Kingsport is a stunning place to get married, and this sweet wedding at BANQ is proof!
We love all the little details featured in this modern celebration. From timeless purple colors to fun details that perfectly express who the bride and groom are, we’re hooked! We featured bride Brittany’s stunning bridal portraits last month on the blog, and we’re admittedly still swooning. Scroll on to see a magnificent collection that perfectly merges modern and contemporary details with feminine and romantic accents!
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Brittany Elizabeth Coleman + Marshall Bradley Couch
April 26, 2014
Tell us about your love story!
Despite going to high school together, Marshall and I didn’t actually meet until college. We both attended a Wednesday night college worship service, at which we were introduced by a mutual friend while having coffee after the service. We gradually got to know each other through attending the Wednesday night worship service, and eventually, he asked me on a date!
We have similar values and beliefs that we respect about each other, and we both work to keep God at the center of our relationship. Also, we have personalities that complement each other with similarities where it matters and some differences to balance each other out.
Marshall comes from a larger family, and the day he proposed was also the day we were taking his family pictures. After all the large group pictures had been taken, we began to take pictures as individual couples/small family groups. When our turn came, we were sitting on a swing in his parents’ backyard. Suddenly Marshall got up from the swing, reached up to the top of the swing, and pulled out a ring box. Next thing I knew, he was on his knee asking me to be his wife! I was so surprised and the best thing about it was the photographer was able to catch the moment for us. I appreciate having professional photos of such a special moment!
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for approximately a year and eight months.
My mom, myself, my fiancé, and my mother-in-law did a lot of the planning and arranging for the wedding. We also had a lot of help from family members and close friends.
A lot of my inspiration came from Pinterest and looking at bridal magazines and websites like The Pink Bride, The Knot.com, and Brides magazine. My mom also put together a wedding notebook that helped to keep all of our ideas, vendor contracts, to-do lists and schedules in order.
I used The Pink Bride magazine and website to do a lot of research on vendors and venues when I first started planning. I also attended the Tri-Cites Pink Bridal show, which helped me find my two rental vendors—Celebrate Rentals and Action Rentals.
Aside from saying yes to the groom, I think overall our choice of vendors was one of our best choices for the big day. Our vendors did such a wonderful job and worked hard to make our big day the very best. In addition to providing great service the day of our wedding, many of our vendors were awesome in making suggestions for the planning of our wedding and really working to make sure we got everything we wanted. They all went above and beyond to make sure our day was truly special!
Recap your big day for us.
Our wedding day was a dream! We started the day with my bridal party and I getting ready at the BANQ loft, while the men got ready at the church. The weather was beautiful so we were able to get plenty of pictures outside. Next thing I knew, we were at the church, and the ceremony was about to start! The ceremony went relatively smoothly with a few unplanned moments of me struggling to walk the stairs up to the stage in my big dress and the minister dropping the groom’s ring that we were able to laugh about later. After some family photos, bridal party photos, and pictures of just the two of us, we were whisked off to the reception. We had a wonderful night celebrating with family and friends!
My bridesmaids and photographer kept me laughing whenever I started to get nervous or stressed out. I was so thankful to have them to calm me down and lighten my mood.
A letter from my husband on the morning of our wedding delivered to the BANQ loft where I was getting ready had me in happy tears first thing! After that, I didn’t tear up again until I danced with my daddy during our Father/Daughter dance at the reception.
Some of the most memorable moments were partaking in communion as our first act as man and wife during our ceremony, the garter toss where my groom and his best man surprised me with a performance of “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber, and dancing the night away with close family and friends.
As mentioned previously, my dress was harder to walk up stairs than expected, as well as the groom’s ring being dropped during the middle of the ceremony. Some other unexpected things were a few of our rented décor items got broken by accident and pictures after the ceremony took longer than expected so some events during the reception were cut short.
What about the details?
My main vision for the wedding was to represent our relationship and bring together both of our individual styles in a cohesive way. In addition, keeping our faith as a focus of the wedding was important to both of us.
When we first started planning and discussing wedding details, we determined that Marshall preferred more modern and urban details while I leaned toward a more classic, romantic style. We ended up compromising by picking ceremony and reception venues that were urban and modern by design and adding soft, romantic decorations, such as candles, tulle, and lots of flowers and flower petals. In addition, we added special, unique touches to represent unique relationship details. Details included, Spiderman (our favorite Marvel superhero) on the side of the wedding cake and a coffee bar after the ceremony (our first date—and many more after that—was to a coffee shop).
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
Our budget was approximately $15,000 for 175 guests.
I saved big in several ways. One way I saved big was with my reception décor. BANQ’s Grand Hall has such a unique, urban feel already included in the details of the room, such as the arched windows and arched room dividers, that I was able to keep my centerpieces very simple. In addition, most of my reception décor was recycled from decorations that my mother, mother-in-law, and other family members already had from previous events. Another way I saved big was with my wedding cake from Patsy’s Bakery and Deli. I wanted a very simple wedding cake with all buttercream icing (no fondant) and a specific design with adding Spiderman on the side; Patsy and her daughter Lisa were a pleasure to work with and were able to deliver with exactly what I wanted. By having a simple design with no fondant, I was able to save big on our cake.
Some of the ways I splurged was by hiring a professional videographer and having chef stations at the reception for guests to order unique pasta dishes. Both are decisions I am glad I made because we have a wonderful, movie quality version of our wedding and the chef stations added a special touch to our reception food that our guests appreciated.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Eventually, the planning does end and the wedding actually does happen. Sometimes wading through all the details can be more overwhelming than fun, and it will seem like you will never get everything done. Just take a step back, give yourself a break, and remind yourself that this is about marrying the love of your life. The details will get planned, and the wedding will happen. Some things might not go perfectly, but at the end of the day you will be married and really that is what it is all about.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
The thing I look forward to most is just getting to do life with my best friend by my side. I am excited to learn and grow together as individuals and as a couple. I cherish the thought that we will get to face life’s joys and struggles together and grow old side by side.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
How much we continue to learn about each other every day. Marriage has been such a fun adventure with Marshall, and I enjoy learning about him and growing closer together as a family.
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Reception Location: BANQ
Formalwear: Moon Tuxedo
Photographer: Laura Tomlinson Photography
Caterer: Basic to Brilliant Catering
Florist: Occasions by Marijo and Lo
Cake: Patsy’s Bakery and Deli
Invitations & Calligraphy: MagnetStreet
Bridal Shop (Gown): La Londe’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Party Attire: Target
Ceremony Location: Harvest Community Church
Videographer: LAKEPOINT Films
Music/Entertainment: Party Central DJ
Officiate/ Minister: Brian Henderson
Hair: Nyana Malone and Shelley Duncan
Make-up: Angie Bear