I just adore this couple. When I first met McLean and Jimbo, I could quickly tell they were easy-going and incredibly kind people. During our first conversation, I was asking lots of questions about their wedding. One of those included "How many people are in the wedding party?" to which they responded: "Thirteen... on each side".
I wasn't sure what to think at first. I've photographed weddings with 12 on each side, but 13 would break the record for me! Their wedding day arrived and I was thinking through creative ways to get 28 folks in one photo, still not sure what to think about the number. And then I watched them all interact. As McLean was putting on her dress, ALL of the girls were genuinely excited, tears filling their eyes. Watching Jimbo hang out with his guys, I could tell the respect he had for each of them AND the respect they had for him. Each person was significant to them and they were all so much fun together!
McLean and Jimbo LOVE WELL. It was so evident in their interactions with their friends and it was even more evident in their love for each other.
Wilhites, thanks for letting us tell your story! You two were absolutely stunning and I agree, McLean, we should do it all over again! Y'all put so much thought into every detail - yard games, favors, signs, food, THE BAND! Gosh, they were so good. And I need to know how I can get my own awesome white frame with killer calligraphy! Not to mention, it was fun to see you guys merge your "Rocky Top" and "Roll Tide" worlds!
It was the summer after our sophomore year. My next door neighbor, John Michael, and I had become pretty good friends. One night I decided to go next door with my roommates because the guys were having a party for one of their roommate's birthdays. Little did I know that Jimbo and John Michael were best friends from high school and he had invited him over, too. I didn't know many people there and had already started to feel uncomfortable when John Michael came up to me, told me I needed to meet his friend, and proceeded to grab my arm and drag me to where Jimbo was. Let's just say I was not happy, and I was kinda freaking out! We talked all night and talked all day the next day at the pool. The rest is history!
Our first date technically was a few days after we met. I was at my apartment and Jimbo had been working out with John Michael at our apartment's gym. He got done, called me, and asked if I wanted to get ice cream. Three minutes later he was knocking on my front door. I had worked out earlier that day and hadn't showered so we were both looking rough, but that didn't stop us! Our real first date we went to eat dinner at a restaurant called Five and went to see a movie. We both looked much more presentable and were way more comfortable!
Jimbo told me a couple weeks in advance that his family was throwing his sister a surprise birthday party at the farm house. I didn't really think about it until closer to the date when Jimbo kept reminding me of it, which I thought was kind of odd. The day of the proposal Jimbo came and picked me up so we could go get a present for his sister, which was abnormal for him too but I went with it! We hung out at the mall for a while because according to him we couldn't be early to the surprise party... Never heard that rule but okay!
Finally we headed to the farm and Jimbo was calm as could be. We drove right past the farm house down towards the lake and I knew something was up. There is this beautiful gazebo that jets out into the lake that Jimbo had cleaned up and decorated (well his mom did the decorating), and it was absolutely beautiful. There were yellow roses everywhere, my favorite color, music, a journal, bible verses painted on the ground, and of course a ring.
We sat down on the bench while he read me the sweetest letter and then he washed my feet while I read the journal he wrote me. I couldn't imagine a better representation of Christ and his servant heart. Then, of course, he popped the question and I think I said yes a million times! To top it all off, my family, his family, and ALL of our friends from Alabama and Tennessee were headed our way to celebrate with us. It was the most perfect way to start our journey of becoming husband and wife!
This day was not just about celebrating Jimbo and I in our marriage, but it was a celebration of the unity that can only come through Christ. We wanted our wedding to be a representation of Christ and His unending love for His bride. Our marriage is a gift from above and there is no way it could ever survive this world without God in the center. Our music choices for the wedding were hymns that have a contemporary feel to them to bring to life our joy and praises for what God brought together! "Be Thou My Vision" is the song that I sang in my parent's vow renewal when I was five, so I knew I always wanted this song to be a part of my special day. We couldn't have asked for a better group of talented musicians to make the wedding an outward worship of Christ.
My mom was the DIY queen when it came to most of the wedding decorations. We handpicked every decoration, from shopping all through Ikea, Pottery Barn, Hobby Lobby, and the list goes on. We had so much fun sitting around the kitchen table handcrafting each invitation with the help from so many sweet friends. The story behind the wedding favors is one of my favorites! My parents own a local restaurant called Petro's, and they serve the most amazing sweet tea, so I knew we had to incorporate that somehow! We spent many hours around the same table, with many of the same helping hands, putting together the tea bags.
My mom and dad searched high and low for every little detail, and I couldn't be more grateful for their servant hearts. I used old wood that my dad found for all of the signs, and my mom found all of the neat frames that we used for the chalk signs. My Aunts were very instrumental in finding so many treasures, and even offered up furniture from their houses. The water bottles were a task, but again, with the help of friends, we had some great conversations while ripping off the old labels and attempting to neatly put on the "wedding water" labels as we liked to call them. The sweetest DIY project was the flowers that the bridesmaids used in the wedding. At the bridesmaid luncheon we had the best time assembling their bouquets, in which each girl hand made! Even though all of these projects were extremely time consuming and stressful at times, looking back I would not trade those special moments for anything.
Venue // The Museum of Appalachia Event Planner // Laura Cutter Florist // The Katelier & The Napping Cat Flower Farm Hair + Makeup // Lynsey Richardson Shoes // Lucchese Boots from Elliotts in Knoxville, TN Suit // Men's Wearhouse Tie // The Tie Bar Rentals // Rentals Rentals and Restoration Rentals Catering // Black Eyed Joes BBQ Cake // Sweet Manna Cakes Chalkboard Calligraphy // Mollye O'Rourke Band // MVP from East Coast Entertainment