Have you seen that commercial where the man is super sick and goes up to “Julie” and says, “Hey Julie, I know today is critical, but I really need a sick day.” Then the camera scrolls over to Julie, who happens to be his daughter…in her wedding dress…waiting to walk down the aisle. The voice over comes on and reads, “Dads don’t take sick days. Dads take DayQuil.”
Yea, well…wedding planners don’t take sicks days either!! This became a reality for me the week before Emily + Terrell’s Georgia wedding.
I had a rough winter – like…really bad……#winteriscoming……#wintercame……#winterwon. After battling a touch of walking pneumonia, I thought I was in the clear. I was finally starting to feel better + March was here (#thankgodforspring). I was SO pumped for my first official wedding as Greenery + Grace, which also happened to be my first out-of-state wedding! Man, what a way to kick off the season!
The week of the wedding came + all was well. It was Tuesday – the day before I was set to leave for Georgia. I was wrapping up a little bookkeeping (my two-day a week side hustle), when I sneezed…hard. I felt (and swear I heard) a pop. It was, well, very painful. However, I have a pretty high pain tolerance – so I wrote it off as nothing + I kept working for another hour. I was finally finished with my work + went to my boss to wrap up the day. Well, breathing was painful + talking turned out to be even more painful. My words kept catching + my boss could tell something was wrong. I casually replied, “Oh, it’s no big deal, but I think I might have cracked a rib.” Unfortunately, there was no casual way of slipping that into conversation lol. She told me get on out of there and go to urgent care. Once I left, I called my mother-in-law because I didn’t want to go all the way to town if I didn’t have to (yes, I live in the boonies + going to town is a thing…that takes at least 30 min lol). I hadn’t even said three words to her + she goes – “What’s wrong? What happened? You don’t sound right.” What?!? How did she know?? I explained that I might have broken a rib, but wasn’t sure, + needed her to diagnose me lol. I told her the story and she said I should go on in + get checked out.
Driving was pretty painful. Breathing, bumps in the road, turning the wheel – none of that felt awesome. I knew something was wrong, but I figured it had to be nothing since I sneezed for Pete’s sake! I made it to urgent care + after a couple hours of waiting – my x-rays were back. The doctor came in with results and said, “You have a broken rib!” (in a “congratulations it’s a boy” tone…lol). We had to laugh because who in the world breaks a rib SNEEZING? This girl. That’s who. So that was that. My rib was broken…and I had to drive 8 hours to Atlanta the next day…AND be ready to kick butt at the rehearsal + wedding in the days to follow. Nbd.
Wedding planners don’t take sick days. Wedding planners take Advil every 6-8 hours. Which I did.
One thing I didn’t do…tell the bride! There was no way I was dropping a “Oh hey, by the way, I broke my rib 3 days before your wedding, but don’t worry it’s all good” on her! My #1 job is to take stress off the bride + I make it my mission to ensure her day is a stress-free as possible. There was no way I was letting a little old broken rib get in the way of that.
I made it to Georgia + the rehearsal was great! I got a horrible nights sleep (side note – sleeping turned out to be really difficult), but I was up + ready to rock this wedding! I did my errands, filled up on coffee, + got to the venue for setup. My assistant, who happened to be my baby sister this time, was constantly yelling at me because I was lifting heavy things (something you’re apparently not supposed to do with an injury like that). I finally said, “Look, I love you, but we’re going to pretend my rib isn’t broken today. Tomorrow, you can yell at me all you want.” She agreed, but still gave me side eye all day lol.
We rocked, rolled, maybe shed a couple tears (but only because pain makes your eyes water sometimes) and made sure Emily + Terrell’s wedding was PERFECT – and it was just that! Sheer perfection. Emily’s moody boho chic vision was stunning + came together beautifully.
Also – how beautiful are Emily + Terrell. STILL SWOONING.
[Special shout out to Hannah Michelle Photography for these killer photos! You captured Emily + Terrell’s wedding beautifully!!]
Emily is a designer + (of course) designed her own stationary, along with all the paper goods + signs at her wedding. Can we take a second to admire how incredible this invitation suite is?? Holy cow. Brides – if you are looking for stationary, check out Amavi Stuido. Emily is amazing!!!
The ceremony was stunning. The backdrop incorporated a copper altar piece, made by Emily’s dad, beautiful flowers provided by Rhapsody in Blooms (which was unexpectedly designed + assembled by me due to the floral box being too heavy for the altar), and an oriental rug to make it all feel cozy + comfortable. The ceremony was led by Terrell’s uncle and Emily walked down the aisle to Terrell’s cousin, Evan, signing “So High” by John Legend (he was incredible!). I love how personal + genuine each moment of the ceremony was. One of my favorite moments was listening to Emily + Terrell tell each other their vows. So sweet.
The cocktail hour was filled with chips, salsa, lots of beverages + a BOHO BUS that served as a PHOTO BOOTH! Guests LOVED hopping in this cute vintage van to snap some pics. SO fun!
The reception followed + everyone was stoked for the TACO TRUCK! The tacos were amazing. I could eat tacos every single day – yumm! But let me tell you what, I dream about those salted lime fries. OMG. Best ever. Next time I am in Atlanta, I’m coming for you Tex’s Tacos.
Once belly’s were full – the dancing commenced. This crew knew how to get down. They danced the night away + had an absolute blast.
One last sweet moment that I loved was when Emily + Terrell watched Terrell’s uncle sign their Marriage License, which meant….They were officially MARRIED!
Emily + Terrell, thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your day. You two were made for each other + I cannot wait to see what amazing adventures this crazy life has in store for you both. #WeAreAllen
Photography: Hannah Michelle Photography
Venue: Koury Farms
Food: Tex’s Tacos
Florals + Flower Crown: Rhapsody in Blooms
Stationery: Amavi Studio
Photo Booth: Boho Bus
Ceremony Music: Evan Hannah
Makeup: Ellis Paige
Hair: Sundari + Co and Jade Jamarozy
Cake: Bobbie Ruth’s Southern Bakery
Dress: Dreamers & Lovers
Head Piece: Ninnos
Groom’s Jacket: Philip Michael
Ties: My Tie Shop
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“Oh, it’s no big deal, but I think I might have cracked a rib.”
Bahaha, you’re insane! That’s dedication my friend! No wonder you’re the best out there!!!
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