Brittany Nichole Carter + Christopher David Ivanich
October 12, 2013
Brittany and Christopher hosted a rustic fall wedding with rich colors and close family and friends in a secluded Kingsport cabin.
Tell about your love story!
Chris and I met in 2009 when I was attending school in Clarksville, TN. He was in school in Nashville. We had a mutual friend, and one day, she said to me, “I know this guy who would be perfect for you.” We met and went on a perfect blind date. She was so right about Chris being perfect for me! He quickly became my best friend and has been ever since. Soon after we met, I told Chris I was moving back home to East Tennessee, and he quickly decided to make the move with me. In December 2012, we decided to take a trip to celebrate me graduating from college. Little did I know, after my graduation ceremony a few days prior, he had asked my dad if he could marry me. We were in our favorite vacation spot (Charleston, South Carolina), and we had just finished eating breakfast at our hotel. Chris told me he wanted to take a walk on the beach and he led me to a huge sign in the sand he had written earlier that morning. It said “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” He got down on one knee and spilled his heart out. He cried, and I said, “You’re kidding me!” I was in total shock and couldn’t be happier with my decision to say yes!
Describe your wedding planning process.
Chris and I were engaged for about 10 months. Chris, my mom, and my bridesmaids helped me do most of the planning for the wedding. We did everything ourselves without a wedding planner (which is my dream job). I used the Pink Bride magazine, attended bridal shows, Pinterest, and The Knot to help me plan the day of my dreams. The best decision I made when planning our wedding was to make sure not to let everyone’s opinions get in the way of what I wanted.
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
Chris and I really didn’t have an actual budget, but we just knew we wanted to do it for as cheap as possible for 100 guests since we had both just graduated from college. Chris and I saved big on our wedding venue. Not many people know about the Domtar Cabin, and it makes a gorgeous place to have a rustic wedding. It doesn’t look like much until it’s decorated and glammed up. We splurged on having a photo booth! Chris went to a bridal show with me in the very beginning of our planning and had so much fun playing in the photo booth so that was his only real request. We splurged on that, and it was SO worth it! The memories and photos we have from the photo booth were definitely worth every penny!
Recap your big day for us.
Our wedding day was amazing. It was so relaxed and perfect. The whole morning I was getting ready with my girls, and it was all just so fun! We had music blasting while we were having our hair and makeup done. Chris had to go to the venue that morning to test out the photo booth and took a few pictures with goofy props. He then had my maid of honor deliver me the silly test photo strip reading “Sure you wanna marry this?” This was one of my favorite moments of the day. It started to rain on our way to the venue and of course, like any bride having an outdoor ceremony, I started to panic. The heavens were truly shining down because the rain conveniently stopped long enough for the ceremony and pictures after to be taken. It was perfect! As I was walking down the aisle, I saw Chris crying like I’ve never seen before. It was such an emotional moment for everyone there. Seeing Chris’ reaction is a moment I will never forget. The rest of the day was like a dream. The music, dancing, wine, photo booth, flowers; everything down to the tiniest detail was just as I imagined it.
What about the details?
Since we got married in October, our theme for the wedding was a rustic fall look. We nailed this look by having lots of pumpkins, burlap, and lace everywhere. Our centerpieces were wood blocks with corn-filled vases and pumpkins with flowers on top of burlap table runners. Our wedding programs were fall-colored and cut in the shape of a leaf. The wedding colors were gold, browns, orange, ivory, and yellow.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Don’t stress over the small things! Everything will fall together perfectly, and at the end of the day, it’s all about you and your new husband!
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Sharing his last name!
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
There have been no real surprises or big changes since I married my best friend; everything has just seamlessly worked itself out in our lives these first few months!
Photographer: Oh So Haute Photography
Caterer: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
Cake: La Petite Sweets
Bridal Shop (Gown): Annie’s Room
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Attire: Target Bridesmaid Dresses (Online) & Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony & Reception Location: Domtar Cabin Kingsport, TN
Music/Entertainment: Greenwood Party Mixers
Rentals and Decor: Celebrate Party Rentals
Officiate/ Minister: John Gardner