SWN: So he popped the question! Tell us a little about it.

Erin: Kyle and I had been shopping all day in Little Rock and had dinner before heading back to Hot Springs. I was exhausted from being out all day and had gotten ready for bed and plopped down on the couch to search for the perfect pair of shoes for my grad school graduation (very important!). Kyle had gotten a box of fishing supplies from Bass Pro in the mail right before we left for Little Rock that morning. He sat down on the couch beside me and asked if I wanted to see his new fishing supplies. I absent-mindely agreed and kept searching online. He old me all about his new lures, bobber stops and weights as I nodded along, half paying attention. Then he said “I also got this,” pulled out the ring box and waited for me to look. I was absolutely shocked! I had been dropping “hints” for months and when he actually proposed, I was completely caught off-guard! The ring was perfect, of course, and I was so surprised!

SWN: Tell us a little about your venue. Where did you get married? Why did you choose it? What did you love about it?

Erin: We chose The Charles in Johnson City, TN. Originally, we wanted an outdoor wedding but we were worried about the heat and rain. Then we came across The Charles and it just felt right. The staff were wonderful throughout the entire process! They helped set up all of the decorations and helped take everything down as well. They definitely contributed to making my day (and my mom’s!) stress-free. It was great that my family didn’t have to spend the entire morning-of running around like crazy trying to get everything in place. The staff at The Charles had the entire venue set up for us to look at by the time our rehearsal started on Friday night. Added plus? The gorgeous tin ceiling tiles matched my color scheme perfectly!

SWN: Tell us about finding THE dress. Was it love at first sight or were you caught off guard when you tried it on?

Erin: I tried on a bunch of different dresses and shopped around at 5-6 stores. I thought I wanted a full lace gown, but it turned out I wanted something completely different. It took two trips to The White Room in Murfreesboro, TN to make the final decision. I absolutely loved my Maggie Sottero dress! I knew it was the one when my bridesmaids started tearing up after I walked out of the dressing room in it!

SWN: What were some of the most important components of your wedding? In other words, what details were you most passionate about and why?

Erin: We really wanted to make sure everyone had a great time! We walked a laid back, relaxed atmosphere with good food and drink and plenty of fun. So we wanted to make sure nothing felt too “stiff.” We did all of the decorations on our own! From spraying white flowers to make them coral, bundling all of the flowers for the centerpieces, and spray painting Starbucks bottles mint green to turning an old wooden window pane into our table seating board! My mom cut all of the table runners, made the table numbers, seating cards, favor bags, and so much more! My wedding never would have come together without the help of my entire family including my mom, sister, Aunt, Uncle, Grandma and Great Aunt and Uncle. I think the fact that we did almost everything by hand made the day even more special and memorable.

SWN: Tell us about your bridal party. Who did you choose to stand with you? Did you do anything creative to ask them?

Erin: I chose my sister and my three best friends from college to stand with me while I married Kyle. I couldn’t imagine saying “I do” without each of them by my side. I used the ever-famous Etsy website to order specially made tumblers for each of my girls. They had dresses on one side with the words “Bridesmaid”, “Matron of Honor” and “Maid on Honor” on them and their names were on the other side. I wrapped them up and gave them out to ask everyone to be in my bridal party!

SWN: Pictures. Pictures. Pictures. Tell us about the photos. What shots were important to you? Which picture is your favorite?

Erin: I really wanted shots of our families and the bridal party as well as good shots of Kyle and I! Michael Kaal did such a wonderful job, I really cannot even begin to choose a favorite! I want to order a canvas print, but even two months after our wedding, I can’t choose which one I want printed!

SWN: Anything unexpected happen during your wedding? Something funny?

Erin: During our first dance, Kyle almost dropped me during a dip! The bustle on my dress broke before the dance so my train was still down. I think he must have stepped on it when he went to dip me and he just started sliding. It was so funny and a great memory!

SWN: Describe your feelings and thoughts as you were walking down the aisle

Erin: Kyle and I chose to see each other before the ceremony to get some of the pictures taken first. It relieved so much tension to see him beforehand, so when I was walking down the aisle, all I felt was excitement!

SWN: Did you choose to do something totally unique or different at your wedding? Tell us about that and the inspiration behind it.

Erin: We didn’t necessary do anything entirely unique, but my favorite thing we did for the wedding was our guestbook. I ordered (again from Etsy) a big wooden monogram which my mom stained, and we had everyone sign it as our guestbook! Now we have it hanging on the wall in our living room and it’s a gorgeous decoration as well as a reminder of our special day and all of the family and friends that shared it with us.

SWN: As you think back on that day, what stands out as being your favorite moment?

Erin: Kyle and I moved to Arkansas a while ago and left almost all our friends and family in Tennessee. So, I rarely get to see the girls in my bridal party since we live so far away. I think the best part of the day, aside from saying “I do,” was getting to spend the entire morning and afternoon laughing, reminiscing, and making even more great memories with my friends.

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