Kendice Ricci & Geoffrey Hartnell
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Nashville Pink Bride Magazine
Our story has been an exciting journey since the beginning. We met while on a trip to India in 2010. We are both development workers abroad and spent the summer interning with an organization called Global Outreach Development Int’l. After the internship, we both continued working with the organization and attended school together. As we worked alongside one another, we became best friends and fell in love.
As for our wedding, I did most of the planning, but I really wanted Geoff’s input so that the wedding reflected both of us. That said, I quickly realized that brides have more thoughts and expectations when it comes to weddings. Once I completed most of the initial planning, Geoff was a lot of help. He selected most of the music that we wanted at the reception. He planned the honeymoon and designed the ‘save the dates.’ He made the slideshow that we used during the reception, and also made a blog that will allow us to share our lives with friends and family while we are abroad.
While most ceremonies are only about 20 minutes these days, our ceremony was unique in that it was an hour and a half long. It was a beautiful ceremony; everything was so meaningful, entertaining, and even comical at times. We had two songs played by professional artists, and my husband wrote and sang a song for me. One of our best friends, who will be working with us as development workers in East Africa, was the officiant of the wedding. We each gave our parents roses with notes wrapped around them thanking them for raising us and preparing us to start a new family.
My most memorable moment of the wedding was when I first saw my Geoff. As soon as I saw him, everything else melted away, and I felt so peaceful. Marrying him felt so right. I will never forget his sincerity as he shared the vows he had written with tears in his eyes and words that came through a choked voice.
I would like to offer a special thanks to Details Nashville for handling our photography with such professionalism and creativity. Our photographer, Austin, worked with us to come up with lots of fun and memorable poses. He captured so many candid moments from the day that are absolutely irreplaceable. As we look back on such a special day, we are so thankful to have had so many friends and family present to support us in this commitment we have made to one another!
Photographer, Videographer, Music/Entertainment, Wedding Planner, & Officiant: Details Nashville
Cake: Fred Meyers
Invitations & Calligraphy: Paper Source
Jewelry: Forever 21
Bridal Party Attire: Target
Ceremony & Reception Location: Hidden Meadows
Rentals and Decor: Tamara Montoya
Hair: Breanna Wilson
Make-up: Gene Jaurez