Hi Fab*Blog readers! Today's Fab*Bride hits very close to home! Brittany, as you know, is one of our blog writers and talented graphic designers here at Invitation Consultants! When she revealed that a wedding was in the works, we were all ecstatic! Because of her special circumstances with Jeff (her now husband) being in the army, she knew she had to think quickly and creatively! They put together a lovely wedding in record time. Her mother / photographer, of Kees Photographic Arts, was able to take these beautiful shots as keepsakes that Brittany and Jeff will have for a lifetime. In her own words:
"Being the mom and the photographer was hard. I wanted to do all the things Mom's normally do at their daughter’s wedding. But I knew she wanted me to photograph her big day and I was happy to do it. I didn't realize until I was standing in front of Brittany and Jeff at the ceremony, looking through the lens with tears in my eyes, that I was the luckiest Mom in the world! I was able to move around and be in the best spot at all times. I was able to be with the bride and groom throughout the ceremony and reception. It was truly wonderful. I have been photographing Brittany for many years and we both work so well together. She knows what I want for posing and I knew what she wanted for her wedding photographs. I wish it didn't end. I could have shot all night. Brittany was a beautiful bride and the best daughter any mom could have."
Without further ado, let's ask Brittany her Fab*Bride questions!
Your wedding story is quite a unique one! Tell all of our Fab*Bride readers a little history behind the day you said I DO to Mr. Jeffery Cobb. What a huge question to start with! Well, as corny as it sounds, it's been a whirlwind adventure! Jeff and I met at a great little restaurant in Tampa. We were both there for a friend's birthday. He was with a girl he had been seeing briefly and I was by myself. We ended up innocently chatting throughout the night and a week later we were on our first date!
We decided to have a very small wedding in Georgia near Fort Benning where he was training, and on the same day as his graduation! Two days before the wedding, my mom, brother and I drove up to Georgia. We got in very late and the next morning was his turning blue ceremony. After what seemed to be an excessively long ceremony, I was turned loose and allowed to go find him in the mass of soldiers. My heart was racing after not seeing him for three months, and finally, there he was. I ran into his arms and squeezed him so tight while my mom (always the photographer) snapped pictures all around us. That same day, he proposed when we finally had a minute to ourselves. His words were perfect (and so was the ring). And the next day, we were married!
We love your dress! Tell us about your search to find the perfect garment and how you went about finding accessories. Prior to the wedding, I could be caught watching ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ for at least 2 hours daily. It was weird. All of the sudden I was watching wedding shows. Completely uncharacteristic of me. I had seen almost every possible outcome. So, when it was time for my dress search, I felt pretty good about it. I went with my mom to Alfred Angelo on a day that we had other plans. We stopped in just to take a look. One of the associates greeted me and asked what style I was into and all I could tell her was that I didn’t want strapless and I wanted something in white. Those were really the only specifications. She pulled the first dress from the rack, I looked at it, "no," next one, "no," next one, "eh, no." Finally she just told me to try one. As they always say "it looks completely different when you're wearing it." The first one I didn't like. Second one, I liked the bottom. Third one, I liked the top. And the fourth one (snagged by my mom from a girl who had just tried it on) was perfection! We just... knew. It was such an amazing feeling. No tears, though, like in the shows. :)
My hairpiece was from etsy. I searched for days for the perfect hairpiece and when I came across this one, I just loved it. It had beautiful little crystals, white duck feathers, and a tiny bit of netted veil. Another great find from etsy was my wedding dress hanger. It was handmade with “Mrs Cobb” molded from the metal. Everyone loved it!
How did you go about choosing your wedding color palette? As a graphic designer yourself, do you have any helpful hints for making colorful decisions? I never really was one of those girls that had planned her wedding all her life. It was when I started working at IC, that I really got an appreciation for wedding "stuff." I began to actually form an opinion of how I wanted my wedding day. I scoured wedding sites and blogs daily for photos and ideas. That was definitely helpful. So many great blogs! It gave me a way to see what I liked in a wedding and also what was not so much my style. I wanted to keep it simple when it came to the colors. Black and white was where I started and the ideas developed from there. I needed an accent color to be the focus and as much as I love fuchsia, I knew Jeff wasn't up for that! In the end, I chose yellow after seeing an amazing sunflower bouquet. And instead of black, I opted for a medium shade of gray. The combination was beautiful!
If you could label a song as theme for your wedding , which would you choose? That's a tough one. Well, since I didn't have a wedding dance at the reception (we both hate dancing), I'll answer with "our song." It's "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg. Yes, it IS on one of the AT&T commercials, but we love it because it sort of describes our first date (which was at Starbucks)! And everytime the commercial comes on we sing it to one another.
Describe a Fab*Bride (you!) in three words. Thoughtful, Creative, Organized
...and because a little survey is always fun!
Something borrowed? The necklace I wore. Borrowed from my best friend and maid of honor.
Something blue? An adorable, frilly garter (also from my maid of honor).
Something old? A pair of diamond stud earring given to me by my nana. They were given to her by my pop-pop for their 25th anniversary.
Something new? My wedding dress, of course!
Something beautiful? Me! It was my wedding day, I was glowing all over and I felt gorgeous!
Something yummy? The champagne for our wedding toast. First champagne I've ever actually liked.
Something touching? Seeing the tears from Jeff's eyes after we were pronounced husband and wife.
Something funny? The minister called Jeff "Jeremie" (his best man's name) twice during the ceremony by mistake!
Many thanks to Brittany for being so candid about her wedding! I wish we had a thousand questions that we could have asked because her love story is so interesting! Also, a big thank you to her mother, Lori, for capturing such a special and intimate day for Brittany and Jeff.
Now a married woman, Brittany has since ordered Butter Cream Charm as her wedding announcement. We think this design compliments her yellow and gray wedding palette perfectly! Let's end with...