I enjoyed meeting Tonya & TJ for their intimate wedding at the Kehoe House of Savannah. We began with getting ready photos at the mansion and then the ceremony was held on the balcony. Afterwards, we went into the lush gardens of Columbia Square and then took photos overlooking the fountain and The Davenport House. I just loved their bright pops of color and the navy accents that they chose to mix in. It was an amazing day for and perfect in every way for this perfect couple!
How did you and TJ meet? Destiny..our paths had crossed for many years, but we never were introduced. Last year, TJ created a facebook account solely for outreach in the Christian community. He added some friends where he had trained at for his schooling. Those friends of his were also mutual friends of mine because I worked at one of the hospitals he trained at. I sent a friend request and he accepted. When I posted a picture of my youngest daughter being baptized he “liked” it, and a few days later sent a message asking about work at the hospital, and it was a whirlwind romance from there. Neither one of us were looking for a relationship, but God knew what we needed in life, and from a partner. Once he met my children, and we realized how God was working for us to become a family, we prayed for His guidance and let Him lead our next steps. I am a Registered Nurse in a small Western North Carolina Community. Once TJ and I were engaged we decided to stay in the small town, and he would commute for work as a Nurse Anesthetist. A couple months later, God opened the door at the small hospital I work in, for a CRNA position. Neither one of us saw that coming, but God knows what He is doing. He accepted the position after our praying for guidance, and he is also now employed at the same hospital as I. Most of our activities are family oriented and centered around home life. We enjoy attending church, going for walks, traveling, spending time with family, attending my oldest daughter’s sports (she’s a baller), and while I am not doing school work ( finishing my BSN (May 2016 pending graduation)), just enjoying downtime with one another. We love just hanging out with one another. Simple as that. We enjoy the mountains of NC. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our favorite places to be. Beautiful views with God-made scenery.
Tell us about your proposal: Tj had made several attempts to get back to the Parkway to ask, being this is where we spent most of our time getting to know one another, but timing never played out. Finally, one Sunday afternoon, TJ took me back to where we first met. He wanted me to get out of the vehicle, but I insisted that I would melt, and my hair would get frizzy because it was starting to drizzle outside. He knew that I was not going to get out of the vehicle so, he went ahead with his plan. He started reading scripture from the bible about love and devotion, and proceeded to get ring from his pocket. Simple, but the happiest moment of my life..of course, I said yes!!
What were the deciding factors for your Ceremony location? After researching many places to have our ceremony, we finally decided on Savannah. This was an area neither of us had ever visited, but the pictures of Savannah were gorgeous. We wanted to make new memories for us. We looked at many places in the area for the ceremony, and finally settled on The Kehoe House. We loved the fact we could get married on the veranda at the Kehoe House.
Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Your colors, wedding gown? I wanted a gown that was simple, yet took his breath away. I found accenting with the coral and pink bouquet made by Julie from “Garden on the Square” was perfect. We decided on a classic look for TJ with a navy suit and tie, and a pop of color from an orange ranunculus boutonniere. Every time I tell Tj I love him, he always says, “more”. So when I saw the cake topper I knew we had to have it. We also had the WillowTree Promise Cake Topper. This was to signify holding dear the promise of love. Any advice to other couples who are in the process of planning their wedding? Take your time planning, but do not become stressed over things. Things on “your” day are for sure not to go as planned, but do not lose focus of the bigger picture of what is about to transpire. Make sure your day is what makes you happy together as a couple. For TJ and I, it was eloping in a small, quaint ceremony, where we promised our love to one another. Just follow your own heart and dreams, and not what everyone else’s ideas of what would be wonderful. Make sure your day is stress free and full of lots of love, laughter, and happiness. Also, making sure to have a wonderful photographer to capture those moments to share your memories with others
Approximate # of Guests: Guests were my best friend from nursing school and her fiancé, Wedding Gown: ivory satin strapless trumpet dress with an ivory beaded sash – simple, yet elegant, and I felt like princess!! Shoes: Badgely Mischka Jazmin / Hair: /Makeup: Hair and makeup was by Royal Makeup & Hair; Michelle Royal Wedding Official: Darrin Dodd Handwritten vows Florist: Julie Driscoll – Garden on the Square
Anything else you would like to add? You should always allow God to direct your steps. He can allow beautiful things to come to fruition when you are least expecting it. TJ and I both feel God took His time before he introduced us to one another. He knew what place we both had to be in to be able to appreciate the love that we have for one another. We truly feel we have met our “destined” life partner. When God is in the middle of it, there is nothing that could be more beautiful.