing and wild ideas.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“We invited everyone to the rehearsal dinner at a music hall down the road from the Omni resort. It was a destination wedding with around 140 guests. We tried to talk to everyone during our rehearsal dinner so we could skip the whole “stop at every table during dinner and talk to every guest” tradition. We also didn’t do a cake cutting, we had mini cupcakes because we aren’t cake fans, and we skipped the bouquet and garter toss. We thought those traditions were outdated and we wanted the night to be a big party, our style; we didn’t want to interrupt the dancing or celebrating. For this same reason we did dinner stations; it was a very formal venue but guests told us it was one of the best wedding weekends ever because it was “elegant but not stuffy.” Also, we did a goodbye brunch which was nice because we got to thank everyone for coming that we may have forgotten to thank or missed talking to the previous night.”